Vegetables

Import ban increases veg prices in Botswana
The food ban issued last December by the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security which banned imports of tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, bell peppers, melon pear and beetroot has caused shortages and directly caused vegetable prices to rise.This came after a highly destructive insect pest known.....


Hazera to further extend cucumber breeding activities
Vegetable seed company Hazera has a long heritage in breeding cucumbers. Hazera stood at the cradle of game-changing improvements in cucumber genetics, especially in mini cucumbers. While it is continuing these improvements, the company is now also embracing other types, conquering new markets and exploring.....


Major yield decline in Israel following extreme weather conditions
In 2008 Al Gore made a controversial statement regarding Global Warming and the influence it could, and probably would, have on our lives within a period of 5 years.To this day however, people in the agriculture industry, worldwide, can testify that climatic conditions have definitely changed in the past.....

Legal framework developed for Greek mushrooms
The first comprehensive legal framework for mushrooms in Greece has been compiled by the Environment Ministry. The framework covers collection methods, training seminars and the certification of mushrooms, so that imports do not end up being sold as Greek.“At this time, there is no specific legal framework.....


29% of Scottish parents 'give up' on feeding children vegetables
According to a recent survey performed by YouGov, 29% of parents in Scotland have at one point or another given up on feeding their children vegetables. A new campaign has been unveiled to combat the growing problem by increasing the appeal of vegetables.A further 37% of parents with children aged.....


Fiji vegetable shortage causes prices to double
Across the Western Division vegetable prices on markets are sky-rocketing due to a decreased supply after unfavorable weather last month. Now, consumers are paying a premium for their vegetables."We still face shortage of things like cabbage and coriander and we also buy things at a higher price," Nadi.....

China: Zhangzhou city's new harvest leeks go to Japan
On December 27th in 2016, a batch of preserved leeks, weighing 16 tons and valued at up to 2.72 million USD, successfully passed through the Inspection and Quarantine offices in Zhangzhou (in Fujian province), before being sent off to Japan. This batch of leeks was produced by Jinrong Fruits and Vegetables.....


Value increased due to higher prices
Fall in exports of Dutch fruit and vegetables in 2016
According to GfK, the lean years for purchasing fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands are over. In 2016 sales of both fruit and vegetables increased by five per cent. Prices in particular were on the rise. Cucumber and bell pepper sold well throughout the year, tomato prices recovered after a bad start......

France: Bonduelle aim to increase catered vegetable consumption
Bonduelle is worried that French consumption of vegetables is stagnating. The Food Sanitary Safety Agency has estimated that the French consume 140g/day/person, less than what is recommended by the National Nutrition and Health Programme.Having visited 150 restaurant kitchens over many months in seven.....

Ukraine tomato exports increase by 65% in 2016
Ukraine saw a huge increase in tomato exports in 2016 which totaled USD $17.2 million, which is an increase by 65% or USD $6.8 million more compared with the figures in 2015, Latifundist.com reported.Most of the Ukraine's tomato exports, over 94%, were sold to Belarus and Poland. In particular, 79.4% ($ 13.7.....

Price has been the lowest of the past ten campaigns
Spain: Record-breaking aubergine exports
In the 2015/2016 season, Spain exported the largest volume of aubergines on record, with a volume that exceeded 160 million kilos, but with the lowest price of the past ten seasons, according to data from the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency), with code 070930 of the Tariff Integrated of the.....


Trays made from recycled tomato plant fibres
Nothing in nature is lost, everything is transformed. Idyl claims that by being inspired by nature, they developed the "Tribu Ecolo" brand of cardboard packaging for tomatoes which are made from recycled tomato plant fibres. The company sees this as one way to reduce the resources required for production,.....

Prince de Bretagne expects 5,000 tons of leeks this season
From this week on, Price de Bretagne expects large volumes of their leeks to be available in France. The supply is supposed to be around 30 tons per day arriving. 5,000 tonnes are expected over the entire season, alongside 800 tonnes of organic leeks.For the past two years, Prince de Bretagne’s producers.....

First Jordanian vegetable shipment arrives in West Bank
Jordan’s first shipment of vegetables directly to Palestine arrived in the West Bank on Monday, according to the Agriculture Ministry.Agriculture Ministry Spokesperson Nimer Haddadin said the export of fruit and vegetables to Palestine will continue. The 15-tonne shipment of vegetables that arrived.....

