Russian financial conglomerate AFK Systema plans to start massive purchases of fruit orchards in Russia, with the aim of fruits’ supplies for the needs of the national juice industry.

Chinese tomato sellers push prices down

tomato, tomato paste, China, trade, US, California Offers for Chinese triple concentrate tomato paste have dropped below the USD800 per tonne mark in a few cases, driven by smaller sellers trying to underbid larger exporters, FOODNEWS has learnt.

Thailand to export to Chile duty-free

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Chile and Thailand has come into effect, granting immediate preferential access to more than 90% of bilateral trade products.

Drought hits cashew orchards in Brazil

Cashews; DFN; nuts; The worst drought in a century in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Rio Grande do Norte is decimating local cashew tree orchards, according to local reports.

Spanish firm Tomcoex files for bankruptcy

Spain’s tomato processing industry Tomcoex has reportedly filed for voluntary bankruptcy.

Rhodes Group poised for more acquisitions

South African food manufacturer Rhodes Food Group announced hefty sales and profit increases in fiscal year ended September 23 2015

MCDonald’s Spain adds MSC Tuna in menu

McDonald’s Spain has announced that it will use MSC-certified Pacifical skipjack tuna on its ‘Mediterranean tuna salad’ offered in its Spanish menu.

Bosnian firm sets up large blueberry farm

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s company Elisa Berry BH has started installing the country’s largest blueberry plantation that could reach up to 300 hectares ...

Spanish first strawberries selling as Egypt starts

Volumes of Spain’s earliest strawberry varieties are reaching European markets bound for fresh sale, as the season in Egypt is also starting.

Morning Star faces million-dollar fine

US tomato processor Morning Star is facing a fine of up to USD1.5 million for alleged violations of water treatment operations at one of its plants.

Dole’s export revenue highest in the region

Dole Philippines is the largest exporter by revenue of South Central Mindanao region.

Polish frozen strawberry trade going strongly

Polish exports of frozen strawberries in the first eight months of this year totalled 88,877 tonnes, 38% above the same period in 2014.

Manta skipjack prices fall substantially

Prices of skipjack tuna landings in Manta to be delivered in December have dropped dramatically, falling behind Bangkok's, which have set at a price a...

Russia to restrict imports of Turkish agri-food

Russia is to ‘strengthen controls’ on imports of Turkish agri-food products in the wake of the downing of ones of its fighter jets in Syria earlier th...

Short canning season for Spanish mandarins

Prices for Spanish canned mandarins remain high, as manufacturers foresee the canning season will finish one month earlier, before Christmas.

US tomato paste trade drops in September

US shipments of tomato paste dropped by one-quarter in the month of September year-on-year on the back of limited trade to Europe.

Egypt juice maker receives funding

Egypt’s leading producer of juice, dairy and processed vegetables products Faragalla is set to receive EGP200 million (USD25.54 mln) from the EBRD to boost the ...

PAFCO to expand facilities to meet growing demand

Tuna processor Pacific Fishing Company is building a 3,200 tonne capacity cold store to fulfil the demand for canned tuna.

Pinnacle Foods to buy free-from firm Boulder Brands

US frozen food manufacturer Pinnacle Foods announced it is to buy Boulder Brands Inc for USD682 million, as it seeks to expand its presence in the gluten-free a...


Steady vine fruit sales for South Africa and Australia

South Africa has seen steady sales of vine fruits this year with some buyers switching from Turkish raisins to South African Choice Thompsons. 

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EU agri-food exports up but trade surplus down

EU agri-food exports to the US and China increased by more than EUR2.50 billion (USD2.68 bln) each in the 12 months to August 2015, new European Commission data...

Millions of rows of trade data available to subscribers

Use our new Trade Dashboard to view millions of rows of trade data for processed food commodities - from AJC to tomato paste

European frozen cherry market remains stable

Prices for European frozen sour cherries have been characterised by broad stability over the recent weeks, FOODNEWS understands.

Tomato processors acquire geographical certification

Two tomato processing companies in Spain have acquired the geographical certification Origen Español Certificado (OEC) for their production.

Ikofa, sauces, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, tomato soup, trends, packaging

Spain's sauce maker Ikofa expands packing output

Spanish sauce manufacturer Ikofa has expanded its plastic cubes packing capacity by 133% as of November, thanks to the installation of a new packing line earlie...

Lidl, Lidl Croatia, retail

Lidl plans major investment in Croatia

Lidl Croatia plans investments worth EUR40 million (USD42.48 mln) in the Croatian market in 2016,

Editorial: news from the end of the world

It is once again that time of year when we are publishing our special supplement on Chile, the locomotive of the Latin American railway.