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Jean-Paul Nuijten: “SpecialTom is more than just tomatoes”
SpecialTom opens import office in Spain
Three years ago, Jean-Paul Nuijten started his company SpecialTom, and in cooperation with Marexport BV and a Moroccan cooperative, he started importing a wide range of tomatoes from Morocco and Spain. SpecialTom grew big, especially with Santa-like tomatoes. “Together with our fellow shareholder in.....

Nigerian farmers find solution for tomato pest
According to tomato farmers in Dantankari, Katsina State, they have found a solution for the dreaded tomato disease known as tuta absoluta, locally known as ‘tomato ebola’ that ravaged farms in the state.Daily Trust had, in June 2015, reported how tomato production in the country was severely hit by an.....


Breeding: the weapon to ensure continuity of tomato varieties
"It has so far been a difficult year for us, because with so many climate issues, it has been difficult to make selections and be certain that the varieties would perform as expected," commented representatives of ISI Sementi Spa. The fact is that the weather conditions this year have been far from normal,.....


Harvest House announce new snack tomatoes
Healthy eating is becoming more and more important. It's long ceased to be a hype and is now part of a conscious lifestyle. To help people make healthy snack choices on the go, Harvest House is launching the ‘Tomatogo’ which they describe as "a unique snack concept with the most scrumptious snack tomatoes to.....

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:
“Mushroom production has been scarce all year”
The mushroom market is currently being characterised by slightly less supply and a decent demand. “Productions have actually been somewhat scarce all year already,” says Arno van den Oord from mushroom and bean sprouts wholesaler, Champoord from Ammerzoden, the Netherlands. “Productions will not suddenly.....

Vegetable prices soar in France
French consumers are in for a shock if they notice that some products in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles may have doubled, or even tripled, in price ! Salad prices have more than doubled and courgettes are being sold for €5/kilo instead of €2/kilo. It is not the retailers fault though, the problem comes.....


Presentation during International Green Week in Berlin
Lively interest in multi-colored carrots
“This year the Green Week visitors focused on snack carrots and multi-colored carrots, especially the yellow and purple varieties,” said Peter Boley about the presentation of Brocker Möhren, the carrot producer, during the International Green Week 2017 in Berlin.For the second time, Brocker Möhren was.....


Mercamadrid welcomes new ribbed black tomato from HM Clause
Mercamadrid has been the stage chosen for the promotion of the new ribbed black tomato from HM Clause. This new variety is part of the flavour segment and has been widely accepted since its release last December. It is sold exclusively by four marketing companies, with one of them being Agrupalmería.Madrid.....


Italy: Bad year for fennel
"In January, we only commercialised half of what we expected. The weather in southern Italy killed us and the year is compromised," reported Marco Babbi from Caligari&Babbi in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena)."Over 50% of the produce was destroyed by the frost, snow, wind and rain. In Basilicata, 20.....


Moroccan bell peppers available when the domestic is expensive
"Moroccan bell peppers sell well, even though they are inevitably not as fresh as the peppers from Almeria, as they take at least two days to arrive," explains Manuel Fernández, commercial manager at the Business Trading Green. He affirms that now is "when we can bring them with some margin, since the price.....


"It is difficult to expand the business with production shortages"
This is the case for sambo artichokes, which are produced and distributed by Frutas y Hortalizas Mas Serrano SL. It is a type of artichoke that is planted from seed and characterised by the fact that its tips do not become spoiled. These innovations in the variety have caused the product to become more.....


Vegetable shortage in the UK have led to a cabbage black market
As vegetable supplies continue to be disrupted in Europe, after unfavorable weather hit key suppliers to the continent, especially Spain, the after effects are hitting certain countries harder than others. The lack of supply recently led to supermarkets in the UK rationing their supply of certain vegetables......

China: Garlic sales slightly increase
According to the relevant data from the Jinxiang County Garlic Wholesale Market, the average wholesale price for garlic was 13.84 Yuan per kilo last week; a slight increase of 0.93% compared with that of a fortnight ago. During last week, the fresh reserved garlic reached a sales volume of 33,746 tons, a.....


Stoffels introduces new logo and packaging assortment
“Integrity is difficult to imitate”
Stoffels Tomaten has existed for 22 years already. Many changes have taken place in the company in recent years. “We have grown considerably. Not just on the surface, but also in the field of trade and cooperations,” says Petra Veldman. “The time is ripe for us to approach the final customer with a clear.....

