Chios Mastic: Agreements with global «giants» of pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical products

Chios Mastic: Agreements with global «giants» of pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical products

The last two years Chios Mastic Growers Association increases its sales network. Recently the Association reached an agreement with the American multinational company related to nutritional supplements called «GNC Holdings» and is very close to cooperate with the «Solgar», an American «giant», and these are not the only business success. Over the last two years, according to Mr. Elias Smyrnioudis, the Director of Production Research and Development Units of Chios Mastic Growers Association, such agreements have been concluded around the world from Japan to America, and of course EU is included. Continue reading Chios Mastic: Agreements with global «giants» of pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical products

And yet there is Greek peanut butter. It is organic and produced in northern Greece

there is Greek peanut butter. It is organic and produced in northern Greece

When we refer to peanut butter, usually we travel with our mind … to America. However, this delicious product from peanuts in shells, the last three or so years, is being produced in Greece and indeed organic. The agronomist and organic producer from Alexandroupoli, Mr. Kyriazis Kyriazidis, had the idea and then other members of his family were involved in the project. Today the produced in Alexandroupoli organic peanut butter, is sold primarily in the family cafe called the “Disaki” (means the saddlebag) held by Mr.Kyriazidis nephews, Kyriaki and Marinos. Continue reading And yet there is Greek peanut butter. It is organic and produced in northern Greece

The EU wine production for 2015 is expected to be increased by 2.7% compared to the previous year

EU wine production for 2015 is expected to be increased

According to the forecasts of Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission the European Union (EU) wine production of 2015 is expected to be increased by 2.7%, compared to both the 2014-2015 production and the average of the last five years. In the 117th meeting of the Committee for the Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets, which took place in Brussels on September 23, was announced that this year’s wine production for the EU-28 will reach 170.8 million hectoliters (Mhl), compared to 166.232 Mhl in 2014. Continue reading The EU wine production for 2015 is expected to be increased by 2.7% compared to the previous year

Forecasts for reduction of world maize production

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Greek maize cooperatives and producers are optimistic about prices in maize, because the yields are expected to be good, although this year’s cultivated acres are less, due to the last year’s poor commercial maize season. This year’s good performance of silage supports their optimism. According to Agrotypos reportage the silage value is determined by the method of payment. So those who are paid in cash, receive 3.5-3.8 cents per kilo, while those who are paid by credit (usually by a 4-month check) the price ranges to 4 cents per kilo. At the meantime the forecasts of European Commission give hope for good prices the following months (today the producer’s price is about 18 cents per kilo) and refer a reduction by almost 9 million tonnes of this year’s world maize production. Continue reading Forecasts for reduction of world maize production

Greek olive oil seems more competitive international according to foreign experts and media

Greek olive oil seems more competitive international according to foreign experts and media

The current year is being proved as one of the best for the Greek olive oil, as, according to Agrotypos’ reportage, the producers’ prices have recently surpassed the 4.25 euros and continue their upwards trajectory. Indeed in Messinia, South Peloponnese, the price climbed to 4.30 euros per kilo satisfying producers who have stored their production until nowadays. Continue reading Greek olive oil seems more competitive international according to foreign experts and media

Greek fruit and vegetables exported to Dubai

Greek fruit and vegetables exported to Dubai

Mr. Dimitris Kavvadas, the President of Horticultural Cooperative in Preveza (central Greece), talks to Agrotypos about their cooperation with the Zhumino International company, concerning the export of Greek fruit and vegetables. The company is based in Dubai and does business in countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, India and South Africa, while recently has commenced cooperation with Greece. Actually a subsidiary company was created in the city of Larissa (Thessaly Region also in central Greece) under the name Zhumino Hellas with the clear mandate from the “parent” company to seek partnerships with Cooperatives and Producer Groups in order to export their products to the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading Greek fruit and vegetables exported to Dubai

