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India: Despite rains, tomato farmers expect good crop
Tomato farmers in Maharashtra are looking forward to a good crop this year. They are hoping to auction some 1,200-1,500 tonne of tomatoes on a daily basis at Narayangaon open auction that is slated to begin next month onwards.“Unseasonal rains have damaged almost all crops in the state. However, the acreage.....

Hollandia Produce launches new merchandising program
HollandiaProduce,L.P. announced the launch of its new merchandising campaign aimed at national and independent retailers. The campaign called “A Better Butter Lettuce” includes shelf- wobblers, on-package recipe labels, and a consumer-based microsite (www.lettucerecipecontest.com), where consumers can.....

Trade-in iceberg lettuce for deeper greens
English poet William Cowper deserves a nutritional shout-out for being the first to state: “Variety's the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor.”He probably wasn’t talking about food but it is so applicable. One of the essential commandments of healthy eating is to enjoy a variety of foods to.....

Germany
Rhubarb harvest has started
In the German Rhineland, the rhubarb harvest has started again, the 'Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer' in Bonn notes. By using a film cover, the growers were able to bring forward the harvest two to three weeks, German website Gabot.de reports. Rhubarb is one of the first vegetables to be.....

US: Kalettes at Starchefs.com rising stars
Kalettes® will be presented at StarChefs.com’s Rising Stars Revue in Boston on April 15 through April 16, 2015. This sweet and nutty kale and Brussels sprouts hybrid will be used in a private honorees dinner on the first night and a tasting gala for approximately 500 people on the second night. Industry.....

Village Farms showcases new varieties at CPMA
Village Farms International, with corporate offices located in Delta, British Columbia will participate in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and tradeshow in Montreal at the Palais des Congres de Montreal , April 15 through 17, 2015. The company’s new corporate chef Darren Brown will have.....

Fashionable kale grown in France
For two years, producers from the Saint-Pol-de-Léon Sica and the UCPT have been growing kale. Whilst growing kale is quite similar to other types of cabbage, it’s harvest is more demanding.Vincent Merrien and his 3 partners farm on 40 hectares on the Northern coast of the Finistère region. For 5 years they.....

Spain: Pepper productivity up
The average yield of bell peppers in Almeria's greenhouses has increased in the 2013/2014 campaign by 5,000 kilos per hectare compared to the previous year, according to estimations by Hortoinfo based on data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia.In the latest season, the.....

India: Vegetable prices remain high
Prices of essentials, particularly vegetables, remained exorbitantly high in the Kashmir Valley despite arrival of hundreds of trucks loaded with essentials commodities after the reopening of highway.Although the government was functioning from Jammu but local administration too has failed to take any.....

Dublin grower provides first spinach this year
Tesco is to be the first Irish retailer to stock new season spinach this year and it will be supplied by Rush-based grower Colm Leonard.Tesco expects to sell 17t of perpetual spinach this season, which is in season from April to December and Colm’s family have been farming in Rush for four generations and as.....

How Southwest Florida's tomato industry is changing
Horace Brittain sells his tomatoes, which he grows in Alva, under the Caloosahatchee Bridge at the Downtown Farmer's Market each Thursday morning.Round, red tomatoes are nestled in wooden bowls, $2 for five. "I've been out there for five years," says Brittain, who has farmed in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize......

Lack of labor concern for asparagus harvest
A record early start and a reported shortage of workers are marking this year’s asparagus harvest, just getting underway.Monte Schilperoort’s crews began cutting on his Harrah acreage March 30, the first time he has started in March. Elsewhere, packing houses received deliveries as early as March 23.“That’s.....

Actress uses beetroot for lipstick
Shailene Woodley has revealed she roasts beetroots to make her own natural lip stain and lipstick alternative.The 'Insurgent' actress is a big fan of natural beauty and health products and has confessed to cooking the vibrant vegetable to use it as an alternative to lipstick.She told Bon Appetit magazine:.....

Peru offers year-round supply
US: White asparagus a gourmet vegetable
“Asparagus in general has become more popular in recent years,” says Julia Inestroza with Gourmet Trading Company. The company grows and distributes green and white asparagus year-round and has the purple variety available during the holidays.Carried by limited number of retailers“In the US, the white.....

Sjaak Verploegen, Scherpenhuizen:
Calm tomato production will give different spring market
"More Dutch tomatoes are slowly coming to the market, but productions are running behind compared to previous years, due to the changeable weather we've had," says Sjaak Verploegen of Scherpenhuizen. While the price of cucumbers and bell peppers started rising significantly in the past week, tomatoes lagged.....

