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Warm weather boosts North America beet production

Warm weather in California and northern Mexico has resulted in a boost in beet production. Highs in the 90s in some areas is bringing plenty of sunshine to the crops and supplies are becoming plentiful. Suppliers have noted that such volume is not unusual for this time of year, especially when Spring-like.....

United States

Vegetable grower-shipper launches fresh-cut broccoli and cauliflower

With the drive to add new solutions to foodservice customers, fresh-cut broccoli and cauliflower are the latest additions that build on the 100-year family farming heritage backing GreenGate Fresh. This is done with the support of Fresh Avenue, GreenGate’s national sales team.“We have seen customers requesting.....

AU: Wholesaler says drops in vegetable supplies not uncommon at this time of year

A leading Queensland wholesaler says while there was a slight drop in vegetable volumes over the past few weeks, it is not unusual to have peaks and troughs at this time of year due to the weather.Mark Moore from M&D Vegetable Specialists, based at the Brisbane Markets, says people should not be too.....

Preparations for pumping trials in spring 2018

Switzerland: Sustainable energy supply for Grob’s vegetable cultivation

It will probably be in the second quarter of 2018 that the pumping tests of the geothermal plant in Schlattingen will start. The plant should sustainably contribute to the energy supply of the family vegetable farm Grob. In recent months, after an oil spill, various protective measures for additional water.....

China: Bad weather in Henan causes price increase for green eggplants

This week the price of green eggplants showed an overall increase. The average price of green eggplants in Wanbang market this week was 3.5 yuan [0.56 USD] per kg. Last week it was 2.7 yuan [0.43 USD] per kg. And last month it was 2.5 yuan [0.4 USD] per kg. Last year around the same time the price was 4.13.....

New beet salsa product hits the shelves

Just when you think you’ve seen all the pioneering ways to present beets, Love Beets have launched a new product, Beet Salsa. Timed with the SuperBowl rapidly approaching, Love Beets have created what they say is a twist on a classic, incorporating fresh green pepper, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to make a.....

Arizona's warm winter speeding up crop production

Spring has arrived early in Arizona. Either that, or perhaps winter never happened. This is what growers have observed in recent weeks as unseasonably warm temperatures persist over the state. As a result, many crops are in high production as sunshine and warm temperatures invigorate plant growth.A number of.....

Ukraine: Tomato exports in 2017 at lowest level in 10 years

In 2017, Ukraine has sharply reduced its presence in the international tomato market, informs APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits citing official data.According to customs reports, in 2017 Ukraine exported only 21 thousand tonnes, which is 41% less than a year ago and is a record low for the last 10 years.At the.....

Spain: Three and a half tonnes of chillies grown in a Segovia town

Maria was a frequent customer at the organic farming store run by Luis and Bea. Eventually, she decided to ask them a question: would they be willing to grow chillies? Yes, chillies; one of the most typical ingredients in Mexican cuisine and one that her husband, Roberto Ruiz, needed for his restaurant Punto.....

Tasmanian Government Announces $2M AUD Fruit Fly Package

Tasmania's Minister for Primary Industry, Jeremy Rockliff, has declared war on Queensland fruit fly (Fly) stating "we are going to destroy these little buggers" in a media conference today.Announcing a $2M AUD rescue package for the State's fruit and vegetable industries, Minister Rockliff said the aim was to.....

Collaboration between Canadian, European and Australian growers

Ready to roll-out Toma'muse concept

This year, at Fruit Logistica, the Belgian company, Stoffels Tomatoes, will highlight the three product groups their business revolves around. The renewed Automato will be at their stand. The story behind Toma'chef, of which there are numerous varieties, will also be explained at the trade show. The Toma'.....

"Fresh microgreens aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy too"

“We instinctively know that eating Micro-Leaves has to be good for us”, says Yael Mandel of 2BFresh. This Israeli company, which is a subsidiary of Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. (TAP), produces a wide variety of fresh Micro-Leaves and herbs for local and international markets.In order to prove this, they.....

Californian Brussels sprouts producer plans earlier season entry

Oceanside Pole Brussels sprouts will be plentiful mid-winter through spring, thanks to expanded plantings and an earlier start which the company said is a concerted progression of their 2017 debut.With the harvest beginning in early February, the Singh family and exclusive marketing partner Oppy will offer.....

