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Savortree™ offers a new way to enjoy ginger with Herb Crystals®

Savortree is offering a new way to enjoy ginger with Herb Crystals which is the newest flavor in the Herb Crystals, Flower Crystals and Fruit Crystals line by Fresh Origins, a San Diego-based company. The company claims the crystals add a crunch with ginger spice. They are meant to be added to salads, meats,.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for fruit and vegetables 5,7% lower than last year

The prices at the wholesale markets were 3.1% higher in May of this year compared to last. According to the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis), the difference between April and March was +4.7% each. The goods sold in wholesale were 0.7% cheaper in May 2017 compared to April 2017.In May 2017, the biggest.....

US: Robots wielding water knives are the future of farming

Just after dawn in the Salinas Valley south of San Francisco, a raucous robot rolls through a field spitting clouds of vapor. It’s cutting lettuce heads with water knives—super-high-pressure beams—and gobbling up the produce. The heads roll up its mouth and onto a conveyor belt, where workers in hoodies and.....

Spain: Brazilian delegation shows interest in Imida's research on pepper cultivation

This week, a delegation of researchers and companies from Brazil visited the facilities of the Murcian Institute for Agricultural and FoodResearch and Development (Imida), where they learned about the latest research into photoselective shading meshes for pepper cultivation and the improvements in production.....

South Australian grower sees success in broccoli/kale hybrid

Around 15 years ago, South Australian lettuce farmer Graeme Pitchford took a gamble on an emerging hybrid vegetable. It is a cross between broccoli and kale and his family-owned farm on the outskirts of Adelaide was one of the first places to grow a broccolini crop in Australia.Pitchford Produce remains the.....

"High tomato prices in Australia should halve by July"

Those baulking at tomato prices have Cyclone Debbie to blame after it ripped through prime growing regions across Queensland. But don't despair, prices are expected to halve by July.Typically at this time of year, field tomato growers around Bundaberg and Stanthorpe, some of the largest national suppliers of.....

“Consumers not committed to Smartmat”

Always an answer to the question: What’s for dinner tonight?

The roots of the concept are in Sweden, where a mother of three turned the food industry upside down in 2007, when she started delivering shopping bags with planned menus and ingredients to people’s homes.“Every evening, she had difficulty answering the question: what’s for dinner tonight? That’s why she.....

Rijk Zwaan to show off produce range at Trial Center Tomato

‘An experience for all your senses’. That is what Rijk Zwaan aims to offer visitors of their Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. Rijk Zwaan will present a broad range of tomato, eggplant, cucumber and pepper varieties.Since 2011, Rijk Zwaan has given growers, retailers and industry the.....

Italy: Val Venosta summer cauliflower season expected to be good

Val Venosta doesn't only produce apples - the summer season is also characterised by strawberries, cherries, cauliflowers, apricots and soft fruit. The chilly air and great temperature change between day and night, combined with the over 300 days of sunshine a year and low rainfall, convey impressive.....

Second largest Chinese vegetable exposition garden will be established in Yunnan

On 6 June, the Yunnan Vegetable Seed Chamber of Commerce was established. What is special about this is that this Chamber of Commerce will lead to the building of the first Yunnan vegetable exposition garden, which will open on 30 June. After the build, it will have an exhibition garden of 200 hectares (2000.....

SA Witlof grower imports roots to better service local market demand

With its two-stage growing process, Witlof, also known as Belgian Endive, has a production cost higher than many other leafy vegetables. One of the factors contributing to the higher unit price, which is similar to artichokes or asparagus, is that the Witlof seeds need to be imported from The Netherlands and.....

Under the label 'Les Nouveaux Producteurs'

French greenhouse tomatoes at the REO Veiling

On Friday June 2017 the first brick was laid for the construction of the first greenhouse complex in the greenhouse zone of Arques in northern France. The project 'Les Serres des Hauts de France' of the West Flemish tomato growers Vandevelde will go into production next spring. The French tomatoes will be.....

Peru: 35 small producers opt for tabasco pepper

After having been trained by specialists of Sierra and Selva Exportadora on the cultivation, production costs, and profitability of tabasco pepper, 35 small producers of the districts of Bagua and Cajaruro, province of Utcubamba (Amazons), decided to bet on this new crop and are now part of the productive and.....

China: Popularity of organic cucumbers grows enormously

"The term organic vegetables means that the production process of these vegetables follows the guidelines for organic production. There is no use of chemicals, or genetic organisms and products. Furthermore, the vegetables are grown following the rules of nature and ecology theory. To raise the people's.....

