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Season's first bicoloured pepper in Chinese supermarket

As Dutch tulips are about to blossom, a few varieties of Holland's sweet peppers have already made it to Weihai, a coastal city in Shandong, China. It is reported that these peppers, which are cultivated by the largest cooperative of growers in the Netherlands — Harvest House, were shipped to China by air in.....

Warm weather heralds increase in Florida squash production

Squash production in Florida is seeing an increase in production across the state, as warmer weather finally establishes itself in the region. In South Florida, production has been going for a while, but now other parts of the region are joining in, as the cooler winter season releases its grip."The spring.....

South Korea: Consumption and export of bell peppers increasing

Bell peppers have become a major food product for local consumption and export since they were first brought in from the Netherlands 25 years ago.As of end-2016, the average individual consumption of bell peppers measured 0.90 kilogram, more than a threefold jump from 0.28 kg in 2006, said the Ministry of.....

Hungary: Rise in the supply of domestic veg from April

The early spring weather has been favourable for vegetable producers, so the entire range of early Hungarian vegetables is available from April, as reported by the National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) to Hirado.hu. They also stated that imported products are gradually being replaced by Hungarian ones, which.....

Poland: Price of Chinese cabbage rising almost daily

Chinese cabbage prices are rising almost daily in Poland, as reported by Fruit-Inform.Since the start of the current week alone, this product has become 15-20% more expensive on the Polish market, and farms are already able to sell the product for 1.3-1.8 złoty per kilo (0.31-0.43 Euro/kg). Polish.....

"Promising sales prospects"

China: "Cherry tomatoes in high demand"

"The cherry tomato has become very popular in recent years. Compared with other ordinary tomatoes, it is more expensive, and it tastes like a crunchy and sweet fruit. However, there are several restrictions on their planting - e.g. the low-yield which is only 22.5 ton/ha, the higher planting cost, and the.....

Domestic lettuce starts the move from Florida to California

The Florida lettuce season is winding down as the industry transitions to sourcing lettuces from the West Coast. “My growers are reporting a drop in volume in production,” says Edmund Moy of Maximum Foods LLC in Miami, Fl., noting Florida lettuce generally includes mainly iceberg and some romaine hearts. “The.....

Paraguay suspends tomato imports

Producers and importers of fruit and vegetable products met Monday afternoon in the premises of the National Plant Health, Seed and Quality Service (Senave), where producers requested no more Afidis (Phytosanitary Import Authorization) for tomatoes, as there is a good production of tomatoes in the area of 3 de.....

Competition from Mexico a factor in declining eggplant market

Eggplant production in Florida is increasing substantially as warmer weather arrives and drives plant growth. Along with Florida, Mexico is seeing strong production in many of their growing regions also. This is, however, causing a drop in prices and growers are finding it harder to sell it for a decent.....

Annemieke Hendriks writes a German book on tomatoes

"You can write what you want, the misconceptions are hard to knock"

German and Austrian consumers still have the strangest ideas about tomatoes, as Annemieke Hendriks discovered. With her book, she hopes to introduce them to reality. When Annemieke brought out her book "The tomato and the bizarre world of fresh food" in December 2016, the plans for a German language edition.....

Delhaize introduces kids vegetable line

Dragon's teeth and Orange Rockets

Only 5% of Belgian people eat enough fruit and vegetables. The recommended daily allowance is 550 grammes per day. Children and teenagers are the worst offenders. In the 6 - 17 years age group, almost no-one eats enough fruit and vegetables per day. The average daily vegetable consumption of kids aged 6 to 13.....

Brahim Idoujaa, Flora Fruits:

"Most of our Moroccan truffles are exported to Qatar and Saudi Arabia"

The Moroccan export company Flora Fruits offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Brahim Idoujaa, owner of the company: "We grow everything in Morocco and export our products to Russia, European countries such as France and the Netherlands, and African countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Burkina.....

20,000 sq ft packinghouse expansion for Michigan asparagus producer

Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC., a Michigan asparagus grower/packer/shipper, has revealed production and packaging plans for the 2018 retail season. To facilitate growth, the company recently completed a 20,000 square foot addition to its packinghouse which is the second expansion in the last 12 months and.....

Germany: First tomatoes are harvested from 11 hectares

At Werder Frucht, the harvest season of the most popular German vegetable variety has begun. At the sites in Eiche, Fretzdorf and Wollup in the state of Brandenburg, the first aromatic tomatoes, vine tomatoes and date-cherry tomatoes of Werder Frucht are harvested on approx. 11 hectares. From week 16 onwards,.....

Conspicuous marketing leads to more production

'Demand for the organic Portobello is growing steadily'

The organic portobello from Leipzig is gaining in importance at a rapid pace. Following the successful launch of the online platform Portobello.bio and the trade fair appearance at the Nuremberg Biofach, the cooperation behind the East German mushrooms announces the next step. Biopilzhof Leipzig will soon be.....

