Vegetables


Juan Romera (Zoutewelle): "More kilos expected"
First Spanish courgettes from Escobi have arrived
The new Spanish vegetable season has started at Zoutewelle. “We received the first courgettes from Escobi last Friday,” says Juan Romero of Zoutewelle. The first product in which Escobi specialised was courgettes, now at almost 23 million kilo, followed by peppers and aubergines.The average price for.....


UK: Snozzcumbers on sale at Morrison’s for 41p
September 13 would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, and to mark the occasion, Morrison’s have started selling snozzcumbers in store, for just 41p each.Fans of the BFG will remember that the kindly giant refused to eat people. Instead, he existed on a diet of snozzcumbers, washed down with a glass of.....


CA (AB): Greenhouse growers benefit from "ugly" vegetables
Greenhouse growers in Alberta are seeing beautiful benefits from their ugly vegetables.After launching a pilot program in Saskatchewan in 2014 aimed at moving cosmetically challenged cucumbers and tomatoes from the landfill to the supermarket till, Medicine Hat-based RedHat Cooperative continues to expand.....


US (OH): Dozens of students sick after eating ghost peppers
Approximately 40 Milton-Union Middle School students were treated Friday by medics after they ingested suspected ghost peppers at the school, officials said.The incident happened during the lunch period, and the district was still working to determine how many students were involved and where the hot peppers.....


Ronald Gielleit, Top Fresh Handel:
"Hardly any demand for conventional carrots"
The carrot season has not had a flying start. "The production volumes are perfect everywhere in Europe; that means that there is not a lot of pressure on the market. There is hardly any demand for conventional carrots. Some organic carrots are shipped to Germany and England," says Ronald Gielleit of Top.....

India: State intervention keeps veg prices low for festival
The state of Kerala's government intervened in the market in time for Onam, the biggest festival celebrated in Kerala, to prevent vegetable prices from rising. The state also has plans to become self-reliant in vegetable production within three years.Horticorp Managing Director Ranjan S. Karippai says while.....

Promoting veg production in Punjab
India: Half a million packs of seeds distributed
As part of the Chief Minister's three-year vegetables production project in Punjab, almost 500,000 seed packets were distributed among the population to encourage vegetable cultivation.Over 900 demonstration plots of vegetables were also developed while Farmers Day programmes and seminars were also held for.....

ExpoSE & expoDirekt: 16 and 17 November
Combined European fair for asparagus and berry cultivators
On 16 and 17 November 2016, both the 21st European asparagus and strawberry fair, expoSE, and the 6th exhibition for direct sales of agricultural products, expoDirekt, will be visited by approximately 6,000 visitors from all over the world. More than 400 national and international exhibitors will present.....

AU: Researcher tackles Laos veg pests
An Australian researcher has turned her desire to help farmers in Laos get on top of vegetable pests into a career commitment. Central Queensland University (CQU) entomology postgraduate student, Madaline Healey, showcased her work in improving pest management for Laoatian farmers at the Crawford Fund.....

Price to 1.10 euro today
Chicory cultivators are hoping for better autumn
This summer was very disappointing for chicory cultivators. “July and August were mediocre to bad, both regarding demand and pricing. At the end of August, prices dropped even further. Fortunately we had a recovery in prices this morning. We, and all the cultivators, are now hoping for a better autumn,.....


Canada: Good first results with new heat-resistant heirlooms
Just about a year ago, Turkish seed breeder Yuksel started its North American branch with the opening of its premises in Kingsville, Ontario. After a year of extensive trials and translating their experience towards their research programs, the breeder looks back at a positive first year. In the first year,.....


UK: Vegetable-only pop-up restaurant to stay open permanently
"Twelve weeks ago, we opened Veggie Pret as a month-long pop up in Soho," Clive Schlee, CEO of sandwich shop Pret, writes. "We were so overwhelmed by the public response that we kept it open for the summer. I can now tell you that we've taken the decision to keep it open for ever(!) And, if we can, to open.....


AU: New app tells growers when plants need watering
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is joining forces with agriculture technology company The Yield to deliver an exciting new tool for growers – a mobile app designed to help guide irrigation decisions.Hort Innovation Research and Investments General Manager, David Moore, said that knowing.....


Interfel to promote French mushroom production
France produces over 100,000 tons of Portobello mushrooms, mainly in the Pays de la Loire (62%) and is the third biggest producer, behind Poland and Holland. 35,000 tons of the produce is fresh, i.e. not processed (conserved or frozen). The sector has 60 or so companies and represents 3,000 jobs.The.....

