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AU: Greenhouse tomato expansion for year round supply

Tomato production at a major Western Australian produce company is set to increase to year round production, with plans to construct new hothouses.Odeum Farms will build on a 200 acre site in Geraldton with plans to construct 200 hothouses. National Category and Farms Manager Jason Marais says it has been a.....

China: Shanxi mushrooms exported to South Korea

Recently, the Jishan edible mushroom enterprise, Shanxi Mushrooms, and the Korean Wangchang Farmers Organisation, have cooperated to accomplish an Edible Mushrooms stick production and export enterprise, signing an initial contract to export 120,000 bags of mushroom sticks. This was the first time that Jishan.....

Ontario greenhouse cucumbers find fresh new markets in Asia

Ontario greenhouse cucumbers are making waves in Asia. Thanks to recent market development ventures in Hong Kong and mainland China, the results are bearing fruit, or cucumbers, to be more specific. The Asian market is eager to try greenhouse cucumbers and this new-found market is seeing Ontario’s production.....

Marion Vissers during the open ground open days at Hazera:

"We tune the breeding programmes to the entire chain"

Hazera and HM. Clause presented their assortment during Internationale Open Dagen (International Open Days) last week. Both companies are part of the Limagrain group. "Limagrain is a French farmers' cooperation, which determines our culture, as the management of Limagrain consists of those who are directly.....

Twin trade fair expoSE and expoDirekt to take place 22 to 23 November

More than 420 exhibitors from 14 countries will showcase innovations in growing as well as direct marketing from 22 to 23 November 2017 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre (Messe Karlsruhe).Europe's trade fair for asparagus and soft fruit producers, the 22nd expoSE, and the 7th expoDirekt, Germany's trade fair for.....

US: Mann's removes non-GMO label from its lettuce products

After a concerned consumer and supporter of science and agriculture reached out to Mann’s Fresh Vegetables about their non-GMO label, the company came back with a surprising answer. They are removing it.According to PR Week, Mann Packing is removing the non-GMO verified check from its single-cut lettuce.....

US domestic kale supplies continue to look good

Domestic kale supplies look relatively steady right now. “For us in the Northeast, the local supplies continue right through to December which is good for us,” says Paul Guarino of Ace Natural, an organic food distribution business based in New York City. “We move a lot of volume to juicing manufacturers and.....

Ukraine: Smallest white cabbage production volume in 5 years

In the current season, the production of white cabbage in Ukraine may fall to the lowest levels in the last 5 years. Such conclusions were reached by the analysts of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits" while working on the updated version of the study "Fruit-and-vegetable market of Ukraine-2017: results and.....

Spanish company signs 10 year lease to grow asparagus in Namibia

Spanish company Industrials Almentaries de Navara, trading as Otjimbele Agriculture and the ministry of agriculture in Namibia, on Wednesday afternoon signed a 10 -year lease agreement for a 60-hectare plot for the production of asparagus at Etunda Irrigation Green Scheme in Omusati region.The Spanish company.....

3 months of rain fell in 2 days

Flooding stalls vegetable harvest in Latvia

Flooding in the North and East of Latvia has made it vitually impossible for growers to harvest their beetroot, carrots and potatoes and has caused difficulties for harvesting cabbage, root celery and leeks. "Our production is split evenly throughout the country, so I would say that we are looking for a.....

Mexico: More than 40,000 tons of chili harvested in Aguascalientes

According to Carlos Narvaez Avila, the president of the Chili Product System Committee, more than forty thousand tons of various varieties of chili have been harvested at the Aguascalientes field this year. This production was valued at 70 million pesos, and 60% of it is being dehydrated so that it can be sold.....

Spain dominates global and European cucumber markets

Spain dominates both the global and European cucumber markets, according to data revealed by a study on the global trade of cucumbers in 2016, carried out by Hortoinfo with data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, and of the Statistical Office Euroestat (ICEX-Eurostat).Although.....

Spain: Extremadura closes tomato campaign with more kilos than initially contracted

Extremadura has closed the industrial tomato campaign with a final production totalling almost 2.1 million tonnes, which very slightly surpasses the number of kilos initially contracted. To be precise, Extremadura's producers have delivered a total of 2,081,320,404 kilos to the different industries, compared.....

AU: Case against Marland Mushrooms for underpaying workers begins

One woman was paid $6.76 an hour and hundreds of her colleagues earned less than $11 an hour while employed to pick mushrooms at one of Queensland’s biggest edible fungi growers.And the companies involved tried to cover up the underpayments by sending mysterious mushroom picking data and using excuses like “we.....

Peru's asparagus supplies hit by severe shortage

Supplies of asparagus from Peru have been intensely short in recent months due to poor growing conditions as well as troubles on the logistics side. Floods in the country early this year caused damage to farms and this has resulted in poor yields. Jeff Friedman, of CarbAmericas, said that shipping has also.....

