Vegetables

US (LA): Record breaking year for commodities
Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter, which was released Monday online. Net value for all sectors was up 7.6 percent, or $900 million, from 2013, said AgCenter economist John Westra.“For the third.....

Carolina Reaper may lose hottest pepper rating
The PepperHeads for Life company has now posted new data that reveals the Carolina Reaper may lose its rating of the worlds hottest pepper.First rated in the year 2013, the Carolina Reaper was officially the highest rated organic pepper on the Scoville Scale at 2.2 million units or SCU. A new pepper has.....


Israeli carrot season off to good start
After last year's low prices, Israeli growers planted fewer hectares of carrots for this season's harvest. The lower volume has made for strong prices for the first few weeks of the season.“In general, the quantity of carrots has been less in Israel this year because of the very tough season last year,” said.....

Parsnips trend in 2015
US: Consumer demand for parsnips on the rise
“We are seeing a steady increase in sales of parsnip seeds”, says Kraig Kuykendall with Tozer Seeds America. Tozer is the pioneer of the first F1 parsnip hybrid that was developed in the UK over three decades ago. Consumers are enjoying parsnips for their health benefits and versatility as they can be cooked.....

US (NY): Cold weather means waiting game for veg farmers
In a drastic change to their normal routines, North Fork farmers say they aren’t doing much these days. The harsh winter has been particularly unforgiving for springtime crops like peas, spinach and fava beans across the region.Asparagus, which typically starts to sprout in mid-April, will also likely be.....


White broccoli will remain a niche product
White sprouting broccoli was available at Oliver Kay Produce this week, this niche product was supplied by Planet Produce.Emma at Planet Produce said it is only available for a short period each year. "The white broccoli is mainly aimed chefs and the food service industry. It is grown by a local grower in.....


Erwin Verhaegen, Horeca 2000:
"Asparagus is prohibitively expensive"
Easter is just around the corner, a celebration when many people want to eat something special. Restaurant proprietors are doing their best to make their menus attractive. Asparagus is a vegetable that's often on the menu for these holidays. A premium is being paid for it at the moment. According to Erwin.....


Paul van der Linde: "Done two months earlier than last year"
Netherlands: Carrots doing really well
Carrot sales are currently on fire, "Prices are soaring. In the polders we are now at 40 cents per washed carrot, but next week we will see 45 cents and I expect prices to further rise after that," says carrot trader Paul van der Linde from Emmeloord, The Netherlands. "Right now demand is coming from.....

Lettuce could improve
US (CA): Strong cauliflower prices
The timing of this year's vegetable crops in California has made for good cauliflower prices. While lettuce crops have also come on at an accelerated pace, prices for those commodities have been less robust.“With the timing and how everything has lined up, it's an unusual situation for springtime products,”.....

US (CA): 2014 was record-breaking for processing tomatoes
2014 was a record-breaking year on many fronts for the California processing tomato industry. The industry produced the largest crop in California history at 14 million tons on 290,000 acres, record yields of 48.3 tons per acre, all-time high grower prices at $83 per ton, and record sales over 12 months.....

India: Highway closure causes vegetable shortage
The Kashmir valley is facing acuteshortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, followingthe closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only roadlinking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. There is also shortage of meat and chicken in the valley,which mainly depend upon imports.....

US: Northwest asparagus popping up early
Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It’s in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.They have to keep their fields trimmed all the time to bring up new shoots, and workers are forced to cover a lot of ground.“Getting started early, it can be big.....

Data prepared by ProduceView:
First Dutch cucumbers, vine tomatoes in UK supermarkets
In a new report from ProduceView the UK retail prices of cucumber, mixed peppers and vine tomatoes were recorded. The prices are monitored at nine supermarkets in the UK, namely: Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, M & S, Sainsbury, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, and Aldi. The prices have been monitored over the last.....

Increasingly more Dutch tomatoes, also in winter
Lighting is being installed in an increasing share of the Dutch acreage devoted to the cultivation of ​​tomatoes. This has an impact on prices. Three years ago, they reached over 200 Euro/100 kg. In recent years, the price does not exceed 160 Euro/100 kg. Despite this, the acreage with lighting.....

Limited cucumber supply results in high prices
Due to the current weather conditions, cucumber supply is lagging far behind. This situation has been present for about a week now. There is hardly any production for Spain either. Combined with high demand from large retailers, this causes prices to rise. Yesterday, the auction price even reached 70.....

S. Australia's vegetable industry not growing
South Australian vegetable farm profits decreased by about 11 per cent last financial year, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).Average profits for the State's grower were about $105,000 in 2013-14, providing limited.....

