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| October 2016 Jordan Morsels | Agriculture in the Economy | Amman | Jordan | 10/26/2016

October 2016 Jordan Morsels_Amman_Jordan_10-20-2016

| Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the U.S. | Trade Policy Monitoring, Sugar | Mexico | Mexico | 10/26/2016
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register), on October 21, 2016, an announcement containing the maximum quota allotment of sugar to be exported to the United States for the 2016/17 sugar cycle.  The amount is 870,688.94 metric tons raw value.
Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the U.S._Mexico_Mexico_10-21-2016

| October 2016 | Grain and Feed | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 10/26/2016
Post estimates Argentine wheat production for 2016/17 at 14.4 million tons, and exports at 8.3 million tons, both very similar to USDA.  Barley production is expected at 3.0 million tons, 650,000 tons lower than USDA because of a smaller harvested area.  A smaller supply will negatively affect barley exports, especially feed barley if finally the quality turns to be good as it currently seems so.  Post projects corn production for marketing year 2016/17 at 36.5 million tons, the same as USDA.  E...
Grain and Feed Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_10-21-2016

| Grapes, Table, Fresh | Annual | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Lima | Peru | 10/26/2016
Grape production in Peru is forecasted to reach 605,000 MT in MY2016/17, of which 370,000 MT will be exported.  Peruvian grape exports are expected to reach 350,000 MT in MY2015/16.  Peru’s main grape markets in CY 2015 were the United States with 22 percent of market share followed by the Netherlands and China with 15 and 13 percent respectively.  
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual_Lima_Peru_10-12-2016

| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Mexico's Cattle and Pork Sectors to Recover in 2017 | Livestock and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 10/26/2016
Financial incentive and genetic improvement programs along with stable grain prices are paving the pathway for Mexico’s heard recovering, however, the herd recovery in the U.S. would slow live cattle exports in the short/medium term. As Mexico’s production is expected to boost during 2017, increased beef exports will maintain stable per capita beef consumption.  While Mexico learns how to deal with porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) along with genetic improvements in domestic herd, pork production ...
Livestock and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_10-14-2016

| Poultry, Meat, Broiler, Poultry, Meat, Turkey, Poultry, Eggs | Mexico Improves Biosecurity to Address AI Outbreaks | Poultry and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 10/26/2016
The sector, once deeply concerned about the threat from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and the potential appearance of new Avian Influenza (AI) virus strains, now is more proactive on implementing biosecurity measures. This would contribute to boost broiler meat consumption; however turkey and eggs consumption is expected to be flat. Mexico will continue sourcing chicken leg quarters (CLQs) and Mechanically Deboned Turkey (MDM) from the United States.
Poultry and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_10-14-2016

| “Beyond Discovery” - U.S. Wine Promotion in Bulgaria | CSSF Activity Report | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/26/2016
FAS Sofia, in cooperation with four Bulgarian importers of U.S. wines, and with the support of the California Wine Institute, organized a classy wine promotion which attracted a strong cross section of Bulgaria’s business and trade community. The promotion, held at the luxury Hilton hotel, was “branded” under the already popular title “Beyond Discovery” in continuation of the previous three successful “Taste and Discover” promotions and 2014’s first edition of “Beyond Discovery” event.
“Beyond Discovery” - U.S. Wine Promotion in Bulgaria_Sofia_Bulgaria_10-17-2016

| Proposal to Prohibit Trade on Sundays in Poland | Retail Foods | Warsaw | Poland | 10/26/2016
After a recent attemp to introduce a new retail tax, the Polish retail sector is likely to go through further changes as a law to prohibit retail operations on Sundays is being discussed at the Polish Parliament. Over 500,000 Poles signed a petition supporting such a change. The current project proposal includes numerous exceptions allowing trade on Sundays; including establishment of the so-called seven ”Trading Sundays” during the year. Stores are also to be open on the Sundays preceding Chris...
Proposal to Prohibit Trade on Sundays in Poland_Warsaw_Poland_10-14-2016

| New Retail Tax in Poland planned for 2018 | Retail Foods | Warsaw | Poland | 10/26/2016
On October 14, 2016 Polish Ministry of Finance spokesman announced that attempts to introduce retail tax in Poland are postponed till January 1, 2018.  As of September 1, 2016 the Polish Government introduced a new law obligating retailers operating on the Polish market to pay an additional tax on retail sales.  On September 19, 2016 the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into Poland's tax on the retail sector requiring Poland to suspend the application of the tax until the Com...
New Retail Tax in Poland planned for 2018 _Warsaw_Poland_10-20-2016

