Peaches were Turkey’s most exported fresh produce to Russia

According to the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association’s (DKIB) figures, in the first 9 months of the year, Turkey exported 505,547 MT of fresh fruits and vegetables to Russia, worth $412.6 mln. Peaches ranked first with an export volume of 73,455 MT and with an export value of $75.8 mln. Peaches were followed by tomatoes and grapes.

Last year, in the same period, Turkey exported 72,897 MT of peaches for $66.8 mln. Thus, peach exports to Russia increased by 1% in terms of volume and by %13 in terms of value.

The Black Sea Region was responsible of 101,883 MT of the overall fresh fruits and vegetables exports to Russia. The region earned $83.9 mln from these exports. Peaches also ranked first in Black Sea Region’s exports to Russia. 14,541 MT of peaches were exported from the area in exchange of $14.9 mln.





Russia Imported 197,400 MT of Juice, Worth $325 Million in 2018

In 2018, Russia imported 197,400 MT of juice, worth $325 million, including the apple juice – 93,800 MT, worth $97.4 million, accroding to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, the Russian juice industry produced 2.4 billion liters of juice,1.6% more compared to 2017.

The average yearly consumption of juice products per person is 15.5 liters. Juice products include: juices (27%), nectars (52%) and juice drinks (21%).

More Uzbek Vegetables and Fruits to be Exported to Russia

Fruits and vegetables, exported from Uzbekistan, will be delivered to Russia according to a simplified scheme. The corresponding agreement was signed in Tashkent on 1 October during a visit to Uzbekistan by a delegation of Russian senators led by Valentina Matvienko.

Dozens of Russian companies now work in Uzbekistan, and the number of enterprises with Russian participation has long exceeded one thousand. More than 7 billion dollars alone are investments in the country’s economy by Russian oil giant Lukoil, while Gazprom is developing the second field here.

On 1 October, representatives of the government and business of Russia and Uzbekistan put their signatures under another document that will help bring more grapes, persimmons, figs, pink pomegranate, tomatoes and other famous Uzbek fruits and vegetables to our country. This is a “road map” that aims to quickly deliver fruit and vegetable products from Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation, including by simplifying customs procedures.

Russia to Create Green Corridor for Israeli Agricultural Products

Russia will launch a “green corridor” to simplify the supply of agricultural products from Israel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an international conference of the Keren Hayesod Foundation.

“Bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector is also of great importance. Currently, work is underway to launch the so-called ‘green corridor’ to simplify the supply of Israeli agricultural products to the Russian market,” the president said.

According to the FCS, food products and agricultural raw materials account for 35.99% of Russia’s total imports from Israel. Of these, vegetables and tubers were imported for a total of $177.7 million, and fruits, nuts, citrus fruit peel or melons for $53.4 million.

Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation: Russia Reduced Fruit Exports and Increased Imports

Russia reduced fruit exports and increased imports according to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

The export of pomaceous fruit decreased by 33.8% to 12,000 MT in volumes and by 37.3% to $4.5 million in value. The volume of apple exports fell to 11,700 MT (-34.8%) or $4 million (-39.5%). Export of pears, on the contrary, rose to 440.6 MT (+8.6%) and $371,000 (-3%). Last year, export of stone fruits grew up to 864,500 (+17.5%), worth $ 462,300 (-15.6%). At the same time, the export of berries increased by 47.9% in volumes to 305.5 MT and by 18% in value to $499,900.

In 2018, the main importers of Russian fruits were Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Estonia.

In 2018, the import of pomaceous fruit amounted to 1.1 million MT (+13.9%) and $726.6 million (+20.9%). The import of apples accounted for 845.400 MT (+19%), worth $518.3 million (+26.8%), pear import accounted for 272,900 TM (+0.6%) worth $202.2 million (+8.5%). The volume of stone fruit import amounted to 449,700 MT (+0.3%) and $430.7 million (+3.9%). Imports of berries increased by 45.6% in value to $101.5 million, while the volumes increased grew by 7.9% to 59,900 MT. Import pf grapes amounted for 295,700 MT (-22.8%) for $324.7 million (-18.3%).

For the first time since 2017, RosStat recorded a monthly deflation in Russia

In August 2019, consumer prices in Russia decreased by 0.2% compared to July, according to RosStat. The last time a monthly deflation was recorded in August and September 2017.

