Russian growers of berries will discuss the berry market outlook at Berries of Russia conference
Gulf and Russia record rises in citrus imports
Taking the Gulf market as a whole, citrus consumption climbed steadily between 2012 and 2016 (from 1.6 million tons to 1.9 million tons), before dropping off slightly in 2017 (1.68 million tons). The main suppliers of fresh citrus to the Gulf in 2017 were Egypt (525,000 tons), South Africa (430,000 tons), Turkey (120,000 tons), Pakistan (110,000 tons), Lebanon (47,000 tons) and Spain (43,000 tons).
Magnit opens the 20,000th store
Potato, onion and apples, the most frequent purchases
Magnit, the second largest Russian retailer, has recently opened its 20,000th store. It is located in Moscow region and is equipped with cutting-edge technologies: electronic price tags, mobile bar-code printers, self-service cashiers. The store area is 600 square meters; the assortment includes 6,000 SKU.
By the way, the survey organised by the analytics of Magnit showed that top-5 most frequent purchase in convenience stores are potatoes, onions, apples, bread and chicken.
Russia returns to being number-one market for Turkish produce
Russia is now the number-one destination for Turkey’s fresh produce. The remarkable turn-around follows swiftly on the heels of Russia lifting the sanctions imposed on Turkish produce following the downing of one of its military fighter jets. In the first two months of 2019, Turkey exported approximately $366 million worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, with Russia alone accounting for $105 million. According to Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB) data, Turkey exported 697,577 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to 100 countries in January and February.
Russia’s apple crop projected to break 1.5 million-ton barrier
Russia’s 2018/19 apple production is forecast at 1,506,100 tons, according to USDA. Nevertheless, despite being a major producer, Russia imported 858,600 tons in 2017/18. Imported volumes of apple are predicted to decrease to 815,000 tons in 2018/19. Similarly, Russia’s imports of table grapes and pears are also expected to fall this year, to 270,000 tons and 352,000 tons, respectively, due to the rise in domestic production.
Massive growth of Russian vegetable output
Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced that greenhouse vegetable production is set to hit 1.3 million tons this year, vastly outstripping last year’s record crop (1.1 million tons). And this exponential growth is showing no sign of slowing down, with forecasts of reaching around 2 million tons within five years, thanks partly to sizeable government funding, which almost doubled last year to Rbs240 million. The country’s winter greenhouse production area climbed by over 10% to 2,500ha in 2018, with the strategic Stavropol Territory seeing a 5% increase in volumes to 290,500 tons.
Turkish fresh produce exports to Russia skyrocket with stabilised relations
Turkey’s fresh produce exports have been given a sizeable boost this year by the end to the conflict with Russia. In the first four months of 2018, exports climbed 25% compared to the same period in 2017, reaching US$794 million, according to the Uludag Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association (UYMSIB). In volume terms, 1.6 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were exported, representing a rise of 17%.
Russia to end reliance on imported potato
With the on-going sanctions limiting Russia’s imports, the country is reshaping its domestic potato production so that the country no longer has to rely on the world to provide its French fries. In 2017, Russia imported 94% of its French fries but has now invested in the necessary equipment to produce it locally, according to Sergey Korolev, head of Russia’s National Horticultural Union. With the market demand currently for around 106,000 tons annually, the new equipment has the capacity to produce 110,000 tons.
Mushroom production in Russia has been growing steadily
Mushroom production has been growing dynamically in Russia, informs Interagro Company basing on its industry and market researches. Thus, mushroom production has doubled during last two years, reaching 20,000 tons by the end of 2017. The experts believe this figure will double again by the end of 2018.