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July 10, 2018
On June 14, 2018, an agreement on the successor to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) was reached for 2021-2030.
July 9, 2018
Korean potato production is expected to increase to 530,000 metric tons (MT) in Calendar Year (CY) 2018, as potato farmers respond to higher prices caused by low supply in CY 2017.
July 6, 2018
On May 21, 2018, hundreds of thousands of Brazil’s nearly 2 million truck drivers began an 11-day strike to protest high diesel prices, a move that slowed Brazil’s economy....
July 6, 2018
Thailand’s retail food sector continues to grow in 2017, driven by strong economic growth, increasing numbers of tourists and government investment.
July 6, 2018
Japan’s conclusion of a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and efforts to conclude the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are expected to increase....
July 6, 2018
Health, wellness, and the environment continue to be key purchasing factors for Australian consumers.
July 5, 2018
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture (MinAg) prepared a draft amendment to the 2006 Feed Act, postponing the 2006 legislation’s ban of genetically engineered (GE) feed ingredients....
July 5, 2018
On June 6, 2018, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendments to the Unified EAEU List of Quarantine Pests via G/SPS/N/RUS/150.
July 5, 2018
The development of the biofuels sector remains a low priority for the Russian government whose agricultural programs are largely focused on “import substitution” and export support programs.
July 4, 2018
Thirst for imported beer intensifies in South China…Upcoming opportunities for U.S. exporters to meet with South China ingredient importers…ATO Guangzhou participated in trade shows for U.S. woods....
July 4, 2018
In 2017, Hong Kong’s retail food sector sales rose 1.82 percent to US$12.28 billion, a positive growth trend forecast to continue, especially in segments where U.S. products have strong prospects....
July 4, 2018
Due to extreme weather this spring in the stone fruit producing regions, both peach and nectarine production and cherry production are forecast down for MY 18/19 from MY 17/18 production levels.
July 4, 2018
Malaysia’s retail sector is forecast to spur consumer spending in retail food and beverage industry with the abolishment of Goods & Services Tax (GST) effective June 1, 2018.
July 4, 2018
Singapore’s retail foods sector is very competitive, yet diverse and dynamic.
July 4, 2018
Brazil has finally overcome the worst recession in its history. In 2017, the retail sector responded positively, expanding 0.8 percent.
July 4, 2018
U.S. exports of consumer-oriented products to Aruba reached an all-time high of $80 million in 2017 and are on pace to reach another record level in 2018.
July 4, 2018
Even though the Colombian government in 2017 increased the sales tax or value added tax (VAT) from 16 percent to 19 percent, the retail sector continues to thrive because of a robust economy....
July 4, 2018
The retail industry in Guatemala is strong and continues growing. The two largest supermarket chains continue expanding and opening new outlets in both the urban and rural areas of the country.
July 3, 2018
Organized retail continues consolidation with larger players expanding through acquisition. Domestic and international retailers are building stronger cash and carry wholesale businesses.
July 3, 2018
On June 19, 2018, China’s Ministry of Finance announced that as part of the Second Amendment to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, China will reduce tariffs on imports of a number of products....

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