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Against expectation, cucumber prices not good
Around Easter the cucumber market was doing better, but in general the season is not doing so well, according to Joop de Hoog from Friskom. And actually it should not be like this: throughout the last decade a rhythm in the cucumber market was found in which good prices were made in 2000, 2005 and 2010. "But.....


Spain: Escarole campaign negative for artichokes
The Spanish artichoke season is almost over in Almeria and Murcia with a clear protagonist: frost."Overall, the cold has damaged artichoke crops in the two provinces. There are growers who, because of the location and arrangement of their fields, were able to withstand it, but we are near the sea, so we have.....

US (WA): Good weather spurs on asparagus production
Conditions in the Pacific Northwest have been very favorable for Washington's asparagus growers as they enter the peak of their season.“We had an early start, possible 10 to 14 days early,” said Dan Borer of Keystone Fruit Marketing. “The growing weather was almost ideal, which gave us an excellent start and.....

Himachal emerges as off-season vegetable hub
Production of off-season vegetables in Himachal Pradesh -- whose economy is largely dependant on agriculture and horticulture -- is coming up in a big way with the annual output crossing 14 lakh tonnes, an official said on Sunday.The production of off-season vegetables has gone up considerably, ensuring a.....

US (CA): Celery market perks up
The market for celery has picked up recently, with prices increasing over those seen during winter months. Mild weather brought on supplies quickly, which made it challenging to market celery earlier in the year.“The market rebounded a little because the desert region got out early” said Scott Deardorff of.....

Canada: Frost threatens asparagus crop
Area farmers are in danger of losing some of their crops overnight.Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for the region. Bob Kerr of Kerr Farms in Chatham grows, among other things, 45 acres of asparagus. He says the recent warm spell has asparagus growing at the best rate in the last five years, so.....

Pakistan: Tomato, onion prices soar
Tomato and onion prices saw a sharp rise in the wholesale market, along with other essential food items last week, due to low supply and increasing demand of these food commodities.According to survey conducted by Business Recorder in local market on Sunday, it was noticed that tomato prices had shot up the.....


AU: Planting starts at one of territory's largest tomato farms
Planting is underway at one of the Northern Territory's largest tomato farms. Kalano Community Farm, an indigenous-run business on the outskirts of Katherine, is in the process of planting 52,000 tomato seedlings, over three and a half hectares.Supervisor at the farm, Arthur Page, said the planting was going.....

Myanmar: 500 tonnes of chilli peppers to South Korea
Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation plans to export 500 tonnes of chilli peppers to South Korea on a trial basis.Officials from the ministry stated that the batch is being exported as a test, in order to assess the South Korean market for chilli peppers.Most of the crop would be grown in.....

Poland: Strawberries in Bronisze 15% cheaper than last year
The Polish strawberry season has already started. This year, the fruit produced in high tunnels has arrived around the same period as last year, but prices are cheaper. At Bronisze Wholesale Market, the price per kilo of Polish strawberries is 15% lower than a year ago, currently standing at 18 to 20.....

Poland: Asparagus producers expect good harvest
Asparagus producers are expecting a bountiful, high quality harvest. In Poland, white asparagus are the most popular, but interest in green asparagus is also growing. As reported to PAP by the president of the Polish Association of Asparagus Producers, Marian Jakobsze, the asparagus season has started.....


"Higher prices expected this season"
Ibergarlic Spain starts garlic export in June
Last week, Ibergarlic SL Spain started with the Spanish harvest of the earliest garlic variety, which is also called 'Spring' according to Alexis Mul, owner of Temu BV Holland. "It's actually garlic of Chinese origin. This variety is between 60 and 90 millimetres size-wise, and has a nice round shape. Like.....

Eggplant imports to Canada increased 32%
Changing population demographics, coupled with ever-evolving eating habits, are driving strong demand for ethnic vegetables. Eggplant imports to Canada in 2014 reached 24,862 tons, a 32 percent increase from 2011.Chinese long eggplant grown hydroponically at Vineland Research and Innovation CentreA team at.....


Snack vegetables 'Tommies' gets a new look
Tommies has a new face. The clown that decorates all the packaging has been updated after ten years. The new design marks the start of a nationwide campaign that will position mini-vegetables as a healthy and sensible snack. "With this move, Tommies is trying to contribute to a healthier Netherlands,".....

Italy: Mild weather and delayed production support tomato season
"Just like all other season vegetables, tomatoes are also doing well. Quantities are lower than in the past few years and local production in Central and Northern Italy is slightly late, so there is no oversupply, not even from Sicily. This in turn means prices have not dropped," explains Mario Tartari from.....