China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

The Chinese government announced that intends to produce in China by 2020 the 90% of the agricultural machinery that is used by the producers of the country. It is about another implementation of the program «Made in China 2025», which is being gradually presented since last May and aims to enhance the competitiveness of Chinese products with the help of new technologies. According to officials of the Chinese government, the aim has to do both with the industrial development of the country and the enhancement of agricultural production, by all possible means, in order to reduce China’s dependence on imports of agricultural products. Continue reading China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

Greece: expensive agri-supplies and lack of liquidity, in conjunction with the capital controls have blocked the agricultural works

Greece: expensive agri-supplies and lack of liquidity, in conjunction with the capital controls have blocked the agricultural works

The production of Greek agriculture has been disorganized according to statements of rural sector representatives to Agrotypos. The lack of liquidity and of basic raw materials threatens to blow up the agricultural programming for both this and next year’s growing season. In the meanwhile, given that foreign suppliers demand cash for supplies, and the most farmers are unable to prepay them, representatives of agri-supply sector require the immediate lifting of capital controls for agricultural inputs and the immediate funding from the relevant Ministries and the Bank of Greece.

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Up to 9% less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

The sugar production in the European Union (EU) is expected to be significantly reduced for the period 2015/2016. Specifically is expected to be 105.2 million tonnes from 115.6 million tonnes that was last year, as a result of the sizeable stocks in 2014/2015 and the low prices in the international market. These are stated in the European Commission’s short-term outlook report, which was recently published. Basically the production is going to be reduced by 9% compared to 2013/2014. In Greece, where a reduced production is also expected, another sugar factory will re-operate from October. This positive development became known in the midst of Greek economic crisis. Continue reading Up to 9% less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

The Greek market chain of animal feed faces serious problems after the bank holiday

greek milk production can't benefit from EU price rise

The Greek farming enterprises face major problems, as capital control has prevented the import of animal feed. “The capital control stifles the Greek economy and is expected to bring the final blow to Greek livestock, which faces many difficulties all the years of financial crisis. The trade of animal feed between the productive units and the market has essentially stopped or will stop in due course, while the cost for island regions is very high” said to Agrotypos the President of the Hellenic Feed Industry Association Mr. Ilias Melissourgos. Continue reading The Greek market chain of animal feed faces serious problems after the bank holiday

Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday and the capital control

Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday

Photo by Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 4.0

In the most critical period for the processing sector of the clingstone peach and industrial tomatoes -a few days before their harvest- the worst financial crisis that Greece has experienced in recent years takes place. The peach processing industry, which should have been prepared for operation, faces a situation of severe financial distress with closed banks and the capital control, while processors do not know whether they could absorb the entire year’s production. Continue reading Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday and the capital control

The impact of financial crisis on the environment

The impact of financial crisis on the environment

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It may be the wrong time for someone to talk about the protection of the environment when the entire Greek people are tested by the financial crisis. But things are not exactly like that. The environment has a direct and indirect economic value that should be safeguarded. Indirect economic value has to do with the dignity and physical / mental health of residents as well as with the preservation of historical memory of each place. Direct economic value deals with activities that generate economic benefits, when at the same time they protect the environment (by recycling, use of Renewable Energy Sources – RES etc). According to AgroTypos reportage, the policy areas that are most negatively affected by the financial crisis are related to environmental impact assessment and environmental licensing of construction and development projects, as well as to the protection of forest and coastal ecosystems. This happens not only in Greece but European-wide and in many cases outside the EU. Continue reading The impact of financial crisis on the environment

Herbal teas made with saffron can create a new high earning beverage market

Herbal teas made with saffron

It’s the costliest spice on earth. The rich around the world have loved it for millennia. Countries like USA love it so much that even imports it from Iran. Iran produces 95% of the world’s saffron. India, along with Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and Ajerbaijan, produce the rest. Those who know saffron trade say Iranian saffron is bought by traders in countries like Dubai and then shipped to other parts of the world, including Canada and then to the USA. Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant’s carpels. Continue reading Herbal teas made with saffron can create a new high earning beverage market

