Babyleaf salads, aromatic herbs, microgreens and oriental vegetables are CN Seeds’ key products in Spain, but it has been some of the most recent additions to the range that have really caught the imagination of Spanish growers, said CN Seeds commercial manager Craig Thomas.
Coriander Cruiser is a dark green, high yielding variety, which has performed extremely well in Spain due to its extended shelf-life, strong coriander ﬂavour and yields that far surpass other varieties. Thomas also reports growers ﬁnd it well suited to conditions over a long production season in Spain where its slow bolting (ﬂowering) has been a key attribute.
“Coriander Cruiser is an incredible variety, which has done very well in Spain for us,” he said. “The growers like it because it’s oﬀering extended shelf-life and fantastic yields. Typically, it oﬀers two-three days’ extra shelf-life due to the colour, which means a lot when you are transporting out of Spain. We’re also ﬁnding that it delivers at least 15-20% higher marketable yield per hectare than other varieties on the market.”Oriental vegetables
Spain has seen a big increase in the production of oriental vegetables in the last three years with Pak Choi and Choysum becoming popular throughout Europe.
CN Seeds’ status as a leading provider of high quality Pak Choi seeds in Spain has recently been strengthened by the introduction of two varieties, Goku and Yoshi, both slow bolting Shanghai Green Pak Choi. “Goku has been quite an exceptional success in the last 12 months in Spain,” said Thomas. “It’s priced competitively for its marketplace, has incredibly slow bolting tolerance which is what growers need, a great shape and yield, and puts on good weight early. It’s been a very successful new variety for the producers.”
Yoshi, an even more recent introduction, boasts the same slow bolt characteristics as Goku, but with a shorter, squatter shape, which makes it a perfect ﬁt for ﬂow-wrap operations, added Thomas, who said the variety has also performed strongly in Spain.Fruit Attraction
As well as talking with existing customers, Thomas says a key focus for CN Seeds at Fruit Attraction will be making more fresh produce companies aware of CN Seeds’ long-established presence in Spain.
“We have had a presence here for more than 20 years and yet I still don’t think some companies in Spain realise how well we are integrated with growers and producers in the fresh produce sector,” he explained.
“We are heavily committed to Spain, which is a really important market for us and we have representatives here on almost a weekly basis, so our aim at Fruit Attraction is not just to maintain relationships with existing clients, but also to introduce new ones to our complete product range.”
CN Seeds will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2017 at in Hall 5, Stand 5F03C
in Madrid, Spain’s Feria de Madrid Conference Centre from 18-20 October.
For more information:
Craig Thomas CN Seeds
Tel: +44 (0) 1353 699413