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Relaunch of kits with new blends to target a wider consumer base

Chopped kits are biggest segment in salad category

Mother Nature has to provide the raw materials: the results are packaged for convenience and marketed in the bagged salad category. More and more people are choosing to eat at home, driving sales for chopped salad kits and lessening the frequency of restaurant consumption. Chopped Kits have been responsible.....

Market in a weak condition

Hot pepper production season approaches its final stage

The low prices of Henan peppers and Indian peppers have influenced the domestic market. The market was in a poor condition, but the price has yet to fall significantly. Temperatures continued to rise in the middle of March. This put a limit to the growth of storage outside of domestic pepper warehouses. Large.....

China: Decline in veg prices

According to the Lixia District Price Bureau in Jinan prices for some vegetables have recently declined for the following reasons:1. The development of vegetables has recently benefited from relatively high temperatures everywhere. The increased volume of vegetables entering the market has caused a situation.....

Mexico is the world's fifth largest broccoli producer

Broccoli is native to the coasts of the Eastern Mediterranean.World production amounts to 24.2 million tons. China, the main producer, contributes 40% and Mexico, the fifth biggest producer, accounts for 2.1% of the world's production. Per capita consumption in Mexico is 1.1 kilos. The United States, which has.....

Spain: Drop in volumes purchased and a reduction of tomato acreage in Extremadura

The volume of tomatoes sold in contracts by Extremadura has suffered a slight 4.05% drop compared to last season and stands at 1,994,113 tonnes, according to Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de Extremadura. There has also been a 4.29% drop in the contracted acreage, which has gone from 23,579 hectares in 2017 to.....

Indian Kakdis: An ideal fruit snack for the summer

In rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, there is a saying: Kakdi ki tarah badhna. 'Grow quickly like the kakdi.' This is due to the fact that the kakdi fruit can double in size overnight. It is said that if you sit in a kakdi farm at night, you can actually hear the fruit grow. It is a long, slender fruit which looks.....

"Exceptional quality ratios"

Spain: Promising experimental harvest of Espárragos de Barbastro

The first experimental harvest of the brand Espárragos de Barbastro (Barbastro asparagus) has yielded a product that is characterised by an "exquisite taste." The procedures for the official trademark registration are already underway. According to Esteban Andrés, who started the process on his farm three.....

"Carolina Reaper" once again the world's hottest chilli pepper

Fort Mill's "Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper" has once again been certified as the world's hottest chilli pepper by Guinness World Records.This isn't the first time Ed Currie, who owns the PuckerButt Pepper Company where the super-hot chillis are grown, has had the honor of claiming the hottest pepper in the.....

China: Onion prices continue to decline

Currently, onion prices have dropped significantly. Now the wholesale price is generally RMB 1 to 1.3 yuan/kg, which is more than 20% lower than the price in early March. The onions currently sold on the market are from winter storage. Some of onions are from Shanxi and Heilongjiang province, but most of them.....

China: Chengdu "forever young" carrots exported to Japan

Japan's BFP Enterprise signed a contract on April 3rd for the export of "forever young" carrots from Yunqiao Village in Chengdu City. This means that after the carrots enter the Hema Fresh Supermarkets in Beijing, they will now be exported to Japan. The carrots from Yunqiao Village have a thousand-year old.....

The Rabbinate of Israel discuss artichokes for not being kosher

The legitimacy of artichokes, one of the symbols of Jewish-Roman gastronomy, is under discussion and some sectors in Israel want to ban them, based on the argument that they ignore the precepts of the Jewish religion, due to the possibility of them having worms.As reported last week by the newspaper Haaretz,.....

Angering Turkish growers

Russia only allows 12 Turkish companies to export tomatoes to Russia

After the political crisis due to a Russian military plane being shot down by Turkish military forces at the Syrian border in 2016, Russia had imposed a ban on imported goods from Turkey. With the crisis close to being over, Russia lifted the ban for importing tomatoes from Turkey on November 1st, 2017......

UF/IFAS expert urges scientists to breed tomatoes for flavor

Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process.For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the.....

More volume in U.S. from imported sugar snaps

Steady supplies of sugar snap peas continue to come in from Guatemala. “We anticipate decent supplies of sugar snaps for the next three or four weeks,” says Sandy Gatanio of Ayco Farms in Pompano Beach, Fl. “May is always an iffy month due to weather conditions in Guatemala. If it starts raining hard and we.....

Germany: Open field season of rhubarb and asparagus started

When the days get brighter and warmer, after a long winter, consumers want one thing above all else: fresh and tasty vegetables, regionally cultivated. As traditional spring vegetables, rhubarb and asparagus are at the top of many consumers’ lists. During their Easter Festival Landgard now starts everything.....

