Vegetables


Export of Brazilian fruit and vegetables has grown in 2015
Brazilian currency decreased strongly in value. At almost 800,000 tonnes the Brazilian export of fresh fruits and vegetables in 2015 was over 16% larger than the year before. After a peak of almost a million tonnes in 2007 the export continually decreased to 700,000 tonnes in the years 2011-2014.Expressed in.....

Safeguard measures for import of Moroccan tomatoes
Fepex denounces Morocco's lack of adherence to Partnership Agreement
FEPEX has complained to the European Commission about Morocco failing to adhere to the conditions set by the Association Agreement with the European Union, which states that the concessions made in the tomato sector are intended to maintain the traditional level of Moroccan exports to the EU and prevent.....


No surprises expected for Polish cabbage season
It is still early days as cabbage producers in Poland are preparing for the 2016 season. With temperatures this last week firmly below freezing levels, it is still too early to tell, however growers are optimistic about the coming season.Polish vegetable producer and distributor Cool Fruit offers two.....


Retail sales expanding thanks to increased awareness
US(CA): Specialty mushroom market continues upward trend
While sales of traditional mushroom varieties continue to grow at a slow, but steady, pace, specialty mushrooms have boomed over the past few years.“The mushroom as a category is growing very slowly, only 1% to 2% each year,” says David Law, CEO of Gourmet Mushrooms Inc., “but the specialty mushroom is.....

US(FL):Cold, rain keep eggplant volumes low
Wet conditions during planting and the early part of the growing season have kept eggplant production in Florida limited this winter. The recent cold snaps have caused eggplants on the plant to stagnate as well. Volumes are down as much as half throughout the state, and prices have soared as a result.On.....

Russia returns 16 tons of Chinese cabbage to Turkey
Russia refused the entry of 16.3 tons of Chinese cabbage being imported from Turkey on the basis of the presence of western flower thrips.In a statement, the Russian Federal Plant Protection and Quarantine Service (Rosselhoznadzor), said that the cabbage which arrived by ship from Turkey in the Novorossiysk.....

Japanese pumpkins profitable for Vietnamese growers
The market for Japanese pumpkin, or Kabocha, an Asian variety of winter squash, has been blooming in Vietnam and growers in Vietnam and capitalizing on the popularity of the vegetable. Farmers in Kon Tum Province, located in the Central Highlands, harvested their Japanese pumpkin crops late last year, and.....

Rich harvest halves Indian veg prices
In Chennai, India, prices of several vegetables are down by as much as 50% in the wholesale markets and the retail markets are also reflecting the decrease, pleasing the states's inhabitants. The rich harvest in the state and the neighbouring regions has caused the price decreases, which come as good news.....

Nigerian tomato farming threatened by water shortage
As farm wells dry up in Katsina, Nigeria, tomato irrigation farmers are now facing a dilemma. The tomato farmers rely on local wells they dug on their farms as the source of watering their farmlands, after their 40-year-old dam stopped reserving water.Leader of the farmers, Alhaji Nasiru Barau, said "Our.....


"Good tomato export campaign to the United States"
Peppers under pressure, tomatoes still struggling
The earlier start of the harvest and the oversupply registered during the months of November and December in Almeria, caused by the high summer temperatures, have led to a 'break' in the New Year which has caused pepper prices to increase, mainly those of yellow, orange and red bell peppers."We had a few.....

High risk South African crops excluded from insurance
South African insurers are cutting cover of some crops planted by farmers due to the high risk posed by the drought. Vegetable crops in northern regions are said to pose too much of a risk for some insurers, while premiums for farmers who can get cover are rising.“As part of our constant negotiations with.....


Cauliflowers: France dominates the trade followed by Italy
French cauliflowers dominated the trade ahead of Italian cauliflowers. In the meantime Spanish cauliflowers were available in Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg in manageable quantities. The availability increased, compared to the previous week, and was sufficient to meet the demand. It depended on the market.....

