Vegetables

Kurdistan to increase carrot production to lessen import dependence
The supervisor of a private carrot plantation project says that they have examined Kurdistan’s soil and have discovered that the region’s climate and soil are very suitable to grow carrots in the spring and autumn, which could save the region some of the millions of dollars it spends every year on.....

UK grocer promises steady supply through vegetable shortage
While large supermarkets are rationing their dwindling supplies of certain vegetables, Coleford greengrocer Pat Scott has promised a good supply, at the right price.Pat who runs The Choice is Yours shop in the town centre reckons her South Wales wholesale supplier is keeping her one step ahead of the.....


Research reveals best green asparagus varieties for temperate climates
Optimal use of Limgroup rangeIn addition to choosing the right plot and preparing the soil, deciding which variety of asparagus to grow is a crucial decision that should be taken before the new plot is planted.Limgroup has categorised asparagus growing according to the cultivation method and.....


Italy: Cora Seeds present Regale F1
At Fruit Logistica 2017,Cora Seeds presented a new and unique midi plum tomato variety. What makes it special is the possibility of cultivating it both in short and long cycles. Plants are very productive with uniform fishbone bunches bearing 6-8 fruits. No pruning is needed. It is also rustic and resistant.....

Australian vegetable grower looks to export markets in Middle East & Asia
4 Ways Fresh general manager Kingsley Songer said his company was looking to target export markets for capsicums, Lebanese cucumbers and potentially zucchinis in the Middle East and AsiaCurrently the majority of produce grown in the Geraldton region is continental cucumber for the domestic market. However,.....


Tim O’Malley, Nationwide Produce & Vitaal Europe:
"Share of greenhouse vegetables, fruits and exotics on the rise"
In the past, Nationwide Produce was a true root vegetable specialist, but after the start of the exotics division in 2007, the fruit division in 2015 and the Dutch operations of Vital Europe in Poeldijk (2004) and Emmen (2009), the group’s range has become quite extensive. It expanded in Southern Europe with.....

Amr El Beltagy – Belco
"European importers should work more with Egypt"
The Egyptian produce sector has been having a relatively good vegetable season. Meanwhile, Spain and Italy have been hit hard by cold weather, leading to a severe lack of produce on the European market.The scarcity of especially leafy vegetables (salads) should have been a great opportunity for Egyptian.....

UK aquarium asks for lettuce donations to help their sea turtles
Sea Life has announced in a press release that it is also suffering because the lettuce shortage in the UK. The company has eight aquariums in the UK with 12 green turtles which live on the scarce vegetables. They are calling on visitors to spare lettuce or broccoli for their shelled inhabitants who are.....


Robin Heikens, Vroegop-Windig:
“Radicchio rosettes are perfect for Valentine’s Day”
Every week, Vroegop-Windig promotes exclusive products, that are bought directly from the international fresh market, with its concept Marché International. This week, ‘Radicchio la Rosa’ is centre stage. “We always have two or three types of Radicchio in our assortment, but when my colleagues saw these at.....

Research looks to fight cabbage disease in Ghana
One program is looking to connect fundamental research with improving cabbage yields in Africa, and in so doing contribute to solving a looming pan-African problem.Cabbages are not indigenous to the continent but have become a major cash crop for Ghanaian farmers and an important source of income for traders.....

Cauliflower prices back to normal
The bad weather of recent weeks disrupted the balance between supply and demand for vegetables, causing prices to increase; however, Daniel Blázquez, of Silvana Fruits, states that, "demand and prices are now going back to normal, because when such peaks are reached, people stop consuming."Although.....


Martyvel variety, consolidating in loose red tomato sector
"It is the second commercial year for this variety. Last year, there was already a significant volume, and this year it is considerably greater," affirms José Luis López, of Filosem. It is a young variety that is consolidating in the loose red tomato market and being showcased to those who are not yet.....


Tomato packers choose Aja scales and weighing solutions
Aja have delivered several new ‘profit saving’ weigh packing systems to tomato packers who supply major UK Supermarkets. Aja claims that their weighing solutions are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for many of the major pre pack salad, produce & vegetable Packhouses in the UK, EU and.....

Chinese farmers hoarding chilli peppers to hike prices
A 27-year-old from Shandong province, Gao Ge had chosen not to sell his freshly picked chilli pepper crop after prices soared by almost a third in just two weeks in November, hoping for even higher prices.Speculators were scooping up tonnes of the spicy fruit, betting on tight supplies as hot temperatures.....


