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AREFLH requests EU assistance for fresh produce sector

AREFLH requests EU assistance for fresh produce sector

Published on Apr 06th, 2020

The Assembly of European Fruit, Vegetable and Horticultural Regions (AREFLH) has called on EU Commission President Von der Leyen to implement exceptional measures to respond to the consequences of the coronavirus health crisis.

Numerous member regions and their producer organisations met by videoconference on Wednesday 25 March to prepare a joint document to request the establishment of support measures for European producers of fruits and vegetables.

Recovery of EU apple prices this season

Recovery of EU apple prices this season

Published on Feb 17th, 2020

 

EU apple prices during the ongoing campaign are significantly above the average for the past five years, due to the small crop. According to Wapa/Prognosfruit data, this campaign’s crop is down 20% from the preceding year and 11% below the 5-year average.  Compared to the challenging 2018/19 campaign (excess of supply in some Member States, especially in Poland), 2019/20 has seen a great recovery in the sector. EU apple stocks on 1st December 2019 were at their lowest level since 2012.

Outlook stable for EU F&V production

Outlook stable for EU F&V production

Published on Jan 08th, 2020

The European Commission has published a report outlining its forecast for the region’s fruit and vegetable sector. While apple production area is expected to decrease, volumes are estimated to rise slightly in 2030 to 12 million tons (from 11.3 million tons in 2019) thanks to increasing yields. As for peaches and nectarines, increasing competition is predicted from other summer fruits, leading to a further fall in consumption. EU production is expected to remain stable at 4 million tons in 2030 (compared to 4.1 million tons in 2019).

EU tackles unfair B2B food trading practices

EU tackles unfair B2B food trading practices

Published on Jun 04th, 2018

A draft EU law to help protect farmers from unfair trading practices in the food supply chain was presented by European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan on April 12. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) described the proposal as a landmark, but one that could yet be improved. The Commission proposal would ban the unfair trading practices (UTPs) considered most harmful to farmers. These are payments later than 30 days for perishable food products, last minute order cancellations, unilateral and retroactive contract changes, and making suppliers pay for wasted products.

EU-Mexico talks underway for agreement on organic trade

EU-Mexico talks underway for agreement on organic trade

Published on Feb 11th, 2016

The European Commission and government of Mexico have started negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products.

A commission press release said both sides aim to "swiftly conclude" an agreement that would foster expansion of the market for organic farmers, reduce the burden for companies and supply more organic products for consumers.

New EU promotion policy for farm products starts today

New EU promotion policy for farm products starts today

Published on Dec 01st, 2015

"Enjoy, it's from Europe": the new European Commission promotion policy that applies as of today will help the sector's professionals break into or consolidate international markets and make European consumers more aware of the efforts made by European farmers, according to the commission.

EU looking at how to increase acceptance of ‘ugly’ fruit & vegetables

EU looking at how to increase acceptance of ‘ugly’ fruit & vegetables

Published on Oct 12th, 2015

How to increase consumer acceptance of imperfect fruit and vegetables is being examined as part of a European Commission behavioural study on food choices and eating habits.

The research, taking place in the context of part the Milan Expo 2015, is titled "A behavioural study on food choices and eating habits" and its publication expected by the end of this year, according to the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions.

EU High Court fixes €9.8M banana cartel fine on Del Monte & Weichert

EU High Court fixes €9.8M banana cartel fine on Del Monte & Weichert

Published on Jun 26th, 2015

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and a previous distributor must pay a fine of €9.8 million for fixing banana prices between 2000 and 2002, following a decision by the European Union’s highest court.

On Wednesday, the European Court of Justice reversed an earlier decision by the General Court to reduce the fine by 10%.

European Commission should better protect EU banana growers, says Spanish MEP

European Commission should better protect EU banana growers, says Spanish MEP

Published on May 07th, 2015

Canary Islands politician Gabriel Mato wants the European Commission to act faster if banana imports from non-EU countries such as Peru and Colombia exceed agreed limits for a preferential customs duty.

Mato, a member of Spain’s ruling party Partido Popular, said the Commission should report to the European Parliament weekly – and not just at the end of the year – so timely action can be taken if limits are exceeded.

More European Commission help for states most harmed by Russian veto

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