Vegetables

Springtime juicing calls for organic rhubarb
Rhubarb is not just for pies and preserves anymore. This tart vegetable is making a comeback, thanks partly to retro-chic food trends and home-canning popularity, but mostly to the juicing trend.In addition to classic dishes like strawberry rhubarb pie and preserves, shoppers are adding rhubarb to their.....

Hungary: Potato and cauliflower much more expensive than last year
In the Budapest Wholesale Market, a kilo of potatoes grown by domestic producers cost between 100 and 180 HUF* on week 13, which is significantly higher than the average price recorded a year ago. During the same week, Italian cauliflower was also sold for more than twice the price of the same week a year.....

Ontario farmers increase tomato production
Essex County farmers and food processors are reaping the benefits of the ongoing condiment firestorm sparked last month when food giant French's entered the ketchup market.Canadian consumers spoke with their loonies by supporting the new ketchup brand because the American company sources tomatoes grown in.....


Bart Zeevenhoven, Scherpenhuizen: “Unexpected large import, disappointing retail sales”
Sales small tomatoes down
Although there were signs of a good spring in the tomato market, those expectations have not yet become reality, according to Bart Zeevenhoven of Scherpenhuizen. “Beefsteak tomatoes and plum tomatoes somewhat managed to escape the price slump, but especially for the small tomato segment sales are.....

China cucumber price down 50%
Chinese vegetables prices stayed high for weeks after the Spring Festival. Main reason was that part of the production had been damaged by frosts in January and February, which led to shortages on the market.In the beginning of March, kidney beans prices came down, followed by cucumber prices. Cucumber prices.....


Pick and mix organic tomatoes back on Swedish shelves
After a successful first season last year, small organic pick and mix tomatoes from Holland are back on Swedish shelves. Offered under the name 'Taste Wonders', the Dutch tomatoes are available earlier than the domestic supply and according to Anita Jansson, from Hebe fruit, there has been a big push for.....

Spanish and Turkish tomatoes, the most expensive in Frankfurt
Turkish and Spanish tomatoes reached the most expensive prices on the Frankfurt market in week 13 (from 28 March to 3 April), according to data published by the Bureau of Land Management and Fisheries of Andalusia, supplied by the Service for Inspection, Certification and Technical Assistance of the Foreign.....


Tomabel aims for bulk buyers and smaller supermarkets
New line Nova with tomato specialities at REO Veiling
Tomabel introduces a brand new line of tomatoes this week: Nova. Ann Beyne of Tomabel explains that they have been working on the design of the new line all winter. “Retail and export studies, which we've had done, show that customers are looking for something special in premium packaging. We felt up to this.....

Portugal's tomato king buys processing plant in Seville
A Portuguese family is consolidating its position in the Andalusian agro-industrial sector. The Ortigão Costa family has opted for Sevilla after disbursing more than 20 million Euro since 2010 in the acquisition and modernization of a tomato paste factory in Las Cabezas de San Juan. "After a major.....


US: Intergrow Greenhouses introduces new cherry TOV
Intergrow Greenhouses has introduced a new addition to their product line for 2016. Cherry Tomatoes On the Vine are now available from Intergrow to complement their TOVs and Beefsteak tomatoes. The new variety is known for having a very sweet flavor and slightly larger in size than a standard cherry, making.....

Sri Lanka to increase veg imports from Pakistan
Sri Lankan Minister of Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, has said that the island nation would facilitate the import of vegetables, including potato and onions from Islamabad.Bathiudeen, said that the issue of exempting imported consignments of vegetables from.....

Balance of vegetable prices in week 15
Spain: Courgette prices double in a week
Vegetables prices remain low at auctions and wholesale markets in Almeria, with cucumbers as the most noteworthy case.Courgettes have recorded the sharpest price increases this past week, going from 21 to 47 cents per kilo in the case of thick courgettes and from 25 to 48 cents in the case of the thin.....


