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White cabbage prices drop by 25% in Ukraine

White cabbage growers are being forced to reduce their prices after increased supply, according to Fruit-Inform. As a result, they have decreased by 25-33% since the beginning of this week.Now Ukrainian growers are offering their white cabbage at EUR 0.20-0.27/kg, depending on quality, while a week before.....

Spain: Piccolo tomatoes hit supermarket shelves for the first time

June was a key month for Les Jardins de Rabelais, as its Piccolo tomatoes started to be marketed for the first time in a Spanish supermarket chain. So far, it was only possible to find them in Mercabarna, one of the largest wholesale markets in the country."For now, 50% of the production intended for the.....

Moxxy Marketing wins four American packaging Design Awards

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with four American Packaging Design Awards by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for their work on the Josie's Organics brand of value-added salads and fresh-cut vegetables.The four Moxxy design projects recognized with 2017 American Packaging Design Awards are:Josie's Organics.....

Len Krahn with British Columbia-based SunSelect Produce

"It's tomato saturation time"

The west coast is flush with tomatoes. “Overall we’re pretty saturated with tomatoes at the moment,” says Len Krahn of Aldergrove, BC-based SunSelect Produce Inc. “All of the main greenhouses are pounding away and the fields are starting to show some product. And Mexico is still, not necessarily putting TOVs.....

Keelings increases yearly supply consistency with help from Frigo Breda

Irish company Keelings is focusing on growing fruits such as strawberries and blueberries as the main area of production. A further investment in innovative greenhouse technology has again paid dividends, as the company has extended its growing season from March to November. Their aim is to make a more.....

Higher minimum wage threatens Ontario asparagus growers

Some Ontario asparagus farmers may stop growing the crop if the province increases minimum wages."To walk away from it is devastating," said Sarah Harrison, co-owner of Mazak Farms, where asparagus is the main source of income for the four decades old farm just south of London. "We will find a way to survive.....

Mann’s to unveil two new products at PMA Foodservice Expo

With the theme “Salad Revolution,” Mann Packing will launch two new salad blends at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, California on July 30.RomaBlend and Red RomaBlend both feature a combination of chopped romaine and Mann’s popular Arcadian Harvest® petite mature lettuce leaves, resulting in salad mixes.....

California

Green Light; new fresh produce label committed to food safety and quality

"Go for Fresh" is the force behind Fresh Avenue's new commodity line, Green Light. This innovative line features a variety of fresh items such as cilantro, bok choy, green onions, and more from farms and packers committed to solid food safety practices and great quality production.The Green Light commodities.....

New Mexico Hatch chiles in season; heirloom and commercial varieties

Certified Hatch chiles are just starting to come off. Typically Preston Mitchell of Hatch Green Chile says they’re ready from mid-July to mid-October. Small batches are being harvested to certain customers this week and full truck volume will be available next week. A few of his select customers will get some.....

Russian vegetable exports see dramatic increase

Exports of Russian vegetables have increased significantly since the beginning of the year, according to the data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service.Tomato exports quadrupled in the six months from January to June. Shipments of cucumbers surged 29 percent in the same period, while cabbage exports grew 12.6.....

Poland sees carrot and table beet prices drop

Prices of carrots and table beets have fallen in Poland, according to Fruit-Inform. Carrot prices are now significantly lower year-on-year, while table beets are still more expensive compared with a year before.Table beets have become 27-33% less expensive in Poland since the end of the past week, and now.....

Rijk Zwaan enters squash market with big ambitions

Rijk Zwaan has launched its first three commercial squash varieties. With this new addition, the company aims to actively improve the financial performance of squash growers."Squash is a valuable addition to our already very broad range of vegetables. Squash is produced globally and the popularity of the crop.....

Residue-free and extreme weather are challenges of the future

What started as a cultivation company from West-Flanders has grown into a European player in fresh vegetables. Verduyn can call itself a market leader in the field of carrots, with a production of 120,000 tonnes per year. The biggest challenges for the company are the ever stricter requirements from.....

Ukrainian carrot exports increase sixfold

Ukraine has significantly increased carrot exports in the season 2016/17, and the export volumes have grown almost 6 times year-on-year, according to Fruit-Inform.They totalled 1,900 tons in July 2016 – May 2017 and peaked in October-November. Moldova was the main importer of Ukrainian carrots and accounted.....

Solid start for Delisher cherry plum tomato

Seed company De Ruiter recently introduced Delisher: a cherry plum tomato that stands out for its sweet taste, texture and looks. Delisher is the result of a long, intense breeding process and the outcome of extensive cooperation between breeders, technical development, sales, retail and especially.....

