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| Select | Coffee production, consumption, and trade | Coffee | San Jose | Costa Rica | 5/22/2015
Based on preliminary data, Costa Rica’s 2014/2015 coffee crop reached 1,397,542 60 kg bags. Production was higher than previously estimated, but remained lower than the previous crop.  Lower production was primarily the result of the negative effects of coffee rust and dry weather patterns.  Production is expected to decline about 5 percent in 2015/2016 based on the weaker condition of the coffee plantations and also as a result of the lower amount of rainfall expected this year.
Coffee Annual_San Jose_Costa Rica_5-14-2015



| Apples, Fresh, Pears, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh | Apples, Pears, and Table Grapes | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 5/22/2015
For Calendar Year (CY) 2015, Post revised fresh apple production downward to 640,000 MT and fresh pear production is forecast to go down to 610,000 MT.  The decrease in production for both types of fruit was due to hail storms and large volumes of unharvested fruit as a result of the severe economic and financial crisis affecting the local fruit sector.  For table grapes, production is projected to decrease from official estimates to 130,000 MT.  However, it will rebound by 85 percent from CY 20...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_5-19-2015



| Select | New Zealand Semi-Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2015 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 5/21/2015
Milk Production for New Zealand in 2015 is likely to be reduced by 2.2% from 2014 to consolidate down to 21.4 million metric tons.  While dairy commodity production is also likely to be reduced by 1% but exports in total are forecast to increase by 1.2% owing to stocks reducing slightly and increased liquid milk exports being forecast.
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_5-19-2015



| Select | Apple and Pear Growing and Trade Semi-Annual Report 2015 | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Wellington | New Zealand | 5/21/2015
The sustained trend of reducing orchard area over the last decade has come to an end over the last two years and after 2014’s 200 hectare increase now stands at 9,049ha.  Despite mid-season hail events which threatened apple and pear production it is forecast that the MY2014 deciduous fruit harvest will still reach 554,875 metric tons (MT), eleven percent greater than MY2013.  Total exports now forecast at 320,000MT, while 11,000 MT less than original forecasts, will still be two percent greater...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_5-19-2015



| Coffee, Green | Tight Coffee Situation in Mexico | Coffee | Mexico City | Mexico | 5/21/2015
The Post/New marketing year (MY) 2015/16 coffee production forecast is 3.3 million 60/kg bags.   The Post/New MY 2014/15 total production estimate was revised downward to 3.3 million 60/kg bags due to coffee rust outbreaks affecting plantations.  Coffee exports for MY 2014/15 and 2015/16 are expected to be lower compared to MY 2013/14, due to rust-related declines in production.  Coffee imports for MY 2014/15 and 2015/16 are expected to increase to meet domestic demand. 
Coffee Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_5-18-2015



| Select | MY15/16 centrifugal sugar production is forecast at 10.8 million tons | Sugar | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/21/2015
MY15/16 centrifugal sugar production is forecast at 10.8 million tons, down 1.8 percent from the previous year due to low operating rates and weak domestic prices.  MY14/15 production is revised down 17.3 percent from the previous estimate following weather-related damage and higher procurement cost.  MY2014/15 imports are forecast at 4.8 million tons, up by 1 million tons from the previous estimate as sugar production falls and the large gap between international and domestic sugar prices conti...
Sugar Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-14-2015



| Proposed Regulations on Claims on Formula Products | Agriculture in the News, Dairy and Products, FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 5/20/2015
Pursuant to WTO notification, the Hong Kong government has proposed legislation to further regulate nutrition and health claims on products for children under 36 months, such as infant and toddler formulas and prepackaged foods.  Under consideration are regulations that grant government additional control over the utilization of nutrition and health claims on products intended for the very young.
Proposed Regulations on Claims on Formula Products_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_5-5-2015



| World Dairy Expo in Harbin | Dairy and Products | Beijing ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/20/2015
ATO Beijing Marketing Specialist, Wang Tong participated in the World Dairy Expo and dairy seminar in Harbin, China April 22-24, 2015. The event provided a great platform to gain knowledge on infant formula, pasteurized and UHT milk market in China.
World Dairy Expo in Harbin _Beijing ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_5-19-2015



