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

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Signing of agreements between Greece and China for Greek exports of grapes, plums, cherries and oranges

agreements for greek exports china

After a concerted effort, the Greek Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy sent via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Commercial Attaché Office in Beijing) to the Competent Chinese Authority AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) the technical files relating to the initiation of procedures for export of four Greek fruit species to China. These fruits are grapes, plums, cherries and oranges. On that occasion AgroTypos contacted Mr. Daskalopoulos, the Commercial Attaché of Greek embassy in Beijing. Continue reading Signing of agreements between Greece and China for Greek exports of grapes, plums, cherries and oranges

Greek Fertilizer market dries up

Greek Fertilizer market

In recent days market is hardly provided with fertilizer, as banking restrictions have “frozen” the imports of raw materials and finished products. As a result of this the enterprises depend solely on their few stocks. Market agents believe that if this peculiar “economic blockade” of the country continues for another week, the first shortages in nutrition products will make their appearance on the market. Continue reading Greek Fertilizer market dries up

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

Good prospect for European fruits and vegetables in Asia

European fruits and vegetables export in Asia

The Zhumino International LLC, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) import fruit and vegetables company, is the leading importers and distributors of fruit and vegetables in the UAE. Zhumino International LLC has a large network of subsidiaries in India, South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia and recently in Greece. Continue reading Good prospect for European fruits and vegetables in Asia

IOC: Extra virgin olive oil prices in Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Greece

Extra virgin olive oil prices

The International Olive Council (IOC) presented the average international prices of extra virgin olive oils. According to data released by IOC the producer prices of Tunisia ranked third after those of Italy and Spain, from March to May 2015. Continue reading IOC: Extra virgin olive oil prices in Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Greece

Production of apricot in Europe is decreased with only exception Spain

Production of apricot in Europe

Turkey is the first apricot producer country in the world (17% of total production) followed by Iran and Pakistan, which are the second and the third respectively. According to forecasts of Europêch, made in Perpignan of France, in 2015 the European production of apricots is expected to be 509,570 tonnes (presenting a decrease of 3.7% compared to 2014).
Continue reading Production of apricot in Europe is decreased with only exception Spain

USA Legislation for trademarks

Legislation for trademarks in USA

Mr. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, seeing the danger of not having the majority resolution of negotiations for the Transatlantic Investment and Trade Agreement USA – EU (TTIP), he decided to cancel the debate in plenary on Tuesday (9/6/2015). The report now will be discussed in the competent Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament (INTA), which will decide whether it will be put to the vote in plenary of European Parliament again. One of the agricultural issues that is difficult to be resolved in the ongoing negotiations on the TTIP is the EU demand that the USA should recognize and protect the EU’s list of geographical indications (GIs). Continue reading USA Legislation for trademarks

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

Portugal: Farming Cooperatives play a key role in the creation of operational groups

Farming Cooperatives in Portugal

Mrs. Cátia Rosas, representative of Copa Cogeca Portugal’s ConfAgri, talked to AgroTypos about the effort made in Portugal for the creation of operational groups. These groups may be constituted by farmers, scientists and representatives of agri-food sector and may be financed through the new European Union (EU) programs. According to Mrs. Rosas “The group’s success depends on the willingness of its members to share their ideas and experiences”. Continue reading Portugal: Farming Cooperatives play a key role in the creation of operational groups

Exporting food products to Japan

export foods in japan

The 60% of Japan’s needs in food products or food raw materials are covered by imports. This percentage is expected to be further increased due to the ongoing aging of the rural population. The Japanese food market owns the second market share worldwide, and in Japan food goods rank the third place of imported products (by value). Continue reading Exporting food products to Japan

IOC disagrees with the establishment of the premium class olive oil

special category of olive oil under the name “premium”

Fοr the olive oil marketing programs and for the countries proceeding to new plantings of olive trees talked to AgroTypos Mr. Ender Gunduz, the Head of Administrative and Promotion Units at International Olive Council (IOC). He also mentioned the disagreement of IOC to the establishment of the premium class olive oil. On the 18th of February, the European Parliament (EP) submitted a proposal of the establishment of a special category of olive oil under the name «premium» to the European Commission. The «premium» olive oil should fulfill strict criteria regarding taste, aroma and nutritional value. Continue reading IOC disagrees with the establishment of the premium class olive oil

