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Local growers bring competitive edge to tomatoes

With many regions producing tomatoes at the same time, supply is more than ample. “It’s July and there are a lot of tomatoes throughout the country,” says Roger Riehm of Bradenton, Fl.-based Blue Creek Produce LLC. “There are lots coming up locally through many areas and there’s also still a good supply coming.....

American Airlines fulfills demand for fresh asparagus in Europe and Asia

This season, American Airlines has helped growers in Mexico and Peru supply the majority of the early season asparagus for Europe and Asia. The cargo division of the airline has moved nearly 12 million pounds of fresh asparagus around the world on its widebody aircraft in the first six months of 2018 from a.....

Summer sees strong cilantro and parsley market

As the weather heats up around the United States, fewer regions are able to supply the market with cilantro and parsley. California's central coastal area is one of the few places that can grow these herbs all year round, due to the relatively mild temperatures in both summer and winter. The dry conditions in.....

Customers still buy two 5-kilogram bags of potatoes

Volume sales at Tangermarkt

In a time when supermarkets are responding to the trends of convenience, elderly and smaller households, Tangermarkt is successful with volume sales. The retail chain focused on multicultural society now has 15 branches in urban areas in the Netherlands (10) and Belgium (5). “To us, it’s not important to make.....

UK imports salad from US, Spain and Poland as heatwave hits crops

Lettuce is being flown in from the US, and imported from Spain and Poland as soaring temperatures increase demand but hit crops in the UK.The cargo carrier IAG Cargo said it had flown 30,000 heads of lettuce from Los Angeles to the UK in the past week alone.Tony Clemence, general manager of the Bristol branch.....

Lamb’s lettuce: a small, specialist market

A lot of attention in the lettuce segment nowadays is paid to high-tech production of lettuce on water and in vertical production systems. Because of all of these developments, you’d almost forget lamb’s lettuce is grown in Dutch and Belgian greenhouses. A relatively small production that profits from the.....

Major retailers aim to support local product

South African ginger competes with Chinese imports

South African ginger is harvested from May until November. Some farmers keep the tubers in the soil for the end of the season (until before the start of summer rains) when prices rise. The main production area is around Hazyview and Kiepersol, Mpumalanga Province, where ginger is sometimes used as an intercrop.....

Henan Wanbang Market: Cabbage price goes up

The main production areas of cabbage this week are Shanxi and Henan. The price of cabbage in Wanbang Market showed an upward trend this week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, production volume is small. The main production areas of cabbage are in Shanxi while secondary production.....

Domestic sprouts popular in Swiss gastronomy

‘Popularity of sprouts in line with health trend’

Mini-vegetables, watercress and fresh-cut articles characterize today's events in the world of gastronomy. However, the current rise of these product groups has so far had no significant influence on the popularity of sprouts. Because sprout mixtures are still finding their way quite quickly to the Swiss.....

Vegetables are becoming more expensive due to drought

In many parts of Germany, people are happy about the sunny summer weather, but farmers are worried about the heat. They will have to accept massive crop losses this year. In the north and east there has not been enough rain in recent weeks, in the south, however, heavy rains have harmed the crops. The result:.....

Specialty root vegetables see increasing consumer interest

Supplies of specialty root vegetables look consistent as the domestic season hits its peak. “Supplies are steady and the overall quality looks very good,” says Ande Manos with Babé Farms Specialties, Inc. in Santa Maria, CA. Manos adds that supplies of the root vegetables (including beets, carrots, kohlrabi,.....

Swedish grower focuses on new crops

The Swedish farmer, Mattias Hansson, was born and bred on the beautifulBjäre peninsula in Sweden. After finishing his schooling, he took the logical step of carrying on his parents' business in the Förslöv region. There, Hansson now cultivates pumpkin, kale, and early potatoes.Recently he also started growing.....

Small carrots on menu as all Irish field crops are suffering

The current lack of rain is having a severe effect on the field vegetable sector. Consumers could be left with unusually small carrots later this year, as drought conditions seriously affect growth. There are fears other crops, such as potatoes, broccoli and onions, could also be affected, because the planting.....

Spain is unable to fill northern Europe's production gap

The dry weather and high temperatures that are being recorded in central and northern Europe since the month of May are causing major issues in the production of crops like lettuce and other leafy vegetables. Large distribution chains in these countries are trying to get their supply wherever they can and have.....

New crop of Wisconsin celery begins harvest

Alsum Farms & Produce grower partner, Trembling Prairie Farms Inc. has been harvesting new crop Wisconsin Celery since July 16th with the season expected to go through the first week of October. Located in the muck soils of Green Lake County, Trembling Prairie Farms, a family farm owned and operated by.....