China: Autumn leeks hit the market selling at high prices

Leeks are just entering the market but in contrast to previous years, the leek market this year is temporarily still calm. The leek harvest this year was rather similar to previous years, but last year's price stood at 0.4 - 0.6 RMB for a kilogram (0.05-0.08 EUR) while this year they are being sold at 0.8 RMB.....

China: Chili, an exported product that is increasingly more popular

Chili is one of the most consumed spices worldwide and until recently only a few countries were strong enough to offer it internationally. However, China is starting to consolidate this crop and to consider it another important export product. "Our company started in 2013 and has grown rapidly since then. This.....

Chinese help map out Dutch collection of lettuce DNA

It's to be the second largest DNA data set of plants in the world after rice. The Centre for Genetic Sources, Nederland (CGN), part of Wageningen University & Research and the Chinese Beijing Genomics Institute, today confirmed their unique agreement. The goal is to map out the DNA of the Wageningen.....

50th anniversary of Imperio

Spain: From a small plantation to 600 hectares of conventional and organic garlic

It all started in October 1967, when Francisco Mira Hernández planted its first hectares of garlic in the municipality of Anna, in the Spanish province of Valencia. With that, Imperio was founded.Francisco Vicente Mira-Costa Ruiz, at only sixteen, decided to embark on the project led by his father, working.....

HM.Clause releases new tomato variety

A new Marmande tomato is now available from HM.Clause, identified by the brand ADORA."The ADORA tomato brings together taste, health, and well-being. It has remarkable nutritional advantages. Its excellent shelf life allows it to maintain all of its benefits," HM.Clause reported about the variety.Thanks to the.....

The Spanish Halloween pumpkin season kicks off

Kernel Export, S.L. has just started another Halloween Pumpkin season.The company which is based in Los Alcázares, Murcia, Spain has been growing this product for more than 10 years especially for this celebration which is becoming more and more popular both inside and outside of Spain.Kernel can pack the.....

Tomato prices in Pakistan still rising despite increased supplies

Tomato prices have skyrocketed to unprecedented figures over the past several weeks in Pakistan while large quantities of the fruit imported from Afghanistan and Iran have failed to keep its price in check.Tomatoes are usually sold at a rate of Rs 30 to 40 per kg on normal days. However, the ongoing market.....

Sun's Fruits: "moving abroad unnecessary if produce is of a high quality"

"We produce excellent-quality aubergines but we don't want to talk merely about produce. We would actually like to talk about our journey, which started three years ago when we finished high school and inherited a 5 hectare plot," explains Vincenzo Incardona who, together with his cousins Pietro, Salvatore and.....

Mexico: Researchers create a new variety of chili pepper

Researchers from the Department of Horticulture of the Antonio Narro Autonomous Agricultural University (UAAAN) are evaluating the quality, performance, and resistance against pathogens of a new variety of chili peppers grown in the institution."Our university made crosses between a red pepper and a Capsicum.....

Iran among world’s largest fruit & veg producers

According to a Farsi report by IANA which has quoted figures from insidermonkey.com, Iran has ranked eight in a global list of fruit and vegetable producers.Based on the 2014 information of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Islamic Republic has produced 12.7 million tonnes of.....

E-commerce help Indian farmers reach consumers

A group of tech-savvy youths have created several e-commerce platforms aimed at helping farmers get a fair price for their produce and also to give consumers the opportunity to buy fresh and unadulterated food items.The core idea of the initiative is to promote products of rural farmers by creating a platform.....

US: Edible Garden to supply organic herbs to supermarkets & restaurants

Edible Garden has been selected by two new customers, Hannaford supermarket and Sweetgreen restaurants, to supply organic fresh herbs to selected retail outlets. Hannaford was founded in 1883 as a fresh produce vendor in Portland, Maine, and is now a major supermarket chain with over 180 stores servicing the.....

1st Edition of Bakker Brothers' International Open Days

"Beans, snack carrots and sweetcorn"

For the first time, the Dutch company, Bakker Brothers, took part in the seed enhancement, and production, companies' demo days. During the last week in September, visitors from all over the world were able to go to the demo-field at Bakker Brothers in North Scharwoude.Originally mainly focused on seed.....

Dutch tomato prices out of summer slump

In September, 21% more was paid for a kilogram of tomatoes in Europe than, on average, over the last five years. This was especially noticeable for Dutch tomatoes, compared to August. The prices for tomatoes was no less than 55% higher than in the summer month. These figures were supplied by the European.....

US hard squash sees high prices due to short supply

Short supply has strengthened the hard squash market thanks to a reduced crop this year. Last year, the market was saturated with product which drove prices down and discouraged farmers from growing hard squash this season. Now the reverse has occurred resulting in a short supply and higher prices."There was.....

