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EU consumption of fresh tomatoes is set to remain stable or fall slightly. But the market for fresh tomatoes is characterised by strong segmentation into many different types and retail sales are increasing in value.

EU consumption of fresh tomatoes is set to remain stable or slightly decrease, with a steady net importing situation, according to the European Commission’s EU Agricultural Outlook.

Imports of fresh apples decreased in the last 10 years and are not expected to recover, while exports, affected by the Russian ban since 2014, are striving to find new outlets on the world market and should continue to do so.

EU apple production is likely to increase in the future, particularly in Poland, while consumption of fresh apples per capita keeps on decreasing.

Regular consumption of fruit and vegetables is considered an important part of a healthy and balanced diet. In the EU, however, slightly more than a third of the population aged 15 or over did not  eat them on a daily basis in 2014,

More than a third of the European Union population aged 15 or over did not eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis in 2014.

More than a million tons of fruit and vegetables are exported by the EU to Africa

The European Union’s imports of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables from outside the EU remained stable at 11.8 million tons (worth almost €11.8 billion) and 1.6 million tons (€1.7 billion) respective

Freshfel says exporters have made great efforts to diversify their export destinations but gaining access to new third country markets has proved time-consuming, technically complex and costly and volumes to newly opened markets remain small compared to the significant trade that was previously in place with Russia.

In the wake of the EU’s confirmation of the extension of economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, Freshfel Europe has called on the European Commission to maintain dialogue with Russian

While EU lemon trade with Russia suffered an important decline due to the Russian ban, recently, EU-28 citrus exports to new strategic markets such as North America and Asia are increasing to compensate the loss of the Russian market.

Lemon and lime imports into the EU – a net importer of lemons – reached 399,040 tons in the 2014/15 marketing year (November-October), a 5% rise on the previous year.

European Commission and Mexico to start negotiations on a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products

The European Commission and government of Mexico have started negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products.

As of late January, European producers can get their apples into the Indian market through the sea ports and airports in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin, as well as the airport in Delhi.

From 2009-2013, exports of fresh vegetables and fruit from Georgia grew by 17% in volume to reach 101,000 tons. Over the same period, they also doubled in value to exceed US$ 200 million.

Georgia has started actively increasing the export potential of its fruit and vegetable industry, according to APK-Inform Agency and based on official statistics for the country.

High levels of the contaminant perchlorate have been found in Cucurbitaceae and leaf vegetables especially those grown in glasshouse/under cover.

The presence of the contaminant perchlorate in vegetables, fruit and other foods is to be monitored in the EU, following a recommendation by the European Commission.

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