Celebrate World Cucumber Day with British cukes

Today, June 14, it's World Cucumber Day! And what would this day be without a fresh domestic supply of cucumbers at your local supermarket. British market intelligence service ProduceView analysed for us the current offerings at the UK-retail.Fans of British grown cukes will be pleased this week as most of the.....

Broccoli voted Britain's favourite vegetable

Out of all vegetables broccoli reigned supreme in an online survey of 2,000 consumers across Britain who were asked to name their favourite vegetable. Broccoli pulled in 14% of all the votes, crowning it the king of vegetables in Britain at least.It saw off competition from sweetcorn and tomatoes, which both.....

Googly Fruit hits the UK market with organic snack range

British children’s snack company Googly Fruit has launched its range on the UK high street for the first time, following a deal with Superdrug.The brand, currently only available in Ocado, has focused on flavours that are not too strong for young palate with the organic products, which will be available this.....

Greenyard acquires leading mushroom substrate group

Greenyard has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Mykogen Polska S.A. (collectively “Mykogen”), a leading manufacturer of top quality mushroom substrate.The company has four production facilities, located in Poland and Ukraine. Substrate is the key and highest value-added raw material.....

AHDB Hort and BCGA's to hold Carrot Variety Demonstration and Trade Exhibition

AHDB Hort and BCGA are collaborating to hold the 2017 Carrot Variety Demonstration and Trade Exhibition at Trotters Field, Alderton Road, Shottisham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3RH courtesy of Tompsett Growers.Entry is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. This event is registered for BASIS.....

Frieda's encourage retailers to capitalize on summer grilling trends

The recent McCormick & Co.’s Flavor Forecast 2017 “5 Hot Ideas for Summer” includes grilled potatoes, Korean barbecue flavors, and fruity, sticky sweet, and spicy glazes.“These grilling trends resonate with shoppers seeking new food experiences for summer grilling, and they can go to the produce department.....

Dutch growers launch Dutch Valley brand promoting colourful bell peppers in China

In 2015 Dutch bell peppers received access to the Chinese market, with first shipments being sent in July last year. In total, a cooperation of 6 Dutch growers and exporters have been given an export allowance, including Best of Four, Door, The Greenery, Harvest House, Van Nature and ZON.The export programme.....

Bonduelle's Ready Pac enters new category with Fresh Prep'd brand

Ready Pac, the US salad business that was recently acquired by France's Bonduelle, is expanding in the fresh prepared meals category with a new brand, Fresh Prep'd.From September, Ready Pac will launch two additional product lines: Fresh Prep'd Soup Kits and Fresh Prep'd Wrap Kits. According to data supplied.....

The inventor of the traffic light bell pepper

A bicycle pump, a potato peeler and a clothes-peg. You might never think about it, but someone invented these things. The same is true for the bell pepper traffic light. Fresh produce trader Jan de Lange started these almost 30 years ago. “I was quite proud when I saw them on display in the US,” he says.It.....

Creating clarity on the tomato shelves

Shoppers have trouble choosing fresh products. Prominent helps retailer and consumer with their new ‘I feel good’ concept, which focuses on the moment of use of tomatoes.The tomato supply is large. Consumers can’t see the wood for the trees. Prominent wants to create clarity in the diversity of tomatoes. “Many.....

Year-round supply of Dutch radish

Radish has been grown in Europe since the sixteenth century. The spicy tubers are now grown year-round in the Netherlands. During the winter months, the Dutch supply is supplemented with production from Southern Europe. Ortolanda is the largest European producer of radish, and has a year-round supply.Three.....

Australia is back on the world stage

Due to various factors, Australia has only played a limited role on the international market since the early years of this century. In recent years, however, exports from Australia have started flourishing again. Larger volumes were exported, and they are mostly focusing on the Asian market.South African.....

Bell pepper trade growing, but Dutch exports stagnate

The trade in bell peppers mostly occurs within the EU and within North America. Three countries dominate the export, Spain, Mexico and the Netherlands. These three countries represent nearly two-thirds of the total global trade. At a distance, the US, Turkey, Canada, Morocco, China and Israel are the other.....

Azerbaijan is committing to more exports to Russia

This year, Azerbaijan wants to increase its export of fruit and vegetables to Russia. The country exports tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and aubergines, among other products. Last year, the country exported 106,000 tonnes of tomatoes to Russia, according to the government’s figures. To compare: Morocco.....

Fiji grower works to preserve traditional root crops

Traditional Fijian root crops may not be an important issue of discussion in our community nowadays as people, particularly farmers, are more into hybrid varieties of crops for commercial farming.However, there are still people in the communities who are passionate about retaining traditional root crops and.....

