Vegetables


Dolf Ursem: “Fairly good demand at the start of the season”
Dutch iceberg lettuce season has begun
On Tuesday the company Ursem-Zuurbier from Heerhogowaard started harvesting the first Dutch iceberg lettuce. “The first ones were slightly compact, but what is arriving looks good. Starting today, we have ‘tenners’ (ten heads per box),” Dolf Ursem says. “Because of the expected cold weather, supply will not.....


Fresh snow pea, sugar snaps from China
Luscious Fresh: Production increase after strong demand from Europe
“Since the end of April, our packing house is processing more than 20 tons of sugar snaps and snow peas a day. We pick, select, process and cut the edges of the snow peas and sugar snaps before they are shipped. Each week we have been exporting around 110 tons,” says Monica of Luscious Fresh.“We are now.....

Chicory market revival over again
Chicory had a good revival in recent weeks, but at the end of last week a decrease in price was visible at the auction. Gijs van Dongen of Nature's Gold says that this is mainly due to the heat. "Everything is growing more quickly and everyone also had a long weekend due to Ascension Day. This causes the.....


“In future, we might also supply fresh tomatoes”
Elvea sells 26 million tins of preserved tomatoes per year
Elvea is a well-known brand in Belgium for tomato-based products. Last year, the brand had its 130-year anniversary, and to close this with a bang, Elvea opened an exclusive Pop-up Boutique for three months in the Stadsfeestzaal of Antwerp starting December 2015. In it, all products were presented in a.....

US market access for Peruvian non-sprayed fresh asparagus
Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Juan Manuel Benites has announced that Peruvian fresh asparagus will enter the U.S. market without fumigation.Remarks were made as part of his working visit —which ended May 11th— to the North American country with the aim of boosting the entry of farming products into new.....

Yellow capsicum farming ''rewarding business for Kenya''
Wycliffe Obwoge, an agronomist with Amiran Kenya, has urged Kenyan farmers to farm more yellow capsicums, to ensure that there is a supply for the available market in Kenya.According to Wycliffe Obwoge. capsicum farming is becoming a rewarding business in Kenya but most farmers are concentrating more on.....

Mexico and Spain lead cucumber exports
Mexico leads cucumber exports in volume and Spain in value. They are the world leaders in cucumber exports, as is clear from the data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE.VolumeCucumber exports worldwide in 2015 amounted to 2,575.96 million kilos. Mexico exported 655.19 kilos,.....

Spain: Spring tomatoes well-received in the market
April came to an end with a progressive increase in the production of spring crops and the single cycle tomato plantations facing their final weeks. Within 10 to 15 days, an increase in the sales volume of spring tomatoes is expected. The atypical weather conditions recorded this spring, with high daytime.....


Italy is supplying larger volumes at lower prices
Spain: High asparagus prices do not compensate for falling production
Temperatures have fallen again in Granada and the green asparagus production process has slowed down again in one of the toughest campaigns in recent memory for the sector. Even though the acreage has increased by about 25% this year, the lower production will result in lower profits for the growers."We are.....

Tough start of the season for Polish asparagus
The start of this year's season has been very difficult for Polish asparagus producers. April frosts caused significant damage to the earliest harvests, as reported by Professor Dr Nicholas Knaflewski, of the Department of Vegetable Crops of the University of Life Sciences in Poznan.Marian Jakobsze,.....


Benny Cuypers:
We cannot yet say tomato season was bungled
The Belgian greenhouse vegetable season opened not long ago, but the current situation cannot be called positive. Out of tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines and bell peppers, only the last one is doing well. “For this product we did not yet have a sharp drop in prices,” Benny Cuypers of LAVA says......


Rick Mengers, ZON:
“Supply asparagus now erupting, market well balanced”
The relatively cold weather caused the supply of asparagus to be low for a long time. “Because of the small volumes and the usual action pressure there were very high prices in day trading last week. Supply actually starts to get going now, but due to good demand I expect demand and supply to remain.....


First carrots harvested in the Chioggia area
The first carrots are being harvested in the Chioggia area - while a few companies started on May 3rd 2016, Patrizio Garbin from Fratelli Garbin reported that they started later."We are waiting for the weekend to assess the situation from all points of view. Although the first prices are reassuring, they are.....

Slow start expected for Canadian asparagus harvest
A cool April and May are expected to slow asparagus production throughout Southern Ontario. According to Bernie Solymar, executive director of Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, farmers had their first scare after a stretch of warm weather in March led to an early growth. That type of early start is often.....

Hawaiian farm buys 500 acres from Dole Food Co.
On Tuesday 10 May, the head of West Oahu-based Aloun Farms announced that the company had purchased nearly 500 acres of agricultural lands in Central Oahu from Dole Food Co.Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The former site of the pineapple fields operated by Dole and located near the Helemano Military.....