| Job Growth through the U.S. Exports of ‘Natural Delights’ Dates | Export Accomplishments - Other | Ottawa | Canada | 5/20/2015
The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association (BVMDGA) has successfully grown their export sales to Canada, particularly in the last five years through an aggressive but strategic program.  BVMDGA’s formula to success has been based on their commitment to exporting and support from USDA/FAS’s Market Access Program (MAP).   Today, the Natural Delights brand is a household brand name among avid Canadian date consumers.  The experience gained in Canada has helped the association launch its expor...
Job Growth through the U.S. Exports of ‘Natural Delights’ Dates_Ottawa_Canada_5-19-2015



| Kazakhstan Agricultural Update | Agriculture in the News | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 5/20/2015
Kazakhstan’s Expected 2015 Grain Exports . . . Food Corporation Financing of Spring Sowing Campaign . . . Saiga Antelopes Killed . . . Meat Processing Facility Construction Started . . . Agro-Industrial Park in Kostanai Region Planned . . . KazAgro Quarterly Net Profit Reaches Over Twelve Billion Tenge . . . KazAgro Subsidiary Boosts Lending Through Islamic Financing Program . . . Russia Returns Cheese to Kazakhstan . . . Kazakhstan and Russia in Meat Dispute . . . Kazakhstan to Spend $20 Billi...
Kazakhstan Agricultural Update_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_5-19-2015



| Food and Hotel Vietnam 2015 | Trade Show Evaluation | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam | 5/20/2015
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Food and Hotel Vietnam 2015_Ho Chi Minh City_Vietnam_5-19-2015



| Coffee, Green | 2015 | Coffee | San Salvador | El Salvador | 5/20/2015
El Salvador’s coffee production is expected to drop to 507,000 sixty-kg bags in 2013/14 (October 2013 - September 2014), a 59 percent decrease from 2012/2013.  Primarily caused by a severe coffee leaf rust outbreak, this is the lowest production for the past 80 years. The Salvadoran government is trying to provide some relief, but the government's assistance (providing fungicides and an incentive program to replace old trees) has not been enough to offset the damage.  El Salvador continues to pr...
Coffee Annual_San Salvador_El Salvador_4-28-2015



| Coffee, Green | Production slightly recovering | Coffee | Guatemala City | Guatemala | 5/20/2015
After the past three year’s “coffee leaf rust”, Guatemalan farmers are starting to recover production as replanted trees and pruned ones have entered full harvest. Coffee production in marketing year 2014/15 (October 2014-September 2015) is estimated 3 percent above previous harvest, expecting 3.506 million (60 Kg) bags.  Dry conditions for the past two years and more preventive and cultural controls on coffee production have increased average yields to 0.9 MT/Ha.  Coffee rust is still a concern...
Coffee Annual_Guatemala City_Guatemala_5-11-2015



| Coffee, Green | Falling Prices Stir Discontent | Coffee | Bogota | Colombia | 5/20/2015
Colombian coffee production is expected to increase to 12.5 million bags (1 bag = 60 kilograms unless otherwise noted) green bean equivalent (GBE) in marketing year (MY) 2014/15, 4 percent higher than last year.  Production is forecast to increase further in MY 2015/16 to 12.7 million bags GBE if weather remains favorable. Coffee prices have recently fallen below the Protection for the Income of Farmers (PIC) subsidy program trigger price. The Government of Colombia (GOC) remains steadfast in re...
Coffee Annual_Bogota_Colombia_5-15-2015



| Coffee, Green | Annual Coffee Report | Coffee | Caracas | Venezuela | 5/20/2015
Coffee production in MY 2014/15 is expected to decline by 30 percent compared to MY 2013/14, the largest year-to-year reduction and lowest production level in at least the past 15 years due mainly to a coffee rust outbreak.  
Coffee Annual_Caracas_Venezuela_5-15-2015



| Select | 2015 Dairy and Products Semi-annual | Dairy and Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/20/2015
Given the volatility in the Russian market (e.g., the economic situation in Russia, trade restrictions, etc.), annualized dairy production and consumption remains difficult to forecast in 2015.  FAS/Moscow anticipates Russian milk production will decline to 29.5 MMT in 2015 due to a forecasted drop in the country’s milking herd given the current economic situation and an anticipated reduction in wholesale prices for fluid milk in late 2015 (due to a potential abundance of supply when compared to...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_5-15-2015