First British cherry tomatoes at Waitrose and M&S
In a new report from ProduceView the UK retail prices of cherry tomatoes were recorded over a period of 15 weeks. These prices are monitored at nine supermarkets in the UK, namely: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi, and Co-op. This week, the first British cherry.....

Nigeria: Farmer urges for tomato processing investment
Mr Adebola Adebusuyi, the Managing Director of Kora Farms, on Wednesday advocated for increased investment in tomato processing, to stem post-harvest wastages.Adebusuyi, who is also a tomato farmer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos that such investment would also enhance the tomato value.....

Bulgarian tomatoes delayed
The bad weather in Bulgaria recently has caused millions worth of damage in the horticultural sector. Due to the frost, producers planted the tomatoes later and the first amounts of Bulgarian vegetables aren't expected on the market until the beginning of April.As soon as the Bulgarian tomatoes come onto the.....

US (OR): Unusually early start green asparagus season
“Our asparagus season is off to the earliest start in 25 years,” said Robin Froerer with Owyhee Produce. “We’ve experienced unseasonably warm weather and already started picking in March,” Froerer added. In an average season, picking starts between April 15 and April 20. “Although we’ve been picking for a.....

Farmers’ questions on CGMMV to be answered
A meeting is today being held in Katherine to start developing the National Management Plan for the Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic virus, which affects cucumbers, zucchinis, melons, Asian melons, squash and pumpkins causing severe losses and arrived in the Northern Territory, affecting 15 melon and vegetable.....


Asparagus prices climb due to cold Easter weather
According BLE (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food) newsletter KW 14/2015 business during the Easter period didn’t go as planned due to the cold weather. The weather led to lower asparagus volumes than expected. Many asparagus farmers also had troubles with the after effects of the storm at 31.....


Limburg asparagus promoted in Vancouver
Limburg asparagus are conquering the world. Now it's Canada's turn. A delegation from asparagus restaurant De Hamert in Wellerlooi and asparagus promoters introduce a large group of Canadian cooks, journalists, politicians and gastronomics to the creamy white spring vegetable.Confrérie president Pieter.....

Availability limited to April
US: Jumbo hothouse beef tomatoes in stores
“At the beginning of the greenhouse tomato harvest, fruit sizes are often very large,” says Jon Steffy with Four Seasons Produce, Inc. Given that greenhouse production of beef tomatoes has just started, the superlarge size is offered right now. “Usually, availability of the jumbo size is limited to April,”.....


"Courgettes doing well for this time of year"
Spanish vegetable season coming to an end
It's a calm period for importers of Spanish vegetables. There are still certain vegetables coming to the Netherlands and Belgium, but now that the domestic volumes are increasing, retailers are switching to 'own' product. According to a Belgian trader the transition period is comparable to other.....

US (CA): Spinach market picks up
As supplies of spinach from desert regions in California wind down, production will shift to the Central Coast. While the market has been sluggish, this week has seen it perk up.“The market for spinach looks better now,” said Jeff Halfpenny, sales manager for Talley Farms. “It's showing signs of life.” He.....


Spain: Celebrity chef sparks argument with Almeria's tomato sector
A report from celebrity chef Alberto Chicote regarding the alleged reasons for the drop in tomato prices and in which he criticised the destruction of millions of kilos every month, as well as El Ejido's production system, has sparked a big argument.First and foremost, it has been understood as a direct.....

US: developed predictive models to estimate Listeria spp. growth on baby spinach leaves
Leafy vegetables such as spinach may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes during pre-harvest and postharvest management. Recent Listeriosis outbreaks associated to contaminated leafy vegetables have marked the need for technologies to minimize safety issues in fresh and fresh-cut produce. US.....

US (CA): Asparagus death mystery for researchers
California’s drought has taken a toll on the asparagus crop in the region, with recent warm weather claiming an entire field of the vegetable.April is harvest season for Stockton’s asparagus, and in the fourth year of the drought, it seems like the perfect plant to survive the changing climate.“Asparagus is.....


Seasonal transition from Spanish to German products is imminent
“Troubled” Spanish winter affects quality of lettuce
The lettuce season in Spain is slowly drawing to a close. During the six months of winter, the Europe-wide operating German BEHR AG grows its lettuce products on Spanish fields. As such, the company, specialized in fresh vegetables, guarantees supply of its products to the German market all year round......


Cyclone “Nicholas” leaves traces
Asparagus minitunnels wiped out
Cyclone “Nicholas” which hit last week did not pass by the asparagus fields without leaving traces. With many asparagus growers all across Germany, the squalls damaged the mini tunnels on the asparagus fields. Jörg Heuer of Fuhrberger Spargelhof Heuer in the vicinity of Hannover: “The cyclone blew away.....