Brussels sprouts production in California to catch up

The main producing areas for conventional Brussels sprouts right now are Mexico and California. Production is coming from Queen Victoria’s Mexico growing operations and they’ve started their California program as well. “We’ve got both regions going,” said Katie Harreld, sales manager for Queen Victoria.....

Prominent and Love my Salad join forces to promote tomatoes to food bloggers

On Friday 9 June, online consumer platform Love my Salad took a group of German, Austrian and Dutch food bloggers on a journey into the world of tomatoes. At the end of the event, which was hosted by Prominent Tomatoes, the bloggers headed home filled with inspiration, product knowledge and interesting.....

Price dip on healthy supply of California beets

While supplies of domestic beets are healthy, pricing has dropped off slightly. “Beets are looking good. It’s been a pretty steady item,” says Geoffrey Ratto of Modesto, Ca.-based Ratto Brothers. “In our area, we’ll do beets throughout the winter, but I’d say peak season is probably through to November.”The.....

Food safety practices and costs for leafy greens in California

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, established a risk-based approach to regulating food safety. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate on-farm food safety.....

Tomatoes are vegetables: It’s the law

We all know that tomatoes are technically a fruit. Typically that fact comes as a surprise to schoolchildren in basic science classes around the world. But after all that, it turns out that though tomatoes are technically a fruit, legally they are actually considered a vegetable.The debate goes back at least.....

High lettuce prices lift NZ veg prices by 31% compared to last year

Higher lettuce prices helped push vegetable prices up a record 31 percent in the year to May 2017, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices increased 3.1 percent in the year.“Our wet autumn has pushed vegetable prices to their highest level in almost six years in May, with the largest annual increase to.....

Listeria causes Castellini Group subsidiaries to recall over a ton of salad

Following a Listeria-related recall by its parent company Club Chef, involving freshcut produce snacks, CC Kitchens LLC today recalled more than a ton of salads because they contained lettuce that had been recalled for possible Listeria contamination.CC Kitchens Club Chef and also today the Kroger Co. posted.....

European vegetable crops affected by dry weather conditions

European processors of canned, frozen and dehydrated vegetables in major producing countries are very concerned about the impact of warm and dry weather conditions over this year’s spring and summer crops.In Spain, producers highlighted that the crops were severely affected by the scarce or nearly nonexistent.....

Cold weather stunted tomato ripening in Ukraine

Tomato exports are down in Ukraine due to cold weather slowing down the ripening process in greenhouses. Production is down so much that there are reports that there is also not enough supply to meet domestic demand. From January 1 to May 1, 2017, Ukraine significantly reduced not only imports, but the.....

"China's fresh vegetable prices continue to dip"

"In comparison to last year's season, export prices of non-storage fresh vegetables at this stage are decreasing. This is closely related to a general fall in vegetable prices that recently took place in China, and for which there are three main reasons. Firstly, in summer vegetables grow faster, growth cycles.....

Supermarkets only want packaged goods

Germany: Hundreds of kilos of miniature cucumbers destroyed

A producer from the Franconian Segnitz is planning on selling ten kilograms of cucumber for ten Euros - as long as supplies last. "The large retail chains like Lidl, Rewe and Aldi only want packaged cucumbers. That's why these miniature cucumbers with premium quality are destroyed," so you can see in the.....

Study finds seductive names encourage consumers to pick more vegetables

People may be more likely to pile vegetables on their plates when these dishes are served up with seductive names like “sweet sizzlin’ green beans and crispy shallots” than when they’re peddled as health foods, a recent experiment suggests.For the study, a team of researchers at Stanford University in.....

Russia: Slowdown in growth of fruit and veg prices

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has observed a slowdown in the growth of prices for fruit and vegetable products and expects this trend to continue in the following months."The slowdown in the growth rate of prices for fruit and vegetable products is likely to continue in the.....

Pilot project "Veggiefacade" by LWG

Will vegetables of the future grow on walls?

Salad, beans and strawberries that grow upwards? Is the perspective messed up or the picture the wrong way around? No! On the trial wall at the Bavarian Regional Office for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG) in Veitshöcheim veggies have been growing, literally, upwards, since Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 -.....

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

“Wide demand for bell peppers keeps Dutch market fairly balanced”

“In coming weeks, the supply of bell peppers will be at a regular level, without enormous ups and downs,” expects salesman Marco Bergman of Harvest House. “Supply can be called quite considerable for some colours right now, but, generally, demand is fairly widely oriented. There’s actually demand from all.....