Entry in the Guinness Book of Records

The longest chilli pepper in the world comes from Switzerland

The Swiss hobby gardener Jürg Wiesli has been breeding giant vegetables for more than 15 years and already holds several Swiss records. In 2017, for example, he brought in the largest pumpkin, weighing 593 kg. Now he can add another record to his name and he might even be registered in the Guinness Book of.....

Almost 1,400 tons of mushrooms from Saxony

In Saxony, mushrooms were produced on four farms on a total production area of 8,000 m² in 2017. The intensive use of the production area resulted in a harvested area of 79,000 m². Of this, about 1,370 tons of mushrooms were harvested, about 140 tons (nine percent) less than last year.The Portobello continues.....

Asparagus, carrots and wild carrots: occupying more than 50% of the acreage in Lower Saxony

In Lower Saxony 20,281 hectares of vegetables were cultivated last year. The largest area of this was reserved for asparagus, carrots and wild carrots and onions. Just the asparagus itself, whose season is already eagerly awaited by many consumers, brings it to 6,148 hectares: a third of the area. According to.....

The crop will be expanded by 150 hectares

Honduras: Okra exports exceed 350,000 boxes

According to statistics from the Sustainable Rural Program for the Southern Region (Emprendesur), the country exports more than 350,000 boxes of Okra, which it grows on some 490 hectares.Jose Maria Nieto, the program's market access coordinator, said that in the first quarter of 2018, producers of this legume.....

Ton van Dalen, Best of Four:

"Worrisome start to Dutch fruit & vegetable season"

The Dutch fruit vegetable seasonhas had better starts. "We are not overly impressed with the price forming this year", says Ton van Dalen, Director at the Best of Four Growers Association. "As a whole, this is concerning. Particularly when seen in conjunctionwith the growth in acreage across the country. This.....

Lies den Ouden, Liedo:

"Celeriac sizes are the problem"

This season, the size of celeriac is the problem, says Lies den Ouden of Dutch celeriac wholesaler, Liedo. "If you have a batch of smaller sizes, you can still earn something." As in the case of cabbage, mostly large celeriac was harvested in the past season. "The demand is mainly for tubers of about one kg......

Putting the rhubarb trade on the map

“Rhubarb is a vegetable, and in vegetable production it’s quite a small crop with an area of about 300 hectares in the Netherlands. It can therefore be called a proper niche product. In Heide (500 inhabitants), near Venray, five of the roughly 45 companies active in the village are growing and selling rhubarb......

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:

“No complaints about Dutch mushroom prices”

The mushroom trade is doing well at the moment. “It’s not extremely busy, but all destinations are active,” says Arno van den Oord from the mushroom and bean sprout wholesaler’s in Ammerzoden, the Netherlands. The wholesaler isn’t affected by Brexit yet either. “For now, trade is just being sent there.”“Prices.....

Relaunch of kits with new blends to target a wider consumer base

Chopped kits are biggest segment in salad category

Mother Nature has to provide the raw materials: the results are packaged for convenience and marketed in the bagged salad category. More and more people are choosing to eat at home, driving sales for chopped salad kits and lessening the frequency of restaurant consumption. Chopped Kits have been responsible.....

Market in a weak condition

Hot pepper production season approaches its final stage

The low prices of Henan peppers and Indian peppers have influenced the domestic market. The market was in a poor condition, but the price has yet to fall significantly. Temperatures continued to rise in the middle of March. This put a limit to the growth of storage outside of domestic pepper warehouses. Large.....

China: Decline in veg prices

According to the Lixia District Price Bureau in Jinan prices for some vegetables have recently declined for the following reasons:1. The development of vegetables has recently benefited from relatively high temperatures everywhere. The increased volume of vegetables entering the market has caused a situation.....

Mexico is the world's fifth largest broccoli producer

Broccoli is native to the coasts of the Eastern Mediterranean.World production amounts to 24.2 million tons. China, the main producer, contributes 40% and Mexico, the fifth biggest producer, accounts for 2.1% of the world's production. Per capita consumption in Mexico is 1.1 kilos. The United States, which has.....

Spain: Drop in volumes purchased and a reduction of tomato acreage in Extremadura

The volume of tomatoes sold in contracts by Extremadura has suffered a slight 4.05% drop compared to last season and stands at 1,994,113 tonnes, according to Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de Extremadura. There has also been a 4.29% drop in the contracted acreage, which has gone from 23,579 hectares in 2017 to.....

Indian Kakdis: An ideal fruit snack for the summer

In rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, there is a saying: Kakdi ki tarah badhna. 'Grow quickly like the kakdi.' This is due to the fact that the kakdi fruit can double in size overnight. It is said that if you sit in a kakdi farm at night, you can actually hear the fruit grow. It is a long, slender fruit which looks.....

