Euro-Asia Fruits and Vegetables Group falsified 3rd party quality report and did not honour commitments
If you ever plan to do business with the Euro-Asia Fruits and Vegetables Group - be warned.
We had the worst experience with this Chinese company where Glory R. J. Li - is President and Adan Gan and Escher are sales managers.
It is fraudulent and not a trustworthy company.
We sold on their behalf on a commission basis to Norway. Upon arrival, the product was not according to the specified quality and a report that SGS had issues before shipment, had been tampered with by the company.
When the product was rejected by the Buyer in Norway, the company did not take it bag, nor did they anything to support us. We got a huge bill from the buyer and Euro-Asia did not even pay us the commission that we agreed on.
We have black-listed the supplier at www.supplierblacklist.com. Help us spread the rumour so others don't end up in the same situation.
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We work with producers with cleaning machinery to meet the most stringent requirements.
The 2014 crop is progressing well. The crop appears to be early, and probably neither a large, or a small crop as measured on a per-acre basis. Shipments are still running ahead of last year by about 10% overall. Water is still a concern. Market prices are holding firm.
Deliveries: to packers totalled 383,690 tons for all varieties as of April 12, 2014. This compares to 328,098 tons for
same period last year (April 20, 2013). This is still not a surprise since the 2013 crop was estimated to be larger than 2012 crop.
For Natural Seedless, the total official deliveries to handlers now stand at 344,232 tons vs. the estimate of 348,437 tons, but the 344,232 tons does not include 564 tons received by packers, but not yet officially acquired. In addition, there are another 2,791 tons being reconditioned, and these are not included in the 344,232 tons either. The combined total is 347,587 tons which is about 99.75% of the estimate for the 2013 crop. At this date last year, 294,621 tons of Natural Seedless had been delivered, received but not acquired, or were being reconditioned, and this 294,621 was about 95%
of the final total harvest of 311,089 tons. The 2013 crop was earlier than the 2012 crop, so this 95% vs. 99.75% is consistent with expectations.
Shipments: for the month of March of the Natural Seedless (91% of total raisin shipments) were up 42% for export, and up 8% for US domestic, for a combined weighted average increase of 21%. YTD shipments of Natural Seedless now stand at an 11% increase compared to last year. The European market remains responsible for the majority of the increase with YTD shipments up 48% compared to last year. This remains most likely a result of the short 2013 Turkish crop.
Shipments of all varietals are up 10% compared to last year.
remain firm, with prices for organics and Natural Seedless Midgets increasing due to supply concerns.
In the vineyard, vines are well-developed as demonstrated in the attached picture. The clusters are beginning to show signs of the impending bloom. The lack of rain remains a major concern. There is a cooling trend forecasted for early this week, warming, and then cooling again with a slight chance of rain for the weekend.
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Sultanas & Raisins
We would like to share some impressions from a field tour in the northern Manisa area last week. We believe that the visit gives a good idea of the overall situation of the new crop:
* There is no doubt that the 2013 crop will be shorter than 2012.
* The trees/vines have given a lot last season and they possibly need a rest this year. On average the bunch count is low and the bunches are weak.
* Several growers have expressed concern about the yields and some even commented that having been in the business for 30 years, they have not yet witnessed such a situation.
* It is difficult to estimate a crop figure at this stage but people are talking about 225-250 000 tons.
Please note the attached pictures. On some, you will hardly see any bunch. Not an uncommon sight this season.
SAN PEDRO YEPOCAPA, Guatemala — Across Central America, even as rains arrive, many coffee plantations contain only spindly, nearly defoliated bushes, the result of a blight known as coffee leaf rust whose devastation, so far, has yet to affect the prices of premium highland coffee that baristas serve around the developed word. But while Americans have yet to feel its effects, the blight may soon prove to be as disastrous as any earthquake or volcanic eruption to afflict Central America.
Already, it s knocked nearly half a million people out of work and driven up crime. And the crisis is only beginning. It may soon send a stream of new migrants toward the United States, speed up deforestation and invigorate illicit narcotics production. It also serves as a bellwether on climate change, which appears to be causing temperatures to rise, taking plagues and infestations to higher elevations that once were considered too cool and dry for the rust fungus.
