by AgroWeb on May 23, 2017

Albania's quality agroproducts are building a reputation abroad

‘Made in Albania’ products making it to the stands of U.S. supermarkets! This is the ultimate American Dream to Albanians, but is also the Albanian Reality to the Americans. While visiting Albania, David Reside, Division Chief, Office of Europe and Eurasia Country Affairs is optimistic and encouraging to Albanian agribusinesses. He describes them as impressive and amazing. “I am...

by AgroWeb on May 11, 2017

Albanian Melon Exports Hit Foreign Markets

As most residents of Divjaka grapple with high costs of farm inputs during this planting season, farmers are struggling with another problem that they never anticipated when they started growing melons many years back. That their produce might not make it to the market. They planted melons (cantaloupes) on the family farm on the outskirts of Divjaka after growing salad and lettuce for many ...

by AgroWeb on May 10, 2017

EU Giant Supermarket Suppliers Eye Albania’s Quality Products

The success of each business is based on a special law. It is called the law of supply and demand. It can make you a billionaire or leave you empty handed. The whole business world goes around this axis. Sometimes, Albanian merchants face higher offer and low demand, or a surplus in production and a small market. Merchants are forced to lower prices and as such their margins move closer to zero. ...

by AgroWeb on May 2, 2017

EBRD to support internationalization of Albanian SMEs to expand trading opportunities

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Albanian Consulting Network (ACN) a business forum with Albanian entrepreneurs on ways to support internationalisation of small and medium sized enterprises and expand trading opportunities for SMEs. EBRD is implementing advisory project for small businesses in Albania under the Bank’s Advice for Small Business Programme ...

by AgroWeb on April 26, 2017

Albanian agricultural exports keep growing in 2017

Albania’s agricultural exports and livestock exports kept growing in the first four months of 2017, with exports of fruits and vegetables giving an impetus to the export figures, almost doubling in value against other products Ministry of Agriculture sources said Tuesday that the agriculture is dominating the country’s economic indicators with made in Albania agricultural exports ...

by AgroWeb on April 14, 2017

Spring Festivity brings increase in egg demand

‘All life comes from an egg’ as an old Latin proverb goes. The truth is that in all cultures and traditions all over the world egg is the emblem of life and as such is used in all spring holidays. Egg sales typically doubles at this time of year annually, data shows. This happens in European countries and in Albania as well. In the weeks leading up to Easter weekend, Albanian Egg ...

by AgroWeb on March 29, 2017

Europe alarmed over Brazilian chicken meat infected with Salmonella

These are difficult times for worldwide meat products exported from Brazil. Few days after allegations of chemicals used in beef meat at meatpacking plants in Brazil were made public, European markets are facing another storm in regards to poultry products originating from Brazil. On March 29, 2017 the European Union Rapid Alert System for Product Safety Control raised the alarm among member ...

by AgroWeb on March 10, 2017

Tropoja Chestnuts top the Albanian nut exports

Tropoja chestnuts are the only Albanian chestnuts fulfilling the quality required for export covering an important share of European imports. International demand for high quality chestnuts has been growing since the second half of the 1990’s, partly because of growing interest of consumers toward environmentally friendly and traditional products, but also domestic demand has been high. ...

by AgroWeb on February 22, 2017

Medicinal Oils, Albania’s vanished tradition

Hundreds of hectares of land used for the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants make Albania leader in production and export of these natural riches. The sector of medicinal and aromatic plants generates about 18 million Euros from exports. It ranks as Albania’s second largest sector in terms of agricultural exports accounting for 19% of the country’s total exports. The need ...

by AgroWeb on February 3, 2017

Vegetables rationed in Europe as crisis hits supermarkets

The famous Albanian ‘tallon’ of communism era is back. But paradoxically in the EU countries. Supermarket giant Tesco has rationed customers to three iceberg lettuces per visit, blaming poor growing conditions in Europe for a shortage in UK stores. Morrisons has also limited shoppers to three heads of broccoli and three iceberg lettuces, the Daily Mail said. According to AgroWeb.org ...

