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Reaching 0.75 USD per kg at retail

Turkey: Cucumber prices continue to increase

The price of cucumber rose to 0.75 USD level at retail in Bilecik, Turkey which caused a lot of consumers to complain.Usually customers buy cucumbers at this time of the year for 0.25 USD per kg but, due to higher prices, they've started to purchase alternative products instead. As a result, these high prices.....

Plenty of cabbage as Georgia season nears its end

Growers in North Carolina will see their first cabbage crops for the season within the next two weeks. Georgia is the primary growing region on the East Coast at the moment and weather conditions have been favorable so far. Supply is good and there are no gaps expected, unless any rain events occur."We will.....

Ontario asparagus growers are struggling right now

The start of the Ontario asparagus season has brought abundant and high quality supply. Growing conditions have been excellent and, more importantly, the weather during last year's fall season set up the crop perfectly. On a production level, things are looking great."Mother Nature was very kind to asparagus.....

Mexico: Tomatoes from Nuevo Leon head to Texas

The tomato that is produced in the municipality of Arramberri, Nuevo Leon, will be exported, starting this week, directly to Pharr, Texas, under the Sandia Valley brand.The greenhouse, which is known as the FIDESUR-Watermelon Horticultural Technopark, produces 9,000 tons per year.Almost 70% of that production.....

Cooler weather in California creates tight broccoli supply

Broccoli production in California has now completely transitioned away from the desert regions and into the northern growing areas. Supplies are very tight as the weather has made growing conditions unfavorable."The growing regions are now focused on the Santa Maria Valley and the Salinas Valley, as it is too.....

Minister Hutchinson:

'Jamaica could earn $41 million annually from mushroom cultivation'

Jamaican Minister without Portfolio J C Hutchinson, currently in charge of Agriculture, last Tuesday stated his country could earn up to $41 million annually from mushroom cultivation. Hutchinson: " … the prospects for mushroom cultivation are excellent. Jamaica stands to earn some $41 million and provide.....

Multiple government bodies teaming up

Tackling garlic smugglers in Thailand

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry is teaming up with the Customs Department and military officers to tackle smuggled garlic. They are intent on stopping these practices in order to curb the domestic garlic price slump.Boonyarit Kalayanamit, director-general of the Internal Trade Department, said the domestic garlic.....

France: A greenhouse for tomatoes as big as 24 football pitches

In the South Channel, French and Dutch businessmen are investing 40 million euros in the construction of a gigantic greenhouse the size of 17 hectares, in which tomatoes are to be grown above ground. And there will be other projects coming to Isigny le Buat, as well as near Caen.This is a large-scale project,.....

Shaping the future of the pea

On May 23 and 24, in the area of Emilia, Italy hosted an international delegation of over a 100 people, including Syngenta experts and key players of the pea industry which accounts for about 70% of the EAME market.With over 252,000 hectares of cultivated area in EAME, 65% of production intended for the frozen.....

Complicated start to French tomato season

The Minister of Agriculture has reported that the start of the 2018 French tomato season has been difficult both in terms of production and demand. He explains that whilst at the start of April the range of tomatoes was slowly growing, consumption was not high enough and prices decreased. Warm weather then.....

Thanks to yields around Manjimup

Australia to overtake France in producing black Perigord truffles

Unbelievable as it might seem, this year Australia is on track to overtake France in producing black Perigord truffles. The Western Australia truffle harvest, centred on Manjimup in the Southern Forests region, will be responsible for up to 75 per cent of the national crop.The black truffle is synonymous with.....

East Coast greens company eyes Canadian market

Tapping into the ‘buy local’ trend, one New York company is hoping to sell Canadian companies on buying their greens closer to home. Solata Foods based in Newburgh, NY is putting a push on supplying East Coast greens: organic (under the Farmers’ Direct brand) and conventional (under the Solata Farms brand),.....

"Green asparagus becomes hot item"

China: "Volume of green asparagus unable to satisfy market demand"

"China is a large country in the global production of asparagus. Production areas are distributed over Xuzhou in Jiangsu, Heze in Shandong, and Chongmingdao in Shanghai. The asparagus that has not come up yet is white, and this vegetable is called white asparagus. After asparagus comes up it turns green, and.....

Ten things you never knew about tomatoes

We are now right in the middle of British Tomato Fortnight, extended from the usual Tomato Week to mark the 21st anniversary of the British Tomato Growers’ Association.Tomatoes originated in Peru where the Aztecs called them xitomatl (“plump thing with navel”).The Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes brought.....

Almost 26 hectares of aubergines in Swiss greenhouses

Last year, 9,597 tons of aubergines were consumed in Switzerland. That's 1.14 kilos per capita, per year. Some 3,532 tons of aubergines came from Switzerland, the rest was imported. Aubergines are cultivated in Switzerland almost exclusively in greenhouses. In 2017, they were grown on 25.94 hectares, while on.....

