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Waitrose offering new red sprout variety for Christmas

The glorious golden shimmer of the Christmas turkey will have a little competition on the plate this year in the form of a new red sprout called Redarling®.The Redarling is a hybrid of old red sprout varieties and newer green ones, and takes the best of both to deliver a mild and slightly sweeter flavour.....

French producers grow artichokes in Spain to avoid gales

Sant Boi artichokes are among the most appreciated in Catalonia. This fame has now crossed borders and will give rise to a unique exchange. Attracted by the artichokes of Sant Boi, a group of producers from the south of France has decided to entrust part of their production to the Cooperativa Agrària.....

Kees Havenaar:

“Everyone benefits from real winters”

Spanish growers are investing considerably in greenhouse vegetables. Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna notices enormous projects emerging. From his base in Almeria, Spain, he sees the ‘province of plastic’ changing, and he paints a picture of the coming greenhouse vegetable season. The rise of the bell pepper and.....

Direct marketer Dusseldorf has cabbages year round on offer

Germany: 'Price of Chinese cabbage currently stable'

Where other cabbages -such as red cabbage and savoy cabbage- are hardly in demand, Chinese cabbage remains popular. Above all, Bavarian and Westphalian farmers have taken to growing Chinese cabbage. For the Dusseldorf direct marketer Peter-Josef Esser, cabbages also belong to the day-to-day business. “We have.....

China: "Double certification" may push up the price of leeks

Recently, some regions reported that leek sellers must pass a "double certification" to enter the market. From now on, every farmer, who wants to sell leeks on the market, needs to obtain two documents: a "certificate of quality" and a "market sales certificate". The relevant departments have already organized.....

China: Cold weather pushes up vegetable prices

Winter has brought cold air and high vegetable prices to Beijing. The latest data show that the weighted average price of vegetables in theBeijing Xinfadi Market hasincreased by 3.54% compared to the previous statistical cycle. Most affected were the prices of zucchini and cauliflower, which have risen by 30.....

Expanding organic line

Tanimura & Antle reintroduce organic program

Tanimura & Antle, the employee-owned Salinas Valley grower and shipper of premium fresh produce, has announced the addition of three new products to its organics line. Now available are:● Organic Celery and Celery Hearts;● Organic Broccoli;● Organic Cauliflower.These offerings are part of.....

Handling one million kilos of bell pepper every week

Bell pepper growers Harvest House combines packing activities at Rainbow Kleinpak

The bell pepper packing activities of packing stations GreenPack and Rainbow Kleinpak will be combined as Rainbow Kleinpak in De Lier, the Netherlands, as of 1 January 2018. The majority of the bell pepper growers from Coöperatie Harvest House, with a combined area of 333 hectares, have signed a partnership.....

Romanian producer grows plant which gives aubergine and potato

Valentin Cucu announced his latest achievement on his social media: growing a plant from which he obtained both potato tubers and aubergines, writes Mediafax. According to agrointel.ro, vegetable grower Valentin Cucu had already grafted the potato plant with tomatoes two years ago, obtaining both crops, and.....

According to US importer

Rush on Mexican cucumbers lowers prices

Growers of cucumbers have enjoyed good conditions so far this season. The weather has not presented too many problems lately, despite occasional cool conditions. The cooler conditions have not, however, affected yields and suppliers are seeing good numbers and high quality product."We are currently importing.....

Organic Lithuanian veg grower has a keen eye on the German market

After witnessing increasing demand for organic vegetables, Lithuanian mushroom producer, Baltic Champignons, decided to take the leap and switch from conventional to organic."We have a long history of growing mushrooms, we started in 1996, and our company has now grown into a supplier of both organic mushrooms.....

Strong bell pepper season expected out of Mexico

The bell pepper season is underway in Mexico and growing conditions are looking excellent. Warm weather will bring vigorous growth along with higher quality, and growers are expecting good volume this year."We started our Sonora bell peppers season ten days ago," said Bert Chamberlain of Trufresh. "Our season.....

Kenyan producers seeing interest from China

Many producers are looking towards Asia to expand their businesses and Kenyan growers are no different. Many traditionally export to Europe and the UK, but one company is looking further afield.Urban Fresh Ventures was at the Amsterdam Produce Show to promote their produce to Europe but, according to June.....

Spain: Broccoli prices will depend on the temperatures

Although Campo de Lorca, one of the leading broccoli production and marketing companies in Europe, produces and sells broccoli all year round, it launched its autumn and winter export season in September, as the volumes available increase during this period."In October, we were already exporting broccoli at a.....