| Irish Alcohol Bill Could Impact U.S. Exports to the EU | Trade Policy Monitoring, Wine | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 10/25/2016
The restrictive marketing measures that Ireland wants to introduce for all alcohol products could impact U.S. exports to the EU.  If the Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is passed as written, it could set an unwanted precedent and trigger other Member States to follow the Irish example potentially disrupting not only the EU's single market but also U.S. exports of alcoholic beverages to the EU.  U.S. exports to the EU were valued at $1.5 billion in 2015. 
Irish Alcohol Bill Could Impact U.S. Exports to the EU_Brussels USEU_EU-28_10-20-2016

| Food Processing Ingredients Sector | Food Processing Ingredients | Paris | France | 10/25/2016
With over 16,200 food processors, the French food processing sector is valued at $189 billion.  Progress in food technology, marketing innovations, and exports of finished food products have all contributed to France’s increasing demand for food ingredients.   Key market drivers include an increasing interest in healthy and functional foods, an aging population, and health conscious consumers that have pushed innovation in product personalization and product convenience.  The major imported ingr...
Food Processing Ingredients_Paris_France_10-5-2016

| Draft Expanded Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Ingredients | FAIRS Subject Report | Tokyo | Japan | 10/25/2016
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) have developed draft country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for the main ingredient used in the production of all processed products manufactured in Japan.  While the current food labeling law requires COOL for certain ingredients in processed foods manufactured in Japan, the country is now considering requiring COOL labeling for the main ingredient, by weight, in all processed food...
Draft Expanded Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Ingredients_Tokyo_Japan_10-20-2016

| Barley, Corn, Rice, Milled, Rye, Sorghum, Wheat | Grain and Feed Update October 2016 | Grain and Feed | Tokyo | Japan | 10/25/2016
As a result of favorable weather conditions, 2016 rice production (including feed rice) is estimated to increase slightly despite reduced planting area.  However, rice utilization in compound feed is believed to have reached its ceiling in MY2015/16, and further expansion is expected to be limited due to the price competitiveness of other feed grains (namely corn). Following Japan’s record crop in 2015, wheat production is estimated to decrease significantly in 2016 due to unfavorable weather co...
Grain and Feed Update_Tokyo_Japan_10-18-2016

| Select | Import Embargo Provides Limited Benefits to Dairy | Dairy and Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/24/2016
The milking herd will decrease 3 percent to 7.32 million head in 2017 due to low investment in cattle in the past two years.  Because large farms improve per cow yields, milk production is forecast at 30.195 MMT, only 0.5 percent less than in 2016.  Factory use grows to 19,450 MT while fluid milk consumption declines, reflecting contrasting trends in commercial and backyard sectors.  Higher dairy prices may ease the impact of uncertain state support.  Domestic competition and soft consumer deman...
Dairy and Products Annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-19-2016

| Azerbaijan Tariff Increases November 2 | Poultry and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring, Agriculture in the News | Ankara | Azerbaijan - Republic of | 10/24/2016
The Republic of Azerbaijan announced a Cabinet of Ministers decision on September 23, 2016 which will increase customs duties on a number of agricultural products. The new tariffs will come into effect on November 2, 2016 and remain in place for two years. U.S. exports, particularly poultry, will be adversely affected.
Azerbaijan Tariff Increases November 2_Ankara_Azerbaijan - Republic of_10-17-2016

| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Cheese | 2016 Market Situation Summary and 2017 Outlook | Dairy and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 10/24/2016
Higher yields have improved Japanese milk production in 2016, but weather-related impacts could constrain potential growth in the fourth quarter and beyond.  Soaring Japanese beef cattle feeder prices are limiting replacement heifer production through greater use of wagyu genetics in dairy management plans.  2016 Japanese imports and consumption outpace record 2015 levels, with sharply expanding, price-competitive imports from European Union suppliers eroding U.S. market share.  Increased Japane...
Dairy and Products Annual_Tokyo_Japan_10-19-2016

| South China Wine and Beer Import Market Booming | Product Brief | Guangzhou | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/24/2016
In recent years, South China’s imports of wine and beer have skyrocketed, with imports of wine more than doubling between 2013 and 2015, and imports of beer tripling during this period.  Much of this strong growth in import demand has been as a result of Chinese consumers demanding a wider variety of wine and beer products and flavors.   South China is the largest wine importing region in China, and also accounts for nearly half of beer imports.  U.S. beer and wine exporters are encouraged to co...
South China Wine and Beer Import Market Booming_Guangzhou_China - Peoples Republic of_10-19-2016