Romanian Ministry of Agriculture guarantees tomatoes are safe for consumption

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) announced in a press release that the National Phytosanitary Authority is carrying out inspections in the markets and production sites in order to determine the quality of tomatoes from producers enrolled in the Government Support Program and.....

Mexico: 80 new hectares of asparagus in Aguascalientes

In April and May, asparagus producers from the state of Aguascalientes planted around 80 hectares of this crop in the municipalities of Rincon de Romos, Tepezala, Pabellon de Arteaga, and Asientos; a job that they will continue between June and September, stated the president of the Asparagus Product System,.....

Eminent Seeds:

"We look for that stand-out product in every growing cycle"

It is almost the end of May. That means that, at Eminent Seeds in the Netherlands, the first crops are almost ready. At the beginning of June, all the experimental plants in the greenhouses will be cleared out. This is to make way for the cultivation of the next generation and crossbreeds. Of course, seeds.....

"Local farm products meeting most of Qatar's needs"

Local agricultural products meet around 70% of the market requirements in Qatar, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported, citing a number of Qatari businessmen and investors.Qatar could attain self-sufficiency in the production of certain types of vegetables within two years, they told the daily.Many.....

Italy: Green bean campaign in full swing

Campania is a traditional green bean producer region, especially around the Vesuvius and in Caserta.Organizzazione di produttori Agriverdeis located in Francolise and owns both protected crops and open fields. The early productions grown in greenhouses are currently being harvested."Volumes in protected fields.....

SUNSET® introduces Shazam!™ Shishito peppers

Shishito peppers is among one of the most popular restaurant appetizers of the year. SUNSET® introduced The Shazam!™ Shishito peppers, which will be available in the produce section of select retailers. These slim, flavorful peppers are among the top five fastest growing categories in foodservice according to.....

80% of Turkey's cucumber and gherkin exports come from the Aegean region

The cucumber and gherkin of exports of Turkey reached 77 million USD at the end of 2017. The Aegean region exporters are responsible for 62 million of these exports which is 80 % of the total exports.Turkish growers produce annually 100,000 tons of cucumbers and 75,000 tons of gherkin, a majority of which are.....

China: Seasonal drop in vegetable prices

A survey of the Beijing Shuitun Market showed that the vegetable production volumes rose at the start of the summer and the price of vegetables therefore showed a seasonal drop. There are three main reasons for this development: first, the weather becomes warmer in summer and vegetables, leafy vegetables in.....

Summer leek season starts

Almost all vegetables have experienced a delay. These delays werecaused by the spring frost. Young vegetables are now gradually becoming available. The switch to new leeks has also begun. Last week Peelland Agro started harvesting their young plants. These will be supplied from this week onward.Peelland Agro,.....

Niels Zuurbier, Ursem-Zuurbier:

"Higher demand than supply of iceberg lettuce"

The spring frost dealt us a considerable blow. "Its effects are being felt now. You can see that all spring products suffering because of it - cauliflower, broccoli, early pointed cabbage, as well as iceberg lettuce. We started with the iceberg a couple of weeks ago", says Niels Zuurbier of the Dutch grower,.....

Spanish-French-Italian garlic group

Spain: 3-5% drop in garlic production expected

The garlic contact group, created in the framework of the Spanish-French-Italian Mixed Committee for fruits and vegetables, and made up of representatives of the sector and of the administrations, held a meeting last week in Montalbán, Córdoba, to analyse the results of the previous campaign, the forecasts of.....

Murcia

Spain: Lower veg prices make it impossible to cover production costs

With the water deficit of the past few months has been left behind, now it is time to suffer a collapse of prices. This has not been a good winter vegetable season for producers in the Region of Murcia. The prices paid to them by large chains and intermediaries are far below the production costs in the case of.....

Belgian endive consumption in the US on the rise

European expats, consumers looking for gluten free appetizers, and restaurateurs are helping demand for Belgian endives to grow. Attention has been brought onto the vegetable thanks to TV shows and chefs that are presenting it in different ways. In Europe, many people cook Belgian endives during the winter.....

GASA Odense expects higher prices after Egehøj mushroom farm closes

Half of Danish mushroom production has gone

If half of the Danish mushroom production falls away, prices will climb. This is Director of the Danish trading company, Gasa Odense, Jens Nannerup's opinion, "Most of the vegetables have permanent contracts, so it will take some time. However, new contracts are negotiated in the autumn. These come into effect.....

"The era of IQF spinach is just beginning"

IQF Spinach is fast becoming one of the most in-demand products on the global frozen vegetable market. Spinach sales and volume have steadily been rising over the last few years. Moreover, organic spinach sales have risen by about 9% in each of the past two years (Produce Market Guide). The era of IQF spinach.....

