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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Kenya's vegetable exports experienced a growth in value by 17% in the first 10 months of 2016 as compared to 2015. The growth has been attributed to a recent increase in improved market access to the EU. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates that vegetable sales rose by a total of around USD $28,021,616. The good performance resulted from improved market access after the country met most of the stringent measures set by EU, which had affected horticultural produce sales. The export volume rose from 40,000 tonnes in 2015 to 55,000 tonnes between January and October last year.

The European market has exhausted their supply of lychees from Madagascar and the offer can no longer fulfil demand. The Technical and Horticultural Centre in Tamatave (CTHT) says that the containers imported at the end of last week did not fulfil orders from wholesale distribution centres and that “Containers that are expected this weekend are already pre-sold, suggesting a positive end to the season”. These two containers hold 880 and 300 tons of cargo. This situation is a first for Madagascar’s lychee sector and was unexpected. The end of the season is now positive for them compared to other competing producer countries such as South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion and Mozambique.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The EU's fresh fruit and vegetable exports to third countries up to September 2016 fell by 11% in volume compared to the same period in 2015, totalling 4.3 million tonnes, of which 2.5 million tonnes corresponded to fruit (-11%) and 1.8 million tonnes to vegetables (-11%), according to the latest updated data from Eurostat, processed by FEPEX. The value of the EU's fresh fruit and vegetable exports to third countries increased by 1% in the period under review, reaching 3,401 million Euro, of which 2,007 million corresponded to fruit (-3%) and 1,393 million to vegetables (+9%). Apples are the main fruit exported by the EU to third countries, with 1.1 million tonnes (11% less than in the previous year) worth 570.5 million Euro (-5%), followed way behind by oranges, with 250,718 Tonnes (+7%) and 156.7 million Euro (+9%) and pears, with 189,085 tonnes (-22%) and 111 million Euro (-16%).

With exports such as sorghum, baobab, and black soap sparking trends in the UK, 2017 is the year to create a business focused around African ingredients. Popular for their health benefits, exotic appeal and the positive impact of sustainable trading on native communities, African ingredients have been predicted to become an even hotter trend in the European market this year. Citing Africa’s rising GDP and improving infrastructure, Mintel suggests that the continent will continue to become a more powerful trading partner for Europe, with its youthful population and burgeoning middle class driving prospects further.European consumer interest is growing too, with the Global New Products Database (GNPD) citing statistics that the percentage of food and drink products with African ingredients climbed 41% between 2011 and 2015.

The Polish ministry of development is launching a new trade and investment agency aimed at supporting Polish businesses expand abroad, with a focus on Asian and African markets. The Polish Agency for Investment and Trade (PAIH) will operate within the Polish Development Fund(Group PFR) which implements financial instruments aimed at the development of Polish businesses. The agency itself will not offer financial instruments, but help to get the support for international expansion from other financial institutions belonging to PFR. “The aim of the agency is to support Polish expansion abroad, both in the form of export as well as in investment,” advisor to the board for Polish Investments Abroad, Aleksander Libera, tells GTR. In terms of exports, the Polish government is focusing on several sectors ranging from information communications technology (ICT), biotechnology and pharmacy to cosmetics, fashion and food.

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