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Fiji grower works to preserve traditional root crops

Traditional Fijian root crops may not be an important issue of discussion in our community nowadays as people, particularly farmers, are more into hybrid varieties of crops for commercial farming.However, there are still people in the communities who are passionate about retaining traditional root crops and.....

Brussels sprouts production in California to catch up

The main producing areas for conventional Brussels sprouts right now are Mexico and California. Production is coming from Queen Victoria’s Mexico growing operations and they’ve started their California program as well. “We’ve got both regions going,” said Katie Harreld, sales manager for Queen Victoria.....

Prominent and Love my Salad join forces to promote tomatoes to food bloggers

On Friday 9 June, online consumer platform Love my Salad took a group of German, Austrian and Dutch food bloggers on a journey into the world of tomatoes. At the end of the event, which was hosted by Prominent Tomatoes, the bloggers headed home filled with inspiration, product knowledge and interesting.....

Price dip on healthy supply of California beets

While supplies of domestic beets are healthy, pricing has dropped off slightly. “Beets are looking good. It’s been a pretty steady item,” says Geoffrey Ratto of Modesto, Ca.-based Ratto Brothers. “In our area, we’ll do beets throughout the winter, but I’d say peak season is probably through to November.”The.....

Food safety practices and costs for leafy greens in California

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, established a risk-based approach to regulating food safety. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate on-farm food safety.....

Tomatoes are vegetables: It’s the law

We all know that tomatoes are technically a fruit. Typically that fact comes as a surprise to schoolchildren in basic science classes around the world. But after all that, it turns out that though tomatoes are technically a fruit, legally they are actually considered a vegetable.The debate goes back at least.....

High lettuce prices lift NZ veg prices by 31% compared to last year

Higher lettuce prices helped push vegetable prices up a record 31 percent in the year to May 2017, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices increased 3.1 percent in the year.“Our wet autumn has pushed vegetable prices to their highest level in almost six years in May, with the largest annual increase to.....

Listeria causes Castellini Group subsidiaries to recall over a ton of salad

Following a Listeria-related recall by its parent company Club Chef, involving freshcut produce snacks, CC Kitchens LLC today recalled more than a ton of salads because they contained lettuce that had been recalled for possible Listeria contamination.CC Kitchens Club Chef and also today the Kroger Co. posted.....

European vegetable crops affected by dry weather conditions

European processors of canned, frozen and dehydrated vegetables in major producing countries are very concerned about the impact of warm and dry weather conditions over this year’s spring and summer crops.In Spain, producers highlighted that the crops were severely affected by the scarce or nearly nonexistent.....

Cold weather stunted tomato ripening in Ukraine

Tomato exports are down in Ukraine due to cold weather slowing down the ripening process in greenhouses. Production is down so much that there are reports that there is also not enough supply to meet domestic demand. From January 1 to May 1, 2017, Ukraine significantly reduced not only imports, but the.....

"China's fresh vegetable prices continue to dip"

"In comparison to last year's season, export prices of non-storage fresh vegetables at this stage are decreasing. This is closely related to a general fall in vegetable prices that recently took place in China, and for which there are three main reasons. Firstly, in summer vegetables grow faster, growth cycles.....

Supermarkets only want packaged goods

Germany: Hundreds of kilos of miniature cucumbers destroyed

A producer from the Franconian Segnitz is planning on selling ten kilograms of cucumber for ten Euros - as long as supplies last. "The large retail chains like Lidl, Rewe and Aldi only want packaged cucumbers. That's why these miniature cucumbers with premium quality are destroyed," so you can see in the.....

Study finds seductive names encourage consumers to pick more vegetables

People may be more likely to pile vegetables on their plates when these dishes are served up with seductive names like “sweet sizzlin’ green beans and crispy shallots” than when they’re peddled as health foods, a recent experiment suggests.For the study, a team of researchers at Stanford University in.....

Russia: Slowdown in growth of fruit and veg prices

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has observed a slowdown in the growth of prices for fruit and vegetable products and expects this trend to continue in the following months."The slowdown in the growth rate of prices for fruit and vegetable products is likely to continue in the.....

Pilot project "Veggiefacade" by LWG

Will vegetables of the future grow on walls?

Salad, beans and strawberries that grow upwards? Is the perspective messed up or the picture the wrong way around? No! On the trial wall at the Bavarian Regional Office for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG) in Veitshöcheim veggies have been growing, literally, upwards, since Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 -.....

