Vegetables

Nepal: Vice President worried at rising import of agro products
The Vice President of Nepal, Nanda Bahadur Pun, has noted his concern that rising imports are creating a trade deficit he fears will stymie the rapidly growing economy. “Our trade deficit is widening with each passing year. We imported Rs 8 billion worth of vegetables and Rs 23 billion worth of rice from.....


Egypt: Good prospects for lettuce in the winter
Established in 2008, Farmex, an Egyptian company has recently added frozen artichoke and strawberries to the portfolio. Over the years, it has also become a key supplier of Iceberg lettuce for Del Monte and fast food chains in the Gulf market. “We now have 60 hectares devoted to Iceberg lettuce that meets.....


Australia: Sundrop looking to expand into new markets
The $200 million seawater- and sunshine-powered Sundrop Farms hydroponic venture, is looking at getting bigger.The 12,000-tonne to 15,000t a year tomato farm in remote South Australia seems likely to be duplicated in other sites in Australia and overseas.In October Sundrop officially opened its massive.....

Bhutan: Chilli prices rising
While the Government is launching an ambitious plan to meet the demand for chillies, import restrictions have made the problem worse. In the past week the price of chillies has shot up to Nu 300 a kilogram in Thimphu. A kilogram of chilli usually costs Nu 200, marking a sharp rise in prices. Suppliers are.....


Sales way up from last year
Canadians enjoy their kale
Canadian kale grown in Carmen, Manitoba enjoyed a good season recently. Peak of the Market’s crop (late June to mid October) was in very good supply for its kale, sold by the carton. “Sales are up over 40% from the previous year, which was great,” said Dave Whitmore with Peak of the Market. “Prices were.....

Mexico: Rosario's chili harvest is good, but prices are bad
The president of the Farmers Association Baluarte River, Roberto Crespo Duran, stated that producers were "conducting the first cuts of chili in the city of Rosario, especially in the margins of the Baluarte River."Crespo Duran said the weather had been very favorable for the farmers who had planted.....


The Greenery
Orange, yellow and brown vine tomatoes available again
Yellow, orange and brown vine tomatoes are available at The Greenery again. These are cultivated under illumination by Peter Enthoven from Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. Thanks to illuminated cultivation, The Greenery can supply coloured tomatoes throughout the winter. The yellow, orange and brown vine.....

Spain: Guadex resumes production of green asparagus
This year, Guadex will resume the production of green asparagus with the involvement of small growers and with the goal of extending the seasonality of its horticultural plant.The project aims to create 1,000 jobs between field and warehouse, as stated by Manuel Bajo, President of Guadex, explaining that.....


Tucson company grows mushroom that tastes like bacon
A mushroom that captures the deliciousness of bacon? That’s exactly what Sonoran Mushroom Company LLC has recently introduced into the marketplace.“We have some vegans in the family and we started thinking about how it would be good to have a meat alternative that tastes decent. So we started kicking around.....


Bell peppers in Canadian stores mainly originate from Europe
Bell pepper trade is largely driven by exchange rates
“During Canada’s winter months, we source our bell peppers (red, green and orange) in the Netherlands and Spain and rely on product from Ontario and Mexico during our summer season,” says Olivier Banon with Fruigor. “Trade of bell peppers is largely driven by exchange rates,” commented Banon. With the.....


By Matt Kulseth
Produce company analyzes demand trends around the holidays
Demand for traditional produce items always spikes during the winter holidays. It’s not uncommon to see potatoes (regular and sweet varieties), parsnips, rutabagas, celery, beans, tangerines, and greens all have higher than average sales before both Thanksgiving and Christmas. But we’re also anticipating a.....


Italy: Horto Sapiens - constant focus on innovation
Horto Sapiens is a company located in Vittoria producing and trading in fruit and vegetable products, employing state-of-the-art systems that also comply with local traditions.The company covers 22 hectares and focuses mainly on cherry tomatoes, but also grows aubergines, courgettes and peppers.In.....


Researcher develops more nutritious potatoes
Dr. Haynes, a researcher at NMSU has bred a more nutritious potato. This breed of potato, like the papa criolla types grown in South America, also show promise for growth in New Mexico, where field trials have been planned. Typical potatoes grown in the United states are a poor source of carotenoids which.....

Shiitake mushrooms increase immunity
A new study out of the University of Florida shows that a diet including daily shiitake mushrooms strengthens the immune system. Among the thousands of mushroom species grown around the world only about 20 end up on our plates. Shiitake being one of these is not only used for culinary purposes but also for.....