Tau fly from Asia found in Auckland worries growers
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed controls on the movement of certain fruit and vegetables in a 1.5km radius from Manurewa where a single Tau fly was found on Thursday 21 January. Although the presence of the fly does not mean New Zealand has an outbreak, the MPI responded swiftly.MPI.....

Japanese farmer raises sheep on asparagus
Eight years ago, by a stroke of luck, sheep farmer Takanori Nishikawa, from Bibai, Hokkaido, realised that feeding sheep on a diet of asparagus could result in tastier meat. Now the farmers is finding growing demand for his premium lamb and mutton raised on asparagus.Nishikawa, 46, is not a farmer by birth......

New greenhouse complex for Russian winter veg production
In Rostov, Russia, there are plans to build a 150 hectare greenhouse complex to cover the region’s winter fruit and vegetable needs. According to the head of the press service of the Governor of the Rostov region Irina Chetvertakova, "Six investment projects will be implemented in the Rostov region up to.....


Northern China: cold spell pushes veg prices up
This coming week Beijing will see its lowest temperatures of this winter so far. According to a fruit wholesaler in the Baliqiao wholesale market, snowfall in November caused a sharp rise in prices. This because the snowfall affected storage and transport of vegetables. The current cold weather is pushing.....

Imperial Valley growing season marked by low supplies
US(CA): Chinese cabbage in midst of “hot” market
California growers of Chinese cabbage are reporting strong market conditions this January, as consistent demand and depressed supplies have driven prices to exceptional heights.“It’s a very hot market,” says Pete Aiello of Uesugi Farms, based out of Gilroy, CA. “Supply is very tight, so of course prices are.....


US: Cold keeps Mexican cucumber imports light
Cold weather has slowed production of cucumbers in Mexico, and imports reaching the United States have been light. Though the season in the Mexican state of Sinaloa has progressed at its normal pace, prices will remain strong until warmer weather spurs on increased production.“There is product available that.....


Broccoli leaf, a shame to waste it
After the kale trend it's time for something new: broccoli leaf! Normally, these leaves are thrown away and aren't eaten. A shame, as the leaves around broccoli are tasty and healthy. Broccoli leaves are the broccoli's cabbage leaves. Nice and dark green in colour, with purple tinges. There are large leaves.....


trends in production, commercialisation and consumption
Agenda and speakers at Tomato Conference
During the international tomato conference, which is taking place from 13-15 April in Antwerp, various interesting subjects will be discussed. "At the moment a large amount of the speakers are already known and the emphasis on these days will be of research (science) and the commercialisation of tomatoes......

Carlsbad kid grows giant cabbage, wins scholarship
After growing a 14-pound head of cabbage last season, one elementary school student in Carlsbad has added $1,000 to the account for his future college expenses.Kaleb Rodriguez, a nine-year-old 4th grader at Pate Elementary School, was honored at a school assembly last week with the presentation of a $1,000.....

New vegetable trays debut in time for Super Bowl
Just in time for Super Bowl 50, Mann Packing Company announced yesterday a collection of innovative vegetable trays under the Mann’s Snacking Favorites brand. With enticing combinations of premium ingredients, the new trays are perfect for consumers looking for healthy snack alternatives.Mann’s Snacking.....

Israel cucumber market summary
The market for cucumbers in Israel has been characterised by volatility. The local production is barely sufficient to meet demand, and so any disruption in supply or spike in demand creates shortages and sends prices soaring.Such situations occurred on multiple occasions in the last six months, for example.....


"We know there will be a wide production gap, but not when"
Spain: Great uncertainty in the lettuce market
Uncertainty reigns in the lettuce and leafy greens sector right now, mostly due to mismatches in production which, as has been the case with other horticultural crops, has been caused by the atypical weather conditions this season."The lettuce campaign is being chaotic, comparable to a year with frost or.....

