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Growing conditions are difficult
"About 60 percent is asparagus Class I"
The asparagus season has started in Switzerland. At the end of April the first white and green spears are cut. Ronny Köhli runs the asparagus farm Köhli in Gimmerz in Switzerland and has been farming white and green asparagus for 20 years. He sells his asparagus from the farm, to supermarkets and several.....


Produce View report week 19:
Where are the British plum tomatoes on the UK retail shelves?
With less than ten days to go to the British Tomato Week, it is a good moment to take a look at the current offerings on the UK supermarket shelves. According to the latest report from Produce View, only 3 of the UK supermarkets have British grown baby Plum tomatoes available this week: Asda, Morrisons and.....


UNH Tomato Research investigates new cultivars
There’s nothing quite like the taste of a sweet, juicy New England tomato during summer. For tomato growers, picking which tomatoes appeal to New Hampshire consumers and generate strong sales can be a balancing act between those that taste good, are resistant to disease, and have a high marketable.....

Brandenburg completely covered!
Asparagus cultivation: Politicians Prompts Foil ban
Springtime is asparagus time. But the popularity of the precious vegetable means that ever-larger parts disappear under black foil. A citizen’s initiative started a battle against this development. And German Green party is calling for a ban.Brandenburg completely covered!Werner Christ (67) points to the.....


Regional preferred peppers
Yellow romano peppers with lots of potential
The Austrian Seewinkler Sonnengemüse of Wallern im Burgenland is a farmers’ association. This season they have grown red and yellow pointed peppers, also known as romano peppers, for the first time. CEO Josef Peck says: "On an area of ​​about one hectare, we have started with the cultivation of.....

Less cereal, fruits and vegetables harvested
Austria: Declining yields mean more imports
Austrian fields grew less grain, fruit, vegetables and potatoes in 2013/14. To compensate for the decline in the harvests and to meet the domestic demand, significantly more fruit and vegetables had to be imported from abroad. This was registered by the Austrian statistical office (Statistik Austria) on the.....

Canada: Greenhouse tomatoes experiencing better demand
Greenhouse tomatoes are experiencing better prices and demands than last year. Current prices of Tomatoes on the Vine (TOV) are $7-$9 for a five kilo box. The Beefsteak variety varies in price by size with larger tomatoes fetching a higher price; however, the general price range is $12-$15. Decrease of TOVs.....

North Africa high on FAO agenda
North Africa is high on the agenda of a two-day summit that kicked off on Tuesday in the Spanish city of Barcelona, with organizers seeking to boost food security in the Mediterranean region.Co-organised by the United Nations special agency for food, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the European.....

Cabbage unsung hero of NY agriculture
People in New York and around the USA are eating cabbage and it’s proving to be an important part of the state’s agriculture.“New York is well known for its maple syrup, its dairy products, its apples and its farm-based beverages, but the cabbage industry here is huge and it sometimes doesn’t get nearly the.....

US (CA): Artichoke prices remain strong
Lower than usual supplies continue to prop up higher than normal prices for California artichokes. With volumes this season expected to continue as they have so far, prices could stay at these levels for the foreseeable future.“Prices are good, and they have been for a little over a month,” said Bob.....


Maine farmers hopeful for upcoming season
Farmers who normally would be planting their first crops of the season — peas, radishes and leafy greens — are instead finding themselves in greenhouses still harvesting over-wintered parsnips and spinach instead of seated on tractors tilling fields.But with warm weather expected the first week in May,.....

Italy: Kareena aubergines are truly unique!
"The aubergine campaign went well until April 25th, then there was a sudden drop in prices due to the bank holiday, which always seems to affect prices," explains Tommasso Ferrisi, Verd'Oro line sales manager forGold Green.The company's newest product are Kareena aubergine, created because of a "bet" made.....


Gerwin de Vries, Witlofkwekerij LOF:
"Chicory market shows rising line after Easter dip"
After Easter the chicory market was in a firm dip for a while, but now the market is fighting its way up again. "It was difficult in the week after Easter, but since then the sales have been going a lot better, partially thanks to various supermarket deals. The price level today is around 95 cents to 1.....


Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos: cucumber season historically bad
"Slightly lower production of Canary tomatoes with just higher prices"
Fortuna Frutos expects to continue to offer Canary tomatoes for another few weeks. "So far we have had a reasonable season with slightly lower productions and just higher prices," says Gert-Jan Slobbe. "As far as quality is concerned the Canary tomato season is going fine. I expect it to continue for.....