US: Greenhouse bell pepper market likely to tighten up
Supply for domestic greenhouse bell peppers is looking a bit slim for some produce companies. “For us, the supply of peppers is on the tight side,” says Glen Bezanson of Greenhouse Produce Co., LLC based in Vero Beach, Fl. “We don’t have a big crop right now. Yet in general, looking at pricing, I’d say.....


Americans have fewer veg available than 10 years ago
According to ERS’s food availability data, the supply of vegetables and legumes available to eat on a per person basis grew from 328 pounds in 1970 to 424 pounds in 2004.Between 2004 and 2014, per person vegetable and legume (pulses and beans) availability fell by 39 pounds to 385 pounds. Fresh and processed.....

Spain: Guadex expects 400,000 kilos of asparagus
In late October 2016, Guadex announced its plans to expand its productive capacity for asparagus. To this end, it has implemented a plan for the gradual conditioning of between 400 and 500 hectares of this crop within four years. In the previous campaign, the production amounted to around 40,000 kilos, but.....


Kwekerij De Wieringermeer of Grow Group
Rainbow Horticulture Tunisia expands
People are building in Tunisia. Since last year, Kwekerij De Wieringermeer and the Grow Group have been cultivating bell and pointed peppers together with a Tunisian partner under the name Rainbow Horticulture Tunisia. The cultivation area will double to more than five hectares.Rainbow Horticulture Tunisia.....

China: Radish carving contest held in Qingdao city
Day two of the 2017 Qingdao Radish·Lantern·Sugar-Ball Festival will feature a a spectacular sculpture - an auspicious combination of a rooster and a dragon.The creator of the work, 32 year-old Junfeng Li, said "The reason for designing this is to send people the 'good fortune'. This year is the second time I.....

UK Cabinet minister ridicules lettuce 'crisis' claim
UK turns to watercress in the great salad crunch
UK turns to watercress in the great salad crunchUnlike spinach, courgettes and lettuce, which have been rationed by some UK supermarkets, watercress thrives in the cold, wet conditions that have affected growers in southern Spain, The Times writes.The main importer of watercress has had sales all but.....

Nigeria strives to get bean export ban to EU removed
The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) is striving to get the European Union to lift its ban on the exportation of beans from Nigeria to member countries.The Coordinating Director of the agency, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said all hands are on deck to ensure that the EU lifts the ban before 2019......

Russian TV channel falsely reports vegetable crisis in Norway
According to Russia’s Channel One, the nation’s largest broadcaster, a vegetable shortage has Norwegian stores limiting the number of veggies customers can buy.“It is for example only allowed to sell a few heads of cabbage, broccoli and lettuce per person,” the station’s evening newscast Vremya reported this.....


Ketchup from Honey tomatoes presented at Fruit Logistica
Looye Kwekers will present its Honey tomato ketchup at the current edition of the Fruit Logistica. The ketchup is made from cracked Honey tomatoes, which would otherwise be thrown out. Because of its natural method of preparation, the ketchup does not contain flavour enhancers or E numbers.“During the.....

German customers continue to shop cheaply
German customers continue to shop cheaply, especially for food. Just one in ten euros of the disposable household income will be spent on food, according to the Landvolk press service. The share of food expenditures in the total consumption expenditure of households has thus been quite constant for some.....


Research reveals best green asparagus varieties for warm climates
Optimal use of Limgroup rangeIn addition to choosing the right plot and preparing the soil, deciding which variety of asparagus to grow is a crucial decision that should be taken before the new plot is planted.Limgroup has categorised asparagus growing according to the cultivation method and product specific.....

Not enough labor to harvest green onions in Northern Mexico
Labor problems in Mexico continue to be an issue for growers of green onions south of the border. “There’s the problem down in northern Mexico where there is still some shortage of labor,” says Steve Timsak of Church Brothers Farms in Salinas, Ca. “It was bad over the holidays and it’s getting a little.....


Low supply continues:
Greek cucumbers offer UK supermarkets some relief
After several weeks of low supplies, some UK supermarkets rationed vegetables like iceberg lettuce, broccoli and aubergines. Also the supply of some tomato varieties is still very low.According to the latest data from market intelligence service ProduceView, the prices for cucumbers are still on the rise in.....