Floods cause £230k losses for UK farmer
A Lancashire farmer has had his fields devastated by flooding: Allan Butler, who has lost 22ha of crops, says he is not sure he can continue farming after the floods caused £230,000 of estimated crops losses.In terms of turnover, he has estimated a loss of £48,000 of potatoes, £20,000 of cabbage and £160,000.....

California's 13.2 million tons tomato planting contracts
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, planting contracts for 13.2 million tons of production in 2016 will be signed by California tomato processors this January. To reach this tonnage, processors estimate contracted production on about 271,000 acres with an average yield of 48.7 tons per.....

Jordanian farmers destroy tomato crops in protest
A union leader reports that on Tuesday 19 January, Southern Jordan Valley farmers destroyed dozens of tonnes of their tomato crops in protest against the lack of government intervention to curb their losses. The farmers are experiencing their fifth season of losses due to the closure of the Syrian and Iraqi.....

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:
Europe: Avocado prices high, supply low
On the import market in Brussels the terrorist situation has normalized, "Yet, it is still a strange period," says Jan Vermeiren from Exofi. "This mostly has to do with the warmer weather. People eat different things when its -5 degrees then when its 8 degrees. We also did not have much of a festive.....


AU: Tomato prices fluctuate with changing consumer tastes
An oversupply of truss tomatoes on the Australian market is affecting the price of gourmet field grown varieties, with consumer demand for the latter on the rise.Kapiris Bros Managing Director Harry Kapiris says consumers are, “shying away from truss” tomatoes as they search for varieties that offer more.....

Paraguay wants to send carrots to Brazil
The quality of the fruit and vegetable products of the residents of Itapúa and Caaguazú makes sector authorities analyze the possibility of exporting the products to Brazil, more specifically in the market of Sao Paulo, as expressed by the Ing. Nestor Ayala, director marketing of the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Russian cabbage price variations 2015
According to Russia's State Statistics Agency (ROSSTAT), in 2015, the average price for one kilogram of cabbage in Russia amounted to 22.99 rubles which is a decrease from the average recorded in 2014 - 28.72 rubles per kilogram. In 2013, the average price per kilogram was 17.86; in 2012, it was 15.71 and.....

Spain: Sakata launches three cherry tomato varieties
Last Friday, the company Sakata held an introduction conference for three of its cherry varieties attended by over 50 growers from the municipality of Bérchules, in the province of Granada. "Kandys, Santa Victoria and Sweet Star are ideal for summer cultivation in mountainous areas like this," explains Juan.....

Spain: Good campaign for Lodosa Piquillo peppers
A total of 1,398 tonnes have been harvested in the Lodosa Piquillo pepper campaign; a production volume that has been considered "good" by the Regulatory Council of the PDO, despite falling below the 1,574 tonnes achieved last year.The product's quality has been "very good" and sizes "small, as befits a good.....

Spain: Organic tomato acreage growing in Andalusia
Organic tomato cultivation has expanded by 66.3 percent in Andalusia in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, consulted by Hortoinfo.The total number of.....

Imports to Russia from non-CIS countries in 2015 fell 36.4%
According to preliminary customs statistics, in 2015, imports from non-CIS countries to Russia amounted to almost $162 billion, which means that in comparison with 2014, they decreased by 36.4%.In December 2015, the value of imports from non-CIS countries totaled $14.8 billion, which compared with November.....

Supplies “tight for everybody,” says country’s largest grower
US(AZ): Yuma radicchio harvests begin after month-long delay
After suffering through tight supply levels since mid-December, American radicchio farmers expect supplies to start picking up as delayed winter crops in Yuma, AZ, finally start their harvests.“Yuma really caught everybody by surprise,” says Ed O’Malley, President of Royal Rose, the country’s largest.....


