Kenya’s sugar imports fall 54% after end of duty-free period

KENYA - Kenya’s sugar imports have fallen 54% to 49,445 tonnes in the in the first quarter of the year after the period announced by the government for duty-free sugar imports elapsed. In March alone, volumes went down to 9,907 tonnes from 33,623 tonnes and while table sugar imports totalled 1,815 tonnes, refined white sugar…

Horticulture earns Kenya US$3.04bn as export markets become lucrative

KENYA - Kenya earned US$3.04 billion on account of good prices in the export market for the 2017 year, a 41% increase from the previous year, according to the market data from the Horticulture Department. This covers flowers, fruits and vegetables whose overall sales rose from US$2.15 billion in 2016 to US$3.04 billion last year…

American craft beer exports surpass US$125m after growth

USA - The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, has reported a 3.6% export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2017 that saw it go above US$125 million. BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), also said that craft beer export volume increased in 2017, now totalling…

Deficit in food production raises imports by 58% in January

KENYA - Kenya has imported food items worth US$207.119m, a 58.33% increase from US$130.812m witnessed in January 2017, as a result of food deficit attributed to prolonged drought conditions experienced last year, according to a data by the Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Following poor rainfall and insufficient food production, prices of basic commodities shot…

Brazil suspends BRF’s poultry exports to the EU

BRAZIL - The Brazilian government has suspended BRF’s poultry exports destined for the European Union, following a probe into the company over the presence of Salmonella. The Ministry of Agriculture, Supply, and Livestock (MAPA) said it had temporarily suspended the production and sanitary certification of BRF’s poultry exports to the EU, and it expects to…

Brazil improves its food safety standards to avoid another ban on meat exports

BRAZIL - Brazil has improved its food safety standards and is working with trading partners to avoid another ban on meat exports from the country, according to Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister. In line with Reuters report, the minister said that it was possible some meat-packing plants could be banned by importing countries due to…

EU plans to impose tariffs on typical US food exports in a fresh trade war

EUROPE - The EU, in what Bloomberg News terms as ‘retaliatory’ tactic against President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariff threat, is planning to impose tariffs on US iconic brands including a 25% levy on a number of consumer, agricultural and steel products. Among them are food and agricultural imports from the US such as Kentucky…

Yam exporters set to ship another consignment to UK, USA

NIGERIA - Prof. Simon Irtwang, Chairman, Technical Committee on Yam Export has said yam exporters were finalising processes to export another consignment of yam in the first quarter. Irtwang told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the consignment would also be for the United Kingdom and United States of America. According to…