by AgroWeb on January 24, 2017

Increase of imports from Germany, Italy and China, exports to Kosova droop down

On December 2016 the value of exports was 22 billion lekë, increasing by 22.5 % compared with the same period of previous year and decreasing by 4.5 % compared with November 2016. According to INSTAT report, the value of imports in December 2016, was 56 billion lekë, increasing by 4.4 % compared with the same period of previous year and by 12.1 % compared with November 2016. This month ...

by AgroWeb on January 24, 2017

Albanian Citrus and Vegetables Appeals European Markets

Albanian citrus and vegetables grasp the crown of exports to regional and European markets. Production and export of citrus from the Konispol area has been increasing over the past three years, starting with 1,100 tons of exports from 10,000 tons of production in 2014 reaching 5,560 tons of exports from 16,000 tons in the last season production. According to the latest data gathered by AAC-...

by AgroWeb on January 20, 2017

Frosts in Europe - Golden opportunity for Albanian Exports

Bad weather in Italy and Spain is likely to significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe. Suppliers say that a combination of flooding, cold weather and poor light levels had created a "perfect storm" of poor growing conditions. Courgettes and lettuces are likely to be much pricier, according to suppliers. Poor planting conditions could also affect prices at ...

by AgroWeb on January 18, 2017

Albanian winter market dominated by imported watermelons

Albania is the largest per capita consumer of watermelons in the world at 146.93 kg per person. This must be the reason why in the middle of the cold season, you can find watermelons on the market even as a successful product for vendors. Asked by AgroWeb.org, traders explain that watermelons are imported from Greece, as the product is stored in cold storages. Watermelons cost this period is 300 ...

by AgroWeb on January 5, 2017

Trade exchanges with EU countries constitute 64,6 % of volume

Trade exchanges with the countries of  EU make up 64,6 % of entire trade volume. According to the foreign trade report published on Wednesday by Statistics Institute, INSTAT, in November 2016, exports to EU countries constitute 73,4 % of exports overall and imports from EU countries make up 60,5 % of imports overall. The main trade partners are: Italy (36,4 %), China (7,5 %), Greece (6,6 %) ...

by AgroWeb on December 20, 2016

Macedonia bans agriculture imports from Albania

It is not the first time, but now the situation is becoming serious and Albania is thinking to apply the principle of reciprocity. Macedonia is banning again the imports of vegetables from Albania, breaking the CEFTA agreement. This week, in Macedonian border two barges with Albanian fresh vegetables were blocked and their value is estimated to be EUR 25,000. During an interview for Report TV, ...

by AgroWeb on December 10, 2016

Travelling across colorful Albanian spices and herbs

The history of spices is a fascinating one. Some of you may know that the humankind has travelled thousands of miles in search of a specific spice variety, used spices to cure diseases and even started wars over it. Remember, Christopher Columbus who went in search of India and discovered instead what was later to be named America? Well, he was searching for pepper. Not precious metals or stones, ...

by AgroWeb on November 11, 2016

Xarra’s mandarins - an Albanian success story

Talking about the benefits of a certain product or service nowadays forces many to believe that someone is getting a pay out of it. The process if appraisal often hits such backlash although there are many cases when hard labor and genuine products must be awarded with praise and gratitude. Mandarins of Xarra are now the pride of this popular area, but of Albania as well. This famous product has ...

by AgroWeb on November 3, 2016

Slovenia rejects apples from Serbia due to pesticides

The Slovenian official authorities have alerted all the European Union member countries that after detailed tests and analyses they have blocked access to cargoes of apples originating from Serbia. The tests showed high values readings of dangerous pesticide residues. On November 2nd 2016, Slovenian border control officials denied entry and distribution to Serb apple cargoes due to presence of ...

by AgroWeb on October 28, 2016

Turkish Dry Foods High On Aflatoxin Alarm EU Countries

The European Union member countries are facing real havoc when it comes to food imports. The aflatoxin-affected food list is growing every single day and the main culprits are imported food cargoes from outside the EU zone, mainly Turkey. Only on October 27, 2016, Austria ordered border rejection and detained hazelnut kernels quantities originating from Turkey. The risk assessment from the ...

