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Aldi discounts carrots & parsnips by 50% for Easter

In order to capitalize on the Easter holiday in the UK, Aldi is reducing prices on Easter roast essentials to 19p a pack, including carrots, parsnips and leeks.The bargain supermarket has chopped its prices in half, as it usually sells similar veggies for 42p a pack.Other supermarkets have also slashed their.....

Greenhouse grower presents a variety of produce items, emphasizing organics

Westmoreland-TopLine Farms currently grows, packs and ships staple and specialty greenhouse produce items all under its Premium TopLine Farms brand. Produce includes Beefsteak, Cluster, Roma, Grape, Cocktail, Mini Roma and Heirloom Tomatoes of all shapes and colors, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mini Sweet.....

“Spanish curled endive on the market longer this year”

Due to the sunny weather, leafy vegetables grew significantly in recent days. “Curled endive is in full production now. Quality is good, and we are satisfied with the nice heads. Prices of recent weeks disappointed somewhat compared to earlier years, but we can’t complain,” says producer Dirk Declercq. “The.....

Ricardoes tomatoes win top award at Sydney Royal Show

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries won again at this year's Easter Show, by taking out the state’s top award for tomatoes at the Sydney Royal Show.It is the seventh time Ricardoes has been awarded top marks for tomatoes, missing only one year in the past eight successive years since first entering the.....

Maryland woman finds scorpion in spinach bag

A couple in Chevy Chase, Maryland were surprised to find a new ingredient in their salad mix, a live scorpion. Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula said he and his wife bought a bag of spinach from a local Giant store last week and on Monday afternoon, his wife, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati, opened the bag to make.....

Responses Arnoud Klootwijk (Ben van der Waal) and Ronnie Moorman (Willem Dijk)

Easter boosts sales, but weather and timing are also important

Will Easter boost sales of fresh produce a bit more? Which products are most popular and how to anticipate the holidays as a wholesaler? We asked Ronnie Moorman from Willem Dijk AGF and Arnoud Klootwijk from Ben van der Waal. “Easter definitely boosts sales, as will the lovely weather we’ve been having. For.....

Indonesia regency begins growing program to reduce veg imports

A high demand for vegetables in Papua's Jayawijaya regency has prompted a regional growing programme in ten districts this year. There has been increasing dependency on vegetables imported from other districts.Yudhalara Monim of the Department of Agriculture and Food Crops in Jayawijaya said, planting sites.....

60% of asparagus exported by Spain is Andalusian

In 2016, fresh asparagus exports from Andalusia exceeded 10,000 tonnes; a volume that represents 60% of the total marketed by Spain overseas during that year and whose value amounted to more than 34 million Euro. The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has praised this international.....

Spain: Iceberg lettuce prices below production costs

The campaign is in its final stretch and Spain still has a lot of production, which is why prices have fallen to 3 Euro per box, compared to the 5 Euro paid last year. "There are companies that, depending on their situation and needs, are selling for even lower prices," states Jerónimo García, Manager of.....

Vegetable grower-shipper emphasizes itself as a local supplier

When it comes to exhibiting at the Viva Fresh Expo, to Frank Schuster of Val Verde Vegetable Co., it’s almost like connecting with some old industry friends. “We have long supported the Texas International Produce Association and we’re proud to continue to exhibit at Viva Fresh,” says Schuster, adding that Val.....

Lots of catches when anticipating cabbage hype

Various types of cabbage are on the list of modern super foods, yet it is one of the oldest grown crops on earth, both in Asia and Europe. Many varieties were created on those two continents over the centuries. With kale as its frontrunner, multiple types of cabbage are advancing. However, agriculturalists are.....

Cold weather limits domestic fennel supply

Domestic fennel supply is slightly tighter thanks to some weather effects. “Supplies are looking to be on the shorter side due to colder weather and rain,” says John Scherpinski, the director of sales for Salinas, Ca. based D’Arrigo Bros. Co. “This year over last was roughly 25 per cent less supply for the.....

Mushroom Sustainability IQ-quiz for Earth Month

The Mushroom Council is encouraging consumers to spend a few minutes this Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22) discovering their “Mushroom Sustainability IQ” while supporting The Conservation Fund. The Mushroom Council recently released The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate.....

Broccoli prices sky high in Poland

Vegetable supplies are tight at the moment, reports Pawel Rudnicki from Polish exporter Primavega. The domestic season is about to start and together with limited supply from Spain and Italy for products that are high in demand, like broccoli, prices are currently sky high.“Broccoli is always in high demand in.....