Germany: asparagus harvest slowly gets going
In the German municipality of Lower Saxony the first asparagus from the open ground were harvested last Friday, from Hoyerhagen. This was reported by Dietrich Paul, president for the union of asparagus growers from Lower Saxony. This is the slow start to asparagus harvest from open ground in Germany.As there.....


White asparagus increasingly popular in Alpine country
Dutch master chefs cook asparagus in Switzerland
Growing asparagus in Switzerland is rather difficult, since planting asparagus beds on mountainsides is not easily done. So the asparagus consumed there, mainly comes from elsewhere, including the Dutch province of Limburg. Top chef René Brienen of restaurant Brienen aan de Maas in Well will cook asparagus.....

Georgia veggie growers OK marketing order
Georgia vegetable growers have a new marketing order, Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black announced Tuesday.The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables Marketing Order for Vegetables was approved with 92 percent of eligible growers responding in favor of the new assessment during the.....


Granada produces 50% of Spain's asparagus
The acreage devoted to asparagus in the Spanish province of Granada, mainly in the Vega del Genil and the west, which amounts to approximately 6,500 hectares, accounts for about half of Spain's production, with a volume of 31,642 tonnes. The cultivation of green asparagus in the province of Granada stands.....


Capital investments necessary to stand out in Singapore
Because of the small size of the Singapore fresh produce market, competition among importers is fierce. As soon as someone finds a new product, rival importers rush to jump on the new trend. That forces companies to find ways to stand out, and in a country where many importers ship and sell their products.....


Italy: prices of asparagus and strawberries increased around Easter
Usually Easter means increased consumption (and prices) of artichokes but, this year, they were the exception, as they were "the only product with constant quotations," explains Renzo Mainetti, owner of Novafrut. It was strawberries and asparagus that stood out."The nice weather of last week encouraged.....

McEntire Produce announces ChefBuddys Southern Slaw
McEntire Produce expands its value-added ChefBuddys product line with the introduction of Southern Slaw.These diced slaws feature three flavor profiles. The products include simple-to-follow recipes on each package for ease of preparation as well as website recipe suggestions, according to the company.New.....


Asparagus cultivation North Limburg +66% in 15 years
The acreage of agricultural land used in the Netherlands to cultivate asparagus has increased by nearly 60 percent since 2000. The acreage increased by 1230 hectares to over 3300 hectares in 2014. The asparagus cultivation saw the biggest increase in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg. In North.....

Poland: The world’s largest mushroom exporter
In recent years, Poland has become the largest producer of mushrooms in the EU, ahead of the Netherlands, but also the world's biggest exporter, with 35% of all imported mushrooms coming from Polish producers, as stated in an interview with PAP by Bozena Nosecka, of the Institute of Agricultural and Food.....


René Noordam, Ramawa:
"I think Belgian endive will be a success in Poland"
The product range of René Noordam of Polish company Ramawa is expanding step by step. He now also has Belgian endive from Poland in his product range. Last week, Noordam struck a deal with a Dutch grower of Belgian endive, who has been working in Poland for five years. Belgian endive is not very well-known.....

NZ: Beetroot still favourite veg
New Zealand consumers are still in love with beetroot, with shoppers saying that the taste, health benefits and splash of colour it adds to a dish are the main reasons they keep coming back to the Kiwi classic.A recent survey run by LeaderBrand, one of New Zealand’s largest and most innovative producers of.....


Trudy Teeuwen, Teboza:
"Superior Queens now available for consumers"
During the opening of the Dutch asparagus season in the Markthal, Rotterdam on April 2, Trudy Teeuwen of Teboza presented the 'Superior Queens' asparagus. Until now, they were only available for the restaurant business due to the smaller volume, but now the 'ordinary' consumer can also enjoy them. Trudy.....


You can't get more Dutch than this: tulpomato or tomatulp
The tulip is one of the most iconic Dutch products and the tomato is one of our most important export products. What do you get if you combine these two products? The tomatulp. Or the tulpomato - whichever you want.This is not some marketing ploy to improve the Netherlands' image, but just a trick of.....

New variable sweet corn variety created
UW-Madison agronomy professor Bill Tracy recalled that tradition while meeting over beers at the Library Bar with some of the graduate students involved in helping him create a new variety of sweet corn — a non-hybrid with ears that don’t all look the same, as most farmers and gardeners these days have come.....

US (LA): Record breaking year for commodities
Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter, which was released Monday online. Net value for all sectors was up 7.6 percent, or $900 million, from 2013, said AgCenter economist John Westra.“For the third.....

