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

DAIC to Host Virtual Meeting with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

first_img Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional DAIC to Host Virtual Meeting with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank by: – May 21, 2020 Sharing is caring! The Chambers of Commerce in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) invite you to attend a live webinar with members of the Chambers, the private sector of the Caribbean region and representatives from the ECCB. Webinar Access:The Webinar room will open at 9:30 a.m.(ECT) on Thursday, 28 May 2020; 30 minutes before the start time to allow panelists and participants to attend to connectivity issues. Share Share Tweet Chat Access:Participants will be able to interact with each other only through the CHAT feature in the webinar as all microphones and video capabilities will be disabled.Question and Answer Segment:Participants will be able to post their questions and comments in the Q & A feature. Questions will be answered live during the webinar.Submit any questions in preparation for this meeting to [email protected] feel free to circulate the details of this Webinar with your colleagues and other potentially interested parties, particularly those who share a vested interest in the economies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and how the Eastern Caribbean countries can mitigate the impact of COVID-19.See you there! Moderators:Lizra Fabien, Chairperson of CARICHAM and Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce and Andrew Satney, Executive Director, St Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce will moderate the live webinar. Registration Details:You must pre-register for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional administrative information about joining the webinar. Please note that this webinar will also be streamed via Facebook. Date and Time:Thursday, 28 May 2020 from 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean Time) Panelist:Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Timothy N. J. Antoine will lead the discussion on “Perspectives of the ECCB on Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Economies of the ECCU”. 93 Views   no discussions Register for this webinar herelast_img read more

Brazil star Neymar out of World Cup with broken vertebra

first_imgReutersReutersFORTALEZA, Brazil — Neymar’s run at the World Cup appears to be done.Neymar’s third vertebra was fractured when he was kneed in the back during the final minutes of Friday’s game, team doctor Rodrigo Lasma told Brazilian TV. While the injury won’t require surgery, Lasma said it will prevent him from playing again during the World Cup.HUGE LOSS: World Cup loses face of the tournament in Neymar“He will feel pain and his movement will be limited for a time,” Lasma said. “He will need to use a belt to control the pain and he will not be able to play within this upcoming week.”Brazil plays Germany in the semifinals Tuesday. The final is July 13.Neymar had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after being kneed in the lower back by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga. It was clear he knew the injury was serious, covering his eyes with his hand while he was on the stretcher.He was immediately taken to a local hospital, where tests revealed the fracture.FOR THE WIN: Brazil vs. Germany will still be great without Neymar“It is expected that he recovers because this type of fracture tends to evolve well,” Lasma said.Still, the news was a huge blow for Brazil, which is in the semifinals for the first time since winning its fifth title in 2002 and was already going to be without captain Thiago Silva. Silva is suspended for the semifinal because of an accumulation of yellow cards.Neymar’s four goals are tied for second-most in the tournament. And despite being just 22, he is a calming force on a Brazil team under incredible pressure to win a sixth title in front of the adoring home fans.Already the poster boy for the Brazilian team, Neymar has become the face of the World Cup, too. His smiling face is on billboards and buses in every city in the country, and watch any television program for any length of time and you’re bound to see him.MOVING ON: Brazil holds off Colombia to advance to semifinalsHis importance has made him a target of other teams, however. He’s taken several hard shots in every game, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has complained repeatedly about the rough play.“Not even a yellow card,” Scolari fumed Friday. “Nothing. We can’t understand some things.”There were less than five minutes left in regulation when Zuniga kneed Neymar in the lower back. Neymar crashed to the ground and lay on his stomach, barely moving. Teammate David Luiz motioned for trainers and, after about two minutes, Neymar was rolled onto a stretcher and carried off the field.SUSPENDED: Brazil captain Silva out of semifinal for yellow cards“He was crying out in pain,” Scolari said.Scolari initially said it would be “very difficult” for Neymar to play against Germany. Asked if the striker could possibly play in the final, Scolari hedged.“Let’s wait and see after these exams,” Scolari said. “Let’s hope there are no serious problems in his lower back.”But Lasma’s announcement removed all doubt.last_img read more