Spain: Almagro aubergine to be protected to ensure future viability
The regional government of Castile-La Mancha will include the genetic variety 'Aubergine of Almagro' in the Rural Development Programme (RDP) to protect it and ensure the crop's future viability. This is excellent news for the growers, distribution companies, and especially for the Protected Geographical.....


Drop in the price of Dutch bunch tomatoes
Wholesale prices of bunch tomatoes have dropped in the past few weeks, at least in Bologna. "Dutch produce dropped to €1.20 to €1/kg," explains Mario Tartari from Eurofrut. This was probably due to the bigger volumes available. The same is happening to Italian bunch tomatoes as the season is ending......


Haywood County farms have grown exponentially via the Buy Haywood Market Development Project
North Carolina’s temperate climate has been good for cucumbers
Cucumbers grown in Haywood County have been plentiful this year. “We’ve had a really good year here for cucumbers. Our county is in the very far western part of the state bordering Tennessee. We’re in the mountains and at a fairly high elevation here so our micro-climate is similar to a temperate.....

Polish growers show no interest in organic peppers
The Polish bell pepper market is stable and very similar to last year in terms of production. The season hasn't been without its challenges, the changing weather has been making it difficult for growers and has had an effect on the quality levels.Anna Gabler, CEO of Agro Queens, said that, 'despite the.....


India: Veg grown by ministers proves a hit
In Thiruvananthapuram, India, vegetables grown and harvested at the official residences of the chief minister and agriculture minister sold out in less than 30 minutes at the eco-shop there on Tuesday 6 September. Fifteen kilogrammes of spinach and 5kg of ladies finger and beans were sold out in record.....

The DBV president reviews the 2016 harvest
Extreme weather influences the harvest of potatoes, fruit and vegetables
This year’s weather, warm, humid and unstable with few sunshine hours has significantly affected the potato, fruit and vegetable harvest in many regions of Germany. Although fruit trees were barely damaged by the frost during the flowering periods, the growth started two weeks later than usual, due to the.....

Alaska's best broccoli and cauliflower hits the market
As the growing season in Alaska draws to an end, the weather is giving farmers a reprieve. Now is the time for the best broccoli and cauliflower of the season."Labor Day is behind us, and we farmers begin to feel the urgency of the end of the growing season," says Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics and the.....


Ontario man finds giant 15.4-pound puffball mushroom
Don Smith, 84, found the 15.4-pound puffball while walking his daughter's dog last week near Woodstock. Eager to share his discovery with the world, he asked his granddaughter Kaylie Ngo to post a photo of his find online.She obliged, and a photo of Smith with the enormous puffball in his lap has now been.....


UK: Polish tomato prices more stable than Dutch supply
After fluctuating prices for tomatoes from the Netherlands (which can make it difficult to keep costs down for the UK market) UK distributor Sharrocks Fresh Produce (GT Group), has made the switch to a primarily Polish supply. Five weeks into the new program, and over 100,000 kilos later, GT Group Managing.....


Greenhouse on supermarket, garden on market hall
Belgian cultivators hit the roof
With a vegetable garden on the roof of Delhaize and a herb nursery with LED lighting in the Antwerp METRO, Belgian retailers are increasingly cultivating their own vegetables.Delhaize BoondaelThe roof of the new Delhaize Boondael in Brussels will feature a vegetable garden of 320 m2 from next year. A.....

Irish multinational increases share in Canadian mushrooms
Fyffes buys Canadian mushroom company All Seasons Mushroom
Irish multinational Fyffes made a take-over bid for Canadian mushroom company All Seasons Mushroom. According to reports in Irish media Fyffes will pay 41 million dollar for All Seasons. With that bid, the company will be completely owned by the Irish multinational. Earlier this year, Fyffes took over.....


Success of courgettes dependent on autumn
"We have enough customers for the courgettes, but it's borderline. For the growers with heated greenhouses slightly worse weather would be better. That would reduce the total courgette production slightly. It's not exactly an art at the moment: if you put the plants away it almost does it by itself. After.....


Space for 10,000 cubic crates
Verduyn expands storage space in Haspengouw
Family business Verduyn will start expanding very soon, with extra storage space. This means that the storage of vegetables is mainly in their own hands. “We have bought storage space near Haspengouw,” says Alexander Verduyn. “We are very busy at the moment finishing the new building so that it is ready to.....

