July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Russia

Pest found in Russia-bound Serbian peaches

June 29th, 2015

A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.

No Comments

Russia’s food import ban extension list “virtually unchanged”

June 26th, 2015

While the EU extended its Russian sanctions by six months, the world’s largest nation has added an extra year to its current ban on food imports.

No Comments

Moldova resumes fruit exports to Russia

June 17th, 2015

Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.

No Comments

Russian PM promises “symmetrical” response if EU tightens sanctions

June 4th, 2015

Despite the Russian economy having shrunk by 2% in the first quarter, the country’s prime minister says the food import ban would only be lifted if the West drops its economic sanctions.

No Comments

Moldovan fruit farmers get US$12M boost from World Bank

June 1st, 2015

Smallholder grape, apple and plum farmers in Moldova will benefit from grants that should compensate for half of last summer’s lost profits.

No Comments

Medfly detected in more Russia-bound Egyptian oranges

June 1st, 2015

Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.

No Comments

Russia suspects numerous fake documents on berry shipment

May 26th, 2015

Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.

No Comments

Russia blocks Egyptian orange shipment after Medfly detection

May 25th, 2015

Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.

No Comments

Moroccan blueberry boom to take spotlight at IBO summit Down Under

May 22nd, 2015

Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.

No Comments

Russia considers relaxing import restrictions for certain countries

May 20th, 2015

Greece is one of three European countries which could soon see some of its exporters able to ship to Russia once again.

No Comments

Russian food watchdog reveals update on fraudulent produce imports

May 19th, 2015

Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.

No Comments

Russia could make notifications mandatory for re-exports through the EU

May 13th, 2015

Russia’s agricultural watchdog appears to be taking a more pragmatic approach to the issue of food re-exports via the EU.

No Comments

BanaBay slips into Russia after successful trial

May 11th, 2015

BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.

No Comments

Russia clamps down on Serbian apple trade

April 30th, 2015

Russian authorities have vowed to limit imports of Serbian apples in an attempt to stop the re-export trade of EU-grown fruit.

No Comments

Russia whacks temporary ban on Bangladeshi potatoes

April 30th, 2015

Bangladeshi potato exports to Russia have skyrocketed in recent years, but now the world’s largest country has banned shipments citing phytosanitary risks.

1 Comment

Russia tightens EU food import restrictions

April 27th, 2015

Having stopped Bulgarian fruit and vegetable re-exports last week amid suspicions of fake phytosanitary certificates, Russia is considering extending the ban to other countries.

No Comments

Russia suspects fraudulent documents in blocked vegetable shipment

April 23rd, 2015

The latest interception of suspicious produce coming into Russia had more than 10 times the usual volume from such blocked consignments, which seem to be becoming more frequent.

No Comments

Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

No Comments

Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

No Comments

Russia blocks transit of Polish apple shipment

April 8th, 2015

Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.

No Comments

Russia trashes gray market apples

March 30th, 2015

Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.

No Comments

No risk of Russian ban on Serbian fruit, says ambassador

March 26th, 2015

Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.

No Comments

Anxious wait for Serbian apple exporters after Russian accusations

March 25th, 2015

Serbian apple exporters depend heavily on the Russian market, with some believing re-export claims may be a ‘mix up’.

No Comments

Russia mulls ban on Serbian fruit imports

March 24th, 2015

Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.

No Comments

Russian authorities intercept another Polish apple shipment

March 23rd, 2015

Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.

No Comments

Russia may capitalize on U.S. ban of Dominican fruit

March 23rd, 2015

The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.

No Comments

China: Hainan mango growers look to new markets

March 19th, 2015

Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

No Comments

Pakistan kinnow campaign boosted by Russian market

March 11th, 2015

Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.

No Comments

Russia’s economic woes bite into middle class fruit purchases

March 6th, 2015

Irina Koziy explains three main factors that are impacting fruit sales in Russia, and what traders ought to do to get through these tough times.

No Comments

Moldova: Russian collaboration will continue, says Agrodenidan

March 6th, 2015

A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.

