Chinese garlic floods market pushing prices down
Drop in EU imports of Chinese garlic
Europe continues to diversify its sources of garlic, meaning that China’s garlic exports to the EU continue to fall. Between 2017 and 2018, shipments to the EU fell by 27.5%, from 45,703 tons to 36,021 tons. This figure hides a deeper truth: between 2016 and 2018, the greatest fall in Chinese garlic exports was for shipments to the Netherlands (by far the largest market for Chinese garlic). Shipments to the UK and France (the next two largest markets actually increased between 2017 and 2018.
Smoked garlic a sticking point for Codex garlic standard
Standards for kiwifruit, ware potatoes, garlic and aubergines on agenda for Codex meeting next month
Draft standards for aubergines, garlic, kiwifruit and ware potatoes are on the agenda at the 19th session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Guerrero, Mexico, October 5–9.
And a Codex standard for shallots is also up for discussion at the meeting. That standard has been proposed by Indonesia, which says that, based on FAO data, world production on shallots and onions increased 2.7% per year over 1980-2011.