Cornell to make white mold snap bean treatment more efficient

Snap beans, a legume more commonly known as the green bean and waxy yellow bean, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural revenue annually. It’s the fifth largest vegetable crop in the U.S., and New York state ranks second in processing and fresh market production. Every year, however, white.....

Yield and demand are down this season

Cool Oregon weather makes for a sweeter parsnip

As demand for Oregon parsnips continues to stay regular, supply for the white root vegetable proved surprisingly lower this past season. “We’re out of parsnips and the other grower around here is running to the end of their season,” says Jason Montecucco of Canby, Ore.-based Montecucco Farms, who notes that.....

Price of Chinese ginger exported to Europe remains stable

In the European market, the season of Chinese ginger has entered a stable stage with sufficient volumes and a steady market price. According to insiders, with summer approaching, normally the price of ginger drops slightly, but so far prices are still quite high in the market. In recent years, the sales volume.....

Complementary seasons drive diversification into Brussels sprouts

This year, Oceanside Pole has started to grow Brussels sprouts. “We have been producing Roma and vine-ripened tomatoes for over 75 years on the same land where we’re now producing Brussels sprouts,” says Priya Singh, General Manager with Oceanside Pole. “The sprouts are our first product diversification. We.....

New varieties of tomato in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (Idiaf) and Taiwan's agricultural cooperation in the Dominican Republic, presented three new varieties of bugalu tomatoes that are resistant to viral diseases caused by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). The tomatoes were presented at a field day.....

Australian woman finds redback spider in her broccoli

One woman in Queensland got quite the surprise when cutting her freshly bought supermarket broccoli. Tamahra Moore, 32, said that while chopping her broccoli on Sunday, she spotted a fully-grown redback spider which gave her the shock of her life according to news.com.au."I was chopping all my vegies up for.....

Carrefour Romania launches farming cooperative

Carrefour Romania has just launched the Vărăști Carrefour Farming Cooperative – a first for the country. It is the first cooperative of its kind to be supported by a retailer. The initiative bridges the gap between Romanian customers and farmers, selling extremely high-quality products and.....

Early onions arrive earlier and clash with old stocks

Spain: Shortage of garlic in storage chambers

The Spanish companies producing and selling garlic have very small volumes in their storage chambers at the moment. "There is very little garlic available for sale, as most companies are saving what little they have left to complete the programs they already have with their customers," explains an exporter of.....

Shortages lead to increased lettuce prices in Canada

Lettuce has been increasingly harder to find in Canadian supermarkets lately. Mohammad Nazari, the purchasing and sales manager at J.E. Russell Produce, a large Toronto-based produce distributor, says the prices of all kinds of lettuce – romaine, iceberg, red leaf and even packaged salads -- are up because of.....

New asparagus packaging for mid-May retail season

Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC., a Michigan asparagus grower/packer/shipper, today revealed a new packaging design in preparation for the mid-May season launch. The 12 oz, “microwave in the bag,” packaging was designed to attract impulse purchases by consumers looking for quick and easy meal ideas in the.....

Spiralized vegetables

First-time exhibitor looks forward to making new connections

For Veggie Noodle Co., it will be the new kid on a very familiar block at this year’s Viva Fresh Expo show. “Our company is rapidly growing and this will be our first year attending Viva Fresh,” says Veggie Noodle Co.’s Marketing Gourdinator, Jennie Shen. “We’re excited that Viva Fresh is taking place in.....

China: Veg prices rose last week in the Beijing Xinfadi market

Last week the highest vegetable price of 4,72 RMB per kilogram (23 and 24 March) in Beijing Xinfadi market, is 0.43% higher than the price 4.70 RMB per kilogram of the week before. The lowest price of 4.42 RMB per kilogram (19 March) is 3.91% lower than the 4.60 RMB per kilogram of the week before.Last week's.....

Germany: Sheeting in asparagus construction makes sense ecologically

The asparagus season starts at the beginning of April and, following the success of 2016, the expectations for this year are high. In the past season, the highest amount was reached since 1991. The state of Brandenburg has a large cultivation area (3,345 hectares) and good yields per hectare. Only in Lower.....

Unica Group

National leader in veg exports for third consecutive year

Unica Group is in the news again. A few weeks ago, Unica Group announced the incorporation of a new partner from the province of Cadiz into their business group. Now, the group is in the news again thanks to a recent study by Alimarket, which states that the Group was the national leader in vegetable exports.....

Spain: Fuerteventura harvested 2,500 tons of tomatoes

This year Fuerteventura harvested 2,500 tons of tomatoes, and the sector has already sent a first shipment of this product to the ports of Southampton (United Kingdom) and Rotterdam (Holland), according to data from the Gran Tarajal Agricultural Cooperative.The president of the council of Fuerteventura,.....

