July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27
June 29th, 2015
A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.
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.
June 17th, 2015
Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.
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.
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.
Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.
May 26th, 2015
Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.
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.
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.
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.
May 19th, 2015
Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.
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.
May 11th, 2015
BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.
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.
Bangladeshi potato exports to Russia have skyrocketed in recent years, but now the world’s largest country has banned shipments citing phytosanitary risks.
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.
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.
April 22nd, 2015
A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.
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.
Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.
March 30th, 2015
Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.
March 26th, 2015
Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.
March 25th, 2015
Serbian apple exporters depend heavily on the Russian market, with some believing re-export claims may be a ‘mix up’.
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.
March 23rd, 2015
Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.
The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.
March 19th, 2015
Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
March 11th, 2015
Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.
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.
A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.
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.
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?
Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.
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.
February 13th, 2015
Russian and Afghani authorities are said to be discussing an unconventional trade deal.
February 10th, 2015
One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.
January 29th, 2015
Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.
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.
Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.
January 19th, 2015
Germany and Russia are willing to quickly boost agricultural trade if the two countries’ political problems can be solved.
January 13th, 2015
Hopes are high that talks between German and Russian ministers will help ease trade restrictions on food products.
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.
January 7th, 2015
Argentine fruit exporters suffering from the effects of a weak ruble are now faced with another currency challenge – the falling euro.
December 10th, 2014
Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.
November 28th, 2014
The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
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.
November 12th, 2014
Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.
November 7th, 2014
Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.
November 6th, 2014
Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.
October 20th, 2014
Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.
October 17th, 2014
Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.
September 29th, 2014
Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.
September 24th, 2014
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 22nd, 2014
Pakistani exporters are hopeful a Russian deal could open up new avenues now closed to European produce shippers.
September 15th, 2014
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
September 9th, 2014
Russian produce market expert Irina Koziy has launched a version of her FruitNews service in English.
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.
September 4th, 2014
Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.
September 3rd, 2014
Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.
August 28th, 2014
Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.
August 26th, 2014
A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.
August 25th, 2014
Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.
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.
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.
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.
August 19th, 2014
Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.
August 18th, 2014
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
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.
August 15th, 2014
The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.
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.
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.
Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.
Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.
A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.
A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.
August 13th, 2014
Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.
The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.
August 12th, 2014
Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.
Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.
“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.
The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.
Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.
Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.
August 11th, 2014
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.
One Israeli produce grower says trade of certain vegetables and tropical fruit will get a boost in the Russian market.
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.
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.
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.
A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.
Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.
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.
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.
August 5th, 2014
The Polish Government estimates losses from Russia’s produce embargo could amount to €500 million.
August 1st, 2014
Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.
Russia has upped the ante again with a ban on Ukrainian juice imports.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
July 30th, 2014
After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.
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.
July 28th, 2014
Russian authorities have cited labeling problems and nutritional disparity as behind a ban on Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables.
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.
July 15th, 2014
Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.
July 3rd, 2014
After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.
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.
July 1st, 2014
Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.
June 16th, 2014
South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.
June 9th, 2014
With a 40% currency devaluation, Ukrainian growers can find good opportunities in Europe to offset a Russian ban on their potatoes.
April 23rd, 2014
One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.
April 17th, 2014
Ukrainian investigators have alleged Mykola Prisyazhniuk stole US$41.5 million from the country’s Agrarian Fund.
April 14th, 2014
Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.
March 25th, 2014
Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.
March 19th, 2014
“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.
March 3rd, 2014
Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.
February 24th, 2014
A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.
February 17th, 2014
A temporary ban from Russia has encouraged Pakistani kinnow exporters to improve food safety practices.
December 16th, 2013
With “huge” kinnow mandarin production expected this year, Pakistan cannot afford to lose export markets over pest concerns.
November 25th, 2013
Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.
November 19th, 2013
Poland may lose one of its largest produce markets if it doesn’t meet Russian standards around certification and pesticide residues.
October 3rd, 2013
Pakistan’s US$150 million horticultural goods market in Russia has been shut down due to “systematic violations”.
October 2nd, 2013
Polish apple growers hope to raise exports with the help of multi-million euro, EU-backed promotions in China and Egypt.
September 25th, 2013
Argentine pome fruit exporters have fetched good prices this year but are concerned about Brazilian currency devaluation.
August 29th, 2013
Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.
August 2nd, 2013
Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.
July 9th, 2013
Associations call on the European Commission to work with Russian government to end ban enforced on potato imports.
June 10th, 2013
China’s apple exports to Russia continue to be edged out by Polish, Moldovan and Serbian suppliers.
June 7th, 2013
Successful sales for grapes are creating opportunities for other Peruvian products in Russia.