No Comments

Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

No Comments

Russia’s greenhouse revolution

February 27th, 2015

With warmer weather than the rest of the country, could Belgorod become the “Netherlands of Russia” with the help of greenhouse entrepreneurship?

No Comments

Russian market reopens for some Moldovan apple shippers

February 27th, 2015

Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.

No Comments

Russian ruble devaluation hits pome fruit exporters in Argentina, Chile

February 25th, 2015

Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.

No Comments

Russia and Afghanistan in possible gas-for-fruit exchange

February 13th, 2015

Russian and Afghani authorities are said to be discussing an unconventional trade deal.

No Comments

Serbia: Russian embargo “no good for anybody”, says Apple World founder

February 10th, 2015

One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.

No Comments

Crunch time for Moldova-Russia apple import talks

January 29th, 2015

Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.

No Comments

‘The ball is in the West’s court’ to solve food import ban, says Russian minister

January 21st, 2015

The ruble may be on the mend and diplomats are hopeful for a Russia-EU agricultural trade resolution, but challenges still remain.

No Comments

Moroccan citrus expectations drop following adverse weather

January 21st, 2015

Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.

No Comments

Russian-EU deals to take a dive at International Green Week Berlin

January 19th, 2015

Germany and Russia are willing to quickly boost agricultural trade if the two countries’ political problems can be solved.

No Comments

German and Russian ag ministers to meet in Berlin

January 13th, 2015

Hopes are high that talks between German and Russian ministers will help ease trade restrictions on food products.

No Comments

Fuel price drop sparks reefer ‘renaissance’, says Cool Carriers

January 12th, 2015

Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.

No Comments

Argentine pundits forecast fruit sector slump from falling euro

January 7th, 2015

Argentine fruit exporters suffering from the effects of a weak ruble are now faced with another currency challenge – the falling euro.

No Comments

Russia releases gray trade interception stats from Belarus

December 10th, 2014

Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.

No Comments

Swiss authorities seek to allay Russian fruit smuggling suspicions

November 28th, 2014

The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.

No Comments

Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

No Comments

Russia may include Switzerland in produce import embargo

November 26th, 2014

A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.

No Comments

Russia reopens market for Georgian dried fruit imports

November 12th, 2014

Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.

No Comments

Russia blocks Polish apple shipment via Kazakhstan

November 7th, 2014

Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.

No Comments

Polish unrest continues over Russian ban

November 6th, 2014

Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.

No Comments

Poland looks to UAE, China to offset upcoming apple losses

October 20th, 2014

Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.

No Comments

Russia may add Ukraine to list of banned countries

October 17th, 2014

Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.

No Comments

Russia’s gray market tightens on EU produce

September 29th, 2014

Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.

No Comments

Russia blocks more unauthorized produce shipments

September 24th, 2014

Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.

No Comments

Russia may sign produce import MoU with Pakistan

September 22nd, 2014

Pakistani exporters are hopeful a Russian deal could open up new avenues now closed to European produce shippers.

No Comments

Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

No Comments

Russia: FruitNews launches English-language service

September 9th, 2014

Russian produce market expert Irina Koziy has launched a version of her FruitNews service in English.

No Comments

Copa Cogeca urges citrus inclusion in EU emergency withdrawal measures

September 9th, 2014

After Friday’s EC meeting in Brussels, cooperative group Copa Cogeca is calling for greater support in the wake of Russia’s produce import ban, encompassing grower measures and school food schemes.

No Comments

Spanish growers turn up the heat with new protests planned

September 4th, 2014

Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.

No Comments

Kiwifruit prices rise 42.3% in Russia after produce embargo

September 3rd, 2014

Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.

1 Comment

Carrefour targeted in Spanish grower protest

August 28th, 2014

Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.

No Comments

Sweden: NYKCool to change name under new ownership

August 26th, 2014

A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.

No Comments

Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

No Comments

Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

No Comments

Russia eases ban on certain produce

August 21st, 2014

In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.

No Comments

EU funding omission a stain on Spanish pomegranate sector

August 20th, 2014

A key Spanish region used to export almost a third of its pomegranates to Russia, yet the fruit has been left off an EU support list.

No Comments

Russia intercepts produce imports from banned EU countries

August 19th, 2014

Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.

