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Aug 26, 2022

USDA: faulty agricultural data proves embarrassing for traders

CHICAGO. As Reuters reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had to retract faulty weekly commodities export data on Thursday morning that generated a high degree of uncertainty in the futures market and forced some analysts to have to issue embarrassing apologies to their clients.
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May 18, 2022

Wheat: exports to hit unlikely record

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON DC. While Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest on Saturday, the G7 leaders see little cause to celebrate as they warn that Russia is deliberately giving rise to a global food and energy crisis that may cause 50 million people to be confronted with hunger. They also condemn India’s sudden export ban for wheat. Yet, the 2022/2023 projections for wheat in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recently issued World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) are rather on the optimistic side of things.
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May 10, 2022

Ukraine warns of global food crisis

KYIV. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called on the international community to take immediate action to force Russia to stop blocking several ports in his country to enable wheat to be shipped as a global food crisis is looming. The FAO estimates that 25 million mt of grain are stuck in Ukraine.
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May 6, 2022

Agri-food market on edge as EU sanctions spell trouble

FRANKFURT. While Russia is disgracing itself by selling stolen grain from Ukraine and conducting a systematic theft of agricultural machinery, the European Commission has finally issued a proposal to phase out any involvement in the Russian oil industry. Buyers and suppliers in the agri-food and feed industry are, however, becoming increasingly nervous over skyrocketing production and transport costs and possible new sanctions.
Grains
May 2, 2022

Grain: Ukraine accuses Russia of large-scale theft

KYIV. Taras Vysotskiy, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, accused invading Russian forces of stealing grain in areas they have occupied on 30 April. Vysotskiy stated on Ukrainian TV that “there are confirmed facts that several hundred thousand tons of grain in total were taken out of the Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions.” Farmers are set to defy the Russian invaders.
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Apr 29, 2022

In crisis mode: food suppliers refuse to panic

FRANKFURT. As if a war is not enough, several countries are currently determined to act as bad boys and further exasperate the already impossible supply and demand situation in the food and feed commodity market. Russia’s decision to suspend gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria, coupled with Indonesia’s rather sudden ban on all palm oil exports and China’s bizarre zero-Covid strategy are directly impacting all trading activities relating to a whole range of commodities. Good news, however, is that producers in Ukraine are seeking creative ways to keep supplies up and running.
Alerts and Regulations
Apr 11, 2022

End of the journey to the West for Russian carriers

BRUSSELS. As part of the fifth major sanctions package against Russia, carriers from Russia and Belarus have been banned from crossing EU borders since Saturday. This is intended to hit the Russian economy even harder. However, there are some exceptions for the time being.
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Mar 4, 2022

Iran: highly explosive situation

FRANKFURT. Suppliers in Iran are closely following any progress made in the talks over a possible revival of the nuclear deal as this directly impacts the prices for basically all commodities including nuts, dried fruit and spices, the country exports. The talks are still underway in Vienna, despite the war in Ukraine.
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Feb 25, 2022

Ukraine crisis: fear and disruptions in agri-food trade

FRANKFURT. As Russia has shocked the world by invading Ukraine the world’s geopolitical tensions have taken on a new and much more immediate dimension for the European agri-food market. Traders not only report widespread disruptions for oil and sunflower seeds, nuts and dried fruit but are also concerned for the safety of their partners in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Company News
Dec 24, 2021

Mundus Agri says Thank You

SEEHEIM. The Mundus Agri team wishes you a relaxing holiday season and a good start to the new year. For this reason, CEO Jakob Megow would like to thank you personally.
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Nov 11, 2021

Escalating EU-Belarus conflict disrupts transportation

KUŹNICA. With around 3,000-4,000 migrants,mainly from the Middle East, stranded at the border between Poland and Belarus long traffic jams have formed at the border crossings in Poland and transportation to the East is largely disrupted. Issue is the EU sanctions against Belarus, which have prompted President Alexander Lukashenko to lure migrants to Minsk. Their hope is to cross the border into Poland and to thereby enter the EU.
Sugar
Jul 8, 2021