At the San Pedrana Cooperative on the flanks of the Fuego Volcano southwest of Guatemala City, this country s capital, Miguel Angel Xia turned over a leaf to display the orange, dust-like fungus that sucks nourishing sap from coffee leaves, killing the bushes. Rust has been around for 30 years, Xia said. But it was always at 3,000 feet or
below. And now, it s up to 5,000 feet. It never would ve been this high before. No one imagined that it could thrive in that environment and go airborne, said Christian Wolthers, a past president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America who imports green coffee from his base in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Coffee rust has changed history in centuries past. The fungus blighted crops in the British colony of Ceylon in the 1870s, decimating coffee exports to London and helping turn the British into a nation of tea drinkers. Since then, fungicides have kept coffee rust under control when it reappears. But this time is different, experts say. The aggressive outbreak has extended to more than 70 percent of coffee bushes in Guatemala and El Salvador, 64 percent in Costa Rica, and lesser amounts in Nicaragua and Honduras, according to a May 13 report by the International Coffee Organization. Regional coffee production fell 17.1 percent in the past October-to-March season, and it is likely to fall 30 percent to 40 percent in the coming season, which begins in October. In Central America, with a total population of 41 million, nearly 1 million seasonal and permanent coffee workers are expected to lose their jobs next season. Each of these jobs are providing for six people. You do the math, said Maja
Wallengren, an independent coffee analyst based in Mexico City who predicts that the disruption to families will be far greater than just the economic costs. It s not something you can get under control in a year. Other agricultural sectors, such as sugar and palm oil, cannot pick up the slack from unemployed coffee workers, and since devastated coffee farms are often clustered together, pockets of unemployment soar.
You re going to see a lot of migration, said Alejandro Keller, who is the fourth
generation of his family to grow coffee at the Finca Santa Isabel, a large organic farm an hour s drive from Guatemala City. You ll see more people emigrating to the United States and Mexico. You ll see more people here at traffic lights asking for money, said Gerardo Alberto De Leon, marketing manager for a coffee growers cooperative known as Fedecocagua, headquartered in the capital. It is a sentiment echoed by Nils Leporowski, president of the National Coffee Association, a body that includes government officials and representatives of 90,000 growers in Guatemala. The social and economic impact is terrible. It is big, really big, Leporowski said. It has us very worried. First off, unemployed coffee workers can turn to crime just for survival, he said. We re already seeing this. Some small coffee farmers, reeling from the devastation of their plots and without savings to pay for fungicide, are turning to other crops. In areas of Guatemala like San Marcos Department, along the Mexican border, those crops include marijuana
and poppy, which provides the opium latex used to make heroin. Some will stop producing coffee and will produce other crops, including illicit ones, Leporowski said.Guatemala is likely to never return again to producing 4.8 million 100-pound bags of coffee that it grew just two years ago, he said. As small farmers flee from coffee to other crops, they will chop down some of the shade trees needed to protect Central American coffee from the tropical sun, leaving cleared mountain fields subject to erosion, which in turn will add sediment to rivers that originate in the highlands. There s going to be an environmental impact as well, Leporowski said. Central American coffee, while renowned for aroma and flavor, comprises only 12 percent of world production but holds an outsize role in specialty coffees.
Unlike Brazil, which produces a third of global coffee, Central American growers usually cultivate Arabica coffee rather than the intense and harsher Robusta coffee. In blends, Central American beans often are mixed in to lend flavor. It is like a gluing factor between bold, heavyweight coffees grown in Brazil and the higher grown, the altura coffees with more enzymatic value, more citric coffees like the espressos from Colombia and the AAs from Kenya, said Wolthers. Still, global prices haven t risen, despite the key role of Central American beans in
blends and as single-origin specialty coffee. That s because roasters have replaced Central American coffee beans with beans considered less desirable. Brazil hasn t been affected by the rust. The lower quality picks up the slack,
said Peter Giuliano, director of the Specialty Coffee Symposium, an annual confab for coffee professionals. What are Folgers, Maxwell House, Kraft, General Foods, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts going to do? They ll start mixing more Robusta in bags of Arabica, said De Leon of the coffee growers cooperative Fedecocagua. No solution will come quickly. To combat rust, farmers have to spray their plants aggressively and in the worst case prune them back to a foot and a half from the ground or replant entirely. In either case, it can take three years to begin producing coffee beans again.
Authorities are providing Guatemalan farmers with fungicides at a 35 percent discount to their market price, Leporowski said. Even so, many small farmers still can t afford chemicals to kill fungus. According to Promecafe, a regional coffee association, only 23 percent of coffee farmers have access to income sources besides coffee, leaving them vulnerable to crises like this one. They are operating at a survival level, said Giuliano. They are less likely to do
prevention, not only using fungicides but pruning and planting resistant varieties. Organic farmers like Keller, with recourse only to metallic fungicides, usually using copper, are reeling, and some are even considering returning to chemical use despite heavy investments in mastering organic systems. Visibly downcast, Keller, whose farming techniques include using manure from 300 goats that graze on ground cover at his plantation, surveyed a nursery with 30,000 coffee plantings. All were infected with rust and would have to be discarded.
All he can hope for, he said, was a rise in global prices which instead have plunged. Arabica coffee is selling at less than $1.30 a pound, a price not seen since September 2009. Guatemala and Central America as a whole has a lot of microclimates and a lot of great coffees that are worthwhile to sustain, he said. If the market prices were to rise, he added, a lot will be able to get fixed.
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May 17 it the National Constitution Day in Norway. Friday we will therefore be parading in the streets in our National Costumes and not be in the office.
Please observe that May 20 is Whitsun, so it will be a long weekend as also then our offices will be closed.