Florida weather hindering squash availability
After almost two weeks of cold weather, cloudy days and foggy mornings, supply of Florida squash is looking limited. “That said, it was substantially tighter last year,” says Steve Veneziano of Naples, Fl.-based Oakes Farms Inc. “They had the hurricane last year. There was product in Florida but it was just.....


James Meers - G’s Fresh Mushrooms
"We need to make what we have work harder"
In the winter months mushrooms are very popular for good hearty soups and stews, but the UK is a country which imports 75% of its total mushroom consumption and, with the various Brexit issues, it not as attractive a market as it was in the past. Can UK growers profit from this situation and expand, or is.....

19 tons of IQF vegetables exported from GanSui to Russia
On December 6, the TianShui Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of GanSu province reported that 19 tons of quick-frozen vegetables from the Wushan RuiDe Food processing plant had been successfully exported to Russia. This was the first export of quick-frozen vegetables from TianShui city.It was the first.....


“Difficult to trade with high leek prices”
There has been a good demand and high prices on the leek market for weeks already. “There is plenty of volume, we have about 400 tonnes every market day. There is a good demand from various European directions. It is therefore an ideal market situation for cultivators. However, it is fairly difficult for.....

Vegetable prices help CPI cool in China
The Consumer Price Index, a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.1 percent in December in China, down from November’s 2.3 percent, the bureau said.CPI’s full-year growth of 2 percent was faster than the 1.4 percent rise in 2015 but below the official target of 3 percent. The cooler consumer inflation was.....

Malaysia Ministry raises export quota for round cabbage
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry will temporarily increase the export quota of round cabbage to ensure adequate supply and stabilize its prices in the local market in preparation for Chinese New Year.Its minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, said the soaring prices of round cabbage was.....


XuZhou city 2016 garlic exports reach 440 million USD
The XuZhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has reported that the city of XuZhou in 2016 has exported 243 thousand and 700 tons of fresh garlic, with a total value 433 million US dollars. The year-on-year growth has increased by 35.7%. The export amount hit a record high.PiZhou, the main garlic producing area.....

Demand for Fiji ginger exports increasing
Fiji ginger is getting recognition in the international market, says Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, at a session in Talanoa. He sees the trend growing further and hopes to increase production in the country. He said the government was encouraging farmers to produce this product that was a fast.....


Protest over gas prices puts heat on importing Mexican bell peppers
A spike in gas prices in Mexico seems to be putting some pressure on produce being imported over the U.S. border. “They raised the gas price in Mexico up 20 cents a gallon, so a lot of people are protesting and trying to block the streets and it’s causing product not to cross fast enough,” says Brent Batali.....


Dennis van Tricht, AGFdirect:
“Cauliflower prices approaching ten euros”
The sales of broccoli are suffering due to the heavy rain last month in Spain, and that has also been noticed by AGFdirect. Supply of broccoli is low because of the quality. Quality and supply of cauliflower is currently at a good level. However, Dennis van Tricht does not want to make any predictions for.....


Bad weather in southern Sicily
At the moment, Sicily seems to be the region least affected by the bad weather that hit the Italian peninsula recently, especially since an improvement is expected. Locally, however, there are indeed a few problems.Some damage was registered between 6th and 7th January 2017 in the Licata and Ispica areas, as.....


Mushrooms produced using restaurant waste in Montreal
Two women in Montreal have decided to launch into mushroom production using kitchen waste from local restaurants. From the outside, Blanc de Gris looks rather banal, but inside are 6 greenhouses housing pleurote mushrooms. Dominique Lynch-Gauthier, the young woman in her 30’s behind the project, laughs when.....


Italy: Slight radicchio losses due to cold temperatures
The low temperatures of the last few nights are not worrying radicchio producers in Veneto. Actually, losing some produce can be healthy for the market and the cold temperatures improve quality.Cristiana Furiani, President of Consorzio del Radicchio di Verona Igp, reports that "in our area in the Verona.....