Kenya vegetable market uses camels to fight waste
One man in Kenya is fighting vegetable waste in a creative way. Jacinta Nyokabi is a vegetable seller and used to see her produce rot, and when that happened there were only a few choices to deal with them."If I throw away waste, county officials will accuse me of contaminating the market because rotting.....


Cornelissen Fresh Food and Coolbergen
Three radish farms merge into Ortolanda
Dutch radish farms, Cornelissen Fresh Food and Coolbergen, will work more intensely with the Italian radish farm, Ortolanda, as of 1 May 2017. This will happen under the Ortolanda name. At the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the company will gave a taste of the new look, both figuratively and literally, which.....

Indian government yet to find buyer for excess tomatoes
Amid worries of farmers selling their tomatoes in distress, the Indian government has been looking for a buyer for the countries excess tomatoes. The government hoped finding another buyer would help prices normalize and benefit farmers."Government is aware that there has been an increase in the production.....

Spain: Garlic acreage up 5%
The president of the Mesa Nacional del Ajo (National Garlic Board), Julio Bacete, has reported a slight 5% increase in garlic plantings and has also positively assessed the productive and commercial results achieved in 2016.Spanish garlic has been favoured by the situation that China has suffered for the.....


Producers looking for overseas sales
China: Domestic Yam market saturated
"In China, the main production areas for yam are the Henan, Hebei and Shandong Provinces and planting seasons vary from place to place. In Baoding city, Hebei province, the planting season is from April to the end of October. The focus on the listing period is from January to early May every year," said.....


NatureFresh™ Farms a finalist for World’s Most Inspirational Tomato Grower
NatureFresh Farms has been named as one of 5 finalists for the prestigious international award of Worlds Most Inspirational Tomato Grower. The award, handed out each year during the annual Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany, recognizes the top tomato growers worldwide who have been nominated by an.....

Argentina finds growing edible mushrooms can be profitable
Cultivating edible fungi can be a successful business in Argentina today: fungi producers and specialists agree that it is a highly profitable activity because it doesn't require a disproportionate investment to start, at least on a small scale scheme, and provided that producers have some capital. Producers.....


Great prospects for China's organic ginger
"In recent years, people's preference for organic products has been rising. We have noticed in our sales that organic ginger sales are increasing year by year. In general, organic ginger yield is about 30% lower than conventional ginger, the market price is relatively high at a surplus of 40% to 60%. Part of.....

Nigeria to raise tomato import duty to boost local production
Nigeria will increase custom duties for tomato imports and waive tariffs for some farming equipment to stimulate local production and investment in the agriculture sector, its trade minister said on Wednesday."We are going to go up. We will be announcing what the new tariffs are but clearly there is a new.....

Australian garlic farmer loses 40% of her crop
Some garlic growers in Australia are reporting crop losses this season, with some growers losing 40 per cent of their crops due to challenging conditions.John Oliff, who grows garlic at Freshwater Creek, near Ocean Grove, said garlic growers along the coast of NSW had a lot of trouble with humid weather,.....


Jean-Paul Nuijten: “SpecialTom is more than just tomatoes”
SpecialTom opens import office in Spain
Three years ago, Jean-Paul Nuijten started his company SpecialTom, and in cooperation with Marexport BV and a Moroccan cooperative, he started importing a wide range of tomatoes from Morocco and Spain. SpecialTom grew big, especially with Santa-like tomatoes. “Together with our fellow shareholder in.....

Nigerian farmers find solution for tomato pest
According to tomato farmers in Dantankari, Katsina State, they have found a solution for the dreaded tomato disease known as tuta absoluta, locally known as ‘tomato ebola’ that ravaged farms in the state.Daily Trust had, in June 2015, reported how tomato production in the country was severely hit by an.....


Breeding: the weapon to ensure continuity of tomato varieties
"It has so far been a difficult year for us, because with so many climate issues, it has been difficult to make selections and be certain that the varieties would perform as expected," commented representatives of ISI Sementi Spa. The fact is that the weather conditions this year have been far from normal,.....


Harvest House announce new snack tomatoes
Healthy eating is becoming more and more important. It's long ceased to be a hype and is now part of a conscious lifestyle. To help people make healthy snack choices on the go, Harvest House is launching the ‘Tomatogo’ which they describe as "a unique snack concept with the most scrumptious snack tomatoes to.....

