Poland, brief agricultural news week 40, 2019
What happened in Poland last week? A brief overview of agricultural news.
Unfair practice in Biedronka discovered by Agrounia
In one of the shops of Biedronka (the most popular retail chain in Poland) Agrounia discovered German potatoes with a label informing about the Polish origin of it. Biedronka apologized and called it a human mistake, but Agrounia wants to sue the chain for this misleading information on the product. Polish farmers united in Agrounia see this as an unfair competition towards Polish consumers that want to purchase local products and towards Polish farmers that results in low in-buy prices for products sold by them. Agrounia is convinced it is a common practice in all the chains in Poland. Therefore the farmers are now going to visit many shops of all retail chains across Poland to check the origin of the products sold there.
New flower hall in Radom
A new flower hall was opened at the wholesale market in Radom. The cost of this investment was 1,8 mln pln. It is not a big surprise considering growing market for flowers and plants in Poland. The market has surface of 58 000m2 with 15 000m2 covered with buildings where 86 trade companies can operate. Daily ca. 1500 cars visits the market. It is also one of the most important employers in the region with more than 800 employees. According to the owners of the market, it is not only a place for wholesalers, since several years individual consumers are visiting the place too.
Poles love tea
Poles drink tea during meetings with friends, acquaintances and family, whenever they have time and can celebrate this moment. As a result, Polish consumers pay more and more attention when shopping for particular types of teas. Green teas are very popular among consumers but also black ones, both sophisticated compositions and classic teas without any additions. Consumers are increasingly aware of the benefits of teas and their benefits for the human body. In the first place, they attach importance to taste, but the properties of individual types of tea are equally important. The origin is also pointed out by people who have experience of traveling abroad, which is associated with getting to know the cuisine of the countries visited, the beverages there, including tea. Customers are also open to new proposals, both regarding classic teas from around the world and compositions consisting of fruit, flowers, herbs and spices. Japanese teas have recently become fashionable, in which the fifth umami taste known to sushi lovers is mostly noticeable. Yerba Mate became a hit in Poland. Consumption of yerba mate in the world is growing every year, and Poland has already become the second country in Europe in terms of the amount of drinking it.
Source: Portal Spożywczy
Polagra Food in Poznań
This week Polagra Food took place. On the big surface of Poznań fairs also several Dutch companies took part at the exhibition. The main focus for them lied on food processing as the automatization is one of the biggest issues in the sector considering labor costs and lack of employees on the market. The Polish food sector is one of the most important and fastest-growing branches of the Polish economy. It employs about 15% of the work-force in industry.