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Favourable prospects for EU agricultural sectors

Favourable prospects for EU agricultural sectors

Published on Apr 28th, 2021
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The European Commission’s first 2021 edition of the short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets concludes that the EU agricultural sector showed resilience throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The sector did relatively well thanks to increased retail sales and home consumption. In addition, prospects are favourable with a dynamic global demand and the reopening of food services (restaurants, bars, cafés) expected once the vaccination campaign is sufficiently advanced.

Andalusia’s agricultural sector calls for agricultural workers to be given priority vaccinations 

Andalusia’s agricultural sector calls for agricultural workers to be given priority vaccinations 

Published on Feb 25th, 2021
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The Andalusian Confederation of Food and Perfume Entrepreneurs (CAEA) has requested "adequate priority" so that the region’s 125,000 agricultural workers can access a vaccine, given that it is an "essential sector", as stated by the government. 

China cherry market slowly recovering after Covid-19 detection on Chilean boxes

China cherry market slowly recovering after Covid-19 detection on Chilean boxes

Published on Feb 09th, 2021

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On January 22, Chinese health authorities found Covid-19 on boxes of imported Chilean cherries. Despite the very low risk of contamination from food or food packaging, the news went viral and strongly affected all cherry imports at the peak of the campaign for Chinese New Year celebrations. More than 200 posts were published on social media discouraging consumers from buying imported cherries. 

La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

Published on Dec 29th, 2020

 

Instead of having a Christmas dinner this year with its employees, La Unión Corp. is going to purchase 1,500 Christmas hampers containing 100% Almeria products to help reactivate the economy and suppliers in the province. Several large multinational companies have also chosen to support local suppliers through local campaigns aimed at developing a circular economy in these trying times.

Tesco to return money meant to support struggling retailers

Tesco to return money meant to support struggling retailers

Published on Dec 14th, 2020

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UK retailer Tesco has promised to pay back the £585 million it saved from a business rates holiday aimed at helping struggling retailers cope with the Covid-19 crisis. Tesco’s chairman, John Allan, said that the retailer was conscious of its responsibilities to society and that the Big 4 giant did not need the saving due to remaining open and trading strongly throughout the pandemic.

Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports

Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports

Published on Dec 14th, 2020

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Shipping companies have suffered heavily from the effects of the pandemic, with volumes handled dropping by over a third in some cases. In the first nine months of 2020, Northern European ports registered a 6% fall in volumes compared to the same period in 2019, handling 31.3 million TEU, according to data published by container-news.com

UK supermarket sales growth continues 

UK supermarket sales growth continues 

Published on Nov 19th, 2020
Photo: Kantar

Supermarket sales in the UK were up 9.3% for the August-October period. However, unlike with the first lockdown, there is no evidence of consumer panic-buying at this stage, according to Kantar data. Wales registered the strongest growth (15%), which is where restrictions were tightest.

Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “Welsh shoppers increased their spending by an average of £10 during the week when the ‘firebreak’ lockdown came into effect.”

Director of Proexport advocates diversification of production and markets to cope with Covid-19

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