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The Garlic Farm voted Britain's Next Top Supplier 2017

Ocado has crowned family-owned business, The Garlic Farm, as the winner of Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2017.As the winner, the garlic specialist will receive a number of listings in Ocado and will also collect a £20,000 marketing package to promote its products. The Isle of Wight-based family producer has been.....

Southern California

Oceanside Pole expands Roma acreage

After an excellent season growing Brussels sprouts for the first time, Oceanside Pole vine-ripe tomatoes are back with 60 new acres of Romas. Increasing Roma production by 50 percent, West Coast Tomato Growers, owners of the Oceanside Pole tomato brand, aim to keep up with consumer demand.“Our challenge over.....

High temperatures affect tomatoes and mini-watermelons in Sicily

The weather strongly affected the Sicilian tomato production. There have been serious virus problems right from the start (September 2016), so plants had to be uprooted and replanted in many of the companies in the south-west of the island.Cherry tomatoesThen, in January 2017, frost compromised production once.....

UK Peppers see good production and demand

Bell pepper production has felt the benefit of the great weather in the UK, the good light levels and warmth have resulted in increased yields and good quality. Lea Valley Grower's Association grow 60% of the UK's sweet peppers, 200 million each year, under 350 acres of glass.The association's secretary, Lee.....

Italy: The effects of drought on vegetables for freezing

When your production areas span from Puglia to Veneto, of course you need to deal with adverse weather events. At the moment, drought is affecting various areas and we asked Orogel procurement manager Massimo Siboni for an update.Canale emiliano romagnolo in southern Romagna"If we start from Romagna, we can.....

Open ground lettuce extremely affected by warm weather

"The best lettuce is often worth the least"

The open ground season for lettuce has been disappointing so far. "It's a difficult situation for all lettuce varieties at the moment. We have had an extremely dry period and this means a lot of plants have been burnt. Thankfully there was rain this weekend, but the plants didn't all respond well to this......

Exporter explains strategy to promote cherry tomatoes to children

In order to better market their cherry tomatoes to younger consumers, Israeli exporter, UMS turned to Tadbik – T4Pex. This company manufactures collection stickers and in-pack promotional items. In order to reach children, they came up with a marketing plan to promote cherry tomatoes at the Point of Sale as.....

Especially shortages of beans and peas

Organic industrial vegetable cultivation can’t keep up with demand

Although the organic cultivation of industrial vegetables is increasing, there are still shortages. Green Organics encourages switching growers to choose the products that are much in demand, and/or which have the biggest shortages, and they are expanding abroad where possible.Jan Groen from Green Organics is.....

Wet weather delays wild chanterelle production in Lithuania

After a long, wet and rainy spring and early summer, the wild chanterelle harvest in Lithuania is taking a little longer than usual to take off. Along with delays, the weather has also caused losses of around 25%, estimates Marius Juškevičius from JSC Liedra and JSC M&KO."We are sorting what we have.....

Rijk Zwaan's Tomato Open Day

Rijk Zwaan, a leading company in the research and development of vegetable varieties, has organised an Open Day dedicated to the tomato range for June 5th, 2017. The event will be held at the Trial Station inSabaudia (LT), which was inaugurated by Rijk Zwaan in March.The day will be dedicated to varieties.....

Italy: Promoting Radicchio di Verona IGP

Consorzio di Tutela del Radicchio di Verona Igp continues to promote its produce. Some mini-rugby tournaments have been held in Verona over the past few days, and the consortium supplied its radicchio as an ingredient to Clubhouse chefs. "Thanks to the work of many chefs, the public has reconsidered radicchio.....

New Mexico’s Hatch chile season on track for August start

Hatch chiles from New Mexico return in August and Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready to turn up the heat with a new 8/2-lb. retail pouch.“These pouches help retailers reduce shrink and increase sell-through at the register,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “With Hatch Chiles looking.....

Verco recovers from loss of Russia

"You meet each other everywhere in times of surplus"

Dominique Severijns and Gunther De Boelpaep took over carrot company Verco at a very difficult moment. "The border of Russia closed in the week of the takeover. It was a hard blow. In the years afterwards we thankfully obtained new customers, but it wasn't easy. After various difficult years and investments,.....

UK organic edible flower grower can't keep up with demand

The edible flower food fad has become so popular that Mid Devon farmer Jan Billington – the UK's only organic edible flower grower – simply cannot keep up with demand.Every day the Maddocks Farm Organics website gets around 700 hits, and no two days are ever the same. Last week Jan shipped a big order of.....

Vegetable prices spike in South Korea

Prices of vegetables in South Korea have jumped sharply in recent weeks due to heavy downpours that followed a long drought, industry sources said Wednesday.The price of napa cabbage soared 26.2 percent to 1,416 won ($1.2) per kilogram Tuesday from a month earlier, according to the Korea Agro-Fisheries &.....