Drought threatens watermelon and fig campaign in Elche
Spain: Good pomegranate campaign, difficult for cauliflowers
The Alicante-based cooperative Cambayas is finishing its Mollar pomegranate campaign and its cauliflower season is in full swing."It has been a good pomegranate campaign," states Susi Bonet, of Cambayas' marketing department. "We have been able to market the volume we had expected and sales have mostly been.....

N Ireland: Possible losses after floods
Northern Ireland did not escape the extreme weather experienced by the rest of British Isles over Christmas. Lettuce grower Donnelly Horticulture has around an acre of lettuce under water."A couple of weeks ago one of the greenhouses flooded, with about an acre of lettuce in it which had been planted in.....

The Mushroom Council:
Mushrooms fit new US dietary guidelines
Long celebrated as a super food source of powerful nutrients, mushrooms can help consumers meet the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The Mushroom Council offers three key ways that fresh mushrooms simply help Americans achieve a healthy diet, according to the new guidelines.Mushrooms.....

Italian supermarkets selling Kyrgyz beans and carrots
Recently, in Umbria in Italy, Italians have been able to buy Kyrgyz beans and carrots.The produce being sold is a test batch from the Talas and Chui regions of Kyrgyzstan. The vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce (CCI) of the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurlan Musuraliev reports that although they are only.....


Tomatoes tackle poverty in Nigeria
Aliko Dangote is hoping to change tomato production with a giant factory that will boost domestic output, create jobs -- and even, indirectly, fight Boko Haram.For the past five years, the Dangote Group conglomerate he heads has been working to build a $20-million (18.4-million-euro) tomato processing plant.....


Philippines imports onions from China and India
To stabilize prices to meet market demands, the Philippines imported 10.9 tons of red onions and 2.5 tons of white onions from China and India. This is the first onion import since 2012. October last year, the typhoon Crater attacked the main onion growing areas in northern Philippines, causing a decline in.....

Tomatillo imports from Northern Mexico steady
Supplies of tomatillos from Northern Mexico have come at a steady clip through the New Year. Prices have hovered near the mid-teens, and the market is expected to remain steady as long as growers don't have to deal with prolonged adverse weather.“The quality of tomatillos coming from Nuevo Leon is very.....

Freak weather ruins British crops, price increases expected
Adverse weather conditions in Britain have had disastrous effects on food crops and caused chaos for farmers this year. The combination of warmer temperatures and record rainfall last month ruined fields growing vegetables and led to some crops maturing far too early. This in turn could lead to higher prices.....

US: Demand for kale exceeds seed supply
The growing popularity of kale has caused difficulties for some U.S. kale farmers who are having trouble finding sufficient supplies of kale seeds to keep up with demand. Supplies are so tight that farmers are forced to take additional precautions to avoid wasting them, according to Ryan Flaim, whose family.....

Sharp decrease in 2015/16 Polish white cabbage exports
Official statistics from Poland show that the country has drastically reduced its white cabbage exports this season. According to market participants, this is due to a significant decline of 26% in white cabbage production in the country, which was caused by unfavorable weather conditions.In the first three.....

India: Fruit prices double during harvest festival
In Bengaluru, India, vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato have increased in price by a third, and fruits such as papaya and orange have doubled, due to the Sankranti harvest festival.Consumers say they have to replan their monthly budget because of the festival price increases, and although some.....

Butternut squash featured on TV program
Mann Packing Company, Inc., headquartered in the Salinas Valley, announced that its cubed butternut squash recently appeared on an episode of Food Network Canada’s popular show, Food Factory. In the U.S., Mann’s cubed butternut squash will be featured on FYI Network’s Food Factory USA, Thursday, January 21st.....

Supplies light since mid-December
US(CA): Imports on Chinese garlic delayed
With many of their shipments behind schedule, California-based importers of Chinese garlic are reporting a tight market through mid-January.“It’s been pretty light for a good solid month or so,” says a source with Wing Produce, based out of Los Angeles. The source says that the primary reason for the low.....