| Annual Cotton Report | Cotton and Products, Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 5/20/2015
Ethiopia's cotton production, which has remained fairly flat in recent years, is estimated at 184,000 bales (40,000 metric tons) in MY14/15.  Due primarily to the gradual expansion of acreage planted, production is forecast to expand slightly in MY15/16 to 200,000 bales (43,500 metric tons).  Meantime, consumption is forecast to outstrip domestic cotton production in large part due to the demands of the rapidly-expanding textile/apparel industry.  Thus, it is anticipated that imports, some of w...
Annual Cotton Report_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_5-14-2015



| Apples, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh, Pears, Fresh, Select | Update on the South African Deciduous Fruit Supply and Demand | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 5/20/2015
Post estimates that the 2014/15 MY production of apples will increase by fourteen percent to 900,000 MT and the table grapes production will increase by seven percent to 340,000 MT in the 2014/15 MY based on good growing conditions. The increase in table grape production is expected to result in record exports of 318,000 MT in the 2014/15 MY.  
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_5-15-2015



| Coffee, Green | 2015 | Coffee | New Delhi | India | 5/20/2015
India’s MY 2015/16 coffee crop (Oct/Sep) is forecast at 5.2 million 60 kg bags as favorable blossom showers boosted the crop yield prospects of both Arabica and Robusta. While exports in 2014/15 have been sluggish, 2015/16 exports are forecast higher at 5 million 60 kg bags. Domestic consumption shows signs of marginal improvement on a low per capita basis.
Coffee Annual_New Delhi_India_5-15-2015



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder | Semi-annual | Dairy and Products | Warsaw | EU-28 | 5/20/2015
After a record jump of milk production in 2014, the increase of output is expected to decline in 2015 due to slower export demand, decrease of world market prices and high level of commercial stocks of dairy commodities.   On March 31, 2015, European milk quota system was terminated.  In expectation of price volatility the European Commission introduced in September 2014 and extended till September 2015 a temporary Private Storage Aid program for butter and Non Fat Dried Milk. Although the Russi...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Warsaw_EU-28_5-13-2015



| Draft Rules of Veterinary Testing-Examination and Regionalization | Agriculture in the News, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/19/2015
Three new draft SPS regulations covering laboratory testing rules, rules of veterinary and sanitary examination, and veterinary regionalization were posted on the Russian Government website for public review at http://regulation.gov.ru/. According to the regulation.gov.ru, it is planned that all three documents will come into effect as of September 1, 2015. Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments and/or concerns with USDA via the point of contact specified below.   As of...
Draft Rules of Veterinary Testing-Examination and Regionalization_Moscow_Russian Federation_5-18-2015



| Franchise Restaurants Doing Well Despite Slowing Economy | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 5/19/2015
The Russian food service sector has faced a number of serious challenges during the past year.  A smoke ban in restaurants and bars went into effect on June 1, 2014, which has hurt the growing café culture as well as many bars and pubs.  Shortly afterwards, in August 2014, Russia banned a long list of food and agricultural products from Australia, Canada, Norway, the United States and the European Union for one year in response to Western sanctions. In addition, the Russian currency depreciated...
Franchise Restaurants Doing Well Despite Slowing Economy_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_5-18-2015



| Select | 2015 Coffee Report | Coffee | Nairobi | Kenya | 5/19/2015
FAS/Nairobi forecasts Kenya's coffee production to remain at 900 thousand sixty kilogram bags in the marketing year (MY) 2015/2016.  Production in newly planted and rehabilitated smallholder areas is expected to be balanced by the loss of large plantations in the suburbs of the Nairobi city to real estate developments. County governments in the coffee growing regions are at various stages of enacting new coffee production and marketing regulations, following the devolution of agricultural extens...
Coffee Annual_Nairobi_Kenya_5-14-2015



| Select | 2015 Coffee Report | Coffee | Nairobi | Tanzania | 5/19/2015
FAS Nairobi forecasts that Tanzania’s coffee production will increase to a record 1.2 million sixty kilogram bags in the marketing year (MY) 2015/2016 on account of improved husbandry practices and favorable weather. Coffee exports are expected to increase by about twenty percent to 1.2 million bags. The Government of Tanzania (GOT) continues to implement its coffee sector strategic plan whose key objective is to double production by 2021.
Coffee Annual_Nairobi_Tanzania_5-14-2015



