More Than 180,000 MT of Vegetables Harvested in Krasnodar Territory

In the Krasnodar Territory, more than 180,000 MT of open field and greenhouse vegetables were harvested from the beginning of 2018. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

“According to current data, vegetables have already been harvested from almost 20,000 hectares, with a yield of 124,600 MT. This is at the same levels of the previous year. Harvesting of vegetables of sheltered cultivation has continued; since the beginning of the year their gross yield is 59,000 MT. This is 4,000 MT more than in the previous year,” the report said.

Earlier, FruitNews wrote that the region plans to build a greenhouse complex with an area of about 60 hectares for the production of tomatoes.

PIR 2018

  PIR. Hospitality Industry

  October 24-27, 2018

  Crocus Expo, Moscow

The ‘PIR. Hospitality Industry’ trade fair is the main exhibition project in the HoReCa segment in Russia and CIS.

Each year it becomes a meeting place for restaurateurs and hoteliers, chefs and confectioners, suppliers, investors, journalists and all those willing to keep up with the latest trends of the hotel and catering business.

Organizer: PIR Information project supported by the Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Federation as well as the National Chefs’ Guild.

More than 800 companies from 20 countries exhibit at the show. There are more than 45 000 visitors each year.

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Harvest of Russian Berries Decreased by 8.7%

In 2017, the harvest of berries in Russia decreased by 8.7% to 700,000 MT. This was stated in a research piece titled “The Russian market of fresh fruits and berries: complex analysis and forecast” by AnalyticResearchGroup.

It specified that for the last 9 years, the gross yield did not show any significant fluctuations, ranging from 670,000 MT in 2010 to 810,000 MT in 2016. The area of ​​perennial berry plantations in 2017 amounted to 127,500 hectares. In the study, AnalyticResearchGroup noted that compared to 2016, the planting area decreased by 0.6%, returning to the levels of 2015.

The largest volumes of berries were harvested last year in the Krasnodar Territory – 44,640 MT. Also included were the Republic of Tatarstan – 34,270 MT- and the Rostov region – 32,860 MT.

WorldFood Moscow 2018

WorldFood Moscow

September 17-20, 2018

Expocentre, Moscow

World Food Moscow is the leading international exhibition for food products in Russia.

Over the last 20 years, WorldFood Moscow has grown to become a major meeting place for the food and drinks industry and a vibrant source of productsfor the Russian market. Exhibitors are grouped in nine main sectors, ensuring visitors can easily find products of interest, compare them and talk to their manufacturers.

Each year, more than 50,000 specialists from various countries visit the exhibition. WorldFood Moscow attracts much interest from Russian specialists, including representatives of wholesale and retail companies from 43 cities.

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Riga Food 2018

Riga Food

September 5-8, 2018

Ķīpsalas iela 8, Rīga, Latvia

The biggest in the Baltics food industry fair “Riga Food” yearly outlines the trends of the food industry development, highlights novelties and presents a number of serious and trustable enterprises. Everybody is welcome to Kipsala International Exhibition Centre to draw inspiration from diversity of menu ideas, to taste new products, to watch and enjoy professional chef, pastry cook and bartender competitions. Moreover, we invite professionals to “Riga Food” to derive ideas, knowledge and information allowing further professional and business development. More than 720 companies from 35 countries participate in the trade show. 15 national pavilions.

Visitors – gourmets and food specialists from the whole world.

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80% of Fruit and Veg Shipments to Far East Russia Arrive Through Manzhouli

80% of fruits and vegetables on the tables of residents of the Far East of Russia are supplied through the Manzhouli/Manchuria/Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region bordering the Trans-Baikal region of Russia, according to the local customs service.

Statistics show that by the end of the first half of 2018, the volume of agricultural exports from China to Russia via Manzhouli grew by 22.1 percent year-on-year, reaching a value of 1.44 billion yuan (about $ 209 million).

The value of fruit exports amounted to 650 million yuan (94.2 million dollars), which is 110 percent more than in the previous year. Meanwhile, vegetables shipments were worth 597 million yuan (86.5 million dollars), 13.1 percent less than in 2017.

The growing demand for fruits and vegetables on the Russian market, according to experts, is due to the improvement of the country’s economic situation and the increase in the purchasing power of its population.

The period of greatest demand for agricultural products in the Far East of Russia will be that from October to May next year. Manzhouli enjoys great advantages for the supply of fruits and vegetables to Russia due to its geographical location.

Fruit and Veg Prices Rising Much Faster in Russia Than in the EU

Between January and May 2018, food products became 2.1% more expensive in Russia, while in the European Union, the same products saw prices grow by just 1.1%, according to the Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat).

The most notable difference was recorded in the price of vegetables, which grew by 14.4% in Russia, while in the EU they only increased by 2.7%. Meanwhile, fruit prices rose by 9.3%, while in the EU, they only increased by 6.7%.

It is worth noting that in 2017, the picture was the reverse, with prices in Russia rising more slowly than in the EU. Last year, food prices in Russia grew by 0.7%, while in the EU they increased by 2.6%.

EU Extends Sanctions on Russia

The EU on Thursday extended sanctions against Russia for another six months over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

The Council of the EU unanimously adopted the extension on the restrictions, which were originally imposed in July 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, citing Moscow’s “actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine.”

The sanctions target the financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as the area of dual-use goods — products that can be for either military or civilian use. The measures include limiting access to EU markets for five major Russian majority state-owned financial institutions and their majority-owned subsidiaries, as well as for three energy and three defense companies.

The sanctions also entail a ban on arms trade and curtailing Russian access to certain “sensitive” technologies that can be used for oil production and exploration.

EU leaders have said that the sanctions will be lifted once all sides in Ukraine commit to the ceasefire agreed in the Minsk accords.

Russian Apple Imports 2017 up for the First Time Since 2013

In the period from 2013 to 2017, the import of apples fell from 1.40 to 0.71 million MT, according to the data of the report “Analysis of the apples market in Russia” prepared by BusinesStat.

“The main reason for the reduction in imports in these years was Russia 2014 reaction on the sanctions, boycotting the import of agricultural products (including apples) from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and Norway”, the publication reads.

It is specified that the growth was registered for the first time in five years in 2017 by 2.7%. In addition, over this period, the structure of imports has changed in the supplier countries. So, in 2013 and 2014 years. The main supplier of apples to the Russian market was Poland, whose share in total supplies was 37.2 – 50.3%. Import from this country stopped due to the decision to ban the import of fruit by the Rosselkhoznadzor on August 1, 2014.

The main importer in 2015 was Belarus with 518,000 MT(51.5%). According to statistics of BusinesStat, the volume of supplies of Belarus has increased 4.5 times since 2013. Market participants expressed the opinion that the most likely reason for the increase in Belorussian supplies was the re-export of apples from other countries.

In the following years (2016-2017), the supply of apples from Belarus to Russia declined and in 2017 amounted to 58,400 MT.