Table grapes: The new varieties bring profits to producers

new varieties of table grapes bring profits to producers

In recent years European consumers seem to have turned to new grape varieties. This has as a result the creation of a new “shelf” (as it’s called in the language of the traders) in the super-markets with new and more expensive grapes appealing to consumers with a greater purchasing power than the average. Protagonist in this category (within Europe) emerges by far Spain, although it is not the first European country in production (first position is held by Italy, followed by Spain and the third place is occupied by Greece). The President of Pegasus Coop-Producers Organization “7 Grapes”, Markos Leggas talks to “Agrotypos.com” about the new varieties and the estimation about the table grape market. “7 Grapes” is one of the most important Greek cooperative organizations, which is based in Corinth. Continue reading Table grapes: The new varieties bring profits to producers

European processing tomato industry has not overcome its problems since 2009

European processing tomato industry
This work “photo” is a derivative of “Gorgeous tomatoes”  by Pauline Mak, used under CC BY. Licensed under CC BY by [agrotypos]

Mr. Dimitrios Nomikos, the President of the company “D. Nomikos – Kopais S.A.” talked to AgroTypos about the European processing tomato industry. The manufacturing industry that he is leading is one of the largest and most reliable in Greece and Mr. Nomikos is considered one of those who know very well this sector in Europe. Mr. Nomikos mentioned that this year, everything will depend on the quantity produced: “In case the world production is higher than it is expected then it would be problem because the production will be higher than the demand. On the other hand if the produced quantities are not higher than the estimated ones and moreover there are not changes in the euro / dollar exchange rate, then things would be positive in Europe for this sector”. Continue reading European processing tomato industry has not overcome its problems since 2009

Cherry: The increased production in Turkey will affect the european producer prices

Turkish cherry production play a major role in european market

Increase of cherry production is expected this year in countries out of the EU such as Turkey and Canada. A large proportion of goods produced in those two countries are exported to the EU and this fact is expected to influence the prices for cherry. Moreover, given the Russian embargo the expected quantities that will be imported to the European market will be increased. Producers of EU countries (including Greece), express their concerns unless the Russian ban is lifted. According to exporters within the EU, the European market is also under the pressure of Spain which exports large cherry quantities. Continue reading Cherry: The increased production in Turkey will affect the european producer prices

«Discovery wines» and «wine lovers» increase, two major global trends in the wine sector

Discovery wines lovers global trends in wine sector

In recent years the economic crisis has undoubtedly affected all sectors of the economy, not only in quantitative but also in qualitative level. In other words, the declined purchasing power had not only resulted in reduced sales of basic consumer goods (e.g. food products) but also in people’s choices for those products. Even the wine market could not escape this trend. According to people in the wine industry even in countries where sales did not decline, consumers turned to cheaper wines. On the other hand the category of higher quality (and expensive too) wines continues to be a very important market share. This happens probably because people belonging to this target group (of worldwide) have not been affected so much by the financial crisis. Rather they insist on their choices. Continue reading «Discovery wines» and «wine lovers» increase, two major global trends in the wine sector

The Canadian food giant McCain starts cooperation with Greek potato growers

The Canadian food giant McCain presented its initiative for Corporate Social Responsibility called “Karpos Frontidas” (Care Fruit) on 6th of May in Athens. According to Mr. George Gonos, the Managing Director of McCain in Southeastern Europe, the company in the global strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, chose Greece for the implementation of this initiative. That is the 25 hectares cultivation of potato in a remote area of Greece by 25 Greek growers. It is about the border village Notia (Municipality Almopia in Pella) that fulfills all those social and economic criteria and soil requirements that the company was looking for cooperation. The produced potatoes would be standardized and sold through a specific Greek super – market chain. Continue reading The Canadian food giant McCain starts cooperation with Greek potato growers