Increase in carrot production for Czech producer

This season is set to be a good production season for carrots in the Czech Republic, shares a Czech exporter.Although not one of the largest producers of carrots in Europe, the Czech Republic is a medium sized producer, with 23.5 tonnes out of the 5.1 million tonnes produced in the EU-28 in 2015."We have seen.....

Geneticists from around the world are looking for varieties resistant to climate change

Peru: It takes 20 years to develop a new variety of asparagus

It's no secret that the effects of climate change can already be perceived and agriculture is one of the sectors most affected, so producers around the world are looking for ways to mitigate and adapt their crops to the climate's ups and downs.According to Andres Casas Diaz, the head of the Faculty of.....

Vegetable prices drop in Rwanda

Prices for vegetables have decreased in Kigali city, Rwanda and suburbs, a mini-survey by Business Times indicates.Tomatoes go for Rwf500 per kilogramme from Rwf1,000 last month, carrots cost Rwf500 per kilo down from Rwf700, while that of fresh beans is at Rwf500 compared to Rwf700 previously. A kilogramme of.....

Tomatoes reduce risk of skin cancer by up to 50%

Besides sun cream, science has discovered another very useful tool to prevent skin cancer: tomatoes. Research by the Department of Food Science and Technology at Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has found that this fruit contains a nutrient that reduces the risk of the.....

AU researchers using salty solution to kill bacteria on veg crops

Cleaning vegetables while they are still growing in the field may sound like an odd idea, but South Australian researchers are verifying its value.The University of SA team is using the same technology used in saltwater swimming pools to create chlorinated irrigation water that can be sprayed onto crops to.....

Beets are prime for bunching

Ontario leafy greens are flourishing from moisture levels

Leafy greens are just about ready to harvest in New Hamburg, Ontario. The season was behind because of flooding – at the same time when the Holland Marsh area in Ontario experienced major crop losses from flooding. “It put us two weeks behind for a lot of produce,” says Jenn Pfenning. Their 800 acres happen to.....

Koppert Cress launches Liita Cress

Koppert Cress introduces Liita Cress, a mild bitter cress with a lavender flavour. Lavender flowers have already been used in the kitchen, but now there is a cress variety. The decorative and tasty characteristics ensure a wide applicability. Liita Cress goes well with light meat, herby vegetables, cheese, but.....

Marco Babbi

Italy: Irrigation rationed due to drought

The water situation is not yet critical in Fucino (Abruzzo) but operators are careful not to waste one drop, as things may get worse soon if it doesn't rain. "Some of our producers told me water is rationed at the weekend, meaning they can't irrigate from Saturday at 8 am to Monday at 8 am. Those who are.....

Peru: "We must make an effort to develop the market for fresh white asparagus"

Peru is the main exporter of asparagus in the world. The highest percentage of asparagus exports are of fresh green asparagus, and to a lesser extent frozen asparagus and canned ones. The white asparagus is used in these last presentations.Agraria.pe spoke with the Agribusiness specialist, Ernesto Gallo, who.....

China: Domestic broccoli prices beat export prices

"Broccoli was first produced in the eastern coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea. By the time it entered China, it was only produced in the southern coastal areas. In the past few years, because of the improvements in growing technologies, the northern regions have also started to grow it on a large scale......

Spain: Hydroponic tomatoes as alternative to peppers in Murcia

The Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Murcia has carried out a test in Torre Pacheco to learn about the varietal behaviour of different types of tomatoes for fresh consumption, grown in greenhouses with hydroponic cultivation on coconut fibre. The test is mainly aimed at students,.....

Morocco increases aubergine sales to the EU and Spain reduces them

In 2016, Morocco increased its sales of aubergines to the European Union (EU) by 587.9 percent compared to the previous year, while Spain reduced them by -1.3 percent, although the difference between the volumes of both countries remains considerable.These are the conclusions of the report based on data from.....

At PMA Foodservice, July 28-30

Finely diced mushroom product for foodservice launched

Monterey Mushrooms, growers of fresh mushrooms in North America, will introduce a finely diced mushroom product for foodservice customers at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey July 28 to 30.The new product is a two-pound bag of finely diced white and brown mushrooms with an extended shelf life. The mushrooms.....

Mexico: Broccoli production grows by 65% in Queretaro

In the last four years, Queretaro's broccoli producers went from producing 4,887 tons of broccoli to 13,894 tons, i.e. a 64.7 percent production increase.This increase placed the entity in the national top 10 producers of broccoli in terms of volume. According to data from the Agricultural Food Atlas of the.....

Eating tomatoes may protect against skin cancer

Could eating a tomato a day help keep skin cancer away — or at least lessen the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers?Researchers at The Ohio State University think the answer is maybe, based on promising results of a new study of how nutritional interventions can modulate the risk for skin cancers in.....