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

“Wide demand for bell peppers keeps Dutch market fairly balanced”

“In coming weeks, the supply of bell peppers will be at a regular level, without enormous ups and downs,” expects salesman Marco Bergman of Harvest House. “Supply can be called quite considerable for some colours right now, but, generally, demand is fairly widely oriented. There’s actually demand from all.....

Creation of Primaflor UK

"We can now supply 100% British products to UK chains"

Primaflor, a Spanish company based in Almería and specialist in the production of leafy vegetables, salads and other fresh cut products, has officially presented its Primaflor UK division at the London Produce Show.After more than 30 years working with supermarket chains in the United Kingdom, its main market.....

Camposol focuses on lucrative products

Blueberries and avocados take over from asparagus

Camposol is one of the largest companies in Peru and, globally, Camposol has grown to be a famous name within the sector. The company calls itself the “largest avocado producer in the world, and the largest blueberry producer soon.” The books were concluded with a nice gross profit of more than 88.5 million.....

France : Vine tomatoes still in the lead

According to the latest report from the Minister of Agriculture, tomato acreage will be stable in France this year with production potential reaching 600,000 tons (1,974 hectares in greenhouses and 375 hectares in fields). Despite the increasing modernity of greenhouses and a wider range of tomatoes, harvest.....

Are pre-packaged or fresh vegetables better?

As consumers seek more convenience when buying their produce, the popularity of pre-packed vegetables has grown. This growth has sparked the debate on which one is better, fresh or pre-packed.The main reason consumers buy pre-packed is to save time. Chopping chunks of cabbage and grating carrot can take 10.....

Village Farms selected as finalists for United Fresh Product Innovation Award

Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano 5 oz. ready-to-eat snack bag has been chosen as a finalist in the packaging category for the Product Innovation Awards at United Fresh 2017. The mini San Marzano tomato, exclusive to Village Farms, is washed and ready to eat, and is currently featured in several parks at.....

European standards for production in the Caucasus

New export markets in the Middle East and Asia for Azerbaijan

Due to the devaluation of the Azerbaijani manat and the hefty incentives from the government, the country’s exports to Europe, the Middle East and Asia have increased. More and more companies are focusing on the international market, where European standards are applied. Double digit growth figures are no.....

Brandenburg: 23,000m² for the production of edible mushrooms in 2016

In 2016 there were five companies in Brandenburg which produced edible mushrooms on at least 1,000m² each. According to the Statistics Office Berlin-Brandenburg, the production area covered about 23,000m².One year prior it was 26,000m². Among the most important edible mushrooms are, besides button mushrooms,.....

"Ethiopia is an attractive country for investors"

EHPEA, the Ethiopian association for growers and exporters, has 140 members who produce and export fruit, vegetables and flowers. Yemishrach Berhanu, responsible for the promotion of the association, indicates they are present at various fresh produce fairs to promote their members’ products. They also.....

New Zealand lifts temporary ban on Fiji eggplants

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) chief executive officer, Hillary Kumwenda, confirmed this during the Fiji BAF-NZMPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) meeting earlier this morning at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva.The fruit was slapped with a temporary suspension.....

France : Increase in cucumber production

According to the Minister of Agriculture, there has been an increase in heated greenhouse acreage thanks to producers switching from other products to cucumbers (395 hectares, +1%/2015).Increase is remarked in the Centre-West (177 hectares of heated greenhouses, +2%/2016) thanks to many greenhouses converting.....

High yields & stable prices for Romanian cucumbers

Located in Matca, Romania’s largest greenhouse area, spanning around 1500 hectares, Marius Petrache, General Manager of Marcoser, said that despite the extremely cold winter, followed by freezing temperatures in March and April, they will have high yields this season. Although many of the open field crops were.....

Grafted cucumbers provide resistance to deteriorating water quality in South Africa

Rijk Zwaan dominates the commercial cucumber seed market in South Africa, in part because of a strong relationship with producers like Stewart Colling of Somerset Farms who trials RZ varieties on an ongoing basis alongside his commercial cucumber production.“We don’t necessarily strive to be the largest seed.....

Ton Slagter: "The market is stable again"

Dutch cauliflower market is picking up

The Dutch Spring cauliflower season has been in full swing for a few weeks. "The season began disappointingly. There were too many cauliflowers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The warm weather has also meant a poorer quality in the fields and difficult sales", says cauliflower grower, Ton Slagter.....

China: Noticeable increase in garlic exports

"This year, there was a 20 to 30% rise in garlic production. Market prices are gradually going back to normal," says Liu Yu Gang from Jinxiang Lianyi Trading.Workers sorting out garlicPacked garlic"Garlic prices stayed high in the last few years. While under the same conditions, revenue from 1 mu (0,07 ha) of.....