Study finds pesticides on tomatoes from Kolar, India
A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) has found pesticide residues in tomatoes and bitter gourd originating from Kolar. After the discovery, experts from the research institute are asking the district to advise farmers on the dangers of the pesticide for consumers and.....


competition pressure increases
Insufficient market growth for Dutch peppers, cucumbers & aubergines
The Dutch tomato has gained market share in the EU due to year round supply (lighting), a quality advantage over Spain and Morocco and creating added value (assortment, packaging and brands). These points do not apply to Dutch peppers, cucumbers and aubergines. Spain has taken over the market leadership in.....

Australia strives for $315m in vegetable exports by 2020
The future is bright for Australia’s vegetable industry, following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 per cent, by 2020.The Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020, being delivered by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort.....

Scientists find way to breed healthier spinach
The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have identified eight spinach varieties that have shown low levels of oxalate which is sometimes linked to better health.Scientists with the ARS’s Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit in Salinas, CA, and the University of Arkansas.....


India: Ginger prices fall slightly in Mumbai
Mumbai spice market saw a slight decline in ginger prices as of February 3rd. The prices for ginger dropped further at the spices market following lower demand from stockists and retailers.Ginger bleached and ginger unbleached also fell slightly with a total fall of Rs 5 per kg each to Rs 130 and Rs 150 as.....

Korean agricultural technologies helping Sri Lankan onion farmers
The Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre has been helping growers in Sri Lanka since 2015. The program has recently been helping onion producers in the country and has donated 25 drip irrigation system units, 40 power spreading machines, and 1,000 plastic containers to.....


Appearance of tomato leaf miner casts cloud over industry
Good tomato volumes in South Africa
Mid-summer and South African shelves are replete with tomatoes. According to Clive Garrett, marketing manager of tomato producer ZZ2, tomato volumes are up this year with good rains swelling the Limpopo River, along which some of their farms lie. However, as in other sectors, rain also brings.....


Mike Glas, Glas Groenten:
“I have not seen a sprout season like this in twenty years”
Mike Glas has been working for Glas Groenten for twenty years. He has never before seen a sprout season like this. “It has been scarce all year. The prices in free trade have never been this high from September until now. It is mostly the consumer who profits, prices are fairly low for them. Cultivators and.....


Almeria's tomato sparks the interest of Japan's television
The quality of the fruits and vegetables from Almeria is well known throughout the world. The same is true of the flavor of the tomatoes from Agrupalmeria. The products produced by this marketer, which is based in La Cañada (Almeria) and Nijar, is also well known. The raf tomatoes and other varieties.....


Spanish veg production falls by 30%
Horticultural production in the three main Spanish regions (Andalucía, Murcia and Comunidad Valenciana) registered a decrease of 20-30% in recent weeks, in relation to the same period of the previous year.The main reason for this fall is the cold wave that occurred during the beginning of this year. The.....


First yellow courgettes at The Greenery
Since the beginning of this week, the first Dutch yellow courgettes are available again at The Greenery. The yellow courgettes are available 2 weeks prior to the estimated date compared to last year and they come from the Brothers Arkenhout from Brielle and Helmoed Meijer from Monster.The yellow courgettes.....

China: Wushan water radish sales booming
On day three of the Chinese spring festival, at the Lomen vegetable Park of Wushan County, the sun is shining on white plastic greenhouses, the hard-working farmers are smiling happily as the health-giving radishes are harvested and loaded onto a truck taking them to Lanzhou, Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai and.....

Spain: March won't be good for Elche's broccoli and cauliflower
In the municipality of Elche, March is a key month for producers of vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, but things won't be as good in 2017 as in previous years. The reason is simple: growers in this area and in the Vega Baja have not been able to plant these two vegetables for a month because of the.....


“We can develop Knox even further”
For Wim Grootscholten, manager of the Crop Team Lettuce, Knox™ felt like a gift. The groundbreaking innovation that delays pinking in lettuce has solved a major problem for the whole chain. The team at Rijk Zwaan is now hard at work to develop a portfolio of lettuce varieties with this trait to enable.....


In cooperation with retail and food service
FME develops new shelf vision for mushrooms
FME have developed and further optimised the new shelf vision for mushrooms in close cooperation with national and international retailers and food service organisations. Fresh mushrooms perfectly fit the growing trends for less meat and being aware of seasons when cooking. The key is that the value-added.....

