24 Dec

Market Intelligence


FAO welcomes global recognition of fruits, vegetables

The UN General Assembly adopted resolutions designating 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, 21 May as International Tea Day and 29 September as International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, following requests made by the FAO Conference.

“Without healthy diets, we cannot hope to end malnutrition – and we will not eradicate hunger unless we curb food losses. By highlighting the value of fruits and vegetables, and the damage caused by loss and waste, the UN has taken a decisive step to promote fairer, greener, more efficient food systems,” said FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo. “Honouring tea is a fitting tribute to the legions of smallholder farmers who help produce what is the world’s favourite drink, after water itself.”

Other resolutions, adopted by the UN General Assembly focused on progress and challenges related to agriculture, food security and nutrition; sustainable mountain development; the role of agricultural technology; the importance of natural plant fibres for livelihoods and the environment, and the need to eradicate rural poverty.

Fruit and vegetables

Chile has been a champion of devoting a year to promote fruit and vegetables, which have well-known nutritional qualities and also contribute to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

FAO and the World Health Organization recommend that each adult consumes at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis to prevent chronic NCDs, including heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity, as well as to counter micronutrient deficiencies.

Advocacy for fresh produce also fits well with the aim of strengthening the role of smallholder and family farmers, and fosters broader market options for millions of rural families. Gender equity opportunities are also noteworthy, as women often play leading roles for their households in both the production and consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Food loss and waste

Andorra and San Marino played a key role in proposing the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (FLW). The day offers an opportunity to sharpen focus on the need to reduce FLW and how doing so can contribute to sustainable development.

As explored in depth in FAO’s 2019 State of Food and Agriculture, food loss and waste entails significant emissions that exacerbate the challenge of climate change as well as impact on food security. An estimated 14 percent of the world’s food is lost along the chain from the point of harvest to the retail level, and likely even more is wasted later.

19 Dec

Market Intelligence

Asia Fruit Logistica, Asia’s leading fresh fruit and vegetable trade show, is moving to Singapore for its 2020 edition from its traditional location in Hong Kong, its organiser has announced.

Asia Fruit Logistica will take place on 16-18 September at Singapore Expo, a world-class exhibition centre near Singapore’s Changi Airport, with Asiafruit Congress held on 15 September at the convention wing Max Atria.

Organiser Global Produce Events (GPE) is relocating the 2020 edition as a precaution due to continued uncertainty in Hong Kong.

GPE has chosen Singapore as the location for the next edition of Asia Fruit Logistica because of the city-state’s position as a key business and trading hub in Asia. Singapore offers global connectivity, business efficiency and access for fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, the organiser notes.

“Against the backdrop of ongoing instability in Hong Kong, we need to take care of the interests and concerns of exhibitors and trade visitors, who naturally expect clarity and predictability to make plans for 2020,” explained Will Wollbold, commercial director of Asia Fruit Logistica.

“We’re excited to bring Asia Fruit Logistica to Singapore next year. Singapore offers a vibrant and innovative business environment, and has a proven track record in facilitating quality events. Singapore is well situated in South-East Asia and creates further excellent opportunities for our customers in the region.

“With the 16-18 September 2020 slot, we have secured dates at Singapore Expo that are very close to our traditional dates and which we believe will be more convenient for our many exhibitors and visitors from across Asia and the rest of the world,” added Wollbold.

Following the 2020 edition in Singapore, GPE said it will review market conditions and evaluate the response to Asia Fruit Logistica before making a decision on the location for future editions.

More than 12,000 high-quality trade professionals from 70-plus countries around the world made the most of the opportunities to meet and do business with over 800 exhibitors from more than 40 different countries at Asia Fruit Logistica 2019, which took place on 4-6 September at AsiaWorld-Expo.

17 Dec

Market Intelligence

Kenyan mango exports slated to resume next year

Kenyan mango farmers should expect a reprieve next year when they are able to resume exporting to Europe, the US and other key markets after a ban imposed by the regulator six years ago is lifted.

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says the country has put in place measures to address the issues that led to the 2014 ban. Kephis Phytosanitary Services General Manager Isaac Macharia said the agency had established five pest-free areas in Elgeyo Marakwet and Makueni that would act as export zones.

The ban on mango exports, said the Kephis, was effected following high levels of fruit flies that saw Kenyan consignments intercepted on several occasions, hence the pre-emptive freeze before a ban.

“We have been addressing the issue and so far we are in the process of controlling fruit flies at these pest-free zones. This means that we are resuming exports next year,” said Dr Macharia.

Countries that stopped imports of Kenyan fruits include Australia, Seychelles and Mauritius. The move is always a precautionary measure aimed at stopping the introduction of pests to the countries.

Image result for mango kenyaKenya grapples with cases of exotic pests that have seen some of the country’s produce such as chillies and French beans restricted in certain markets. Kephis managing director Esther Kimani said the agency had increased surveillance to ensure no foreign pest gets into Kenya through ports of entry.

17 Dec

Market Intelligence

Hort Innovation – Pumpkin comprehensive review

Australian pumpkins: Volume sales decline while dollar sales grow

In the previous 52 week period, Australian pumpkins declined from a volume (kg) sales, where dollar ($) sales grew. Pumpkins saw volume sales decline by -6.3% & dollar sales grow +8.5%, where total vegetables sales saw volume & dollar sales at +0.7% & +4.3% respectively.

The price of pumpkins increased strongly as a rate well ahead of total vegetables, leading to fewer buying household who purchased less volume kg on average while spending more.

The decline in volume sales of pumpkins was driven by shoppers shifting their purchases to other crops, however this was exacerbated by the loss of pumpkin buyers & reduced purchases of continual pumpkin buyers.

Senior couples contribute a larger share of pumpkin sales than their contribution to total vegetables. Young transitionals growth in dollar sales for pumpkin far outperform their growth in total vegetables. Full reaport click here.