Freshfel Europe launches #SpeakUp4FruitVeg campaign for 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports
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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
Healthy nutrition and school support for children: Zespri Europe supports the Hamburg ARCHE
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For many children from socially disadvantaged families there are neither regular hot meals nor suitable learning conditions at home. The Corona crisis has further accellerated this situation - but social institutions work daily to accommodate these children and give them a new perspective. Kiwi producer Zespri™ is now supporting the Hamburg ARCHE with 45,000 euros to implement two projects.
“At Zespri, we recognize how fortunate we’ve been during this extraordinary year.
Nature’s Pride brings Apeel avocados to Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland
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Following successful results in Germany and Denmark, Apeel and Nature’s Pride will be expanding the market for Apeel avocados to the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. This move will serve to intensify cooperation between the organisations, both of whom share the same vision of reducing food waste and enabling a more sustainable food system in Europe.
Australia targets European organic markets
The Australian government has taken a further step to promote the country’s organic agriculture by providing €60,000 in funding for industry body Australian Organics to support exporters targeting German, Swedish and UK markets. Australian Organics will use the grant to support trade of organic products through a national education programme, which will include a series of webinars on a new online platform.
Europe's crop protection industry lays out 2030 Commitments
Europe's crop protection industry (ECPA) has established a set of ambitious commitments to support Europe's new Green Deal, including an investment of over €14 billion in new technologies and more sustainable products by 2030. In addition to this investment, ECPA also plans to ramp up waste collection and increase the levels of training among farmers in Europe as part of its response to the EU's Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
First Vietnamese passionfruit set sail for European shores
The recently signed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is already bearing fruit, with Vietnam dispatching its first shipment of passionfruit to Europe. As Nhan Dan Online reports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) announced on 16 September alongside exporter Dong Giao Foodstuff Export Joint Stock Company that 100 tons of passionfruit were on their way to the Netherlands.