Okra struggles to make impact in Uganda

Okra is a fast-growing and high-value crop but only a few farmers in Uganda have taken the initiative to grow it. Justine Nabirye, a trader at Nakasero market says okra is a highly demanded vegetable in the market but the price has hiked for the past two months.“A box of okra costs sh80,000 which previously.....

Ukraine fourth largest mushroom producer in Europe

Ukraine ranked fourth among European countries that produce the largest number of mushrooms, after France, Italy and Spain. At the same time, Ukraine has a much cheaper raw material base for growing mushrooms, and it has potential for expanding production.Chief instructor at the department of processing and.....

Mastronardi Produce acquires Backyard Farms

Mastronardi Produce announced that it has acquired Backyard Farms, a large grower of year-round greenhouse-grown tomatoes in New England. The Backyard Farms brand name will be retained and continue to represent high-quality locally grown produce, and greenhouse operations in Madison, Maine will continue.....

New Nourish Bowls and veggie slaw blends showcased at United Fresh

Mann Packing will display a variety of its new products at the United Fresh show in Chicago, June 13-15, in booth #3531. The company will feature its award-winning Nourish Bowls™ line including Southwest Chipotle, Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha, and the new Cauli Rice Curry and Bacon Maple Brussels, along.....

Iceberg lettuce still profitable on Central Coast according to US study

New cost studies on iceberg lettuce and broccoli from the University of California reveal that money can still be made with one while the other is largely unprofitable.The cost studies by the by University of California (UC) ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension show sample costs of the.....

Abundant volume on spring onions for 2017 in North America

While volumes look greater than 2016 for spring onions, prices are staying steady and on the low end. “There’s a lot of supply right now. Volumes seem to be more this year—it seems as if there’s at least 20 per cent more on the market than last year,” says Manuel Arellano of San Diego, Ca.-based Altar Produce......

Agrisementi presents Nicareddhu cherry tomatoes

Agrisementi is pleased to announce the launch of the newNicareddhu F1variety (previously known as 14T1314). Nicareddhu F1 is a cherry tomato for autumn transplants and performs best when harvested between December and late April.Nicareddhu is called after the grade of its fruits (20 gr each), as "nicareddhu".....

US lettuce industry on track to reduce Fusarium wilt

When a joint public-private partnership launched the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) 2.5 years ago, collaborating growers and the University of Arizona (UA) decided it’s No. 1 priority was to identify more management techniques for Fusarium wilt disease of lettuce (FWOL).With more and.....

Possibility of a bumper pickle crop in Ontario

Mother Nature may have made things a little easier on pickle crops in Ontario, Canada after dolling out some less than desirable spring and early summer weather conditions. “Our Ontario (pickle) crop is scheduled to start July 15. That will take us to about September 15. July 15 is a little bit late for us,”.....

SUNSET® tomatoes and peppers win international flavor awards

SUNSET, a large greenhouse grower based in Canada has won two flavor awards from The International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium for their peppers and tomatoes. This is the 8th consecutive year the greenhouse company has been recognized for its flavor. Taking top honors this year was SUNSET’s newest.....

Jan van der Ben, G. Sevenhuijsen:

“Prices for old harvest Chinese garlic three times as high as for new”

The new Chinese garlic season is about to start again. In June, the first containers will be shipped to Europe. After the previous bizarre season, prospects are very different now. “After last year’s extreme prices – everything you had in stock just became more expensive – cultivation expanded by 30 per cent,.....

Photo report European Tomato Forum

European tomato market: less for more money

During the last decade, the Dutch tomato had an excellent chance on the German market. That became clear during last Friday’s Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dutch exporters managed to both improve absolute export and export value to Germany, in part thanks to innovations in the sector. Once again, the.....

Jon Esformes, CEO of US-based Sunripe Certified Brands about Bella Roma

“Launching the first tomato variety from our in-house breeding program was very rewarding”

“We grow open-field tomatoes in strategic locations throughout the country,” says Jon Esformes, fourth-generation leader of Sunripe Certified Brands. “Our growing locations complement each other, offering year-round supplies for our customers.” Acreage in the growing regions is adjusted based on consumption.....

Chinese cabbage samples found with excessive pesticides in Hong Kong

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong today (June 5) announced that a sweet pepper sample and a Chinese white cabbage sample were found to contain pesticide residues at levels exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the cases.A CFS.....

Downpour in Taiwan lifts veg prices by 30%

The strongest plum rain Taiwan ever witnessed destroyed a wide variety of crops, leading to a national vegetable price uptick average of 30 percent, but the Greater Taipei region reported prices soaring more than 50 percent for certain greens.Consecutive days of torrential rain damaged most crops in central.....

