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Cold snap in Ukraine delays early cabbage harvest

Producers are reporting delays to their early cabbage harvest due to cold weather, causing increased prices of around 20-30% compared to last year.The pressure on the market increases every day as more and more early cabbage is entering the market from Southern Ukraine and Macedonia.The prices for early.....

Heavy rain hurts supply of spinach and other greens in NZ

Wet weather which has been hammering parts of New Zealand has damaged green vegetable supply across the country which has seen prices increase.Spinach and other greens such as beans, broccoli, salads, silverbeet and lettuce are all in short supply, Foodstuffs spokesperson Antoinette Laird says."Customers may.....

Increase of winter cauliflower in Belgium

In recent seasons, the area and volume of winter cauliflower has increased in Flanders, Belgium. “On Monday 17 April, we sold 4,700 boxes. More and more BelOrta growers focus on supplying cauliflower earlier, before the regular outdoor season starts. Producers then mostly want to supply winter cauliflower in.....

Increasing pan-African influence on vegetable eating habits

Cool weather crashes salad demand in favour of soup vegetables

Autumn has arrived in South Africa and temperatures have dropped, along with consumers’ taste for summer vegetables, while demand for soup vegetables is growing.Coupled with a long Easter weekend in the middle of the month, which has drained household spending power for the rest of the month, general demand is.....

No overlap with Georgia expected this year

Florida has good window of sweet corn production

Florida’s supplies of sweet corn are excellent and demand is gradually picking up. “Demand is steady, but we have not hit our peak,” says Scott McDulin with Schmieding Produce. In some areas of the country the weather is still relatively cool, which directly affects the consumption of sweet corn. “Supplies of.....

Pink tomatoes taking over Polish greenhouses

Despite being more expensive than traditional tomatoes, more and more Polish consumers are reaching for 'Malinowe' raspberry tomatoes. Now available year round in most grocery stores and supermarkets around Poland, the tomatoes are imported from Spain during the winter season when there are less available in.....

Experiencing, tasting and discovering in Den Bosch

Dutch open pop-up asparagus store

Sausage rolls, soup, wine, chips, ice cream, pies and smoothies are products that people tend not to associate with asparagus. Yet that is the case in Dé Aspergewinkel (The Asparagus Shop) in Den Bosch. “Asparagus is an extremely versatile vegetable, you can do anything with the white gold,” was the message.....

Onions dominate vegetable farming in Saxony-Anhalt

According to the Regional Statistics Office, the vegetable farmers in Saxony-Anhalt used almost 4,219 hectares of farmland for open ground vegetables in 2016. The cultivation area rose by 8.3 percent compared to the previous year. Onions were the most farmed vegetable in Saxony-Anhalt in 2016. They claimed.....

Large vegetable preserves complex comes to Ethiopia

Celorrio is to build a large complex in Ethiopia which will be the largest investment ever made by the La Rioja-based group, employing more than 3,000 people. The complex is intending to increase substantially its capacity to manufacture vegetable preserves (asparagus, Piquillo pepper and artichoke).After.....

Turkish growers replace tomatoes with cabbage to face Russian ban

Russia's ban on the import of Turkish tomatoes has been in force for more than a year, despite the recent improvement in relations between Moscow and Ankara, prompting growers in the region of Ghazi Pasha, in the state of Antalya, to cultivate cabbage instead.The head of Ghazi Pasha's chamber of agriculture.....

Putting beefsteak tomatoes back on the map

Flandria is busy putting beefsteak tomatoes back on the map with stricter quality requirements for the Baron segment. The requirements: a deep red colour, good flavour and authentic shape. Grower Johan van Bulck recognises these characteristics in the new Syngenta variety Buvena. “But an easy labour and larger.....

Russian growers want ban on Turkish tomatoes to remain for three years

Russian agricultural producers are pleading for the government to keep the ban on Turkish tomatoes in place for three more years to gain dominance on the Russian market, the president of the Russian Union of Vegetable Producers told TASS."By 2020, we will de-facto dominate our own market in tomatoes and.....

Paul Heger, Wipa:

“If Easter had been two weeks earlier, asparagus prices would’ve looked very differently”

The large supply of heated cultivation ensured dirt-cheap asparagus at the start of the season. “That had actually never happened before, and was disappointing. In recent years, the early cultivation had actually been very good,” asparagus grower Paul Heger from the company Wipa in Velden, the Netherlands,.....

Alexander van der Linden, Verhoeckx & Zn:

“Easter sales of mushrooms no longer very exciting”

Mushroom prices have been at a good level all year. That created high expectations for Easter sales, but according to Alexander van der Linden, salesman for Verhoeckx Paddestoelen, those hopes are too high. “Easter isn’t like it used to be. In the past, you could increase sales by 1.5, easily, now you’re lucky.....