Spain is emerging as a major garlic supplier

Garlic production transitions from North America to South America

Supplies of garlic in the US are in the midst of a gap at the moment as the season transitions between the California and Mexico seasons, and the South American season. However, the majority of garlic grown in South America is less favorable to the US market and therefore prices will continue to be high."The.....

China: White radish market hard to recover this year

Lately, there have been many regions where the white radish price has dropped. In some places, it is even lower than the cost price, which means that many farmers are losing money. There are two reasons for this drop in price.One reason is seasonal. Currently, large quantities of white radishes have entered.....

Senior Heinz Hausmann for over 50 years on Düsseldorf wholesale market

Germany: 'We distribute 300 pallets of herbs per year'

“We sell everything that is currently not available anywhere else. From Dutch apples to mangoes, avocados and exotics,” said Heinz Hausmann, at 72 one of the oldest retailers on the Düsseldorf wholesale market. This fourth generation wholesale trader still enjoys his job. However, he also has his worries:.....

Demand declines, prices at around 0,60 euros per kg

Germany: 'Hardly any locally grown leeks available'

Wholesalers with a focus on leeks are currently experiencing some difficult weeks. The demand is far from optimal and domestic supply is quite limited because of the wet weather. “For three weeks now we haven’t had any domestic leeks on offer.”For the last one to two weeks it's been very quiet on the leek.....

AU: Victorian farmers look to the skies as heavy rain arrives

Farmers across Victoria will face an anxious weekend, with rainfall of up to 250 millimetres predicted in parts of the state, just as production is ramping up for the summer fruit and vegetable season.The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast three day totals of around 100-200mm across most of northern and.....

Waitrose launches sprout wreaths in time for Christmas

This year Waitrose has found an unusual way to incorporate the green veg into Christmas celebrations, even for those who usually turn their noses up to eating the divisive veg. This year the supermarket will be launching its very first sprout wreath.The vegetables, which are traditionally eaten at Christmas,.....

Agrupaejido:

Spain: "Rising interest in plum cherry tomatoes"

The demand for plum cherry tomatoes has increased in European markets in recent years. "We are starting to work with this product and this week we have shipped some 20,000 kilos. We allocate 90% of our growers' production to export markets such as Germany, Poland, the UK, Denmark or the Czech Republic,".....

Israel: 25% increase in the demand for Habanero peppers

The cultural exchange between Central European countries and Eastern Europe has led to an increase in the demand for Habanero peppers produced in Israel. "In the last two years, we have seen up to 25% increases in the demand, depending on the market, and higher sales than in previous years," explains Yair.....

Italy: Slow cauliflower sales, normal prices for broccoli

"The European consumption of broccoli has increased over the past few years and is expected to increase further in the future. Consumption of cauliflowers is instead stable," explains Gerardo Cannone (in the photo), an agronomist from Esasem spa, Sakata distributor in Italy.Mr Cannone works in Puglia and.....

African farmers using chillies to keep elephants out of their farms

African farmers are using an unconventional but effective way to keep Elephants from ruining their crops - chillies. Growers are using bricks made of dry chilli resin to act as a repellent, allafrica.com tells."This is an excellent non-lethal and low-cost opportunity for local farmers to keep elephants away.....

Georgia has collard greens in good supply and full production

Collard greens – a southern staple – are in full production in Georgia. Thanksgiving volumes were heavy and although John Williams of L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms say there may be a slight dip in demand for a week or so after the major holiday, it will build once again for Christmas. They offer supply for nine.....

Americans consume nearly 3 pounds of fresh mushrooms per year

Over 97 percent of the mushrooms produced in the United States fall under the genus known as Agaricus, which includes the common White Button mushrooms, often seen in grocery stores and salad bars, as well as portobello and crimini mushrooms. While some mushrooms are grown for processing uses (canned, dried,.....

Open Day for Monsanto Sicily

VIDEO"Since we first launched the Eshkol (vine) andMaraskino (cocktail plum) tomato varieties in May, feedback from producers has been positive," reportsLucio Colombo, Portfolio Marketing Manager forMonsanto Italia. We met him during the Open Day in Acate (RG) in Sicily.Above: visitors during the Open day in Acate.....