NZ: Cauliflower prices at record high
Food prices rose 0.5 percent in March 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. This was influenced by rises across a range of vegetables, including record high prices for cauliflower. After adjusting for seasonal effects, food prices rose 0.8 percent.Vegetable prices rose 3.8 percent, led by higher prices.....


Fresh Canadian corn available year round
The summertime is synonymous in Canada for fresh corn on the cob. Lassonde saw consumers switching over to imported 'fresh' corn once the season was over and as a result, came up with Sunbites, locally sourced corn which keeps its summer attributes of crunchiness and sweetness, year round. Corn is a popular.....

Bulgaria: Tomato prices increasing tenfold from field to fork
Tomato prices in Bulgaria are increasing tenfold from field to fork, and that in the time of greatest abundance of this vegetable.According to Georgi Kaftanov, president of the Association of Producers of Fruit and Vegetables "Southwest", tomato producers are being paid around 0.30 Lev (0.15 Euro) per kilo.....

Support for Ghana's mushroom farmers
Ghana's mushroom industry is facing many challenges which are deterring farmers and hampering the growth of the sector. These challenges include;poor infrastructure, limited input availability, lack of funds and technical know-how. Subsequently the pace of harvesting and processing is slowed down, which.....


US (CA): Tomato wizard breeds wondrous varieties
Brad Gates creates tomatoes like the food world has never seen. With such evocative names as Berkeley Tie-Dye, Big Yellow Zebra and Pork Chop, his varieties come in black, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow and green plus combinations and stripes.They taste even better than they look. That’s made Gates’.....

Chinese cabbage prices surge
Recently, data from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics shows that from early 2016, the price of Chinese cabbage increased from 4.6 Yuan/kilo to 10.26 Yuan/kilo. Meanwhile, cabbage growers has stated that they barely are receiving a return on their investments. Before being sold at retail markets,.....


US(CA): Good spinach supply coming from Southern California
There’s a good supply of spinach coming from the Oxnard area, noted Don Hobson of Boskovich Farms, which has specialized in growing the leafy green for over 100 years.“We just finished up the desert last week, and spinach out of Salinas is light because of mildew and planting gaps due to rain earlier in the.....

New name and website for French asparagus
Whilst production began three weeks in advance in the early production regions, others such as the Lot, Dordogne, Aude and Val de Loire have remained within a normal production calendar. Harvest in the South of France has achieved a steady pace, which if the weather allows it, should continue until the start.....


Morocco accused of going over tomato quota
Members of European Parliament have accused Morocco of going over their export quota and consequently affecting the market price of tomatoes in Europe. The rumour is that an Italian MEP was the one to question Moroccan imports, and that Morocco is said to have doubled their import volume, going way over.....


Greenblend
“Market for fresh tomato blend, now and in future”
Making soups and sauces from greenhouse products. It is not the first time that growers have looked for new markets for their fruit vegetables. The Greenblend growers, however, do things differently.Soups, sauces, ketchup, dried tomatoes, chutney and even wine. A small selection of products those growers.....


Michaël Wilde, Eosta
“Wild Cucumber well received after reintroduction”
In 2008 Eosta won the silver medal with the Wild Cucumber, or UrGurke. For years it remained quiet regarding this forgotten type of cucumber, but after tests conducted last year this innovation is now back. “The market was ready for it in 2008, but when we started cultivating this strain large-scale, we ran.....

Spain: Navarrese asparagus production could exceed 3.5 million kilos
"A good campaign, with a quality production, although late, with which we expect to exceed the 3.5 million kilos we achieved last year." This was the statement of the president of the Regulatory Council of the PDO Espárrago de Navarra (Asparagus of Navarre), Miguel Mateo, during the 6th Tasting of the First.....

Indian scientists discover new eggplant disease
Scientists from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) have discovered a new viral disease in eggplant (brinjal) crops in a small village in the Karur district. The disease, called tomato leaf curl virus (begomovirus), came to light when a group of scientists and officials of Horticulture.....