Syngenta out-licenses leek seeds to Hazera

Syngenta and Hazera have announced an agreement under which Hazera will take over the Syngenta leek seeds portfolio, effective July 1, 2017.Both companies are major players in vegetable seeds and have worked together on a number of licensing agreements.Ruud Kaagman, Head of Large Seeds Vegetables, Roots &.....

First quarter

Spain: Value of Cordoba's garlic exports up 36%

Garlic is a safe crop in Cordoba and hasn't stopped yielding good results for its economy. The delegate of Agriculture, Francisco Zurera, reported that in the first quarter of the year, Cordoba's garlic exports recorded a 32% increase in volume compared to the same period last year, while the value grew by.....

Spain: Almeria is the world's leading aubergine exporter

In 2016, the province of Almeria ranked first in the list of the world's main aubergine exporters, ahead of Mexico and the Netherlands, according to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, and the statistical service ESTACOM, with code 070930 of the Tariff Integrated of the.....

Strong quality, but mixed volume reports on Ontario bell pepper production

While reports of Ontario bell pepper production vary slightly, pepper growers agree demand remains solid.“We’re having record yields this year,” says Jordan Kniaziew of Leamington, Ont.’s Zing! Health Forward. “We’re not through the full season yet but we’re seeing a substantial increase in supply across all.....

Poland: More demand than supply of red pointed peppers

The first green peppers started in Poland around 2-3 weeks ago. The first colours like red and yellow are expected to follow in the coming few weeks, along with sweet pointed red peppers. "We have really noticed a trend in the last 2 to 3 years, that demand is continuing to increase for the sweet pointed red.....

Carrot trade completely silent

Full sheds and no trade, that sums up the image at the end of a carrot season that has seen only losers. At the Landbouwbeurs Noord en Centraal Nederland (LNCN) there are no notes on carrots as there are no transactions. "We've never experienced the trade dropping out completely," says LNCN secretary Maas van.....

Organic ginger grower sticks with fairtrade despite competition

For many years, colleague Jim Wilson Ruiz García and his team have taken care of the export of organic ginger to Fairtrasa Holland, which is sold at European retailers as well as organic wholesalers. Last year however, competition in this sector became more intense. Despite this, Fairtrasa, stuck to their.....

US customs seizes two tons of marijuana disguised as lettuce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to work at the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge seized nearly two tons of alleged marijuana in one enforcement action, valued at over $740,000.“This is truly an example of our CBP officers’ hard work, experience and dedication to the CBP.....

Indian tomato farmers enjoying high prices caused by drought

For the first time in recent decades, the tomato price in the Madanapalle market, the largest in the drought-prone Rayalaseema region, stood at RS60 per kg, giving moments of joy to the farmers. The price is expected to rise further in the next couple of weeks, even touching RS100 in the open market.During the.....

Hong Kong Aquagreen and Rijkzwaan joint venture

Fresh lettuce hits the shelves in China

Chinese salad producer AquaGreen Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong, has been establishing a strong relationship with Dutch seed producer Rijk Zwaan to buy seeds for its Huidong salad production. AquaGreen Holdings Ltd. is growing different varieties of salads hydroponically in greenhouses in Southern.....

Crystal Palace F.C. use garlic to fight parasites on the pitch

Crystal Palace have caused a bit of a controversy around Selhurst Park this summer after using garlic to prepare their playing surface for the new Premier League season.The Selhurst Park pitch has been having problems with microscopic parasites that weaken the roots within the turf. Liquid garlic is a pungent.....

British salads well represented at Morrisons and M&S this week

Many of the Northern European greenhouse growers are in full production and enough product has come available recently. This is also reflected in the current offerings at British retailers this week.According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, many of the UK supermarkets.....

Canadian farmers fear for onion, carrot and potato crops after heavy rain

Heavy rainfall and repeated flooding has damaged crops in Simcoe County, Canada. Some farmer’s say their dollar loss is in the millions and worry whether they can stay in business at all.Barry Dorsey has been farming in Beeton, Canada for decades. But this year is one he’d rather forget. “We’ve been up here.....

Cucumbers, Roma tomatoes and green bell peppers

Trio of veggies available year-round from Mexico

Cucumbers, green bell peppers and Roma tomatoes coming from central Mexico’s San Luis Potosí are available 12 months a year. “Supply is meeting demand for all three year-round products,” says Leonardo Tarriba, general manager for Farmer’s Best. This is the first year they’ve brought a year-round program to the.....

NatureFresh Farms mobile greenhouse impacting purchasing decisions

The heat of the summer is settling in across the Midwest though this has not deterred NatureFresh Farms’ mobile greenhouse tour from missing a beat. They have already completed nearly 50 #GreenInTheCity events since mid-April where consumers could learn more about how greenhouse vegetables are grown. “The.....

