March 26, 2020 3:55 PM
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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.

 

FoodDrinkEurope represents the food manufacturing industry. Made up of 294,000 businesses and 4.7 million workers, the food and drink industry buys 70% of all EU agricultural produce and is Europe’s largest manufacturing industry.

How many members does FoodDrinkEurope represent?
Surman: We have 3 types of members – companies, national federations and...



Will Surman, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, FoodDrinkEurope
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Will Surman, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, FoodDrinkEurope

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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.
4/2/20
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.
3/30/20
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.
3/25/20
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.
3/25/20
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.
3/23/20
Coronavirus and home office: lack of digitisation is a big problem
FRANKFURT. Social distancing and home office are the order of the day in times of the corona crisis. Trouble, however, is that many companies are not well-enough equipped for their staff to work from home. Many are, therefore, forced to travel to work.
3/20/20
Trade: the coronavirus as a force majeure case
SEEHEIM/KARLSRUHE. In an interview with Mundus Agri Professor Darius Schindler outlines the impact of commercial law on the coronavirus crisis. He explains the potential effects the pandemic may have on supply contracts, in how far suppliers may invoke "force majeure" and what exactly managing directors need to pay attention to.
3/17/20
Stringent measures imposed to maintain supply chains
ROME/VIENNA. All shops in Italy are now closed with the exception of supermarkets, drugstores and pharmacies. The agricultural sector and industry are also permitted to operate. Work continues here, but with stringent safety measures in place.
3/13/20
Oil mills: coronavirus emergency measures hit factories hard
PRAGUE. In illustrating the effects the government's containment policy has on an oil mill in the Czech Republic the challenges the industry as a whole are confronted with become apparent.
3/12/20
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Harvest dates
Next harvest dates for Wheat
Country
Start of harvest
Peru
4/15/20
China
5/1/20
Japan
5/1/20
Lesotho
5/1/20
Mozambique
5/1/20
Afghanistan
5/1/20
Algeria
5/1/20
Ecuador
5/1/20
Iraq
5/1/20
Armenia
5/1/20
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Crop sizes

Crop sizes for Wheat
Country
Year
Crop size
China
2018
131,430,000 mt
India
2018
99,870,000 mt
Russia
2018
72,136,000 mt
USA
2018
51,310,000 mt
France
2018
35,840,890 mt
Canada
2018
32,201,000 mt
Pakistan
2018
25,100,000 mt
Ukraine
2018
25,007,040 mt
Australia
2018
20,941,134 mt
Germany
2018
20,278,200 mt
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