Carolina Reaper may lose hottest pepper rating
The PepperHeads for Life company has now posted new data that reveals the Carolina Reaper may lose its rating of the worlds hottest pepper.First rated in the year 2013, the Carolina Reaper was officially the highest rated organic pepper on the Scoville Scale at 2.2 million units or SCU. A new pepper has.....


Israeli carrot season off to good start
After last year's low prices, Israeli growers planted fewer hectares of carrots for this season's harvest. The lower volume has made for strong prices for the first few weeks of the season.“In general, the quantity of carrots has been less in Israel this year because of the very tough season last year,” said.....

Parsnips trend in 2015
US: Consumer demand for parsnips on the rise
“We are seeing a steady increase in sales of parsnip seeds”, says Kraig Kuykendall with Tozer Seeds America. Tozer is the pioneer of the first F1 parsnip hybrid that was developed in the UK over three decades ago. Consumers are enjoying parsnips for their health benefits and versatility as they can be cooked.....

US (NY): Cold weather means waiting game for veg farmers
In a drastic change to their normal routines, North Fork farmers say they aren’t doing much these days. The harsh winter has been particularly unforgiving for springtime crops like peas, spinach and fava beans across the region.Asparagus, which typically starts to sprout in mid-April, will also likely be.....


White broccoli will remain a niche product
White sprouting broccoli was available at Oliver Kay Produce this week, this niche product was supplied by Planet Produce.Emma at Planet Produce said it is only available for a short period each year. "The white broccoli is mainly aimed chefs and the food service industry. It is grown by a local grower in.....


Erwin Verhaegen, Horeca 2000:
"Asparagus is prohibitively expensive"
Easter is just around the corner, a celebration when many people want to eat something special. Restaurant proprietors are doing their best to make their menus attractive. Asparagus is a vegetable that's often on the menu for these holidays. A premium is being paid for it at the moment. According to Erwin.....


Paul van der Linde: "Done two months earlier than last year"
Netherlands: Carrots doing really well
Carrot sales are currently on fire, "Prices are soaring. In the polders we are now at 40 cents per washed carrot, but next week we will see 45 cents and I expect prices to further rise after that," says carrot trader Paul van der Linde from Emmeloord, The Netherlands. "Right now demand is coming from.....

Lettuce could improve
US (CA): Strong cauliflower prices
The timing of this year's vegetable crops in California has made for good cauliflower prices. While lettuce crops have also come on at an accelerated pace, prices for those commodities have been less robust.“With the timing and how everything has lined up, it's an unusual situation for springtime products,”.....

US (CA): 2014 was record-breaking for processing tomatoes
2014 was a record-breaking year on many fronts for the California processing tomato industry. The industry produced the largest crop in California history at 14 million tons on 290,000 acres, record yields of 48.3 tons per acre, all-time high grower prices at $83 per ton, and record sales over 12 months.....

India: Highway closure causes vegetable shortage
The Kashmir valley is facing acuteshortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, followingthe closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only roadlinking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. There is also shortage of meat and chicken in the valley,which mainly depend upon imports.....

US: Northwest asparagus popping up early
Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It’s in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.They have to keep their fields trimmed all the time to bring up new shoots, and workers are forced to cover a lot of ground.“Getting started early, it can be big.....

Data prepared by ProduceView:
First Dutch cucumbers, vine tomatoes in UK supermarkets
In a new report from ProduceView the UK retail prices of cucumber, mixed peppers and vine tomatoes were recorded. The prices are monitored at nine supermarkets in the UK, namely: Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, M & S, Sainsbury, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, and Aldi. The prices have been monitored over the last.....

Increasingly more Dutch tomatoes, also in winter
Lighting is being installed in an increasing share of the Dutch acreage devoted to the cultivation of ​​tomatoes. This has an impact on prices. Three years ago, they reached over 200 Euro/100 kg. In recent years, the price does not exceed 160 Euro/100 kg. Despite this, the acreage with lighting.....

Limited cucumber supply results in high prices
Due to the current weather conditions, cucumber supply is lagging far behind. This situation has been present for about a week now. There is hardly any production for Spain either. Combined with high demand from large retailers, this causes prices to rise. Yesterday, the auction price even reached 70.....

S. Australia's vegetable industry not growing
South Australian vegetable farm profits decreased by about 11 per cent last financial year, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).Average profits for the State's grower were about $105,000 in 2013-14, providing limited.....

Cucumber and heirloom tomato production increases in France
French cucumber production is increasing. All production has begun in the Northern half of France. Some production has begun in the Southern half. The Minister of Agriculture’s forecast services have announced a slight +3% increase in surface compared to 2014, within the 5 year average. Heated greenhouse.....