Peru: Beta exported 75% more asparagus

In 2016, exports of frozen asparagus by the Beta Agroindustrial Complex amounted to 2,800 tons, i.e. 75% more than the 1,600 tons it shipped in 2015.This was pointed out by its CEO, Lionel Arce Orbegozo, who said that this amount (2,800 tons) accounted for a 35% share of the fresh asparagus market.He added.....

Bangladesh Ag Institute releases three more GMO eggplant varieties

The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) will release three more varieties of the country’s first genetically modified (GM) crop– the Bt Brinjal [eggplant], which is infused with a pest-resistant gene.BARI Director General Dr. Abul Kalam Azad made the announcement.Addressing the occasion,.....

Indian bitter gourd to be exported to Singapore

Vegetables, mainly bitter gourd, produced in Alipurduar, Bengal in large quantiies, are all set to get exported to Singapore.In the past few years, a co-operative of bitter gourd farmers has been formed and it is the same one that took the initiative to export the produce. First, a survey was conducted in the.....

Fresh produce traders get insight into German, Dutch and Belgian retail

Figures, figures and more figures, images to drool over, and finally a short quiz to test how much of the acquired knowledge had been remembered. These were the ingredients for a successful GroentenFruit Huis members meeting ‘Consumer & Retail,’ last week in Hal4 aan de Maas in Rotterdam.“Insight into hits.....

Record-breaking Spanish cucumber exports

In 2016, Spanish cucumber exports were record-breaking in terms of both volume and value, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Agencia Tributaria), with code 0707 of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC).The total volume of cucumbers.....

“Oversupply of Dutch field crops in carrots and onions”

In previous years it was practically a given that a calmer period started on the carrot market around late May/early June. “Now, this calmer period has already started in March. Prices of Dutch field crop carrot already started going downhill from February, and are currently at a low. There’s talk of a.....

'Regular' vegetable prices see increase

Ukraine: Domestic cucumber sales more profitable than exports

Foreign buyers are offering such low prices for Ukrainian hothouse cucumbers that growers are finding it more profitable to keep the vegetable for the domestic markets. "Belarus is pretty much the only buyer for Ukrainian cucumber, with very little demand from the EU countries because of the low prices in the.....

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Rocket hits Israeli greenhouse

A rocket fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula struck a cherry tomato greenhouse in southern Israel on Monday morning, the police said. The plastic sheeting that served as the roof of the greenhouse was damaged, but the structure remained standing. Nobody was injured, one person was treated for shock.Just after.....

Easter Egg radish eats into the sales of other radish varieties

Any vegetable that adds color to a dish is excellent for Easter

“Colorful root vegetables, particularly carrots, radishes and beets, seem to be the most popular vegetable varieties in the weeks leading up to the Easter holiday,” says Matt Hiltner with Babé Farms. “Baby cauliflower is another one that is popular, used by chefs for Easter menus or retailers for their produce.....

Peru sent 83% of its lettuce shipments to the US

This year's fresh lettuce exports started at a slower pace than in the first quarter of last year. According to information from AgrodataPeru, in this period Peru exported a total of 46,409 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $128,474. This volume is lower than the volume achieved in the same period of.....

Cold Macedonian winter makes for higher cabbage prices

Macedonian agriculture received a big boost in 2013 when the government adopted a four year National Strategy for Ag and Rural development, which runs from 2013 through 2017. The idea behind the plan is to make the country more competitive within the European market and to promote modern and sustainable.....

China: Snow and rain barely had an impact on vegetable prices

This week, snow and rain fell all over the country. However, even after having fallen for 5 days, the snow and rain does seem to have had an impact on the price of vegetables. The main reason is this: regions in the northern Inner-Mongolian province mainly supply from their winter storehouses and are in their.....

Lifting Nigerian cassava profits with quality seeds

Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more Naira from the same land, inputs and effort.This was one of the resolutions of a national.....

Swiss retail trade

Apples and Tomatoes the most popular fruits and vegetables in 2016

Apples and bananas are the fruits that were most widely distributed in Swiss retail in 2016. When it comes to vegetables, consumers paid the most for tomatoes. Following tomatoes at a great distance were carrots and close behind were bell peppers.Avocado-sales rapidly increasedWith the ten highest-selling.....

Spain: Producers from Murcia get to know the Brutal F1 red tomato

Yesterday, producers, marketers, and distributors got to know the characteristics of the Brutal F1 tomato variety that Bayer thinks would help boost the main production zones in Murcia. Bayer experts highlighted the advantages of the Brutal F1 tomato variety at the "Tailor made Solutions" technical meeting, in.....

