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Dirk Declercq: “Low supply, high prices”
Misery in the world of curled endive
Much has already happened on the chicory, or curled endive, market this season. A decrease of 15 per cent of the total Belgian area was already predicted for 2016. “The main reasons for this were the bad prices during previous summers,” cultivator Dirk Declercq explains. “At the end of May prices were bad,.....


Philippines: Organizations team up to bring okra to Japan
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI) is teaming up with the University of the Philippines -- Los Banos’ Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) on a program that may include breeding okras for a projected $100-million Japanese market.“For me the breeding of okra and soybean for the Japan market.....


Are Chinese garlic prices to stay high?
According to information from Jinxiang Garlic Professional Wholesale Market in Shandong province, the average wholesale price for garlic was 8.80 Yuan per kilo in June (approximately 1.20 Euro), significantly higher than the 5.10 Yuan per kilo it accounted for in June 2015. Total volume of traded garlic at.....


Lesage Champignons introduces BBQ concept for mushrooms
“The vegetable sector could get more from the grill segment”
The barbecue season has once again started, and grilled vegetables have become popular in recent years. “Grilling vegetables is being increasingly promoted and that is positive, because more could be had from that segment for the entire vegetable sector. We could take them in so many directions,” says Michel.....


"Tomato trees" yield 32,000 tomatoes per harvest
Everyone knows tomatoes don't grow on trees. And yet, there is something called an "octopus tomato tree". It looks like a tree full of tomatoes, but technically it isn't a tree at all. They are hybrids that grow from a single tomato vine but spread on a large trellis. Their crown grows to about 40-50 square.....

Veg juice could improve gut examination
A study published July 11 in the journal Advanced Materials indicated that the pigment that gives spinach and other plants their verdant colour could improve doctors' ability to examine the human gastrointestinal tract. The study describes how chlorophyll-based nanoparticles suspended in liquid are an.....


Orwin Ceulemans, Crotoni
"Less alternative lettuce varieties available, higher prices"
The frequent rain showers in the province of Antwerp were bad for the alternative lettuce varieties from the open field. "We did not have very heavy rainfall, just rain for weeks on end. This way the lettuce was qualitatively less strong and the field conditions deteriorated, with regard to harvesting as.....

Spain: A project to obtain tomatoes that are resistant to heat
Tomato producers, including the producers of the famous Valencian tomato from Perello, are forced to move part of their tomato production further inland in summer, to cooler areas. As Carlos Baixauli, who works at the center of agricultural experiences of the Cajamar Foundation in Paiporta, stated, the goal.....

Indian MP launches veg cultivation project
In the city of Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, Minister for Agriculture V. S Sunil Kumar yesterday, 13 July, launched a comprehensive programme to increase production of pesticide-free vegetables. The programme involves various government departments, institutions and school children.The Minister.....

UK: University developing broccoli harvesting robot
The University of Lincoln is building and testing a robot that could soon improve the efficiency of farmers picking crops, as it can pick broccoli six times faster than humans.The broccoli-picking robot, can identify broccoli in fields with up to 95 per cent accuracy, the researchers say.'Broccoli is one of.....

Broccoli could help you see better
A new study reveals the potential of broccoli to curb loss of vision. According to the study, the vegetable contains a compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which in high concentrations could be used to treat age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss.To reap the benefits, one.....

Erik Gipmans, Fossa Eugenia:
"Hail damage has huge impact on small businesses like ours"
The hailstorm of 23rd of June has left its mark on producers from Noord-Brabant and Limburg. "The exact amount of damage is difficult to determine, but for a relatively small business the damage has a huge impact," says Erik Gipmans of Fossa Eugenia. "One greenhouse of almost 3 hectares of tomatoes has been.....

India: Sugar farmers unwilling to grow profitable mushrooms
In the state ofUttar Pradesh in northern India many sugarcane farmers are disinclined to diversity beyond their crop. This has led one district in Haryana dominating the mushroom market.According to official sources, Sonepat district alone sends out around 500 quintals of mushrooms to Delhi every day and.....