“Tomato prices are anything but normal”
Already an oversupply of tomatoes?
The new year has only just started and tomato prices are already at a low level for the time of year. Expenses are not spared, cultivation is done under illumination. But do consumers even eat tomatoes in winter, or is there already an oversupply? “The prices do not lie. They have been just over a euro for.....

Morocco and Egypt continue to grow as vegetable suppliers to the EU
According to data from Eurostat, Morocco and Egypt continue to gain weight as the main non-EU vegetable supplier countries for the EU, with a respective 13% and 10% growth in volume in the first half of 2016 over the same period of 2015, totalling 482,571 tons and 250,559 tons.EU imports of vegetables from.....


China: Hydroponic greenhouse yields 18 seasons' veg
In Shandong province, there is a small village called Dongxing in Weifang city, and it is known for its famous "magic greenhouse." The vegetables here are cultivated without soil, moreover, the vegetable categories vary, and its yields amount to 18 seasons, compared with a regular greenhouse's 4.....

Price of some greens up 50% in Malaysia
Farmers are predicting ever increasing prices as the days draw nearer and nearer to the Chinese New Year. According to the farmers, unfavorable weather conditions and currency value fluctuations are to blame.Some food items are already costing as much as 50 per cent more, according to the average prices.....


Jos Koedooder from Koedooder & Zn BV Handel My:
“We are actually all waiting for Trump”
At the start of the year it is especially quiet and calm, according to Jos Koedooder from Koedooder & Zn Handel My. That is firstly due to the time of year. The beginning of January is usually calm because the factories are not open yet. But more has to happen for trade to start up again, according to.....

New medicinal ginger species found in India
Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Ginger from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The species Zingiber pseudosquarrosum, new to science, was already used by the local Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups ( PVTGs) of the Andamans for its medicinal values.After.....


Bonduelle announces home delivery in France
Bonduelle has come up with a new delivery service named, ‘My Secret Basket’, which will enable their customers located in France to have their products delivered directly to their door.The company hopes that in a world where time is limited, that people can more easily include and cook more vegetables into.....

Da Lat, Vietnam looking to become region's top veg producer
Da Lat has approved a plan to turn the city into the top producer of vegetables in Southeast Asia in an ambitious plan.Local authorities of Da Lat City in the Central Highlands’ Lam Dong Province have approved a plan to turn the city into the top producer of vegetables in Southeast Asia. Accordingly, the.....

New study shows broccoli protects from liver cancer
While previously shown in studies to reduce various types of cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, a new study adds another one to that list, liver cancer.The new study, led by Prof. Elizabeth Jeffery at the University of Illinois showed that "The normal story about broccoli and health.....


Google data shows cauliflower trend unlikely
While many online bloggers may argue that cauliflower will be the next big food trend, Chase Purdy, a writer for qz.com disagrees. He states that claims have been made for years predicting the rise of the vegetable to the head of the pack, but if google search numbers and stagnating prices are anything.....

Facility to double Aussie mushroom farm's production
P&L Rogers, one of the largest mushroom producers in South Australia has begun earthworks for a new $4.5 million facility at Port Wakefield which is forecast to double production long-term and see high short-term gains as well.The new composting site will be located close to the existing mushroom farm.....

Spain, the largest supplier by far
EU buys record amount of lettuce
In the 2015/2016 campaign (from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016), the European Union (EU) spent a record amount of money on lettuce, according to data from the Euroestacom statistical service (ICEX- Eurostat), with code 0705 of the Integrated Tariff Integrated of the European Communities (TARIC).The total.....

Tesco spinach pesticide 70 times over limit in China
Two batches of vegetables sold at Lotus and Tesco outlets in Shanghai have been found to contain excessive amounts of pesticide residue and have been removed from shelves.A batch of celery sold at the Chuanchang outlet of Lotus and supplied by the Shanghai Jiangqiao Wholesale Market was found to contain 3.6.....

Michigan governor vetoes bill to end mushroom certification
The Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, has vetoed a bill that would have eliminated training and certification requirements for people who sell morel mushrooms to businesses. In a letter released Thursday, Governor Snyder said there's been an increase in demand for wild mushrooms by food establishments, but.....