Young shoppers like sweet corn
Some vegetables do not make it to the top ten of most adolescents, however sweet corn does.Compared to other kinds of fresh vegetables sweet corn has a fairly young consumer base and therefore its future looks good. Because eating habits learned at a young age often survive into old age.In general the.....

Spar Austria bets on crispy-fresh radishes and young onions from Tyrol
After the long winter months, people can look forward to the first kinds of domestic vegetables. The red-glowing radishes and fresh young onions from Tyrol appear to be bursting with vitamins. In the last 8 to 12 weeks, they have been grown on the fields of Biachlhof in Thaur, and they perfectly complement.....

Wild asparagus technically not asparagus
The wild asparagus is here again. The wild asparagus technically isn't asparagus at all; they are the stalks of a hyacinth-like plant. They are always available for a brief period, about 6 to 8 weeks. They're grown in special nurseries in France, and only grow well in warm weather. The young stalks have a.....

Coop sells crooked (German) asparagus
For the past year and a half, Coop has been selling fruit and vegetables that don't meet the common beauty ideal, under the name Ünique. In February, the assortment was expanded with eggplants, lemons and kiwis. The retail trader now also sells curved asparagus – of course these came from Baden for the first.....

US (CA): Snap, snow peas come into volume
As production of green peas winds down in Santa Maria, volumes of snap peas and snow peas are increasing. Prices for the two latter varieties have been good.“Production of green peas in Santa Maria takes place from the beginning of March to the end of April, and in Salinas they'll go for two to three.....

Organic market growth decreases produce price
The organic market is steadily moving from a niche market, to encompass more growers and more crops. Within the last few years, the rapid growth of the organic market within Canada, the United States, and Mexico has introduced not only new growers, but those who have switched from conventional crops to.....


New pepper taste model coming into operation
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has teamed up with two Dutch breeders, Rijk Zwaan and Enza, to develop a model for a quicker prediction of the taste level of bell peppers. The research has been partly funded through the TTI Groene Genetica Programme and has been possible thanks to the contribution.....

Cucumber, fruit for the summer
Fruits and vegetables have long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Studies have shown that increase consumption of vegetables such as cucumber can help curb the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, skin infections, obesity, and overall wellbeing.Belonging to the same family.....


Blue tomato varieties hit AU market
New blue tomato varieties have made their way to Australia, and Robbie Keck is one of the few growers in Victoria.Ten months ago Robbie, from Seymour, was researching tomato varieties on the internet when he came across the crossbred heirloom varieties. “I saw a few photos of these varieties a while ago.....


Ahern and Enza Zaden:
Successful cucumber area Baja, Mexico
Close cooperation between Enza Zaden and business partner Ahern International has lead to some promising new cucumber varieties in the Baja region, Mexico. These varieties were presented during a combined tour in this region. During this tour Enza Zaden and Ahern visited several key growers in the.....


Peru: Asparagus third top in non-traditional exports
Asparagus is the third top product among non-traditional agricultural exports in Peru after grapes and mangoes, accounting for 10% of total exports, informed Adex Agricultural Manager Giannina Denegri.Asparagus shipment in the first quarter of the year totaled US$74.9 million, a 6.4% increase from the same.....

US (CA): Sweet corn market steadies
After a strong start to the sweet corn season in California, prices have come down. With steady volumes, the market is steady.“The market started off strong at the beginning, but then it dropped off,” said Danielle Cultrera of Van Groningen and Sons. That was partly due to Mexican imports trailing off.....


New asparagus variety is tender enough to be eaten raw
Tesco has begun trialling a new variety of Norfolk-grown asparagus that can also be eaten raw.The Burgundine variety is a purple-green cross which can be eaten raw after being washed as it contains lower amounts of lignin, the fibrous constituent of asparagus.Tesco produce buyer James Strathdee said: "The.....


Florette renews image and launches new products
Florette, a company devoted to the production and distribution of fresh packaged salads, has renewed its image and expanded its product portfolio, as reported by the company in a statement.The change has already been applied to the entire range of Florette salads, giving even greater visibility to the.....

new app tracks fruit
Child labour, sustainable fruit and veg production
Fruit and vegetables grown intensively in developing countries may well have been picked using child labour, according to Dutch food research foundation QuestionMark. The organisation looked at the origin of over 3,300 different types of fruit and vegetable products on sale in Dutch supermarkets. It found in.....

Israeli professors keep veggies fresh for a month, without a fridge
Dr. Rivka Elbaum from Hebrew University's Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quantity Sciences, Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, has invented a solution that delays the natural aging process undergone by fresh produce, in some instances by up to a.....