AU: South coast state emerges as truffle producer
Although Manjimup and Pemberton continue to dominate the Australian truffle industry, over the past five years, Denmark, on the state's south coast, has built up a handful of new and emerging truffle producers, reports abc.net.au.Two are now successfully producing, two more are hoping to start producing in.....


Sweet kale and Asian
Launch of two new organic chopped salads
Braga Fresh, a visionary leader in the organic fresh produce industry, announced the debut of two new organic chopped salad kits under their Josie’s Organics product line: Organic Sweet Kale Chopped Salad and Organic Asian Chopped Salad.Josie’s Organics Sweet Kale Chopped Salad (10 oz.) is a delicious mix of.....


Leo, Cees and Danielle Visser, Visser Asian Crop:
We deliver our Asian vegetables to shops all over Europe
Although product names such as Am choi, ong choi, hing choi and poi choi still make many people furrow their brow, a growing number of Dutch people are trying Asian vegetables. “People go on holiday, and want to try that food here as well,” says Leo Visser, who manages Visser Asian Crop with his son Cees and.....

Nigerian state to mass produce tomatoes for foreign markets
The governor of Taraba state in Nigeria,Darius Ishaku, says his state is working at mass-producing tomatoes and tea for local and foreign markets. According to the governor, foreign investors have already expressed interest in investing in the state.Ishaku recently visited Germany and India and said the.....

Malaysia: City aims for self-sufficiency in veg farming
The government of Putrajaya city is aimingto reach 67.6 per centself-sufficiency in vegetable farming by the year end, as compared to 54 per cent last year, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Nogeh Gumbek.He said that vegetable exports had also increased from RM682 million in 2010 to.....


Farmer develops cucumber sorting machine with the help of Google
Around a year ago, a former embedded systems designer from the Japanese automobile industry named Makoto Koike, started helping out at his parents’ cucumber farm, and was amazed by the amount of work it takes to sort cucumbers by size, shape, colour and other attributes.In Japan, each farm has its own.....


NL: Dinner of Mars and moon vegetables well received
A lovely dinner from ‘Mars’. The first meal ever based on vegetables grown in Mars and moon simulant soils provided by NASA was prepared and heartily consumed on Tuesday the 30th of August. Students of Rijn IJssel Vakschool and Wageningen University prepared the meal and served it to guests at the hotel ‘De.....


Harvesting of Treviso red chicory delayed
The harvesting of Radicchio Rosso di Treviso Precoce Igp has been delayed. However "there is produce available on the market, which confuses consumers as it is not guaranteed by the PGI mark," warns Denis Susanna, director of the Consorzio di Tutela Radicchio Rosso di Treviso e Variegato di.....


Information makes a difference for aubergines and mini San Marzano tomatoes
The harvesting of aubergines will start in a few weeks in Vittoria. Because of the mild winter, the 2015/16 season has not been one of the best but this is true for all vegetables. Growers have diversified their production over the years so that they can supply the market with niche products which can reach.....


Frozen potatoes and veg performing well despite crisis
The frozen potato and vegetable sectors have been performing well despite the consumption and price policy issues of the past five years.Between 2010 and 2015, the Italian processed, frozen and packaged potato and vegetable market experienced an increase in total volumes and sales. Volumes went from 299.....


Sous Fresh to distribute special vegetables - Hortus Vyvere
Last week, Tjeerd Peeters of Hortus Vyvere and Remco de Boer of Sous Fresh entered into an important collaboration. Sous Fresh will be the exclusive distributor of the special vegetables Tjeerd cultivates with his company Hortus Vyvere.Hortus VyvereA number of years ago, Tjeerd dedicated himself to the.....

Kenya to strengthen bilateral ties with South Africa
During the Trade and Investment Summit, to be held in Cape Town, Kenya is aiming to strengthen its bilateral and trade relations with South Africa. In an interview ahead of the bilateral summit, Kenyan High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Jean Njeri Kamau, said the key objective was to create an.....


Asia Fruit Convention: 'A new way of thinking'
"The iFresh Asian Fruit Convention was founded in 2012. It offers information and services, promotion of brands, an opportunity for producers and salesmen to meet, marketing support, expert support and much more. These services provide the whole fruit production industry with concrete solutions. The Asian.....

India: Okra farmers struggle to survive
Okra farmers in the Indian city of Surat, who sell their produce at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), have decided to put pressure on chief minister Vijay Rupani when he visits Surat city and Vyara on September 8, to ensure they get a good price for their crops. Nearly 210 metric tonnes of.....

