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Spanish fruit imports climb

Spanish fruit imports climb

Published on May 05th, 2021

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Spain’s fresh produce imports grew by 6% YoY in February, with the volume reaching 289,444 tons, according to FEPEX data. In value terms, imports rose by 5% to €273m. Fruit imports were the key drivers reaching 147,000 tons, for a value of €198.4m (+11% and 15% respectively). The strongest growth was recorded for kiwi imports (+107% in volume; +110% in value) and pineapples (+10% in volume).

EU ends ban on Argentine citrus imports

EU ends ban on Argentine citrus imports

Published on May 03rd, 2021

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The European Commission has lifted its ban on citrus imports from Argentina. Trade was suspended last August following a number of interceptions of Citrus Black Spot in shipments. Argentina’s plant health authority Senasa said the new measure would come into effect on 1 May.

Japan’s fruit imports hit by container shortfall

Japan’s fruit imports hit by container shortfall

Published on Apr 29th, 2021
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Japanese imports of fresh fruit dropped 8% y-o-y to 112,100 tons during February 2021. The reason for the fall is attributed to the global reefer container shortage. US imports were the worst affected, with lemon shipments down 56%, oranges and tangerines down 50%, kiwis down 38% and grapefruits down 32%. However, avocado imports (mainly from Mexico) in January and February 2021 were up 8% y-o-y to 11,900 tons.

Czech parliament votes to reject quota on imported food in supermarkets

Czech parliament votes to reject quota on imported food in supermarkets

Published on Apr 19th, 2021
Photo: AP Photo/Petr David Josek

Czech lawmakers have rejected plans to require supermarkets to sell mainly domestically produced food, removing the measure from a bill on food quality to avoid clashes with the European Commission over EU single market rules, reports European Supermarket Magazine.

China’s fresh fruit imports slip 8.9% in 2020

China’s fresh fruit imports slip 8.9% in 2020

Published on Mar 31st, 2021
Photo: Retail China - CR Vangard

Despite China’s imports of fresh produce falling y-o-y in volume terms in 2020, they were up in value, according to Chinese customs data. China imported 5.3 million tons of fresh fruit in 2020, with bananas leading the way (1.7 million tons; 32%). Next came dragon fruit (618,000 tons), followed by durian (575,000 tons), mangos (379,000) and longans (347,000 tons). 

South Korea gives green light to imports of Colombian avocado 

South Korea gives green light to imports of Colombian avocado 

Published on Mar 31st, 2021
Photo: Colombian avocado - Eurofresh Distribution

South Korea has granted access to Colombia’s Hass avocado. Colombia’s Agriculture Minister Rodolfo Zea Navarro said the Asian market has huge potential: “South Korea is a strategic partner in Asia. Between 2016 and 2020, its avocado imports grew by 252 per cent, and it is currently the fifth largest importer of this product in Asia.”

CMR Group aims to expand customer portfolio and increase turnover in 2021

CMR Group aims to expand customer portfolio and increase turnover in 2021

Published on Mar 30th, 2021

CMR Group, a leading Spanish importer and marketer of fruit and vegetable products, aims to increase its turnover by 10% in 2021 compared to last year and expand its customer portfolio.

Some of the group’s products have performed very strongly since the outbreak of the pandemic, especially during lockdowns, such as citrus, while others, focused on the food service channel, have seen notably reduced demand. 

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