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Ghana hopeful EU ban on vegetable exports will end this year

Ghana is hopeful that the ban on vegetables export to the European Union (EU) will be lifted before the end of this year.This is because, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) says EU officials who completed another round of inspections last month attested to the progress being made.Speaking to Business.....

Spanish tomatoes return to European supermarket shelves

"The tomato campaign won't be like the previous one"

Almeria's tomatoes are already being shipped to EU markets at a time when supply is still scarce due to the transition from the Dutch and other European origins to the Spanish, Moroccan, Turkish or Tunisian campaigns."We have been marketing conventional plum tomatoes for two weeks and round tomatoes for a.....

Rijk Zwaan helps Indian pepper growers meet higher demands

The sweet pepper season in India has started. Despite the heavy rainfall the country is still facing, growers have started planting for the new season in net houses. As the market has grown steadily over the years, Rijk Zwaan directs its efforts to helping local growers meet the increasing market demand.“The.....

Staple item for Korean-Americans

Napa cabbage season soon to move to Mexico

The California Napa cabbage season is about to conclude for the year as production heads southwards for the winter. The Salinas growing region, which is still in supply, produced a good quality crop this year and yields were also healthy."The Napa cabbage season follows a circle, depending on the season," said.....

Leon van Basten:

“Wild mushrooms are like liquorice: unique”

In June the company Funghi Funghi was founded with a double mission: bringing mushrooms to the attention of chefs and consumers, and keeping an eye on the sustainable development of wild mushrooms. Leon van Basten, former chef and spokesperson for the new company, looks at the success of a handful of consumer.....

Garlic discussion flares up due to changing import licences

Chinese garlic growers were able to harvest large volumes of garlic this year. Spanish producers let it be known they feel disadvantaged due to the low prices of Chinese product. The possible change of the distribution of import licences is not helping to quell the unrest among garlic players.Plenty of Spanish.....

Malaysian researcher makes spinach safe to eat for infants

Malaysian researcher Dr Noor Liyana Yusof is fast becoming an internet phenomenon, thanks to the research findings from her PhD thesis, which made headlines in Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan earlier this month.Noor Liyana, 30, who recently completed her doctoral studies in food technology at Lund University in.....

Once denounced - now trendy

German pumpkin harvest doubles in 10 years

The German Centre for Food reports that the harvest of edible pumpkins in Germany has doubled to more than 86,000 tons in ten years. What used to be seen as "war vegetables" have become popular again today, either in soup or as an oven dish.Whether it be Hokkaido, Butternut or yellow winter squash, they are.....

Ghana farmers struggle to cope with European vegetable ban

Farming communities in the Eastern region of Ghana are struggling to cope following the ban on the export of some vegetables to Europe.According to farmers in these communities, the inability to export is making it difficult for them to raise money to take care of their families.Jobs have been lost, farmlands.....

Romagna region

Italy: Two million fennel plants currently being harvested

The harvesting of fennel started a few days ago in Romagna, where there is a company that will wash, process and package 2 million plants over the next forty days. Quality is excellent and prices are good too.The company is Caligari&Babbi, owner of the Finò brand. Marco Babbi explains that "harvesting is.....

Monterosa tomato coming to North America

Semillas Fitó, S.A. and Mastronardi Produce have entered a long term partnership for the production and exclusive distribution of Monterosa tomatoes in North America.The strategic partnership is key to Fito’s international brand sales strategy, and will bring their proprietary Monterosa tomatoes to North.....

Fear of pending hurricanes

Decline in cruise ship business causes fall in US turnip demand

The supply of domestic turnips is pretty level right now. While this root vegetable, which is largely coming in from California, the Midwest (including Michigan) and New Jersey on the East Coast, is still commonly considered a winter vegetable, for soups, stews, Thanksgiving tables etc, they are a fresh.....

Maurice Koppen:

“Revenue model of most growers is out of date”

Growth rates are reported across the full length of the mushroom segment. That’s good news for the sector, but the air hasn’t completely cleared. New challenges are shooting up: local-for-local, Polish competition, Brexit and a consumer who is more aware, are the most important ones. Maurice Koppen from.....

AU: Greenhouse tomato expansion for year round supply

Tomato production at a major Western Australian produce company is set to increase to year round production, with plans to construct new hothouses.Odeum Farms will build on a 200 acre site in Geraldton with plans to construct 200 hothouses. National Category and Farms Manager Jason Marais says it has been a.....

China: Shanxi mushrooms exported to South Korea

Recently, the Jishan edible mushroom enterprise, Shanxi Mushrooms, and the Korean Wangchang Farmers Organisation, have cooperated to accomplish an Edible Mushrooms stick production and export enterprise, signing an initial contract to export 120,000 bags of mushroom sticks. This was the first time that Jishan.....