Spain: Cordoba garlic takes advantage of Chinese crisis
If there is one agro-food product that is surprising everyone because of its strong growth in the international markets, it is garlic; a bulb which, in the Spanish region of Andalusia, is mostly grown in Cordoba, which is also one of Spain's most important producers. In just nine months, Cordoba-based.....


"Fewer heads of iceberg lettuce in supermarkets"
Most of the Iceberg lettuce grown in the Netherlands is not sold in supermarkets as a straightforward head of lettuce. Instead, the lettuce is produced and sold as pre-cut lettuce in small packages in supermarkets or found on the hamburgers at fast food chains. Heemskerk in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands, is one.....

America's most popular root veg
The humble potato is of course America's most popular root vegetable, outpacing all its closest rivals by a wide margin, accounting for 15 percent of all vegetable farm sales receipts. An impressive 44 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested each year in the United States, and Americans consume an average.....

Spain: Cold weather leads to skyrocketing horticultural prices in Almeria
The drop in temperatures (which growers had been looking forward to) has already had a noticeable impact in Almeria's markets. The prices of all horticultural products have increased and this trend is expected to continue until Christmas.Long cucumber prices have been ranging from 1.30 to 1.15 Euro; the.....

Pakistan halts veg imports from India
Pakistan has allegedly suspended the import agricultural commodities, including vegetables, from India without warning due to rising tensions between the two countries. Officials of the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) said that imports of agri items from India through the Wagah border crossing and the.....


Koos Groot from chicory company Horti Hydro Cultures:
“Low chicory production will be a trend this season”
Koos Groot, from chicory company Horti Hydro Cultures, is satisfied with quality now that he has had a chance to analyse the new chicory harvest, but he predicts scarcity on the market. Groot: “On average quality is good, but the productions are disappointing, we do not yet have the volumes. The chicories.....

India: Low cauliflower prices trouble growers
In Amritsar, a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, cauliflower growers are complaining of low market prices this year, as they are forced to sell their crop for Rs 5 per kg in the market. However, the retail prices in the city are still hovering around Rs 20-25 per kg. Around 10 days ago, the.....


Kees Jansen, cultivation and packing company Gebroeders Jansen:
“More demand from the south than from the east on leek market”
Though demand for leeks was quite low last week, by now the market has recovered somewhat. “Whether it is due to a supermarket promotion or to temperatures, I do not know, but the market does not need much to recover,” says Kees Jansen of the cultivation and packing company of the same name from Etten-Leur,.....

Increase in French tomato production and prices
Despite an atypical production calendar, the 2016 tomato season has increased in both quantity and prices. According to an Agreste publication, French production should reach 620,500 tons this year (up 4% compared to 2015 and 8% compared to the five year average). The situation varies between regions with a.....

AU: $10m boost for superfood research
In Australia, a project to search for new 'superfoods' has received $10 million in funding. The Queen Garnet superplum and SuperGold sweet corn are two recent developments in the quest to find foods with extra health benefits. The plum received national attention more than a year ago as it has blood pressure.....

Japan: Veg deliveries becoming more popular
Vegetable delivery services are becoming more popular in Japan as the gaps between their prices and the prices of vegetables sold at supermarkets and other stores narrow. In some cases, consumers can buy vegetables at lower prices through delivery services than through retail outlets.Their popularity is.....


NatureFresh Farms picks first Ohio grown Tomz Snacking Tomatoes
At this time of the year in the Midwest, fewer hours of sunlight generally means an end to fresh locally grown vegetables. However this season, such is not the case in Ohio. NatureFresh Farms new Delta, OH greenhouse facility has started picking their specialty tomatoes in addition to their popular tomatoes.....

Red spinach supplementation may boost energy
A new clinical study has suggested that dietary supplementation of nitrate from a natural extract of the amaranthus species, red spinach, results in a boost of energy.Supplementation, it found, significantly increases plasma nitrite that ultimately enhances nitric oxide. The related physiological effects of.....

Ausveg re-elects New South Wales potato grower as chair
New South Wales potato grower Geoff Moar has been re-elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair and Queensland vegetable grower Belinda Adams has been elected to the position of AUSVEG Deputy Chair following a Board meeting held on Thursday 24 November in Sydney.Belinda Adams’ election follows a decision by.....