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:
“Mushroom production has been scarce all year”
The mushroom market is currently being characterised by slightly less supply and a decent demand. “Productions have actually been somewhat scarce all year already,” says Arno van den Oord from mushroom and bean sprouts wholesaler, Champoord from Ammerzoden, the Netherlands. “Productions will not suddenly.....

Vegetable prices soar in France
French consumers are in for a shock if they notice that some products in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles may have doubled, or even tripled, in price ! Salad prices have more than doubled and courgettes are being sold for €5/kilo instead of €2/kilo. It is not the retailers fault though, the problem comes.....


Presentation during International Green Week in Berlin
Lively interest in multi-colored carrots
“This year the Green Week visitors focused on snack carrots and multi-colored carrots, especially the yellow and purple varieties,” said Peter Boley about the presentation of Brocker Möhren, the carrot producer, during the International Green Week 2017 in Berlin.For the second time, Brocker Möhren was.....


Mercamadrid welcomes new ribbed black tomato from HM Clause
Mercamadrid has been the stage chosen for the promotion of the new ribbed black tomato from HM Clause. This new variety is part of the flavour segment and has been widely accepted since its release last December. It is sold exclusively by four marketing companies, with one of them being Agrupalmería.Madrid.....


Italy: Bad year for fennel
"In January, we only commercialised half of what we expected. The weather in southern Italy killed us and the year is compromised," reported Marco Babbi from Caligari&Babbi in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena)."Over 50% of the produce was destroyed by the frost, snow, wind and rain. In Basilicata, 20.....


Moroccan bell peppers available when the domestic is expensive
"Moroccan bell peppers sell well, even though they are inevitably not as fresh as the peppers from Almeria, as they take at least two days to arrive," explains Manuel Fernández, commercial manager at the Business Trading Green. He affirms that now is "when we can bring them with some margin, since the price.....


"It is difficult to expand the business with production shortages"
This is the case for sambo artichokes, which are produced and distributed by Frutas y Hortalizas Mas Serrano SL. It is a type of artichoke that is planted from seed and characterised by the fact that its tips do not become spoiled. These innovations in the variety have caused the product to become more.....


Vegetable shortage in the UK have led to a cabbage black market
As vegetable supplies continue to be disrupted in Europe, after unfavorable weather hit key suppliers to the continent, especially Spain, the after effects are hitting certain countries harder than others. The lack of supply recently led to supermarkets in the UK rationing their supply of certain vegetables......

China: Garlic sales slightly increase
According to the relevant data from the Jinxiang County Garlic Wholesale Market, the average wholesale price for garlic was 13.84 Yuan per kilo last week; a slight increase of 0.93% compared with that of a fortnight ago. During last week, the fresh reserved garlic reached a sales volume of 33,746 tons, a.....


Stoffels introduces new logo and packaging assortment
“Integrity is difficult to imitate”
Stoffels Tomaten has existed for 22 years already. Many changes have taken place in the company in recent years. “We have grown considerably. Not just on the surface, but also in the field of trade and cooperations,” says Petra Veldman. “The time is ripe for us to approach the final customer with a clear.....

Study finds pesticides on tomatoes from Kolar, India
A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) has found pesticide residues in tomatoes and bitter gourd originating from Kolar. After the discovery, experts from the research institute are asking the district to advise farmers on the dangers of the pesticide for consumers and.....


competition pressure increases
Insufficient market growth for Dutch peppers, cucumbers & aubergines
The Dutch tomato has gained market share in the EU due to year round supply (lighting), a quality advantage over Spain and Morocco and creating added value (assortment, packaging and brands). These points do not apply to Dutch peppers, cucumbers and aubergines. Spain has taken over the market leadership in.....

Australia strives for $315m in vegetable exports by 2020
The future is bright for Australia’s vegetable industry, following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 per cent, by 2020.The Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020, being delivered by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort.....

Scientists find way to breed healthier spinach
The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have identified eight spinach varieties that have shown low levels of oxalate which is sometimes linked to better health.Scientists with the ARS’s Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit in Salinas, CA, and the University of Arkansas.....


India: Ginger prices fall slightly in Mumbai
Mumbai spice market saw a slight decline in ginger prices as of February 3rd. The prices for ginger dropped further at the spices market following lower demand from stockists and retailers.Ginger bleached and ginger unbleached also fell slightly with a total fall of Rs 5 per kg each to Rs 130 and Rs 150 as.....