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

"The cold spring has led to a stable radish market"

The cold weather from earlier in the year has had a positive effect on the radish market. John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish says, "We benefited from a cold spring. Production peaks do not start early in the spring. The demand in the market is not yet ready then."The low spring temperatures ensured that.....

Gérard Roué, TerreAzur:

France: "Demand for innovation on the tomato market"

The French company TerreAzur, the subsidary of the POMONA group for the fresh products, presents Locabelle: a tomato grown only in France. The first plants were planted in open ground at two production sites, in early April 2017. This summer, the tomato will be launched nationally. Locabelle wants to meet.....

Kees Heegsma:

"Prices for large carrots keep climbing; stored carrots reaching their end"

The trade in carrots is going well. Prices have shown an upward trend since March. The new harvest is slowly becoming available. This is good for the price development. This is according to Kees Heegsma of the Dutch company with the same name. However, there is a limit to what consumers are willing to pay......

US: Chimacum man finds huge mushroom in field

Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Farms in Chimacum, Washington, was mowing a field on Monday when he saw something, right in the path of his machine’s blades.“I was just out mowing and I always keep my eye out for animals. I thought it was a dog, so I stopped about 18-inches away from it,” he reported. Upon closer.....

Rick Mengers, ZON:

"Two weather peaks killed asparagus market"

The asparagus market has had to deal with low prices in recent weeks. "For now the supply is around 1% higher than last year, so volume wise the larger supply isn't so bad, but due to two warm weather peaks a lot of asparagus was available at the same time. There was no cooler period between those weather.....

Washington's rhubarb season off to perfect start

In Washington, the domestic rhubarb season has kicked off in ideal conditions. Perfect temperatures, overcast skies and a smattering of rain have helped growers produce a nice crop. The season began last month and is expected to continue well into fall."We started our field rhubarb season on April 9 and.....

Philippines: Department of Agriculture opens mushroom R&D centre in Isabela

The Department of Agriculture in the Cagayan Valley region recently opened its Mushroom Research and Development Centre in Ilagan City, Isabela. Its goal is to further boost the promotion of mushroom production in the region.Lorenzo M. Caranguian, Regional Executive Director of the Department, said that.....

Céline Genty, Asperges de France:

"Strong competition for French asparagus"

The asparagus season is in full swing in France. According to Céline Genty of the Asperges de France association, French asparagus received strong competition from Dutch and German asparagus; especially in the wholesale markets. "French consumers prefer French asparagus, but Dutch asparagus mainly feeds.....

Italy: Excellent fennel with interesting prices

The time for fennel from Romagna has come. Caligari&Babbi specialises in this production. "The market is going really well and prices are profitable. Quality is excellent and yields are also good. We're very pleased," explains Marco Babbi.Half of the production is grown directly by Caligari&Babbi,.....

"Chinese asparagus market is rapidly expanding"

Although statistics are incomplete, it is already clear that the surface area devoted to the plantation of asparagus in China covers around 93.3 thousand hectares, which equals roughly 39% of the global surface area devoted to asparagus plantation. China has an average annual fresh asparagus production volume.....

Cucumber prices drop in central China

The price of cucumbers in the Wanbang Market showed a downward trend last week. The main reason for this development is an increased volume on the market. Supply exceeded demand and so the price dropped. Furthermore, the production areas have changed. The cucumber supply from the northeast had already entered.....

Tomates & Concombres de France :

France: “Open greenhouse days are urgently needed”

Greenhouses are in the spotlight in France. From 23 to 26 May, the national tomato and cucumber association Tomates & Concombres de France organizes the open greenhouse days. According to the association, events like this are urgently needed. “Most of the French have never been in a greenhouse and.....

Robert den Ouden, Rodeno:

"Two months left to clear out celeriac tubers"

"We only have two months left in which to clear out our celeriac stocks", says Robert den Ouden of the Dutch company,Rodeno Agri Products."That is going to be quite a job. There is still quite a lot of stock." Robert expects to be able to supply their new harvest by the last week of July. "The Netherlands has.....

Poland: Record prices paid for parsley root

In Poland, root vegetables are usually more expensive in the spring, as only the autumn harvest, stored in cold stores, is available, so there is little supply on the market. However, producers don't remember prices as high as this year's."We have reached 5-6 zloty* sometimes, but this year, up to 9 zloty are.....

Mexico: Broccoli production in Puebla increases

Puebla's broccoli production ranks third in value at the national level, and second in area sown and harvested. In 2016, Puebla produced 41,257 tons of broccoli, and in 2017 they achieved 47,097 tons.Based on information from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP) of the Delegation of.....

Due to more competition, tighter standards

Bangladesh vegetable exports down

Bangladesh’s export earnings from sales of vegetables fell 7.79 percent year on year, to $63.19 million in the July-April period of the current fiscal year.According to the Export Promotion Bureau, in the first ten months of the fiscal year, vegetable exports fetched $63.19 million, 11.63 percent of the total.....

