Turkey has invested heavily in greenhouse infrastructure and is now able to produce and export tomatoes all year round. Turkey’s tomato exports were worth US$603.6 million in 2018, but the country’s agricultural sector aims to break the $1 billion barrier. Fresh tomato exports were the main product ($292 million), followed by tomato paste ($164 million), dried tomato ($88 million), frozen tomatoes ($39.4 million) and tomato sauces ($16.3 million).
Turkey aims to increase tomato exports
Ecuador’s banana exporters look beyond EU
Despite problems with the EU market and adverse winter conditions, Ecuador recorded a 2% year-on-year increase in banana exports during the first quarter of 2019, shipping 95.3 million boxes. However, Ecuador’s banana exports to the EU dropped 15% in the first three months of the year, according to the Banana Marketing and Export Association (ACORBANEC). The fall in shipments is attributed to cheaper competitors like Guatemala.
HaciendasBio sends abroad a 90% of the stone fruits
The total production of this Spanish company is splited among the European Union. 50% is sent to Germany, 10% remains in Spain and the rest is distributed among other European countries such as Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom.
HaciendasBio is the only European producer with 20 consecutive harvesting weeks from its own farms.
Peruvian mango exports to EU face stricter controls
The EU has imposed further restrictions on imports of Peruvian mango. The new regulation will come into effect on September 1 to control for fruit fly. It is now required that the fruit undergo hydrothermal treatment to eliminate the pest. Moreover, the fruit must come from a plot which has been certified free of fruit fly for at least 3 months.
This measure could have a considerable effect on Peru’s mango exports, with 65% of the country’s fresh mango exports shipped to the EU. The next largest markets are the US (30%), followed by China, Japan, South Korea and Chile.
Dutch tomato exports continue to fall
The tomato exports have dropped 20% over the past ten years, from 1.36 million tons to 1.09 million tons, according to Coexphal data. As the average price per kilo has risen from €0.83 to €1.5, in value terms, the exports have increased from €1.12 billion to €1.62 billion. The export volumes of Spanish tomatoes have also fallen over this period, but by 6.8%.
The main markets for Dutch tomatoes in 2018 were Germany (434.7 million kilos), the UK (180.6 million kilos), Sweden (58.5 million kilos), Italy (45.7 million kilos), and Poland (34.6 million kilos).
Ukrainian agricultural exports grow by almost a quarter in first two months of the year
Ukraine’s agricultural export market was worth a record USD 18.8 billion in 2018 and this growth trend has continued into the current year.
Agrarian Ministry officials have reported a 24.4% year-on-year increase in agricultural exports during January-February 2019, representing a new total for the two-month period of USD 3.5 billion.
Chilean citrus exports to fall 3% in 2019
Chile’s 2019 citrus exports are expected to fall by 3%, with the largest drop recorded for clementines. According to ASOEX, clementine volumes are forecast to be down 8% to 58,000 tons, while orange exports will also drop 3% to 97,000 tons. Lemon (88,000 tons) and mandarin exports are set to remain stable. Despite the forecasts, ASOEX expects very good calibre and quality, thanks to favourable growing conditions.
Soft citrus challenges dominant position of oranges in citrus sector
The third Citrus Summit organised by the Citrus Growers Association of South Africa (CGA) took place in Port Elizabeth on 12-14 March 2019 and was attended by 600 delegates. The conference covered different issues including the evolving political, economic and business perspective from a South African perspective, ethical compliance, biosecurity issues, logistics developments as well as market development for the EU, the US and Russia.
Chile’s fruit exports rise 1.2%
Chilean fruit exports for 2018-2019 amounted to 1.54 million tons – an increase of 1.2%, according to data from ASOEX as of March 28. Shipments to Asia rose 12% to 454,000 tons, and the continent now accounts for 29.5% of total Chilean fruit exports. China is the main destination, with 351,200 tons, up 11%, followed by South Korea, with 47,600 tons, up 34%, and India, with 20,100 tons, up 18.6%.
Spain’s exports of fruit and vegetables totalled €12.7 billion in 2018
Spain’s F&V exports fell 0.2% in 2018 to €12.7 billion, according to data published by the Sectorial Observatory DBK. Fruit exports increased by 0.1%, representing 59% of the total value, with €7.56 billion, while foreign sales of vegetables decreased by 0.8%, and accounted for 41% of the value (€5.16 billion).