Südzucker: outlook for the current 2021/22 fiscal year confirmed

MANNHEIM. While Südzucker AG's group revenues increased slightly in the first quarter of the current 2021/22 financial year, group operating profit declined for the time being. For the first time, the quarterly report covers five segments instead of the previous four.
Warning messages
Feb 4, 2021

Germany: confectionary industry hits out at EU over Brexit chaos

BERLIN. The Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) blames EU hypocrisy for unnecessary problems in shipping to the UK. Shipments have become next to impossible with complex regulations applying ever since Brexit has been completed. Nearly 10% of Germany's confectionery exports are destined for the UK and the coronavirus is not exactly helping matters.
Spices
Nov 26, 2020

Vanilla: Covid-19 acts as a speed bump

QUEBEC. In the recently issued vanilla market update for November leading supplier Aust & Hachmann has dismissed the onset of the pandemic on the market as a speed bump. After years of extortionate prices, the market continues to change. Developments in Madagascar are, however, raising concerns.
Press Releases
Nov 24, 2020

Food retailers under fire for response to unfair trading practices

BERLIN. Food retailers Aldi, Lidl and co. have come under fire for voicing their opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel over Germany’s newly proposed legislation on unfair trading practices. In an open letter addressed to the four largest food retail groups that hold an 85% market share the German Farmers’ Association vividly highlights and condemns the markets hypocritical stance.
Current affairs
Nov 20, 2020

Expert opinion: Trump's farewell greetings jeopardise Iran’s trading activities

WIESBADEN. In his final days in office U.S. President Donald Trump has added fuel to fire in the conflict with Iran. His actions also have an adverse impact on trading activities in the food commodity market. In an Interview the AUDITOR Iran expert Dawood Nazirizadeh highlights what exporters, traders and buyers should expect over the next few months and how Iran views Trump's maximum pressure strategy.
Press Releases
Nov 5, 2020

Burger King: hypocritical support for McDonald’s

LONDON. Incredible but true. Burger King UK posted un unusual ad on social media accounts on Wednesday entitled “ORDER FROM MCDONALD’s” as tens of thousands of jobs are at stake in the UK hospitality sector. This advertising gag, however, not only urges support for other fast-food rivals, but also digs in.
Interviews
Oct 15, 2020

Credit insurance companies: small and medium-sized businesses rated as ticking time bombs

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. Market players are voicing their frustration as credit insurance companies are cutting credit limits in many cases and are partly refusing to provide insurance. In an interview with the Auditor insurance companies, by contrast, state that assessment criteria have remained unchanged since the pandemic struck.
Surveys and Studies
Oct 12, 2020

Germany: bakeries lose EUR 1 billion due to coronavirus crisis

BERLIN. A survey recently conducted by the local craft bakers associations and by the German Bakery Trade Association shows that sales have slumped by 13% during the coronavirus crisis. Bakery stores with cafés are particularly hard-hit. Issue is that fewer customers visit the shops.
Surveys and Studies
Sep 16, 2020

Survey: hygiene measures in light of the coronavirus

SEEHEIM. The AUDITOR has conducted an anonymous survey on hygiene among companies in different industrial sectors. Excerpts of the answers provided are illustrated in an abstract as a means of displaying the situation in Germany.
EU regulations
Sep 3, 2020

Flaxseed: EU discusses controversial limit for hydrocyanic acid

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Talks over the possible introduction of a hydrocyanic acid limit for flaxseed for human consumption are currently underway throughout Europe. The Auditor has contacted the European Commission and a leading flaxseed trader in Belgium to find out more.
Surveys and Studies
Aug 25, 2020

Germany: economy on the road to recovery

FRANKFURT/MUNICH. The mood among business leaders in Germany is still on the upswing as the ifo Business Climate index rose to 92.6 points in August, after 90.4 points in July. Moods, however, differ with many companies still struggling.
Interviews
Aug 24, 2020

Expert opinion: current events and their impact on global trade

SEEHEIM/SACRAMENTO. In collaboration with the AUDITOR team, US exporter Erik Anderson, CEO of Anderson Exports, reflected on how current events are affecting global trade and the economy. Racism, the problem of nuclear weapons and financial injustice are being discussed.
Interviews
Jul 9, 2020