| Select | 2015 Coffee Report | Coffee | Nairobi | Uganda | 5/19/2015
FAS/Nairobi forecasts an increase of Uganda’s coffee production in the marketing year (MY) 2015/2016 to 3.8 million sixty kilogram bags as the sector recovers from the effects of the drought that ravaged the farms in MY 2014/2015.  Exports are also expected to increase to 3.5 million bags. Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) continues to implementing the ambitious government-sponsored program that aims at increasing production, diversification of export markets, and increasing domestic co...
Coffee Annual_Nairobi_Uganda_5-14-2015



| Indian Tender Invitation for Frozen Semen and Embryos | Livestock and Products, Dairy and Products, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 5/18/2015
The Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) has invited E-Tenders for frozen bovine semen and embryos. The deadline for submission of E-Tenders is July 10, 2015, 2.00 PM (Indian Standard Time).
Indian Tender Invitation for Frozen Semen and Embryos_New Delhi_India_5-18-2015



| Draft Amendments in Contaminants Toxins and Residues Regulations | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Tree Nuts, Oilseeds and Products, Grain and Feed, Dairy and Products, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 5/18/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011, to update standards for various food contaminants.  The GOI is currently seeking public comments for these regulations.  The deadline for public comments is June 15, 2015. 
Draft Amendments in Contaminants Toxins and Residues Regulations_New Delhi_India_5-15-2015



| FSSAI Updates Standards for Carboxymethyl Cellulose | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 5/18/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011, pertaining to standards and labeling requirements for carboxymethyl cellulose.
FSSAI Updates Standards for Carboxymethyl Cellulose_New Delhi_India_5-15-2015



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | 2015 | Dairy and Products | Canberra | Australia | 5/18/2015
Australia is a small producer of milk and accounts for about 7 percent of international dairy trade (in milk equivalent terms) down from a peak of 15 percent a few years ago. The industry has been recovering from adverse seasonal conditions, but the outlook for 2015 is more positive as rainfall has been adequate in the main dairy producing regions. The size of the dairy herd will be almost unchanged at 1.7 million head, but milk output is expected to increase slightly to 9.8 million tons due to ...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Canberra_Australia_5-12-2015



| Impact of Free Trade Agreements on Trade and Food Prices | Agricultural Situation, Country/Regional FTA's | Bogota | Colombia | 5/18/2015
FAS/Colombia is writing a series of reports on the opportunities and challenges for agriculture under the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA), which went into force in May 2012. Using data from some Latin American countries, this report shows the benefits for the consumers of the FTAs reflected in trade growth and to some extent as an instrument to help the government to control consumer prices increases.
Impact of Free Trade Agreements on Trade and Food Prices_Bogota_Colombia_5-7-2015



| 2015 | Retail Foods | Berlin | Germany | 5/18/2015
Germany is by far the biggest market in the European Union with good prospects for U.S. food products like tree nuts, wine, processed fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and others. The food retail market is fairly consolidated with discounters dominating the market. Food marketing trends in Germany show an increase in private labels and in demand for organic, convenience, health, sustainable, wellness, and new innovative as well as luxury products. 
Retail Foods_Berlin_Germany_5-4-2015



| Select | Indonesia Coffee Annual Report 2015 | Coffee | Jakarta | Indonesia | 5/18/2015
Favorable weather for coffee plantation in key production areas is expected to raise Indonesian coffee production 24 percent in MY 2015/2016. Domestic consumption continues to expand due to increasing popularity of coffee-based beverages and growing middle class
Coffee Annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_5-13-2015



| Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet 2015 | Agriculture in the Economy | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 5/18/2015
The Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet for South Africa has been updated to include 2014 data, the per capita consumption of major commodities and a reference to South Africa's biotechnology status.  South Africa's agricultural exports totaled US$9.1 billion in 2014, while agricultural imports totaled US$6.5 billion.  South Africa imported agricultural goods worth US$261 million from the United States in 2014. 
Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet 2015_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_5-7-2015



| GMO-Free Conference in Berlin | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Berlin | Germany | 5/18/2015
The international conference “GMO-free Europe – Future Opportunities and Challenges” took place in Berlin May 6-8, 2015.  400 participants discussed the opt out policy of the European Union, European Protein Strategy, TTIP, Low Level Presence, Non GMO Labelling, and Regulation of New Breeding Technologies among others. The conference resulted in the publication of the so called 'Berlin Declaration'.
GMO-Free Conference in Berlin _Berlin_Germany_5-11-2015