UK: Pre-Christmas tomato demand building
The tomato market in the UK is very stable at the moment, Spanish supply is good, as is the quality.Wilf Whittle from Sharrocks explains that they are working with some nice brands, from family growers and quality has been very good and there have been no real problems.Sharrocks supplies wholesalers and.....


Ger Kingma, Hagé International:
“Spanish tomatoes are getting the upper hand”
In november, Spanish and Dutch tomatoes traditionally come to the market at the same time. “Currently, Spanish tomatoes are getting the upper hand, and Dutch supply is decreasing significantly. This is always an exciting moment. I expect most retail customers will switch to Spanish product from next week,”.....

Parsley & celery may stop stomach storing fat
Now scientists believe that the 'yo-yo effect', gaining weight after successfully dieting, may be caused by bacteria in our guts. While our body loses weight, the microbes living inside us used to a fatty diet remain for many months. And when they come across fatty foods again, they go into overdrive, making.....

Harvest finished in South Tyrol
Italy: Cauliflower volumes up, cherries down
The berry and vegetable harvest in South Tyrol has gone well again this year, despite some weather difficulties. The harvest is virtually complete and the managers are putting together a balance sheet for this year. Markus Tscholl, auctioneer at the Egma vegetable auction in Vilpiano reports that, "this.....


De Mooij Amsterdam expands Fresco del Sol range with Little Gem Mix
De Mooij Amsterdam expanded its Fresco del Sol range with the Little Gem Mix. The little gem hearts have become increasingly popular, both in the catering industry and with consumers. In this new packaging, various colours of little gem hearts are combined in one punnet, allowing for a better presentation of.....


Spain: Three new lettuce varieties resistant to Fusarium
The brand Nunhems® has presented new lettuce varieties intended for the summer cycle which are resistant to Fusarium. Consequently, Bayer is supplying growers with varietal solutions that will allow them to mitigate the impact of this fungus, which for some years has seriously threatened the profitability of.....


Juglen Zwaan:
NL: “Vegetables contain 120,000 good substances”
Primitive people consume one kilogram of fruit and vegetables per day. In the Netherlands, the majority of the population has trouble consuming even 200 grammes of vegetables per day. Juglen Zwaan, blogger and orthomolecular therapist, wants to increase that number. Because consuming a sufficient amount of.....


Italy: Good demand for cauliflowers at home and abroad
All seasonal vegetables - broccoli, cauliflowers and Roman cauliflowers - are doing well. "Up until a few days ago, prices were even better. Now, as higher volumes are available on the market, quotations have dropped a little," explains a producer.As regards cauliflowers in particular, demand is good both on.....


Baby corn from Village Golden Farms Produce certified Fairtrade
India: “We export a container of baby corn per week"
Baby corn is the smaller brother of sweetcorn: an exotic vegetable. The product has various origins, including India. “We cultivate and export about 50 containers of baby corn per year, so one container per week on average. We recently also started offering fresh baby corn, in addition to processed corn,”.....


Camposol products sent by air in inaugural flight to China
The agro-industrial company Camposol sent its agricultural products by air in the first inaugural flight to China. At the end of October, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, together with Promperú and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, executed a cooperation agreement with the.....


And inspirational line of labels
NL: Van Nature launches new Brussels sprouts website
The season for sprouts has started so Van Nature is launching a new website designed to inform and inspire. “It is a source of information about Brussels sprouts, purple sprouts and Kalettes®, with preparation tips, nutritional values, and most importantly: lots of delicious recipes using the various kinds.....


US: One percent of cucumbers carry salmonella, FDA says
One in a hundred cucumbers carries the salmonella bacteria, according to new data from the Food and Drug Administration — and for fresh hot peppers that number rises to three per hundred.The FDA’s proactive sampling program began testing for disease-causing microbes in certain foods in 2014 to learn more.....

Indonesia revives home-grown chili cultivation
To ensure a continuous supply of chili peppers, while also fending off inflation, Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture plans to revive the culture of growing chilies in home gardens.Prices of fresh chilies, popular in Indonesian cuisine, have doubled this year, as the longer than usual wet season causes the.....

South Africa's Spinach King plans to go global
Lufefe Nomjana has successfully opened his second "green" bakery and now he plans to go global by franchising his concept. Nomjana, popularly known as the Spinach King, opened his bakery in Khayelitsha in 2014. The green-painted bakery is made out of two large shipping containers. Spinach grows on wooden.....