US: 52 kilos of cocaine discovered in fake veg
On July 6th, a man was arrested in the Bronx after DEA agents and a team from the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor found that he had 52 kilos of cocaine “concealed in fake Latin American root vegetables,” otherwise known as yucca.The DEA states that police stopped Francisco Ramirez, 46, after they.....

Imported peppers affected by pricing and supply
Imported bell peppers (yellow, orange and red) are experiencing tight supplies in Mexico, with higher-than-normal pricing. Supplies and quality of peppers from other countries has been steady and of high quality. While demand for imported peppers is year-round all over the U.S., it is higher during the.....

Morocco halved the differential with Spain in tomato exports to the EU
In the last ten campaigns, Spanish tomato exports in the period from October to May, when Moroccan tomatoes to the EU are subjected to an export quota, have decreased from 789.970 tonnes to 632,250 tonnes. Meanwhile, Morocco increased its tomato exports from 257,600 tonnes to 389,300 tonnes. Morocco has been.....

Jordan: Border closures cause ag exports fall 12.8%
A government official announced on Tuesday 12 July that Jordan's agricultural exports fell by 12.8 per cent during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period of last year. This is mainly contributed to border closures which have led to the loss of key markets.The Kingdom exported 340,000 tonnes of.....

Peruvian asparagus importers publish plan to boost sales
The Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association (PAIA) has completed and published their 2016/2017 Fresh Asparagus Category Statistics and Trends. According to Priscilla Lleras-Bush, PAIA Coordinator, this year’s Fresh Asparagus Category Plan is the tool for retailers and foodservice “to keep their fingers on.....

Rwanda: Tomato, Irish potato prices up at markets
A rise in the prices of tomatoes and Irish potatoes in Rwanda is being attributed to the ongoing dry season in vegetable growing districts.Tomatoes now cost Rwf1,000 per kilogramme in Nyarugenge and Nyabugogo markets, up from Rwf800 two weeks ago, while Irish potatoes went up marginally to Rwf350 from.....

India: Rain ruins crops, veg prices soar
In Ranchi, the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, rain is destroying vegetable crops, causing the price of certain produce to almost double, due to the reduction in arrivals.Tomato and capsicum prices have doubled in the past week. The prices of other green vegetables have also increased. Satyendra.....


German Edible Mushroom Growers Association
German mushroom production clearly increased in 2015
According to recent figures of the German Edible Mushroom Growers Association (Bundes Deutscher Champignon- und Kulturpilzanbauer), the BDC, a total of 70,500 metric tons of edible mushrooms were produced in 2015. A clear increase compared to the 66,500 metric tons of the previous year. Of the 70,500 metric.....


Trend for regional produce continues
Germany: Mediocre asparagus season
Midsummer, 24 June is the end of the asparagus time. Traditionally that is the day that the last asparagus is cut in Germany. Overall, the 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Photo: The 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Source:.....

Eggplant volume and supply are strong
“We grow eggplant almost year-round. The volume isn’t large, but the growing conditions are good,” says Steve LeFevre, of Wholesum Harvest. Wholesum grows its eggplant in Culiacán on a farm it owns from November through May, then buys eggplant from a grower in central Mexico from May through November,.....

Statistics and trends from Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association
Peru leading supplier of asparagus in US
The Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association (PAIA) has completed and published their 2016/2017 Fresh Asparagus Category Statistics and Trends. This year’s Fresh Asparagus Category Plan is the exact tool for the retailers and foodservice “to keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry and enable them to.....

US: Bagged salad boom boosts consumption of greens
More and more American citizens are turning to the convenience of buying a bagged salad. while per capita sales of fresh iceberg lettuce have fallen by half over the past 25 years, there's been a boom in bagged greens and salad kits, sales of which are projected to reach $7 billion a year.According to the.....

Making lamps out of mushrooms
Designer Danielle Trofe's MushLume lamps are a product of agriculture growth: a mixture of agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium, which result in lightweight, biodegradable lamp shades.The mushroom mycelium material was originally thought up by Ecovative, a biomaterials company that sells its.....