Caab

Italy: Vegetable situation finally improving

"The situation was dire but luckily vegetables have been recovering. Not all problems have been solved, but slowly prices are going back to being acceptable."Roberto Bortolotti from AgribolognaWe visitedCaab Centro agro-alimentare di Bologna on 6th July and met withRoberto Bortolotti, vegetable expert for.....

Liuyang county in Hunan holds its first Hot Pepper Cultural Tourism Festival

Hot peppers are an ingredient that Hunan people cannot do without in their dishes. It is a pepper that represents "fire" and "hot", and a symbol for the courageous children of Hunan and their strong vitality. On the morning of 12 July, the first 2017 Hunan Liuyang county Hot Pepper Cultural Tourism Festival.....

Reichenau Gemüse:

Germany: Two Million Kilogramms of Tomatoes to be harvested in 2017

In a salad, as a side dish for meat or fish and even as a dessert - tomatoes are always a hit, have a lot of health benefits, are ripened perfectly right around now to be juicy and aromatic.Right in the neighborhood, on the vegetable island on Lake Constance, the fruit are growing on an area the size of no.....

Spain: Kohlrabi starts to be grown on Murcian soil

This product, more typical of central Europe, is the new bet of a group of producers in the Spanish region of Murcia. It is not a particularly popular vegetable in the country, but according to Manuel Jesús Abril, in charge of its marketing, it has as many qualities as the cabbage varieties that are already.....

Mann Packing to partner with California Walnut Board

Mann Packing announced a partnership with the California Walnut Board for two of its innovative Vegetable Slaw Blends: Power Blend and Kale Beet Blend.The promotion includes $1.50 off per pack of slaw when any 7.5oz or larger package of California walnuts is purchased. The promotion will run for two weeks from.....

Jeff Church to participate in 4th Tour de Fresh

Church Brothers Farms active in PMA Foodservice Conference

Church Brothers Farms, a grower-owned processor/shipper of a line of fresh vegetable and salads for the foodservice channel will participate in several activities leading up and related to, the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey.To start the weekend, Jeff Church, vice president of sales, will.....

US Customs seize 22kg of cocaine hidden among tomatoes

On July 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 22kg of cocaine hidden in a tomato shipment. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the.....

China: Huizhou first needle mushrooms exports to Vietnam

On 7 July, a batch of 2,000 boxes, weighing 14 tons, with 13,000 dollar worth of fresh needle mushrooms from Huizhou Xue Rong Biotechnology Co., Ltd. was shipped from Huizhou in Guangdong. It left China through the port of Pingxiang in Guangxi, and then arrived safely in Vietnam. This was the first time that.....

“Taste of sweet palermo takes Indonesian consumers by surprise”

Is it a big spicy chili pepper? When the Sweet Palermo product was launched in one of the supermarkets within Indonesia’s Ranchmarket grocery chain, customers were hesitant to take a bite at first. When they did, the sweet flavour took them by surprise. The bell pepper is not yet well known in Indonesia but –.....

Philippine town makes giant 1.2 tonne salad

Vegetable stakeholders in the Benguet province of the Philippines showcased their produce in the biggest vegetable salad event yesterday at the town’s trading post.Agot Balanoy, president of the Benguet Farmers’ Marketing Cooperative, said the event was spearheaded by the vegetable stakeholders in the town, in.....

AU ginger industry expected to grow by 50% in next 5 years

Ginger production in Australia is expected to increase 50 per cent over the next five years, according to a new report.The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation ginger 2017-2022 report found yields were forecast to rise from 8000 tonnes last year to 12,000 tonnes by 2021.It said improved farm.....

Select US starbucks locations add vegan food option

Coffeehouse giant Starbucks launched a new vegan food option at select United States locations this week. The new grab-and-go option, Vegan Lentils & Vegetables Protein Bowl with Brown Rice, comes with butternut squash, roasted tomatoes, and sunflower seeds, and is served with a side of lemon-tahini.....

Growth due to specialisation on tinned food market

Aarts Conserven preserves asparagus, cherries and pears. In 1934, asparagus grower Mart Aarts started preserving asparagus according to traditional methods. Ever since, the ‘white gold’ has been an integral part of the assortment.The asparagus season also means a busy period for Aarts Conserven. Although other.....

Cadmium causes headaches for food processing industry

A batch of frozen spinach from France was recently stopped because of a notification from Belgium that it contained too much cadmium. Now that the EU wants to lower the norm for cadmium in a number of crops, the food processing industry is facing a challenge.Cadmium is a heavy metal, which we swallow in small.....

China: Shandong Province chive prices drop

Shandong Province Gaoqing County Price Bureau's price monitoring data showed that the price of chives in Gaoqing supermarkets dropped to 0.39 yuan per kilogram.Compared to the last week, when it was 1.38 yuan per kilogram, the price dropped by 43.48%. There are two main reasons why chives prices are going.....