Ontario greenhouse cucumbers find fresh new markets in Asia

Ontario greenhouse cucumbers are making waves in Asia. Thanks to recent market development ventures in Hong Kong and mainland China, the results are bearing fruit, or cucumbers, to be more specific. The Asian market is eager to try greenhouse cucumbers and this new-found market is seeing Ontario’s production.....

Marion Vissers during the open ground open days at Hazera:

"We tune the breeding programmes to the entire chain"

Hazera and HM. Clause presented their assortment during Internationale Open Dagen (International Open Days) last week. Both companies are part of the Limagrain group. "Limagrain is a French farmers' cooperation, which determines our culture, as the management of Limagrain consists of those who are directly.....

Twin trade fair expoSE and expoDirekt to take place 22 to 23 November

More than 420 exhibitors from 14 countries will showcase innovations in growing as well as direct marketing from 22 to 23 November 2017 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre (Messe Karlsruhe).Europe's trade fair for asparagus and soft fruit producers, the 22nd expoSE, and the 7th expoDirekt, Germany's trade fair for.....

US: Mann's removes non-GMO label from its lettuce products

After a concerned consumer and supporter of science and agriculture reached out to Mann’s Fresh Vegetables about their non-GMO label, the company came back with a surprising answer. They are removing it.According to PR Week, Mann Packing is removing the non-GMO verified check from its single-cut lettuce.....

US domestic kale supplies continue to look good

Domestic kale supplies look relatively steady right now. “For us in the Northeast, the local supplies continue right through to December which is good for us,” says Paul Guarino of Ace Natural, an organic food distribution business based in New York City. “We move a lot of volume to juicing manufacturers and.....

Ukraine: Smallest white cabbage production volume in 5 years

In the current season, the production of white cabbage in Ukraine may fall to the lowest levels in the last 5 years. Such conclusions were reached by the analysts of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits" while working on the updated version of the study "Fruit-and-vegetable market of Ukraine-2017: results and.....

Spanish company signs 10 year lease to grow asparagus in Namibia

Spanish company Industrials Almentaries de Navara, trading as Otjimbele Agriculture and the ministry of agriculture in Namibia, on Wednesday afternoon signed a 10 -year lease agreement for a 60-hectare plot for the production of asparagus at Etunda Irrigation Green Scheme in Omusati region.The Spanish company.....

3 months of rain fell in 2 days

Flooding stalls vegetable harvest in Latvia

Flooding in the North and East of Latvia has made it vitually impossible for growers to harvest their beetroot, carrots and potatoes and has caused difficulties for harvesting cabbage, root celery and leeks. "Our production is split evenly throughout the country, so I would say that we are looking for a.....

Mexico: More than 40,000 tons of chili harvested in Aguascalientes

According to Carlos Narvaez Avila, the president of the Chili Product System Committee, more than forty thousand tons of various varieties of chili have been harvested at the Aguascalientes field this year. This production was valued at 70 million pesos, and 60% of it is being dehydrated so that it can be sold.....

Spain dominates global and European cucumber markets

Spain dominates both the global and European cucumber markets, according to data revealed by a study on the global trade of cucumbers in 2016, carried out by Hortoinfo with data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, and of the Statistical Office Euroestat (ICEX-Eurostat).Although.....

Spain: Extremadura closes tomato campaign with more kilos than initially contracted

Extremadura has closed the industrial tomato campaign with a final production totalling almost 2.1 million tonnes, which very slightly surpasses the number of kilos initially contracted. To be precise, Extremadura's producers have delivered a total of 2,081,320,404 kilos to the different industries, compared.....

AU: Case against Marland Mushrooms for underpaying workers begins

One woman was paid $6.76 an hour and hundreds of her colleagues earned less than $11 an hour while employed to pick mushrooms at one of Queensland’s biggest edible fungi growers.And the companies involved tried to cover up the underpayments by sending mysterious mushroom picking data and using excuses like “we.....

Peru's asparagus supplies hit by severe shortage

Supplies of asparagus from Peru have been intensely short in recent months due to poor growing conditions as well as troubles on the logistics side. Floods in the country early this year caused damage to farms and this has resulted in poor yields. Jeff Friedman, of CarbAmericas, said that shipping has also.....

China: Autumn leeks hit the market selling at high prices

Leeks are just entering the market but in contrast to previous years, the leek market this year is temporarily still calm. The leek harvest this year was rather similar to previous years, but last year's price stood at 0.4 - 0.6 RMB for a kilogram (0.05-0.08 EUR) while this year they are being sold at 0.8 RMB.....

China: Chili, an exported product that is increasingly more popular

Chili is one of the most consumed spices worldwide and until recently only a few countries were strong enough to offer it internationally. However, China is starting to consolidate this crop and to consider it another important export product. "Our company started in 2013 and has grown rapidly since then. This.....

