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Prunes: next phase for sustainability standards

November 23, 2023 at 8:50 AM , Der AUDITOR
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SANTIAGO. With the participation of 600 actors from the Chilean prune industry, various organisations are jointly developing a new sustainability standard under the leadership of Chileprunes.

Training phase to begin shortly

Experts and representatives from the industry have been working for a year and a half on the development of a new standard for prunes, which should also be accepted on the international market, said Karina Orellana, consultant at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Traceability and compliance with ESG standards are at the centre of the final certification.

The Executive Committee, which together with Chileprunes and the IICA is responsible for developing a sustainability standard for the prune industry, consists of the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency (ASSC), the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Office for Agrarian Studies and Policies (ODEPA).

The project is scheduled to run for a total of 28 months and work has already been underway for 18 months. The second of four planning phases is due to be completed by the end of December, during which final adjustments will be made to the guidelines. Training on the requirements for certification is scheduled to begin at the start of 2024.

Germany reduces imports by 27%

Germany imported a total of 542 mt of prunes in September 2023, a quarter less than in the same month last year. This is partly due to the fact that shipments from Chile (-23% to 351 mt) and the USA (-50% to 79 mt) declined significantly. The noticeable deficit could not be compensated for by the sharp percentage increase in imports from Serbia (+134% to 35 mt) and Turkey (+157% to 28 mt).

Prune* imports, Germany, in mt

Supplier

2022/23

2023/24

Diff.

Chile

454

351

-22.7%

USA

160

79

-50.4%

Serbia

15

35

134.0%

Turkey

11

28

157.3%

Philippines

0

14

n.a.

France

14

9

-36.4%

Sri Lanka

0

8

n.a.

Taiwan

0

8

n.a.

Iran

3

3

-3.3%

Poland

30

3

-91.0%

Others

51

4

-91.6%

Total

738

542

-26.6%

Federal Statistical Office of Germany / September

*08132000 Dried prunes

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