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Poland takes most of the hits

Eastern Europe’s exports to Russia
Poland takes most of the hits

The Freshfel data also provide a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals what products were exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes and for how many dollars. Today, Eastern Europe, especially Poland, which has been hit hard.

Eastern Europe, especially Poland exports many
Of the Eastern European countries, Poland was by far the largest exporter to Russia. Of the sixteen most exported products, Hungary has the twelfth place; the other fifteen places are taken by Polish exports. Apples are clearly on top, with over 705,000 tonnes. Second are cabbages with 70,000 tonnes. For most Polish products on the top the export volumes increased compared to 2012. Only for pears and mushrooms did the volume drop.

Hungary, on the twelfth place, reaches this position with the export of sour cherries. In 2013, the country exported 4,200 tonnes of cherries; a year earlier it had shipped 4850 tonnes.

In dollars, Eastern Europe shows a similar picture. Besides the tenth place, occupied by Hungary, the top 17 are taken by Polish products. The most revenue was made by Poland’s apple exports, with more than 389 million Euro, followed by mushrooms, tomatoes and pears with 62, 52 and 38 million respectively. Hungarian sour cherry exports made a total of 5.8 million Euro.

Publication date: 9/4/2014


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Poland concerned about Russian fruit and vegetable import ban

Poland concerned about Russian fruit and vegetable import ban

Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary control authority (Rosselkoznadzor) may ban the import of fruits, vegetables and berries from Poland due to concerns about excessive pesticide residue and nitrate contents, Rosselkhoznadzor’s press service said on Tuesday.

Poland is a major exporter of fruits (primarily apples) to Russia. According to Poland’s official statistics, the country’s overall fruit and vegetable exports to Russia exceeds one billion Euro a year.

Ukraine
Although Russia claims it is a phytosanitary rule, some believe it is in reaction to Poland’s support of Ukraine. Polish fruit growers association Europejskie Centrum Owocowe, which has 164 growers of apples, pears and cherries, believes it is not just a warning, but that the ban will probably become reality. He doesn’t agree that the quality of the products aren’t sufficient. “We produce under European values and our quality is very high. It is a political game and they want to punish the Polish government for their influence in Ukraine.”

“If no efficient measures are taken, Rosselkhoznadzor will have to look at imposing a temporary ban on imports of products of high phytosanitary risks from Poland, including those via third countries, to protect Russia’s territories from phytosanitary threats,” the press service stressed.

Earlier, Rosselkhozhadzor warned about a possible ban on imports of vegetables and fruits from Poland due to the risk of receiving dangerous and re-export plants from the country in the autumn of 2013.

Publication date: 4/24/2014


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Poland concerned about Russian fruit and vegetable import ban

Poland concerned about Russian fruit and vegetable import ban

Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary control authority (Rosselkoznadzor) may ban the import of fruits, vegetables and berries from Poland due to concerns about excessive pesticide residue and nitrate contents, Rosselkhoznadzor’s press service said on Tuesday.

Poland is a major exporter of fruits (primarily apples) to Russia. According to Poland’s official statistics, the country’s overall fruit and vegetable exports to Russia exceeds one billion Euro a year.

Ukraine
Although Russia claims it is a phytosanitary rule, some believe it is in reaction to Poland’s support of Ukraine. Polish fruit growers association Europejskie Centrum Owocowe, which has 164 growers of apples, pears and cherries, believes it is not just a warning, but that the ban will probably become reality. He doesn’t agree that the quality of the products aren’t sufficient. “We produce under European values and our quality is very high. It is a political game and they want to punish the Polish government for their influence in Ukraine.”

“If no efficient measures are taken, Rosselkhoznadzor will have to look at imposing a temporary ban on imports of products of high phytosanitary risks from Poland, including those via third countries, to protect Russia’s territories from phytosanitary threats,” the press service stressed.

Earlier, Rosselkhozhadzor warned about a possible ban on imports of vegetables and fruits from Poland due to the risk of receiving dangerous and re-export plants from the country in the autumn of 2013.

Publication date: 4/24/2014


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Apofruit pursues to promote organic fruit in Poland

Apofruit pursues to promote organic fruit in Poland
Apofruit is an Italian cooperative of fruit growers founded over 50 years ago. Since 2000, the company also provides organic products, which are marketed under the brand AlmaVerde through Canova srl, a specialized company in organic production. We had a chat at World Foods Warsaw with Vincenzo Berti and Vincenzo Finelli. Finelli pointed out that they are already active in Poland when it comes to conventional produce, but that there are still plenty of opportunities in the field of organics.



Organic market 
The company grows, packs and sells all kinds of fruits and vegetables. The main products are kiwifruit, stone fruit and top fruit. Vincenzo says that Poland is a growing market for Apofruit. “We have been established here for a few years with our conventional products, but now we are trying to promote organic products. In Italy, we are the market leader in the field of organic fruits and vegetables, and that is what we want to achieve here, as well. The country has over 40 million inhabitants, so there is plenty of potential. We have observed that consumption of healthy products is increasing and will continue to do so as the economy improves. World Foods Warsaw is the first fair in Poland where we have shown our organic range.”



Conventional market
Vincenzo Berti is responsible for conventional products. “Our office has been here since 2002 and we have seen how rapidly the retail sector has developed. Chains are expanding, although for us it is still very important to deliver to wholesale markets, where real quality produce is still sold. In supermarkets, this is unfortunately not so much the case. My experience is that some supermarkets have a lot to improve in terms of quality. Polish consumers demand specific characteristics in fruits and vegetables; they want the product to look nice, but they also consider shelf life and flavour essential aspects.”


Increasing competition
Berti points out that competition has increased. “More and more exporters try to gain a share of the market. Ten years ago, people were afraid to export to Poland, but now there is an increasing interest in this country. It is difficult to start here, but over the years we have built good relationships with dealers and supermarket chains and we expect to build even more. We want to distinguish ourselves with a product range marked by quality and variety.”

For more information:
APOFRUIT Italia
Viale della Cooperazione, 400
47522 Pievesestina di Cesena (FC) – Italy
T: +39.0547.414111
F: +39.0547.414166
[email protected]
www.apofruit.it

Publication date: 4/22/2014
Author: Gertrude Snoei
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Citronex increasing banana ripening facilities in Poland

Citronex increasing banana ripening facilities in Poland

Citronex, well-known from distribution of bananas and tomatoes, from hotel chains and petrol stations, has finished further investments. Recently in Zgorzelec, in the town located by Polish-German boarder there have been an additional 27 ripening chambers for bananas, completed.

At the moment Citronex has 140 ripening chambers at its disposal, in which it is possible to ripen about 180 000 boxes of bananas weekly. Citronex has been cooperating with the same group of producers from Ecuador for many years which allows them to keep the highest quality of fruit. Their bananas have been appreciated by supermarket chains in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. In 2013, Citronex started cooperating with a group of new clients and confirmed its place within the greatest companies dealing with bananas in Europe.

At the same time, the building project for tomato production is developing. In December, Citronex completed the formation of an additional 8 hectares of cutting-edge warehouses. Citronex will be cultivating tomatoes on 31 hectares in 2014. Citronex will continue to work on the building of a greenhouse complex on 96 hectares in Bogatynia. The first tomatoes from these greenhouses will be available in 2015.

For more information:
Marek Szulc
Citronex
Tel.: +48 757721943
Fax: +48 757721945
Email: [email protected]
www.citronex.pl

 
 

 

Publication date: 12/20/2013


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