18 carrot gold
Germany: Widower finds lost wedding ring on sprouting carrot
An 82-year-old widower has been reunited with his lost wedding ring after he found it growing around a carrot. The man, who has not been named, lost the ring three years ago while gardening in his hometown of Bad Münstereifel, Germany, reports the Huffington Post.But much to his delight, the ring was.....

Italy: Low tomato demand
"The produce from Fondi is ending - up to a few weeks ago, tomatoes from the area arrived almost every day, while now we are down to a couple of times a week," explains a wholesaler from Bologna.Prices are around €1.30-1.50-1.80/kg for Piccadilly, cherry and plum tomatoes respectively.(Archive.....


US: Supply healthy in fennel and consumers respond
A drop in price, more availability and foodie trends are all leading to a growing interest in fennel. “We’ve expanded our acreage on it and we see a lot more people growing it as well. Some of our competitors have upped their plantings on it,” says Ande Manos, with Babe Farms Specialties in Santa Maria,.....


Rochester: New York region’s red beets being put to good use
Quality of red beets FOB at the end of October is being reported as generally good on imports coming in from California and Mexico, with organic prices lower, others somewhat higher. Local beets sourced from Rochester, New York are going into Love Beets to be turned into snack foods, side dishes and juices......


Austria: 70 Years of Fresh Vegetables from LGV
In its anniversary year, LGV-Frischgemüse (Fresh vegetables) expect a stable turnover of 65 million euros. Despite the rainy early summer, vegetables proved to be constant successes in 2016. This development was made possible by decades of cooperation between gardeners under the umbrella of the.....


New concepts on display at House Fair Spain
On November 16th, House Fair Spain 2016 took place, an exhibition where Enza Zaden shows its new concepts and opportunities for the European market. In this edition the new flavor reference TomAzur® mini, the crunchy cucumber EasyQs® snack, and the new programs with resistance of sweet pepper Tribelli® were.....


Paul Zuijderwijk:
NL: “Intense is a great tomato for sandwiches”
On Friday, the first Spanish Intense plum tomatoes arrived at P. Zuijderwijk Import. “Three to four weeks late, as a consequence of the cold weather, so customers had to exercise patience,” Zuijderwijk says. “Furthermore, supply is still sparse. We have a limited amount of tomatoes available, so demand is.....


Willem van Rooij, Hispalco: “Remain distinctive through innovation and specialities”
Spain: “Shortage of good sizes in bell peppers and citrus”
Currently, there is no great supply of Spanish fruit and vegetables. “Cucumbers are currently scarce here. I am not receiving the amounts from production that I want,” says Willem van Rooij from Hispalco. “The same is happening with bell peppers. These are good, qualitatively, but sizes are small. There is.....


Italy: Lively radicchio production but low prices
Despite the delayed start, due to the weather, the radicchio campaign is now in full swing and only the very late varieties are still missing. Production is at its peak, which led to a drop in prices, especially for those trading at a domestic level. Now they are barely enough to break even."We are in full.....


Competition heating up in leeks
A healthy supply of leeks this year has led in part to a lower drop in prices for the vegetable. “Supply is good and it is coming from all across the United States right now,” says Brian Peixoto for Lakeside Organic Gardens based in Watsonville, CA. “But prices are definitely lower than in years past,.....


Overlapping production districts
Good weather shifts green peppers’ growing season
A slight shift in the growing season of green peppers has pushed prices downward. “At the moment, we are experiencing some really nice weather and so are some of the other growing districts in the nation. As a result, there are a lot of green peppers being harvested right now,” says Richard Cowden of Fresno,.....


Paul Demyttenaere: “Auction system essential for correct price-making process on the market”
Belgium: French cauliflowers at REO auction next year
From 2017, the assortment of vegetables of French origin will expand further at the REO Veiling (Agricultural Auction Market) in Belgium. French cauliflower will become an important product. REO Veiling has been working with cultivators and cooperatives in France for a long time. Starting next season,.....

40 pages of potato news
Bayerische Kartoffel is bringing out their own magazine
The potato is the one of the most popular foods in Germany, with 58 kilograms per head. For many, potatoes are an integral part of their diet. Exciting stories, interesting facts and tricky children's puzzles are all included in the new magazine by Bayerische Kartoffel.Cold or warm, mashed, fried or just the.....

Production, consumption, processing
An insight into the world of carrots
In 2014, annual carrot production was recorded at 37.5 million MT. Its main production regions are Asia and Europe, which account respectively for 54.7% and 28% of the total production. However, FAO latest statistics show a world production of carrots and turnips is 35.658 MT, but the main harvested areas.....