Lower vegetable prices provide relief for Kenyan households

The prices of vegetables, among goods used to measure inflation, declined in Kenya due to improved weather, easing the burden on homes battling expensive food.The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data show a kilogramme of sukuma wiki retailed at Sh46.60 in May down from Sh62.90 in April, a 25 per.....

Bulgaria: Pepper producers want increased aid for insurance

The Bulgarian Pepper Association (APB) has asked the country's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAF), Rumen Porozhanov, to increase the funding for insurances by 500,000 Lev (about 255,720 Euro).They point out that fruit and vegetable insurance funds are exhausted, and only 1.5% of producers have.....

Spain: Almeria invoices over 300 million Euro from peppers

Spain generates an annual turnover of more than 600 million Euro from peppers. This lies not only in domestic consumption, but also in exports to the European market, where it is one of the most demanded vegetables, as it is sold in all supermarkets as an essential product.In recent years, the cultivation of.....

Seasoning could be the key to adults eating more vegetables

Adults who don't routinely eat vegetables for lunch may be more likely to consume them if the vegetables are seasoned, a new study suggests.People who seldom ate vegetables at lunch were 1.5 times more likely to select a seasoned vegetable than its unseasoned counterpart, researchers at the University of.....

"Sweet Palermo has been grown in Spain for more than 15 years"

The sweet pointed pepper Sweet Palermo was officially introduced in 2014 as an innovation in the bell pepper segment. “The variety Palermo RZ had already been growing in Spain for more than 15 years. To make the product more distinctive, the project Sweet Palermo was started three years ago,” says Victor.....

Dutch share mushroom knowledge in online course

The Netherlands has a great deal of expertise in mushroom growing. The international market looks to the Dutch when it comes to cultivation, crop protection, harvesting-related activities, certification, company management and profit optimisation. In order to actively bring this expertise to the international.....

Macedonia: Red and pink tomatoes, the most popular in Eastern Europe

70% of the production of these varieties of tomato are exported to countries such as Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, or Romania. However, the quantity exported to each of the destinations varies each year depending on the market, the productions, and the demand for the product.The price range of these products is.....

Domestic stocks are slowly being reduced

Austrian apples are already in short supply

The pace of reducing the Austrian apple supplies has now been significantly lowered. At this rate, the low level of domestic supplies should last until August.According to data from Agrarmarkt Austria [Austrian agricultural Market] (AMA), apple stocks were at 12,256 metric tonnes on 1st of May, of which 9,693.....

Organic, regional and 'old'

Traditional vegetable varieties new at Alnatura

Now, at the beginning of the harvest, Alnatura is once again offering "old" vegetable varieties from regional and seasonal organic farms, this time with an even more comprehensive range of 15 products. In cooperation with the nonprofit organisation ProSpecieRara, which is committed to the preservation of.....

Consumer demand growing for the sweet pointed pepper

South Africa's only Sweet Palermo® RZ producer

Graceland Hydroponics in the Northwest Province is the only production site in South Africa of Sweet Palermo® peppers, Rijk Zwaan’s sweet pointed pepper which was launched in 2015.Under tunnels, 2 ha of Sweet Palermo® peppers have been grown for the past two years and delivered to PicknPay supermarkets.....

Spain consumed 20% more broccoli in 2016

The consumption of broccoli in Spain increased by 20% in 2016, from 55,000 tonnes in 2015 to 66,000 tonnes the following year. Each person in this country consumed an average of 1.5 kilos that year, approximately 300 grams more than in the previous one (the growth rate had been of 100 grams a year in recent.....

Tomato smuggler refused entry to New Zealand

A Korean traveller has been refused entry to New Zealand after trying to hide tomato seeds from biosecurity officers.The woman arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday with her husband.The seeds were found in tissue paper hidden between the flaps of a box during a baggage search.She has been forced to return to.....

First French cauliflowers auctioned at REO Veiling

This week the first cauliflowers of French origin were sold by auction at the REO Veiling. These cauliflowers, grown by Belgian and French REO producers, originate from Northern France. "Our buyers receive free access to French produce this way. The cauliflower is available in sixes in various forms of.....

UK: Waitrose first to launch ‘snowbergines’

As the country enjoys the sunshine, shoppers will find snow on supermarket shelves in the form of ‘snowbergines’, the nickname given to the white aubergines which are hitting Waitrose branches nationwide for the first time this week.Early varieties of aubergine were traditionally white skinned, which coined.....