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Canadian mushroom giant celebrates 55 years in Leamington
Highline Produce Limited (Highline) celebrated their 55th year of mushroom growing in Leamington this weekend with employees and community leaders. Founded in 1961 from humble beginnings, Highline Mushrooms has grown to become the largest mushroom grower in Canada and the world’s largest grower of organic.....


New cardboard punnets from recycled tomato fibers
Brand combines economy and ecology
Producing organic, consuming organic, inventing solutions for the climate and recycling to protect the environment… Welcome to Tribu Ecolo’s world. What is Tribu Ecolo? It is a partnership brand between idyl and nature, the brand that combines economy and ecology. Nothing is lost in nature, everything is.....


Six weeks in which to see Rijk Zwaan’s open-field crops
Rijk Zwaan opens up demo field
Rijk Zwaan is holding this year’s demo days in Fijnaart, the Netherlands, from 19 September to 28 October. This six-week period allows Rijk Zwaan to optimally advise all visitors and give each of them a personalised guided tour. In the demo field visitors will see a large number of new introductions in.....


Rick van de Ven, ZON:
“Foreign supply affecting iceberg lettuce exports”
Sales of iceberg lettuce are currently not going very smoothly. “We are selling the product, but with difficulty,” says Rick van de Ven, responsible for the sales of iceberg lettuce for ZON. “Supply in the Netherlands is no larger than usual, but foreign supply is affecting our sales. In other years, crops.....

Broccoli powder to complete your diet
Just 100 grams of broccoli powder provides the same health benefits as 1 kilo (4 servings) of the fresh product, according to a study by the Laboratory of Phytochemistry at the Department of Science and Food Technology of CEBAS-CSIC, which actively collaborates with the +Brócoli Association.The broccoli.....

''Losses are profound''
Update: Weather related crop shortages for processed veg crops
On 15 June, and again on 8 July 2016, PROFEL voiced concerns about potential crop losses following exceptionally heavy rains in May and June, in the main producing countries in the North of Europe.The cold and wet weather in the early part of the summer which delayed sowing and slowed crop growth,was.....

Russia plans to export green vegetables to China
According to the data from the Russian Agricultural Department, the off-season vegetable output has increased 18% in the past 3 years. By 2020, 1,500 hectares' of vegetable greenhouses will be built, which can fully serve domestic vegetable needs during cold seasons. Moreover, some large greenhouse.....


“Keep on investing in quality to remain the leek reference of Europe”
Leek volumes at REO Auction up 30% on 2014
The leek volume at REO Auction has increased incredibly over the past two years. “During the first half of 2016, the supply of leeks to our auction was more than 30% higher than in 2014, with an obviously higher price. Working on this product for two years has paid off for our region and its producers,” says.....


Best photos of giant veg growing contest
From colossal cabbages to massive marrows
The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show has something for every gardening and veg-growing fanatic. Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in the United Kingdom, the horticultural event hosts a wide range of activities from plant pavilions to live cookery theatre. One of the shows main highlights is the giant.....


La Linea Verde introduces fresh-cut superfood
La Linea Verdehas always been responsive to customer demands and driven by its willingness to innovate. This is why, in line with the current healthy food trend, it will presentDimmidiSì Kaleat Macfrut.Kale is a superfood with various nutritional properties and is very popular with US celebrities such as.....

Fruit exports up 50%
NZ's perishable exports up 150% in past few months
According to new industry figures and data from Hawaiian Airlines, New Zealand exports of perishable goods to the US have increased by up to 150 percent over the past few months, and capsicums are among the products driving the country's rapid growth in the US market.Tim Strauss, vice president of Hawaiian.....


John Willems, Bayer:
“Monsanto and Bayer complementary re vegetable seeds”
Bayer and Monsanto mostly complement each other with their high-tech vegetable seeds, rather than overlap, according to John Willems, responsible for Bayer’s Nunhems vegetable seeds in the Benelux countriesAre buyers of Nunhems also going to sell Merlice? What changes for cultivators? These are questions.....


Aartsenfruit to become the major supplier of Bimi®
A deal has been agreed, which will see Aartsenfruit become the major supplier of Bimi® to the Benelux region wholesale market. Bimi® was traditionally bred by crossing broccoli and Chinese Kale. It is a long slim, elegant-looking vegetable, rich green in colour - even when cooked. With a growing demand for.....

Mas Melons & Grapes expands asparagus program
Starting next season, Mas Melons & Grapes will be able to supply asparagus from October through May, meaning customers are going to enjoy this delicious vegetable three more months out of the year.“Thanks to strategic commercial alliances with our growers in the state of Sonora, we now can assure our.....