Peru to export less asparagus this year but will recover next year

During 2017, exports of asparagus will amount to US $ 540 million, i.e. 6% less than in 2016, and in 2018 they will recover slightly, by 2% to US $ 550 million, Scotiabank projected.In general, the lower exports of 2017 are the result of a lower exported volume. In recent years, Peruvian production has been.....

Open days for outdoor crops

Enza Zaden presents options for salad bar of the future

During the open days last week, Enza Zaden put all of their outdoor lettuce crops in the spotlight. The most important leafy vegetable, iceberg lettuce, had all of its varieties shown, just as the varieties with market potential that will be tried out on a large scale next year. Enza Zaden also sees a future.....

Attested "hallucinogen-tainted" Bonduelle spinach recalled in Italy

The Italian health ministry on Wednesday pulled from supermarket shelves Bonduelle frozen spinach they believed to contain the hallucinogenic plant mandragora."The health ministry's move came after a family came down with mandragora poisoning after eating some of the lot in Milan. The three family members were.....

School Fruit Program: 25.8 million euros for German schools

On the 1st of August 2017, a new EU Fruit and Vegetable Program was launched in German schools with the aim of stimulating healthy eating habits. In the participating schools, fruit, vegetables and milk products are handed out and a special educational program has been initiated.The program can be implemented.....

“These days are meant for inspiration, networking and making contacts”

Latest innovations demonstrated during Syngenta's 150th anniversary

The open days of the seed producers are an important annual happening. For Syngenta, this year is an extra festive one, as they also celebrated their 150th anniversary. One wall was covered with photos from a century-and-a-half ago, showing the employees of the current Syngenta’s predecessors.Men with beards.....

“When trade asks for more, we respond”

Illuminated tomato area of BelOrta increases by 10 hectares

BelOrta’s illuminated tomato area has been growing since they started. By now, the area consists of 46 hectares for the 2017/18 season. In the previous season, it was 10 hectares less. This is an increase of 28 per cent for BelOrta. “Due to BelOrta’s central location, our tomatoes can quickly reach their.....

Russia to partially allow tomatoes from Turkey by early 2018

Russia is likely to partially allow Turkish tomato imports at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2018, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday.The imports would not exceed 50,000 tonnes, Dvorkovich told reporters on the sidelines of an energy conference.Source: reuters.com

Cabbage from Varaždin, Croatia latest to receive EU geographical origin label

Cabbage from the city of Varaždin is one of the latest Croatian products to receive the EU geographical origin label, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Tuesday.The European Commission has unanimously agreed that ‘Varaždinsko zelje’ will now have EU geographical protection status after a request for.....

Availability is crucial for courgettes

Eating courgettes is increasing in popularity, according to Leander van de Griend, account manager for ZON fruit & vegetables. The vegetable has always been much eaten in the Mediterranean, but in recent years it has gradually migrated towards the northern regions of Europe. Consumption is boosted by Dutch.....

“Watercress is the healthiest vegetable in the world”

It’s peppery, spicy and has a slight radish-like flavour. Watercress can be used in a number of dishes, but what is needed for the growth of this little vegetable? Since 1938, watercress has been grown by Sint-Lucie in Lauw near Tongeren in Belgium. Now, nearly 80 years later, grandson Frank Vansimpsen and his.....

Carrots and potatoes in the global spotlight

Bejo open field days attract a lot of visitors

The Bejo Zaden open days went successfully and attracted a large number of visitors from across the world. The carrot symposium stood out, attracting over 500 visitors spread over two days. Carrots have the potential to grow further in the snack assortment and Bejo is developing special tasty and coloured.....

Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

"Spanish green asparagus an alternative to South American"

For the past few years Teboza has been active in the asparagus cultivation in Andalusia. "We see that the Spanish cultivation is foreseeing a need. We want to offer an alternative to the South American asparagus. We define ourselves with freshness, flavour, flexibility and transport distance," says Will.....

Rien and Arthur Paans: “Seven growers are Milieukeur certified”

Verfru Europe in Spain for ten years

On Thursday, 5 October, Rien and Arthur Paans from Verfru Europe S.L. will celebrate, because on that day, they will have been established in Spain for ten years. “When adding the years in the Netherlands before that, we’ll have been active for 16 years, and mostly with the same growers we started with,” Rien.....

Mike Glas, Glas-Groenten:

“More spread-out supermarket promotions would be good for Dutch sprout market”

After promotions at six Dutch supermarkets two weeks ago, the sprout market has dropped to a lower level. Mike Glas from Glas-Groenten from Broek op Langedijk, the Netherlands, is fed up with the situation. “More spread-out promotions would be good for the market. Now we suddenly had enormous demand for.....

