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Andalusia
Spain: Surface area devoted to green up 40% Granada
The participants of a technical conference devoted to green asparagus, which was held in the town of Huétor Tájar (Granada), stated that this crop continued to have an upward trend in the province of Granada, its main producer in Andalusia, despite the arrival of alternative crops in the area, such as khaki.....

"Everyone was asking for cucumbers last week"
Temperatures above 30 degrees caused a peak in the cucumber market last week. "The revival came from consumption," says Peter Fes of Best of Four. "Everyone was shouting for cucumbers. Due to the warm weather and the cultivation switch there were also less on the market. They ran out quickly." The day prices.....

Rony de Ceuster, Compra:
"Greenhouse vegetable market pitiful"
Due to the warm weather last week the production of many vegetables shot up. Since the end of last week there has been a decrease in the prices. According to Rony de Ceuster of Compra the market is pitiful for many vegetables at the moment. "A lot of prices are also collapsing due to the holiday.....

Grower Dirk Declerq:
"Demand for curly endive good, production too high"
The summer should be a top season for curly endive. The demand is there, but the production is a bit too high. Grower Dirk Declerq from Gits says the market is changeable. "March and April were very good, May was reasonable, and from June we had a bit of a dip. Since the open ground product was added the.....

Philippines: Typhoons trigger higher veg prices
Prices of some vegetables in Metro Manila markets went up from a week earlier because of typhoons Egay and Falcon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Thursday.Agriculture Assistant Secretary Leandro Gazmin told reporters that they have monitored upward adjustments in the prices of vegetables as.....

Spain: Lack of planning in cucumber campaign
Lack of planning has been a determining factor for the development of the 2014/2015 cucumber campaign. It caused produce shortages during the initial stages and oversupply during the winter months, with the consequent lower prices. "Many growers tried switching to winter crops, seeking the highest possible.....

Asparagus growth in UK static
Growth in the UK asparagus market appears to have halted, according to findings presented by Finlays Fresh Produce business insights manager Heather Veal at last month's Asparagus Growers Association agronomy day."We saw a -0.1 per cent dip this season, so growth of recent years has levelled out," she told.....

Lifting of EU restrictions opens opportunities for Kenyan bean exporters
The European Union has recently lifted its reinforced inspections on 10% of all types of beans, such as green beans or sugar snaps, exported by Kenya, which served to check food safety aspects, including MRLs. According to Eunice Mwongera, director of Hillside Green Growers, "They will still be testing some.....


Italy: Here come 'Orti di Nemo' - crops at the bottom of the sea
They are called 'Orti di Nemo' and they are the first underwater crops in the world. Basil and salad cultivated at the bottom of the sea and protected with semi-transparent material. It may seem like science fiction, but Liguria is the first region in the world to experiment with this.Engineer and diving.....


France: market slow for early leek varieties
The market for early varieties of leeks began at the beginning of May following a winter that was unfavourable to winter vegetables. Supplies have decreased in a year, quality is good, but demand is not high enough for the prices to increase. Prices are below the 2010-2014 average, but have still increased.....

US (NJ): Zucchini supplies light
Adverse weather has cut down supplies of zucchini coming out of New Jersey. Supplies from other squash-producing states are also light.“Volumes right now are way off from normal levels,” said Mike DeLeo of Dandrea Produce in Vineland, New Jersey. “We should have ten times the amount of zucchini we have right.....

Processed tomato production to reach 175,000 tons in Tunisia
Production of tomatoes grown for processing is expected to reach 175,000 tons this year. Despite this record production there are many problems, such as high production costs, lack of production contracts between producers and the industry and a lack of manual labour. Vegetable production management within.....


Rijk Zwaan- Global Gherkin Days
Professionals from gherkin world meet in Germany
Rijk Zwaan held the Global Gherkin Days on 6 and 7 July 2015. More than 200 participants from 22 different countries gathered in Germany to exchange knowledge and ideas about gherkins.“The gherkin market is becoming increasingly international and marketing oriented,” says Gerald Krischke, Crop Coordinator......


Exclusive agreement with Sakata and Pure Flavor
Pure Flavor announced another exclusive agreement within the recent months. The mini San Marzano style tomato from Sakata will be marketed under the Marzanito™ name from Pure Flavor available throughout North America.This exclusive variety has been in development for many years and is known as a good cooking.....


Price and harvest increase start of French carrot season
During the first month of the season which is a period when the market relies on imports, harvests increased slightly since last year. Imports were slightly higher than the monthly average reaching 12,000 tons during March, and should continue to increase to their seasonal peak of 20,000 tons in May. This.....