Good harvest on horizon for Ukraine onion producer

The coming onion harvest season in Ukraine is looking promising, as growers work on selling the remaining onions they have in storage from last season. Evgen Konopelkin, CEO of Greenwill, said that they stopped exporting to foreign markets around May, so the company is currently only supplying the domestic.....

Italy: L'Ortolano focuses on tasty and productive tomatoes

L'Ortolano introduced new table tomatoes at the open day held on 13th June 2017 at Azienda Agricola Giovanni Napolitano.Group photo during the Open DayChiara Milanesi, genetist for L'Ortolano, presented her table tomato creations. Growers and technicians from Centro Seia could see red bunch, oblong and salad.....

Veg prices shoot up by 87% at markets in Vashi, India

Vegetable prices have shot up by 87 percent over the past two weeks in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Vashi, due to supply disruptions following heavy rain.Prices of tomatoes (hybrid) have risen by 87 per cent since June 19 to trade currently at Rs 28 a kg at the Vashi mandi. In the Kolkata.....

Spain: Dutch company interested in asparagus grown in town of Antequera

Villanueva del Trabuco, a town located in the comarca of Antequera, continues to work on the promotion of asparagus as an alternative to the economic activity that prevails in the area: olive production. In this sense, a Dutch company has already confirmed its interest in the purchase and export of vegetables.....

Israel: Arava expands its operations with mangoes

A new approach for embarking upon a fluctuating industry is a necessity of the highest priority, so claimed by Omer Kamp of Arava Export Growers. Nowadays, according to Mr. Kamp, "Consumers are demanding the inclusion of various factors that would comprise of Quality, Price, Service and Innovation. It would.....

Alabama rains risk destroying tomato crops

The fields are flooded at Allman Farms & Orchards in Blount County, Alabama. Here they grow peaches and sweet corn, but mostly tomatoes. Right now some of the tomatoes are under water. "It'll kill a plant if it sits in water too long," says farmer Daniel Allman. Allman says when a tomato gets too wet it.....

Man orders vegetarian meal on plane and receives raw vegetables

Any vegetarian knows how difficult it can be to find a good place to eat. This can get especially tough for vegetarians when travelling, as reddit user, Musterknabe experienced when flying with Aegean Airlines.When the time came, and the stewardess came by asking for what he wanted to eat, he chose the.....

SA Mushrooms release vitamin D rich mushrooms for AU consumers

SA Mushrooms has released a new product that they claim delivers a daily dose of vitamin D in just three mushrooms. In Australia, nearly one in four people are vitamin D deficient and this can be fixed by having more vitamin D accessible foods available to them. Managing Director, Nick Femia said the release.....

UK: Good quality brassicas hard to find

The UK brassica market at the moment is proving to be hard work, although prices are not increasing that much, it is difficult to get the quality. This is a direct consequence of the recent record temperatures a couple of weeks ago."The broccoli price is on the rise but not by a huge amount," explains a trader.....

It's versatile in more than just a salad

North Americans should embrace radicchio the way Italians do

North Americans really should eat more radicchio – it’s been noted as a healthfood that aids in weight loss. What’s more, the Italians enjoy all varieties (Treviso, Tardivo, Castelfranco, Frisee and Chioggia) – in way more than just salads.The most popular radicchio in Italy, Roberta Boscolo of Royal Rose says.....

Global asparagus market estimated to be worth $37Bn by 2027

Key excerpts from Future Market Insights’ latest report on the global asparagus market project predict that by the end of 2027, around 10,300,521.7 metric tonnes (MT) of asparagus will be consumed across the globe. The sales of 10 million MT of asparagus are estimated to bring in revenues worth over US$ 37Bn......

“Catastrophic” start to French artichoke season

Camus, Castel and Cardinal artichoke production in Brittany has harvested over 6,000 tons more up to the 16th June than the same date last year. Small purple artichokes have also seen 9 million heads more harvested compared to last year. Christophe Moal, President of the UCPT artichoke committee and.....

AU: New export opportunity for Western Australian brussel sprouts grower

Western Australian produce company Odeum Farms is preparing to export brussel sprouts to Japan and South Korea for the first time this spring and summer.Odeum Farms, National Category and Farms Manager says it will be the first time Australia has supplied to these Asian markets in this seasonal window. The.....

The new low carb potato taking New Zealand by storm

A New Zealand low-carbohydrate potato has been on the market for just three weeks, but is already proving to be a major success.T & G Global say they discovered the new variety, which has been labelled the Lotato™, by chance."It was bred in Holland by cross pollinating two existing varieties of potatoes,".....

Rijk Zwaan joins R&D consortium to expand research capabilities

Rijk Zwaan will be able to expand its research activities as one of the partners of the Crops of the Future Collaborative. This new public-private consortium is convened by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR, located in the USA) and has research on leafy vegetables as one of its points of.....