"40 percent more radishes sold during Oktoberfest"

Two greats from München that have worked together for twenty years: The Oktoberfest, the biggest national celebration in the world, and Früchte Feldbrach, one of the largest vegetable suppliers of urban markets, work together at the Theresienwiese, a large market place in München. This autumn, they once again.....

The main competitors for Spanish tomatoes

Looking at the volumes shipped by the world's main tomato exporters and the impact of their competition with Spain in the European markets, the Netherlands and Morocco can be considered Spain's main competitors, ahead of France, Italy, Turkey and Portugal.This has been revealed by Hortoinfo's analysis of the.....

New technologies at the service of the tomato industry

The Agro-food Technological Centre of Extremadura (Ctaex), together with entities of other Spanish regions, is participating in the project "Smartom", which aims to put new technologies at the service of the tomato industry; a key sector for Extremadura.As explained to Efe by Ctaex ​​project.....

"Participating in the QS system is an important contribution to the active protection of consumers."

High quality and safe vegetables from Lake Constance

On the island of Reichenau, vegetables have been grown for hundreds of years. This cultivation area, situated in the most southern part of Germany in the middle of Lake Constance, offers the best conditions for a good harvest. Under the motto "Daily fresh from the vegetable island", the company.....

Very diverse: 800 different pumpkin varieties

Trick or treat! It's Halloween and that means time for pumpkins. According to the Rhineland Farmer's Federation (RLV), many people have carved their pumpkins and placed them in front of their houses. There are about 800 different pumpkin varieties.According to the RLV, the celebration of Halloween originates.....

Spain: 7 out of 10 tomatoes exported to the EU come from Almeria and Granada

The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, said Sunday that "seven out of ten Spanish tomatoes exported to the European Union come from Almeria and Granada," and highlighted that "sales of Andalusian foods in foreign markets have been growing for seven.....

Murcian producers, increasingly limited by water shortages

Spanish broccoli will be needed earlier in Europe

The countries of central and northern Europe still have their own production, so the export campaign has yet to reach its peak for Spanish broccoli. This usually happens in late October or early November; however, this year it is expected to start earlier due to adverse weather conditions in countries like the.....

Chile: Fresh asparagus exports resume after 15 years

Los Angeles' exporter, Agrofine, dispatched the first 10 fresh asparagus pallets from the local Frutemu plant in San Carlos after more than 15 years in which a Chilean company did not do so.Frutemu processed the asparagus of the Los Angeles' producers Ernesto Hüne and Leonor Wyneken, who managed to harvest the.....

Plenty of hot peppers from the Dominican Republic

People in the west don’t realize how big the spicy food market is. Excluding Mexico, gastronomic culture in America is quite conservative regarding flavors containing spicy ingredients.The Dominican Republic is no exception to this rule despite having a big production and a diverse offer of peppers, which.....

Asparagus could help to significantly detox the liver

Asparagus can be a strong tool in protecting and cleansing the liver according to South Korean scientists.In the Institute, Jeju has conducted medical research experiments, one of which revealed a unique property of the leaves of asparagus. Scientists were able even to calculate, what quantity of harmful.....

Cambodia PM urges citizens to stop buying chemically grown vegetables

Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen yesterday asked people to stop buying vegetables grown with the aid of chemicals in order to reduce imports, help local farmers and protect their health.“I would like to ask people to boycott chemical vegetables and to check them carefully before buying,” he said.“The.....

Why Pakistan has banned tomato imports from India

A ban on importing tomatoes from India has been imposed to protect the interests of Pakistan's farmers, said a spokesman for the provincial agriculture department.He said Monday that the ban will not only help in increasing the incomes of local tomato growers but also in eliminating various diseases that have.....

Walsh Mushrooms launch a Vitamin D Mushroom

Evesham based Walsh Mushrooms are launching a Vitamin D enriched mushroom following a £250,000 investment in a two-year project which has been granted Novel Food Status. The mushrooms, which are enriched with a controlled light, will provide a rich source (>30% DRI) of Vitamin D of ≤10μg per100g......

China: Zhangzhou konjac sold to Portugal for the first time

Recently, 100 boxes, containing 800 kg of konjac, grown by the Zhangpu Jincheng Food Co. Ltd., were successfully exported to Portugal, after passing the inspection of the Zhangzhou Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. This was the first time that Zhangzhou konjac has been exported to Portugal.Source:.....

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery:

“Mediocre spring for vegetables partly compensated by lack of summer slump”

The first half year of the Dutch vegetable season is over. Time to take stock with product manager of vegetables Aad van Dijk from The Greenery.“As yet it looks like a very regular year without significant highs or lows. The season is characterised by very good prices for illuminated cultivation in the early.....