Technology boost for Queensland farm
A fruit and vegetable farm near Bowen, Queensland, is expecting to increase productivity by up to 20 per cent, as well as create 15 new jobs, by installing new, cutting-edge technology. The installation is made possible through a grant of $400,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund.Family business Rocky Ponds.....


Japanese bar offers liquor made from lettuce
If you haven’t heard of it, shochu is a traditional hard liquor in Japan, which is distilled rather than fermented like sake. It’s usually made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat or sugar cane. The alcohol content generally falls between 25-35 percent, so it packs a pretty hefty punch, especially.....


Singapore: Restaurants take up urban farming
More and more restaurants in Singapore are starting to grow their own foods. Urban farming and the idea of food sustainability have become worldwide trends. From new restaurants such as Whitegrass nursing its sprouts to older ones like Artichoke where owner Bjorn Shen has been working with Edible Garden City.....

China: Record prices for export carrots
According to statistics of the Xiamen customs inspection bureau, during the production seasons of 2015 and 2016, in total 2431 batches of carrots were exported. That is 85,000 ton in weight and 44 million USD in value. Compared to the same period last year, the batches, weight and value respectively.....

Hans Derks, Harvest House:
"Revival pepper market due to low supply, hail damage, and demand USA"
The revival of the pepper market is due to a few factors. "We had a period of time with good production values. Then the period with a low supply came, Spain was in a slump, America had a huge demand because of the 4th of July (Independence Day), and finally there was hail damage to top it off," recounts.....

Spain: Prices of long shelf-life tomatoes are the worst in ten years
According Hortoinfo and based on data from the Observatory of Prices and Markets Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, long shelf-life tomato prices this campaign were as bad as the prices obtained in the 2010/2011 campaign, which makes them the worst of the.....

Belgium : Vegetable prices could increase by 10-20% by September
Peas, carrots and spinach are among the summer vegetables that have suffered from the torrential rain in Belgium and many European countries in June. Consumers could feel consequences of the weather over the next few months as prices increase (at least for canned and frozen vegetables).The small amount of.....


Food trucks in Augsburg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund and Cologne
North Carolina sweet potatoes on tour in Germany
Consumers have the opportunity to taste different variations and learn more about North Carolina sweet potatoes during several events in Germany this year. From 6 July to 10 August 2016 great tasting actions will take place in large retail chains. These shop-in-shop actions give customers the opportunity to.....


Canada: Chili pepper recalled over salmonella
The food recall warning issued on July 05, 2016 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.Canada Herb is recalling Canada Herb brand fresh chili peppers from the.....

Shanxi onions exported to South Korea for the first time
Quwo onions are renowned for their top quality. According to the statistics, from over 6,000 hectares vegetable plantation areas, over 30% are planted with onions and garlic.July 1st marked the initial export day of Quwo onions to South Korea. After inspection and quarantine of Shanxi Entry & Exit.....


Prices lower than last season
Carrot harvest later and smaller due to rain
The carrot harvest started in Limburg on Monday 27th of June. The carrots could not be harvested before then due to the heavy rainfall and the late spring, so the new season has begun later than last year. "The early varieties are easily harvested, but the quality is not great for most plots. The tare.....

UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference kicks off in January
The forthcoming UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference will be held on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough. Here’s a little background information for the two associations:Brassica Growers AssociationThe Brassica Growers’ Association is the crop association.....

Profel
Update on dramatic crop damages in Europe
Processors and farmers face severe losses in the major European growing areas for several crops but especially for peas and carrots. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Denmark are heavily affected due to the prolonged unfavourable weather conditions, heavy rains and hail during late May,.....

India's lack of legumes exacerbates in 2016
Due to losing a significant green pea harvest this year, India is facing a food crisis. For the second consecutive year, record drought is affecting the country. As of June 2016, the volume of water in major reservoirs amounts to no more than 20% of the normal level. This will definitely entail a reduction.....

Part of WhiteWave Foods' sale for $12.5 billion
French company buys US Earthbound Farm
For the second time in three years, San Juan Bautista-based Earthbound Farm, has been sold, this time, to Danone SA, a French dairy company.The largest employer in the county was first sold for $600 million, and the second time, as part of WhiteWave Foods' sale for $12.5 billion. Earthbound Farm started as a.....