Cucumber and heirloom tomato production increases in France
French cucumber production is increasing. All production has begun in the Northern half of France. Some production has begun in the Southern half. The Minister of Agriculture’s forecast services have announced a slight +3% increase in surface compared to 2014, within the 5 year average. Heated greenhouse.....

Petite cauliflower
AU: New product to meet consumer demand
Murray Bridge vegetable grower Swanport Harvest has taken industry research findings onboard and created a new product to meet consumer demand.Based on views made public through the Optimal Vegetable Portion Size to Meet Consumer Needs study, Swanport Harvest have released a new range of petite.....

UK: Bunched carrot sales expected to soar
Produce World Group has revealed that UK consumers buy nearly twice as many bunched carrots during the Easter period than at any other time of the year.Produce World Group, which each year grows and supplies 2.5 billion carrots across the UK, believes the authentic look and feel of bunched carrots – or maybe.....

Mexican cucumber program starting Mid-April
The Vision Companies are adding another item to their extensive list of "grower direct" deals with an exclusive shade house Cucumber program starting Mid-April out of Caborca, MX. In collaboration with the Agricola Los Chacuales partner of growers, the La Visiõn label will accompany this program that will be.....


Demand for mushrooms in Germany keeps on growing
"King oyster demand have grows incredibly"
About 59.000 tons of mushrooms have been harvested in 2014, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. 98% of these are of the common mushroom variety, the other 2% are edible mushrooms such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms. A pioneer and known in the German mushroom market is the company.....


Guy de Meyer, Demargro:
Leek prices up to 60 cents per kilo'
There is quite a lot of demand for leek at the moment and the prices are relatively good for this time of the year. This was said by Guy de Meyer of export company Demargro. "On the 30th of March we had prices between 55 and 60 cents per kilo. Over the last few weeks prices have slowly been improving. They.....


Better cassava breeds to boost development
It’s a scene that plays out all too often in many countries in Africa: a subsistence farmer – often a woman – decides to grow cassava for much-needed money. She takes cuttings from carefully-selected plants and cultivates them for a year, feeding them with fertiliser if she can afford it, and is rewarded.....


New challenges for the 2015/16 campaign
Spanish garlic sector hopes for recovery of prices
The Spanish garlic production and marketing sector met in Las Pedroñeras, Cuenca, at the General Assembly of the National Association of Garlic Producers and Traders (ANPCA), where the new challenges for the garlic industry for the 2015/16 campaign were discussed.The sector expects a 5% reduction in the.....

Fresno county lettuce crop cut in half
The drought has become so bad in Central California that it’s now affecting the ingredients in your salad bowl. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports on a major drop in the lettuce harvest in the region. During the first few weeks of spring the Central Valley usually harvests almost the entire.....

Canada: Morel mushroom prices could drop 50%
The price of morel mushrooms could disappoint thousands of harvesters this summer. That’s the warning from a leading mushroom expert at an information session held in Yellowknife on Tuesday.The territory is expecting its biggest-ever morel mushroom harvest in the burn areas left behind by last year’s.....


Spain: prices of peppers go up due to bad weather
"In Almeria and Granada, week 13 of 2015 was characterised by strong rain and low temperatures, which led to a drop in production and increase in prices. In Almeria, the bad weather mainly in the western area (El Ejido, Roquetas de Mar) is causing serious damage to 72 hectares."Average vegetable prices.....


Italy: bland end of season for fennel
A rather bland end to the campaign for fennel after a season characterised by slow consumption due to a mild winter.At the moment, late varieties from Apulia and Calabria are on sale in Bologna. Prices hover between 70 and 80 Euro cents per kg for the lower qualities and reach €1-1.10 for the rounder.....


Gruppo Maddalo
Italy: packed unwashed and fresh-cut salad
Gruppo Maddaloproduces baby leaf salad for the packed unwashed and fresh-cut ranges sold all over Europe.Greenhouse crop.It grows red and green salad (Batavia), spinach, rocket, lamb lettuce, chard (Red Chard, Bull's Blood) green oriental (Mizuna/tatsoi and, during summer, also basil, melons and.....

US: Tycoon rivals, surpasses Celebrity tomato
Tycoon tomato has many characteristics that rival or even best the Celebrity tomato, the long-standing favorite of many commercial and home growers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist.Released in 2011 in San Antonio, Tycoon tomato has superior resistance to diseases and.....


Poland: “I think that the embargo could be, ultimately, a healthy thing”
Though the Russian ban on European goods has negatively impacted many European fresh produce suppliers, Wojciech Bogdan, the buyer for Green Factory Bronisze, believes there have been some unexpected positive benefits. His company has been compensating for the loss of Russian sales by improving their.....


make Echuca a little healthier
AU: Pick-a-Box with Kagome
The tomato harvest has been going well since late January and the Kagome farms are heaving with flavoursome, beautiful, vine ripened tomatoes. The company has extended an invitation to everyone in the local community to Pick-a-Box of their, sustainable tomatoes on Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 12 noon.....


