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20 February 2019 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
According to Job van Iterson of the Dutch company of the same name, the current top fruit season isn’t easy. “Major quality problems can be seen in apples this year, but even more so in pears. Because of this, trade and end customers barely have any confidence. Growers also have a lot to complain about. The season couldn’t end soon enough, in my opinion.” read more...

20 February 2019 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
While the container market reported an average annual growth of two per cent in the past five years, the reefer market grew by five to six per cent. This year, expectations for reefers are also looking well. Benjamin Vicuna, CA operations manager of Maersk Container Industries (MCI), talks about the developments in Controlled Atmosphere (CA) containers. read more...

20 February 2019 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
Data from Zhuochuang Information shows that 6.05 million tons of apples were entered in storage in China between January and December 13th, 2018. This is 37% less than the total of 9.66 million tons entered in storage in 2017. Broken down by production areas the numbers are as follows: Shaanxi entered 1.41 million tons in storage, which is a decrease of 50.5%, and Shandong entered around 2.74 million tons in storage, which is a decrease of 16.4%. read more...

20 February 2019 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
Fruit growers are worried: apple prices have reached a record low. For example, the Jonagold, which represents two thirds of the Belgian production, is sold 60% cheaper than last year. Since the Russian embargo in 2014, the European market is saturated, forcing producers to sell at a loss. read more...

20 February 2019 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
Bimco analyst Peter Sand has warned that a failure by container lines to pass increased fuel costs from the IMO 2020 sulphur cap could result in bankruptcies. In his latest report for container shipping, Sand warned of a tough year for the mainline container trades, as there are number of pitfalls ahead including the impact of the US – China trade war and signs that the Europe containerised market is “saturated”. read more...

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