Drought will cause Bolivian quinoa production to fall dramatically

Quinoa production in Bolivia may fall 50% in 2017, according to research conducted at Mercadero. This means that production will drop from 69,000 tons in 2016 to 35,000 tons. Three main factors are pointing to a lower harvest. First, farmers have become demotivated by the continuing low prices they receive for their crop. Second, the … Read moreDrought will cause Bolivian quinoa production to fall dramatically

Bolivian chia sector unfolds initiative for clean chia

By Freek Jan Koekoek At a well-attended meeting parallel to SIAL Paris in October, the Bolivian chia sector presented its vision to develop ‘clean chia.’ It also provided a production forecast. Bolivia has become one of the leading producers, along with Argentina and Paraguay, of this superfood rich in omega 3, which is experiencing a … Read moreBolivian chia sector unfolds initiative for clean chia

Market information about grains and pulses published

Beans, lentils and other pulses are enjoying an increasing popularity as a vegetarian and healthy food.The International Year of the Pulses, which is now coming to an end, has given an additional boost to these products, which often go unnoticed in the market. Not anymore: new market information about the grains and pulses sector has … Read moreMarket information about grains and pulses published

New insights in health benefits of low glycemic food

Recent studies confirmed the theory that low glycemic food  has certain health benefits as opposed to high glycemic food, but these insights are not yet generally accepted by health authorities. Low GI foods are less likely to cause large increases in blood sugar levels, and an effect on obesity and diabetes is widely recognized. Recently … Read moreNew insights in health benefits of low glycemic food

Annual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs

On 16th of March 2016, Mercadero facilitated the annual peer group meeting on Spices and Herbs with the aim to gather up-to-date knowledge for market information, which will be published by the CBI later this year. During the meeting, business representatives, market researchers and representatives of sustainability initiatives discussed the latest trends and developments in … Read moreAnnual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs

Annual peer group meeting for Processed Fruit and Vegetables

For the fourth year in a row, Mercadero facilitated the annual peer group meeting for Processed Fruit and Vegetables and Edible Nuts on April the 20th, in Amsterdam. During this well attended meeting, sector experts and business representatives identified important trends and developments in this sector. The input serves as the starting point for the production of … Read moreAnnual peer group meeting for Processed Fruit and Vegetables

The Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

Few stories have dominated the public perception about a food item more persistently than the 2013 article in the Guardian titled: ‘Can Vegans Stomach the Unpalatable Truth about Quinoa.’ The Economist now takes on the claim that increasing demand by western ‘food fadsters’ is driving the population in Peru and Bolivia into poverty and undernourishment. … Read moreThe Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

The expansion of quinoa production

The article “The Global Expansion of Quinoa: Trends and Limits” published in Frontiers in Crop Science sketches the expansion of quinoa production, with a focus on the distribution of germ plasm. Based on a mini survey among experts, the authors Didier Bazile, Sven-Erik Jacobson and Alexis Verniau present interesting data on testing and breeding of … Read moreThe expansion of quinoa production

Annual quinoa imports into European Union exceed 20,000 tons in February 2016

Annual quinoa imports into the European Union reached 20038 tons in February 2016, representing a growth rate of 29%. Growth thus continues to be strong, although lower than in the previous year, when it stood at 54%, and in the year before, when it was 68%. The analysis of monthly data shows that in February … Read moreAnnual quinoa imports into European Union exceed 20,000 tons in February 2016