Jan Hendrik Wagenaar:

Dutch peppers and cucumbers sag on the British market

With export company Fresh Garden Holland, Jan Hendrik Wagenaar is mainly focusing on the British whole sale markets. He talks about Brexit, the transport to the UK and the situation on the greenhouse vegetable markets.Brexit and refugeesWhen talking about export to the UK these days, you can't avoid the topic.....

Irradiation facility enables NZ to import AU winter tomatoes

The Bowen region is Australia’s largest winter producer of vegetables. Tomatoes are by far its biggest crop, totalling US $120 million a year. Yet, even though it could offer consumers access to fresh tomatoes in the winter, its export market has been extremely limited. The problem is the Queensland fruit fly,.....

FDA found salmonella in nearly 4% of pepper samples amid 2016 outbreak

Federal officials this week released the first reports on a Salmonella outbreak in 2016 that sickened more than 30 people across nine states and was traced to fresh hot peppers.The outbreak hit people from Texas to Minnesota, causing the hospitalization of at least eight out of 32 confirmed victims, according.....

Alan Hunt - Freshgro

UK carrot market quiet but looking positive

The UK carrot season is just getting under way with Suffolk carrots and it is going reasonably well, according to Alan Hunt from Freshgro."The recent record breaking temperatures don't seem to have affected production at all, but the warm weather is causing a reduced demand. Most people irrigate the carrots.....

Patrick van Schetsen, Purple Pride:

"Dutch aubergine market performing well despite high production"

The aubergine has survived a difficult start to the season. "It has improved since April", says Patrick van Schetsen, salesperson for Purple Pride. "Despite high production, prices are currently at a good level. The actions over the past few years have ensured their scarcity. Spain has all but left the market,.....

South Australian company doubles planting of kalettes

A South Australian vegetable growing company has put its faith behind one of the newest vegetables on the landscape by doubling his planting of kalettes.South Australian grower, Samwell & Sons, has planted twice as many Kalettes this year, following the success of the vegetable on customers’ plates in.....

Jason Verkaik with Carron Farms comments on the flooding

Will Ontario growers be able to handle setbacks in future?

At this point Jason Verkaik of Carron Farms says it’s a definite that they’ll have to reseed some acres of carrots – about half of the crop in fact. “There’s no doubt about that. We’re still pumping off surface water in our fields,” he said. With more rain in the forecast tomorrow and Friday it will be a true.....

China: Rainstorms cause steep rise in vegetable prices

In the past few days, rainstorms have plagued Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hunan and Hubei, causing disastrous floods, damaging farmlands, and destroying produce. Simultaneously, we have never seen such a change in the vegetable price in one year. All of a sudden, it has started to rise, by an average of 50%,.....

Green vegetables of soilless cultivation are sold to partners, like Starbucks and Disney

Hong Kong Aquagreen Valley cooperates with Rijk Zwaan

Can you still grow salads, tomatoes and other green vegetables without soil, pesticides and fertilizer? It can be done with a technology called soilless cultivation. Aquagreen Valley, with its headquarters in Hong Kong, now uses seeds from the Dutch company Rijk Zwaan to plant in Huidong. On 26 June, Mrs......

Europe sees bumper carrot crop

This year has seen perfect growing conditions for the European carrot crop, resulting in bumper yields and a possible over-supply situation. As we enter the 2017/2018 season, here is a quick round up as the Rush Group sees it:United KingdomNow entering the new 2017/18 season with eastern counties such as.....

To encourage Shiitake production

$1.1m mushroom information facillity to be built in Malaysia

A large Mushroom Information Centre will be built soon at Kg Konsolung, Togudon along the Penampang-Tambunan Rd. District. Barisan Nasional Chief Datuk Donald Mojuntin, during a visit to the Korporasi Pembangunan Desa(KPD) office, Sunday, said Togudon was chosen due to its success in being the largest producer.....

EU vegetable ban costs Ghana $10m

Ghana has lost $10 million following the ban on five vegetable exports to the European market. Poor inspection of infested vegetables was blamed for the ban.Having put in place a lab and a traceability system, the Ghana Export Promotion Council said it expects the ban will be lifted by September 21.Moths and.....

Sainsbury's launches edible flowers line in UK stores

Flower lovers will soon be able to take their admiration to another level in the UK with Sainsbury's announcing the launch of its own range of edible flowers.Vanessa Rider, Sainsbury’s Buyer for Edible Flowers said: “I’m really pleased to announce the launch of our edible flowers range especially during.....

Interview to Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor, Dutch Russian Embassy

Update on Russian ban of imported Turkish tomatoes

Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, talked to FreshPlaza and offered some updates regarding the situation on importing Turkish tomatoes, as well as future developments.What is the current situation with regards to the import of.....