Overview German asparagus season 2016
Weather caused large harvest fluctuations
This year’s asparagus season can roughly be divided in two parts, with the Pentecost weekend (mid-may) as central point.Due to the weather, the start of the season was very hesitant. Farms that grow asparagus without plastic covering had little opportunity to harvest before the Pentecost weekend. The farms.....

Old regulations hinder Fiji's exports
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, Fiji cannot bring in raw materials and process it to be exported because of old regulations.Speaking at the 2016 Fiji Business Forum, Seruiratu said this is why they are strengthening acts and regulations.The Minister said they are planning to.....

Over a million bags of salad a week
Survey reveals Londoners' shocking amount of salad wastage
Environmental charity Hubbub commission a survey of 1,000 Londoners, which revealed that three quarters of people buy a bag of salad at least once a week over the summer, however only half of them use it all. A quarter of them throw away at least as much as they eat.Fruit and veg are the most wasted foods in.....


Gardener picks Siamese cucumber
A gardener emailed the Peterborough Telegraph recently to show his rare cucumber which he had grown in his greenhouse. Unusually, the vegetable has two sets of seeds.He said: “I have grown a cucumber in my greenhouse that has two sets of seeds and so is effectively a Siamese cucumber. We have been eating it.....

Association launched to promote Tokyo veg sales
The wholesale company Daiharu, which operates in the Ota Market in Tokyo, has launched an association to promote sales channels for fresh vegetables produced in Tokyo. Farmers across Tokyo are set to join the association, called Yasai Fukyu Kyokai, which will launch projects such as the production of.....

Market tight on larger pepper sizes
According to a trend report from US Foods on June 24th, excessive heat and rain put an early end to Georgia’s pepper crops. North Carolina is in full production and South Carolina has approximately another three weeks left in production.“Supply is very good, although supplies of larger sizes, the jumbos and.....

China: Spinach price surges
As of the beginning of July, the rainy season affected the growth and picking of green vegetables, and this caused later the surge in the price of various green vegetables, among which the price of spinach increased the most. Within only half a month, its price has increased over 45%, and in certain.....


Producer José Dequidt:
"Sprouting broccoli tastes like green asparagus"
It is not a hybrid of various cabbages, it is a pure bred product: the sprouting broccoli. It is a relatively new product and producer José Dequidt from Pollinkhoeve is the only one in Belgium with this innovation. This year he is trying to make it more popular again. "There were multiple producers that.....


Dry season and low yields for sweet corn
Demand has far exceeded supply for sweet corn with crop yields low and unfavourable weather. “We weren’t able to get planted as early as we should have been in Delaware and a cool spring has kind of pushed us back,” said Jason Turek of Turek Farms. “The Georgia crop has finished and pushed forward little.....


Weather brings tight supply on onions
It’s a somewhat tight supply for onions currently, mostly weather related. “Everything seems a little high right now. It’s been like that for a while,” said Gary Orvis of Heartland Produce. Texas saw too much rain at the beginning of their season and California and Arizona experienced high temperatures......


US (TX): Nearly $5 million in meth found among jalapenos, cucumbers
Nearly $5 million worth of alleged methamphetamine was seized at the Texas border when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials searched two trucks -- one hauling jalapenos, the other carrying cucumbers.The canine team at the checkpoint alerted officers to the first truck carrying jalapenos. Officers.....

UK: Text alert for brassica disease management
Current weather conditions are creating another high disease pressure period for brassica crops in the UK. Growers can once again register for the text message warning from Syngenta Brassica Alert which enables better timing of fungicide treatments to protect crop quality.Wet, warm weather has produced lots.....


Excellent results for the NGS system in Turin
A little over a year after the first soil-less crop using the Spanish NGS technology was planted, professor Silvana Nicola reported being satisfied with what was achieved.Silvana NicolaThe greenhouse is located at the Experimental Centre of the University of Turin (Latitude 44°53' N, Longitude 7°41'.....