Italy: March weather does not help prices at the Lusia fresh produce market

February 2018 wasn't a good month when it came to weather and commercialisation and March started even worse. Heavy snow at the beginning of the month halted all activities for a few days.Plantlets underwent lot of stress, which was luckily alleviated by the non-woven fabric placed on the crops. Those who.....

Spain: Artichoke producers from Murcia demand a decrease in export tariffs to the US

The Region of Murcia concentrates almost half of the national artichoke production. Lorca and Cartagena produce 45% of the 220,000 tons that the country produces per year.Despite the increase in production of other varieties, such as broccoli, which has experienced great growth in recent years, artichoke.....

Mardi de Graaf, Hagranop:

“Organic local production is the future”

For Mardi de Graaf of Hagranop it’s clear: the future is local and organic. He was one of the first to become dedicated to this. With Hagranop he built cold stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and he started local production locations. Additionally, he started his own production in Spain, and he.....

Italy: Asparagus varieties for new crops

The time has come to sow new asparagus crops and Coviro (Consorzio Vivaistico Romagnolo) - a nursery located in Cervia (Ravenna) - is working at full steam to harvest, sort and deliver asparagus.Technician Nicola Bernabini explains that "we sow in April on sterilised and perfectly-levelled land. In addition to.....

Koppert Cress and GRO receive FSIN Brunch Awards:

Wortadel and Blended Burger rewarded with prizes

Koppert Cress and GRO (Green Recycled Organics) received the FSIN Brunch Award 2018 from FSIN manager Jan-Willem Grievink on Tuesday 27 March. Koppert Cress and GRO shared first place in the election for the best dish during the FSIN Brunch Congress during the Horecava trade fair in Amsterdam on 9 January. The.....

Teen makes a good profit and reduces unemployment

Vietnam mushroom business takes off

Despite hardships and difficulties, Bui Minh Thang has taken over his family mushroom farming business. With enthusiasm and dedication he has expanded production and improved the livelihood of many people in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi district.Starting in 2015 with a mere $13,170, Bui Minh Thang has built up a.....

Ilocos region

Philippines: Eggplant output rose by 3.45% in 5-year period

Eggplant production in the Ilocos region, the Philippines’ top eggplant producing region, expanded at an average rate of 3.45 percent from 2012 to 2016.A new report released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s total eggplant output managed to rise by an average of 2.7 percent.....

The first fresh lettuce from the Rhineland

In the Rhenish greenhouses, the harvest of fresh lettuce has begun. Now, consumers can finally resort to regional products, says the Provincial Association of Rhenish Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Bonn). In addition to the classic lettuce the range also includes the red Lollo Rosso, the yellow-green Lollo.....

China: Garlic exports set to keep increasing for the new season

"The fresh garlic harvest in South China will start from the end of April, and the garlic season in North China will also kick off right after that. Considering the country's total garlic production this year has increased compared to the previous years, garlic prices will be very likely to decline. The export.....

Argentina won't limit imports of Italian tomatoes

Despite the strong protest of more than 35 thousand tomato producers from Cuyo, the Government refused to discuss a limitation on the entry of tomatoes from Italy, which has grown exponentially since the end of 2015.After a meeting held in the Ministry of Production, officials did not want to address the.....

Mexico: Habanero peppers have potential in Baja California

The Habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) is a hot climate vegetable that is regularly grown in a temperature range that reaches up to 35 degrees. Thus, it has the best development in subtropical areas such as Yucatan, a state that concentrates 73 percent of the cultivated area of ​​habanero.....

Joost van der Voort, QPI:

"Clash of Spanish and Dutch greenhouse vegetables causes difficult market"

The supply of Spanish and Dutch greenhouse vegetables are currently coinciding and according to Joost van der Voort of Quality Produce International (QPI) this is causing a difficult market situation. "A number of retailers are gradually moving over to Dutch produce but the demand is still too small to market.....

A third actor in the 'war' between conventional and organic

France: "Pesticide-free products will have the brightest future"

"Personally, it seems obvious to me that the pesticide-free range will have a better future than the organic range," says Olivier Brailly from the French company Groupe MGD. "For a certain class of people, the conventional is almost diabolical, although all over Europe really dangerous pesticides are.....

Russia inspects more Turkish exporters

Russia could possibly expand its list of Turkish tomato exporters with access to Russia, according to the Russian phytosanitary service on 3 April.“Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian phytosanitary service) has suggested to the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock to have a discussion about an.....