by AgroWeb on October 27, 2016

Salmonella Found in Polish Eggs – EU Eyes Albanian Eggs

Bad times for Polish products in Europe! Following alerts all across Europe for Poland produced apples very high with pesticide residues, another headache has plagued the Made in Poland brand, this time affecting Polish egg exports. Belgium and Germany through the Rapid Alert System have alarmed the rest of EU countries that after thorough analyses the Polish eggs a foodborne outbreak suspected ...

by AgroWeb on October 25, 2016

EU rejects Turkish Dry Figs and Polish Apples

The European Commission Rapid Response Alert Center has notified all EU customs that on October 24th, 2016 several food cargoes have been blocked from entering the EU zone. The first alarm is issued after the notification from Sweden. The Swedish Customs rejected border clearance and detained a consignment of dried figs from Turkey. The border checks and sample analyses demonstrated that the ...

by AgroWeb on October 13, 2016

EU in Albania: Agriculture sector engine of economic growth

Minister of Agriculture, Water Administration and Rural Development Edmond Panariti called for the assistance of EU experts and institutions in developing best agricultural and rural development policies. An agricultural policy forum, co-organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Administration and Rural Development, was held in Tirana to exchange ideas, ...

by AgroWeb on February 6, 2017

Fresh Albanian Walnuts for Wonderful Benefits

Have you ever had the opportunity to indulge in fresh, raw walnuts? Most of the imported nuts that we see in the stores or markets are processed and heated. The imported nuts are washed and processed and that is why they look far better than the Albanian local produce. One thing is certain though, the Albanian nuts are unprocessed and their taste cannot be beaten. The best thing consumers can do ...

by AgroWeb on September 7, 2016

Plastic Rice, an emerging risk to consumers

China is one of the biggest countries in the world, and its vast population has become an increasing economic problem. Apparently, their natural resources are slowly running out, and cannot fully sustain the entire nation. This is the reason why counterfeits are very rampant in the country. Although there have been numerous reports of product counterfeits coming from China, we did not expect that ...

by AgroWeb on August 2, 2016

Exports, a shift from tradition

In the eyes of Albanian citizens, agriculture and farming are modest practices in terms of growth, however indicators show that they are growing significantly on a year-to-year basis. Exports are a real indicator of their performance. Considering statistics published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management each of us can easily perceive how Albania is looking for and...

by AgroWeb on January 25, 2017

Denmark’s Green Gardens move to Fier

If asked to name the virtues of Lola Rossa or Lola Bionda, one would never be able to get close to the colorful appeals of these special products. As a matter of fact, Lola Rossa, Lola Bionda and Frilisia are the most interesting varieties of lettuce that have been grown last years in the district of Fier along with baby carrots and baby radish. Their final destination is equally appealing. ...

by AgroWeb on July 5, 2016

The Season of Fresh Harvested Albanian Honey

Sweet news for Albanian honey lovers. The fresh harvested honey is now available in your market, as June and July are the months when most beekeepers collect the honey from beehives especially in the areas of Central Albania. Seeking advice? ‘Ask for ‘mille fleurs’ honey or the multi-flower honey as it’s the best of this period’, the chairman of Berat Beekeepers ...

by AgroWeb on July 3, 2016

The Sweety Red Watermelon of Albanian Summer

The period between June and July can very well be called National Watermelon Months, so named not only because a cool, refreshing slice of watermelon represents the epitome of summer, but also because watermelon harvests peak this month. Watermelon is definitely the most-consumed melon in Albania, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew. This cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash is thought to ...

by AgroWeb on December 23, 2016

Albanian Eggs Sell Across Europe

Albanian exports for eggs set new records for volume and value. In 2015 an estimated 7.334 ton of eggs were exported in the international market with a value of 1.452 million Euros with an increase of almost 892% compare to 2014 where a mere 3.218 tons were exported. “It is some time now that the EU market is being open to the exports of Albanian eggs. And we want to encourage the ...