Jim Erler - Premium Fresh Tasmania

AU: Exporting gives alternatives and price power

PHOTO REPORTThe Ertler family have farmed the land in the Forth area of Tasmania for generations, known today as Premium Fresh Tasmania, it is still a privately owned company and the main pack house is situated on the same site as the original family farm 60 years ago.Premium Fresh started supplying Woolworths through a.....

National Vegetable Quality Control Center established in Shouguang, Shandong

Shandong has long been an important province in China's vegetable production. Shouguang is the largest vegetable production, collection, and distribution area in China. It is in this city that the National Vegetable Quality Control Center was established on July 12th, 2018. Song Jianchao, member of the leading.....

Near Genoa, Italy

Growing herbs and vegetables under the sea

Underwater agriculture might be one of the solutions to help eradicate world food shortages. That is the idea behind the latest project of the Ocean Reef Group in Italy. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, at present only some 11 percent of the globe's land surface (13.4 billion ha) is used in.....

Prices Ukrainian carrots will drop until the end of summer

In the near future the price of carrots will drop, from a record 40 UAH/kg down to 20 UAH/kg (€1.30 to 0.65). Director of the Ukrainian Association of trade networks suppliers, Oleksiy Doroshenko: “Now there is a very large gap in the prices of carrots, between the market and store prices. Soon, the prices for.....

Mini cucumbers: two branches, one product

As well as the regular cucumber and the snack cucumbers, there is a third cucumber segment in the Netherlands: mini cucumbers. This cucumber variety weighs between 100 and 150 grams. The segment is growing quickly, notes Leander van Griend of Royal ZON. "All German retailers have mini cucumbers in their.....

Promotable volume of Ontario-grown green beans

Ontario green beans are underway and volume is coming on. “The supply of beans is starting to increase because more growers are coming on right now,” says Peter Streef of Streef Produce Ltd. in Princeton, Ont. “We’re currently harvesting our own green beans and we started harvesting last week from our farms.....

Ningxia's export of dehydrated vegetables reached a new high

From January to June this year, Ningxia exported 701 batches of vegetables, a total amount of6,794.29 tons and worth 2,724.22 million US dollars. The export scale has reached a record high, with a year-on-year increase of 20.03%, 8.21%, and 13.77%. The EU, South Korea, Russia, Australia are among some of the.....

California celery growers backing off as local regions start

The celery season is in a bit of a flux right now as supplies out of various regions experience mixed fortunes. In Mexico, heavy rain has meant volume and quality have dropped considerably, leaving the summer program in a difficult position."The Mexico season is stumbling along," observed Mark Sato of Fortune.....

Brazil: A cherry tomato with more sugar and lycopene

Brazilian researchers have developed a new cherry tomato that contains higher levels of sugar and lycopene, and that presents a greater natural resistance to diseases.According to the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, the research, which was led by scientists from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company.....

Good prospects for purple garlic campaign

Spain: Garlic producers getting ready for Brexit

Representatives of the National Association of Producers and Marketers of Garlic have already asked Brussels to outline how the United Kingdom will leave the common market and what the plans are for future trade relations with this country. They also asked the EU to reduce the Chinese garlic import quota based.....

National tomatoes first? How chauvinism influences buying behaviour

What influence do politics, economy and culture have on our buying behaviour? In socially insecure times, people tend to turn inward. This also counts for EU member states. They increasingly focus on their national economy and therefore, promote local products. Consumers follow; an Englishman will prefer to.....

New Zealand: Seasonal vegetable prices nudge food prices up

Food prices in New Zealand rose 0.5 percent in the June 2018 month, influenced by seasonally higher vegetable prices (up 11 percent). This rise was led by cucumber (up 88 percent), lettuce (up 48 percent), and capsicum (up 32 percent) prices, which all rose in June. Prices for restaurant meals and ready-to-eat.....

Italy: Courgette and cucumber prices are low

Whether it is due to higher courgette production in July or the increased supply of vegetables in general, various wholesale operators have confirmed that courgette and cucumber prices are low."There's a courgette invasion and sales are slow. We have even seen producers that were unable to sell them. Current.....

Italy: Stable celery market

Katia Bagagli from Olivieri in San Mauro Pascoli (FC) explains that celery prices are not exceptional. "We're doing better than others as demand is constant, but quotations have remained the same over the past few weeks. We specialise in celery, which is available 12 months a year."Company clients are Italian.....

Radish category continues exploring alternate ways to deliver

Radish is seeing a slightly better picture than it did at this time last year. “We currently have a normal supply of radish for this time of year and plan to continue with consistent volume throughout the season,” says Paul Miller of Duda Farm Fresh Foods in Oviedo, Fl. “Last year’s supply was constricted due.....