Squeezable ginger added to line of squeezable garlic products

Expanding on its “Squeeze” line of products, a new Squeeze Ginger product is on the market. The product, from Orlando, Fl.-based Spice World Inc. builds on the company’s line of squeezable products including Squeeze Garlic, Squeeze Garlic in Olive Oil and Organic Squeeze Garlic. “Squeeze Garlic is sort of the.....

Mexico will avoid importing chilis by using a solar dehydrator

Ricardo Gonzalez Monte de Oca, the manager of the State Agricultural Council, said that the Chili Product System's Committee had designed a solar powered chili dehydrator as part of their efforts to become more competitive in the dry chili market at the local and national levels.He said dried chili was very.....

Harold Schuurmans, Westland Mushrooms:

“Prices of truffles soaring due to scarcity”

Truffles have always been an exclusive product, and truffle enthusiasts are always willing to pay considerable prices for them. However, there’s currently a scarcity on the market and prices are soaring. “The dry summer in the largest producing countries, Italy and Spain, has had its effect,” says Harold.....

Florida

Sweet corn distributor continues to grow leafy vegetable program

Branch: A Family of Farms, distributor of sweet corn, is thankful that their crops were not impacted by Hurricane Irma and they are excited about the many new varieties that they will be offering as they enter into another leaf season.“We are extremely grateful to have escaped major damage unlike others who.....

Supply chain timeline is main challenge

Fresh salads available in vending machines

Fresh salads, snacks and meals right out of the fridge. Farmer’s Fridge has changed the idea of getting food from a vending machine. While covering sales territory in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, CEO and founder of Farmer’s Fridge, Luke Saunders began thinking about how he could make fresh delicious.....

Hoping for regular season after false start for Monterosa in the Netherlands last year

The first season of Spanish Monterosa tomatoes marketed in the Netherlands was literally a washout. This year, Nico Veldhoen of Staay Food Group is hoping for a regular season, and the pink tomato will be on the market for the entire duration of the season for the first time ever in the Netherlands.Last year,.....

Kenyan exporter looks to Eastern Europe markets

Marvel Greens is one of the leading growers and exporters from Kenya, they supply many different fruits and vegetables, mainly to the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway at the moment. "Our main exports are chillies, French beans, snow peas and herbs, but we also export ravaya and eggplants - white as well.....

Spanish vegetable season difficult to predict

The moment Dutch supermarkets switch to imported vegetables from Spain isn’t set in stone. It depends on the quality of the products. Spanish growers, who look back at a difficult start of the year, try to make up for their losses. Mario Luzzolino of Verdi Import talks about Spanish outdoor vegetables.Early in.....

Statistics reveal Mexican tomatoes are U.S. top vegetable import

Tomatoes are the No.1 produce item exported from Mexico to the U.S., according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.During the 2016-17 season, Mexican growers exported about 1.2 billion pounds of round, roma, cherry and grape tomatoes to the U.S.Growers anticipate good quality and supplies.....

“Optimism about tomato production in Canary Islands”

First season of tomatoes from Canary Islands by container

The first tomatoes from the Canary Islands arrived at Fortuna Frutos in week 42. After that, more vegetables from the Spanish group of islands arrive at the import company in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, every week. “Quality is good,” says Gert-Jan Slobbe about the start of the season. “We’ll have to see how.....

Jordan: Significant rise of potato and cucumber prices

The prices of vegetables, especially potatoes and cucumbers, have increased significantly in Jordan, as the price of a kilo of cucumbers has reached 75 piastres (about 0.89 Euro), while potatoes cost a dinar and a quarter (about 1.48 Euro). Many wonder why the government has kept silent about these allegedly.....

Baby carrots become consumer trend

China: "Building a brand takes time."

"Foreign brands of fresh products face a series of challenges when looking to successfully enter the Chinese market. Chief among them is to get brand recognition. Merchants who popularize a brand need to consider carefully the differences between specific market conditions and brand culture. It is of.....

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

"Leek price level has never been so low"

The price of leeks has been under pressure since the summer. At this time of year leek is in full production and the price drops even further. "I can't remember the price level ever being this low," says Kees van den Bosch of Freeland. "Prices are between 10 and 15 cents. I don't see a change in this happening.....

Turkish tomato exports shot up 46% in October

Tomato exports in Turkey experienced strong growth in October, increasing by 46% according to Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) Chariman Davut Çetin. Speaking with news websiteDaily Sabah, he said that vegetables exports were also seeing good numbers but citrus was struggling."I give Turkey's.....