20 million pounds of asparagus to be harvested in Michigan
Michigan ranks third in the nation for asparagus production producing up to 25 million pounds annually.The total annual value of the Michigan asparagus crop is estimated at $15 million.Oceana County, around Hart and Shelby, is the area with the greatest volume of production, but there is also substantial.....


First quinoa sown in the Netherlands
Wageningen UR has sown the first quinoa fields at its test facilities in Lelystad and Vredepeel. A number of fields have been sown for nitrogen trials and a number of fields for research into varieties. A further five hectares have been sown for conventional cultivation.Sand and clayThe research into.....


Swiss asparagus season begins
Swiss asparagus is back, and right on time with the season starting this week and continuing until the 24th June.Be they white, green or purple, they all come from the same plant. The difference is in the farming technique. Green asparagus grows above ground and owes it’s colour to the sunlight, whilst.....

US: Stable demand for zucchini, fluctuating supplies
Demand for zucchini has remained fairly steady in the United States this year, so when supplies go up and down, the market has followed those fluctuations.With production coming from Florida, Georgia and Mexico, there has been a range of prices. Out of Florida, demand was reported as good on April 29, and.....

US (FL): Transition brings tight green bean market
As production of green beans in Florida transitions north, supplies have been tight this week. With alternating rainy and hot conditions, supplies have been further constrained by interruptions to harvesting.“The last four or five days, there was a lot of rain,” said Tom Nicholson of Ben-Bud Growers. “So.....


Vegetables for astronauts
Floating through the air Terry W. Virst needs more than just astronaut food. Therefore, every now and then something fresh is supplied. These fresh treats must be eaten quickly because they don't last long when journeying away from mother earth. The whole earth as witness via Twitter: Virst is delighted with.....

Batch of Turkish tomatoes rejected by Russia
According to the newspaper Zaman, a shipment with tonnes of Turkish tomatoes was rejected by Russia because of the alleged presence of pesticide residues and pests.In this regard, consumer organisations expressed their concerns about the fact that the tomatoes may have been channelled back to the Turkish.....

France: consumers advised to choose French asparagus
France is in full asparagus season, and it will continue until the end of June. But it is advised to check the label before buying asparagus and check that it is French. If the asparagus is brought in a bundle from the market or from a good greengrocer, there should be no problem, the asparagus will be from.....


Pure Flavor’s new line of product
Long freshness with Living Lettuce
Pure Flavor® has recently introduced a new line of product offering, Living Lettuce. "Unlike others, Pure Flavor’s Living Lettuce does not stop growing after being picked from the greenhouse and it’s definitely guaranteed to be a great eating option that will provide nutritious value, freshness and.....


Hoogstraten and BelOrta promote Flandria peppers in France
In the framework of the promotion of Flandria peppers in France Veiling Hoogstraten and BelOrta bundled their powers together. Both auctions represent 100% of the Belgian production. Over 150 ha of peppers, divided into four colours, are grown under a Flandria flag. Over 50% of this is from the.....

Prices and production volumes falling behind
Difficult situation in aubergine market
The aubergine market is currently in a difficult situation. The results achieved during the first 4 months of the year by Dutch aubergine growers have actually been worse than those of 2014's record-breaking poor season start. Both production volumes and prices per kilo are at a lower level than last year,.....

Spain: El Perelló auctions first batch of "world's best tomato"
This Monday, the Cooperative Unión Protectora de El Perello (Unipro) and the City Council of El Perelló auctioned the first tomato batch of the season; 50 kilos, with a starting price of 100 Euro. All proceeds of the auction will go to CaritasSpeaking to Europa Press, the Councillor for Trade, Tourism and.....

Kenya may lose EU for peas, beans
Peas and beans in pods (unshelled) from Kenya will continue to be subjected to strict sanitary and phytosanitary controls before entering the European market, following a rise in cases of contaminated produce last year.The European Union mission in Kenya confirmed that in the past month, interceptions were.....

Andalusia
Spain: Garlic acreage in Cordoba down 20%
The president of Asaja's Garlic department, Miguel del Pino, has confirmed that Cordoba's planted acreage has dropped by 20% compared to a year earlier, a much higher percentage than the decline registered at national level, which has been of between 10 and 15%. He has also estimated that, by the time the.....

AU: Prisoners grow and sell bok choy from jail
Prisoners at Alice Springs jail are successfully growing and supplying commercial quantities of the Chinese cabbage bok choy.Working with local lettuce producer and distributor Moe McCosker, the prisoners are able to harvest and sell up to 800 bunches of product each week.A day at the prison bok choy farmAt.....

