Germany, the largest economy in the European Union, is a large and promising pet food market. Imports of pet food account for more than half of the total market. While the market is mature and somewhat saturated, it is steadily growing.
Hong Kong continues to take random tests on imports of chilled and frozen foods and their packaging for the COVID-19 virus.
The upward trend of the organic food market in the European Union (EU) continues. EU organic sales reached record highs in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has become an additional driver in further boosting organic sales.
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Germany: COVID Fuels Historic Growth in Organic Sales

Germany is the second largest organic market in the world. It holds good prospects for U.S. organic products, including tree nuts, fruits and vegetables, and processed food products.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austria’s already high organic sales increased significantly as consumers focused even more on their diet and what they regard as healthy and sustainable.
In March 2021, Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture announced his intention to allocate ISK 970 million ($7.5 million) in financial support for Icelandic sheep and cattle farmers.
COVID-19 had an unexpected effect on the Spanish food distribution sector. Spanish consumers spent $3.7 billion more at supermarkets compared to 2019.
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Poland: COVID-19 Outbreak on Polish Mink Farm

On January 30, 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) announced an outbreak of COVID-19 on a fur farm with 5,800 mink in the Pomerania province’s Kartuzy county.
The first full year of the newly negotiated U.S. specific High Quality Beef (HQB) quota with the European Union ended with U.S. beef exports reaching 12,806 MT.
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Lithuania: COVID-19 Outbreak on Lithuanian Mink Farm

On November 26, 2020, the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) announced an outbreak of COVID-19 among mink on a farm in Central Lithuania’s Jonava District.
On October 19, the Belgian hospitality sector closed again amidst a second COVID-19 wave that surpassed the first wave in the Spring of 2020.
In the summer of 2020, the first mink farms in North Jutland were infected with coronavirus (COVID19).