Poland: Low prices greenhouse cucumbers, tomatoes
According to data from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, the price of greenhouse tomatoes in June remained at a lower level than last year.The average price amounted to 2.85 zł/kg (0.68 Euro), which is about 17% less than in the same month of 2014.Meanwhile, the price of greenhouse cucumbers has.....

Oceanside tomatoes ripe for summer
July is here, which means it’s harvest time at West Coast Tomato Growers, home of the famed Oceanside Pole vine-ripe round and roma tomatoes from distinguished grower Harry Singh, Jr. and marketed exclusively by Oppy.Following an excellent growing season and impressive first pick, Oppy is now shipping both.....

best season in years
End of Murcia pepper export season
The pepper export season in Murcia has now ended. What is left is some incidental trade with chains in the south of France. This was written by Agridesk España in a report to the P8. There is absolute satisfaction about the course of the season among growers. The end of the export on a large scale in Murcia.....

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:
Warm weather great for bell pepper consumption, worrying for crops
The bell pepper market has been quite busy in recent months, "In terms of prices, we had a pretty good spring. Although, the product yield in kilos was lower than desirable; supply was then limited. The month of June was bad for prices, with too much supply, not only from the Netherlands but from Spain as.....


Short lines to the customer
Summer weather increases tomato supply
With the arrival of the first summer weather the supply of tomatoes from the island Reichenau increases. On the sunny island in Lake Constance, the tomatoes grow on 8 ha. This year a harvest of 2,000 metric tons can be expected. Carefully picked and sorted by hand the tomatoes go to the Reichenau-Gemüse.....

Wholesale cucumber prices plunge in Ukraine
Ukraine has seen a reduction in the wholesale price of cucumbers, with the largest declines recorded in the western regions. This was revealed by "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", which conducts a daily monitoring of prices in the wholesale markets across the country.In Lviv, cucumber prices have dropped.....


'Less is more' for G's brand
The G's unwashed salad brand fresh & naked who's traditional staples of baby salad leaves, including a new variety of baby kale, has just undergone a re-brand, the focus of which was to keep it simple, and use strong colours to differentiate the products.fresh & naked has been on the market since.....


France: Lettuce prices, volume increased in May
The 2015-2016 lettuce season has begun well in terms of prices and volume, both of which are higher than in May 2014. Unlike last year, prices during the first month of the season are within the 2010-2014 average. As of August 2014 prices continued to increase compared to the 2009-2013 average. This.....


Peru: Asparagus exports recover, other products position themselves
According to the Civil Association Frio Aereo, so far this year the export of Peruvian products has been positive. Asparagus exports have recovered, and flowers, foliage, peas, mango, blueberry and pomegranate have been positioned in foreign markets.Armando Grados, general manager of the association, said.....


Germany: Bosh technology to cultivate white asparagus
An international conference on scrum technologies was held during the Scrum Day in Fiederlstadt, Germany, between 16th and 17th June.In the business world, the term scrum refers to those small work groups who operate to develop a product in contact with clients and final users.CEO Volkmar Denner took part.....


Spain: Cheaper peppers than eight seasons ago
During the current campaign, which is about to come to a close, the average price paid to growers for all pepper varieties has been lower than eight seasons ago, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia.In the 2007/2008 campaign, the average.....

Italy: Foreign lettuce has the same quality
A domestic importer commented on the fact that a Dutch exporter reported that Italy prefers Polish lettuce.The operator referred that "Italian buyers interested in Iceberg lettuce are spoilt for choice - produce can be imported from Sweden, Germany, UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark and quality is more.....


France : chicory prices up compared to last year
Available volume has decreased over the last year due to a decrease in harvest as well as a surplus of foreign trade in the spring compared to 2014. A seasonal demand means that prices have continued to increase compared to last year and the 2009-2013 average. The 2014-2015 season was marked by a decrease of.....

Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports drop
In comparison with last year, the amount of exports from Turkey in the first half of the year has fallen by 9% and the value of these exports has fallen by 13%Eastern Blacksea Exporters Association chairman Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan made a statement in which he explains that Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable.....

Cabbage and carrot shortages in Latvian shops
Due to unfavorable market conditions and cold weather, there are shortages of locally grown cabbage and carrot in Latvian shops, according to a report by the Center for Support of the Agricultural Market.According to the Center, prices for most food products decreased in June 2015, compared to March. For.....

Delhi govt. to build 4 new wholesale veg markets
With an aim of controlling price of vegetables and fruits, the Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to build four new wholesale markets in the city.These four major wholesale markets will come up in Mangolpuri, Nasirpur, Okhla and Tigri Khampur areas.At present, there are three major wholesale vegetable.....