China: Henan green pepper price shows upward trend

The price of green peppers in the Wanbang Market showed an overall upward trend this week. The price of peppers this year is higher than last year. The main reason for this development is the current low temperatures in Hainan and the northeast of China. The entire vegetable production is influenced by this.....

“Kids don’t know the difference between a real strawberry and its aroma”

Annabelle Delaval and Arnold Weislo are the authors of six different cookbooks which encourage people to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. The series is called “Que faire de simple”. Annabelle believes that only a very few people consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. “In today’s society, bad nutrition.....

Due to ever increasing labour costs

California: Delta asparagus could fade and disappear

Asparagus spears roll down the conveyor belt at the King’s Crown packing shed in Tracy, California. Grower Bob Ferguson is happy with what he sees. “The quality is there and this time of the year it’s sweet. It’s a great, great product."While he can trace his family asparagus roots back to the 1930s, what’s.....

Horse gets carrots in drive-thru lane

Fifteen-year-old Wallace Cruickshank rode a pony through McDonald’s drive-thru lane, picking up some carrot sticks for her 13-year-old steed. Other drivers were cheering her on.McDonald’s has strict rules against horses using the lane, but the girl had no trouble getting served on the back of hers in.....

Italy: Cold weather does not help Pasquariello asparagus

Asparagus harvesting has been delayed by the snow that fell last week and the rain between Saturday and Monday morning with very low temperatures. We're talking about a ten-day delay compared to last year, when the campaign was also late, and therefore a one-month delay compared to a normal year.We started.....

Gerber Champignons AG joins Pilzverband

‘Joint stance of Swiss mushrooms growers makes sense’

Although Gerber Champignons AG is the oldest breeding company in Switzerland, it was the only one that had not yet been represented in the Association of Swiss Mushroom Producers (VSP). During Holy Week just before Easter, this traditional company joined the association. This means that all breeders are.....

Spain

Garlic harvest shared 50-50 with the Navajos to take place in June

La Abuela Carmen, a family business in Montalbán, Córdoba, devoted to the cultivation of garlic and onions and the processing and marketing of derived products, such as black garlic, garlic paste, garlic in brine and also fried in olive oil, as well as black onions, hopes to obtain what will be its first.....

Optimization of water use in Fresh-cut processing industry

KRONEN and the Spanish company CITROSOL are collaborating with the Spanish technological centre CNTA in the prototyping of a new industrial washing process. With the project aqUAFRESH the partners want to improve the food safety of processed fresh fruit and vegetables and to reduce water consumption during.....

Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance:

Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor bans imported Chinese cabbage from Belarus

As of March 30th 2018, imports of Chinese cabbage from the Republic of Belarus -accompanied by Belarusian phytosanitary certificates- have been banned. According to the Russians, this is a quarantine product of high phytosanitary risk.Source: bashinform.ru

Spain: Asparagus harvest kicks off in Guadalajara

The green asparagus harvest has already kicked off in some municipalities of the province of Guadalajara, and soon it will also start in other neighbouring areas this week or early in the next, depending on the weather."The March rains have been very good for the field, but now we need the sun to rise, because.....

Vegetable harvest Rhineland-Palatinate 2017

Germany: Less lettuce and onions

In 2017, about 592,000 tons of outdoor vegetables were harvested in Rhineland-Palatinate. The harvest volume was slightly below the previous year's level of about 615,000 tonnes. The acreage comprised 19,500 hectares, similar to the year before. Organic cultivation, which accounted for six percent of the.....

Looking back on a mixed season

Asparagus season seeing transition as northern Mexico finishes

The asparagus season in northern Mexico has almost finished for the year. Growers are finalizing harvests and will be packing their final boxes over the next week. It's been a mixed season, with variable production bring some challenges along the way."We have one more week to go and then the harvest will be.....

Berries to be Australia's most valuable horticulture commodity

The combined value of berries production was Australia's top fresh horticulture produce category in terms of production value for the 2016-17 year.It was worth was $866.6million, with strawberries making up $506.5m - citrus was the next highest category with a combined production value of $724.2m, while.....

Vegetable breeder launches two new celery lines

Tozer Seeds America brings forward two newer celery lines, Hudson and Rivalry, which the company says show excellent yield and field holding ability. These two newer lines are both main season onwards varieties, both showing excellent fusarium tolerance. The TZ6200 continues to be Tozer’s lead variety with.....

Sjraar Hulsman, The Greenery:

"Limited supply, good demand and high prices for asparagus"

Traditionally, the demand for asparagus increases towards Easter. "As expected the prices are also good. Auction prices for double A asparagus are even up to a level of 18-20 Euro," says Sjraar Hulsman of The Greenery. The amount of Dutch asparagus now comes fully from heated greenhouses and heated cultivation.....