Storms in Extremadura

Spain: "This is a huge disaster; nectarines have suffered great damages"

In Las Vegas del Guadiana, the main campaigns have started late, but there was still hope of regaining the lost ground. Since last weekend, however, all hope has been lost for dozens of hectares in the areas close to Merida and Don Benito. The rain and hail storms have left a desolate landscape behind. This.....

Danish supermarket chain Rema 1000 sells wonky vegetables

In order to combat food waste, Rema 1000 wants to ensure that wonky cucumbers and peppers find their way to the consumer rather than being dumped. According to a report by the Scandinavian council of ministers, Danish farmers and growers dump over 33,000 tonnes of vegetables each year. An initiative has now.....

Overseas clients have difference of preference on products buying

Garlic market has been running down

"As a big country of garlic cultivation and export, China's production volume of garlic is more than 70% of the world's. The main cultivation areas are Qi county, Zhong Mu, Jin Xiang, Pi Zhou, Lan Ling, Cang Shan. Among these, Jinxiang has been renowned as the "Hometown of Chinese Garlic". However, it is an.....

Tariffs on Chinese onions and potatoes exported to Sri Lanka increase

Recently, the price of agricultural products such as onions and potatoes in Sri Lanka have decreased sharply. In order to stabilize the prices in the domestic market and reduce the effect that foreign agricultural products have brought, from May 2nd, Sri Lanka started to impose increased tariffs on imported.....

Opportunity missed

Turkey: Antalya growers happy with lifting of tomato export restrictions

The news of the elimination of the restrictions on tomato exports from Turkey to Russia was met with delight but also with a sense of missed opportunity in Antalya, the center of greenhouse production in Turkey.As the limitations to which companies are allowed to export to Russia were completely removed by.....

California spinach looks good for supplies

With good weather on its side, supplies are healthy for spinach out of California. “Supplies are very very plentiful for spinach,” says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros Inc. in Modesto, Ca. “I believe the Salinas Valley, Oxnard and Santa Maria as well have strong supplies of spinach.” In addition to spinach coming.....

Italy: Cora Seeds sets up tomato tasting session

Thinking that genetic research and varietal renewal concerning table tomatoes only has the objective of extending produce shelf-life and making fruits more resistant to the main biological or environmental issues, would be a mistake. Many complain that tomatoes are now less flavourful, but maybe the entire.....

Morocco and Egypt, the largest suppliers

Tomatoes and potatoes are the EU's most imported vegetables

The EU's vegetable imports from third countries increased by 1% in terms of volume and by 4% in terms of value in 2017 compared to the previous year, totalling 2.2 million tonnes and 2,683 million Euro. Tomatoes and potatoes were the most imported products and Morocco and Egypt the largest suppliers.The EU.....

Global asparagus production

Asparagus has a very ancient history as they were already cultivated in ancient Egypt. Now they are grown on over 200 thousand hectares all over the world.There are 44,600 hectares in North America. The US and Mexico are the leading producers (23 thousand and 20 thousand hectares, respectively) followed at a.....

Mushroom boom in Middle East and Africa

Four Palestinian friends, Sameer Khraishi, Wadia Nassar, Tayeb Akel and Mahmoud Kuhail established the mushroom farm ‘Amoro’ in Jericho, in 2013. For the first time, markets in Ramallah, Nablus, Jericho and Bethlehem could offer locally produced whitecap mushrooms.Like most of the nine mushroom farms in.....

"These are our salad days”

Rhineland outdoor lettuce harvest started

Consumers can now look forward to salads because, in the Rhineland, the lettuce harvest has started in the fields. This was stated by the provincial association Rheinischer Obst-und Gemüsebauer in Bonn. Lettuce, ice lettuce, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Bionda, Raisa, Kraussalat and Romanasalat are now being harvested.....

Sudden decline in fruit and veg exports between China's Dongning port and Russia

The purchasing power of the Russian people has decreased because the rouble was devalued, and as a result transport declined. Dongning port, on the northern border of China, exported 160 million yuan [21 million USD] worth of vegetables in April 2018, which is a decrease of 31.9% in comparison with the same.....

Rain welcome for Georgia eggplant growers

Eggplant growers in Georgia are welcoming the rainfall that is expected over the region. The lack of rain in recent weeks and warmer temperatures mean that the ground needs more moisture for it to flourish."We haven't had much rain in our area, the last rainfall being three weeks ago," said Sam Watson of Chill.....

Italy: Organic industry tomatoes increasingly successful

According to the interbranch organisation that presented the data concerning organic industry tomatoes at Cibus, the segment is growing in Northern Italy. It also illustrated the chain's commitment to supply produce that is healthy, sustainable and of high-quality, thus meeting the demands of consumers who are.....