Undergoing an image makeover
UK: Brussels sprouts sales soar
Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation; famous for being the worst part of Christmas dinner, kids and adults often turn their noses up at the miniature cabbage. Yet, Brussels sprouts sales have soared this summer and in spite of the veg's ill fame, the sprout industry is worth approximately £650,000,000 and.....


''Growing organic takes five times the work..but it's worth it''
Growing organic vegetables takes five times the management time compared to conventional vegetables, plus great attention to detail, long-term planning and teamwork, according to leading organic vegetable grower Nick Taylor.Nick, who is currently celebrating Organic September, along with growers and.....


North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Pumpkins mean autumn!
In the beginning of September the pumpkin harvest starts in North Rhine-Westphalia. Pumpkins are almost synonymous with autumn and are suitable for the usual autumn decorations, but pumpkins are also a great addition to our menu. The wide range of possibilities is emphasized by the Association of Rheinischer.....


First ever open day for Wittenberg Gemuese GMBH:
German tomato producer opens doors to over 600 visitors
Amidst the trend for local produce, and in response to more and more consumers wanting to know more about where their produce comes from, tomato producer Wittenberg Gemuese GmbH, held their first ever open day last Saturday (27 August), giving visitors the chance to see first hand how their Luther tomatoes.....


Signings between Westland companies and Hainan Province:
Dutch growers go to China
The Dutch growers of Prominent will soon harvest their first tomatoes in China. Last Friday, the group signed an agreement with a delegation from the province of Hainan. The Dutch tomato growers will provide their knowledge to a group of Chinese investors in order to optimise the output of their greenhouses.....

China: Rainfall pushes up cucumber prices
After the start of autumn, the weather gradually cools. Due to the continuing rainfall, the expected cucumber market volume in Taishan region, near Tai'an city, has been downsized and prices have fallen.Cucumber prices normally rise when the supply is low. There are two factors which account for this.....

Chinese Dongguan vegetables supply Hong Kong
Dongguan vegetables already account for 40% of the Hong Kong intake and the percentage of vegetables that meet the regulatory standards is stable at a very high level.Professors and lecturers from Huanan Agricultural University and members of the Guangdong CPPCC point out that Dongguan vegetables for Hong.....

Spain: Advance payment of compensation for Extremadura's tomato damage
The tomato growers in the Spanish region of Extremadura whose plots suffered irreversible damage due to the impact of hail storms back in July will receive compensation amounting to 9.10 million Euro, less than two months after the incident.This amount will also serve to cover the damage caused to the crops.....

Kenya aims to expand hort export market
At the upcoming international plant health conference in Nairobi next month, the first of its kind in Africa, Kenya is aiming to expand its multi-billion horticulture export market.The phytosanitary conference will discuss plant health and issues, including pests and exports control measures that are key to.....


AU: Veg growers to get a helping hand
On Wednesday 31 August, a new programme was announced offering Hawkesbury vegetable growers advice and support on growing techniques to stay at the top of their game.The state government’s Greater Sydney Local Land Services has just started a three-year partnership with Hort Innovation worth $1 million.The.....

AU: New cases of cucumber virus found
Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus has been found in the Carnarvon region. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) says it is very concerned about finding the potentially deadly plant virus in one of the state's main horticultural production zones.Abc.net.au reports that statewide.....


China impacts US mushroom market
“We grow our organic mushrooms in a computerized, temperature-controlled, humidity-controlled and airflow-controlled environment,” said Harry De Turk of Top Hat Mushrooms, Inc. “This ensures that, when the mushrooms are ready for harvesting, we have the best product available for our customers.” This.....


New Caulifornia Snow™ riced cauliflower gets traction
“We recently launched a riced cauliflower product Caulifornia Snow™,” says Brent Scattini with Gold Coast Packing. “It’s a versatile product that allows for a variety of uses.” It can be cooked as rice, but can also be substituted for mashed potatoes or pizza crust. “With this product, we offer a healthy and.....

High demand brings good prices for California peas
Lighter supplies of peas from South and Central America earlier this month shifted some of the demand in the United States to suppliers from California. That prompted prices for California peas to increase, though the market could come down if imports on the East Coast ramp up.“Prices for a carton of snow.....

China
Online fruit and vegetables delivered within 72 hours
In the centre of Kunming city, Yuanmo fruit and vegetable O2O (online to offline) flagship store was launched on the 25th August. This means that the O2O e-commerce demonstration zone for Yuanmou county has been officially initiated. From now on, fresh agricultural products can be delivered within 72 hours.....