Will Teeuwen, Teboza:
"These weeks supply peak asparagus, price remains level"
It's a great time for asparagus growers. "Last week, this week and next week are the top weeks of the season," says Will Teeuwen of Teboza from Helden (Limburg). "The temperature reached summery levels locally, and the night temperature is a bit higher, causing production to continue steadily. Because the.....

Most popular lettuce in Switzerland
Iceberg lettuce is number one among the Swiss population. And consumption is on the rise again. Iceberg lettuce is number one among the Swiss population. On the ranking lists of most consumed vegetables, iceberg lettuce occupied the third spot in 2014, with 38,210 tons – behind carrots and tomatoes. Last.....


Color brings new life to veggies
John Moore, who founded Salad Savoy Corporation with his wife, Marsha, knows a thing or two about highlighting the natural beauty of food -- specifically vegetables. But Moore is not a chef; he invents and harvests the exquisite-looking vegetables that get shipped to grocery stores and restaurant kitchens......


Peru will export fresh asparagus to China
The executive director of the Peruvian Institute of Asparagus and Vegetables (IPEH), Carlos Zamorano, said the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) had recently informed them that the Government of the People's Republic of China had given the green light for the first exports of Fresh asparagus.....

US (CA): Spinach supplies light last week
As cool weather rolled into parts of California earlier this month, production of leafy greens has been affected. Crops like spinach, which are low to the ground, were light last week as a result of the weather.“This is typically one of the best times of the year for products like lettuce,” said Mark McBride.....

Citizens' Initiative
Fewer birds through asparagus plastic?
Asparagus with or without ? In Brandenburg a conflict has started over growing asparagus under plastic, because opponents argue that it causes breeding birds to disappear.Werner Christ, a Berlin chimney sweep for more than 50 years, is a zealous advocate of this argument. He now lives in Havelland am.....

Tomato Working Group to analyse price situation
The European Commission's Tomato Working Group, formed by experts from the Member States and representatives of the European Commission, will analyse the situation of the entry prices of tomatoes from Morocco during the next meeting, to be held on 4 June.Regarding the entry price of tomatoes from Morocco,.....


Weather helping Ontario asparagus crop
The warm weather means conditions are right for fresh Ontario asparagus to be available in large amounts this weekend.John Jaques grows asparagus just north of Thamesville.He says while there has been a limited supply so far, the crop is starting to pop up quickly now.Jaques says it’s a little later this.....


US (FL): Tomato farm companies file for bankruptcy
A Wauchula-based tomato farm with land holdings in three Florida counties has filed for bankruptcy as it grapples with more than $27 million in unpaid debt.Grainger Farms Inc. and four related companies filed Chapter 11 documents with the Tampa division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on May 6. The companies.....

US (CA): Romaine lettuce market largely steady
Though prices for Romaine lettuce from California have been relatively steady, there have been minor blips in the market. There is the possibility that those small points could lead to a slight supply gap later in the season.“Because of a lack of rain, because of the earliness of the deal, a lot of product.....

Egypt: Tomato prices back to normal within 10 days
Fruit and vegetable prices in the Egyptian market have registered a considerable increase, thereby angering consumers. Tomatoes reach between 5 and 7 Egyptian pounds*, depending on quality, while the price of lemons stands between 10 and 12 pounds, while okra reaches 27 pounds per kilo.The hot weather.....

Michigan asparagus farmers face losses
The dry weather in Michigan is helping the asparagus grow quickly.If some farms in Oceana County don't find more workers to pick the crop in a few days, some will go to waste.Click here for the video report.Picking asparagus isn't a nine to five job. And that's why some growers say it's so hard to retain.....

BLE market report 18/15
Fruits, vegetables and tropical fruits on German wholesale markets
The newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE) in week 18/2015 showed a short overview of the activities of the most common products on German wholesale markets.ApplesWith the increased availability, the prices can rarely stay at the current level with offers from overseas; especially.....


Markos Sapountzoglou chosen as 'Grower of the year'
Greek broccoli grower enjoys increased popularity
Five years ago Markos Sapountzoglou started his broccoli farm and today he is the largest broccoli farmer in Greece. In a Greek magazine he recently was chosen as 'Grower of the year'. Markos: "With our broccoli we supply large supermarkets in Greece like Lidl and Delhaize, but we also export to the Balkan.....

Mexico: Chiapas sends first shipment of greenhouse tomatoes to US
As part of the Chiapas Exporter program of the Agro-industrial Chiapas Group (Grachi), Chiapas exported its first shipment of high quality tomatoes to the United States.The shipment was done from the town of Nuevo Progreso, municipality of La Trinitaria, and was witnessed by the governor, Manuel Velasco.....