No Comments

ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

No Comments

Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

No Comments

Greek stonefruit farmers need new markets as soon as possible

August 15th, 2014

The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.

No Comments

Quality focus could pull Dutch industry through rough times, says ABN AMRO

August 15th, 2014

An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.

No Comments

More market stabilization measures on the cards, says EU Ag Commissioner

August 14th, 2014

To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.

No Comments

When there’s a will there’s a way

August 14th, 2014

Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.

No Comments

‘We’ll find other markets’, says Aussie cherry grower rep

August 14th, 2014

Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.

No Comments

U.S. pistachio exporter unfazed about redirecting Russia-bound shipment

August 14th, 2014

A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.

No Comments

Serbian apple exporter plays down Russia opportunities

August 14th, 2014

A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.

No Comments

Czech growers fear flood of Polish apples

August 13th, 2014

Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.

No Comments

Tajikistan plans fivefold produce export boost to Russia

August 13th, 2014

The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.

No Comments

Belarus govt vows nation won’t be gray market for food to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.

No Comments

Argentina could ‘redirect’ pome fruit exports to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.

No Comments

Russian ban a “rare opportunity” for Chinese produce, says Goodfarmer

August 12th, 2014

“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.

No Comments

Russian situation ‘accelerates’ action on EU stonefruit crisis

August 12th, 2014

The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.

No Comments

Poland asks U.S. to open doors to its “freedom apples”

August 12th, 2014

Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.

No Comments

Excess banana supply a “wild card” for H2, says Chiquita exec

August 12th, 2014

Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.

No Comments

Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

No Comments

South African citrus industry cautious about Russian trade implications

August 11th, 2014

While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.

No Comments

Israel: Russia ‘already asking’ to increase shipments, says exporter

August 11th, 2014

One Israeli produce grower says trade of certain vegetables and tropical fruit will get a boost in the Russian market.

No Comments

Chile: not enough fruit stocks for ‘immediate response’ to Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.

No Comments

Serbia sees “vast opportunities” in Russian fruit market

August 7th, 2014

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified great opportunities for apple and plum exports to Russia in the wake of the food import ban on competing nations.

No Comments

Russia looks to Kazakhstan, Belarus after food import ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia is taking active steps to forge a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the wake of its ban on a range of food items from the West.

No Comments

Dutch produce industry forecasts €600M loss from Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.

No Comments

Spain: Valencia growers had held “great expectations” for Russian market

August 7th, 2014

Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.

No Comments

Russian govt announces list of banned food products

August 7th, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes sanctions are a “blind alley”, but the latest ban on food imports from the EU, U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia will benefit local farmers.

1 Comment

Russia: Putin signs decree to ban ag products from sanctioning countries

August 6th, 2014

While the wording is vague, one thing is certain – a decree signed today by Vladimir Putin will mean bans on a range of agricultural goods from the West.

No Comments

Polish talks address compensation over Russian produce ban

August 5th, 2014

The Polish Government estimates losses from Russia’s produce embargo could amount to €500 million.

No Comments

Greek growers ‘hold their breath’ for possible Russian ban

August 1st, 2014

Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.

1 Comment

Russia steps up Ukrainian bans with juice blockade

August 1st, 2014

Russia has upped the ante again with a ban on Ukrainian juice imports.

No Comments

Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

No Comments

Russia whacks temporary ban on a raft of Polish produce items

July 30th, 2014

After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.

No Comments

It’s too early to speculate on Russian ban of EU fruit, says Koziy

July 29th, 2014

RK Marketing’s Irina Koziy gives her two kopeks on talk that Russia may ban fresh fruit imports from some European countries.

No Comments

Russia bans Ukrainian canned fruit, veg and fish

July 28th, 2014

Russian authorities have cited labeling problems and nutritional disparity as behind a ban on Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables.

No Comments

EU members call for sanctions against Russia

July 22nd, 2014

The EU is looking to put tougher sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop the flow of weapons into the Ukraine.

No Comments

Russia gets tough on produce imports from Moldova, Israel

July 15th, 2014

Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.