Industry transitions from Salinas to Coachella and Yuma
Leaf lettuce supply affected by quality issues
Supplies of green, red and butter lettuce are “as expected,” said Gary Silacci with Ocean Mist. Growing conditions for Ocean Mist this year are similar to past years. “Our Castroville/Salinas growing season is coming to an end. We are currently transitioning to our winter growing regions in Coachella,.....


Bart Zeevenhoven, Scherpenhuizen:
“Snack tomato market grows with expansion”
The pressure on the snack tomato market is high just before the closing of the Dutch season. Dutch snack tomatoes still manage to find their way, but imports are currently more than sufficient, which is resulting in mediocre prices. Yet Bart Zeevenhoven is still in high spirits. It has been a good snack.....

Study links bagged salad to increased Salmonella risk
According to University of Leicester scientists, the moist environment of bagged salads, combined with nutrients leaching out of chopped leaves, created the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous. The researchers.....


Kurty, AGF Overtoom:
“Buying directly from growers is not always an advantage for traders”
In 1995, fresh produce wholesaler Overtoom started as a small greengrocer’s in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Approximately ten years later, the Turkish entrepreneurs started a second shop on the same street. Nowadays, they only focus on the wholesaler at the Foodcenter. They have plenty to do there. “We grow.....


Hoogstraten introduces Kubello Oven&Grill:
Belgium: “Tomatoes on the vine make for festive presentation”
Especially for the holidays, Coöperatie Hoogstraten introduces a new concept for in the oven: Kubello Oven&Grill. “The Kubello is a bell pepper-vine tomato, and looks tough. This tomato has an ideal sour-sweet ratio, making Kubello a product that lends itself to almost anything: in salads, as a snack,.....

Healthier breasts thanks to cabbage
In imitation of South American countries, more and more women are placing cabbage on their breasts. In South America, women tend to place leaves on their breasts as a natural solution to pain and swelling caused by breastfeeding.How to apply the leavesThe cabbage needs to have been in the refrigerator for.....

Chinese government regulates garlic price surge
Mr. Li Pumin, the Secretary-General of the National Developmentand Reform Commission commented that the government was now showing great concerns to the garlic price surge.During the price conference held on November 11th, Mr. Li said that garlic outputdecreased a lot this year due to the impact of extreme.....

Uncertainty about the measures of the new US Government
Mexico: Good production and price expectations for vegetables
With good production expectations and price but with the uncertainty of not knowing what measures the US government could take regarding the import of vegetables, producers have already started harvesting the first cuts of vegetables, specifically cucumbers.In the case of chilli and tomato crops, growers.....


Guatemala season starts next week
Holiday season amps up consumption of peas
South American snow and snap peas are transitioning from Peru to Guatemala, starting Monday. Sandy Gatanio of Ayco Farms said there were issues with Peruvian product all season. “Supplies are starting to increase out of Guatemala on snows and they don’t seem to have a lot of snaps, but the demand is not.....


Retail takes the lead in promotion of green pumpkins
The month of October is traditionally pumpkin season. The bright orange Halloween pumpkin often takes up all the attention at this time. Erik Vesseur of seed breeding company Takii Europe believes this is undeserved. “It’s time for North West Europe to meet the green, originally Japanese, Kabocha pumpkin......


FV SeleQt see sales of Bimi® treble in Europe
Coregeo®, fresh produce brand marketing specialist and pan-European Master Licensor of Bimi®, has announced new packaging and branding for the unique brassica. The new packaging, set to roll out in the coming months, will support existing positive growth figures, as sales of Bimi® have already seen a 65%.....

Nigeria: State gov't to plant 21,000ha of cassava farms
The Kogi State Government is to facilitate the planting of over 21,000 hectares of cassava farms in 2017 as the state attempts to shift from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.Dr. Isah Ochepa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, said that farmers in each of the 21 Local Government.....

Rwanda: Increasing domestic mushroom cultivation
The country's reliance on imported mushrooms is expected to reduce following the launch of a new production facility in Musanze District.The facility, inaugurated Friday 11 November, is owned by Kigali Farms.The first button mushroom production plant in Rwanda will produce 250 metric tonnes of button.....

Germany:
Naturland inspects traders after fraud with organic labels
Naturland is researching a possible fraud with organic carrots. A suspicion exists that a retailer has re-labeled organic carrots from EU countries with labels for German organic carrots at least twice. The weekly news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported problems with fake certificates of origin used by the.....