South Africa’s 2019/20 orange crop is projected to grow by 1% to 1.6 million tons, according to CGA data. The increase is attributed to good rainfall in the main growing regions, the rise in area planted, better water management techniques by farmers, and new plantings of high yielding and late-maturing varieties.
South Africa’s orange exports set to rise 8%
Efforts made to boost Australian-Vietnam trade
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been placed on Australian produce entering Vietnam. However, following a meeting last week between Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, Vietnam has vowed to remove the obstacles, according to Vietnam Plus. The two ministers agreed on ways to work together to restore supply chains of the major partners.
Orange prices remain high amidst strong demand for fruit and juice
The current Coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a relatively small impact on the EU’s 2019/20 harvest, coming as it did at the end of the campaign. The total crop is projected to reach 6.2 million tons this season, according to data released by the EU Commission. This volume represents a 5% drop from the previous campaign, due to smaller yields. In recent weeks, demand has risen across the world for both oranges and orange juice as consumers look for sources of vitamin C to remain healthy.
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.
Agreement opens opportunities for US fruit in Japan
The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020
The European Packaging Forum is a precisely tailored congress event for the fruit and vegetable industry, focusing on marketing, sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. These are the topics that the experts from all stages of the value chain will be discussing on 14 May 2020 in Düsseldorf at Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf. This will be followed by the DFHV Annual Conference on 15 May 2020.
US-China trade war rumbles on with increased additional tariffs on US goods
Mixed messages from EU countries regarding treaty with Mercosur
Several European countries are pushing for a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay). Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Latvia and Sweden have all formally requested that the Commission arrives at an agreement, according to AFP. Nevertheless, some countries (France, Poland, Belgium and Ireland) are concerned about the treaty and the effect it might have on European farming.
Tomato exports to beyond EU plummet
EU exports of tomatoes dropped substantially between 2015 and 2017. According to Eurostat data, the largest non-EU importer, Belarus, saw its receipts of EU tomatoes plummet from 105,000 tons in 2015 to 51,000 tons in 2017. Exports from the EU to Switzerland also fell slightly, from 29,000 tons to 26,500 tons. The next largest markets for EU markets, Norway and Russia also saw similar drops in volumes received. The UAE bucked this trend by increasing its receipts from 4,000 tons in 2015 to 6,000 tons in 2017.