Bush tomato could be commercial in 2017
A research project is underway to develop a selection of Solanum centrale, or bush tomato, suitable for commercial horticultural production, with a new variety looking likely. The crop, also known as a ‘desert raisin’, is native to the Central Australia and only survives in dry, arid conditions. It has the.....

US (FL): Red cello radish volumes down, market steady
Weather issues in Florida have caused supplies of red cello radishes from the state to dip. But while supplies are low right now, the elastic nature of demand for the commodity has ensured prices haven't increased significantly.“The red cello radish is a commodity that doesn't change a lot,” said Jeff Walker.....

India: French beans prices cool off
The price of French beans, which rose to a record Rs. 100 a kg in the retail market in the last week of April is now seen cooling, thanks to improved supplies.Vegetable dealers said the beans season was just setting in and shortage of supplies from Ootty and Mettupalayam had caused the prices to rise in the.....

Duda Farm Fresh Foods
Home Run with baseball-theme promotions
Just in time for America’s favorite past time, three of the company’s top-selling fresh-cut celery bags will have baseball packaging from May through October (during regular baseball season); the theme is "An All American Snack.” Duda is also working with top national brands to do in-store and on-pack cross.....

Growing conditions are difficult
"About 60 percent is asparagus Class I"
The asparagus season has started in Switzerland. At the end of April the first white and green spears are cut. Ronny Köhli runs the asparagus farm Köhli in Gimmerz in Switzerland and has been farming white and green asparagus for 20 years. He sells his asparagus from the farm, to supermarkets and several.....


Produce View report week 19:
Where are the British plum tomatoes on the UK retail shelves?
With less than ten days to go to the British Tomato Week, it is a good moment to take a look at the current offerings on the UK supermarket shelves. According to the latest report from Produce View, only 3 of the UK supermarkets have British grown baby Plum tomatoes available this week: Asda, Morrisons and.....


UNH Tomato Research investigates new cultivars
There’s nothing quite like the taste of a sweet, juicy New England tomato during summer. For tomato growers, picking which tomatoes appeal to New Hampshire consumers and generate strong sales can be a balancing act between those that taste good, are resistant to disease, and have a high marketable.....

Brandenburg completely covered!
Asparagus cultivation: Politicians Prompts Foil ban
Springtime is asparagus time. But the popularity of the precious vegetable means that ever-larger parts disappear under black foil. A citizen’s initiative started a battle against this development. And German Green party is calling for a ban.Brandenburg completely covered!Werner Christ (67) points to the.....


Regional preferred peppers
Yellow romano peppers with lots of potential
The Austrian Seewinkler Sonnengemüse of Wallern im Burgenland is a farmers’ association. This season they have grown red and yellow pointed peppers, also known as romano peppers, for the first time. CEO Josef Peck says: "On an area of ​​about one hectare, we have started with the cultivation of.....

Less cereal, fruits and vegetables harvested
Austria: Declining yields mean more imports
Austrian fields grew less grain, fruit, vegetables and potatoes in 2013/14. To compensate for the decline in the harvests and to meet the domestic demand, significantly more fruit and vegetables had to be imported from abroad. This was registered by the Austrian statistical office (Statistik Austria) on the.....

Canada: Greenhouse tomatoes experiencing better demand
Greenhouse tomatoes are experiencing better prices and demands than last year. Current prices of Tomatoes on the Vine (TOV) are $7-$9 for a five kilo box. The Beefsteak variety varies in price by size with larger tomatoes fetching a higher price; however, the general price range is $12-$15. Decrease of TOVs.....

North Africa high on FAO agenda
North Africa is high on the agenda of a two-day summit that kicked off on Tuesday in the Spanish city of Barcelona, with organizers seeking to boost food security in the Mediterranean region.Co-organised by the United Nations special agency for food, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the European.....

Cabbage unsung hero of NY agriculture
People in New York and around the USA are eating cabbage and it’s proving to be an important part of the state’s agriculture.“New York is well known for its maple syrup, its dairy products, its apples and its farm-based beverages, but the cabbage industry here is huge and it sometimes doesn’t get nearly the.....

US (CA): Artichoke prices remain strong
Lower than usual supplies continue to prop up higher than normal prices for California artichokes. With volumes this season expected to continue as they have so far, prices could stay at these levels for the foreseeable future.“Prices are good, and they have been for a little over a month,” said Bob.....


Maine farmers hopeful for upcoming season
Farmers who normally would be planting their first crops of the season — peas, radishes and leafy greens — are instead finding themselves in greenhouses still harvesting over-wintered parsnips and spinach instead of seated on tractors tilling fields.But with warm weather expected the first week in May,.....