Greek stock breeders follow the european example by producing and selling their own milk and yogurt

yogurt milk substitute

A group of Greek stock breeders from Ioannina, a region in north-western Greece, exploit the global trend for production and consumption of high nutritional value and quality local products made in small scale (that are produced in less quantities compared to industries) in order to survive the financial crisis. Cow’s and sheep’s milk (both complete and light) and sheep’s yogurt are produced by the Cooperative called “Movement of Ioannina Breeders” (consisting of 12 members) and are sold in the local market. Continue reading Greek stock breeders follow the european example by producing and selling their own milk and yogurt

Potted herbs produced in the historic Marathon of Greece are exported to chains of supermarkets in Europe

Mr. Kriton Kitantzis Business Director of Marigold Plants

The Marigold Plants SA company is situated in Greece, near Athens at Kato Souli, in the historical tomb at Marathon. Marigold Plants SA supplies big European supermarket chains with a wide range of Greek herbs. AgroTypos visited the family company of aromatic and ornamental plants and met the young (31 years old) Business Director of Marigold Plants, the agronomist Mr. Kriton Kitantzis. Mr. Kitantzis, a person with studies abroad and entrepreneur, has managed to become virtually the only Greek exporter of potted herbs in the European market. Big supermarket chains such as Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, the OBI in Germany, the B & Q in Britain and ALDI in Holland and Belgium are included in its partners. In Greece, the company cooperates with Leroy Merlin, Sklavenitis supermarkets and many Garden Centers. Continue reading Potted herbs produced in the historic Marathon of Greece are exported to chains of supermarkets in Europe

Only vineyard and orchard tractors hold out in the Italian market according to FederUnacoma

Data on Italian tractor sales during the first quarter of the year point to a sharp drop in registrations. The only type showing growth is the narrow track specialists for vineyards and orchards facing, however, the application of new European Union regulations on exhaust emissions which carry the risk of choking off also this sector of the market. Continue reading Only vineyard and orchard tractors hold out in the Italian market according to FederUnacoma

Mr. Manuel Estrada, the President of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, presents the Union to AgroTypos

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) is a non-profit association that aims to promote the international exchange of information on wholesale and retail markets, with a view to improving their construction, organisation and management. The WUWM was founded in 1956 and today has more than 240 markets worldwide. AgroTypos had an interview with the President of the WUWM, Mr. Manuel Estrada, who talked about the way of operation, the values, the goals, and the largest markets of the Union. Continue reading Mr. Manuel Estrada, the President of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, presents the Union to AgroTypos

Greek horticultural products: High demand during Easter and reduced produce bring better prices to the producers

vegetables prices

May the greenhouse vegetable crops have not been affected too much as the outdoor spring crops by the weather but the impact on production is important, according to AgroTypos reportage. Producers from Crete up to Preveza mentioned that humidity, the lack of sunlight and the presence of diseases, such as botrytis, resulted in reduced production. However, this period the prices range at a good level because of Easter higher demand. Note that the new production period of cucumbers and tomatoes has already been started, while in Crete the harvest of peppers and eggplants is in progress.

Continue reading Greek horticultural products: High demand during Easter and reduced produce bring better prices to the producers

“Moria Elea” olive oil breaks the Greek frontiers.

olive oil

After a twelve year career in marketing Mr. Costas Balafas took the decision to change his activity field. So in mid 2011, he created the company “Olive Vision” together with his partner Mr. George Dimarakis. Olive Vision is a small family business specializing in production, bottling and marketing of quality olive products. The company without any State funding invested from the beginning in its own facilities (bottling – Hermione warehouses and offices in Athens where we visited Mr. Balafas). Then olive oil “Moria Elea” was created. A product which besides its excellent quality (which is evidenced by the awards received) stands up in a luxurious and elegant packaging. Continue reading “Moria Elea” olive oil breaks the Greek frontiers.