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

“Wines of Athens” association promotes abroad the white Greek “Savatiano”

greeks wine producers promote Savatiano

“Wines of Athens”, a wine-producers association, was established by five members, Mrs. Fragou, Mr. Papagiannakos, Mr. Kokotos, Mr. Mylonas and Mr. Markou. The pre-mentioned producers have as common goal and purpose to promote the white Greek wine “Savatiano” in foreign markets, as a strong brand name and the Attica vineyard as well. Attica vineyard, the largest vineyard in the country, is near Athens (capital of Greece) and maybe the oldest one being connected with ancient Athens. The “Wines of Athens” wineries are open to the public and organize tastings of their wines, which visitors could choose to buy on the spot. They are also trying to connect the wineries with archaeological sites of the area. Athens is the only European capital where the vineyards are within driving distance of it. Continue reading “Wines of Athens” association promotes abroad the white Greek “Savatiano”

European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)

The European Network of Agricultural Journalists is pleased to announce that the European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) has become the latest associate member of the ENAJ. EURASCO is a not for profit organisation with the aim of promoting European agricultural exhibitions, shows and fairs through the exchange of information, ideas and experience, reciprocal advice, liaison and mutual assistance. Continue reading European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)

Portugal: fruit and vegetable exports aiming at the reduction of country’s debt

market news fruits and vegetables

Portugal aims to double the value of its fruit and vegetable exports by 2020. Mr. Laurent Armaos, the Head of the Commercial Department of the Embassy of Portugal in Athens in an interview to AgroTypos said “Portuguese exports of fresh vegetable have increased by almost 26% in recent years (from € 780 million in 2010 to € 983 million in 2013). In 2014, the fruit and vegetable production in Portugal and the exports respectively recorded a further development”. Regarding the destinations of exportable products, Mr. Armaos reported that “the majority of exports are going to countries in Europe, South America and Africa, given the strategic geographical position of Portugal and its advantage of convenient access to maritime transport”. Continue reading Portugal: fruit and vegetable exports aiming at the reduction of country’s debt

The PDO registered pistachios from Megara of Greece are now exported abroad under the umbrella of the local agricultural cooperative

In 1993 the pistachios from Megara (in West Attica of Greece) were registered as a product with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in the EU. But according to Mr. N. Bouskos, the Agronomist of the Αgricultural Cooperative in Megara, who talked to AgroTypos “till 2014 pistachios from Megara have not been sold as PDO, since the producers in the region preferred to sell them to the traders by themselves. It should be noted that the relevant EU Regulation states that in order a product to be sold as PDO, it should be sold through the Cooperative. That’s why in 2014 we decided to act “dynamically” in the market and a high percentage of our producers were persuaded to sell their products to our Cooperative.” Continue reading The PDO registered pistachios from Megara of Greece are now exported abroad under the umbrella of the local agricultural cooperative

Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India

In an exclusive interview to AgroTypos, Dr. Jagvir Singh Yadav, the Chief Director of the «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» in India, referred to the way of operation of Indian vegetable market, the criteria for cooperation with producers, the fruit and vegetable trade in the market of New Delhi and the prospects for cooperation with Greece. The «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» company is a member of WUWM (World Union Of Wholesale Markets) and forms the first attempt to establish private wholesale markets across India. Continue reading Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India

SAFE-BAG a new technology for decontamination of fruits and vegetables without chemicals is presented to AgroTypos

The SAFE-BAG project will develop a novel continuous in-pack decontamination system for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables to replace chlorine. Preliminary research conducted indicates that in-pack non-thermal plasma (an energetic ionised gas) can significantly reduce the microbial load of fresh fruits and vegetables. SAFE-BAG will advance this knowledge by carrying out further research to maximise potential benefits of this technology, in order to be validated in industry. Dr. Edurne Gaston Estanga, the Scientific Coordinator of the EU co-funded project SAFE-BAG that is in progress in Spain gave an interview to AgroTypos about this project. Continue reading SAFE-BAG a new technology for decontamination of fruits and vegetables without chemicals is presented to AgroTypos

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

“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.