Creation of Primaflor UK

"We can now supply 100% British products to UK chains"

Primaflor, a Spanish company based in Almería and specialist in the production of leafy vegetables, salads and other fresh cut products, has officially presented its Primaflor UK division at the London Produce Show.After more than 30 years working with supermarket chains in the United Kingdom, its main market.....

Camposol focuses on lucrative products

Blueberries and avocados take over from asparagus

Camposol is one of the largest companies in Peru and, globally, Camposol has grown to be a famous name within the sector. The company calls itself the “largest avocado producer in the world, and the largest blueberry producer soon.” The books were concluded with a nice gross profit of more than 88.5 million.....

France : Vine tomatoes still in the lead

According to the latest report from the Minister of Agriculture, tomato acreage will be stable in France this year with production potential reaching 600,000 tons (1,974 hectares in greenhouses and 375 hectares in fields). Despite the increasing modernity of greenhouses and a wider range of tomatoes, harvest.....

Are pre-packaged or fresh vegetables better?

As consumers seek more convenience when buying their produce, the popularity of pre-packed vegetables has grown. This growth has sparked the debate on which one is better, fresh or pre-packed.The main reason consumers buy pre-packed is to save time. Chopping chunks of cabbage and grating carrot can take 10.....

Village Farms selected as finalists for United Fresh Product Innovation Award

Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano 5 oz. ready-to-eat snack bag has been chosen as a finalist in the packaging category for the Product Innovation Awards at United Fresh 2017. The mini San Marzano tomato, exclusive to Village Farms, is washed and ready to eat, and is currently featured in several parks at.....

European standards for production in the Caucasus

New export markets in the Middle East and Asia for Azerbaijan

Due to the devaluation of the Azerbaijani manat and the hefty incentives from the government, the country’s exports to Europe, the Middle East and Asia have increased. More and more companies are focusing on the international market, where European standards are applied. Double digit growth figures are no.....

Brandenburg: 23,000m² for the production of edible mushrooms in 2016

In 2016 there were five companies in Brandenburg which produced edible mushrooms on at least 1,000m² each. According to the Statistics Office Berlin-Brandenburg, the production area covered about 23,000m².One year prior it was 26,000m². Among the most important edible mushrooms are, besides button mushrooms,.....

"Ethiopia is an attractive country for investors"

EHPEA, the Ethiopian association for growers and exporters, has 140 members who produce and export fruit, vegetables and flowers. Yemishrach Berhanu, responsible for the promotion of the association, indicates they are present at various fresh produce fairs to promote their members’ products. They also.....

New Zealand lifts temporary ban on Fiji eggplants

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) chief executive officer, Hillary Kumwenda, confirmed this during the Fiji BAF-NZMPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) meeting earlier this morning at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva.The fruit was slapped with a temporary suspension.....

France : Increase in cucumber production

According to the Minister of Agriculture, there has been an increase in heated greenhouse acreage thanks to producers switching from other products to cucumbers (395 hectares, +1%/2015).Increase is remarked in the Centre-West (177 hectares of heated greenhouses, +2%/2016) thanks to many greenhouses converting.....

High yields & stable prices for Romanian cucumbers

Located in Matca, Romania’s largest greenhouse area, spanning around 1500 hectares, Marius Petrache, General Manager of Marcoser, said that despite the extremely cold winter, followed by freezing temperatures in March and April, they will have high yields this season. Although many of the open field crops were.....

Grafted cucumbers provide resistance to deteriorating water quality in South Africa

Rijk Zwaan dominates the commercial cucumber seed market in South Africa, in part because of a strong relationship with producers like Stewart Colling of Somerset Farms who trials RZ varieties on an ongoing basis alongside his commercial cucumber production.“We don’t necessarily strive to be the largest seed.....

Ton Slagter: "The market is stable again"

Dutch cauliflower market is picking up

The Dutch Spring cauliflower season has been in full swing for a few weeks. "The season began disappointingly. There were too many cauliflowers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The warm weather has also meant a poorer quality in the fields and difficult sales", says cauliflower grower, Ton Slagter.....

China: Noticeable increase in garlic exports

"This year, there was a 20 to 30% rise in garlic production. Market prices are gradually going back to normal," says Liu Yu Gang from Jinxiang Lianyi Trading.Workers sorting out garlicPacked garlic"Garlic prices stayed high in the last few years. While under the same conditions, revenue from 1 mu (0,07 ha) of.....

Okra struggles to make impact in Uganda

Okra is a fast-growing and high-value crop but only a few farmers in Uganda have taken the initiative to grow it. Justine Nabirye, a trader at Nakasero market says okra is a highly demanded vegetable in the market but the price has hiked for the past two months.“A box of okra costs sh80,000 which previously.....