Uptick in Australia’s vegetable exports
What can EU produce sector expect after Brexit?
With the UK all but certain to leave the EU in 2020, the European fruit and vegetable industry is viewing with great concern the potential impact this will have on intra-EU trade flows. A recent Rabobank report found that fresh produce will be the most affected food sector following Brexit, along with animal protein. At a time when the EU agricultural sector is still adjusting to the fallout of the Russian embargo, the potential loss of another key market could have devastating consequences.
Imports of Moroccan produce to Spain double in four years
Freshfel Europe calls for a fresh fruit and vegetable-in-all-policies approach
On the 2nd of December, Freshfel Europe called for a fresh fruit and vegetables-in-all-policies approach in its presentation of its 2019-2024 priorities paper for the EU institutions ‘Fresh Fruit & Vegetables for Europe’s Future’ in the European Parliament. Freshfel Europe asked policy makers to help stimulate a higher level of fresh fruit and vegetable consumption as part of an integral shift to a low environmental impact plant-based diet to protect the planet and citizens’ health.
Campaign to lower VAT on fruits and vegetables in Netherlands
Dutch organisations promoting healthy eating habits are calling for their government to remove VAT from fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, there are already several European countries that have taken this step. These include Ireland, Malta, and the UK. Elsewhere, the rate is lower for fresh fruits and vegetables than for other products in some countries like Spain (4%), Latvia (5%) and Poland (5%), according to data published by EC Europe. EU regulations allow for a so-called special rate.
A date with Vietnam at the International F&V trade fair
Increase in Spanish tomato crop
According to first official estimates for the 2019 Spanish vegetable campaigns, extra-early potato production is up 5.2%, while output of early varieties surged 24.4%. The onion crop contracted 12.9%. As for tomatoes, the “January-May” crop climbed 4.6%, and the "summer" (June-Sept) rose 5.8%, in its first estimates.
EU F&V deficit narrows
The EU’s fruit and vegetable trade deficit has narrowed in the last twelve months. While imports of fresh vegetables were up 9% between May 2018 and May 2019, imports to the EU of fresh fruits were down 19%. If we look at the detail, citrus fruit imports fell by 26%, while tropical fruit imports rose 6%.