- Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:04:23 +0000: India: Biofuels Annual - Recently Updated
On June 4, 2018, the government of India (GOI) released the National Policy on Biofuels-2018. A target of 20 percent blending of ethanol with gasoline and 5 percent biodiesel blend is proposed by 2030. In 2018, India is likely to achieve its 2nd highest ethanol fuel penetration at 3.2 percent and 0.12 percent for biodiesel. Continued reliance on commercially unproven, alternative feedstocks and advanced biofuels, mean imported feedstocks and utilizing conventional biofuels are critical to reaching GOI goals.
- Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:38:15 +0000: Chile: Stone Fruit Annual - Recently Updated
Chile’s cherry exports reached a record of 184,741 MT in MY2017/18. Cherry trees planted area grew steadily at a 10.2 percent rate surpassing 30,000 hectares (ha) in MY2017/18. Eighty-five percent of Chilean cherries go to China. Post estimates MY2018/19 cherry exports to remain flat at 185,000 MT because of a decrease in yield offset by an increase in planted area. Total fresh nectarine trees and peach orchards planted area reached 7,101 ha in MY2017/18, from which 5,101 ha are nectarines and 2,000 ha are peaches. Post forecasts fresh Chilean peaches and nectarines exports to decrease by 7.5 percent and reach 90,000 MT considering that the planted area of nectarine and fresh peaches is steady but yields will not be as high as in MY2017/18.
- Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:35:38 +0000: India: FSSAI Recognizes Technological Need of Lecithin in Infant Formula - Recently Updated
The Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a directive that permits the use of lecithin as an emulsifier in infant food formulas, up to 0.5 grams for every 100 grams of formula, until the final regulation on infant nutrition comes into effect.
- Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:31:48 +0000: Bulgaria: Dairy and Products Annual - Recently Updated
In 2017, the Bulgarian dairy industry began to stabilize following an outbreak of lumpy-skin disease (LSD) in 2016. Favorable milk prices encouraged investments in on-farm inputs. According to official data, milk deliveries grew by 16 percent during the first five months of 2018. Post expects Bulgaria’s dairy herd, milk deliveries, and milk yields will all increase in 2018 and 2019. Consolidation and commercialization will continue to reduce the number of subsistence dairy farms. Although the animaldisease situation was more favorable in 2017, in late June and early July 2018, the European Union’s (EU) first-ever outbreak of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) was detected in Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s unpredictable epizootic situation remains the biggest threat to its dairy sector.
- Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:23:34 +0000: Germany: Stone Fruit Report - Recently Updated
Germany is the third-largest importer of cherries in the world after China and Hong Kong. From 2014 to 2017, between 54 and 74 percent of the cherries consumed in Germany were imported, with the majority of imports originating in other EU-28 member states. The largest non-EU cherry suppliers are Turkey for sweet cherries and Serbia for tart cherries. Total German cherry production for CY 2018 is estimated at 61,100 MT. This represents an increase of 146 percent compared to record low production of CY 2017 and 34 percent compared to the historical (2008-2017) ten year average. Opportunities for U.S. sweet cherries are best in August/September subsequent to the German domestic growing season.