Organic greenhouse vegetable season starts at BioVibe
Spring has started and so has the greenhouse vegetable season at BioVibe. Johan Vanhaeren says that they are offering various vegetables at the moment, which include green oakleaf, read oakleaf, cabbage lettuce, rucola, spinach and chervil. "These products will be fully available for the whole summer as of.....

Morocco exports 62 percent fewer tomatoes to the EU
According to data provided by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucia, in week 12, the Kingdom of Morocco sales of tomatoes to the European Union (EU) decreased by 62 percent when compared to the previous season.The average price of the Moroccan tomatoes exported to the EU under quota.....

Fiji: Niche market with year round tomatoes
Beqa Island is well known for producing tomatoes. Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Uraia Waibuta says the island is the only place in Fiji able to produce tomatoes all year around.“They have a specific climate that allows them to produce tomato during the off-season and that is their competitive.....

Nepal: Tomato prices skyrocket
Tomato prices have skyrocketed in the Kathmandu valley over the month with retail prices surging to Rs70-80 per kg from Rs20-25 due to a sharp drop in supplies. The wholesale price of the popular vegetable on Friday was Rs56 per kg, up from Rs19 a month ago, at the Kalimati market, the largest vegetable.....


Over 8 million kilos damaged by the cold
Spain: 20% of Granada's asparagus lost
The low temperatures registered in the province of Granada in recent days have caused the loss of 20% of the green asparagus harvest, some eight million kilos, as reported by the Union of Small Growers (UPA) of Granada.In a statement, the general secretary of the agricultural organisation, Nicolás Chica,.....

Spain: Recovery of lettuce prices
Iceberg lettuce production in Murcia is currently low and this, according to Javier Soto, president of Proexport's Iceberg Lettuce section, has allowed prices for this vegetable to recover. In recent weeks, he said, the price of a box of lettuce has gone from between 2.10 and 3 Euro to 9 Euro; a 200%.....

Calif. mushroom producer acquires MI facility
In closing this month on the deal for Diversified Natural Products Inc. in Scottville, the Sebastopol, Calif.-based Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. expects to breathe new life into a local facility that largely had been idled since the economic downturn in 2008.A producer of a variety of exotic mushrooms for the.....


Italy: Great pepper demand from East drives prices up
The wholesale price of peppers increased a lot in the past week. Luigi Battisti from Loffredo Stella explained that "there is little produce from Spain on the market due to a drop in production.""Eastern Europe markets win most of the auctions in Spain, as demand grew for all varieties."In Italy, the only.....


Italy: Imports of "low cost" Spanish aubergines damage the market
"Consumption is good, but prices are not very profitable," explains Nino Leonardi from the Veronamercato market.At the moment, aubergines found in Italy come from two areas. The first one is Sicily, though there is little produce available because of the great temperature changes in February and March......

Fresh face for Green Giant
Frozen and canned vegetable sales are falling. Green Giant’s strong suit — frozen veggies packed in sauce — has been particularly hard hit. There’s even speculation that General Mills Inc., Green Giant’s owner, might sell the venerable brand with deep Minnesota roots.Golden Valley-based General Mills won’t.....

UK: Norwich-bred broccoli gets patent
The Beneforté broccoli was created by Professor Richard Mithen when he was working at the John Innes Centre (JIC) during the 1990s.The new broccoli variety is rich in glucoraphanin, a substance which research suggests could help to maintain cardiovascular health and to help reduce the risk of cancer, and is.....


Sipo introduces three new product lines
"The contacts we made in Berlin during Fruit Logistica are opening up new opportunities for us in Scandinavia, UK and Germany," explains Massimiliano Ceccarini, general manager for Sipo.From left, Nicolò Bentivegni, export managerand Giulio Campana, export department. The objective for2015: develop a.....

Peru: Capsicum exports increased by 38%
The Exporters Association (Adex) stated that capsicum exports in the first month of 2015 amounted to US $18,032,680, i.e. 38% more than the US $13,064,209 achieved in the same month of 2014.In terms of volume, exports of canned, dried, fresh and frozen capsicum in January this year amounted to 8,901,542.....


Start of the asparagus season in Rhineland
Sun and mild temperatures are promoting the growth and harvest of the asparagus. The famous and coveted white stalks are currently only available in small amounts, the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauern from Bonn reports. Current harvests are mostly limited to greenhouses and under.....