Increase in smoked garlic acreage in Arleux, France
The Association of smoked garlic producers from the Arleux region have held their general assembly. Whilst the number of producer members in the group remains stable (7 subscribers and 2 supporters), acreage is increasing every year. It has gone from 12.75 hectares in 2013, to 13.5 hectares in 2014 and now.....

Carrefour launches their Quality Line coeur de boeuf tomatoes
The first ‘coeur de boeuf’ tomatoes from Carrefour’s new Quality Line are now available in 1,200 Carrefour Market hyper and supermarkets. This new line was announced in May and is a partnership with the cooperative Rougeline (in the Lot-et-Garonne). Five producers from Rougeline are expected to produce about.....

Greek tomatoes pave way for increased exports to UAE
Greek tomatoes have paved the way of a new trade route between Greece and the United Arab Emirates, and there is also increased interest in other Greek fruits and vegetables. As explained to Agrotypos by Mr Michalis Vrettakis, responsible for the Greek Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs (ISD) in.....

Johan Bytebier:
Belgium: "Lettuce prices increase fivefold in one day"
The Belgian lettuce market finds itself in a bizarre situation. The past months, the growers' prices were around 10 cents, while on the first of July, it rose to just over 50 cents, and on July 2 it even increased to 72 cents. "Incredible," Johan Bytebier says, surprised. "It's been so bad since April, I had.....

Ukraine: Cucumber prices see sharp decrease
The Ukrainian market is currently characterized by a rapid decline in cucumber prices (in the western regions especially), according to Fruit-Inform daily price monitoring.Prices have halved at Shuvar Wholesale Market, Lviv, over a week: from UAH 8-9/kg (EUR 0.32-0.36/kg) in the middle of the previous week.....


"In search of the perfect Asian eggplant variety, production system"
To meet the increasing Canadian demand for ethnic vegetables, Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is investigating varieties of greenhouse Asian eggplant. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland's Research Director for Horticultural Production Systems, explained to us the process for selecting the.....


Tomato consumption remains constant at 25 kilograms
66 percent of the tomato consumption exists of processed tomatoes, tomato juice, and puree or dried form and at about 16.4 kilograms per person per year. And demand for beefsteak tomatoes increases again.Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in Germany. According to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and.....


Sweet Palermo now available under co-brand at various retailers
"Time is ripe for differentiation in bell peppers"
At Fruit Logistica 2015 in Berlin, Rijk Zwaan introduced Sweet Palermo. The marketing machine was running at full speed, and hasn't stopped running yet. Rijk Zwaan developed the Sweet Palermo brand as a service to partners in the chain: they can use it to strengthen their market position.Rijk Zwaan now also.....


John Lucassen
Contract farming provides stability for open field lettuce sales
The open field lettuce season is in full swing at Lucassen Agri Cultuur. The family run company has more than 40 years experience growing different kinds of lettuce in the open field. On 222 acres in Sevenum, The Netherlands the company grows a wide assortment of lettuce, including: cabbage lettuce, green.....

US (CA): Monterey County ag generates $8.1 billion
Even in the midst of a historic drought, Monterey County agriculture generates $8.1 billion a year for the local economy and more than 76,000 jobs, according to a report released Tuesday.The industry represents 18.5 percent of the county’s economy in 2014, said the report from the Monterey County.....


Italy: Gautier's premium plum tomatoes doing well North European markets
Gautier Italia's Apeticio F1 and Bellacio F1 miniplum tomatoes campaign has finally started.The project involved leading companies in the production and distribution industry.Today, we want to talk about LA ZAGARA, located in Catania. "The company has always been looking for products that make a difference,.....

Peruvian Asparagus Importer's Association releases US management plan
The Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association (PAIA) has completed and published their 2015/2016 Category Management Plan Outline for Fresh Asparagus. “Our Category Management Plan Outline is an essential tool for all involved in the trade of fresh asparagus,” states Priscilla Lleras, PAIA Coordinator. “The.....

Grupo Pão de Açúcar shows interest in Peruvian ag products
In the following days two representatives of one Latin American's most relevant supermarket chains, Brazilian “Grupo Pão de Açúcar” (GPA), will arrive in Peru.GPA is interested in acquiring fruits and vegetables harvested in Peru’s Northern La Libertad and Southern Ica regions from the producing companies,.....

First AU irradiated tomatoes make way to NZ
The first shipment of irradiated Australian tomatoes of 2015 is due to arrive in New Zealand this week, prompting a reminder to retailers and the hospitality sector to ensure their produce is clearly labelled as ‘irradiated’.Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) requires anyone selling irradiated.....