Offering snack vegetables at meetings encourages vegetable consumption
Offering snack vegetables at work is an effective way to encourage vegetable consumption. Studies from Wageningen UR, in collaboration with Greenco, Albron, FMHaaglanden, Bayer/Nunhems and the Groenten & Fruit Huis, show this. Foodservice organisation Albron is therefore going to start structurally.....


Spain: HM.Clause presented new veg seeds at Expolevante
From 27 to 29 of April 2016, HM.Clause Iberica attended the Expolevante fair in Nijar near Almeria with the aim to present its 2016 novelties and its whole range of vegetable seeds.The focus was particularly made on cherry type tomatoes with three new varieties for loose or clusters with a good yield,.....

Cultivate veg on your way home
Japan: Rental hydroponic space for busy workers
Tanabatake Sukusuku offers rental hydroponic space in Minato Ward, Tokyo. It was opened in 2014 by Kajima Tatemono Sogo Kanri Co., a company that maintains and manages buildings mainly in Tokyo, in order to make effective use of vacant space after tenants and shops moved away.“A cityscape becomes dark when.....

Amendments to shareholder rights plan
Village Farms announces annual and special meeting
Village Farms International, Inc. has announced that it will hold an annual and special meeting of shareholders on June 23, 2016 at Company's Delta 1 Greenhouse in Delta, B.C. (the "Meeting"). The record date for the purpose of determining the holders of Village Farms common shares entitled to receive notice.....


SIPO, both the round and long red radicchio season has begun
The radicchio season has started for SIPO. The first harvest was on April 4th 2016 for the round one and April 18th for the long one. Grown in the most suitable areas, the area of Orti (Cŕ Lino di Chioggia, in the Venice province), Sant'Anna di Chioggia and Volto di Rosolina in the Rovigo province.Stefano.....

China: promising start onion season
Right now, Jiangsu, Shandong and Henan province in China have started the onion harvest. Judging by the current market purchase price, yields can reach around 5,000 Yuan per mu (equal to 75,000 Yuan per hectare, or €10,100 per hectare), which would be a strong return.There are a number of reasons that have.....

Could help improve parsnips, cassava
US: Researchers decipher carrot genetic code
A team led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, has deciphered the full genetic code of the carrot.The study, published online May 9th in the journal Nature Genetics, reveals how the carrot has been touched by domestication and breeding practices,.....


"Gabés in Tunisia one of the best cultivation regions for tomatoes"
SanLucar presents tomatoes in four segments
SanLucar supplies various vegetables and fruit, including tomatoes. The company has had a production facility in Tunisia since 2008. "The location where we are located is unique and one of the best regions to grow tomatoes. There is a hot spring in Gabés that we use to heat the greenhouses. The spring also.....


Stand out among Spanish tomato shippers
Looking to stand out among fellow tomato shippers in Spain, JMF Partenariat, a European supplier of fresh produce, is spicing up its tomato offerings. The tomato varieties were debuted in Spain this season, and they will be exported in coming years if current trials go well.“We wanted to be different from.....


University of New Hampshire study
US (NH): Growing peppers in high tunnels could be profitable
New Hampshire farmers looking to grow colored bell peppers in high tunnels will be pleased to learn that researchers from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station found many varieties produced excellent, high-quality fruit in a research trial conducted at the experiment station’s Woodman Horticultural Research.....

Effects of El Nino
Zimbabwe’s agri market trends
Charles Dhewa, knowledge management specialist and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt), has taken a look at the trends on Zimbabwe's informal agricultural markets, to garner better knowledge on how those in the industry are responding to the El Nino-induced drought in the.....


Midu Potato harvest this year
China: strong potato demand
As one of the most important agricultural counties in Dali city, Midu enjoys an all year round mild climate, which makes it suitable for a lot of vegetable plantations, especially potatoes. They are large in size, good in taste, and have very smooth skins, which brings them a lot of popularity......


Van Nature’s customer-oriented policy produces wide, innovative range
This season Van Nature is offering an even wider range of products including many new additions. And various products are now more widely available thanks to an increase in the number of crops grown year round. All this is the outcome of Van Nature’s customer-oriented approach.Customer-oriented cultivationBy.....


China: "No increase in ginger plantings this season"
“We started to export ginger twelve years ago. We export all year around. Our biggest export market is the UK, followed by Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Our clients range from supermarkets to importers and wholesalers,” says Parson, sales manager at Qingdao A-Best. “I have been working at the company.....

India: Farmers hit by heavy rains after drought
In the Warangal district in the Indian state of Telangana, the farming community has been suffering from the effects of drought on their crops; now they have also been hit by untimely rains which descended on the district for the past three days.Mango orchards, banana plantations and vegetable cultivators.....