No Comments

Belarus blocks Ukrainian potato imports

July 3rd, 2014

After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.

No Comments

Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

1 Comment

Russian problems prompt new outlook for Moroccan citrus

July 1st, 2014

Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.

No Comments

South Africa reduces grapefruit export estimates

June 16th, 2014

South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.

No Comments

Russia places temporary ban on Ukrainian potatoes

June 9th, 2014

With a 40% currency devaluation, Ukrainian growers can find good opportunities in Europe to offset a Russian ban on their potatoes.

No Comments

Russian import ban “will happen”, says Polish grower group

April 23rd, 2014

One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.

No Comments

Ukraine: former ag minister faces embezzlement charges

April 17th, 2014

Ukrainian investigators have alleged Mykola Prisyazhniuk stole US$41.5 million from the country’s Agrarian Fund.

No Comments

Challenging times ahead for Russian retail market

April 14th, 2014

Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.

No Comments

Mexico prepares mangoes for sale in Russia

March 25th, 2014

Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.

No Comments

Uncertainty over ruble and Crimea hits Russian produce importers

March 19th, 2014

“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.

No Comments

Russia lifts ban on Pakistani plant products

March 3rd, 2014

Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.

No Comments

Opinion: Russia sees structural changes in produce imports

February 24th, 2014

A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.

No Comments

Russian ban pushes quality focus in Pakistani citrus

February 17th, 2014

A temporary ban from Russia has encouraged Pakistani kinnow exporters to improve food safety practices.

No Comments

Pakistan: Harvest Tradings calls for integrated pest management plan

December 16th, 2013

With “huge” kinnow mandarin production expected this year, Pakistan cannot afford to lose export markets over pest concerns.

No Comments

Polish anger over Russian ban threat

November 25th, 2013

Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.

No Comments

Russia threatens Polish produce ban

November 19th, 2013

Poland may lose one of its largest produce markets if it doesn’t meet Russian standards around certification and pesticide residues.

No Comments

Russia bans Pakistani fruit

October 3rd, 2013

Pakistan’s US$150 million horticultural goods market in Russia has been shut down due to “systematic violations”.

No Comments

Poland records apple export jump in the European Union

October 2nd, 2013

Polish apple growers hope to raise exports with the help of multi-million euro, EU-backed promotions in China and Egypt.

No Comments

Argentine pome fruit yield strong prices abroad

September 25th, 2013

Argentine pome fruit exporters have fetched good prices this year but are concerned about Brazilian currency devaluation.

No Comments

Mexico needs better fruit shipping services, says Cocanmex

August 29th, 2013

Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.

1 Comment

Russian authorities intercept cocaine in Ecuadorian banana shipment

August 2nd, 2013

Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.

No Comments

Europe fights Russian E.U. potato ban

July 9th, 2013

Associations call on the European Commission to work with Russian government to end ban enforced on potato imports.

No Comments

Russia’s Chinese apple imports hit record low

June 10th, 2013

China’s apple exports to Russia continue to be edged out by Polish, Moldovan and Serbian suppliers.

No Comments

Peru looks to build produce potential in Russia

June 7th, 2013

Successful sales for grapes are creating opportunities for other Peruvian products in Russia.

No Comments

Ecuador: interactive campaign promotes bananas in Russia

June 6th, 2013

ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.

No Comments

Opinion: citrus remains largest category in Russian produce market

May 27th, 2013

Citrus imports have stayed strong in Russia despite increased competition with Polish apples.

No Comments

Russian rootstocks hold promise across Chile

May 13th, 2013

A sweet cherry rootstock out of Russia may have cross-regional utility for Chilean growers.

No Comments

European companies bring bananas to life through comics

May 8th, 2013

An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.

No Comments

Ecuador to reinforce Russian fruit market position

April 30th, 2013

Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.

No Comments

Opinion: the changing shape of Russia’s retail market

March 18th, 2013

Irina Koziy highlights the changing criteria and produce buying habits of Russian retailers.

No Comments

Opinion: Russia’s adoption of organic food standards – pros, cons and prejudice

December 20th, 2012

Irina Koziy looks at Russia’s proposed organic law and whether the category could actually take off.