Nigeria looks to increase tomato production by stopping imports

On Tuesday, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, outlined a new tomato policy, conceived in collaboration with the federal ministry of agriculture, which he said will create 60,000 jobs in the country.The new policy is expected to increase domestic production and processing of.....

Despite local efforts Swiss asparagus demand dwarfs production

Swiss farmers are continually upping production of asparagus to keep up with consumer demand, which currently consumes 11,000 tonnes of asparagus a year.Last year, only about 670 tonnes of it was grown domestically, despite local efforts to boost production. In 2016, the Swiss cultivation area for green.....

Flooding sends vegetable prices soaring in NZ

After being battered by three storms over the last month New Zealand is seeing a shortage in certain vegetables with flooding causing root rot, wiping out crops across the country. The shortage is causing prices for vegetables in supermarkets to skyrocket. Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said the.....

Californian wet winter could see lettuce prices double

After wet weather in California some are expecting prices to shoot up for certain vegetables like lettuce. “Prices right here, right now, you are going to start seeing sticker shock,” said produce expert Michael Marks. “More than twice the price as what you should be seeing this time of year.”Row crop.....

Turkish tomato exports increase by 50%

Although it is the traditional market for tomatoes, which account for half of Russia's total exports of Turkish vegetables, the President of the Western Mediterranean Exporters Union, Mustafa Satıcı, maintains that the import ban has determined exporters to search for alternative markets."We sell.....

Luscious Fresh prepares snow pea & sugar snap export to Europe

“We are gearing up for the start of our fresh snow pea and sugar snaps export season. This year in Spring we expect to export over 400 tons from China to Europe. A third of this volume will be snow peas, the other two thirds consist of fresh sugar snaps,” says Sherry of Luscious Fresh. "Our planting area in.....

Tesco trials new mushroom packaging to reduce food waste

Tesco is trialling new packaging for their fresh mushrooms that they claim will help keep them fresher for longer and reduce food waste."We are always looking for new ways to reduce food waste and bring fresh British produce to our customers. So, this week we’re launching a trial of our new, fully recyclable.....

Kale consumption still needs to consolidate

Spain: "Consumption of bagged salads will grow even more"

Leafy vegetable producers in Murcia have had a difficult campaign due to adverse weather conditions. "At first we suffered the impact of the high temperatures, which resulted in earlier harvests; later, torrential rainfall and frost interrupted the production process and caused a lot of product to be.....

Eating greens could reduce risk of broken bones by 50%

According to new research eating enough green vegetables could help reduce the risk of suffering broken bones as people age by as much as 50%. The study found that people, especially men, who lack food rich in magnesium in their diet, are at an increased risk of fractures, especially in the hip.The study.....

Radishes 'spring eternal' from Guatemala

Fortunately for Central American Produce, Guatemala – where the company's radishes are grown exclusively – has an “eternal springtime” as Tom Drake, sales manager of Central American Produce puts it. “They’re susceptible to weather of course, but generally it’s excellent growing conditions.” Having a good.....

Eugene Group plans $265m cryogenic logistic centre for vegetables

In order to freeze 100,000 tonnes of vegetables and meat rapidly, South Korean conglomerate Eugene Group is planning to build the world’s first low-carbon, ultra-low temperature “cryogenic” logistics centre.The seven-storey, 160,000-sq-m building uses a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), fuel cells,.....

Transitioning from Mexico to California

Low bell pepper prices are discouraging, but signs of improvement

West coast bell pepper growers are transitioning from Mexico to California. Baloian Farms is wrapping up their season in Nogales and moving to Coachella. “Harvest volumes in Coachella are picking up steadily with impressive retail grade and food service quality and sizing,” said Sierra Lopes, marketing.....

Reed bed creates sustainable source of water for vegetables

If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley, near Peterborough. “As an organic site, we invested in a natural water treatment process – a reed bed, to clean our water instead of using.....

Austrian onion and carrot market week 15/2017

Onion prices just about maintained

The slightly strained Austrian onion market situation has not changed. The products which are available are good enough. In terms of quantity and/or quality, there is still some marketing pressure among individual farmers, but the sales side is quite receptive. Demand on the domestic market is average and.....

Branding gives that personal connection

There are many different types of mixed salad bags on the market just now, but not many branded bags. One company took advantage of this back in 2010 and launched a new range.Steve’s Leaves, which is owned by Vitacress, launched into the market in 2010 with the aim of providing consumers with a range of high.....