20,000 kilos
Argentina: Producers to give away veg in Plaza de Mayo protest
Producers from the Union of Workers of the Earth (UTT) gave away their vegetables at the Plaza de Mayo, to protest against precarious working conditions. The UTT, which is part of the Confederation of Popular Economy (TCPA) released a statement which said: "We are families that work the land to produce the.....

India: Veg sales through Farm Fresh outlets top Rs 1m
The Department of Cooperatives in Tiruchi, India, which is responsible for overseeing the Farm Fresh outlets initiative, has achieved an impressive feat within eight months of launching: sales of vegetables through Farm Fresh outlets in the city have crossed Rs.1 million.Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched.....

Tanzania: Tomato prices fall 88%
In Tanzania, a glut of tomatoes has depressed prices to uneconomic levels. A large number of small-scale farmers began growing the crop this season, after seeing last year's high prices. This has led to the oversupply and subsequent drop in price.According toMr Jonas Malta, a resident of Morogoro Region,the.....

Asparagus grower's advice
AU: Growers need ''at least two different commodities''
Back in 1927 Frank Minter first harvested wild asparagus from dirt ditches around Mildura and sent it to Melbourne markets for sale. Soon after, according to great grandson Darren Minter, Frank farmed the crop.Ever since that time, the Minters have continued to farm asparagus, making them one of the longest.....


Responses from John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der Zwaard
What are the consequences of heat for the fruit and vegetable trade?
Unprecedented heat for mid-September.Heat records are being broken day after day. But what does a hot late summer mean for the fruit and vegetable trade? John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der Zwaard respond.John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der ZwaardJohn van.....


Growing demand over last several years
North Carolina sweet potato harvest looks good
Sweet potato growers in North Carolina began harvesting at the end of last month, and early signs point to a good crop. That's good news for the state's growers, who are responsible for about half of the country's production, as increased interest in sweet potatoes has driven demand over the last few.....

Florette signs contract to supply Iceberg lettuce to McDonald’s
McDonald’s France, Florette Food Service (their long term salad, fruit and vegetable supplier) and the Saint-Pol-de-Léon Sica (vegetable producer organisation and partners with Florette Food Services) have signed a multi-year contract to supply iceberg lettuce to France’s fast food leader. The contract is.....


“Fruit adds flavour, vegetables add bite”
New: yoghurt with tomato and cucumber
Delhaize recently added new varieties to its yoghurt range. A surprising combination of vegetables and fruit were united in three full-fat yoghurts: apple-pear-cucumber, banana-beetroot, and strawberry-tomato.Delhaize’s new fruit-vegetable yoghurts allow for a “perfect ‘me-time’ moment,” and are suitable for.....


Preventing food waste in Germany
Food too good to bin!
Nobody thinks that they waste a lot of food. But statistics show that we are wrong. One in every eight shop-bought food products is thrown away. How can we prevent this waste?Hereyou can find easy and practical tips to waste less fruit and vegetables and how tostorefruit better.

China: Qingyang restaurant produces own vegetables
According to a report in the Abbao newspaper, a hotel in central China has started to grow its own vegetables in order to be able to offer its clients safe produce. In addition, the vegetable garden is becoming an attraction for visitors staying at the hotel The assistant manager of the Lianfeng Cloud Sea.....

China: Veg price increase due to short supplies
According to the latest data from the Department of Agriculture, among the 28 vegetable varieties that were inspected last week (during 29th August to 4th September), 24 of them faced a price increase. To be more specific, the average weekly price is 4.11 Yuan per kilo, a week-on-week increase of 8.2%, and.....


First report of foliar spots on spinach
During the spring of 2015, the spinach plants cultivated in different polytunnels in Lombardy presented symptoms of a yet unknown foliar disease.15 to 20-day-old plants presented small round grey-brownish spots (1-2 mm diameter) and the lesions extended to 30 mm forming concentric rings that covered the.....


Taste tested by independent jury
Miss Perfect elected tastiest tomato in Norway
This morning, Paul van de Mierop of Den Berk Delice was pleasantly surprised with a message from Norway. “We were informed by a customer that our Miss Perfect was elected tastiest tomato after a taste test in Norway. Naturally, that is great news for us. This test was widely reported on in one of the largest.....


Mario Iuzzolino, Verdi Import:
First Spanish broccoli surprisingly good quality
Verdi Import has started its Spanish broccoli season. “It is true some Dutch product is still available, but because of the unprecedentedly high temperatures, quality has become one large question mark. On average, Spanish broccoli is slightly better than Dutch broccoli,” says Mario Iuzzolino of Verdi.....