No Comments

‘Crises won’t last forever’, says Philippine banana chief

November 20th, 2012

Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.

No Comments

Russian govt moving towards farmer interests

October 30th, 2012

New Russian legislation in support of farming is in its “initial step” of development.

No Comments

Argentina: Tucumán’s lemon exports dropped but prices held up

October 12th, 2012

Tucumán lemon exporters experienced a challenging season this year but with some pleasant surprises.

No Comments

Philippines looks to new banana markets amid Chinese debacle

September 27th, 2012

Philippine banana growers are developing new market outlets following strict import measures from China.

No Comments

Tapping the Russian produce market: retail trends, growth potential

September 14th, 2012

RK Marketing general director Irina Koziy talks about room for growth in the Russian fruit market.

No Comments

Argentina predicts positive lemon season for 2013

September 7th, 2012

Argentine lemon exports have finished on a high note despite a “difficult” environment.

No Comments

Russia: JFC cases aim to recoup US$93M debt

August 8th, 2012

Russia’s largest fruit company seeks to recover rubles from debtors as a part of bankruptcy procedures.

No Comments

Peru poised to explore new mandarin markets

July 30th, 2012

Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.

No Comments

Heavy fall for southern Argentine fruit exports in H1

July 13th, 2012

Pome fruit volume is the main reason behind slashed horticultural exports from southern Argentina.

No Comments

SA fruit industry to press ahead with key export trade fairs

July 10th, 2012

A new financing model is needed for continued South African participation in key fruit trade events.

No Comments

Egypt exceeds expectations and “surprises” orange market

July 4th, 2012

South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.

No Comments

European undersupply benefits South African lemon sales

June 11th, 2012

South African lemon exports are expected to be lower than last year.

No Comments

Pakistan hopes to boost its fruit exports with new U.S. aid

May 23rd, 2012

Pakistan has high hopes that a new U.S. partnership will lead to more and better quality fruit exports.

No Comments

South African port mix up settled

May 17th, 2012

South African citrus shipments to Russia are setting sail smoothly thanks to better port communications.

No Comments

South African easy peelers selling for less in the U.K. this season

May 7th, 2012

South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.

No Comments

Japan to get a taste of Australian red grapefruits

May 7th, 2012

Australia’s first grapefruit shipment to Japan is a healthy diversification for growers facing low demand at home.

No Comments

Delays for Argentine lemon harvests

May 2nd, 2012

A hold up of Argentine lemon harvests is expected to impact Eastern European imports.

No Comments

Sharp rise for Peruvian grape exports in early 2012

April 26th, 2012

Peru is expected to have shipped 124,000MT of grapes between October 2011 and April 2012.

No Comments

Global Berry Congress to look at breeding challenges

April 25th, 2012

Speakers at the Global Berry Congress in the UK will look at striking the balance between fruit strength and taste.

No Comments

SA producers call on govt to prioritize horticulture in BRICS summits

April 20th, 2012

The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.

No Comments

Outdated pesticides to be managed in EU-UN project

April 18th, 2012

A new initiative has been launched to manage 200,000 metric tons of out-of-date pesticides.

No Comments

Chile’s frozen raspberry volumes rose, values fell in 2011

March 27th, 2012

Chilean raspberry exporters struggled to match returns last year due to tough conditions in Europe.

No Comments

Peru’s table grape shipments climb but prices stay flat

March 13th, 2012

Peru table grape industry is pleased with growing shipments but disappointed with this season’s prices.

No Comments

NZ: Avocado growers hope science will expand export markets

March 6th, 2012

New Zealand avocado growers have high hopes about technology which will allow them to export beyond the Pacific Rim.

No Comments

Russian fruit importer JFC applies to the courts to stave off creditors

February 23rd, 2012

Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.

No Comments

SA grape delay raises oversupply concerns

January 13th, 2012

South African growers are confident about strong export volumes, but European prices are a concern.

No Comments

South Africa’s pomegranate industry is taking root

January 3rd, 2012

South Africa’s nascent pomegranate export industry is set to grow by 25% next year.