Paul van der Linde: "Quality of carrot reducing, prices running up"
A place for every Van der Linde
Family company Van der Linde in Emmerloord knows its origin in the potato trade. In the fifties the last generation was peddling potatoes on Urk. Over the course of the years the activities have been extended considerably. The Van der Lindes divided the job well: father Henk van der Linde governs the sales.....

Veggies get a fresh summer look
Mann Packing has introduced new seasonal graphics for its vegetable trays. The new “Summer Fun” graphics are featured on its 18oz and 40oz trays for the U.S. and Canada.“The limited edition design demonstrates Mann’s distinction as an industry leader in innovation with a collection of special edition.....

Nigeria struggles with tomato shortage
Diseases, high transportation costs and insecurity in the North have all been blamed for Nigeria's tomato shortage, which has led to its price increasing.The high cost of the crop has forced restaurants, grocers, households and other consumers to cut down on the quantities they buy. Four pieces of tomatoes.....

UK: Weather has made for disastrous cauliflower season
It has not been a good time for vegetable growers in the UK for the last couple of years and last winter was particularly bad for Cauliflowers. The supply was either full on or nothing due to the unseasonal weather. "We have now had a gap for the last 6-8 weeks," explains Julian Pitts, director of Veg UK......


US: Little boy's broccoli farm dream comes true
4-year-old Max's story went viral after his parents uploaded a youtube video, telling him they were going to a broccoli farm but instead surprising him with a trip to the circus. Unfortunately their plan backfired an it turned out that Max really did want to go to a broccoli farm.After seeing his video on.....


Matthew Jones, Reynolds UK
“Price still king for tomatoes”
Matthew Jones of Reynolds presented a presentation about the company and the trends in tomatoes during the Tomato Conference in April. According to Jones the price is still king for foodservice customers when it comes to tomatoes. “Yet we also notice that flavour, quality and colour are becoming more.....


AU: Spinach growers urged to use IDM against Downy Mildew
Spinach growers from Australia and New Zealand have been urged to adopt Integrated Disease Management (IDM) for the best chance of growing a marketable, Downy Mildew-free crop.Downy Mildew, agronomics, market trends and spinach breeding techniques were all under the microscope at Seminis Spinach Insights and.....


"Growing interest for Purple garlic worldwide"
What if there was a reference brand for garlic?
The 2015/2016 garlic campaign is about to come to a close, with prices that remain competitive and stable due to the low stocks available at the moment. "This month, we will finish the campaign with about 18 million kilos sold and we'll start the new season with the harvest of early Spring White and Spring.....

Spain obtaining highest revenue from pepper exports
Spain is the country that obtained the highest revenue from its pepper exports worldwide, with a total of 873.62 million Euro of the 4,086.65 million achieved by the world's total exports, as reported by the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, with code 070960 (fresh and.....


Ishida helps UK salad producer maintain its Zenith
The combination of Ishida’s advanced weighing technology and project management skills have played a significant part in the recent growth of specialist UK salad producer Zenith Nurseries,based near Evesham in Worcestershire.Four Ishida weighers are handling around ten baby leaf products, including rocket,.....

Peru to host international chili, pepper event
Peru's growing importance as an exporter of chillis and peppers has contributed to the country being selected as the venue for "The 23rd International Pepper Conference Peru 2016," the world's most important Capsicum event.Peru's chilies and peppers are increasingly demanded by international markets; such.....


Hazera creates hybrid round radish
Hazera a worldwide market leader in round radish has reached this position by breeding this crop actively for several decades, focusing on innovation and a well chosen range of key traits. Below is a short look at the latest innovations in this crop, that is becoming increasingly popular among.....

German Rhineland tomatoes give the feeling of summer
Consumers can, even with weather and temperatures that feel more like November, get the feeling of summer on their plate with freshly harvest tomatoes from the German Rhineland. Since March the tomato producers have been harvesting tomatoes from their greenhouses, according to the Provincial Association.....

Russian scientists develop disease resistant cabbages
Russian scientists at the Russian State Agrarian University have successfully developed three new cabbage hybrids, which they have named ‘Biryuza’, ‘Market’ and ‘Mojito’. In 2014, the breeders at the university began working on a Chinese cabbage variety which would be resistant to diseases, such as clubroot,.....


Outrageously Fresh line designed to invigorate snacking category
At the CPMA show last month, SunSelect featured its exclusive jar bag. “A bag that has been designed to sit on kitchen counters, desks or in lunch bags,” says Mike Reed with SunSelect. The company has the exclusivity on the bag design and is currently packing grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and a mix of.....

Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain account for nearly half fresh tomato exports
According to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations Organization (UN), code 0702 (fresh and chilled tomato) of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities - TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Communities), despite sales volumes decreasing by 8.37 percent,world exports of fresh.....