Phase One Deal: Europe at a disadvantage

KARLSRUHE. Ever since US President Donal Trump signed the phase one deal with China on 15 January it has been subject to heavy criticism. US agriculture exports to China and the impact on the US soybean market are a matter of fierce debate. Legal expert Darius Schindler, however, draws attention to the potential drawbacks of the deal for third-party countries, especially for Europe.
Surveys and Studies
Jul 1, 2020

New swine flu virus: potential to spark human pandemic

FRANKFURT. Media reports state that researchers in China have issued warnings over a new H1N1 swine flu strain that spreads to humans. Blood tests showed that workers in pig farms in China have a high degree of antibodies of the virus. Scientist throughout the world agree that further tests and controls are required to prevent a possible pandemic.
Surveys and Studies
Jul 1, 2020

Germany: Covid-19 pandemic hits food industry exports particularly hard

BERLIN The German economy has been hard hit by the virus since March and the impact on the food industry is severe. In a survey recently conducted by AFC Managament Consulting the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) highlights the effects the pandemic has had on food industry exports.
Interviews
Jun 24, 2020

"Covid-19 is a wake-up call"

BERLIN. In a local call with the German Agriultural Society's department for Eastern Europe Frank Nordmann explains how the pandemic highlights flaws in the food system. Nordmann is a General Manager for Key Accounts and Sustainable Development at the GRIMME factory for agricltural machinery and Co-Chairman of the German Agribusiness Alliance.
Interviews
Jun 22, 2020

Pesticides are far less controversial in Eastern Europe

SEEHEIM/FRANKFURT. Food embargoes, Vladimir Putin and different standards, trading with Russia and Eastern Europe is anything but easy for the EU. In an interview with The AUDITOR Dr Olga Hunger, Area Director for Eastern Europe at the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V), talks about the difficult relationship between the EU, Russia and Eastern Europe, pesticides and the role of online trading platforms.
Import / Export Statistics
May 22, 2020

Flaxseed: buyers in China and in the EU engage in fierce competition

NUR-SULTAN/SEEHEIM. In an interview with the AUDITOR Eugeniy Karabanov, the founder of the Northern Grain group of companies and oilseed expert at the Kazakh Grain Union (www.grainunion.kz), provides a detailed analysis of the global flaxseed market with a focus on the trading activities between Kazakhstan and the EU.
Interviews
May 18, 2020

When hygiene becomes essential

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. As the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus are being eased throughout Europe caterers and food retailers need to adjust to new hygiene standars. Mundus Agri employee Carsten Megow has worked in food hygiene for twenty-five years. He shares his experiences and opinions.
Interviews
May 12, 2020

Coronavirus infections in German slaughterhouses serve as the perfect argument against meat consumption

BERLIN. With hundreds of migrant workers testing positive in several slaughterhouses in Germany the situation not only casts doubts on working conditions but has also prompted vegtarians to speak out against meat consumption..
Interviews
Apr 23, 2020

Ukraine: time to rethink dependency on China

KIEV/SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. For the Ukraine the current situation presents a chance to further enhance trade relations, if there are disruptions in supply chains elsewhere. In an interview with Mundus Agri Sergey Zhaburovskyi, head of the export helpdesk at the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, explains the situaion.
Press Releases
Apr 22, 2020

Südzucker: not possible to assess impact of coronavirus pandemic

MANNHEIM. In the preliminary figures for the 2019/2020 financial year, which ended on 29 February, the Südzucker AG states that group revenues declined to EUR 6.7 billion. By contrast, a drastic rise in the group operating result to EUR 116 million has been observed.
Interviews
Apr 21, 2020

China: stopover in hotel quarantine

PEKING. After weeks of imposed quarantine, restrictions are gradually being eased in cities in China. Few people, however, want to go further than their own front door or garden. Mundus Agri has talked to trading partners about everyday life.
Interviews
Apr 15, 2020