Kazakhstan to lower vegetable imports by 61%
Kazakhstan will reduce its imports of tomatoes and cucumbers by 61% during off-season time through projects financed from the National Fund, Dauren Makhazhanov, interim chairman at the KazAgro National Managing Holding has said.“The implementation of all the investment projects and the achievement of planned.....

Turkish consumers prefer organic cherry tomatoes
Tomato vendors in southeast Turkey have said that the public is showing a preference for cherry tomatoes. There is a high demand and fondness for tasty and especially organically grown cherry tomatoes from the public. This is pleasing tomato vendors, who state that the preference for cherry tomatoes instead.....

1st October 2015, Norfolk
British Carrot Growers exhibition to demonstrate 68 varieties
The 2015 BCGA Demonstration site has 68 carrot varieties provided by 7 seed companies including, Elsoms, Hazera, Rijk Zwaan, Nunhems, Pro Veg, Clause and Seminis. In addition to the variety plots Syngenta, Bayer and BASF will all be demonstrating some of their products. Innovation is a continuing theme for.....


Demand for winter vegetables shorter due to mild autumn and early spring in France
The 2014/2015 winter vegetable season in France moderately decreased compared to last year for all types of vegetables. However, the decrease in harvest was bigger compared to the 2009/2013 average for cauliflowers, chicory and salads whilst carrot and leek production was close to the 5 year average.The.....

US (CA): Living lettuce and watercress extend shelf life
“We harvest our lettuce and cress products with the roots attached,” says Pete Overgaag with Hollandia Produce. “This means the plant is still alive, which keeps the leaves greener and fresher longer than lettuce harvested conventionally. It enables us to deliver the freshest product possible.” Products with.....

QLD, NT growers moving forward with CCGMV plan
One of the biggest hurdles the Australian cucurbit industry faces is inter state market acceptance of produce grown in areas where the virus has been found, namely parts of the Northern Territory and one farm in Northern Queensland. “We have to have market acceptance. It’s important to have a strategy so.....

S.Africa: Success growing oyster mushrooms in dry climate
A master's student in Crop Science at the North-West University Mafikeng Campus did ground-breaking work by producing oyster mushrooms in the dry climate conditions of Mahikeng. Sydwell Sihlangu, under the supervision of Dr Khosi Ramachela, showcased his research on innovative low-cost production of oyster.....


French customers retain mushroom consumption patterns
While shoppers across Europe have broadened the way they consume some fresh produce items, French customers continue to buy and consume mushrooms as a seasonal item. This has kept some French producers of the item in the same patterns of cultivating and marketing mushrooms strongly during fall.“Mushrooms are.....

100% British lettuce turns heads
Sainsbury’s has just introduced what they describe as their most attractive lettuce yet: a red butterhead.Grown in Lincolnshire, it’s a stunner, with green, red and deep purple leaves that come together in a rose-like head.And it’s perfect to make a head-turner of a salad. The variety, which is 100 per cent.....

Now offering GSPP certified tomato varieties
Sakata Seed America earns GSPP accreditation
Sakata Seed America has announced their GSPP certification, as of May 2015. This exciting new certification will bring added value to Sakata’s distributor network and their customers, and serves as a promising opportunity for future growth in the industry. GSPP, or ‘Good Seed and Plant Practices’.....


Nigeria: Late rainfall causing price hike
The late arrival of the rains and the ongoing fasting period pushed up the prices of Irish potatoes and tomatoes by about 200 per cent in Plateau, a market survey revealed.The survey, conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend in Bokkos, found that a bag of Irish potatoes that sold for.....

US: Rain in Mexico, oversupply brings down broccoli prices
Unfavorable weather has caused quality issues with broccoli imported from Mexico. With plentiful supplies of broccoli out of California outstripping current demand, prices have been low.“The broccoli market is difficult and complicated right now, and nobody knows where it's going to go,” said Juan Lozano of.....

US (GA): Holiday push heats up sweet corn market
In the run up to the July 4 holiday, demand for sweet corn has increased. With good supplies coming out of Georgia, growers in the state are seeing strong prices for their corn.“The holiday push has already begun,” said Jon Browder of Pioneer Growers. “Supplies are good, and we're harvesting as much as we.....


Association of Asparagus and Strawberry Growers in Southern Germany
Higher prices than 2014, but lower profits
The asparagus season traditionally ends on June 24, St. John's Day or Midsummer’s day. The 2014 season had a record harvest, but his year asparagus producers had to cope with cooler temperatures and a late start to the season. Simon Schumacher, managing director of the Association of Asparagus and Strawberry.....