Blueberries and Ukraine's Exportation
According to Fruit-inform.com, Ukraine's exports totaled just 8,700 tons in July-December 2014, a decrease of 14% year-on-year.
EU leads the importation
fruit-inform.com relates that the EU countries traditionally have been the leaders in imports of Ukrainian frozen blueberries.
Poland and the Netherlands led in imports in the first half of the season 2013/14. However, in the same period of this season, Czech Republic became the second largest importer thanks to purchase of a large Ukrainian processor of berries, which had previously accounted for about 5% of Ukraine's total exports of frozen blueberries.
Poland managed to remain the leader in imports, Italy ranked third, and the Netherlands were just the fourth largest purchaser.
Ukrainian blueberries and quality
Based on RASFF information norovirus (genogroup II) was found in frozen blueberries from France, with raw material from Ukraine, via Cyprus. Reference: 2015.1419.