Pakistan: Mushrooms make up 25% of veg exports
Pakistan exported around 201,000 kilograms (kg) of mushrooms with a total export price of $12.930 million in 2016. Not only was the increase in the value of mushroom exports higher but mushroom exports also contributed over 25 percent to the overall vegetable exports of over $101 million the same year.The.....


Tips to save on fruits & vegetables
Eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables can be expensive, and the size of your family can make it even more so. Dietitian Carol Banister has some tips for families who are looking to eat healthy but also save some money.She says eating what's in season will save you loads of money in the long.....

Chilli peppers may combat breast cancer
New research has found that a molecule found in chilli peppers may slow the growth of triple-negative breast cancer. This type of breast cancer tests negatively for three receptors that promote breast cancer growth—estrogen, progesterone, and HER2—and often is difficult to treat.For many patients.....


Salad makes men's smell more attractive to women
New research published in Evolution and Human Behavior, came out of research into whether sweat can give information on health status and genetics. The study found that men who eat salad smell more attractive to women while men who eat a diet high in carbs smell worse. To ascertain how fruit and vegetables.....


"Chinese garlic plantings peak"
“The new garlic crop is planted from the beginning of October onward, until the next year. In 2016, planting volume was considerably larger than in the year before. Throughout 2016, since the start of the season, garlic prices have been strong. As a result, farmers in Henan, Shandong and Jiangsu province,.....

Kees Heegsma:
“No switch yet from ex field to cold store carrots”
The carrot market is currently very calm. “It is typical that the securities commission of Emmeloord has not reported any trade in five weeks. Last year, prices were reported at 18-20 cents, and now there is not even a report at all,” says outdoor vegetable trader Kees Heegsma from Lemmer. “After all, we.....

Ukraine: 30% increase in greenhouse cucumber prices
On 30 December 2016, the wholesale price of greenhouse-grown cucumbers reached 43-45 hryvnia (1.6-1.7 USD/kg) at Ukraine's Suvar market, i.e. 25-30 percent more expensive than a week earlier. In the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, the price stood at 50-70 hryvnia per kilo (1.8-2.5 USD/kg).Tetyana Hetyman, Eastern.....

Russia exported record amount of potatoes
In 2016, Russia exported a total of 230 thousand tonnes of potatoes, reports Interfax, citing data from the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR).This is a record figure, and although, according to experts, it is not very impressive, exporting may become a solution to the country's overproduction.....

Brussels sprouts used to combat dementia
Scientists have found that a nutrient found in vitamin A-rich foods could help to stave off dementia. The Christmas staple in the UK has also been found to contain such nutrients and could help fight off the illness that plagues many elderly people. The vegetable contains a nutrient, the acid produced by.....

Mexico: Arabia requests asparagus from San Luis
Arabia has requested asparagus from San Luis and the products of this region are already arriving to the Middle East.Jose Enrique Carrasco Encinas, a horticulturist businessman, said that they had made a working trip to that area when they were out of season, but that they had already started to have talks.....

EU lifts three-year ban on Indian vegetable imports
The European Union has lifted its three-year ban on the import of some vegetables from India, an Agriculture Ministry official said in Kochi today. The vegetables now allowed for import include bitter gourd, snake gourd and aubergines, said a Cochin International Airport Limited release, quoting R S Arora,.....


Rien Paans, Verfru Europe:
“Most water damage in Spanish lettuce, endive and spinach”
After the heavy rain in Spain last month, the supply of outdoor vegetables is limited. “We are located in the Tarragona region, and we have had no water problems here, but all of the vegetables were flooded in the area from Cartagena to Murcia. I expect that there will be major problems in the long run, when.....

Spain: Primaflor finalises acquisition of Ensaladas Verdes
The Almeria company Primaflor, which back in late 2015 acquired 80% of the capital of the Leon-based firm Ensaladas Verdes, has just purchased the remaining 20%, as announced this week by the founder of this family business, Jacinto Mendoza. The agreement reached by both parties had contemplated the.....

Indian carrot and tomato prices fall 40%
Amidst the demonetisation in India, the New Year has offered some respite to Keralites, as prices of essential commodities have touched a record low. Carrots and tomatoes were among the vegetables to see a fall in price and dropped by over 40%. According to the data provided by the Economics and Statistics.....


