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Lower citrus imports to Japan in 2020/21 as domestic crop recovers

Lower citrus imports to Japan in 2020/21 as domestic crop recovers

Published on Jan 28th, 2021
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Japan’s citrus crop is expected to recover in 2020/21 following a poor harvest in 2019/20, according to FAS/Tokyo data. Increased household consumption of oranges due to the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to provide a modest boost to imports of fresh oranges. Following a COVID-19-related decline in food service demand in 2019/20 and resulting high levels of stocks, 2020/21 imports of lemons and orange juice are projected to plummet. Grapefruit demand continues to steadily slip. 

Daikin’s Active CA container technology powers CMA CGM’s CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere and successfully expands perishable cargo range

Daikin’s Active CA container technology powers CMA CGM’s CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere and successfully expands perishable cargo range

Published on Dec 01st, 2020
Press release & photo: Next Level Information

CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere and successfully expands perishable cargo range

New markets reached thanks to precise management of conditions inside reefer containers

Japan’s cherry crop rebounds

Japan registers fall in fruit consumption amidst high prices

Japan registers fall in fruit consumption amidst high prices

Published on Aug 17th, 2020

The first half of 2020 saw fruit prices in Japan at their highest levels for a decade. The soaring prices have no doubt contributed to the drop in fruit consumption. Between January and June 2020, the average price of fruit in Japan was US$4.86/kg, compared with US$4.34/kg for the period since 2011, according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. So, as demand has fallen, the average Japanese household spend on fruit has risen. Fruit consumption has dropped to 31.5kg per household, the second-lowest total since 2011 and 5.5% lower than the ten-year average.

Japan’s fruit imports grow despite higher prices 

Japan’s fruit imports grow despite higher prices 

Published on May 18th, 2020

Despite the current global logistics problems, Japan’s fresh fruit imports were up 1.3% in March compared with the previous year, according to Japan's Ministry of Finance. The country imported almost 135,000 tons of fresh fruit in March 2020, despite rising prices. Japanese households purchased on average 5.61kg of fruit in March 2020, up 2.5% from the previous year. Meanwhile, expenditure increased 5.3% to US$27.

Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

Published on Mar 18th, 2020

After years of hard work, a container carrying 16 tonnes of quality Colombian Hass avocados has been exported from Westfalia Fruit Colombia (WFC) to Yokohama, Japan. This is the first time that WFC has shipped avocados to the country.

“Colombia’s avocados are in such good condition that WFC is confident shipping avocados to markets that require longer transit times – including Japan, Russia and the Middle East,” says WFC General Manager, and newly elected Vice Chairperson of the Colombian Avocado Board, Pedro Aguilar.

Prices of US produce drop in Japanese retailers 

Prices of US produce drop in Japanese retailers 

Published on Jan 15th, 2020

 

Following the signing of a new FTA between Japan and the US, Japanese retailers have moved promptly to slash prices of US fresh produce. The new trade deal was signed in October 2019, but only came into effect on 1 January 2020. The major beneficiary of the agreement was the fresh produce sector, with the tariffs eliminated on blueberries, cranberries, sweet corn, broccoli and prunes. Other products which will see a staggered elimination of tariffs include fresh cherries and oranges.

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Japan’s cherry production continues to fall

Japan’s cherry production continues to fall

Published on Oct 17th, 2019

 

Japan’s cherry production fell 5% in the 2018/19 campaign five to 18,100 tons, of which 16,200 tons was commercially distributed, according to FAS/Tokyo data. For the 2019/20 campaign, a further drop of 6% (to 17,000 tons) is predicted. The causes of this shrinkage are a slightly reduced acreage and the colder temperatures recorded during flowering in Yamagata prefecture, Japan’s main production area.

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