In August, food prices fell by 0.9%, while non-food products and services rose by 0.2%.

In August, the seasonal reduction in prices for fruits and vegetables influenced the food prices. Tomato prices fell by 24.9%, potatoes – by 22.4%, carrots – by 22.2%, onions – by 20.7%, beets – by 16.7%, grapes – by 16% , cucumbers – by 12.1%. Meanwhile, oranges prices increased by 2.8% and garlic – by 1.8%.

Year-to-August, inflation is 2.42% and year over year inflation rate is 4.33% 

Russia is Leading Market for Turkey’s Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Exports

According to data from the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB), Turkey exported around 2 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetable exports to 114 countries in the first eight months of the year, generating $1.2 billion in revenue.

In this period, the Russian Federation took the lead in the country’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports at 455,190 MT. During the January-August period, fresh fruit and vegetables exported to the Russian Federation amounted to $375.4 million, followed by Germany with $159.8 million, Iraq with $98.4 million, Romania with $81.5 million and Ukraine with $59.1 million.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Black Sea Region achieved $70.5 million in the export of 85,438 MT of fresh fruit and vegetables to Russia.

DKİB Chairman Saffet Kalyoncu said that in the first eight months of the year, Russia again took the lead in Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports. He recalled that Turkey reached $2.4 billion in exports to Russia from all sectors in the first eight months of the year, 8% increase compared to the same period last year.

Due to the Lack of Certification Mechanisms, Imported Organic Products May Disappear from the Russian Market

Russian suppliers of imported organic products are afraid of withdrawal from sale of goods that have not passed certification under the law “On Organic Products”, which will enter into force on January 1, 2020.

According to Kommersant, referring to a letter from Rusbrand’s Executive Director Alexei Popovichev, it is impossible to obtain Russian organic certificates due to the unavailability of the mechanisms, and imported products will have to be withdrawn from sale to change packaging, which threatens suppliers and retailers with big losses.

“In fact, imported organic products will not disappear from sale in Russia, because the word“ organic ”,“ bio ”,“ eco ”is on their label. These products will no longer be positioned on the shelf as organic. She does not disappear from the shelf. The law on organic matter itself is aimed at developing the domestic market, ”explains Oleg Mironenko, executive director of the National Organic Union.

The problem occurs when translating information on the packaging. Since all inscriptions in a foreign language must be translated into Russian, and the indication of the words “organic” and all its derivatives, according to the new law, must be supported by relevant Russian certificates, a problem arose for suppliers.

“The marking section influences the turnover of imported products. From the point of view of translation, it is not clear how to indicate the word organic in these conditions. Therefore, when translating, you will have to either omit the word “organic” or write “bio” or “eco”. There is a proposal that we are currently actively discussing: before installing all the mechanisms for imported products in the translation system, allow the word “organic” with international certificates, ”added the FNL Executive Director.

For the adaptation 2-3 years, manufacturers and suppliers of organic products must come to a decision in three scenarios. In particular, this includes access to mutual recognition of certificates with European countries and the establishment of conditions for circulation of imported products on the Russian market, the creation of a Russian certification system and the production of organic products at factories built in the Russian Federation, but using imported raw materials.

Russia Allows Access to U.S. Peanuts

On August 26, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) lifted the ban on the import of peanuts into Russia from the United States.

From May 1, 2015 the Rosselkhoznadzor introduced a temporary restriction on the import of U.S. peanuts into Russia. The reason was the excess of cadmium content in two shipments of US peanuts compared to the level acceptable by Russian standards.

Russians Reduced Consumption of Potatoes, Dairy Products, Sweets and Bread

According to the Rosstat report, in 1980, Russians consumed 117 kg of potatoes per person per year, and in 2018 – only 59 kg. The consumption of milk and dairy products also dropped – from 390 kg to 266 kg, the consumption of sugar and sweets decreased from 35 to 31 kg and the consumption of bread products – from 112 kg to 96 kg.

At the same time, Russians began to eat more vegetables: the consumption increased from 92 kg per person per year to 104 kg, the consumption of fruits and berries increased from 35 kg to 74 kg.

Besides, Russians began to eat more meat and meat products – from 70 kg to 89 kg per year per person, the consumption of fish products also grew from 17 kg to 22 kg.