Spain: Artichokes have a higher nutritional value thanks to ultraviolet radiation

On the occasion of the World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7, the Post-Collection and Refrigeration Group (GPR) of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena determined, after numerous studies, that ultraviolet C (short wave) radiation in a (12 kJ m-2) dose, favorably stimulated the accumulation of.....

European Court of Justice sides against endive price fixing

The advocate-general of the European Court of Justice Nils Wahl advanced the case Thursday which will decide how far farmers can go in setting prices for Endives. In his opinion agricultural producer groups should not be allowed to set minimum prices, despite some leeway granted to farmers under EU competition.....

Mushroom quality depends on cold chain

VIDEOMushrooms are at their best when the cold chain is respected until the product reaches consumer tables. If low temperatures are maintained, consumers are more willing to buy because they know quality is high.Watch the interview with Loredana AlbertiLoredana Alberti, co-owner of Fungar in Coriano di Rimini,.....

Scotty Brand bring back Scottish tomatoes

Scotty Brand will be welcoming tomatoes back to its product range this Spring after an initiative to bring back Scottish tomatoes to the commercial growing market.The tomatoes are grown at Standhill Farm near Hawick in the Scottish Borders and Scotty Brand has been working with farmer Jim Shanks since last.....

Zimbabwe exporting half of its chillis to South Africa

Zimbabwean farmers are reportedly now supplying 50% of their chillis to Nandos, a South African fast food outlet. This proves beyond reasonable doubt the country's ability to produce and export, an agricultural expert has said.Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a conservation farming field day in.....

Indian onion exports expected to increase

The three-month extension to the 5% export duty benefit on onions, under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), will boost exports, hope farmers and exporters.After demands from exporters and the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, the Centre has again extended the scheme's benefits till June.....

Previous Ausveg winner conducting Australian capsicum hybrid trials

In 2016 Ausveg awarded South Australian grower Thang Hoang Le aka Aussie Kev Young Grower of the Year. An accolade almost didn’t happen had it not been for an unexpected turn into farming. Initially to help his family out, Kev started on the family farm straight out of high school. Kev’s enthusiasm grew as he.....

Spain: "We rescue tomato varieties that were almost lost"

The new market trends, with a greater demand from supermarket chains, etc., are affecting the way tomatoes are grown. There is a search for very resistant varieties but, above all, for the greatest production in the smallest possible space. However, "people complain that they have no flavour," states Manolo.....

California garlic is seeing tight supplies and high demand

Supplies of garlic out of California are currently looking tight. “In 2015, the California garlic crop yielded far poorer than anticipated,” says Ken Christopher of Gilroy, Ca.-based Christopher Ranch, who notes that that was likely a result of having a much warmer winter than average before the.....

Debut in crawfish boils

Louisiana sweet potato grower discusses crop loss due to rain

Down in Louisiana chances are you can find a crawfish boil at every turn – but what will be different this year is what’s been added to a traditional boil: sweet potatoes. The state faced unfortunate crop loss last fall because of continuous rain. “It took a lot of the crop away,” said Matt Garber of Garber.....

California asparagus farmer can't compete with Mexican imports

"I've had a passion for this industry and the crop," Bob Ferguson, an asparagus grower said, speaking from his asparagus field on Union Island southwest of Stockton.Ferguson has 162 acres of asparagus ready to harvest. However, this year he is only harvesting 25 acres. Ferguson has found business much more.....

Mtoto Keijzer, Bioport:

"High prices for the last organic white cabbage"

The picture of the market for organic white cabbage is the opposite of the regular market. "The stores in the organic market are almost depleted, especially the kilo sizes of 800-1300. High prices are being paid for the last dribs and drabs, the more unmarketable sizes are now sold easily for a good prices, as.....

UK retail: Spanish tomatoes more expensive than Dutch

Slowly more British greenhouse grown produce is becoming available on UK retail shelves. After Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons, Waitrose and Tesco are now also offering British cucumbers this week. According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, Spanish cucumbers are currently.....

Agriculture Victoria warns growers of potato psyllid dangers

Victorian growers are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures, following outbreaks of tomato potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia.Victoria’s chief plant health officer, Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said there have been no confirmed reports of TPP in Victoria.‘‘Victoria has imposed.....

The negative effects of Ukraine's bountiful vegetable harvest

According to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, in 2016 the area under cultivation for the main types of vegetables in Ukraine increased by 3.4%, thanks to which the country harvested thousands of tons of produce.Compared to 2015 results improved by 6%. It is one of the best gross harvests of.....

Turkish tomatoes suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia

Turkish tomatoes are suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia, as reported by the Russian newspaper Izvestia, although the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has said that they cannot prove it."We have no confirmed cases of re-exports of Georgian.....