Spain: Courgette and aubergine prices falling in Almeria
Courgette prices have dropped from 3.50 Euro per kilo to 1.50 Euro per kilo in auctions in only seven days, while aubergines have dropped from 4.20 to 1.90 Euro per kilo.Although these prices are still reasonably positive, ASAJA-Almería is concerned about the considerable drop this week, especially in these.....


Backyard Farms celebrates 10th anniversary
Backyard Farms has launched a new website to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the company's first shipment of fresh tomatoes. "January 29 was the official anniversary date but we want to celebrate this important milestone with our customers all year," said Jim Darroch Director of Marketing at Backyard.....


Carrots may have cancer-fighting properties
Carrots are already known to be a healthy snack, but a new study shows that they may also demonstrate cancer-fighting properties. There is a massive case being made through scientific research for the benefits of antioxidant-rich foods in preventing cancers in general, the telegraph reported. A study with.....

Chinese scientists find the source of the tomato's deliciousness
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has published the results of their research into the taste and quality of tomatoes. The research found the genetic locus of components responsible for the fruit's flavour which is the first step to improving their taste.Tomatoes were the world's first big vegetables. According.....


Research reveals best white asapargus varieties for warm climates
Optimal use of Limgroup rangeIn addition to choosing the right plot and preparing the soil, deciding which variety of asparagus to grow is a crucial decision that should be taken before the new plot is planted.Limgroup has categorised asparagus growing according to the cultivation method and product.....

Kenyan food prices have risen 12.54% since 2016
Foodstuffs in Kenya have risen around 12.54 percent when compared to their prices in 2016. This rise has also led to an inflation increase of 6.99 percent, the highest it has been in nearly a year.Latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) showed food prices have risen for nine months on.....


Salads for breakfast?
Breakfast salads are being tipped as one of the new food trends for 2017 as Waitrose reveals a range of foods to keep health resolutions on track. A trend from across the pond is the breakfast salad. At Waitrose, shoppers can now pick up a breakfast salad pot. According to Waitrose, the salads contain layers.....

China: The risks underlying garlic growing expansion
This year's garlic prices remain high, which caused a boom in cultivation. It is said that the garlic growing farms of Heze, Linyi, Liaocheng and other counties in Shandong province, have all expanded. The area of farms growing garlic in Xuzhou and neighbouring counties has increased by thousands of hectares.....


UK supermarkets ration iceberg lettuce & broccoli
Amid already limited supplies, recent floods, snow and storms across the Mediterranean farming belt have lead UK supermarkets to start rationing certain vegetables affected by the shortage, including broccoli, iceberg lettuce and aubergines.Supermarket giants Morrisons and Tesco have issued a limit on the.....


Mexico's Bajio region is a lush propagator of tasty kale
Kale sourced from the lush Bajio region of Mexico makes a pretty and pretty tasty chip, and it’s accessible year round. Rhythm Superfoods selects its seed varietals and growers plant in a variety of elevations and locations. It’s triple washed and shipped to the plant a couple of times a week. The entire.....


UK: Growing Underground partners with Ocado
3 years ago, Growing Underground launched with a few crops in an empty tunnel, getting them referenced in Breaking Bad on more than a few occasions. Today marks another milestone for Growing Underground as they launch into Ocado – their first major supermarket and the UK’s largest online grocer.The launch.....

Higher prices after cold snap
Spain: Vegetable consumption down 40%
Spanish fruit and vegetable stores estimate that vegetable consumption has dropped by 40% since prices started to soar after the cold snap.This has been reported by the president of the National Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Retailers, Tino Mora, who confirmed that "there is no shortage of vegetables,".....


Bayer launches Minigustos snack vegetables
The vegetable seeds division of Bayer recently launched the Minigustos label, the world’s first brand for tasty, crunchy, and attractive snack vegetables. The first vegetable to be released under the Minigustos label are snack cucumbers. These are now available for purchase.Chocolate, chips and cookies were.....


Bejo and Rijk Zwaan announce licencing deal
Bejo and Rijk Zwaan have signed an agreement for the exchange of non-exclusive licences for patented traits in vegetables. This exchange will enable the two vegetable breeding companies to strengthen their innovative capacities and introduce improved varieties more quickly. Under the agreement, the parties.....


