NASA to contribute to agricultural research
Washington Apple Week encompasses nineteen countries
The Washington Apple Commission has announced that this week, from November 28 to December 6, is the second annual celebration of Washington Apple Week. The global event spans nineteen countries and feature activities to connect consumers with the source of their food through education as well as build excitement for the arrival of the new season Washington apples.
EU imposes retaliatory tariffs on US imports
USDA to strengthen organic rule enforcement
The deputy administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program (NOP), Dr Jenny Tucker, is to use her address to the sixth annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum this week to focus on strengthening organic rule enforcement and building relationships with various USDA agencies to protect the integrity of the organic brand, reports Organic Produce Network.
US sales of organic produce rise 15% in third quarter
US organic fresh produce sales were up 15% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, totalling US$2.2 billion, according to a recent report compiled by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. The Q3 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report details top organic items in dollar sales and volume sales and shows organic fresh produce sales and growth by region.
US and Chile vie for share of competitive South Korean grape market
With South Korea’s domestic production of grapes falling, the country is relying ever more on imports. This opens up opportunities for the world’s major producers, especially Chile, with whom South Korea signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2004. Despite government efforts to protect the domestic grape industry by imposing higher tariffs, the share of imported grapes continues to rise. Chile, which benefitted from its early FTA access, has the highest market share. However, US grape imports have also been on the rise since South Korea removed its off-season tariffs in 2016.
CGC calls on Madrid and Brussels to work to remove US tariffs
On July 24, Airbus announced that it was denouncing the aid that was declared illegal by the World Trade Organization (WTO). As confirmed shortly after by the European Commission (EC), the Governments of Spain, France and Germany then agreed with the European aeronautical manufacturer to modify the terms of the repayable credits granted to the firm, in order to reflect market conditions and try to settle the trade dispute with the US and with the company from that country, Boeing.
Westfalia launches two new co-owned avocado rootstocks from its breeding and selection programme
Adjustments on the US fresh fruit market
Sales of fresh produce appear to be levelling off in the US, after seeing a rapid surge in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall, fresh produce sales in the week ending June 28th were up 5.8% from 2019 levels, which is markedly down on the growth seen in since April 2020. While vegetable sales were up 12.5%, fruit sales rose just 0.2%, according to IRI data. There is still strong performance in the frozen and processed produce segment, with the former up 15.1% and the latter growing 22% from the same time last year.