Broccoli varieties just for Murcia
Murcia is one of the main Spanish areas for the production and export of cabbage and broccoli, with 296,988 tonnes sold in 2014. Recently a team of scientists has begun a program of study and improvement of existing broccoli varieties to better adapt them to the region.A meeting was held to bring together.....


China to open agri promo centre in Zimbabwe
Beijing Debang Dawei Technology signed an agreement with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Agriculture to cooperate on the promotion of the development of a Chinese agriculture demonstration centre in Zimbabwe. The centre will be open for ten years. The centre will consist of 8 sub-centres, in which Chinese.....


Austria: Chinese cabbage season has started
The region Styria is where the most Chinese cabbage is grown, followed by Burgenland and Tirol. The Austrian farmers can supply the main part of the domestic demand for Chinese cabbage. The self-sufficiency rate is around 80% and the average consumption is 3.6 kilos per person.Chinese cabbage takes third.....

Firm onion market here to stay
The year 2016 is off to a good start for onion growers as demand is very strong. “It is a firm market with limited high-quality supplies this crop season,” says Ralph Schwartz with Potandon Produce. “I don’t expect this to be a short-term bump,” he adds. The 2015 growing season was characterized by a smaller.....

Russia still importing California pepper from Turkey
In Kumluca in Turkey’s Antalya region, growers are still finding buyers for their California peppers in Russia, in spite of the restrictions in place. Growers say that California pepper exports to Russia have continued without a break and the peppers are being sold for €1.30 a kilo.Antalya is Turkey’s most.....

"Shortage of Spanish vegetables in a few weeks"
The supply of Spanish peppers is on a back burner. According to a trader, less volumes are arriving because there was earlier harvest in the previous months due to the warm weather in Spain. "The first area in Almeria is deep into production and these growers are tidying up to place the melons soon. The.....

area rising fastest in Mexico
China largest asparagus producer (70,000 ha)
Asparagus is a product that is widely grown and consumed. The main consumption countries are the US, Germany and Spain. The consumption in China is rising quickly. Production and consumption of asparagus is the least developed on the African continent. The cultivation takes place on a small scale there in.....

Spain: 5% increase in garlic acreage expected
The Hispano-Franco-Italian Joint Committee held a meeting in the Spanish city of Toledo to analyse and share information on the situation of the garlic sector in the three member countries of this forum. The meeting was attended by representatives of the administration and producers of the highest level from.....

Enza Seeds buys R&D AG broccoli breeding programme
Enza Seeds has bought the broccoli variety package and breeding programme of the American R&D AG. The international vegetable breeding company has 23 crops, including Brassica, in its portfolio. "Breeding is the heart of our business. The combination of creativity, expertise and years of experience in.....

US (CA): Fresh Express recalls spinach over almond exposure
Fresh Express Inc, based in Salinas, California has voluntarily recalled 350 cases of packaged baby spinach that may have been exposed to almonds, due to the risk of triggering severe, and even life-threatening physical reactions among people allergic to the nuts.The 12-ounce bags have use-by dates of Jan......

Papua New Guinea: MP calls for vegetable import review
Member for Sinasina Yongomugl, Kerenga Kua, has said that the decision by Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll to exempt one vegetable importer is wrong, and will lead to an undisputed monopoly in the agriculture industry.Kua has backed the assertion from the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission,.....

Pakistan: University to help growers market onion, chilli and tomatoes
University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that scientists from the university will help the Sindh Agriculture Department to produce the best varieties and develop post-harvest management to prevent losses for onions, chillies and tomatoes. According to.....

Jordan exports 900 tonnes of fruit, veg daily to Gulf states
According to Agriculture Ministry Spokesperson, Nimer Haddadin, Jordan is exporting 900 tonnes of fruits and vegetables daily to Gulf countries, which is a rapid increase since the beginning of this year, compared to the same period in 2014. 50 refrigerated trucks carrying the 900 tonnes of fresh produce.....