"Exceptional quality ratios"

Spain: Promising experimental harvest of Espárragos de Barbastro

The first experimental harvest of the brand Espárragos de Barbastro (Barbastro asparagus) has yielded a product that is characterised by an "exquisite taste." The procedures for the official trademark registration are already underway. According to Esteban Andrés, who started the process on his farm three.....

"Carolina Reaper" once again the world's hottest chilli pepper

Fort Mill's "Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper" has once again been certified as the world's hottest chilli pepper by Guinness World Records.This isn't the first time Ed Currie, who owns the PuckerButt Pepper Company where the super-hot chillis are grown, has had the honor of claiming the hottest pepper in the.....

China: Onion prices continue to decline

Currently, onion prices have dropped significantly. Now the wholesale price is generally RMB 1 to 1.3 yuan/kg, which is more than 20% lower than the price in early March. The onions currently sold on the market are from winter storage. Some of onions are from Shanxi and Heilongjiang province, but most of them.....

China: Chengdu "forever young" carrots exported to Japan

Japan's BFP Enterprise signed a contract on April 3rd for the export of "forever young" carrots from Yunqiao Village in Chengdu City. This means that after the carrots enter the Hema Fresh Supermarkets in Beijing, they will now be exported to Japan. The carrots from Yunqiao Village have a thousand-year old.....

The Rabbinate of Israel discuss artichokes for not being kosher

The legitimacy of artichokes, one of the symbols of Jewish-Roman gastronomy, is under discussion and some sectors in Israel want to ban them, based on the argument that they ignore the precepts of the Jewish religion, due to the possibility of them having worms.As reported last week by the newspaper Haaretz,.....

Angering Turkish growers

Russia only allows 12 Turkish companies to export tomatoes to Russia

After the political crisis due to a Russian military plane being shot down by Turkish military forces at the Syrian border in 2016, Russia had imposed a ban on imported goods from Turkey. With the crisis close to being over, Russia lifted the ban for importing tomatoes from Turkey on November 1st, 2017......

UF/IFAS expert urges scientists to breed tomatoes for flavor

Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process.For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the.....

More volume in U.S. from imported sugar snaps

Steady supplies of sugar snap peas continue to come in from Guatemala. “We anticipate decent supplies of sugar snaps for the next three or four weeks,” says Sandy Gatanio of Ayco Farms in Pompano Beach, Fl. “May is always an iffy month due to weather conditions in Guatemala. If it starts raining hard and we.....

Germany: Open field season of rhubarb and asparagus started

When the days get brighter and warmer, after a long winter, consumers want one thing above all else: fresh and tasty vegetables, regionally cultivated. As traditional spring vegetables, rhubarb and asparagus are at the top of many consumers’ lists. During their Easter Festival Landgard now starts everything.....

Italy: March weather does not help prices at the Lusia fresh produce market

February 2018 wasn't a good month when it came to weather and commercialisation and March started even worse. Heavy snow at the beginning of the month halted all activities for a few days.Plantlets underwent lot of stress, which was luckily alleviated by the non-woven fabric placed on the crops. Those who.....

Spain: Artichoke producers from Murcia demand a decrease in export tariffs to the US

The Region of Murcia concentrates almost half of the national artichoke production. Lorca and Cartagena produce 45% of the 220,000 tons that the country produces per year.Despite the increase in production of other varieties, such as broccoli, which has experienced great growth in recent years, artichoke.....

Mardi de Graaf, Hagranop:

“Organic local production is the future”

For Mardi de Graaf of Hagranop it’s clear: the future is local and organic. He was one of the first to become dedicated to this. With Hagranop he built cold stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and he started local production locations. Additionally, he started his own production in Spain, and he.....

Italy: Asparagus varieties for new crops

The time has come to sow new asparagus crops and Coviro (Consorzio Vivaistico Romagnolo) - a nursery located in Cervia (Ravenna) - is working at full steam to harvest, sort and deliver asparagus.Technician Nicola Bernabini explains that "we sow in April on sterilised and perfectly-levelled land. In addition to.....

Koppert Cress and GRO receive FSIN Brunch Awards:

Wortadel and Blended Burger rewarded with prizes

Koppert Cress and GRO (Green Recycled Organics) received the FSIN Brunch Award 2018 from FSIN manager Jan-Willem Grievink on Tuesday 27 March. Koppert Cress and GRO shared first place in the election for the best dish during the FSIN Brunch Congress during the Horecava trade fair in Amsterdam on 9 January. The.....

Teen makes a good profit and reduces unemployment

Vietnam mushroom business takes off

Despite hardships and difficulties, Bui Minh Thang has taken over his family mushroom farming business. With enthusiasm and dedication he has expanded production and improved the livelihood of many people in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi district.Starting in 2015 with a mere $13,170, Bui Minh Thang has built up a.....