Korean agricultural technologies helping Sri Lankan onion farmers
The Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre has been helping growers in Sri Lanka since 2015. The program has recently been helping onion producers in the country and has donated 25 drip irrigation system units, 40 power spreading machines, and 1,000 plastic containers to.....


Appearance of tomato leaf miner casts cloud over industry
Good tomato volumes in South Africa
Mid-summer and South African shelves are replete with tomatoes. According to Clive Garrett, marketing manager of tomato producer ZZ2, tomato volumes are up this year with good rains swelling the Limpopo River, along which some of their farms lie. However, as in other sectors, rain also brings.....


Mike Glas, Glas Groenten:
“I have not seen a sprout season like this in twenty years”
Mike Glas has been working for Glas Groenten for twenty years. He has never before seen a sprout season like this. “It has been scarce all year. The prices in free trade have never been this high from September until now. It is mostly the consumer who profits, prices are fairly low for them. Cultivators and.....


Almeria's tomato sparks the interest of Japan's television
The quality of the fruits and vegetables from Almeria is well known throughout the world. The same is true of the flavor of the tomatoes from Agrupalmeria. The products produced by this marketer, which is based in La Cañada (Almeria) and Nijar, is also well known. The raf tomatoes and other varieties.....


Spanish veg production falls by 30%
Horticultural production in the three main Spanish regions (Andalucía, Murcia and Comunidad Valenciana) registered a decrease of 20-30% in recent weeks, in relation to the same period of the previous year.The main reason for this fall is the cold wave that occurred during the beginning of this year. The.....


First yellow courgettes at The Greenery
Since the beginning of this week, the first Dutch yellow courgettes are available again at The Greenery. The yellow courgettes are available 2 weeks prior to the estimated date compared to last year and they come from the Brothers Arkenhout from Brielle and Helmoed Meijer from Monster.The yellow courgettes.....

China: Wushan water radish sales booming
On day three of the Chinese spring festival, at the Lomen vegetable Park of Wushan County, the sun is shining on white plastic greenhouses, the hard-working farmers are smiling happily as the health-giving radishes are harvested and loaded onto a truck taking them to Lanzhou, Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai and.....

Spain: March won't be good for Elche's broccoli and cauliflower
In the municipality of Elche, March is a key month for producers of vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, but things won't be as good in 2017 as in previous years. The reason is simple: growers in this area and in the Vega Baja have not been able to plant these two vegetables for a month because of the.....


“We can develop Knox even further”
For Wim Grootscholten, manager of the Crop Team Lettuce, Knox™ felt like a gift. The groundbreaking innovation that delays pinking in lettuce has solved a major problem for the whole chain. The team at Rijk Zwaan is now hard at work to develop a portfolio of lettuce varieties with this trait to enable.....


In cooperation with retail and food service
FME develops new shelf vision for mushrooms
FME have developed and further optimised the new shelf vision for mushrooms in close cooperation with national and international retailers and food service organisations. Fresh mushrooms perfectly fit the growing trends for less meat and being aware of seasons when cooking. The key is that the value-added.....

Spain: Courgette and aubergine prices falling in Almeria
Courgette prices have dropped from 3.50 Euro per kilo to 1.50 Euro per kilo in auctions in only seven days, while aubergines have dropped from 4.20 to 1.90 Euro per kilo.Although these prices are still reasonably positive, ASAJA-Almería is concerned about the considerable drop this week, especially in these.....


Backyard Farms celebrates 10th anniversary
Backyard Farms has launched a new website to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the company's first shipment of fresh tomatoes. "January 29 was the official anniversary date but we want to celebrate this important milestone with our customers all year," said Jim Darroch Director of Marketing at Backyard.....


Carrots may have cancer-fighting properties
Carrots are already known to be a healthy snack, but a new study shows that they may also demonstrate cancer-fighting properties. There is a massive case being made through scientific research for the benefits of antioxidant-rich foods in preventing cancers in general, the telegraph reported. A study with.....

Chinese scientists find the source of the tomato's deliciousness
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has published the results of their research into the taste and quality of tomatoes. The research found the genetic locus of components responsible for the fruit's flavour which is the first step to improving their taste.Tomatoes were the world's first big vegetables. According.....


Research reveals best white asapargus varieties for warm climates
Optimal use of Limgroup rangeIn addition to choosing the right plot and preparing the soil, deciding which variety of asparagus to grow is a crucial decision that should be taken before the new plot is planted.Limgroup has categorised asparagus growing according to the cultivation method and product.....