GAIN reports

Potential for exports to India

Potential for exports to India

Published on Jan 31st, 2017

Thanks to its large and rapidly expanding middle class, rising disposable incomes and shifting consumption patterns toward higher-value agricultural commodities, India offers promising export growth prospects.

It has one of the world’s fastest growing large economies and, by some estimates, is projected to become the world’s third largest economy by 2025.

It is also one of the youngest countries in the world, with a median age of 27.6 years, and its population of 1.27 billion makes it the world’s second most populous country after China.

Argentina in line for slight drop in orange, tangerine exports

Argentina in line for slight drop in orange, tangerine exports

Published on Dec 29th, 2016

Production of citrus fruit in Argentina next year is forecast to fall to 1.37 million tons for lemons, 650,000 tons for oranges, and 280,000 tons for tangerines, due to a late frost in September this year (for lemons) and excess rain, strong winds and hail (for oranges and tangerines), according to a new GAIN report.

Another factor in the lower volumes is the lack of profitability for local producers, it says.

Morocco’s orange exports continue their ascent

Morocco’s orange exports continue their ascent

Published on Dec 27th, 2016

Morocco’s orange exports are expected to reach around 120,500 tons in the 2016/17 marketing year – up 29% from 92,246 tons in 2015/16 – as increased availability allows it to meet growing demand from Russia and the EU, according to a new GAIN report.

The report says the country will likely also benefit from an expected decline in citrus exports from Spain due to quality issues caused by overabundant, late rainfall there.

In 2015/16, the EU and Russia bought 73% of Morocco’s orange exports, which were mainly (66%) Maroc Late oranges.

China's orange imports could surge 35%

China's orange imports could surge 35%

Published on Dec 21st, 2016

China’s citrus imports are expected to grow thanks to consumer demand and a 10% drop in its 2016/17 orange production.

According to a new USDA Gain report, the country is likely to import 300,000 tons of oranges in the 2016/17 marketing year, up over 35% on the previous year. Its orange imports in 2015/16 reached 220,000 tons, which was itself an increase of 50% on the previous year.

Australia set for 230,000 ton orange export record

Australia set for 230,000 ton orange export record

Published on Dec 15th, 2016

Australia’s orange exports are expected to reach a record of 230,000 tons in 2016/17, up 10.6% on the previous year.

Greater demand in North Asian markets and higher production in Australia are key factors in this rise, according to a new USDA Gain report.

Spain offsets drop in Italy for overall rise in EU citrus volumes

Spain offsets drop in Italy for overall rise in EU citrus volumes

Published on Dec 13th, 2016

EU-28 citrus production in the 2016/17 marketing year is likely to reach 11 million tons, meaning growth of 3.3% on 2015/16, according to USDA Foreign Agricultural Service analysts.

The small increase is expected despite an estimated 27% drop in production in Italy because favourable weather has made Spain likely to see a 20% boost in its citrus production, the new USDA report says.

Russia’s 2015/16 apple imports fell 9% to 741,000 tons

Russia’s 2015/16 apple imports fell 9% to 741,000 tons

Published on Dec 09th, 2016

The world’s largest apple importer, Russia, imported 741,357 tons of apples valued at $379.5 million in 2015/16, a 9% decrease in volume on MY2014/15, according to a new USDA Gain report.

And in the 2016/17 marketing year, Russian apple imports are expected to decline by 3% to 720,000 tons, it says.

Canada’s apple imports to dip 2%

Canada’s apple imports to dip 2%

Published on Dec 01st, 2016

Canada’s imports of fresh apples in the 2016/17 marketing year are set to slip 2% on the previous year to about 225,000 tons.

A recent GAIN report also says that based on forecasts from a USDA post in Canada, the US, Canada’s main supplier of fresh apples, will retain a stable market share of about 80% of those imports.

Taiwan's apple imports to decline slightly, says USDA

Taiwan's apple imports to decline slightly, says USDA

Published on Nov 22nd, 2016

Taiwan's apple imports for the 2016/17 marketing year are forecast to total 160,000 tons, down 5% on last year’s record 169,000 tons, reports the USDA.

"A decline in price competitiveness of imported apples, compared with other imported fruit, and weak economic growth, are reasons for the lower import estimate," it says.

Key role for greengrocers in Bulgaria’s retail market

Key role for greengrocers in Bulgaria’s retail market

Published on Jul 26th, 2016

Bulgaria’s retail market is seeing an emerging wave of small specialised stores for fruit and vegetables.

Along with those for dairy and meat products, these stores focus on consumer convenience and the need for fresh, local, and organic food of high quality – something which so far has not been the strongpoint of the country’s modern retailers.

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