Starring role for vegetables in 2017
Lots of demand for existing products with new applications
Whereas a few years ago the readymade convenience products were at their peak, people seem to want special products and dishes again. Convenience is still a requirement, but sustainability and originality are at least as important. We asked catering and retail wholesaler Smeding Groenten en Fruit which.....

Study shows Finns to increase vegetable consumption
Kesko, a retailer, has released a study on future purchasing trends of Finnish consumers and unearthed some interesting discoveries. According to the study many people in Finland are looking to improve their eating habits in the near future.Increased vegetable purchases are likely, the study found, while.....

Crimean cauliflower prices rising sharply
Cauliflower prices have been rapidly growing in Crimea thanks to an increase in trading activity before the New Year holidays, according to Fruit-Inform. Moreover, the low supply of cauliflower currently in Crimea is also marked as a cause for the rising price.In the meantime, sellers at Krymskiy Privoz.....


Company is testing Indian varieties
Clemson spineless okra at beginning of peak season
Rio Grande Okra sales specializes in Clemson spineless okra, grown in Central Mexico, and has recently begun testing some Indian varieties to meet potential customer demand.Some of General Manager, Richard Zepeda’s customers, as well as one of his colleagues, are involved in selling to Asian markets or are.....


Two new products introduced
Snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow
While consumer interest in traditional greenhouse cucumbers remains, varietals seem to be increasingly grabbing the interest of today’s shoppers.“The snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow,” says Sarah Pau of Leamington, Ont.-based Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. This led to Pure debuting two new.....


Indian farmers dump 70 trucks of tomatoes in protest

Fiji co-operative looks to increase ginger trade
Jodi is the CEO and partners representative of the Ranadi Plantation Partnership, a farming company that has been operating in Fiji for 40 years now. Back in 2014 the partnership saw a yield of 38 metric tons which still was not enough to meet demand from buyers. After this, Ranadi helped to form the Fiji.....

India to resume curry leaf exports to the EU
After a hiatus of three years, India will resume export of curry leaves to the European Union. The exports will now entail quality checks including lab tests and Agmark certification, as mandated by the EU.In 2013, the EU had banned importing curry leaves from India, citing concerns related to high pesticide.....

Nepali stakeholders find new vegetable export potential
In a recent consultation and with the release of recent findings of a field survey in the country, various stakeholders have come to an agreement that Nepal's potential for vegetable exports is still largely unexploited. At an event held during the launch of the findings, held Friday, experts discussed the.....


Lesage focuses less on UK due to drop in currency values
“Demand for mushrooms higher than usual during holidays”
The holidays were good for the Belgian mushroom market. According to Michel Lesage from Lesage Champignons it was a ‘pleasant period.’ “Everything was satisfactory: demand, production, volume and staff scheduling. We would gladly sign up for such an end to the year. Christmas was on the weekend, many people.....

Red cabbage microgreens improve heart health
In a new study out of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researcher Thomas T.Y. Wang and his fellow scientists have found that red cabbage micro greens are more effective at lowering bad cholestorol in mice than its adult counterpart. Till now, eating green vegetables counted as a healthy food.....

Only Demeter and Bioland produce without residue
Lamb's lettuce contains moderate amounts of pesticides
Lamb's lettuce is healthy, tasty and perfectly suitable for a winter salad. However, the exquisite leaves contain more chemical residues than other vegetables.Lamb's lettuce is the superman of the lettuce varieties. It contains more potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron than other lettuce. But it is.....

Germany:
Brussels sprouts harvest in full swing
The small, delicate, bright green mini-cabbages with a nice bite, in other words Brussels sprouts, are a treat for most people. Although there are people who intensely dislike sprouts, and refuse to eat them. Their rejection might stem from early childhood, when sprouts were often cooked until they were a.....


Quick way to peel garlic in seconds

Global mushroom market growing
Transparency Market Research holds volumes of regularly updated data on the food and beverages industry. “Mushroom Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024” contains updated and relevant data on the current state of producers of mushrooms and the.....


What is the lettuce of the future?
Forty years ago, iceberg lettuce would not have been found in supermarkets. Twenty years ago, convenience products could hardly be found, and in recent years, living lettuce is starting to become better-known. Moreover, large parties are also investing significantly in water-based lettuce cultivation, in.....