New Covid-19 cases lead to closure of Xinfadi Wholesale Market
Inefficiencies dog Australia’s supply chain
It is estimated that Australia’s fresh produce industry loses almost €1 billion annually due to its inefficient supply chain, which leads to 18-22% of fresh produce lost each year. This is the finding of a report published by Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ). Darren Keating, chief executive of PMA A-NZ, said, “Poor performance of the supply chain can cause visibility and trust issues, which often makes it difficult to pinpoint the inefficiencies and areas to directly target investment for improvement.
Fresh produce regains ground in US retail sales
The share of sales of fresh produce in US shopping baskets is almost back to pre-Covid levels. Following the outbreak, there was a rush to stock up on frozen and canned products, which led to a drop in sales of fresh produce to 70% in March. However, according to data published in a report by 210 Analytics and PMA, in the week ending on May 24th, the share of fresh produce was back up to 82%, slightly less than the 2019 average of 84%.
Price volatility points to fragility of fresh produce supply chains
Even under normal circumstances, fresh produce prices are more volatile in the US than for almost any other commodity, according to a report by Gro. The report argues that while fresh produce markets face unique issues such as seasonality and perishability, several other inefficiencies also contribute to price volatility that need to change if we want more resilience in our supply chains.
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Portugal’s fresh produce exports up 10% in first quarter
According to data published by Portugal Fresh (Association for the Promotion of Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers), Portuguese fresh produce exports climbed 10% during the first three months of 2020 to €398 million. However, these figures disguise a mixed picture. While fruit exports were up 18.3% to €165 million, vegetable exports slipped 1.1% to €82 million. Meanwhile, shipments abroad of processed fruit and vegetables climbed 6.3% to €114 million. The European Union is the main market for Portugal’s fresh produce, absorbing 77% of total exports.
Global Women Fresh prepares 5-Year business plan
GWF has invested in a digital platform to help manage its global community better and foster the right marketing/branding tone for the organisation. Co-founder Julie Escobar said, “Our main goal continues to be to create the #1 global platform for women in the Ag Business. This digital platform is thanks to the incredible support and guidance of Natalie Shuman and Danielle Loustalot, all Pro-Bono.”
EU organic fruit production increases 5% in 2018
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The European Union’s organic agriculture expanded by 6.0% in 2017 and by 7.6% in 2018, with area now surpassing 13.8 million ha, according to a report published by Agence Bio. Organic represented about 7.5% of the EU’s utilised agricultural area in 2018 (7.2% in 2017). There were 325,306 registered organic farms in 2018 (+4.9% compared to 2017).
France to end Moroccan tomato imports
The current pandemic has led to shifting consumption patterns, with increased demand for staple, non-perishable foods and citrus fruits, according to a report by intelligence firm Tridge. Perishable food products such as fresh vegetables have registered a drop in demand.
The perceived health properties of citrus fruits and by-products like orange juice have driven demand, with futures for orange juice jumping 22% in March, the highest monthly gain since October 2015.
New train route between China and Vietnam
A new train line between Vietnam and China is expected to promote an increase in trade between the two countries. The first shipment to arrive by this route at the end of February was over 150 tons of dragon fruit, which left the Dong Dang train station in northern Vietnam and arrived at the Pingxiang railway port in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, reports Xinhua.