Back to his roots, the organic roots
Organic leeks from Italy available at German Naturkost Ernst Weber
The company Antonio Bello was one of the first organic farms in south Italy and has been growing organic produce since 1984. The company has been growing vegetables from their own seeds. And the leeks that Naturkost Ernst Weber gets these months from Antonio Bello are grown this way too.Back to his.....

China: Zhongshan develops Hong Kong vegetable export
Zhongshan is an important vegetable production base in the South of China near Macau and Shenzhen. During the first quarter of this year, Zhongshan has exported a total of 12,516 tons of vegetables to Hong Kong and Macao with an estimated value of 3.4 million USD. This is an increase of 30% and 40% compared.....


Kickoff Portuguese season at Mother Nature with lettuce
Next week the first supply of Portuguese lettuce of Mother Nature will arrive in the Netherlands. Friday, 15 April the first iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, Lollo rosso, oak leaf lettuce and frisée lettuce are unloaded for wholesalers and exporters in the Netherlands and shipped for Scandinavian customers......

UK asparagus grower doubles volume supplied to Tesco
Jubilee is an early season asparagus variety which was launched as a Tesco exclusive is 2012. Due to the variety's positive reception in previous seasons, Herefordshire asparagus grower Cobrey Farms is doubling the volumes it supplies to Tesco.Tesco asparagus buyer Bart Vangorp said: "It's fantastic to be.....


Asparagus prices still sky high due to supply shortages
"The most unusual asparagus campaign I've ever seen"
The green asparagus season continues in Granada, with about 30% of the total volume expected already harvested. At the moment, volumes are limited due to adverse weather conditions, which, together with the current good demand, is resulting in very high prices."We are facing the most unusual asparagus.....

Veg shortage from NZ seed import crackdown?
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced regulations to make it more difficult to import seed after the invasive weed velvetleaf was discovered in fodder beet imports. It is now growing on farms throughout the country.Mark Johnson, chairman of the vegetable seed section of the New Zealand.....


Growers are switching from Purple to Spring garlic
Spanish garlic increased production, less competition with China
Spain's garlic acreage has grown ahead of the next harvest, which is expected to kick off in late April, with a slightly earlier start due to the high temperatures recorded during the winter period.According to the National Association of Garlic Producers and Traders (ANPCA), this higher production will.....

Ghana: Tomato prices shoot up by 7%
Tomatoes recorded the highest price gain during the second week of April in Ghana.According to Esoko Ghana, a medium size tin of fresh tomatoes gained 17 percent in Takoradi to close the week at 12 cedis. At Techiman, the commodity gained 14 percent and it is selling at 4 cedis.Tomato prices also increased.....


Walter Gubbels
"Dutch market can handle extension of asparagus area well"
You need the sun for good asparagus sales, as asparagus grower Walter Gubbels from Helvoirt knows. This is why Easter this year was early for good sales. "Now the weather is against us a bit, but with last weekend's warm weather consumers will get the spring feeling and the demand for asparagus pulls up. The.....


Cucumbers Georgia’s next export product
Georgia is increasing its export potential by adding more agriculture products to its export list, which will boost the local economy.After success stories exporting blueberries, kiwifruit, nuts, wine, honey and herbs, Georgia now planned to offer locally grown cucumbers to consumers all over the.....


Vegetable exporters Bangladesh demand separate scanner at airport
Vegetable exporters have called for a separate machine at the airport for quick screening of their consignments as many are missing flights due to delays arising from stricter rules on security grounds since March 21.They met secretaries of the commerce and civil aviation ministries early this week and put.....

Low-income children eat more greens
Low-income children receiving federal food packages are eating more green vegetables and whole grains since changes were made to the program in 2009, a new study found.They also are eating more nutritious foods than low-income peers who aren’t receiving packages from the Special Supplemental Nutrition.....

Spanish tomatoes cheaper than the French, Dutch and Italian
The data available makes it clear to Asaja that "something is being done incorrectly in Almeria." Not in vain, the French and Italian "colleagues" sitting at the same table of the Joint Committee to analyse the situation of the tomato market are managing to make a bigger profit from the product's.....


