AMPELOS 2017 Symposium in Santorini

The 4th International Symposium Ampelos 2017 focused on the “Mediterranean Vineyards and Climate Change” will be held in Santorini Island, at the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center, 12-14 May 2017 Continue reading AMPELOS 2017 Symposium in Santorini

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FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017 starts today, record participation in anniversary year

More than 3,000 companies from 86 countries exhibiting for the first time under one roof – Over 70,000 trade visitors from more than 130 countries expected – More than two billion tonnes of fruit and vegetables produced in 2016 ¬– Germany is official partner country -– The leading fresh produce trade fair celebrates its 25th anniversary

In its anniversary year, the leading industry event for the global fresh produce trade will attract some 3,100 exhibitors from 86 countries to Berlin from 8 to 10 February 2017.

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH: “FRUIT LOGISTICA was launched in 1993 in response to an industry demand and has seen impressive development ever since. We started the first year with 100 exhibitors. In 2017, for the first time, the number of exhibitors will top the 3,000 mark. As a leading global trade fair, FRUIT LOGISTICA is a don’t-miss event for players across the entire value chain. Not only does the trade fair offer outstanding business opportunities, it has also gained a solid reputation as a platform for information and innovations.”

More than 70,000 buyers and trade visitors from over 130 countries will once again have an opportunity to benefit from the widest variety of international exhibitors ever assembled under one roof.

Official partner country: Germany

In the anniversary year, the host country is, for the first time, also the partner country. It’s a well-known fact that Germany represents the largest consumer market in Europe. But there is also a growing demand for fresh produce exported Germany. This is due in part to the rigorously controlled quality of German products and the reliability of the country’s trading partners. At the same time, new markets are being developed and bilateral trade is promoted with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Organised by the German Association of Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BVEO), the joint exhibition stand in Hall 20 serves as the first stop for trade visitors from all over the world who are interested in German companies. Other German producers and companies in the value chain are located in the other FRUIT LOGISTICA halls. (Link to Virtual Market Place®).

Fresh produce market figures (worldwide, EU, Germany)

According to the latest figures published by the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbh (AMI) in Bonn, around 1.23 billion tonnes of vegetables (excl. melons) and some 800 million tonnes of fruit (incl. melons) were produced worldwide in 2016. Nearly 10% of global fruit production and almost 4% of global vegetable production was sold fresh in cross-border trade.

The EU fruit harvest in 2016 reached 38.2 million tonnes, 3% less than in the previous year. The EU vegetable harvest in 2016 is expected to reach roughly 63.5 million tonnes, representing a slight 1% increase compared to the previous year

According to estimates by the AMI and the Federal Statistical Office, Germany’s fruit harvest in 2016 totalled around 1.32 million tonnes, roughly equivalent to the previous year. This figure is significantly lower than the record set in 2014, when the harvest was 1.49 million tonnes. As indicated by the AMI, the market production of vegetables in 2016 rose by more than 2% in Germany to 3.5 million tonnes. This growth is mainly due to an increase in land under cultivation. As in the previous year however, the harvests were slightly below average.

Fruit and vegetable consumption by German private households in 2016

The average German private household purchased 160.4 kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables in 2016 (88.7 kg of fresh fruit, 71.7 kg of fresh vegetables).

While the most popular fruit varieties in Germany are apples, bananas and oranges, the most popular vegetable varieties include tomatoes, carrots and onions.

While private households in Germany only slightly increased their spending on food and beverages by about 1%, the increase in fruit and vegetables (including potatoes) was just under 6%. “This means that fruit and vegetables once again belong to the most important categories in the retail trade”, says Helmut Hübsch, a consumer research specialist from the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK). In his view, the number of actual purchases deserves special attention. “Households purchase fruit and/or vegetables an average 86 times per year: 86 times in 52 calendar weeks means that households buy fruit, vegetables, or both more than once a week.