Spain: "Lettuce supply more stable than last year"

Although the supply of Spanish lettuce from the country's main production areas was a little more limited between December and the first week of January, the situation has changed completely since the second and third week of January."The demand had been higher than the supply due to the low temperatures.....

Up to 40 varieties grown & delivered live in soil

Locally-grown Seattle microgreens popular for chefs

Living microgreens are a trending alternative to other salad greens and are particularly popular among chefs in the local Seattle market. Homeowners and retailers are also adopting them when made available through local delivery.Seasonal varieties for restaurant industryChefs prefer certain flavors for certain.....

Northern Ireland agricultural incomes in 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) today published the first (provisional) estimate for farm incomes in 2017. Revisions have been made to previous years.Aggregate Agricultural IncomeProvisional figures indicate that the ‘Total Income from Farming’ (TIFF) in Northern Ireland.....

Italy: Low prices for radicchio

The radicchio market is rather slow, but Geofur keeps on innovating and supplying high-quality products in a packaging that catches the attention of consumers.Cristiana Furiani from Geofur"Our turnover increased by 18% in 2017, but this doesn't mean we're resting on our laurels. For example, radicchio prices.....

Iran: Fruit & vegetable exports up in value, but down in volume

Official figures indicate that for Iran, the current fiscal (ending in March) has not been a good year regarding the export of cucumbers and apples. Cucumber exports saw a 32% and 39% decline in value and volume, reaching 82,000 tons, worth $34 million. About 154,000 tons of apples worth $65 million were.....

Green bean supplies in the US remain acutely short

A shortage of green bean supplies persists in the United States. Growers said weather conditions have been the cause of the shortage. The season began short due to damaged crops from Hurricane Irma, and now many are not planting in the winter due to the fear of further losses from frosts. As a result,.....

Piet Verbrugghe, Calsa:

“Mexican sprouts are a major competitor on the Asian market”

In normal circumstances Calsa regularly exports products to Asia, but it’s currently quite calm. Piet Verbrugghe: “Before New Year, we could transport better volumes of our most important export vegetables, such as sprouts, chicory and various types of lettuce, to Asia by plane. Since New Year, the sprout.....

Expansion of mini-cucumber area

First cucumbers of 2018 sold by BelOrta

Yesterday, BelOrta sold their first cucumbers of the new season. This year, the cucumber producers of BelOrta have once again devoted themselves to producing cucumbers of the best Flandria quality for consumers throughout Europe for the coming season.More than 131 million cucumbers auctioned off in 2017The.....

Difficult season for broccoli

Against all expectations there is more than enough broccoli on the market, says a Dutch importer. A shortage of broccoli and other Spanish product was predicted due to the drought in the region, but nothing could be less true. "The supply is very good and so is the quality." This also makes it a difficult.....

Spain: Alicante artichokes saved by rainfall

The widespread rains recorded in the night from Saturday to Sunday in Alicante have been "a blessing of incalculable value" because, among other reasons, the artichoke campaign has been saved in extremis, according to the Association of Young Farmers (Asaja) from Alicante.These rains have not only "saved what.....

Spain: Aid to Canary tomato sector slows down regression of acreage

The European Commission has authorised an increase of the Posei subsidies to Canary tomatoes for export, which will go from 11,000 to 15,000 Euro per hectare. This measure aims to slow down the regression of the acreage and even start its recovery.The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water.....

Exports 2017 not so extensive

Romania: 59,369 tonnes of tomatoes imported

According to the agri-food products trade balance, Romania imported 59,369 tonnes of tomatoes in the first nine months of 2017. Exports meanwhile were not so great, with a mere 262.2 tonnes.The value of the imports of fresh or refrigerated tomatoes in the first three quarters of 2017 exceeded € 65.46 million,.....

Whole fresh chain united in new UAE green factory

"Fresh lettuce and herbs completely free from any pesticides"

In Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, Dutch fruit and vegetable trader Levarht will set up a sustainable green factory for the production of lettuce, baby leaves and herbs. "A unique combination of vertical & horizontal farming in a pesticide-free environment, with our own propagation area. And in.....

Egypt: Renewable energy proves a winner for pumpkin grower

Renewable energy is proving to be a winning decision for Egyptian company Oriental Trade Co. They have been using solar power to cut electricity costs and to be more environmentally friendly, the latter of which is being demanded more and more from their customers. "One of our main and most successful core.....