Slow asparagus market coming off holiday, could pick up
Asparagus shipments from Mexico have been plentiful this week, as the market picks up after the holiday weekend. Imports from Peru have been less abundant, though supplies could increase in the coming weeks.“The market is coming off a holiday weekend, so I think it will be a slow week,” noted Jeff Friedman.....

Mexico: Hydroponic lettuce for the United States
Altex, the Mexican agricultural food company that was founded 30 years ago, completed the expansion of its growing area aimed at increasing its production capacity of the Eva branded hydroponic lettuce, which will be exported to the United States."We already entered into Texas through a major supermarket.....


Jose Fradeira, from Vitacress:
"Why not buy salad to watch the Euro 2016?"
Ready-to-eat products are one of the fastest growing categories, as they have an annual 6% increase in the global market. In comparison, the fresh lettuce market is not growing and its volume is very stable. "Consumers are more aware about the importance of having healthy eating habits: they try to eat more.....

Panama will import processing tomato due to a lack of supply
Due to the country's shortage of processing tomato, imports of tomato paste or raw tomato pulp were approved so as to meet the demand required by the multinational Nestle SA from Panamanian producers.Just like onion production, tomato production is going through a difficult situation that has been attributed.....

India: Vegetable prices still high in Pune
A lack of rain in Pune has been attributed to high vegetables prices there. Although a good amount of rain has fallen over the past few days, it is unlikely to have an affect on prices anytime soon.Traders and experts blamed poor supply of almost all kitchen essentials for the surge in prices and have ruled.....


Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016
Hardbite carrot snack: most innovative new product
Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd. has announced that their Hardbite “18 Carrot Gold” Carrot Chip was named the 2016 Most Innovative New Product Award – Salty Snack by the National Confectioners Association at the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd. President Kirk.....


Iodice focusing on peppers at the start of the summer campaign
Iodice was established in 1982 by three brothers - Salvatore, Antonio e Pasquale - who decided to follow in their father's footsteps and commercialise produce from the north Caserta, south Lazio and Metaponto areas. The company holds both the GlobalGAP and IFS certifications and has become a leading retail.....


Strong start to okra season in Florida
Consumers wanting okra to grill on the barbecue or for pickling this summer will be seeing product coming from both Florida and Honduras. “Our main offshore program is from the Choluteca region of Honduras, and peaks in volume between November and May,” said Marc Holbik of Ecoripe Tropicals. “As local.....


Martin and Rita Prins, Cresco:
"Mixed packages are real winners"
There used to be more traditional peaks in the cress sales, but it still happens a lot, remarks Martin and Rita Prins of commercial cultivation company Cresco from Honselersdijk. "Of course the beautiful weekends boost the sale, but there is no visible trend. Not every year is the same. On the one hand the.....

Spain: Canary tomato exports decrease by 4,000 tons this season
The 2015-2016 tomato for export harvest campaign ended in the Canary Islands and production amounted to 61,750.9 tons, 4,171 tons or 6.32% less than in the previous harvest, according to data released on Monday by the two provincial employers of the sector.The Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Products of.....

Japan to step up investments in Vietnamese ag
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is set to open up Japan's market and bring import tariffs down to zero. A report by Japanese investment consulting firm Seiko Ideas Corp. said Japan would have to allow imports of even the most sensitive items from all TPP members. This would put Japan in a disadvantageous.....


Carrot connoisseur tells Tesco where they're going wrong
Earlier this week, Tesco asked a customer to 'elaborate' on his unhappy tweet concerning their carrot batons. The company probably wasn't expecting the extremely detailed response customer Aaron Swift gave them, including a diagram to illustrate his point.Aaron Swift from Manchester is, by all accounts, a.....

UK: E. coli outbreak may be linked to salad
As more than 100 people in the UK have been infected by E. coli poisoning, government officials warn that eating mixed salad leaves may be connected to the outbreak.The Telegraph reports that Public Health England (PHE) said it was investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157, which has so far affected 109.....

Colombian truck driver strike hits ag sector
Colombian truck drivers are continuing their strike, which they initiated a month ago. Although there has not been much media coverage of the strike, it is costing million for the agricultural and commerce sector.The drivers have demanded reductions in the price of fuels and in the tariffs of the tolls, for.....