Well prepared for the future: the professional supporting programme

The supporting programme kicks off today with the new FRUITNET WORLD OF FRESH IDEAS, an event format that creates a multimedia experience and takes participants on an inspiring journey through the global value chain, and the FRUTIC Symposium, an international scientific conference. Staged for the first time in conjunction with FRUIT LOGISTICA, the symposium includes more than 50 scientific presentations and provides an ideal platform for sharing information between experts from the research community and the fresh produce sector. Four series of events taking place during the trade fair focus on current and future challenges in the industry. The Logistics Hub offers growers, exporters and retailers the information they need to reach the right logistical decisions for transporting their products. The FRUIT LOGISTICA Future Lab presents concepts that, in a few years, will enrich the fruit and vegetable sector with innovations aimed at significantly optimising the value chain. The Fresh Produce Forum focuses on the latest industry questions with viable answers provided by experts. The Tech Stage at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017 focuses on the great importance of technical solutions for the industry.

An overview of all supporting programme events is available here.

Who will get the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2017?

“And the winner is …” The recipient of the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award (FLIA) will be announced in a special ceremony on 10 February 2017. Regarded as the most coveted innovation award in the fresh produce sector, the FLIA honours outstanding new products and services that add new drive to the industry. Ten candidates from numerous submissions have been selected by jury of experts. On the first two days of the fair, FRUIT LOGISTICA trade visitors will choose their favourites from the display in the passageway between Halls 20 and 21.

An overview of nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2017 is available here.

Strong participation from greek companies

Several export companies and cooperatives ftom Greece will participate in  FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017. Greek exhibitors will demonstrate their activities, occupying a total space of 182 square meters. Greek companies that will take place in this year’s exposition are the following:

Venus Growers

Α.S. Episkopis

A.S. Mesis

A.S.E.A. Artas

A.S.E.P.O.P. Naousa

A.S.O.P. Episkopis

E.A.S. Kavalas

FRESH FARM

NOVACERT

You can find more information about FRUIT LOGISTICA here

 

New record in EU agri-food exports in September 2016

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in September 2016 reached a record value of almost €11.5 billion exceeding the export values in September of previous years by about €500 million, according to the latest EU agri-food trade monthly report . The highest increases in monthly values (September 2016 compared to September 2015) were recorded for exports to the USA and Japan, with notable increases also seen to other Asian destinations (South Korea, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong) Continue reading New record in EU agri-food exports in September 2016

Olive-Clima project is entering successfully its final year of implementation

olive clima meeting in ministry of agriculture

The oLIVE-CLIMA project (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942), is a five-year initiative that began in October 2012 and is entering its final year of implementation. Part-funded by the EU’s LIFE programme is developing and applying new olive crop management practices focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The project seeks to enhance the long-term storage of carbon dioxide in the soil by increasing the rate of organic matter build-up and to improve soil fertility, reducing the need for artificial fertilisers. Continue reading Olive-Clima project is entering successfully its final year of implementation

Milk prices in EU are rising, greek producers can’t benefit from it

greek milk production can't benefit from EU price rise

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Bayer’s commitment to innovation and sustainability will help shape the future of farming

Bayer held a global press conference in Leverkusen, on September, 7th 2016 . Agrotypos attended the important event. During the conference, the company placed emhpasis on the strong innovation pipeline that will help solve key agricultural challenges, confirming that 2.5 billion euros have been already earmarked for a capital expenditure program (2017-2020). Furthermore, Bayer  declared a strong commitment to sustainability, also supported by investments in Digital Farming, ForwardFarming and Smallholder Farming. Continue reading Bayer’s commitment to innovation and sustainability will help shape the future of farming

Tunisia, a dynamic olive oil market and important competitor of Greece

Tunisia is the second olive oil exporter worldwide after the European Union. Depending on the crop year, it tends to take the third or fourth position in the ranking of global exporters, with the exception of the 2014/2015 crop year when it was first, having exported 304 000 t of olive oil, in particular to Spain, Italy, the United States, France and Portugal. Continue reading Tunisia, a dynamic olive oil market and important competitor of Greece

Copa – Cogeca: unemployment in EU will rise, if more crop protection products are removed from market