June 6th, 2013
ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.
May 27th, 2013
Citrus imports have stayed strong in Russia despite increased competition with Polish apples.
May 13th, 2013
A sweet cherry rootstock out of Russia may have cross-regional utility for Chilean growers.
May 8th, 2013
An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.
April 30th, 2013
Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.
March 18th, 2013
Irina Koziy highlights the changing criteria and produce buying habits of Russian retailers.
December 20th, 2012
Irina Koziy looks at Russia’s proposed organic law and whether the category could actually take off.
November 20th, 2012
Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.
October 30th, 2012
New Russian legislation in support of farming is in its “initial step” of development.
October 12th, 2012
Tucumán lemon exporters experienced a challenging season this year but with some pleasant surprises.
September 27th, 2012
Philippine banana growers are developing new market outlets following strict import measures from China.
September 14th, 2012
RK Marketing general director Irina Koziy talks about room for growth in the Russian fruit market.
September 7th, 2012
Argentine lemon exports have finished on a high note despite a “difficult” environment.
August 8th, 2012
Russia’s largest fruit company seeks to recover rubles from debtors as a part of bankruptcy procedures.
July 30th, 2012
Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.
July 13th, 2012
Pome fruit volume is the main reason behind slashed horticultural exports from southern Argentina.
July 10th, 2012
A new financing model is needed for continued South African participation in key fruit trade events.
July 4th, 2012
South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.
June 11th, 2012
South African lemon exports are expected to be lower than last year.
May 23rd, 2012
Pakistan has high hopes that a new U.S. partnership will lead to more and better quality fruit exports.
May 17th, 2012
South African citrus shipments to Russia are setting sail smoothly thanks to better port communications.
May 7th, 2012
South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.
Australia’s first grapefruit shipment to Japan is a healthy diversification for growers facing low demand at home.
May 2nd, 2012
A hold up of Argentine lemon harvests is expected to impact Eastern European imports.
April 26th, 2012
Peru is expected to have shipped 124,000MT of grapes between October 2011 and April 2012.
April 25th, 2012
Speakers at the Global Berry Congress in the UK will look at striking the balance between fruit strength and taste.
April 20th, 2012
The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.
April 18th, 2012
A new initiative has been launched to manage 200,000 metric tons of out-of-date pesticides.
March 27th, 2012
Chilean raspberry exporters struggled to match returns last year due to tough conditions in Europe.
March 13th, 2012
Peru table grape industry is pleased with growing shipments but disappointed with this season’s prices.
March 6th, 2012
New Zealand avocado growers have high hopes about technology which will allow them to export beyond the Pacific Rim.
February 23rd, 2012
Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.
January 13th, 2012
South African growers are confident about strong export volumes, but European prices are a concern.
January 3rd, 2012
South Africa’s nascent pomegranate export industry is set to grow by 25% next year.
Pakistan’s kinnow mandarin season looks good with producers optimistic about shipments despite export hurdles.
December 28th, 2011
Peru’s weekly mango exports have more than tripled since the start of December.
December 23rd, 2011
Chile’s walnut growers and exporters predict a bright future.
November 25th, 2011
Russia is to drastically cut its import duties on apples and pears as a condition to joining the WTO next year.
November 21st, 2011
The Chilean apple industry has increased productivity but needs to raise awareness to tap growth markets.
November 11th, 2011
Brazil’s exotic Amazon fruit açaí is gaining popularity among health-conscious Russians.
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.
October 12th, 2011
The Venezuelan Government hopes a new Russian banana deal will help with strategic export diversification plans.
October 11th, 2011
Russia is importing nearly 50% more citrus fruits with Egypt as its largest supplier in the second quarter.
October 5th, 2011
Mexico’s agricultural exports to Russia are set to smash last year’s record of US$39 million.
September 12th, 2011
Strong Russian citrus demand helped Pakistan’s kinnow mandarin exports push past the US$100 million mark.
August 22nd, 2011
Southern Hemisphere citrus growers could benefit from growing demand 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.
June 27th, 2011
A ProChile food tour of Russia and Turkey will wind up tomorrow.
June 10th, 2011
Argentina’s Northern Patagonian port terminal registered high pear and apple shipment growth in May.
May 12th, 2011
Many South African farmers are opting to ship from Mozambique due to port capacity constraints at home.
April 26th, 2011
Argentina has recorded an export uptick this season but domestic sentiment is not entirely positive.
April 13th, 2011
The northern Chilean region of Atacama will more than double pomegranate production this year, following SAG certification for new markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 3rd, 2010
Russia has become fourth-largest market for the fruit since shipments began in 2005-06 season
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