US: Houweling's expect to double size of Utah tomato facility in 2018
Salt Lake City broadcasting network Fox 13, recently visited Houweling Tomatoes' 28 acre Ultra-Clima greenhouse in Mona, Utah.In the news item, Houweling's marketing manager David Bell explained how the large semi-closed greenhouse complex uses the emissions from the adjacent power plant to heat and.....


Mabel Salinas, of Caparrós Nature:
"Europe had to look for suppliers where none were to be found"
Frosts in Italy and supply problems in much of southern Europe have led to a shortage of vegetables and even a renegotiation of contracts with large retailers."The production of Almeria's competitors has been considerably reduced as a result of the cold in Europe, and this has had an impact on the prices.....


Uitlier on the clock auction: 2 Euro per kilo
"Leek producers are having a good year"
"The demand for leeks is not exactly explosive at the moment. A little bit is supplied to different markets, both in Eastern and Southern European countries. The supply has been considerably reduced compared to last week. Prices currently stand at a normal level. They were much higher when it was freezing,.....


Yellow courgettes herald the coming spring at Van Nature
The new yellow courgette season has started at Van Nature! Tuesday, 31 January marked the arrival of the first yellow courgettes from Courgette Nursery Van Vliet. This means that these nice, almost creamy vegetables are already becoming available.Courgette flowersBesides the yellow courgettes, Courgette.....

High prices lead Kenyans to forgo eating vegetables
Prices of vegetables have drastically increased recently in Kenya, with some doubling in price. A recent survey on the effects of the price increases have found that the high prices are leading some families to avoid vegetables completely. In the last 12 months, the cost of Kenya’s favourite vegetables,.....


"We only supply high quality tomatoes"
At Mighirian Frères they are devoted to selecting "the best tomatoes from France; unique, special, but always of the highest quality," in order to supply them to their customers. To achieve this, they must innovate and test new varieties, as is the case with Clodano cherry tomatoes. These have only been.....

Chicory sector faces European Court of Justice
In 2012, the Competition Authority accused and fined 10 or so producer organisations, and 7 producer organisation associations in the French chicory sector, €3.6 million for fixing the minimum sale prices between 1995-2010. Two years later, the Paris Court of Appeal overruled this decision as it had not been.....


The effect of cold temperatures on the Sicilian carrot market
The low temperatures registered during this winter have certainly affected the European fresh produce market, which suffered from the lack of produce caused by reduced quantities. Sicily was also affected by this situation.The prices of almost all products have increased but, despite what some feared, there.....


Sicilian purple artichoke producers affected by Egyptian competition
"We have dropped below production costs. Currently, Italian artichokes are paid at 25-35 eurocents per head while it would take 40-50 cents to cover our expenses."This is what was reported byChristopher Venturafrom Ventura in Gela (Caltanissetta). 31-year-old Christopher is in charge of the family business......

$300,000 worth of red onions seized in the Phillipines
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized fresh red Indian onions worth millions of pesos in an operation in Manila on Monday. The red onions totalled around P15-million worth of imported fresh red Indian onions. The goods were contained in eleven 40-footer container-vans lodged for processing at the Manila.....

Libya issues two month vegetable export ban to reduce prices
After vegetable prices on the local markets increased, Libya has banned the export of fresh vegetables for two months in order to “maintain the stability of prices” the Ministry of Economy in Tripoli has announced.Libya however is largely an importer of vegetables and does not produce enough to meet local.....


UK: Willowbrook vows to keep up supplies of lettuce
Willowbrook Foods has said it will keep supply going despite the European shortage of lettuce and fresh produce. The Comber-based firm said that turnover had increased by 20% over the last year, leaving them well-placed to keep supply going. A spokeswoman for the company said: "Although a loss of sales.....


Russian looks to grow shiitake mushrooms in the Far East
Russia’s first mushroom farm set in a forest is going to be created by Artem Degtyarev, After their business plan won a competition for land development of the so-called “Far Eastern hectare", Artem Degtyarev is to create Russia's first mushroom farm grown in a forest. In an Interview with RIA Novosti, Artem.....

Mexico: Tabasco exports cucumbers to the US and Canada
Tabasco's diversification of its economy after the oil debacle has begun to succeed.So far this year, agricultural producers from Tabasco have introduced 105 tons of cucumber of the European and Persian varieties to the United States and Canada.In an interview with Grupo Canton, businessman Victor Alberto.....


