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Canada invests $260k to promote mushrooms among consumers

The Canadian government will invest of up to $265,375 to help Mushrooms Canada promote and educate Canadian consumers on the nutritional benefits of fresh mushrooms, as well as to conduct a market development assessment of the Japanese market.Mushrooms Canada'sBlend and Extend campaign promotes incorporating.....

Tattooed cucumbers in the fight against plastic

Dutch firm Eosta claim to have saved at least one million product wrappers since the introduction of their high-tech innovation earlier this year.An ‘organic’ label is ‘tattooed’ onto fruits and vegetables by removing pigment from the skin of produce using laser technology. The method dubbed ‘natural branding’.....

AU: Odeum Farms' brussels sprouts shipment on route to Korea

Western Australian produce company Odeum Farms hopes that this week's shipment of brussels sprouts to South Korea is the start of long term supply partnerships within the Asian country."Initially we expect to be exporting up to 5.5 tonnes per week which is approximately 7 per cent of our production, but our.....

Bakker Brothers to present new innovations in veg at Open Days

Innovations in carrot, eggplant, tomato, peppers and bean varieties plus countless other developments in the wide range of vegetable seeds for both growers and vegetable processors will be just some of the highlights at this years International Open Days of Bakker Brothers.Taking place from the 27th till the.....

German trader offers "Ready to cook' chanterelles

It's been a good season for wild mushrooms like Chanterelles, according to Uwe Buschhaus from German based mushroom trader Speisepilze. Supplying primarily to German wholesalers and the food service, ample supplies and lower prices this year have created a good market.The chanterelle season starts in May, with.....

First LED-lit snack cucumbers grown by Dutch nursery

Last week, the LED lighting in the greenhouse at Kwekerij Verhoeven was switched on. For owner Ad Verhoeven, this signifies a huge step for his company. LED lamps were installed above a snack cucumber growing area of 2 hectares. The LED lighting enables Verhoeven to sustainably grow snack cucumbers.....

No additional harvest of weed plantations this year

“Too much sweet corn puts pressure on price and export opportunities”

There’s currently (too) much sweet corn supply, putting pressure on prices and export opportunities, according to Giel Hermans from Hermans Suikermais. “We have never started this early. The season started on 20 July. The harvests are extremely high. We have 30 per cent more cobs compared to regular seasons......

Why don't children eat vegetables?

It’s a well-known struggle to many parents: children don’t want to eat vegetables. But why is that? Sophie Nicklaus did research into this, and spoke about it during theHealthy Food Congress.ChildrenTaste, low calorific value, lack of marketing and the simple fact that children are children and therefore don’t.....

China: Ten tons of dried chilis from Xinjiang Production

On 31 of August, the first order of 10 tons of dried chilis from the 21st unit of the2nd division of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps were shipped to Henan Province. Currently, the weather in the XinjiangYanqiBasin is stable. The 130 000 mu of chilis grown by the unit are ripe enough for harvest......

US vegetable consumption moves closer to recommendations

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people on a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet consume 2½ cup-equivalents (cup-eq) of vegetables per day. A cup-eq of vegetables is generally equal to 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens. The Guidelines.....

Study finds three vegetables that can help stave off obesity

Chemicals found in pumpkin, cow peas and amaranth have been found to be effective at helping to reduce weight, a new study shows. Researchers from two Kenyan universities say the traditional vegetables, which are on a comeback among most urban families, fight obesity and overweight through three.....

Peru to airfreight Asparagus and Blueberries to New York and Miami

La Libertad's agroindustrial products, such as blueberries and green asparagus, are scheduled to be shipped directly to New York and Miami from the "Captain FAP Carlos Martinez de Pinillos" airport (Huanchaco) on Airbus 300 aircraft with 43 tons of capacity.After an important meeting between the La Libertad's.....

Italy: Summer to forget for green beans

The high temperatures registered from 15th July onward have drastically hindered the productivity of green beans. When thermometers reached and even exceeded 40°C, plants lost their flowers and gross saleable production dropped drastically. We are talking about east Emilia-Romagna, but the same applies to.....

Microbubble and disinfectant wash for the safety of leafy vegetables

Researchers from the University of Kasetsart in Bangkok applied the microbubble (MB) technology to the washing process of leafy vegetables to assess its effectiveness in reducing microbial contamination.They also determined the effectiveness of MBs(Ø ~ 50-70 μm) combined with three disinfectants - acidic.....

Rijk Zwaan introduces Knox lettuce varieties to South African growers

Lettuce variety selection is such an intricate process that Rijk Zwaan’s current demo field on Pleroma Farm, outside Brits in the North West Province, entails 110 varieties, where a similar trial for cucumbers might consist of five or ten varieties.Every processor and every retailer has a different set of.....

Brad Markham:

Terrible weather brings high vegetable prices across New Zealand

The link between weather and the price of vegetables has become all too apparent for shoppers in recent months. Grocery prices across New Zealand skyrocketed after back-to-back storms wiped out entire crops.In our household, we swapped kumara for potatoes, after prices nudged $9/kg. Kumara was just $3.12/kg in.....