First Dutch orange peppers for the Royal couple

It is now an annual tradition: on Wednesday March 28 Petra Barendse and Alex Zwinkels offered the first orange peppers of the year to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at Paleis Noordeinde in The Hague.The Dutch Orange pepper contains plenty of vitamin C and easily beats the orange and the kiwi according.....

Asparagus harvest approaching

Washington state growers complain of labour shortage

US asparagus growers might get a slightly earlier start on this year’s harvest, if the weather cooperates. If current weather conditions hold, asparagus cutting could begin as soon as the end of next week.Whether this year’s crop will live up to past performance remains to be seen, as it depends on the weather.....

Resistance improvement is vital within the vegetable sector

In the world of improvement, being able to anticipate changes quickly is a requirement. It’s an art to always remain one step ahead of the market. Seed breeding station Pop Vriend Seeds, a ‘hands on’ expert, knows there isn’t a one-size-fits-all variety within bean and spinach crops that would have the same.....

US: Mushrooms help create a healthier and guilt-free burger

Last month, US fast-food chain Sonic Drive-In tweaked its menu to introduce something quite different. They presented a burger with some of its beef replaced with mushrooms. The Signature Slinger cheeseburger, Sonic promises, will deliver drive-through customers “all of the flavour with none of the guilt”.The.....

Gerber Mushrooms joins Mushroom Producers Association

At the General Assembly of Swiss Mushroom Producers (VSP), Gerber Champignons AG was recently accepted as a member. This means that all producers are now represented in the association. Despite increasing imports at low prices, VSP members were able to increase sales last year, the association stated. The.....

Blush, of Ecoculture Biosciences

Solution to prevent blotchy ripening in tomatoes

The Almeria-based company Ecoculture Biosciences, a leader in the development of specific solutions to tackle abiotic stress processes in crops, is solving the problems caused by blotchy ripening in tomatoes, helping increase the product's profitability. It is doing so with the application of one of its.....

Compared to year before

Ukraine exported twelve times more button mushrooms in 2017

In 2017, Ukraine exported 533 tons of button mushrooms worth USD 480,000, according to the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. This is 12.5 times the export number of 2016, when Ukraine exported 42.6 tons of button mushrooms to foreign markets, worth USD 37,800.Ukrinform.net.....

Italy: Hydroponic greenhouse with 35 thousand tomato plants

Giulia Bozzoli recalls that the 35 thousand tomato plants were transplanted on 21st December, her first day as a grower at the hydroponic greenhouse inCrevalcore (Bologna). "I started working here in May 2017 and, at the end of last year, the owner Florian Gostner asked me if I wanted to become a.....

Less land available for pepper cultivation could lead to positive campaign

Last year's stable market and productions reassured open-field pepper producers, however the current season is late due to the dry season."This is a problem especially in the Foggia and Metaponto areas. The recent rain and snow should help fill reservoirs, so there should be water available for those looking.....

Claris ten Napel joins Hagranop

"Meager Spanish organic carrots supply at the start of the season"

The supply of Spanish organic carrots in disappointing this year. "We are simply having a bad start to the season", says Mardi de Graaf of Hagranop in the Netherlands. "In the last four weeks, there was just too much rain, varying locally,in Spain, from 250 to 500 mm. We are seeing damage, especially in the.....

"We abandoned white artichokes to become specialists in the violet"

"The delay in France will make April interesting for Spanish violet artichokes"

The violet artichoke campaign in Spain is now at its peak in terms of production volume. "Until mid-February, violet artichoke prices have been very good, much less volatile than those of lettuce, which has been more affected by the adverse weather conditions," says Josephine Cuadras, manager of the.....

Spain: Navarre asparagus back to pre-crisis figures

This year, the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Espárrago de Navarra "will reach the production and acreage figures that it was achieving before the economic crisis," according to the first campaign estimates carried out by the Regulatory Board.To be precise, the production of certified asparagus is.....

Fresh peas from China available until late June

Luscious Fresh launches Spring pea exports to Europe

"Our 2018 European Spring Pea Program is about to start from April," says Sherry from Luscious Fresh."There were only few very cold days earlier this month. They did cause a small delay of our pea harvest, but the difference has not done any damage.""We expect supply to last until late June. Both air and sea.....

California romaine growers holding product back to boost quality

California greens growers are continuing to pull together plans to recover from the state’s recent cold temperatures. At one California farm, it’s holding back on the start date for its romaine supply due to blister and peeling on the greens thanks to those chilly temperatures. “There were several overnight.....