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From Lithuania to Spain, fruits and vegetables are being stored and prices are plummeting, with EU farmers losing almost a third of its market.



Six weeks after Moscow responded to the EU sanctions against banks and Russian companies, banning all imports of fresh produce from Europe, producers of fruit and vegetables all over the continent are starting to feel the effects.



Events, trade fairs and exhibitions in the fruit and vegetable sector represent an unique opportunity to stay informed about sector trends, meet clients, growers, exporters, importers, suppliers and competitors, promote their products, establish new business relationships, keep up to date with new advances and solutions for your business, discover new varieties of fruits and vegetables…

For this reason from Infovegetables.com we would like to inform you about the most important events for this year 2014 and next year 2015 as well as encourage you and your company to attend.


Calendar of events in the fruit and vegetable sector for 2014



In the city of Madrid, from the 15th to 17th October 2014 and organized by the organization for trade fairs of Madrid (IFEMA) and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX).




The distribution market is also experiencing merger operations in Germany.

In this sense, the retailer Edeka has acquired the Kaiser supermarket chain from the Tengelmann group, in a transaction to be completed in June 2015.





Today there are several research companies in the fruit and vegetable sector focus on improving pest resistance, get better productivity and quality of the products as well as the development of new high-quality varieties for being grown in both greenhouse and outdoors.


Here we present some of the most important.


My cubies snack cucumbers


My cubies is the snack cucumber with a surprising baby size that leaves no one indifferent.

With an approximate size between 8 and 11 cm and a weight, per fruit, at harvest maturity between 35 and 40 grams this cucumber is ideal for snacking.




My cubies snack cucumbers belong to the Quarto RZ F1 variety developed by the company Rijk Zwaan.


The Dutch agricultural productivity per hectare is 2.5 times higher than the European average, because of greenhouses of last generation like these Dutch farmers have been able to produce fruits, vegetables and flowers in a sustainable way.



There are different things you need to know before importing fruits and vegetables.


Phytosanitary measures


First of all, you as importer must check if a product requires a Phytosanitary Certificate and/or a Plant Health Movement Document (PHMD) to be allowed entry into the European Union (EU). The phytosanitary certificate confirms that the goods have been inspected in their country of origin and meet EU standards on pests and diseases.



It is very important to make sure that the product you want to import into your country not exceed the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) as well as any other deficiencies.


In this concern the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) receives notifications about incidences of the fruits and vegetables entry into the EU Members States from the own European Union or non-member countries. For more information click here.


Secondly, check if your exporting partner has any certificate of quality, the most important are GLOBAL GAP and AENOR.


Know your partner


When you establish a first contact with a new producing company is very important for you to get all the relevant information about him.


-          Visit its website and check which kind of products they produce

-          Know a little bit about its history and its partners and growers

-          Know its facilities, methods of cultivation, biological control, use of pesticides

-          Ask them about their production process, way of packaging and treatment given to the final product

-          Figure out the volume of product they can provide you with

-          Find out if that company counts on any kind of quality certification

-          Contrast all this information


Select the right producer for your company


Before the only way of getting all this relevant information about a producing company was visiting its website and establishing contact with him.


But now you can get all that information about different producers and get to know the final price at your destination for the product/s you are interested in for each of them very easily.


For example, imagine your company is interested in buying two, four or ten pallets of courgette, aubergine,  cucumber or whatever. Then you need to know which producing companies can offer you those pallets, get all the relevant information about those companies and their products and get to know the final price at your destination for each of them in order to make the right decision.


Undoubtedly, get to know all this information is not mandatory, but is the most reliable way to import vegetables.


 For this reason I would like to help you with that and encourage you to visit www.infovegetables.com


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