Italy: Violet asparagus 37.5% more expensive than green variety

The production of violet asparagus is small, but the variety's demand is on the rise. "Sometimes, its price rises above 2 Euro per kilo," states Luigi Catalano, manager at Gala Fruit. For him, "the main difference is the colour, because the taste is the same as that of green asparagus."This product, which is.....

UK scientists conducting survey of own-grown vegetable production

From window boxes and growbags to greenhouses and allotments, scientists are seeking help to measure the amount of own-grown fruit and vegetables across the UK in the first national estimate of the 21st century.The MYHarvest survey, which will be the first since the famous Dig for Victory campaign during the.....

Michigan beet crop saw steady winter season

As it wraps up its current Michigan crop, the market for domestic beets looked steady throughout the winter season. “It was a pretty average year for volume,” says Jordan Bremer of Hudsonville, Mi.-based Victory Farms Sales LLC. “Pricing was pretty average this year too. It was steady pricing.”That said,.....

New line of value-added vegetable products featured

Babia will be exhibiting an exciting new line of microwavable value-added products. The line includes broccoli, cauliflower, baby broccoli, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets. “The benefits of these new products is the convenience for the consumer,” said Michel Veyan Reed of Babia. “These will be.....

Belgians buy less fruit and vegetables, but spend more

In a substantial report titled ‘Food for thought,’ the Flemish government had research done into the food chain in the region. The report also mentions the fruit and vegetable sector. In it, only the domestic production on the Belgian market is looked at. Import and export flows are ignored.Belgian consumers.....

Change on the way

UK: "There is a lot of cauliflower on the market just now"

Although we are all enjoying the current spell of unseasonably mild weather, it of course comes with an effect on our fresh produce sector."There is a lot of cauliflower on the market just now due to the very mild weather of late, the forecast is for it to cool down a bit in the coming weeks which should.....

Good volumes of summer squash from Mexico

“Due to optimal weather conditions, growing circumstances for squash have been ideal this season,” says Leonardo Tarriba with Farmer’s Best. The company grows gray, yellow and Italian squash in Mexico. The so called ‘summer squash’ varieties are planted in protected greenhouses in Culiacan, on Mexico’s western.....

Tenderstem® announce partnership with TV personality Donal Skehan

Tenderstem recently announced a new partnership with TV personality and food writer Donal Skehan. Donal is set to be the face of the new Tenderstem National Recipe Hunt competition, launching in May. The competition will be supported through on-pack promotion, digital and social advertising and PR. Chief.....

The asparagus season in Brandenburg has begun

The first asparagus shoots made an appearance a few weeks ago and now the asparagus season is to be official declared open in Beelitz (Potsdam-Mittelmark) on Tuesday.By the end of June, farmers will need to have made the majority of their sales, said the Ministry of Agriculture, as the season traditionally.....

Leafy greens move to Central California

Bell peppers, green beans and sweet corn harvested in Southern California’s desert

Uesugi Farms, a year-round producer of peppers, green beans, and sweet corn, is preparing to harvest in the Coachella Valley in Southern California.In the spring, armies of trucks hit the roads to transfer leafy green growing operations from the deserts in Yuma, AZ, and Imperial County and the Coachella.....

Spanish growers take advantage of delays in Dutch production

The Spanish greenhouse growers in Almeria seem to pull their crops through a little longer than usual. They are trying to continue as long as possible in order to take advantage of the good market prices and lower supplies from growers in other parts of Europe. This is also outlined in the recent analytic.....

Italy: Asparagus harvesting continues in the centre and south

Good prices and no harvesting problems registered for asparagus. Giandomenico Arentieri, producer from the Brindisi area, grows the produce on 7 hectares. "I am pleased with how things have gone so far. We started harvesting a month ago and quantities are increasing also thanks to the increase in.....

Robert Sijm, Simba Vegetables:

“Carrots start to move in dribs and drabs”

It’s not as hectic around Easter as it has been in previous years, but export is starting to improve. “Carrots, red and yellow onions are the main products in the full lorries,” says Robert Sijm from Simba Vegetables. “It’s starting to move in dribs and drabs. Price-wise, however, it won’t make much of a.....

Aldi discounts carrots & parsnips by 50% for Easter

In order to capitalize on the Easter holiday in the UK, Aldi is reducing prices on Easter roast essentials to 19p a pack, including carrots, parsnips and leeks.The bargain supermarket has chopped its prices in half, as it usually sells similar veggies for 42p a pack.Other supermarkets have also slashed their.....