Tomato market in early slump
Currently the tomato market is not running smoothly. There is already plenty of production and prices are low for the time of year. “Exceptionally low even,” according to Guy de Meyer from export company Demargro. It indicates the situation was far better in April 2015. “Prices for tomatoes were higher then......


New export possibilities for white asparagus
Peru: "This year there will be fewer asparagus, but higher demand"
"This year, there will be a lower supply of asparagus, and we believe we will see an increase in demand which we expect to be able to cover. While we produce all year round, with high and low peaks, the El Niño phenomenon has taken a toll on our harvest volume, with a significant decline in the asparagus.....

British-grown Asparagus arrive at supermarket
British-grown Asparagus will be reaching selected Sainsbury’s stores from today.These first British asparagus tips, grown by Lichfield-based New Farm Produce Ltd, have been harvested by hand and will be delivered to selected stores in time for customers to enjoy this weekend. Sainsbury’s asparagus is.....

Russia: Increasing demand Chinese fruit and veg
According to China's quarantine and inspection agency in Heilongjiang Province, demand for Chinese agricultural products in Russia is on the rise. Reasons are an increases in the value of the ruble and heightened purchasing capacity among Russians.In January, fruit and vegetables with a total of 6.9 million.....


New ready-to-eat tomato mini-shaker
Savéol has just released their mini-shaker of washed coeur-de-pigeon tomatoes. This variety is sweet and juicy with a fine layer of skin. The mini-shaker is on offer in small food stores and large retailers in the snack or fruit and vegetable aisles (from €2 for 90g).According to Insee, 14kg of tomatoes are.....

Parsnips are trendy again
Revival of a very nutritious root vegetable
From a staple food, to 'too old fashioned for the allotment' back to hip and trendy again: parsnip are making an astonishing comeback.Their shape is similar to turnips or white carrot, but the taste is more like celery or potato. Yes, we are talking about parsnips. The root vegetable is booming in.....


To cost 13.5 billion rubles
Six modern greenhouse complexes to be built in Moscow
In the Moscow region a large-scale program to create high-tech greenhouses is set to begin; by the end of the year six modern complexes are planned to have been built. The new investment projects will be presented at the II International Agrarian Forum OvoschKult, which will be held April 13-14 in.....


US(CA): Carrot market steady despite a few production hiccups
Some carrot growers in California's Central Valley had a few production hiccups this season, though the cumulative of effect of those issues hasn't been especially significant. Production in the Imperial Valley is ramping up, and the market remains steady.“Supplies are not bad,” said Chris Smotherman of.....


More Jamaican produce for US stores
A pilot project worth US$29 million, is set to benefit Jamaican farmers, as it will see more of their produce being sold across the United States.The project is a collaboration between the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the US-based National Association of Christian Educators (NACE). It will.....

India to increase area under hort crops
In expectation of a surge in demand for horticultural crops ahead of the Simhastha festival, the crop acreage is expected to increase by around 10 percent in the ongoing 2015-16 season.Farmers in the region have been shifting from agriculture to horticulture crops amid increased yield, better marketability.....


EU imposes 5.2 million euro fine
Spanish Riberebro receives fine for mushroom cartel
The European Commission fined Spanish canning manufacturer Riberebro 5.2 million euro because of cartel formation. The company agreed on prices with competitors regarding canned mushrooms.The mushroom cartel was formed by Lutece, Prochamp and Bonduelle. In June 2014 these companies already reached a.....

Spain: Canary tomatoes promoted in Sweden
The Provincial Federation of Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of Las Palmas, FEDEX and the Provincial Association of Harvesters-Exporters of Tomatoes of Tenerife, ACETO, with the participation of Proexca and the collaboration of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, have carried out a promotional campaign for.....


Canada: OGVG launches “Spring into Flavour” promotion
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has launched a “Spring into Flavour” promotion which features Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers available now in Ontario grocery stores. The growing demand for Ontario greenhouse vegetables is motivated by consumers' healthy eating choices. OGVG.....