Ilocos region

Philippines: Eggplant output rose by 3.45% in 5-year period

Eggplant production in the Ilocos region, the Philippines’ top eggplant producing region, expanded at an average rate of 3.45 percent from 2012 to 2016.A new report released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s total eggplant output managed to rise by an average of 2.7 percent.....

The first fresh lettuce from the Rhineland

In the Rhenish greenhouses, the harvest of fresh lettuce has begun. Now, consumers can finally resort to regional products, says the Provincial Association of Rhenish Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Bonn). In addition to the classic lettuce the range also includes the red Lollo Rosso, the yellow-green Lollo.....

China: Garlic exports set to keep increasing for the new season

"The fresh garlic harvest in South China will start from the end of April, and the garlic season in North China will also kick off right after that. Considering the country's total garlic production this year has increased compared to the previous years, garlic prices will be very likely to decline. The export.....

Argentina won't limit imports of Italian tomatoes

Despite the strong protest of more than 35 thousand tomato producers from Cuyo, the Government refused to discuss a limitation on the entry of tomatoes from Italy, which has grown exponentially since the end of 2015.After a meeting held in the Ministry of Production, officials did not want to address the.....

Mexico: Habanero peppers have potential in Baja California

The Habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) is a hot climate vegetable that is regularly grown in a temperature range that reaches up to 35 degrees. Thus, it has the best development in subtropical areas such as Yucatan, a state that concentrates 73 percent of the cultivated area of ​​habanero.....

Joost van der Voort, QPI:

"Clash of Spanish and Dutch greenhouse vegetables causes difficult market"

The supply of Spanish and Dutch greenhouse vegetables are currently coinciding and according to Joost van der Voort of Quality Produce International (QPI) this is causing a difficult market situation. "A number of retailers are gradually moving over to Dutch produce but the demand is still too small to market.....

A third actor in the 'war' between conventional and organic

France: "Pesticide-free products will have the brightest future"

"Personally, it seems obvious to me that the pesticide-free range will have a better future than the organic range," says Olivier Brailly from the French company Groupe MGD. "For a certain class of people, the conventional is almost diabolical, although all over Europe really dangerous pesticides are.....

Russia inspects more Turkish exporters

Russia could possibly expand its list of Turkish tomato exporters with access to Russia, according to the Russian phytosanitary service on 3 April.“Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian phytosanitary service) has suggested to the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock to have a discussion about an.....

China: Henan green pepper price shows upward trend

The price of green peppers in the Wanbang Market showed an overall upward trend this week. The price of peppers this year is higher than last year. The main reason for this development is the current low temperatures in Hainan and the northeast of China. The entire vegetable production is influenced by this.....

“Kids don’t know the difference between a real strawberry and its aroma”

Annabelle Delaval and Arnold Weislo are the authors of six different cookbooks which encourage people to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. The series is called “Que faire de simple”. Annabelle believes that only a very few people consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. “In today’s society, bad nutrition.....

Due to ever increasing labour costs

California: Delta asparagus could fade and disappear

Asparagus spears roll down the conveyor belt at the King’s Crown packing shed in Tracy, California. Grower Bob Ferguson is happy with what he sees. “The quality is there and this time of the year it’s sweet. It’s a great, great product."While he can trace his family asparagus roots back to the 1930s, what’s.....

Horse gets carrots in drive-thru lane

Fifteen-year-old Wallace Cruickshank rode a pony through McDonald’s drive-thru lane, picking up some carrot sticks for her 13-year-old steed. Other drivers were cheering her on.McDonald’s has strict rules against horses using the lane, but the girl had no trouble getting served on the back of hers in.....

Italy: Cold weather does not help Pasquariello asparagus

Asparagus harvesting has been delayed by the snow that fell last week and the rain between Saturday and Monday morning with very low temperatures. We're talking about a ten-day delay compared to last year, when the campaign was also late, and therefore a one-month delay compared to a normal year.We started.....

Gerber Champignons AG joins Pilzverband

‘Joint stance of Swiss mushrooms growers makes sense’

Although Gerber Champignons AG is the oldest breeding company in Switzerland, it was the only one that had not yet been represented in the Association of Swiss Mushroom Producers (VSP). During Holy Week just before Easter, this traditional company joined the association. This means that all breeders are.....

Spain

Garlic harvest shared 50-50 with the Navajos to take place in June

La Abuela Carmen, a family business in Montalbán, Córdoba, devoted to the cultivation of garlic and onions and the processing and marketing of derived products, such as black garlic, garlic paste, garlic in brine and also fried in olive oil, as well as black onions, hopes to obtain what will be its first.....