NZ: New taro trial to improve biosecurity
Scientists from Plant & Food Research have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to help reduce the chances of invasive species entering New Zealand.Taro is a particularly difficult vegetable to clean – the product is covered in fibrous leaf and root matter and its.....

Karlsruhe, Germany:
European asparagus and soft fruit farmers meet at expoSE and expoDirekt
On 16 and 17 November 2016, the 21st European Asparagus and Strawberry Trade Fair (expoSE) and the 6th Exhibition for agricultural direct selling (expoDirekt) will attract over 6,000 visitors from all over the world.During Europe’s leading trade fair in this sector, over 400 international exhibitors will.....


UC Davis students cross jalapeño with bell pepper
What do you get when you cross a jalapeño pepper with a bell pepper?An ingenious group of UC Davis students are proving you can create a jumbo, organic, jalapeño “popper,” perfect for stuffing with rice, vegetables, protein and cheese. For the last four years, the young scientists have been making crosses.....


Overview of Belgian greenhouse vegetable prices
"Thankfully few tomatoes and cucumbers destroyed this season"
Some of the vegetable growers this years can finally speak of a 'normal season'. The price level for different vegetables was regularly good this year and at the moment the tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and lettuce are also doing well. "In previous seasons a considerable amount of cucumbers and tomatoes.....


Resealable packaging for mini cucumbers
Mini cucumbers in resealable packaging can create new sales opportunities for the original product, according to Carla Houben of cucumber plant Mellantas. “It could be used as a healthy and tasty snack in canteens, at the check-out line in supermarkets, or just in a rack in the supermarket.”Producing or.....

Led by low rise in veg prices
India: Inflation at 5-month low
Consumer inflation eased to a five-month low of 5.05 per cent in August on the back of lower rises in the prices of vegetables and pulses, raising hopes of an interest rate cut next month when the new RBI governor Dr Urjit Patel presents his first policy review, reports The Daily Mail India.The fall in food.....

Taiwan: Veg prices rise as typhoon approaches
Sources from the Taipei Fruit and Vegetable Market report that vegetable prices in the local wholesale market rose about 15 percent on Tuesday 13 September from a day earlier as Typhoon Meranti approaches. Consumers are rushing to markets to stock up on fruit and vegetables before the typhoon hits.In the.....

''EU subsidies useful, but not essential''
According to German grower Florian Amberger, EU subsidies are useful but not essential, even after a poor potato season on his Rhineland farm. As a grower of high-value crops, he says farm subsidies do not have a big effect on his farming even after wet weather in June hit the harvesting and yields of his.....


Juan Romera (Zoutewelle): "More kilos expected"
First Spanish courgettes from Escobi have arrived
The new Spanish vegetable season has started at Zoutewelle. “We received the first courgettes from Escobi last Friday,” says Juan Romero of Zoutewelle. The first product in which Escobi specialised was courgettes, now at almost 23 million kilo, followed by peppers and aubergines.The average price for.....


UK: Snozzcumbers on sale at Morrison’s for 41p
September 13 would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, and to mark the occasion, Morrison’s have started selling snozzcumbers in store, for just 41p each.Fans of the BFG will remember that the kindly giant refused to eat people. Instead, he existed on a diet of snozzcumbers, washed down with a glass of.....


CA (AB): Greenhouse growers benefit from "ugly" vegetables
Greenhouse growers in Alberta are seeing beautiful benefits from their ugly vegetables.After launching a pilot program in Saskatchewan in 2014 aimed at moving cosmetically challenged cucumbers and tomatoes from the landfill to the supermarket till, Medicine Hat-based RedHat Cooperative continues to expand.....


US (OH): Dozens of students sick after eating ghost peppers
Approximately 40 Milton-Union Middle School students were treated Friday by medics after they ingested suspected ghost peppers at the school, officials said.The incident happened during the lunch period, and the district was still working to determine how many students were involved and where the hot peppers.....


Ronald Gielleit, Top Fresh Handel:
"Hardly any demand for conventional carrots"
The carrot season has not had a flying start. "The production volumes are perfect everywhere in Europe; that means that there is not a lot of pressure on the market. There is hardly any demand for conventional carrots. Some organic carrots are shipped to Germany and England," says Ronald Gielleit of Top.....

India: State intervention keeps veg prices low for festival
The state of Kerala's government intervened in the market in time for Onam, the biggest festival celebrated in Kerala, to prevent vegetable prices from rising. The state also has plans to become self-reliant in vegetable production within three years.Horticorp Managing Director Ranjan S. Karippai says while.....