Menno Molenaar, Van Oers:

“Dutch sprout market given the go-ahead for a good month of December”

According to Menno Molenaar of Van Oers United, the sprout market is developing nicely this season. “Supply has been fairly high, but prices are decent. Considering yields per hectare are now, in the transition of autumn to winter varieties, decreasing somewhat, and demand traditionally increases in December,.....

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

“We’re now selling French cauliflower planned for late December”

The French cauliflower season has been considerably derailed. “Due to weather circumstances we’re now working with varieties that were planned for late December,” says Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France. “Unfortunately we haven’t received much money yet. We currently have prices of.....

Moroccan potato, onion and tomato prices proving higher than government forecasts

According to Morocco World News, shoppers in Morocco are seeing much higher vegetable prices than those published by the Ministry of Agriculture, which predicted more affordable prices. Prices for common household foods like tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots and turnips have increased. A kilo of potatoes and.....

Brazil named the top country of origin for food recalls

Brazil was found to be the top country of origin for recalls and notifications followed by Italy. This was the second quarter in a row they were at the top of the list. In the third quarter it accounted for 85 notices in Europe, 75 being for poultry. For the third time bacterial contamination was the leading.....

Donkeys jailed for four days, left to mule over crime

It may sound crazy, but a group of donkeys were imprisoned for four days in the Jalaun district in India, Nagpur Today reported. Their crime? Eating exotic vegetables grown by prison officers located on the premises.The furious prison officers decided to lock the donkeys up as punishment, but luckily the.....

Most promotable volume in mid-January

Florida eggplant starts a month late

Hurricane Irma caused a complete loss for eggplant farmers in the southern part of Florida. They’re just getting started now, a month late. Volume isn’t expected until closer to the Christmas holiday.External sourcing within FloridaOrder fulfillment issues were somewhat of a concern, but Oakes Farms was able.....

The first salicornia plantation in Spain

Manuel Díaz and Demófilo Vitorique, two young entrepreneurs from Isla Cristina, in Huelva, have set up the first salicornia (popularly known as "sea asparagus") plantation in Spain. The initiative has been put into motion after five years of research.According to its promoters, salicornia is a halophyte plant.....

Koppert Cress introduces Gangnam Tops

Koppert Cress introduces Gangnam Tops. A decorative and natural stem with a crunchy and fresh mouth feel. The fresh taste of the Gangnam Tops merges with a slightly bitter taste reminiscent of purslane.Above all, Gangnam Tops make a tasty addition to salads or sandwiches, but combine well with multiple.....

Company looking to build its SQF vertical farm in Ontario

Vertical farming concept to help food-insecure community

A Toronto, Ontario-based company has brought his proof of concept vertical farming system to be part of an initiative to grow food for the non-profit community in Windsor.Zale Tabakman with prototype unit.Local Grown Salads, in a partnership with Science City, set up the indoor farm in an under utilized high.....

Good conditions expected for California cauliflower season

Cauliflower supplies in California have transitioned to the warmer districts this month as the northern US growing areas concluded their season a few weeks ago. A slight dip in production is expected for the next few weeks as the Winter/Spring cauliflower regions begin and the Summer/Fall regions slow down......

Last rush on for Michigan butternut squash season

Growers of butternut squash in Michigan are busy shipping product out to customers in the lead up to Thanksgiving. It's getting towards the end of the Michigan season and growers are happy with production this year."Our growing region is focused in Grant, north of Grand Rapids," said Rick Sible, of.....

The Netherlands is sole supplier

Rhubarb prices in US "astronomical" at this time of year

Rhubarb supplies to the US are extremely limited at this time of year. Almost the entirety of the US supply is coming from Holland, where the rhubarb is grown in hothouses. As a result, prices are very high and suppliers say that prices won't ease until domestic supply resumes in early Spring."Holland is about.....

Fiji: Heavy rain spoils veg crops causing early harvest

While rice farmers in the Northern Division are enjoying the current rainy condition, some vegetable farmers say the downpour is excessive because it is spoiling their crops.Mahendra Kumar, 51, of Bulileka in Labasa said about 1000 of his English cabbage, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes and bean plants were damaged.....

China: Shandong vegetable prices dropping

According to the newest data from the Shandong Agricultural Information Network on 35 kinds of vegetables, Shandong vegetable prices have been continuously dropping from 13 until 19 November. That is the fourth week in a row. The average vegetable price is around 1.47 yuan per 500 gram, which is a drop of.....