Hot weather welcomes start of northern US eggplant season

During the past week, a large portion of the eastern United States experienced hot conditions, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees in many areas. Many areas in the more northerly regions have just commenced their eggplant season and the hot temperatures have resulted in very good growing conditions for.....

Asparagus is still an embryonic crop in Colombia

The production of asparagus is still embryonic in Colombia. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the production of a semester barely amounts to 130 to 140 tons, and the crops are concentrated in the department of Caldas.Six years ago, the country achieved some slight peaks.....

Event to take place on 4th of October

New carrots for innovative growers displayed at British Carrot Demonstration Day

UK carrot growers will have the opportunity to view 70 variety plots from all the main breeders, at the next British Carrot Demonstration Day. This year’s event will be held in Serlby, Doncaster kindly hosted by D Skelton & Sons and Strawsons Ltd on 4 October 2018, with sponsorship from AHDB and NIAB.Ian.....

British carrot 'crisis' likely to continue for up to 11 months

British carrot growers are advising that recent adverse weather conditions will lead to the lowest yields for decades and the highest levels of imports. According to Rodger Hobson, Chairman of the British Carrot Growers Association, the carrot ‘crisis’ is likely to continue for anything up to 11 months. He.....

First round courgettes auctioned in Venlo, the Netherlands

Yesterday, the first round courgettes were auctioned by ZON in Venlo, the Netherlands. These round courgettes were grown by grower Sjraar Hoeijmakers from Horst, and will be sold by ZON’s auction three times per week. They are supplied in 24 courgettes per pooled bin, two of which are yellow and two of which.....

Albert Heijn reacts to Foodwatch's allegations

"Haricot verts are not green beans"

Advocacy groups are increasingly focusing on supermarkets. The origin of products is also becoming more important. One of these is Foodwatch. They are a Europeanadvocacy groupfocused on consumer protection regarding food quality. The Dutch green bean season has begun, and Foodwatch findsit 'bizarre' that there.....

Melons, pumpkins and watermelons in the spotlight

Spain: First edition of Sakata's Open Days Cucurbits

Between 3 and 5 July, Sakata Seed Ibérica celebrated the first edition of the “Open Days Cucurbits” in the Region of Murcia, with melons, pumpkins and watermelons in the spotlight.During the three days of the event, more than 200 professionals have had the chance to learn about the commercial and.....

Danish tomato growers welcome drought and record harvest

The weather reports have only predicted sun for the past few months. Tomato growers are therefore looking forward to an extremely good harvest. One of them is Claus Duedal Jakobsen. He is the chief of marketing and purchasing for tomato grower Alfred Pedersen and Son in Bellinge, near Odense. Normally they.....

Leafy greens market much better than last year

Despite a moderate shortage of supply several weeks ago which saw the market escalate, leafy greens crops appear to have hit their stride. A good level of production - without overproduction - is ensuring prices remain solid, while there is also sufficient supply to satisfy demand."It's been a very good leafy.....

Australian-grown vegetables completely safe amid international recall

Australia's peak vegetable body says consumers can have the confidence in country of origin labelling, following the recall of frozen vegetable products this week, due to fears of a potential contamination by the deadly listeria bacteria.Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is recalling 9 products that could contain.....

Tim O'Malley - Nationwide Produce

UK: Lowest returns for carrot growers in 35 years

The current UK vegetable season is heading for "The perfect storm" according to Tim O'Malley, Group Managing Director at Nationwide Produce PLC. With retailers increasingly driving prices, and returns, down to some of the lowest in years, combined with the current hot, dry weather, what is the future for the.....

Blockchain technology for tomatoes

Carrefour is moving forward in the development of its digital blockchain technology. After implementing it in its Auvergne chickens last March, now it has decided to put it into practice in a new line of products: Carrefour Quality Line tomatoes."It is an innovation designed to guarantee transparency and.....

Carrefour uses blockchain technology

Carrefour has started to used blockchain technology for their long Cauralina tomatoes. The tomatoes are from their partnership with the Paysans de Rougeline cooperative that they have had since 2015. This particular variety is farmed by 9 producers in Marmande and Roussillon without using weedkillers.The.....

Warm Michigan summer welcomes start of zucchini season

Michigan is on the verge of its zucchini squash season, and growers are expecting a high quality crop, with close to normal volume. Weather conditions have been relatively favorable during the growing season. The recent warm temperatures are causing growers to see if the zucchini plants will mature more.....

Guillaume Fouquou, la Guitoune:

France: "A lean year for apricots"

Guillaume Fouquou is the owner of la Guitoune, a fruit and vegetable farm cultivating around 400 m2 for direct sales. The shop offers as wide as possible a range, provided by several producers. Guillaume: "Due to bad weather, it’s a catastrophic year for apricots. I have friends who only had 10%.....