Promoting veg production in Punjab
India: Half a million packs of seeds distributed
As part of the Chief Minister's three-year vegetables production project in Punjab, almost 500,000 seed packets were distributed among the population to encourage vegetable cultivation.Over 900 demonstration plots of vegetables were also developed while Farmers Day programmes and seminars were also held for.....

ExpoSE & expoDirekt: 16 and 17 November
Combined European fair for asparagus and berry cultivators
On 16 and 17 November 2016, both the 21st European asparagus and strawberry fair, expoSE, and the 6th exhibition for direct sales of agricultural products, expoDirekt, will be visited by approximately 6,000 visitors from all over the world. More than 400 national and international exhibitors will present.....

AU: Researcher tackles Laos veg pests
An Australian researcher has turned her desire to help farmers in Laos get on top of vegetable pests into a career commitment. Central Queensland University (CQU) entomology postgraduate student, Madaline Healey, showcased her work in improving pest management for Laoatian farmers at the Crawford Fund.....

Price to 1.10 euro today
Chicory cultivators are hoping for better autumn
This summer was very disappointing for chicory cultivators. “July and August were mediocre to bad, both regarding demand and pricing. At the end of August, prices dropped even further. Fortunately we had a recovery in prices this morning. We, and all the cultivators, are now hoping for a better autumn,.....


Canada: Good first results with new heat-resistant heirlooms
Just about a year ago, Turkish seed breeder Yuksel started its North American branch with the opening of its premises in Kingsville, Ontario. After a year of extensive trials and translating their experience towards their research programs, the breeder looks back at a positive first year. In the first year,.....


UK: Vegetable-only pop-up restaurant to stay open permanently
"Twelve weeks ago, we opened Veggie Pret as a month-long pop up in Soho," Clive Schlee, CEO of sandwich shop Pret, writes. "We were so overwhelmed by the public response that we kept it open for the summer. I can now tell you that we've taken the decision to keep it open for ever(!) And, if we can, to open.....


AU: New app tells growers when plants need watering
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is joining forces with agriculture technology company The Yield to deliver an exciting new tool for growers – a mobile app designed to help guide irrigation decisions.Hort Innovation Research and Investments General Manager, David Moore, said that knowing.....


Interfel to promote French mushroom production
France produces over 100,000 tons of Portobello mushrooms, mainly in the Pays de la Loire (62%) and is the third biggest producer, behind Poland and Holland. 35,000 tons of the produce is fresh, i.e. not processed (conserved or frozen). The sector has 60 or so companies and represents 3,000 jobs.The.....

Spain: Almagro aubergine to be protected to ensure future viability
The regional government of Castile-La Mancha will include the genetic variety 'Aubergine of Almagro' in the Rural Development Programme (RDP) to protect it and ensure the crop's future viability. This is excellent news for the growers, distribution companies, and especially for the Protected Geographical.....


Drop in the price of Dutch bunch tomatoes
Wholesale prices of bunch tomatoes have dropped in the past few weeks, at least in Bologna. "Dutch produce dropped to €1.20 to €1/kg," explains Mario Tartari from Eurofrut. This was probably due to the bigger volumes available. The same is happening to Italian bunch tomatoes as the season is ending......


Haywood County farms have grown exponentially via the Buy Haywood Market Development Project
North Carolina’s temperate climate has been good for cucumbers
Cucumbers grown in Haywood County have been plentiful this year. “We’ve had a really good year here for cucumbers. Our county is in the very far western part of the state bordering Tennessee. We’re in the mountains and at a fairly high elevation here so our micro-climate is similar to a temperate.....

Polish growers show no interest in organic peppers
The Polish bell pepper market is stable and very similar to last year in terms of production. The season hasn't been without its challenges, the changing weather has been making it difficult for growers and has had an effect on the quality levels.Anna Gabler, CEO of Agro Queens, said that, 'despite the.....


India: Veg grown by ministers proves a hit
In Thiruvananthapuram, India, vegetables grown and harvested at the official residences of the chief minister and agriculture minister sold out in less than 30 minutes at the eco-shop there on Tuesday 6 September. Fifteen kilogrammes of spinach and 5kg of ladies finger and beans were sold out in record.....

The DBV president reviews the 2016 harvest
Extreme weather influences the harvest of potatoes, fruit and vegetables
This year’s weather, warm, humid and unstable with few sunshine hours has significantly affected the potato, fruit and vegetable harvest in many regions of Germany. Although fruit trees were barely damaged by the frost during the flowering periods, the growth started two weeks later than usual, due to the.....