BelOrta has Coeur de boeuf d'Antan for the first time
On Wednesday March 25th, 2015 Coeur de boeuf d'Antan was auctioned off at BelOrta for the first time. Buyer, Bollaerts Primeurs, bought the first 3.5 kg box for 2.61 Euro/kg. This remarkable tomato is very plump and has an intense taste. The Coeur de boeuf d'Antan is especially known for it's heart shaped.....


Spain: Almeria running out of bell peppers
Almeria's bell pepper campaign will finish ahead of schedule and not in late April, as in previous years. A weather issue in November is currently causing shortages, with a drop in supply of around 50% over the past two weeks, and Murcia is not yet ready to meet the market needs. Prices have skyrocketed as a.....


JoBurg Market's tomato floor hive of activity this morning

NZ Council admits lack of consultation over spraying
The Greater Wellington Regional Council has admitted it failed to properly consult Wairarapa iwi before spraying a popular patch of watercress.A drain that runs alongside Manaia Road southeast of Masterton where the watercress grows was treated with herbicides by council contractors.no captionLocal iwi,.....


Polish tomato season underway
Though volumes are still light, Poland's tomato harvest is already several weeks old. Most sales are currently domestic, though exports should ramp up in the coming weeks.“In two weeks, we should start with the cherry tomatoes and the rest of the varieties,” said Damian Gulewski of Green Group .....


Minimum wage causes problems for the sector
Uncertain times for German gherkin growers
The 2015 gherkin season starts in Lower Bavaria starts in mid June but the increasing discussion about the upcoming season and harvesting has already started. The main poinr of the discussion is the minimum wage decided by the German government. Josef Hofmeister of GEO Bayern GmbH, a grower association and.....


Landgard starts asparagus season 2015
Some suppliers of Landgard eG have already produced the first asparagus from heated soil. In order to that the company officially opened the asparagus season 2015. Within the 16th calendar week, the company expects to start the outdoor season.Price increase due to the minimum wageAfter the asparagus record.....


Noordhuys Tomatoes and The Greenery
New 'Uniek' tomatoes created for catering sector
Noordhuys tomatoes and The Greenery have developed a new tomato concept together that is interesting for the hospitality sector, "Authentic mini vine cherry tomatoes that can be enjoyed immediately," says Theo van Noord, owner of Noordhuys Tomatoes. Uniek Tomatoes come from islands of South Holland, The.....

US: Easter Egg radish extremely popular
“Easter Egg radishes are always in high demand during spring and the Easter holiday”, says Ande Manos with Babe Farms. What makes them so attractive is their beautiful variety of colors. They add a splash of color to any meal and are great for a spring menu. Easter Egg radishes from Babe Farms are.....


First-ever campaign to promote versatile super green vegetable
US: Broccoli rabe – popularity growing
The growing desire for healthy, delicious and versatile greens has increased the awareness of this traditional super green. This super green broccoli rabe has gained momentum due to its versatility that has made it more mainstream. Broccoli rabe has been used as a main course, side dish, in a juice and.....


Eat a whole watermelon (radish)
Eating a whole watermelon, skin and all? It doesn't sound very appetizing, but it is possible. That is, if you choose the watermelon radish. This root vegetable, related to the Chinese Daikon radish, is smaller than a watermelon, but can still grow to the size of a softball. The light green exterior may not.....

Spain: Growing pepper and green bean prices
Pepper and green bean prices have increased in the final stage of the autumn campaign. The monitoring report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia also notes that in week 11 (9 to 15 March) domestic prices dropped for cucumbers and tomatoes.The latter recorded a price drop.....

Indian veggie prices up by 60%
Prices of vegetables and pulses are spiralling upwards relentlessly, despite a bountiful winter crop. Onions, tomatoes, peas, and cabbage are costlier by more than 50% compared to last year, while brinjal and cauliflower prices have shot up by up to 40%. These figures are based on the average of.....

Three more companies recall spinach
Superior Foods Inc. of Watsonville, California; Twin City Foods of Stanwood, Washington; and La Terra Fina issued recalls of spinach products Tuesday. They join Wegmans, Amy's Kitchen and Carmel Food Group who also issued recalls this week for products made with spinach supplied by Coastal Green Vegetable.....


Turnover of Belgian VBT auctions over 800 million
The global turnover of all auctions connected to the VBT was € 805.8 million in 2014 and was in line with 2013 with this (€ 800.6 million). It should be noted that the VBT was able to count on the membership of Veiling Haspengouw again in 2014, which distorts a comparison of the total VBT auction turnover.....

Robert van Ooijen: "They can grow well for these prices"
Optimistic atmosphere in greenhouse vegetable market
It's spring and the demand for domestic vegetables is starting to pull up. "You notice the interest in fresh vegetables grown locally is increasing. The approach of Easter also has a positive influence. The atmosphere is optimistic," says Robert van Ooijen. "We're now between seasons and more people are.....