China: Eggplant prices disappointing

The market price of purple eggplants showed a downward trend this week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, a change in production areas. The Shandong production areas of eggplants enter the final stage of their supply period. The quality of their eggplants has gone down. At the same.....

South Tyrolean cauliflower harvest increased by 20 percent

This year, the South Tyrolean vegetable industry expects a yield of about 3,700 tonnes, which is harvested mainly in the Vinschgau. Due to the growing demand, the acreage in Vinschgau in 2018 was expanded by about 15 percent. "The harvest in South Tyrol started at the beginning of July. We can guarantee.....

"Enjoyed by the youth"

"Salads permeate Chinese consumer market"

The main characteristic of organic products is the excellent natural environment of their agricultural production system. Farmers in organic plantations do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers while the plants grow, which means that there is no chemical pesticide residue on the agricultural products......

China: Successful Vegetable Farm Exhibition in Yunnan

The 2018 China Vegetable Farming Exhibition was organized in Chuxiong Yizu Autonomous Region in Wuding County, Yunnan, on July 9th, 2018. This exhibition offered a platform for an intensive information exchange between people in the vegetable farming industry. The exhibition also displayed a wide variety of.....

Labor shortage limiting Washington asparagus potential

The Washington asparagus season has come and gone, but suppliers are commenting on the lack of labor which contributed in cutting the season short. It happens every season, they say, as soon as the cherry season kicks off, workers head over to that crop for the more lucrative offerings as well as greater.....

Blended burgers working their way into meal kits

Call it “The Blended Burger Project: Home Edition.” This month, Blue Apron is offering customers a special mushroom and beef blended burger to honor the James Beard Foundation’s perennial Blended Burger Project™.Currently underway and now in its fourth year, the Blended Burger Project features chefs nationwide.....

Harvest of Italian summer tomatoes in full swing

The summer season of Italian tomatoes is in full swing now that Sicilian tomatoes, which arrive on the market in winter, are no longer available. As for the final ones, balance is positive all in all, despite some ups and downs. Prices for summer tomatoes are satisfactory, although the best quality is meant.....

Paul van Groningen feels like a fish in water working for Green Food Iberica

“Spanish sourcing office with Northwest European mentality”

After years of working in Dutch fresh produce, for companies such as Banken and SousFresh, Paul van Groningen moved to the Costa Brava to work for Green Food Iberica on 1 April of this year. The Spanish company takes care of sourcing the Spanish range for the Scandinavian parent organisation, and they also do.....

Gain report

Quantitative restrictions on Indian pea imports extended

On July 2, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification extending the quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports of peas by another three months until September 30, 2018. The restrictions on pea imports,including yellow peas, green peas, dun peas, and kaspa peas effective till June 30,.....

Start-up cultivates high-quality plants through aquaponic system

Sustainable microgreens in the heart of Zurich

Start-up company Umami can now be found in the heart of Zurich. This organic farm is run by three young entrepreneurs and is fully specialized in producing microgreens through a sustainable aquaponic system. The products produced there are already being offered to regional gastronomy through local.....

International cabbage congress

"Cabbage, a cultivation with a future"

Almost 20 years ago, in 1999, the first International Cabbage Congress took place in West Flanders. This tradition of cauliflower growers and by extension all cabbage growers to meet each other, past the borders of production regions and even countries, is still important. These meetings provide a renewed.....

Swiss farmers brought in a good asparagus harvest

Swiss vegetable producers have greatly expanded their asparagus production in recent years. Acreage has more than doubled since 2007, to 390 hectares in 2017. However, local production only covers around 7 percent of the demand. Of the 11,000 tons sold in 2017, only 800 tons came from local fields. The annual.....

Promoting wonky vegetables

Oddbox launches crowdfunding campaign

London's first ‘wonky veg box scheme’ Oddbox has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £350,000 it needs to scale its deliveries across London. The start-up delivers fruit and veg boxes to South London residents, filled with produce that would otherwise go to waste because it doesn't meet strict.....

Quebec cabbage season getting underway

Quebec cabbage is coming out with a strong start to the season. “The first crop of cabbage has been out for over a week. All of the cabbage had a lack of water so the volume is about the same as last year,” says Pierre Gallant of EagleXport based in St. Remi, Que. “It’s challenging. Sometimes it’s too much.....

Michigan asparagus season winds down after short but productive season

All good things must come to an end, and the frenzy of the Michigan asparagus harvest is no exception. Growers and shippers in Michigan have wrapped up asparagus operations, and would consider this year to be a success in spite of weather-related setbacks.After cool spring temperatures brought a late start to.....