Alaska's best broccoli and cauliflower hits the market
As the growing season in Alaska draws to an end, the weather is giving farmers a reprieve. Now is the time for the best broccoli and cauliflower of the season."Labor Day is behind us, and we farmers begin to feel the urgency of the end of the growing season," says Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics and the.....


Ontario man finds giant 15.4-pound puffball mushroom
Don Smith, 84, found the 15.4-pound puffball while walking his daughter's dog last week near Woodstock. Eager to share his discovery with the world, he asked his granddaughter Kaylie Ngo to post a photo of his find online.She obliged, and a photo of Smith with the enormous puffball in his lap has now been.....


UK: Polish tomato prices more stable than Dutch supply
After fluctuating prices for tomatoes from the Netherlands (which can make it difficult to keep costs down for the UK market) UK distributor Sharrocks Fresh Produce (GT Group), has made the switch to a primarily Polish supply. Five weeks into the new program, and over 100,000 kilos later, GT Group Managing.....


Greenhouse on supermarket, garden on market hall
Belgian cultivators hit the roof
With a vegetable garden on the roof of Delhaize and a herb nursery with LED lighting in the Antwerp METRO, Belgian retailers are increasingly cultivating their own vegetables.Delhaize BoondaelThe roof of the new Delhaize Boondael in Brussels will feature a vegetable garden of 320 m2 from next year. A.....

Irish multinational increases share in Canadian mushrooms
Fyffes buys Canadian mushroom company All Seasons Mushroom
Irish multinational Fyffes made a take-over bid for Canadian mushroom company All Seasons Mushroom. According to reports in Irish media Fyffes will pay 41 million dollar for All Seasons. With that bid, the company will be completely owned by the Irish multinational. Earlier this year, Fyffes took over.....


Success of courgettes dependent on autumn
"We have enough customers for the courgettes, but it's borderline. For the growers with heated greenhouses slightly worse weather would be better. That would reduce the total courgette production slightly. It's not exactly an art at the moment: if you put the plants away it almost does it by itself. After.....


Space for 10,000 cubic crates
Verduyn expands storage space in Haspengouw
Family business Verduyn will start expanding very soon, with extra storage space. This means that the storage of vegetables is mainly in their own hands. “We have bought storage space near Haspengouw,” says Alexander Verduyn. “We are very busy at the moment finishing the new building so that it is ready to.....

AU: South coast state emerges as truffle producer
Although Manjimup and Pemberton continue to dominate the Australian truffle industry, over the past five years, Denmark, on the state's south coast, has built up a handful of new and emerging truffle producers, reports abc.net.au.Two are now successfully producing, two more are hoping to start producing in.....


Sweet kale and Asian
Launch of two new organic chopped salads
Braga Fresh, a visionary leader in the organic fresh produce industry, announced the debut of two new organic chopped salad kits under their Josie’s Organics product line: Organic Sweet Kale Chopped Salad and Organic Asian Chopped Salad.Josie’s Organics Sweet Kale Chopped Salad (10 oz.) is a delicious mix of.....


Leo, Cees and Danielle Visser, Visser Asian Crop:
We deliver our Asian vegetables to shops all over Europe
Although product names such as Am choi, ong choi, hing choi and poi choi still make many people furrow their brow, a growing number of Dutch people are trying Asian vegetables. “People go on holiday, and want to try that food here as well,” says Leo Visser, who manages Visser Asian Crop with his son Cees and.....

Nigerian state to mass produce tomatoes for foreign markets
The governor of Taraba state in Nigeria,Darius Ishaku, says his state is working at mass-producing tomatoes and tea for local and foreign markets. According to the governor, foreign investors have already expressed interest in investing in the state.Ishaku recently visited Germany and India and said the.....

Malaysia: City aims for self-sufficiency in veg farming
The government of Putrajaya city is aimingto reach 67.6 per centself-sufficiency in vegetable farming by the year end, as compared to 54 per cent last year, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Nogeh Gumbek.He said that vegetable exports had also increased from RM682 million in 2010 to.....


Farmer develops cucumber sorting machine with the help of Google
Around a year ago, a former embedded systems designer from the Japanese automobile industry named Makoto Koike, started helping out at his parents’ cucumber farm, and was amazed by the amount of work it takes to sort cucumbers by size, shape, colour and other attributes.In Japan, each farm has its own.....


NL: Dinner of Mars and moon vegetables well received
A lovely dinner from ‘Mars’. The first meal ever based on vegetables grown in Mars and moon simulant soils provided by NASA was prepared and heartily consumed on Tuesday the 30th of August. Students of Rijn IJssel Vakschool and Wageningen University prepared the meal and served it to guests at the hotel ‘De.....