August 20, 2014 / Week N° 34
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.
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