Up to 300,000 tomatoes from Turkey to be allowed into Russia

Plans for Turkey's seasonal tomato exports to Russia, which have been subject to bargaining between Moscow and Ankara for more than one year, have begun to crystallize, as the upcoming meeting between the Turkish and Russian delegations on Sept. 14 is expected to result in the acquiring of export visas for.....

AU Mushrooms partners with chef Miguel Maestre

Australian Mushrooms has banked on vibrant celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre, to help inspire more mushroom use in Aussie kitchens.Maestre has teamed up with Australian Mushrooms to promote the edible fungus through helping "mums find the joy in meal times".The campaign includes a series of chef secrets for.....

Peru, eighth world exporter of peppers and chilli peppers

Peru is the eighth biggest world exporter of capsicum (peppers and chili peppers) and can continue to improve its position by increasing its productivity and accessing more markets, said the Agroexports manager of the Association of Exporters (Adex), Paula Carrión.After noting that capsicums are the sixth most.....

EU to reassess ban on vegetable exports from Ghana

Representatives from the European Union (EU) will soon arrive in Ghana to undertake a critical assessment of the ban placed on some vegetable exports from Ghana by the end of the year.The assessment, according to Mr Eric Amoako Twum, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority.....

Italy: Frigenti Group introduces bunch aubergines

They may not look at all like aubergines, but Toy bunch aubergines actually have a stronger flavour than their traditional counterparts. And this is what makes the difference. They are currently available from the Frigenti Group in San Valentino Torio (SA)."Companies located in northern Italy and working with.....

Italy: Good quality and fair prices for fennel

After an extremely difficult summer due to problems caused by drought, the fennel situation seems to have improved. The quality of the autumn produce is good and the market is also responding well.Marco Babbi, sales manager for Caligari&Babbi in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena) confirms that "things.....

Growing uncertainty over "Brexit" as horticultural exports stagnate

Uncertainty in the fruit and vegetable export sector is growing as a result of the UK's exit negotiations from the EU, the third round of which has concluded without major advances, while Spanish exports to the UK in the first half of the year are the same for the same period of 2016, with 1,054 million euros,.....

Sjan van Gorsel, Reijnpack:

“Stable price levels for chicory: radicchio remains a niche product”

The price level for chicory has been fairly stable in recent weeks, according to Sjan van Gorsel of Reijnpack from Sint-Philipsland, the Netherlands. “The price for ‘bare product’ fluctuates between €0.80 and €1.30. These prices are needed, because the roots now processed have been in storage for a year, and.....

FFAR awards $1M grant to improve leafy greens quality

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today announced a Seeding Solutions grant awarded to AeroFarms, an indoor vertical farming company with global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey......

Fiji Ag Minister, Inia Seruiratu:

Fiji Ag Minister calls to lower veg imports and boost local production

While Fiji exports a lot of local vegetables, imports of high value vegetables are a concern.The country’s food import bill over the last five years show an average spending of around seven hundred and seventy-eight million dollars.The Agriculture Minister, Inia Seruiratusays the value of the food import bill.....

Fruit & veg prices skyrocket in Pakistan

According to Geo News skyrocketing prices for fruit and vegetables are becoming a problem for people across Pakistan.In Karachi, the price of onions has reached Rs150 per kilogramme, while in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Multan among others the price lies within the range of Rs100 to Rs120 per.....

China: Typhoons cause high veg prices in Shenzhen

Furious storms have been attacking Guangdong province since the end of August. The Typhoons Hato, Pakhar and Mawar followed one after the other, causing vegetable prices in Shenzhen to become highly volatile. Weather factors are the main reason for recent price fluctuations. Because of the heavy rains, green.....

USA, main destination

Peru: Asparagus exports register a significant fall

During the first half of 2017 there has been a significant drop in the exports of fresh asparagus. According to the portal, Agrodata Peru, in this period Peru shipped 38,896,318 kilos of the vegetable for a value FOB US $ 146.305.462. The difference is evident compared to the 50,995,276 kilos exported in the.....

Sunny skies for Mexican eggplant growers this year

Growers of eggplants in Mexico are enjoying a good season this year. Rain and cloudy skies are the only factors preventing product from reaching the market at the moment. Mexico has had an active tropical storm season, which has created difficult conditions for harvesting. But those producers in a position to.....

Spanish exporters ambitious for Asia

Today we arrived at the third and last day of Asia Fruit Logistica. Yesterday evening Chinese importer, Joy Wing Mau, hosted 500 people at a grand dinner. Many exporters were present from all over the world.SpainSpain is very well represented in Hong Kong. They see many opportunities in Asia and grape.....

Divemex ships first organic peppers from new facility

The first pick from Mexican greenhouse grower Divemex's new 100% organic facility in Ahaualulco is on its way, Oppy reports.Back in 1992, the first hydroponic tomatoes and bell peppers were grown in Mexico by De Saracho Greenhouses, in a time when this type of growing technique wasn't as popular as it is now......

British market more dependent on imports

Last year, the British market became more dependent on the import of fruit and vegetables than in previous years, according to a report by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.Since 2010, more fruit and vegetables were imported every year. Last year, imports increased by 11 per cent to a.....

