Great year for winemakers in Croatia

first_imgThis year, winemakers in Croatia can be very satisfied with both the turnover and quality of wine, and at the end of the year they were all pleasantly surprised by the quick reaction of the Ministry of Agriculture, which finally brought order to the market with foreign wine in bulk to our market.Namely, at the beginning of December, the Ministry of Agriculture adopted a new Ordinance on the vineyard register, mandatory declarations, accompanying documents, cellar records and production potential, which prescribes a uniform procedure for controlling the quality of wine when placing wine on the market. With the new Ordinance, all foreign wines that come to our market in bulk will now have to be registered and reported to the agricultural inspection for control and quality. So now everyone will have equal treatment on the market, both domestic and foreign wines, which is the first and basic rule of fair market competition, but also the protection of domestic wine producers.2016 marked a lower yield, but better wine quality This year was also marked by the harvest of the “decade”, as the winemakers point out, despite the lower yield of about 20-25 percent due to bad weather during flowering, weather and temperatures during the day and overnight were ideal in the further process. growth of sugar and sugar while the acid level was ideal. All this favored the exceptional quality as well as the health condition of the grapes that arrived in the cellars, and thus the exceptional quality of the wine that will come out of our cellars. Lower yield, but much better wine quality.Total domestic consumption in Croatia is about 1.207.000 hectolitersIn the marketing year 2015/2016 total domestic wine consumption in Croatia is about 1.207. 000 hectoliters stand out from the Central Bureau of Statistics, while wines with a protected designation of origin (53,3%) were the most represented in production. Production of wine with a protected designation of origin in the marketing year 2015/2016 is 529. 130 hectoliters, and in the marketing year 2015/2016. the Croatian citizen consumed on average about 26 liters of wine, while the degree of self-sufficiency is about 82%.HGK estimate: Holiday spending will amount to more than 12 billion kuna”The growth of retail trade turnover in 2016, with consumer optimism, will amount to 3,2 percent, while in 2015 this growth was 2,4 percent,” said the director of the Sector for Trade of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ema Culi on the occasion of the holiday assessment. consumption in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Thus, according to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, spending will amount to more than 12 billion kuna, which is an increase of half a billion kuna than last year at the same time. Certainly, a part of the increased consumption will be felt by winemakers in December, both through increased wine sales and through the HoReCa channel.One of the solutions is branding of wine regions in CroatiaOne of the big problems on the market is the lack of a unique marketing strategy for branding Croatia as a wine destination – “Vina Croatia – Vina Mosaica.” Đuro Horvat, consultant for marketing and wine market for Agrobiz.hr, adds that Croatia will produce wines of excellent quality this year, but placement problems still remain. ” One of the disadvantages is the non-integration of wine as a strategic reference Croatian product in the national strategy and the excessive share of international varieties in relation to indigenous ones. One of the solutions is certainly to force one’s own Croatian label, and not umbrella brands. We must connect winemakers with each other through the concept of “Vina Croatia – Vina Mosaica”, ie brand our four wine regions: Dalmatia, Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Istria and Kvarner and Hilly Croatia. For our recognition as wine countries, that is the imperative of competitiveness. ” Horvat concludes.Wine Institute: Croats drink the most wine per capita in the world”Croatian wines are increasingly attracting the attention of world experts, and it is rare in the world for those wines for which restaurants with three Michelin stars arrange their menus.”, States the research of the Wine Institute, and thus Croatia is the third in the amount of wine consumed per capita in the world, just behind the Vatican and Andorra. According to the survey results, Croats drink per capita annually 44,2 liters of wine, while behind us is neighboring Slovenia, whose resident drinks 44,07 liters of wine a year. Only behind Croatia and Slovenia are the world wine superpowers France (42,51), followed by Portugal, Switzerland, Macedonia, Moldova and Italy.last_img read more

Disagreements between South Sudan factions continue as deadline passes

first_imgThe 22 January 2016 deadline set by regional mediators for the formation of South Sudan transitional government national unity has elapsed following disagreements on the peace implementation process between the two warring factions.However, both the government and opposition say there is no return to war but the process of review of the constitution will take at least one more month. Meanwhile, IGAD and it’s joint monitoring and evaluation committee, under former leader of Botswana Festus Mogae, are reportedly eyeing the upcoming African Union Heads of State assembly to pass decisions, which should assit the aborted political process in South Sudan.There is already a high level of frustration among mediators and monitors of the situation in South Sudan.last_img