Chinese help map out Dutch collection of lettuce DNA

It's to be the second largest DNA data set of plants in the world after rice. The Centre for Genetic Sources, Nederland (CGN), part of Wageningen University & Research and the Chinese Beijing Genomics Institute, today confirmed their unique agreement. The goal is to map out the DNA of the Wageningen.....

50th anniversary of Imperio

Spain: From a small plantation to 600 hectares of conventional and organic garlic

It all started in October 1967, when Francisco Mira Hernández planted its first hectares of garlic in the municipality of Anna, in the Spanish province of Valencia. With that, Imperio was founded.Francisco Vicente Mira-Costa Ruiz, at only sixteen, decided to embark on the project led by his father, working.....

HM.Clause releases new tomato variety

A new Marmande tomato is now available from HM.Clause, identified by the brand ADORA."The ADORA tomato brings together taste, health, and well-being. It has remarkable nutritional advantages. Its excellent shelf life allows it to maintain all of its benefits," HM.Clause reported about the variety.Thanks to the.....

The Spanish Halloween pumpkin season kicks off

Kernel Export, S.L. has just started another Halloween Pumpkin season.The company which is based in Los Alcázares, Murcia, Spain has been growing this product for more than 10 years especially for this celebration which is becoming more and more popular both inside and outside of Spain.Kernel can pack the.....

Tomato prices in Pakistan still rising despite increased supplies

Tomato prices have skyrocketed to unprecedented figures over the past several weeks in Pakistan while large quantities of the fruit imported from Afghanistan and Iran have failed to keep its price in check.Tomatoes are usually sold at a rate of Rs 30 to 40 per kg on normal days. However, the ongoing market.....

Sun's Fruits: "moving abroad unnecessary if produce is of a high quality"

"We produce excellent-quality aubergines but we don't want to talk merely about produce. We would actually like to talk about our journey, which started three years ago when we finished high school and inherited a 5 hectare plot," explains Vincenzo Incardona who, together with his cousins Pietro, Salvatore and.....

Mexico: Researchers create a new variety of chili pepper

Researchers from the Department of Horticulture of the Antonio Narro Autonomous Agricultural University (UAAAN) are evaluating the quality, performance, and resistance against pathogens of a new variety of chili peppers grown in the institution."Our university made crosses between a red pepper and a Capsicum.....

Iran among world’s largest fruit & veg producers

According to a Farsi report by IANA which has quoted figures from insidermonkey.com, Iran has ranked eight in a global list of fruit and vegetable producers.Based on the 2014 information of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Islamic Republic has produced 12.7 million tonnes of.....

E-commerce help Indian farmers reach consumers

A group of tech-savvy youths have created several e-commerce platforms aimed at helping farmers get a fair price for their produce and also to give consumers the opportunity to buy fresh and unadulterated food items.The core idea of the initiative is to promote products of rural farmers by creating a platform.....

US: Edible Garden to supply organic herbs to supermarkets & restaurants

Edible Garden has been selected by two new customers, Hannaford supermarket and Sweetgreen restaurants, to supply organic fresh herbs to selected retail outlets. Hannaford was founded in 1883 as a fresh produce vendor in Portland, Maine, and is now a major supermarket chain with over 180 stores servicing the.....

1st Edition of Bakker Brothers' International Open Days

"Beans, snack carrots and sweetcorn"

For the first time, the Dutch company, Bakker Brothers, took part in the seed enhancement, and production, companies' demo days. During the last week in September, visitors from all over the world were able to go to the demo-field at Bakker Brothers in North Scharwoude.Originally mainly focused on seed.....

Dutch tomato prices out of summer slump

In September, 21% more was paid for a kilogram of tomatoes in Europe than, on average, over the last five years. This was especially noticeable for Dutch tomatoes, compared to August. The prices for tomatoes was no less than 55% higher than in the summer month. These figures were supplied by the European.....

US hard squash sees high prices due to short supply

Short supply has strengthened the hard squash market thanks to a reduced crop this year. Last year, the market was saturated with product which drove prices down and discouraged farmers from growing hard squash this season. Now the reverse has occurred resulting in a short supply and higher prices."There was.....

Peru to export less asparagus this year but will recover next year

During 2017, exports of asparagus will amount to US $ 540 million, i.e. 6% less than in 2016, and in 2018 they will recover slightly, by 2% to US $ 550 million, Scotiabank projected.In general, the lower exports of 2017 are the result of a lower exported volume. In recent years, Peruvian production has been.....

Open days for outdoor crops

Enza Zaden presents options for salad bar of the future

During the open days last week, Enza Zaden put all of their outdoor lettuce crops in the spotlight. The most important leafy vegetable, iceberg lettuce, had all of its varieties shown, just as the varieties with market potential that will be tried out on a large scale next year. Enza Zaden also sees a future.....

