EU allocates extra funds to promote fruit and vegetable consumption
Surge in demand for Spanish citrus in second half of campaign
The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) reports that the second half of the citrus season has seen an increase in sales and prices for producers. This is due to a better balance between supply, which has been lower than expected due to adverse weather conditions, and demand, which is up due to the cold in Europe and the fruit’s immunological benefits.
Russian discounter to open in Spain
Russian budget retailer Mere, owned by the Svetofor Group, is to open stores across Spain this year. The firm claims that it will offer goods that are up to 20% cheaper than its rival supermarkets, with the range including everything from food and household goods to clothes and the latest gadgets.
Managing director of Mere in Spain, Andrey Murzov, said that the stores will be “spartan” and “no frills,”, but the savings on decor will allow really low prices.
San Telmo and Ecoembes unite for a sustainable future
San Telmo Business School, which trains senior managers of consumer goods companies has teamed up with and Ecoembes, a non-profit environmental organisation that coordinates the recycling of packaging throughout Spain, in an alliance to jointly promote the role of companies in creating a circular economy, as well as to identify possible public-private collaboration strategies for the same purpose.
Spanish citrus and persimmon gain access to Peruvian market
Peru has authorised imports of Spanish citrus and persimmon, providing a welcome boost for Spanish producers. Peru’s Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) authorised imports of fresh mandarins, oranges and persimmon that have been subjected to cold treatment. Spain’s Agriculture Ministry said the move opens the door for exports of other products to Peru and other regional markets. Midagri said exports will be able to start once cold treatment processes have been verified.
Cold snap threatened Spain’s supplies and pushes up prices
The fruit and vegetable sector in Spain was struck by record minimum temperatures last week, with rain and snow falling incessantly throughout the week, which will compromise harvests. Production has fallen considerably and is affecting all products. Prices are high as there is no capacity to supply all the demand that exists, not even to meet most of the commercial agreements that the marketing companies had already closed.
Surge in demand for fresh produce in Spain in 2020
Between January and November 2020, the volume of food purchases in Spain increased by 10% y-o-y to 31.5 million tons, while in value terms, the increase was 13% to €78.4 billion, as average prices increased by 2.7%, according to a study prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
COEXPHAL hails post-Brexit agreement and works to streamline administrative procedures
The UK is the third largest export market for fruit and vegetables from Almeria, after Germany and France. In 2019, companies and cooperatives from Almeria exported 290,868 tons worth €286 million. If the EU and the UK had not reached an agreement, the fruit and vegetable products would have suffered several levies of tariffs that would range between 14% in tomato or 10% in lettuce.