Growing popularity of tomatoes in Japan
According to Sasaki Nano of Tokita Seeds, tomato consumption in Japan is definitely picking up, and along with it, the available range is becoming increasingly wider. “There is a huge and steady market for large size tomatoes, in which our beef tomato varieties are doing really well. There is also a.....


Less Spanish tomatoes expected
A lot of tomato plants in Almeria aged faster due to a large harvest in the period October to January. The expectation is that the supply in the rest of the season will be noticeably lower than that in the previous two years. AgriDesk Espana has mapped out the developments of tomatoes and cucumbers in.....


Demand from the Northern regions
China: Start of Elizabeth melon season
"The season for Elizabeth melons start in April and runs until September. In 2015, prices were low due a general slow economic market. Last summer, prices for a crate were as low as 4 Yuan. Prices could go further down in the coming season. Production in Hebei and Shandong has increased. Peak supply will be.....


Bruno Vuerinckx, BelOrta:
"Small packagers make the pepper price in Belgium"
So far peppers are doing well. "The production is getting going on time and the prices are at a fine level," says Bruno Vuerinckx of BelOrta. "One of the high points was last week. At peak moment the red pepper was clocked at almost 3.5 Euro and the yellow was above 3 Euro.Small packagers"Two days ago (4.....

Additions to fresh cut line to be highlighted at CPMA
Mann Packing will highlight three new additions to its award-winning Mann’s Culinary Cuts® line at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Convention and Trade Show in Calgary. The new, fresh cut vegetable products include Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Cauliettes® (finely chopped cauliflower) and Broccoli.....

US: Green onion supply steady
A stable and steady supply of U.S. grown green onions is coming from Southern California, Arizona, and South Carolina, according to various sources.“I think there’s an adequate supply right now,” explained Trey Touchstone of Touchstone & Associates in San Antonio, Texas, adding that while he moves a very.....


US: CA lettuce supplies strong out of the Central Valley
There’s an ample supply of lettuce coming out of the Golden State’s Central Valley, near Fresno, according to a grower who supplies a large variety of leafy greens to U.S. markets as well as to Asian, European and Canadian markets.“We are currently harvesting lettuce in Huron, California, we will be.....

Vegetable prices soar in Malaysia
The ongoing hot spell in Malaysia has taken a toll on the local produce - and falling supplies have led to rising prices, vegetable sellers at the country's capital say.Tomatoes, chillies, French beans and cabbages produced in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands have seen their prices gone up by more than 20 per.....

Poland: First greenhouse tomatoes hit market
The first Polish greenhouse tomatoes arrived on the domestic market this week.Warm weather conditions had a positive effect on the ripening terms of domestic vegetables in Poland last week. As a result, more and more greenhouse farms started their tomato season. The starting prices for B size tomatoes vary.....


Waitrose set to offer grape-sized watermelon
It looks like a watermelon but is the size of a grape and tastes something like a cross between a cucumber and a lime. The tiny cucamelon is an import which originated in Mexico. It has reached the high street as a grow-your-own plant alongside tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.Cucamelon plants and Indigo.....


Icelandic spinach is not spinach
It has come to light that the vegetable being sold as “spinach” by one company in Iceland is, in fact, another plant.Vísir reports that greenhouse vegetables company Lambhagi has long been selling a variety of the plant Brassica rapa ö known as komatsuna, or Japanese mustard spinach – as regular spinach. As.....

Kompany:
Cucumber market stable, productions not too high
The market view for cucumbers has been reasonably constant over the last few weeks. The Dutch cultivation looks of good quality according to sales organisation Kompany. Due to the weather conditions the productions were lower recently. How the market with develop further mainly depends on the amount of sun.....


Az. Agr. Pasquariello Giovanni
Asparagus harvesting has started in Foggia - good quantities and excellent quality
Asparagus harvesting started last week at Azienda Agricola Pasquariello Giovanni. Unless there are temperature changes, the campaign should last until late May/early June."We are in line with the season. Despite the fact that we started harvesting the first very limited volumes very early, the season only.....