December 6, 2012

Colombie conquiert les marchés étrangers avec des fruits exotiques

Les principales destinations pour la commercialisation des fruits exotiques colombiens sont l’Europe, l’Asie et l’Amérique du Nord ainsi que l’Amérique latine. Selon les informations de TradeMap, avec des estimations Proexport, la Colombie avait une part de 45,8% du total exporté par la région en 2011, pour atteindre USD 95,3 millions. Physalis, gulupa, les bananes, la […]

November 6, 2012

Netherlands invests over 5 billion naira in Nigeria’s agriculture

The Netherlands is investing over 26 million Euros – over 5.3 billion naira – in Nigeria’s agric business for thousands of Nigerians, the Dutch ambassador to Nigeria, Bert Ronhaar, has said. Mr Ronhaar, who made this known when the special advocate on financial inclusion for development to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Princess Maxima […]

February 16, 2012

Argentine lemon crop will fall in 2012

ARGENTINE lemon production for 2011/12 is expected to fall 10.7% on previous year figures to 1.25 million tonnes, according to the Argentine Citrus Federation (Federcitrus). Total lemon exports are forecast at 220 000 tonnes, compared with 223 000 tonnes in 2010/11. In an interview with portalfruticola, Jorge Amigo, manager of Federcitrus, explained that despite the […]

February 16, 2012

Strong rand is bad news for South African traders

SOUTH Africa’s pears are looking healthy as the processing season approaches, but currency concerns are likely to afflict the produce’s competitiveness. A local source said that the crop outlook is good, despite some unusual rain: “We have had good weather, but also awkward weather, with some rain early in the season. Overall it is OK, […]

February 7, 2012

Breeders Trust wins arbitration case illegal trade in undersized propagating material to Germany

Breeders Trust has been vindicated in an arbitration case against a Dutch seed potato grower who has been shown to have illegally sold undersized potatoes as propagation material to Germany. The case is of importance because this verdict is unique in the seed potato sector, says Geert Staring, general director of Breeders Trust, based in […]

February 7, 2012

UK/GERMANY: Watermelon link to fatal salmonella outbreak

A fatal salmonella outbreak that has hit the UK and Germany has been linked to the consumption of watermelon, health officials have said. Source:

February 7, 2012

FRANCE/RUSSIA: Bonduelle acquires CECAB’s Russian ops

Bonduelle has agreed a deal to buy the Russian operations of fellow French food company CECAB. Source:

February 2, 2012

Spud shortage takes toll

A shortage of locally grown processing potatoes is threatening to make Manitoba an importer of spuds for the first time in more than two decades and will lead to production cuts in at least one local processing plant. A spokesman for local potato growers said Friday a nightmare growing season last year took a big […]

February 2, 2012

EUROPE: Wal-Mart “eyes Europe”

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking to gain a foothold in mainland Europe, according to The Independent on Sunday. Yesterday (29 January) the newspaper reported that Steuart Walton, the 30-year-old grandson of company founder Sam Walton, is in London as part of plans to expand into the continent. Citing a source “close to Wal-Mart”, the […]