Vegetable noodles speed up consumption of butternut squash

Right now, supplies are relatively even for butternut squash in the United States. “Supply is steady currently and on par with a year ago,” says Todd Hirasuna of Selma, Ca.-based Sunnyside Packing Company. Butternut squash is coming in from Mexico, the Honduras and possibly the Dominican Republic right now......

New product on the market

China: "Chicory sales notably increased in 2017"

"In recent years, the living standards in China have increased, as have income levels. As a result, consumption patterns are changing and people are starting to pay more attention to foods and drinks that are beneficial to their health. In 2014, after we thoroughly familiarized ourselves with the strong.....

Spain: Irrigation with ozonised water to tackle fungal and bacterial damage on broccoli

The Council of Agriculture is carrying out a test at the Centre for Demonstration and Technology Transfer 'El Mirador', in San Javier, to see if the use of ozonised water with foliar applications in the irrigation of broccoli crops helps reduce the damage caused by fungi and bacteria, such as botrytis and.....

India: "Farmers let tomato crop rot as middlemen cheat"

Tomato farmers are not picking tomatoes from their fields because of the expense involved in transporting them to the market is more than the price they get for the produce from the middlemen.In the current system, it is not farmers but middlemen who get the benefits and the profits. Farmers who cultivated the.....

Boosting sustainability and improving operations

Grimmway Farms partners with CHEP

When Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest carrot producer, and CHEP, the global leader in pooling and supply chain management solutions, work together, the results are measurable and clear: improved sustainable practices and increased operations efficiency. Last week’s inaugural Global Organic Produce.....

AU: OneHarvest focuses on health and safety as it enters export market

One of Australia's largest fresh cut salad producers has entered the export market, as the industry returns to the pre-2016 salmonella outbreak levels.OneHarvest predominantly supplies private label fresh cut salads to the domestic retail market, but is at the start of its export business journey, with fresh.....

China: Wanbang Market sees broccoli prices dropping

Last week, the overall broccoli price fell to 3.80 yuan per kilogram on the Wanbang Market, compared to 4.96 yuan the week before and 5.90 yuan last month.This was mostly because of an increase in supply. The majority of the broccoli comes from Zhejiang and Yunnan, and some of it from Hubei as well. Zhejiang.....

Chinese Jieyang carrots sold to Japan for the first time

Recently, a shipment of 2.6 tons of carrots with a value of 12,600 dollars was exported to Japan, after it passed the customs inspections. Jieyang has already exported its carrots to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates in 2017, but this is the first time it has entered the Japanese market.Source: Jieyang Daily

Italy: Premium plum tomatoes by Azienda Agricola Ottone

VIDEO"Over the years, we have understood that growing produce wasn't generating enough profit for us. After accurate deliberation and after having made a few investments, we started marketing our tomatoes directly," explains owner Giuseppe Ottone.Giuseppe Ottone"We currently own 7 hectares of protected crops, two.....

Italy: Fennel situation depends on quality

It's rather difficult to assess the fennel situation. Production in December 2017 and January 2018 was good, but now temperatures are almost spring-like in production areas in southern Italy."Currently, fennel is the only vegetable doing well, especially if we consider consumption levels. There is still some.....

Producer sees no clear reason for the rise of this vegetable

Germany: Swede is vegetable of the year 2017-2018

Along with 'forgotten vegetables' such as parsnips and salsify, the swede is also coming up. The unique head vegetable with the slightly yellowish flesh was even elected as Vegetable of the Year 2017 and 2018 by the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE). The so-called all-rounder in the kitchen used to be poor.....

First proceeds for Damiaanactie

BelOrta auctions first asparagus of 2018

Last week, the first white asparagus of the year were sold by BelOrta. Producer De Molenkouter from Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium, supplied the first two crates with eight punnets (of 500 grammes) per crate. METRO Cash & Carry bought these first crates for the price of €200 per punnet. BelOrta doubled this.....

Russian border opening even more for Turkish tomatoes?

Russia isn’t ready to remove all restrictions on agricultural imports from Turkey, according to vice prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich during the World Economic Forum in Davos. “We aren’t ready to lift restrictions because we’re protecting the interests of Russian companies,” the minister told Tass. Russian and.....

Spain: Creation of asparagus producers' association of Guadalajara

The asparagus producers' association of Guadalajara, a new organization that aims to promote a quality brand and improve the marketing of this product, was created last Friday.The provincial director of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development, Santos López, had held a meeting with numerous asparagus.....

