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Peru: Capsicum exports are expected to increase by 3%

The president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velasquez, estimated this year's capsicum exports would amount to US $246 million, i.e. more than 3% more than in the previous year.He also said that in 2017 capsicum shipments had decreased by 2%, something that was attenuated by the increase.....

Spring artichoke season draws to a close in California

Growers of artichokes are now entering a quieter period of the year as the spring crop, which is a major one, finishes up for the year. The season was slightly extended this year, thanks to the ideal weather conditions in the region during spring."Right now, our artichoke season is winding down," said Mary.....

Purple garlic resists the pressure from foreign varieties

Spain: Current garlic campaign in Castile-La Mancha will be a productive one

The province of Ciudad Real has 4,625 hectares devoted to garlic, which is 27.2% of the 17,000 hectares planted in Castile-La Mancha. The main producing province, according to official statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture (Mapama), is Albacete, with 7,800 hectares, while Cuenca has just over 4,200.....

Price remains low

Market conditions for Shandong cucumbers better than last year

The purchase price of cucumbers from Yi'nan in Shandong showed a downward trend in the last week of May. Analysts say that there several reasons for the depressed price of cucumbers: first, there has been a lot of overcast and rainy weather recently. This has influenced the development and product quality of.....

China: Price of leeks stays low

The price of leeks has maintained its low position in recent days. Market supply is slow, and dealers mostly "sell when it is convenient". The current supply of leeks on the Beijing Market mainly comes from production areas in Shandong in the north, with a supplementary supply from Fujian in the south. The.....

Wouter Willems (ZON): "That is also a lot to compensate for"

Bell peppers bottom out after several good weeks

Bell pepper prices were high for several few weeks. They were even going for more than EUR3. However, earlier this week prices dropped significantly. "Volumes are now increasing. With this, you see some pressure on prices", says Dutch fruit and vegetable trader, Royal ZON's Sales Manager, Wouter Willems......

Indonesian authorities blacklist five garlic importers for price-fixing

Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman has blacklisted five garlic importers proven to have been price-fixing and manipulating the mandatory planting requirement. "The rogue importers have been blacklisted and their owners have been named as suspects," Amran said on Friday. The blacklisted firms and.....

Demand for South Australian eggplant carrying on into winter

A South Australian vegetable producer says the demand for eggplant heading into winter this year has been surprisingly good with supermarkets taking good volumes of the fruit.4 Ways Fresh Produce says the volume of eggplant this season has been similar to the last couple of years, and although not one of the.....

Driving artichoke category growth during spring promotion

Ocean Mist Farms is aiming to elevate the artichoke category by investing in marketing efforts tied to driving in-store traffic. To encourage consumption, Ocean Mist Farms has produced downloadable resources for recipe inspiration, partnered with a mobile technology company to administer geo-targeted coupons,.....

China: Shandong veg prices decline

With the gradual increase of temperatures in the early summer, vegetables have entered a period of a rapid growth. A large number of fresh local vegetables have arrived at the markets, while the prices in the farmers' market in Mengyin County of Shandong Province have generally decreased.There are three main.....

Mexico is the leading producer of mushrooms in Latin America

Mexico is considered the main producer of mushrooms in Latin America.The main producing states are: Hidalgo, the State of Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz.Hidalgo has mushroom farms that generate hundreds of tons daily. According to Octavio Llescas, a producer.....

US: Production of romaine lettuce is growing

The two top States for the production of romaine lettuce are California and Arizona, with Arizona comprising about a quarter of total harvested acreage in recent years.Since 2010, Arizona’s harvested area of romaine lettuce has been growing steadily at about 7 percent annually. Over the same period, prices.....

India: Deepika Padukone supports broccoli after Abhishek Bachchan hammered it

Indian movie star and producer Abhishek Bachchan recently vented his hatred for broccoli on social media. Abhishek couldn’t help but post the picture of the broccoli salad his wife made him that same afternoon on social media, captioned: “Talk about #MurphysLaw. Guess the Mrs. read my last post.”Of course,.....

Poland: Mushroom prices have remained relatively stable for years

The future of the Polish mushroom sector is not looking rosy. Production is growing at a slower pace, and labour costs, which are already high due to the importance of hand-picking for Polish mushrooms, are on the rise."In comparison with other agricultural raw materials, the purchase prices of mushrooms have.....

An abandoned railway tunnel, filled with curiously shaped mushrooms

Taking a tour of Australia’s last exotic mushroom farm

Australia’s Southern Highlands are known for their rolling green hills, grand estates and rose gardens. What is lesser known is that it’s home to an abandoned railway tunnel filled with curiously shaped mushrooms. The crop belongs to Dr Noel Arrold, owner of Li-Sun Exotic Mushrooms, Australia’s first-ever.....

Georgia weather may mean lighter squash volume

Supplies of summer squash out of South Georgia could shortly be looking light. “Supplies of squash are decent right now but I think it’ll be limited within the next week,” says Eric Bolesta with Ken Corbett Farms LLC in Lake Park, Ga. “We’ve had a good 1.5 weeks of cloud coverage and rain so you should start.....

Russia, Turkey tomato trade comes under intense scrutiny

The Russian Agricultural Supervisory Agency Rosselhoznadzor officials have announced that a majority of the Turkish companies allowed to export tomato to Russia since the start of May have been violating food safety regulations. The officials said that they will meet with Turkish authorities and will decrease.....

China: Yunnan garlic market is running low in 2018

In the Eryuan and Yongsheng Counties of Yunnan Province, the cultivation areas of garlic have already enlarged to 110 thousand mu. The production volume is nearly 240 thousand ton, but the number of unsaleable products rises up to nearly 100 thousand ton. After experiencing the "vicious garlic"(the Chinese.....

Perfect conditions for salad greens in southern California

It's currently a great season for salad greens in southern California, with ideal weather conditions providing growers with good quality produce. Additionally, pest pressure has also been low, thanks to the steady weather conditions."Conditions in southern California have been pretty mellow," said Paul Rabadan.....

Belgian traders expect carrots prices to stay high

Carrot prices have been high for the last three months. This is according to Belgian carrot traders. There have been shortages in many European countries. These include countries in Southern, as well as Eastern Europe. There was a massive demand for carrots from these countries. This resulted in price.....

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.....