No Comments

Pakistani exporters push govt for mandarin boost

January 3rd, 2012

Pakistan’s kinnow mandarin season looks good with producers optimistic about shipments despite export hurdles.

No Comments

Peru sends first mangoes to Japan for the season

December 28th, 2011

Peru’s weekly mango exports have more than tripled since the start of December.

No Comments

Chilean walnut producers look to Asia, Middle East for export promise

December 23rd, 2011

Chile’s walnut growers and exporters predict a bright future.

No Comments

Russia to halve apple import duties next year

November 25th, 2011

Russia is to drastically cut its import duties on apples and pears as a condition to joining the WTO next year.

No Comments

Chile’s apple exporters should target Russia, says report

November 21st, 2011

The Chilean apple industry has increased productivity but needs to raise awareness to tap growth markets.

No Comments

Brazil’s exotic Amazonian fruit winning over Russia

November 11th, 2011

Brazil’s exotic Amazon fruit açaí is gaining popularity among health-conscious Russians.

No Comments

South African citrus industry plans 2012 strategy

November 8th, 2011

South African citrus growers are determined to be more clued up for next year’s season to avoid the negative effects of surprises.

No Comments

Venezuela signs banana JV with Russian company

October 12th, 2011

The Venezuelan Government hopes a new Russian banana deal will help with strategic export diversification plans.

No Comments

Russian citrus imports soar by 45% in Q2

October 11th, 2011

Russia is importing nearly 50% more citrus fruits with Egypt as its largest supplier in the second quarter.

No Comments

Mexican fruit growers surpass Russian record

October 5th, 2011

Mexico’s agricultural exports to Russia are set to smash last year’s record of US$39 million.

No Comments

Pakistani kinnow mandarins hit record export values

September 12th, 2011

Strong Russian citrus demand helped Pakistan’s kinnow mandarin exports push past the US$100 million mark.

No Comments

SH exporters could benefit from Russian citrus rise

August 22nd, 2011

Southern Hemisphere citrus growers could benefit from growing demand in Russia.

No Comments

Citrus markets under pressure in Russia

July 12th, 2011

South African and Argentine lemons have suffered setbacks in the Russian market, but some other fruits have fetched better prices.

No Comments

ProChile looks to boost food exports to Russia, Turkey

June 27th, 2011

A ProChile food tour of Russia and Turkey will wind up tomorrow.

No Comments

Argentine region records rise in apple and pear exports

June 10th, 2011

Argentina’s Northern Patagonian port terminal registered high pear and apple shipment growth in May.

No Comments

SA fruit exporters face port capacity shortages

May 12th, 2011

Many South African farmers are opting to ship from Mozambique due to port capacity constraints at home.

No Comments

Argentina’s fruit exports rise 22%

April 26th, 2011

Argentina has recorded an export uptick this season but domestic sentiment is not entirely positive.

No Comments

Chile certifies pomegranates for new export markets

April 13th, 2011

The northern Chilean region of Atacama will more than double pomegranate production this year, following SAG certification for new markets.

No Comments

Argentine lemon exports expected mid-April

April 7th, 2011

The Argentine region of Tucumán is expected to ship the first lemons of the season to Russia in mid-April, with harvests already underway.

No Comments

Ecuador could nationalize banana exports

March 22nd, 2011

Ecuador’s president has vowed to assist banana growers who have been ‘abused’ by exporters, while the country also aims to boost its presence in South Korea.

No Comments

Chinese agricultural group to acquire 200K hectares of land globally

March 15th, 2011

China’s largest agricultural company plans to buy 200,000 hectares of land globally in 2011, as Argentina and Brazil are on the cusp of introducing new foreign ownership laws.

No Comments

Panama expands pineapple exports to Russia and Turkey

February 28th, 2011

Panama is set to double pineapple exports next year with new markets in Russia and Turkey, with potential expansion into Japan and other Asian countries.

2 Comments

Peru’s table grape shipments to Russia more than triple in 2009-10

December 3rd, 2010

Russia has become fourth-largest market for the fruit since shipments began in 2005-06 season

No Comments