Italy: Kareena aubergines are truly unique!
"The aubergine campaign went well until April 25th, then there was a sudden drop in prices due to the bank holiday, which always seems to affect prices," explains Tommasso Ferrisi, Verd'Oro line sales manager forGold Green.The company's newest product are Kareena aubergine, created because of a "bet" made.....


Gerwin de Vries, Witlofkwekerij LOF:
"Chicory market shows rising line after Easter dip"
After Easter the chicory market was in a firm dip for a while, but now the market is fighting its way up again. "It was difficult in the week after Easter, but since then the sales have been going a lot better, partially thanks to various supermarket deals. The price level today is around 95 cents to 1.....


Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos: cucumber season historically bad
"Slightly lower production of Canary tomatoes with just higher prices"
Fortuna Frutos expects to continue to offer Canary tomatoes for another few weeks. "So far we have had a reasonable season with slightly lower productions and just higher prices," says Gert-Jan Slobbe. "As far as quality is concerned the Canary tomato season is going fine. I expect it to continue for.....

Young shoppers like sweet corn
Some vegetables do not make it to the top ten of most adolescents, however sweet corn does.Compared to other kinds of fresh vegetables sweet corn has a fairly young consumer base and therefore its future looks good. Because eating habits learned at a young age often survive into old age.In general the.....

Spar Austria bets on crispy-fresh radishes and young onions from Tyrol
After the long winter months, people can look forward to the first kinds of domestic vegetables. The red-glowing radishes and fresh young onions from Tyrol appear to be bursting with vitamins. In the last 8 to 12 weeks, they have been grown on the fields of Biachlhof in Thaur, and they perfectly complement.....

Wild asparagus technically not asparagus
The wild asparagus is here again. The wild asparagus technically isn't asparagus at all; they are the stalks of a hyacinth-like plant. They are always available for a brief period, about 6 to 8 weeks. They're grown in special nurseries in France, and only grow well in warm weather. The young stalks have a.....

Coop sells crooked (German) asparagus
For the past year and a half, Coop has been selling fruit and vegetables that don't meet the common beauty ideal, under the name Ünique. In February, the assortment was expanded with eggplants, lemons and kiwis. The retail trader now also sells curved asparagus – of course these came from Baden for the first.....

US (CA): Snap, snow peas come into volume
As production of green peas winds down in Santa Maria, volumes of snap peas and snow peas are increasing. Prices for the two latter varieties have been good.“Production of green peas in Santa Maria takes place from the beginning of March to the end of April, and in Salinas they'll go for two to three.....

Organic market growth decreases produce price
The organic market is steadily moving from a niche market, to encompass more growers and more crops. Within the last few years, the rapid growth of the organic market within Canada, the United States, and Mexico has introduced not only new growers, but those who have switched from conventional crops to.....


New pepper taste model coming into operation
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has teamed up with two Dutch breeders, Rijk Zwaan and Enza, to develop a model for a quicker prediction of the taste level of bell peppers. The research has been partly funded through the TTI Groene Genetica Programme and has been possible thanks to the contribution.....

Cucumber, fruit for the summer
Fruits and vegetables have long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Studies have shown that increase consumption of vegetables such as cucumber can help curb the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, skin infections, obesity, and overall wellbeing.Belonging to the same family.....


Blue tomato varieties hit AU market
New blue tomato varieties have made their way to Australia, and Robbie Keck is one of the few growers in Victoria.Ten months ago Robbie, from Seymour, was researching tomato varieties on the internet when he came across the crossbred heirloom varieties. “I saw a few photos of these varieties a while ago.....


Ahern and Enza Zaden:
Successful cucumber area Baja, Mexico
Close cooperation between Enza Zaden and business partner Ahern International has lead to some promising new cucumber varieties in the Baja region, Mexico. These varieties were presented during a combined tour in this region. During this tour Enza Zaden and Ahern visited several key growers in the.....


Peru: Asparagus third top in non-traditional exports
Asparagus is the third top product among non-traditional agricultural exports in Peru after grapes and mangoes, accounting for 10% of total exports, informed Adex Agricultural Manager Giannina Denegri.Asparagus shipment in the first quarter of the year totaled US$74.9 million, a 6.4% increase from the same.....

US (CA): Sweet corn market steadies
After a strong start to the sweet corn season in California, prices have come down. With steady volumes, the market is steady.“The market started off strong at the beginning, but then it dropped off,” said Danielle Cultrera of Van Groningen and Sons. That was partly due to Mexican imports trailing off.....


New asparagus variety is tender enough to be eaten raw
Tesco has begun trialling a new variety of Norfolk-grown asparagus that can also be eaten raw.The Burgundine variety is a purple-green cross which can be eaten raw after being washed as it contains lower amounts of lignin, the fibrous constituent of asparagus.Tesco produce buyer James Strathdee said: "The.....