Greenhouse grower presents a variety of produce items, emphasizing organics

Westmoreland-TopLine Farms currently grows, packs and ships staple and specialty greenhouse produce items all under its Premium TopLine Farms brand. Produce includes Beefsteak, Cluster, Roma, Grape, Cocktail, Mini Roma and Heirloom Tomatoes of all shapes and colors, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mini Sweet.....

“Spanish curled endive on the market longer this year”

Due to the sunny weather, leafy vegetables grew significantly in recent days. “Curled endive is in full production now. Quality is good, and we are satisfied with the nice heads. Prices of recent weeks disappointed somewhat compared to earlier years, but we can’t complain,” says producer Dirk Declercq. “The.....

Ricardoes tomatoes win top award at Sydney Royal Show

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries won again at this year's Easter Show, by taking out the state’s top award for tomatoes at the Sydney Royal Show.It is the seventh time Ricardoes has been awarded top marks for tomatoes, missing only one year in the past eight successive years since first entering the.....

Maryland woman finds scorpion in spinach bag

A couple in Chevy Chase, Maryland were surprised to find a new ingredient in their salad mix, a live scorpion. Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula said he and his wife bought a bag of spinach from a local Giant store last week and on Monday afternoon, his wife, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati, opened the bag to make.....

Responses Arnoud Klootwijk (Ben van der Waal) and Ronnie Moorman (Willem Dijk)

Easter boosts sales, but weather and timing are also important

Will Easter boost sales of fresh produce a bit more? Which products are most popular and how to anticipate the holidays as a wholesaler? We asked Ronnie Moorman from Willem Dijk AGF and Arnoud Klootwijk from Ben van der Waal. “Easter definitely boosts sales, as will the lovely weather we’ve been having. For.....

Indonesia regency begins growing program to reduce veg imports

A high demand for vegetables in Papua's Jayawijaya regency has prompted a regional growing programme in ten districts this year. There has been increasing dependency on vegetables imported from other districts.Yudhalara Monim of the Department of Agriculture and Food Crops in Jayawijaya said, planting sites.....

60% of asparagus exported by Spain is Andalusian

In 2016, fresh asparagus exports from Andalusia exceeded 10,000 tonnes; a volume that represents 60% of the total marketed by Spain overseas during that year and whose value amounted to more than 34 million Euro. The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has praised this international.....

Spain: Iceberg lettuce prices below production costs

The campaign is in its final stretch and Spain still has a lot of production, which is why prices have fallen to 3 Euro per box, compared to the 5 Euro paid last year. "There are companies that, depending on their situation and needs, are selling for even lower prices," states Jerónimo García, Manager of.....

Vegetable grower-shipper emphasizes itself as a local supplier

When it comes to exhibiting at the Viva Fresh Expo, to Frank Schuster of Val Verde Vegetable Co., it’s almost like connecting with some old industry friends. “We have long supported the Texas International Produce Association and we’re proud to continue to exhibit at Viva Fresh,” says Schuster, adding that Val.....

Lots of catches when anticipating cabbage hype

Various types of cabbage are on the list of modern super foods, yet it is one of the oldest grown crops on earth, both in Asia and Europe. Many varieties were created on those two continents over the centuries. With kale as its frontrunner, multiple types of cabbage are advancing. However, agriculturalists are.....

Cold weather limits domestic fennel supply

Domestic fennel supply is slightly tighter thanks to some weather effects. “Supplies are looking to be on the shorter side due to colder weather and rain,” says John Scherpinski, the director of sales for Salinas, Ca. based D’Arrigo Bros. Co. “This year over last was roughly 25 per cent less supply for the.....

Mushroom Sustainability IQ-quiz for Earth Month

The Mushroom Council is encouraging consumers to spend a few minutes this Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22) discovering their “Mushroom Sustainability IQ” while supporting The Conservation Fund. The Mushroom Council recently released The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate.....

Broccoli prices sky high in Poland

Vegetable supplies are tight at the moment, reports Pawel Rudnicki from Polish exporter Primavega. The domestic season is about to start and together with limited supply from Spain and Italy for products that are high in demand, like broccoli, prices are currently sky high.“Broccoli is always in high demand in.....

Cornell to make white mold snap bean treatment more efficient

Snap beans, a legume more commonly known as the green bean and waxy yellow bean, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural revenue annually. It’s the fifth largest vegetable crop in the U.S., and New York state ranks second in processing and fresh market production. Every year, however, white.....

Yield and demand are down this season

Cool Oregon weather makes for a sweeter parsnip

As demand for Oregon parsnips continues to stay regular, supply for the white root vegetable proved surprisingly lower this past season. “We’re out of parsnips and the other grower around here is running to the end of their season,” says Jason Montecucco of Canby, Ore.-based Montecucco Farms, who notes that.....