A new EU impact study published recently, reveals that if more crop protection products are removed from the market, quality food supplies will be put at risk and unemployment will rise, costing the economy billions of euros Continue reading Copa – Cogeca: unemployment in EU will rise, if more crop protection products are removed from market

Eurostat: Apples and tomatoes were the top fruit and vegetable produced in the EU in 2015

Greek and Italian apples dominate in Egypt

In the European Union (EU), just over 2.3 million hectares were devoted to the production of fruit and berries and a further 2.1 million hectares to the production of vegetables. With 636.000 hectares (or 27.1 % of the EU total) devoted to the production of fruit, Spain
was the leading EU Member State in terms of production area of fruit in 2015, while it was
Italy (420 000 hectares, or 20.2%) for vegetables. Greece had the 4th largest area with fruit crops (apples, peaches, cherries, strawberries) across EU and was ranked 3rd in peaches, 4th in tomato and cherry production. Continue reading Eurostat: Apples and tomatoes were the top fruit and vegetable produced in the EU in 2015

Brexit shocks Europe, questions raised over trade affairs and CAP budget

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Eurostat: the countries with the highest food prices in Europe

Statistics from Eurostat measuring the price levels of food, beverages and tobacco show that the Nordic countries, Ireland and Luxembourg have the steepest food prices in Europe. Denmark had the highest price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the EU in 2015, at 145% of the EU average, followed by Sweden (124%), Austria (120%) and Ireland. On the other side, the lowest price levels were observed in Poland(63%),  Romania (64%), Bulgaria (70%) and Lithuania (78%). While Greece isn’t one of the most expensive or cheapest countries of the list, there are several categories where prices in the country surpass the average of the 28 member – states.  Continue reading Eurostat: the countries with the highest food prices in Europe

Greece is considering to appeal to the EU court to defend greek yogurt

the case of greek yogurt made in czech republic

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Europech report: Italy and Greece dominate table and canning peach production in 2016

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Continue reading Europech report: Italy and Greece dominate table and canning peach production in 2016

Interview with General Secretary of AREPO network, Mr. Laurent Gomez

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Noshan project: interview with project manager, Mrs Elisenda Casanelles

NOSHAN project will need further research to be implemented in the industry

Photo by Lisa Stevens / CC BY 4.0

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TTIP negotiations: EU Commission’s list of GI products includes only 201 out of 1305 protected agricultural products

TTIP Negotiations

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LIFE11 ENV/GR/942 oLIVE-CLIMA meeting with the Greek Alternate Minister of Rural Development and Food Mr. Markos Mpolaris

olive clima meeting in ministry of agriculture

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A new, unified school scheme for milk, fruits and vegetables will start on 2017

unified fruit and vegetables scheme in european schools from 2017

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Availability of land, access to credits and subsidies, among the biggest barriers for young farmers in the EU

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European Commission: 10% average price drop in oranges since March 2015, major price drop in Italy and Greece

Α constant drop in oranges’ average price in the EU is apparent in the European Commission’s monthly dashboards . Since March 2015, price drop in Greece and Spain exceeded the average price drop of member states in the EU. While the average price of oranges in the EU dropped by 11% over the last year, price drop in Italy was 26% and almost 16% in Greece. On the other side, Spain achieved a price rise 5,6% compared to last year’s average prices. Orange tree is the most cultivated citrus fruit in the European Union. It is also the most imported citrus fruit in the EU Continue reading European Commission: 10% average price drop in oranges since March 2015, major price drop in Italy and Greece

CHERRY 2016: World Symposium in Naoussa, Greece, covering the whole spectrum of cherry cultivation

AgroTypos is Media Sponsor of the Symposium CHERRY 2016 that will take place in the city of Naoussa in Northern Greece on the 4-8 April 2016. It is about the Final Meeting of the COST Action FA1104 entitled “Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market”. CHERRY 2016 is jointly organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Thessaly and the Cyprus University of Technology, with support from the Greek Society for Horticultural Science and the municipality of Naoussa. Continue reading CHERRY 2016: World Symposium in Naoussa, Greece, covering the whole spectrum of cherry cultivation