World Ag Expo introduces guided school tours for 2015

first_imgThis year, for the first time ever, World Ag Expo will offer guided school tours to students in 9th through 12th grades during the 2015 World Ag Expo. Attendees from all over the world come to World Ag Expo, a production of International Agri-Center (IAC), to see the newest pieces of equipment and the latest innovations for their agricultural operations. Some of these attendees are students, and many local schools preschedule a day off so students may attend World Ag Expo to learn more about the area’s ag industry.advertisementadvertisement”To better serve our students in ag education, we developed a guided tour, so students would be learning while still enjoying World Ag Expo. We are particularly focused on highlighting the many different careers in agriculture,” says Kerissa Chapman, IAC’s AgVentures and ag education coordinator.”The Central Valley is an incredibly diverse agricultural area. Educating students about that is a top priority for us.” The tours are geared toward students who may be determining what they’d like to do in the future. Chapman noted, “Even if students don’t ultimately go into agriculture, they are actively learning where their food and clothes come from.”During the tours, which run on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., students will be taken around to multiple exhibitors and different display areas. The tours are specifically for high school students, and tickets will be sold at a discounted rate of $5 per student. Students are encouraged to wear their FFA uniform, or an FFA shirt that represents their chapter or any agricultural organization or school they are a part of.Teachers are encouraged to contact Kerissa Chapman to get more information and to sign-up. If your school would like to participate in World Ag Expo’s guided tours, please contact Chapman by [email protected] or phone (559) 688-1030. PD—From International Agri-Center news releaseadvertisementClick here to view more World Ag Expo coverage.last_img read more

Qi Based Extended Power Profile Wireless Charging Solution Reduces Smartphone Charge time by 30%

first_imgLG Electronics and Integrated Device Technology have partnered on the world’s first implementation of Qi wireless charging Extended Power Profile (EPP) in a flagship smartphone, the LG V30. The Extended Power Profile (EPP) enables safe, wireless fast charging capability while remaining compatible with existing Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi 5W, baseline transmitters commonly used today.IDT’s wireless power chips are designed to provide fast wireless charging by reducing charge times by up to 30 percent. The addition of the wireless charging feature contributes to the water-resistance and durability of the sleek, low profile, Qi-certified smartphone design.LG’s latest flagship sets a new standard in the evolution of premium smartphones with its offering of optimal multimedia capabilities. The V30 features many industry innovations – the first F1.6 aperture glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC and sound tuning by B&O PLAY.The IDT wireless power receiver is based on a flexible 32-bit ARM M0 core architecture that has allowed LG to optimize wireless charging performance and the charging speed.last_img read more

Fnatic & Virgin EMI Records to host Katowice closing party

first_imgFnatic has announced plans to host a Katowice closing party in Poland on March 3rd in collaboration with Virgin EMI Records.Fnatic and Virgin EMI will host pro players, YouTubers, Twitch Streamers and industry professionals at the closing party. It wouldn’t be a good closing party without music, so Fnatic and Virgin have lined up artists including Jay Pryor and Steve Void to entertain attendees.Sam Mathews, Founder & Chairman, Fnatic, had this to say: “One of our goals has always been to become the #1 lifestyle brand to come out of esports, and this is one of the reasons Virgin EMI wanted to collaborate with us on this party. This is an incredible opportunity for us both to host a party that won’t be forgotten. For Virgin EMI, there’s no better way to experience what esports has to offer than on the biggest stage there is at Katowice.”This event, which the two have dubbed ‘Superbowl of esports’ is the latest collaboration between esports and music, with ESL partnering with Universal Music Group Europe to launch its own record label Enter Records in late 2018 – including signing its first artist, Christian ”TheFatRat” Buttner.Tony Barnes, Senior Director, Digital & Business Development, VirginEMI, added: “We are massive fans of esports here at VirginEMI and so the opportunity to partner with one of the top esports brands in the world in Fnatic to host the unofficial closing party at IEM 2019 in Katowice this Sunday is incredibly exciting. Connecting our artists and music to esports and gaming culture, in general, is incredibly important to us, we’re looking forward to an amazing night and many more future collaborations with Fnatic.”Esports Insider says: Music & esports is a perfect match, what better way to close out a major esports event that with some banging tunes and chatting with your favourite esports friends? We’d expect to see similar announcements in future, events such as DreamHack and Insomnia often have similar such post-show music performances.last_img read more