EU grape crop shrinks
Large French potato crop
France’s 2020 potato crop is up 3.4% from last year, reaching approximately 6.75 million tons, according to data published by the UNPT-CNIPT. The volume is 1.1% above the 5-year average. Acreage has expanded 1.4% to 154,900 ha. Average gross yield is around 43.6 ton/ha, which is better than last year, and slightly above the 5-year average. However, the current pandemic is likely to have a severe impact on the success of the campaign, with demand down in the food service channel.
EU tomato production continues to fall
The EU’s 2020 tomato crop is forecast to drop 7%, as Spanish growers switch to producing more profitable vegetables. Polish tomato production is on the rise, however, following an increase in investments in glasshouse infrastructure. The other member states’ crops should remain relatively stable. As producers switch to smaller-sized varieties, yields are dropping; but this is compensated for by extended harvesting calendars. EU production of tomatoes for processing is projected to rise by 1%.
Giuliano’s campaign gets off to an early start and features Staccato® late cherry
Giuliano has launched Staccato®, a new late cherry that extends the production calendar until the end of July. Meanwhile, its 2020 campaign has got off to an early start. "The 2020 campaign is 10-15 days early. Our calendar begins with the traditional Bigarreaux, the first variety to be harvested in our area, then continues with Giorgia, the jewel of the intermediate phase, followed by the Ferrovia variety, the most appreciated and sold cherry, which takes over for a month of the campaign.
EU grapefruit crop falls 11%
The EU’s 2019/20 grapefruit crop is estimated to be down 11% to 96,000 tons, according to FAS Madrid. The main producer Spain expects its output to shrink by 15.5% to 68,100 tons. Ruby Red is the main grapefruit variety planted in Spain. Cyprus is the second largest grapefruit producer in the EU, with the main variety being White Marsh Seedless, mostly grown in the Limassol area.
2019 EU apple campaign sees smaller crop but price recovery
As expected from a moderate crop, prices during the ongoing campaign are moving within ranges significantly above the average price. During recent weeks, EU demand has been at good levels and the average prices for April 2020 are 33% above the average for the last five years (they were 23% above average in March 2020).
EU and US vie for leadership in organics
The world’s largest organic markets, the US and the EU have exhibited dynamic growth over the past couple of years. While the US overtook the EU as the leading global organic food market in 2012, the EU has been showing stronger growth of late. Indeed, over the past 10 years, the organic food market in the EU has nearly doubled. According to the Organic Trade Association, the US recorded sales of US $47.9 billion in 2018, while the EU market was worth an estimated US $45.4 billion, up 18% from the previous year, according to USDA FAS data.