Jake Ware, HMClause:
"We want to see the pepper shelf at the supermarket diversify"
HM Clause, a company that breeds, produces and sells vegetable seeds recently showcased their new pepper varieties. “We want to see the pepper shelf at the supermarket diversify, just as the tomato shelf has,” explained Jake Ware, Product Manager with HM Clause, who also coordinated the company’s Davis,.....


Van der Mey - Barendrecht:
"Sales of sweetcorn rising high due to BBQ weather"
Van der Mey-Barendrecht has been producing sweetcorn in Germany for some years. “It is best to have a lot of maize during the summer holidays, but maize has grown very slowly this year, so the economic bubble came after most holidays had finished. Fortunately, we had perfect BBQ weather last week and the.....

New scheme with integrated pest management
India: State to grow pesticide-free fruit, veg
The State government of Chennai will implement a new scheme to produce fruit and vegetables free of pesticide residues, by employing integrated pest management techniques, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced in the Assembly on Wednesday 31 August.She said the scheme would be implemented on about 127,000.....

Ton Slagter, Firma P.N. Slagter:
“Best year for cauliflowers so far”
“I did not have to use my phone often this year, because customers tended to call me,” says cauliflower cultivator Ton Slagter of the Firma P.N. Slagter from Andijk, the Netherlands. “We are only halfway through our cultivation, but up till August this has been the best year for cauliflowers so far. A truly.....

Bell peppers also affected by PMoV in Campania
The Parietaria mottle virus (PMoV) was identified for the first time on Parietaria plants but has since been affecting other crops too, such as for example tomatoes. The virus has been detected in regions such as Piedmont, Liguria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Sardinia and Lazio, and can infect up to 30% of the.....

Spain imports 26% more Moroccan fresh vegetables
Spain's fresh vegetable imports from Morocco totalled 133,891 tonnes (+26%) in the first half of 2016. In the whole of the EU, imports amounted to 482,000 tonnes (+13%).Noteworthy is the strong growth of Spain's tomato imports in the months of January, February and March, which grew by 47% and amounted to.....

UK veg prices retuning to normal
Vegetable prices are getting back to normal in the UK after prices soared, even doubling a couple of weeks ago when supply was short because of very unseasonable weather, both in the UK and across Europe."There are healthy supplies across all sectors," according to Wilf Whittle from Sharrocks Fresh......

Strong market for green onions due to low Mexican yields
The volume of green onions coming into California from Mexico has been tight due to low yields in the San Luis region of Mexico. With good demand, prices have been high, though they could soften through September before winter supplies arrive around the end of the month.“Two weeks ago, when the supply.....


Sweden: 'Many consumers still think all mushrooms are the same'
Farming was difficult in Sweden back in the 80's, and after a drop in meat prices and high seed prices for other crops, Hans Persson, founder of Hällestadsvamp AB, who had a pig farm at the time, was looking for other alternatives for diversification. His venture into mushroom growing came by the way of an.....

China: Vegetables more expensive
Data from the Shandong Commercial Affairs website show that the hot weather and continuing rain are seriously affecting the growth of vegetables. The market supply is dropping and the price of some monitored vegetable varieties are steadily rising.Last week a focus survey was performed of 13 large species.....


Bart Zeevenhoven of Scherpenhuizen:
"Snack tomato market good this year"
"The tomatoes in the coarse segment are nicely balanced for this time of year. Whereas the market for round and vine tomatoes was very supply driven at the start demand is now growing. For plum tomatoes the supply is mediocre and the prices are good. For snack tomatoes the season can't be spoiled. In both.....


“Bell pepper season in line with 2015”
So far, bell peppers have not yet had a slump in prices this year. “We are cautious about saying that this will be a good season and we cannot yet draw a final conclusion but, as things stand, 2016 will conclude along similar lines to 2015. And that would be a season everybody could live with. I think.....

Mexico: The first shipment of asparagus from Durango departs to the US
Authorities from the three levels of government were present at a ceremony to export the first shipment of asparagus harvested in the municipalities of Durango to the United States. The ceremony was held in Durango and was also assisted by producers from Nuevo Ideal, Canatlan, Poanas, Vicente Guerrero, and.....

Chinese firm to grow sweetcorn in Nigeria
The Chinese firm, Wuhan Longfecund Agricultural Development Company Ltd., plans to establish a feed mill and maize farm in Cross River State, Nigeria. Chairman of the Company Yongsheng Cao, explained that Wuhan province has the largest farm and is a major maize grower in China; he added, “my preference will.....