India: Tiruchi veg prices soar
As supplies of horticultural crops from the villages in and around the Tiruchi district dwindle, vegetables prices there are soaring; yet shops in Triuchi's Ghandi Market are still reporting brisk sales.Barring a few exceptions, the retail price of vegetables has shot up by at least 20 per cent over the last.....


Parma (Italy), May 9-12, Pad. 3 - stand F014
La Linea Verde at Cibus 2016 with DimmidiSě
La Linea Verde, leading Italian agro-alimentary company specialised in the fresh‑cut, ready‑to‑eat and the fresh ready‑made food sectors, will take part for the first time in the international food exhibition of Parma (Italy). The Italian group is the trusted co‑packer for.....


Good quality and decent prices for agretti
The 2016 greenhouse agretti campaign would only reach a mark of 7/10 after three years of being 9/10. The popularity of agretti depends on the area - they are quite popular in central Italy but only a few people eat them in the north. They are cultivated mainly in Romagna and in the Fondi area in the Lazio.....

Israeli government policy causes peppers price to skyrocket
The Israeli peppers industry was once one of the strongest in the country, but in recent years it has hit a rough period with profits steadily dwindling due to overproduction and a poor outlook in the export markets. After much turmoil, roughly one year ago, the Israeli government enacted a policy to support.....

Vezet Convenience Nordic AB
Kramer & Sons and Total Produce Nordic in new Scandinavian joint venture
G. Kramer & Sons and Total Produce Nordic want to start a new company which will be active exclusively in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. On 26 April, the companies asked the Authority for Consumer & Markets (ACM) for permission for the joint venture which will be given the name Vezet.....


US: 8 people found in cabbage shipment
On the morning of Sunday 1 May, two people were arrested by Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Sunday morning, when eight migrants were found hiding in their refrigerated trailer.A K-9 smelled something suspicious about the tractor-trailer, prompting the search, according to a news release.....

China: 80% ginger price drop in a year
Contrary to onion and garlic prices, Chinese ginger prices have fallen sharply this year. Anqiu, in Shandong province, is one of the biggest ginger producing regions in China. Ginger prices have dropped from 6 to 8 Yuan per kilo (around €1) last year, to only 0.60 to 0.80 Yuan per kilogram this year. On the.....

Argentina: Medano de Oro asparagus wants geographical indication
Asparagus producers from San Juan want to add value to their product and, since last year, have been working to link the quality of their asparagus to its origin and local production know-how through the collective construction of a designation of origin seal or a geographical indication seal.According to.....


France: Florette signs 3 year contract with McDonald’s
If ordering a burger from one of the 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants in France, it is more than likely that the salad in it is supplied by Florette, subsidiary of the French cooperative Agrial, based in Caen (Normandy). Florette has three production sites : Brittany (Sain-Pol-de-Léon), Pyrénées-Orientales and.....

Merger creates one of Poland’s largest mushroom substrate manufacturers
The firms Mykogen and Fungis have joined forces, creating one of the market leaders in the production of substrates for mushrooms. The merged companies will control approximately 20 percent of the Polish market and do not rule out further acquisitions.Mykogen Poland, which since late 2012 is controlled by.....

US(CA): Lettuce market improves
After a surge of lettuce in California made for a low lettuce market, prices have been improving as supplies have tightened. The market should keep improving through the week and into the beginning of next month.“Up until a few days ago, the market for lettuce was kind of flat,” said Mark McBride of.....


Four products join the Steve’s Leaves family
Steve’s Leaves, a leading baby leaf salad brand, has launched four new products – two new salad bags and two new ‘on-the-go’ salad bowls. The products feature two new leaves: Red Frilly Mustard and Confetti Coriander. Both leaves are available in 60g salad bags:Red Frilly Mustard & Tender Leaves also.....


Canada: Ethnic diversity key driver Canadian produce consumption
“Canadian fresh produce consumption trends are in line with global trends,” says George Pitsikoulis with Canadawide. “In general, people eat more fresh produce and one of the key drivers is ethnic diversity. The influx of people from the Middle East for instance into Canada has resulted in increased.....


Australia: Victoria's tomato harvest wraps up
Victoria’s tomato season came to an end last week with most growers completing their harvest on April 20 despite a hot summer.Liz Mann, an industry development manager for the Processing Tomato Research Council, said final figures were expected to be about 283,000-287,000 tonnes.Ms Mann said rainfall was.....

Nigerian tomato farmers struggle with pest attack
Farmers in Katsina State have been struggling with poor tomato prices over the last few months, now they also have to face a fresh attack of tuta absoluta which is ravaging their farms.The disease, which became prominent last year, affects the crop at both its nursery and maturity stages, damaging its.....