Attested "hallucinogen-tainted" Bonduelle spinach recalled in Italy

The Italian health ministry on Wednesday pulled from supermarket shelves Bonduelle frozen spinach they believed to contain the hallucinogenic plant mandragora."The health ministry's move came after a family came down with mandragora poisoning after eating some of the lot in Milan. The three family members were.....

School Fruit Program: 25.8 million euros for German schools

On the 1st of August 2017, a new EU Fruit and Vegetable Program was launched in German schools with the aim of stimulating healthy eating habits. In the participating schools, fruit, vegetables and milk products are handed out and a special educational program has been initiated.The program can be implemented.....

“These days are meant for inspiration, networking and making contacts”

Latest innovations demonstrated during Syngenta's 150th anniversary

The open days of the seed producers are an important annual happening. For Syngenta, this year is an extra festive one, as they also celebrated their 150th anniversary. One wall was covered with photos from a century-and-a-half ago, showing the employees of the current Syngenta’s predecessors.Men with beards.....

“When trade asks for more, we respond”

Illuminated tomato area of BelOrta increases by 10 hectares

BelOrta’s illuminated tomato area has been growing since they started. By now, the area consists of 46 hectares for the 2017/18 season. In the previous season, it was 10 hectares less. This is an increase of 28 per cent for BelOrta. “Due to BelOrta’s central location, our tomatoes can quickly reach their.....

Russia to partially allow tomatoes from Turkey by early 2018

Russia is likely to partially allow Turkish tomato imports at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2018, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday.The imports would not exceed 50,000 tonnes, Dvorkovich told reporters on the sidelines of an energy conference.Source: reuters.com

Cabbage from Varaždin, Croatia latest to receive EU geographical origin label

Cabbage from the city of Varaždin is one of the latest Croatian products to receive the EU geographical origin label, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Tuesday.The European Commission has unanimously agreed that ‘Varaždinsko zelje’ will now have EU geographical protection status after a request for.....

Availability is crucial for courgettes

Eating courgettes is increasing in popularity, according to Leander van de Griend, account manager for ZON fruit & vegetables. The vegetable has always been much eaten in the Mediterranean, but in recent years it has gradually migrated towards the northern regions of Europe. Consumption is boosted by Dutch.....

“Watercress is the healthiest vegetable in the world”

It’s peppery, spicy and has a slight radish-like flavour. Watercress can be used in a number of dishes, but what is needed for the growth of this little vegetable? Since 1938, watercress has been grown by Sint-Lucie in Lauw near Tongeren in Belgium. Now, nearly 80 years later, grandson Frank Vansimpsen and his.....

Carrots and potatoes in the global spotlight

Bejo open field days attract a lot of visitors

The Bejo Zaden open days went successfully and attracted a large number of visitors from across the world. The carrot symposium stood out, attracting over 500 visitors spread over two days. Carrots have the potential to grow further in the snack assortment and Bejo is developing special tasty and coloured.....

Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

"Spanish green asparagus an alternative to South American"

For the past few years Teboza has been active in the asparagus cultivation in Andalusia. "We see that the Spanish cultivation is foreseeing a need. We want to offer an alternative to the South American asparagus. We define ourselves with freshness, flavour, flexibility and transport distance," says Will.....

Rien and Arthur Paans: “Seven growers are Milieukeur certified”

Verfru Europe in Spain for ten years

On Thursday, 5 October, Rien and Arthur Paans from Verfru Europe S.L. will celebrate, because on that day, they will have been established in Spain for ten years. “When adding the years in the Netherlands before that, we’ll have been active for 16 years, and mostly with the same growers we started with,” Rien.....

Mike Glas, Glas-Groenten:

“More spread-out supermarket promotions would be good for Dutch sprout market”

After promotions at six Dutch supermarkets two weeks ago, the sprout market has dropped to a lower level. Mike Glas from Glas-Groenten from Broek op Langedijk, the Netherlands, is fed up with the situation. “More spread-out promotions would be good for the market. Now we suddenly had enormous demand for.....

"40 percent more radishes sold during Oktoberfest"

Two greats from München that have worked together for twenty years: The Oktoberfest, the biggest national celebration in the world, and Früchte Feldbrach, one of the largest vegetable suppliers of urban markets, work together at the Theresienwiese, a large market place in München. This autumn, they once again.....

The main competitors for Spanish tomatoes

Looking at the volumes shipped by the world's main tomato exporters and the impact of their competition with Spain in the European markets, the Netherlands and Morocco can be considered Spain's main competitors, ahead of France, Italy, Turkey and Portugal.This has been revealed by Hortoinfo's analysis of the.....