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%.
EU F&V deficit narrows
Recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake costs around $2.50 in US
A USDA food consumption survey found that US citizens are consuming only 0.9 cups of fruit and 1.4 cups of vegetables per day. This is well below the recommendation to include 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables in their daily diets. The main cause of this deficiency is thought to be cost, with low-income households particularly affected.
Larger harvests overall for Spanish fresh produce farmers
The latest estimates published by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for the country’s 2018/19 vegetable crop indicate an increase in output of potato. Production of extra-early potato varieties is expected to increase by 5.2%, in line with a corresponding expansion in production area. The early potato crop is forecast to be up 24.8%, despite little variation in growing area. As for tomatoes, production for the first five months of 2019 is up 1.1%. The aubergine and mushroom crops are respectively 3.4% and 1.4% larger.
Strong growth in Spain’s citrus output
The 2018-19 Spanish citrus crop has seen increases across the board, according to official data from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. The largest increases are in satsuma (+31.3%), lemon (+21.5%), clementine (+20.5%), orange (+14.3%), tangerine hybrids (+13.9%) and grapefruit (+4.1%). Tangerine varieties were up 19.5% overall.
64% of Europeans eat fruit at least once a day
A study has found that in 2017, 27% of Europeans ate fruit at least twice a day. A further 37% of the EU population ate fruit once a day and the remaining 36% ate fruit either less frequently or not at all during a typical week. A slightly smaller proportion (23%) of the EU population ate vegetables at least twice a day, and a slightly higher proportion (40%) ate vegetables once a day.
French consumption of fresh produce falls while expenditure rises
The average amount spent by French households on fruit and vegetables increased by 0.9%, from €407.5 to €411.3 between 2017 and 2018. This increase is due to the average price rise of 4.6% for the 4th consecutive year, according to the Kantar report published by FranceAgriMer. By contrast, the average quantity purchased over a year has decreased from 168.3kg to 162.4kg. The price rises concern fruit the most (+5.1%), from €2.42 to €2.55/kg. "This increase is most noticeable in metropolitan areas, where average purchase prices have risen 10.4% year on year," according to the report.
Russian Ministry of Agriculture announced the results of 2019
The 2018 showed the positive trend of vegetable production in Russia, informed the representatives of Russian Ministry of Agriculture. Total crop of potato amounted to 22.4 million tons, comparing to 21.7 million in 2017. Total crop of vegetables was 13.6 million tons, the same as in 2017. The production of hothouses vegetables exceeded one million ton; it is the record figure. Key tendency is the increase of tomatoes production that grew by 25% and amounted to 380,000 tons in 2018 along with the decrease of cucumbers share.
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.
Early supplies of organic summer vegetables start to run low
Heat waves across Germany have brought forward ripening of many of the country’s organic vegetable crops. By May, salads, radishes and kale were all available. However, after the initial waves of supplies, shortages are beginning to appear, such as with cauliflower and broccoli and prices are on the rise.
US remain EU’s largest trading partner for agricultural products
Trade in agricultural produce between the EU and the rest of the world hit €275 billion in 2017, according to Eurostat. Agricultural products are generally divided into three categories: vegetables (trees, plants, vegetables, fruit, coffee, cereals, seeds and oil), foodstuffs (various types of processed goods deriving from vegetable and animal products such as sugar, beverages, tobacco and prepared animal fodder) and animal products (live animals, meat, fish, crustaceans, dairy produce, eggs, honey).