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UK: 10% increase in homegrown cucumbers

The arrival of the first UK-grown cucumbers each year is a much welcomed moment in the retail calendar. Once the British harvest begins then we can reduce our reliance on imported products and their associated food miles.For 2018 there’s an estimated 10% increase in the number of cucumbers grown in the UK,.....

US: Households that buy directly from growers spend more on fruits and veg

ERS researchers recently used USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) data to investigate the relationship between spending for fruits and vegetables and shopping at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and other direct-to-consumer (DTC) outlets.The researchers looked at two.....

Strong year for Honduran summer squash in the US

Summer squash grown in Honduras has seen a strong uptake this year, with growers and importers experiencing high demand for their products. One of the reasons is that produce imports from Mexico into the United States have faced a number of challenges in the last few months. Cold and wet weather have hampered.....

US carrot market sees shortage of jumbo sizes

The carrot market in the United States is currently stronger than it has been in recent months. This is especially so on the Jumbo sizes, which are in very short supply. Suppliers say the weather has been a factor in the lack of larger sized carrots."Supplies of larger carrots have been on the light side, with.....

Portugal: Increased popularity for ready to eat salads

“We've experienced a positive growth in the overall market of ready to eat salads. This market in general is performing well, reflecting a clear consumer trend to adopt a healthier diet consuming more vegetables and fruit in a more convenient way. Vitacress is grabbing this opportunity and our strategy is.....

US: Millennials spend less than other generations on grocery store foods

A recent ERS analysis of 2014 grocery store data found that compared to older generations, Millennial-headed households spent the least per person on food at home. However, like the other generations analyzed, Millennial households with higher incomes tended to spend more on grocery store foods than Millennial.....

Chile: New project to control the painted bug, which affects vegetables

INIA researchers have proposed an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system to mitigate the populations of the painted bug (Bagrada hilaris), a pest that affects the cultivation of vegetables.To this end, the entire work team met to take the first steps in the programming of the project's activities during the.....

John Smits supplies buyers in Northern Europe with total range of Spanish organic fresh produce

Growth of Spanish organic area not as turbulent as expected

John Smits from the Netherlands has been active in Spanish horticulture and the fresh produce trade for twenty years. He started with a production project for organic vegetables on substrate, and in 2004 he started selling organic products in Northern Europe. “My suppliers are between Alicante and Huelva. I’m.....

New 4 hectare greenhouse to harvest 600,000 kilos

Spain: Huesca group boost Barbastro pink tomatoes marketing

The Huesca-based group Correas is going to boost the domestic marketing of the pink tomato of Barbastro and give it an international projection. The company is investing one million Euro in the setting up of a 4-hectare greenhouse, although it also has a 15-hectare farm on the road to Burceat, in the Barbastro.....

Collapse of tomato prices in Ukraine

Tomato prices are falling quickly in the Ukrainian market, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits. According to the project's daily monitoring, the prices for this product have fallen by almost a quarter in a week.At the moment, traders are already willing to ship tomatoes for 35-38 UAH/kg (0.99-1.07.....

In non-oil sector

Azerbaijan: Tomatoes are the main export product

Azerbaijan’s main market in 2017 remained Russia, importing goods worth $553 million: more than a third of the total volume. However, Azerbaijan is engaged in efforts to diversify the non-oil economy and increase its exports of non-oil products. The main export product of the non-oil sector in 2017 was the.....

Cucumber shipment with some 360 kgs of marijuana

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 790 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a commercial trailer hauling a shipment of cucumbers.“Despite the inclement weather, our officers remain resolute and determined in.....

China: Vegetable supply looking optimistic

At the beginning of the year, the middle east of China suffered heavy rain and snow. The following cold waves of the Yellow River in the south have affected the vegetable production and supply. According to a market report of the Ministry of Agriculture, the heavy snow in the south has led to an increase in.....

Grower expands organic production

US kale supplies healthy, prices up

Despite the cold temperatures, the hearty-stalked kale supplies are looking equally hearty. “Supply of kale is good,” says Lois Kim of PPC Farms in Mission, TX. “We had a freeze twice in the past month, but the cold didn’t affect it.” While PPC’s supplies are coming from the Rio Grande Valley region in South.....

2016 Import and Export Market numbers are out

Frozen vegetable market Japan

The new report ‘ The 2016 Import and Export Market for Frozen Vegetables in Japan’ from Food and Beverage Market Reports has been published today. This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for frozen.....