Arno van Oers, test field coordinator Rijk Zwaan:

"The number of varieties of Romaine lettuce is growing quickly"

"There has been a lot of interest in the summer Demo field in Fijnaart," says Arno van Oers, test field coordinator at Rijk Zwaan. "Growers, production companies, cutters and retailers, from the Netherlands and the rest of the world, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Tanzania, South Africa, New Zealand,.....

Michel Lesage, Lesage Mushrooms:

"Tourists in Spain and Portugal want our mushrooms"

There is a considerable demand for mushrooms. "It's slightly less this week due to the rain, but in general we can't complain. There is more interest compared to last year, particularly from Spain and Portugal," says Michel Lesage of Lesage Champignons.Stands outHe indicates that the demand surpassed the.....

First new harvest at A&P Sweep next week

"Demand for celeriac got going in February"

The new celeriac season is almost here once again. Pierre Sweep of the eponymous winter vegetable trader from Zevenbergen expects a smooth transition from the old to the new season. "We are starting with the new harvest next week, which means we are over a week ahead of previous years. We will have old and new.....

Richard Kruijer, Tuindersbelang:

"Old white cabbage mainly going to fresh cut"

There's new red and white cabbage on the market again, says Richard Kruijer of Tuinderbelang. The market for old red cabbage has been empty for a week or two. "The early red is cut of at 1.5 to 2 kilo, as there is money to be made in it. There is still old harvest in white cabbage, the new harvest is coming.....

As of January 1st 2018

Greenco leaves DOOR

In recent months Prominent and Greenco have been working together to research a more intensive collaboration within DOOR. The conclusion is, however, that this won't lead to the desired win-win situation within DOOR at the moment, due to the various development phases that both companies find themselves.....

Demand increases, also for organic

California corn volumes starting to drop

The California corn supply is starting to decrease. “Things have been relatively steady through the 4th of July,” says Josh Jordan Sacramento, Ca.-based River City Produce. “But currently we’re seeing supplies start to lighten up as we get into the latter part of July. You’ll see the California corn season go.....

Falling ginger exports lowers ginger prices in Nepal

Due to shrinking exports to India since 2015, the wholesale price of ginger has gone down in Nepali markets.“Nepali ginger used to be exported to India, but it is in the decline these days. It has been causing an increase of supply in the local market,” said Ramesh Dangol, the planning officer at Kalimati.....

"Consumers need to be educated"

Spain: Green asparagus producer asks for protection for domestic product

The president of the asparagus cooperative Centro Sur, of Huétor Tájar, in Granada, and also Andalusia's leading producer, Antonio Zamora, has criticised the "consumer malpractice" of not demanding local products and has pointed out that "the national production should prevail over imports."Zamora was.....

Ireland: Speciality leafy greens becoming more popular

Lettuce is always a top seller in the summer months as the temperatures increase and people turn to 'summer food' and the BBQ's come out. Ireland is know for its changeable weather but even there it has been warm, albeit with a few showers in between! "There is good demand for lettuce, it is one of our best.....

“Big with a small product”

Pure Dutch purslane

Purslane is considered a typically Dutch seasonal vegetable. Supply is quite scarce, but not insignificant. During the high season (from mid-May), purslane can also be found on shelves of larger supermarket chains. Two growers, who are big in supplying this small product, are Pim Sr and Pim Jr van Wingerden......

The art of seduction: (free) children’s fresh produce in supermarkets?

Last year, a discussion erupted on social media when a baby in a shopping trolley ate a free banana. The photograph went viral, and thousands of Dutch people thought free fruit should also be available for children in the Netherlands. The Voedingscentrum (the Netherlands Nutrition Centre) encourages the idea.....

Vietnamese processing industry in development

The Vietnamese export of fruit and vegetables has risen considerably in recent years. The increasing demand, both domestically and from abroad, and the economic growth, contribute to the development of this sector. More investments are also made in the processing industry.Vietnam is a rising market with about.....

McDonald's 'Loaded Lettuce' has more calories than a Big Mac

The newest McDonald's burger might look healthy but it doesn't compare to some of its more loved classics.McDonald's released its "Loaded Lettuce" burger to much love from fans applauding the health benefits of the burger on its Facebook page.The burger replaces the standard buns on the burger with lettuce.....

Korean pepper claims to reduce high blood sugar levels

We all love peppers. They spice up your life, increase your tasting experience and some say that they are healthy and make you lose weight. But wait, there is more! In Korea you can now also buy a special pepper that contains high AGI Beta-Carotene contents, which claims to decrease blood sugar levels. The.....