Iran: shutdown would push country over the edge

TEHRAN/SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. In an interview with Mundus Agri, Dawood Nazirizadeh shares his experience with and views on the healthcare system in Iran, the impact of Covid-19 on daily life, business and trade as well as Trump and the controversial issue of the US sanctions.
Interviews
Apr 9, 2020

Almond Board of California: high demand and hardly any export issues

SEEHEIM/SACRAMENTO. Mundus Agri had the chance to talk to Richard Waycott, president and CEO of the Almond Board of California, about the current situation and the impact of the coronavirus on the US almond market.
Interviews
Apr 8, 2020

Tioga: Spanish almond market loses Easter business

AGUADULCE/SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. In an interview with Mundus Agri, José Luis Balanzá Bosch and Amancio Landín from Tioga answer a few short questions on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the almond market in Spain.
Interviews
Apr 7, 2020

Pekka Pesonen: we are fighting like hell

BRUSSELS/SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. In an interview with Mundus Agri, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa and Cogeca, talks about the big issues for European agriculture in the coronavirus crisis including food security, raw material prices and sustainability, hypocrisy and organics.
Interviews
Apr 6, 2020

Anderson Exports: export disruptions and appreciation for the food business

SEEHEIM/SACRAMENTO. In light of recent events regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Mundus Agri talked to Erik Anderson, CEO of Anderson Exports, discussing notable disruptions in the supply chain and the luck to be working in an essential industry – food.
Alerts and Regulations
Apr 2, 2020

Covid-19 spurrs Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics into sudden action

LUHANSK. A "Mundus Agri" correspondent, living in the Luhansk People's Republic, outlines the enormous impact the outbreak of the new coronavirus has on daily life. The first infection has only recently been confirmed. Measures to contain the virus are only starting to be implemented.
Interviews
Apr 2, 2020

Protective measures against Covid-19 - when is an end in sight?

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. Doctors and virologists hear this question over and over again. They are supposed to try to find an answer by means of estimates and mathematical assumptions, and yet they can only give a vague estimate at best. Decisive for the point in time when the corona protection measures can be loosened is the behaviour of the citizens.
Interviews
Mar 30, 2020

How Mundus Agri maintains internal operations

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. Michael Gütlich, CEO and IT expert of the Dedere Deutschland GmbH, explains which measures are in place to protect Mundus Agri's workforce.
Alerts and Regulations
Mar 27, 2020

America first - also when it comes to health?

WASHINGTON, D.C. As early as next week, the measures taken against the spread of the corona virus could be eased again in the USA. The president is putting the population at great risk.
Interviews
Mar 26, 2020

FoodDrinkEurope: EU must act fast to avoid confusion and delays

BRUSSELS. Unprecedented quarantine measures and travel restriction throughout Europe are prompting concerns over supply chains and the workforce in Europe’s largest manufacturing industry. FoodDrinkEurope is working closely with the EU Commission to adopt fast action. In an interview with Mundus Agri, Will Surman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, outlines how the industry is holding up to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Interviews
Mar 25, 2020

Food supply chains: Dachser calls for flexibility

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM/KEMPTEN. Reports of long traffic jams at the borders within Europe, particularly at the borders in Poland, shook the market last week. Traders, in addition, reported that suppliers were forced to close on a temporary basis. Although the situation has now improved, the freight forwarders remain concerned.
Interviews
Mar 25, 2020

Toilet paper: producers are operating at full capacity

FRANKFURT. As panic buying is taking its toll on the supermaket shelves toilet paper has become the new white gold in Europe. For new customers it is basically impossible to purchase toilet papar directly from the manufacturers. Their priority are existing customers.
Alerts and Regulations
Mar 24, 2020

Temporary framework to support SMEs during coronavirus pandemic

BRUSSELS. The EU Commission has taken new measures to provide financial support, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. Funds, however, need be provided by the member states.
Interviews
Mar 23, 2020

This is why the local tax offices should pay subsidies

SEEHEIM-JUGENHEIM. Michael Gütlich, the CEO of the Dedere Deutschland GmbH, explains why it is necessary to distribute financial aid by means of unbureaucratic channels. Fast action is required.