40% of Peruvian asparagus shipped to the U.S.
The Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX) said that, in the period between January and February this year, the value of the country's asparagus shipments totalled $ 74.9 million, a slight 6.4% increase compared to the same period of 2014.The vegetable was exported under three headings: "Fresh or.....

Spain: New tastier tomatoes, resistant to viruses
A group of researchers from the Polytechnic School of Orihuela, of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), have embarked on a programme to obtain new tomato varieties that can bring back the taste and aroma of older ones, with an added resistance to the Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV), the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl.....


Italy: Flavour Valley launched new endive campaign
"We will start in early May with the harvesting of curly and plain endive. This year, the weather has been good - temperatures weren't too cold in March-April except for last week, though luckily they only slowed the cycle down rather than damaging it, so there is no problem from a quality and yield.....

US(IN): Locally grown produce from indoor vertical farm
“We grow produce in a controlled environment, which allows us to deliver a safe and high quality product year -round,” says Robert Colangelo with Green Sense Farms. The company grows leafy greens, micro greens, culinary herbs and lettuce in a pesticide-free, herbicide-free and non-GMO environment. The.....

Japan: Lack of sunlight causes veg prices to soar
The meager sunshine hours this month has hit consumers’ wallets as it delayed the harvest of vegetables and led to a surge in their prices.In many regions of the country, bad weather that began in early April almost halved sunshine hours compared with an average year. Some vegetables now cost nearly twice as.....


Uganda: Still some work to become top tomato producer
While Uganda boasts of over 10 common tomato varieties, there are over 7,000 different tomato varieties grown in the world. Worldwide, 161 million metric tons of tomatoes are produced per year. And surprisingly, a small country like the Netherlands is placed comfortably among the top producers, while.....


The Watercress Company launches soilless organic watercress
The Watercress Company, specialised in the cultivation and marketing of baby leaf and watercress, has launched a new rooted organic watercress and seeing a demand for a longer lasting watercress. James Harper explains, “In the days before refrigeration, watercress was packed with its roots left on, so.....


Facts and figures from 1985 until 2013
Austria: tomatoes harvest +150%
Over the past 28 years, the tomato harvest in Austria has increased by more than 150%. © Source: AMALooking at the history of the tomato and pepper harvests since 1985 it immediately shows the continuous rise of the curve until 2013. In 1985, the total harvest of Austrian tomatoes was 20.205 metric ton and.....

US: Fresh Peppadew Goldew growing season starting soon
“The Peppadew was discovered in South Africa 17 years ago and introduced in the US 14 years ago,” says Pierre Crawley with Peppadew USA. “Peppadew is a variety and brand name in one.” The original Peppadew is red and is mainly available in jar form in the grocery store. Later, the gold colored Peppadew was.....

Lantao of China imports first air shipment of Canadian hothouse cucumbers
Lantao, headquartered in Shanghai, China, just received its first air shipment of hothouse cucumbers known by the brand name “Cutecumbers” produced by Mucci Farms of Ontario, Canada.This is the first shipment of cucumbers into China from Canada, and the Chinese consumers reacted with great enthusiasm to the.....

"product not coming off, difficult to fill in weekly programmes"
Netherlands: "Extremely high prices on bell pepper market"
Extremely high prices are being made on the bell pepper market this week. " A lot was pre-sold, and it's very difficult to meet demand for the weekly programmes. So it's getting a bit quieter in day trade at the moment," one bell pepper seller says. "More produce was expected to enter the market this week,.....

US (CA): Robust market for cauliflower
Light supplies of cauliflower from California has made for strong prices. With recent cooler weather, production has dipped, and current prices could remain until production picks up again.“Volumes have been on the below-average side,” said Denny Donovan of Fresh Kist Produce. “Planting have been down due to.....

US (CA): Lighter lettuce volumes
Volumes of lettuce out of the California's Central Coast have been less than expected, and prices have perked up.“Volumes are currently slightly below forecast,” said Don Klusendorf of Bonipak Produce. “The reason is that the season here started earlier, about two and a half weeks early, so if you start.....

Pakistan: Veggie prices fall sharply
The prices of seasonal veggies are falling sharply except onion rates of which stick to upside despite abundant supply in the market.Vendors continued overcharging and openly sold seasonal fruits and vegetables up to 30 per kg higher than the official rates. However, low quality and rotten veggie items.....


James Meers, Barfoots Ltd.
Demand for British asparagus continues to outstrip supply
Barfoots did their first pick of asparagus on the traditional start date of the 23rd (St Georges day) but due to the cold nights don't expect to be into the main crop until early May when the weather begins to deliver great growing conditions for the main season crop."Early covered crops have seen perfect.....