Consumption has been affected and vegetable prices are falling
"Veg market stabilising, but there's still scarcity"
Although still high, the prices for courgettes and aubergines are stabilising this week at Almeria auctions. These two vegetables reached record high prices in previous weeks, coinciding with the unusual frosts in much of southern Europe. Aubergines have gone in only four days from 4.20 €/kg down to 2.90.....


Nathalie Saiz, export manager at Lolifruit:
"We hope the black garlic market will continue growing"
Black garlic is a product that had so far not had much of an impact on the Spanish market. "Its price is quite high," states Nathalie Saiz, export manager at Lolifruit. This is the first year they have included black garlic in their range and are watching the results closely. For now, they are laying the.....


Red Desire tomato: a new concept
RedStar has launched a new variety with a new approach. This snacking tomato is called Red Desire and is 100% Dutch. In its packaging, they are presented on the vine, which is a novelty for this type of tomato. The longer the tomato remains attached to the vine, the fresher and tastier it will be.As for.....

Guatemalan peas become first ocean-to-air shipment between Miami and Amsterdam
Several tons of Guatemalan snow peas became the first to be air-shipped from Miami International Airport to Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo, the new shipping method, finally coming to fruition after years of negotiations. The flight launched the airport’s long-awaited Ocean-to-Air Trans-shipment Program, says.....


First box of asparagus purchased at ZON by Impex Heemskerk
The first box of asparagus has been purchased at the ZON Auction by Arjan Heemskerk, of Impex Heemskerk, from Venlo. The purchase price will be doubled and, as in previous years, be transferred to Foundation KiKa.Impex Heemskerk is a big name in asparagus. It supplies the product in any packaging format and.....


Australian vegetable industry looks to boost exports by 40% in four years
According to Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) the vegetable industry is striving to increase exports by 40% within four years. General manager of trade at HIA, Michael Rogers, said there was a lot of untapped market potential they hope to take advantage of."Some of the most exciting opportunities are.....


Every day is a puzzle for vegetable cutting companies
"If there are problems everywhere, there is not much you can do"
Vegetable preparation companies have recently been struggling to meet the demand for vegetables due to the impact of cold and bad weather in southern Europe. "The shortage has been particularly severe in the case of lettuce. The issue has not been solved yet, but things are now a bit better," explains buyer.....


Jean-Paul Nuijten, SpecialTom: Great local market
"Cold weather has negative effect on Moroccan vegetable production"
Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, who visited the Agadir region last week, where the company produces round and Santa tomatoes said: “The cold weather has had negative effects on the Moroccan production, just like in Spain. The temperature is too low at the moment compared to normal periods in the past few.....

Heavy supplies and light demand for Brussels sprouts
A supply heavy, demand light market for Brussels sprouts has prices dropping slightly for domestic and imported sprouts from Mexico. “Right now, the market is down,” says Bob Montgomery of Guadalupe, Ca.-based Beachside Produce. “It’s much lower than where it has been. Today you’ve got a market anywhere from.....

Indian government considers onion export subsidy to stabalize prices
After a decline in average wholesale price the Union government in India are debating pushing agencies like the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) to export maximum onions under the price stability funds (PSF).Oversupply has lead to a drop in price of onion wholesale.....


Good exports to Middle East and Southeast Asia
China: Ginger prices to stabilise after Chinese New Year
"The new ginger production season started on December 21st. Our company mainly exports fresh ginger to the Middle East and Southeast Asia and air dried ginger to Holland and Russia. However, due to the long voyage, the situation of exporting to Holland and Russia is not very good. Our annual export volume.....

Agam, Indonesia to distribute chili seeds to reduce inflation
The Regency of Agam, Indonesia, has announced its plans to distribute five sticks of chili seeds to houses in Agam in the near future in an attempt to combat rising inflation. “We will distribute the chili seeds in the near future, as the seeds are still in seeding phase,” said Ermanto, Head of Fishery and.....


Teacher in India has underperforming students gulp down chili water
Six students of Class VII at Khairjhiti government middle school in Mahasamund, were doing poorly in their studies. Fed up with their underperformance, their teacher Tirathram Gajendra, asked them to get red-chilli powder from home. The students were then asked to mix the powder in water and gulp it.....

Now the third largest producer of asparagus in the world
Mexico triples asparagus crops in a decade
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said that Mexico was the third biggest producer of asparagus in the world and that the country had tripled its crops over the past 10 years, thanks to Mexico's agricultural power.Through a press release, the federal.....