Italy: New vegetable campaign to start soon

Everything is being set out to prepare the next campaign. We asked some of our readers for an assessment of the past few months.It emerged that the vegetable season cannot be considered positive thus far, as winter was characterised by frost and low yields due to the cold temperatures, while spring and summer.....

Quick method to assess the freshness of leaf vegetables

Vegetable freshness is very important both for the catering business and domestic consumption. Supermarkets often spray water on leaf vegetables to make them look fresh and, most of all, to make it impossible to assess how long they've been on the shelf for. Nonetheless, it's not possible to store these.....

Dutch greenhouse courgettes: from traditional green to insta-yellow

As a pasta replacement, barbecued, or even on bread: consumers are eating more and more courgettes. At the same time, the Dutch green courgette is getting into more trouble. But there’s still a future for the courgette cultivation in the Netherlands, according to Jesper van Oostende from The Greenery.The area.....

India: Survey finds veg for Onam in Kerala is safe

Awareness campaigns and organic farming initiatives seem to be yielding result. Vegetables produced in Kerala for Onam have been found safe and devoid of excess residues of hazardous chemicals, according to a special analysis report from Kerala Agricultural University’s (KAU) Pesticide Residue Research.....

Fiji ginger producer breaks into AU market

A Fiji ginger producer has been able to break into the lucrative Australian market with the aid of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI).PTI helped the Navua based Kaiming Agro Processing break into the export market by assisting with the purchase of a date encoding machine.The company's crystallised ginger is now for.....

Aad and Esther Mostert pioneer pumpkin cultivation in Portugal

They know Aad Mostert well at Transavia. Over the last year he has commuted to his wife and cultivation company in Portugal, to return to his nursery in the Westland on Monday. Over the coming winter season he hopes to remain in Portugal with his wife Esther for a bit longer, to grow gourd pumpkins for his.....

US demands South Korea drop tariffs on apple, pear and garlic

The Inside U.S. Trade reported on September 4 that the United States demanded the opening of the South Korean agricultural market on August 22 at the two countries’ joint committee meeting. The meeting covered the KORUS FTA, claiming that the elimination of the tariffs it imposes on agricultural products.....

Mexico: A system to grow more tomatoes with less water

Scientists from the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN) Horticulture Department have developed a sustainable system of low cost water recirculation for tomato production in areas with water scarcity.The objective of this system is to produce tomatoes, at a low cost, through the sustainable use.....

China: New hot peppers hit polarised market

Based on the "Three Agricultural Elements of China" we are now in the period in which new hot peppers hit the market in large amounts. A couple hundred traders trade on a daily basis on the chili pepper exchange market, which is located in Zunyi city's Xiazi town. The market price has utterly exploded......

Australia: Lettuce link suggested in hepatitis A outbreak

An investigation has been launched after 12 cases of hepatitis A were confirmed in NSW in the past five weeks. The sufferers are being asked where they have eaten.The cases have been found to be similar to an ongoing outbreak infecting over a 1000 people in Europe that’s suspected to be associated with.....

Hip song about broccoli

Promoting vegetables by giving them their own beat and an energetic videoclip. It’s an idea of the band Rocket Surgeons from Denver, Colorado. They recently launched the Broccoli song, with an accompanying music video, through social media. “With this song, we want to make children enthusiastic about.....

Italy: Delayed harvesting for Radicchio di Treviso Igp

The growth of Radicchio Rosso di Treviso Precoce Igp has been slightly delayed due to the high temperatures in August. Harvesting should therefore start around 7th-8th September.Paolo Manzan, President of Consorzio di Tutela Radicchio Rosso di Treviso e Variegato, confirms that "the weather in August blocked.....

Annual saving of 66,000 kilograms of plastic

Eighty per cent less plastic for snack tomatoes at Aldi Belgium

By switching from 250-gramme cups and 500-gramme buckets to upright bags for snack tomatoes, Aldi Belgium has realised a saving of the amount of plastic used of 80 per cent. The 250-gramme cup is made from 14.4 grammes of plastic, while the upright bag weighs 2.4 grammes of plastic. For the 500-gramme buckets,.....

Rijk Zwaan presents new lettuce type for Asian market

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has extended its product range with a frilly, open lettuce type with the bite of iceberg lettuce. What makes this new Crystal lettuce unique is its exceptional suitability for use in hot dishes. This week, it has been presented to the Asian market during Rijk Zwaan’s Asian.....

Village Farms donates to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims

A vast expanse of 600 miles separates Village Farms’ greenhouse in Marfa, Texas from Houston but the distance to the heart is much closer. Bright and early this morning a Village Farms tractor trailer hit the road to bridge the span of this great distance loaded with fresh produce for the Houston Food Bank......

Italy: processing industry rejecting tomatoes

Over-ripening and scalding with quality not meeting expectations - this is why the processing industry is returning many tomato batches to producers. It is precisely what happened to Paolo Goldin from Rovigo, who made €4,000 less than usual."I talked to other colleagues and it seems all industries are talking.....

Wilco van den Berg, GroentenFruit Huis:

Small emerging markets for Dutch tomatoes

In order to increase the sales of Dutch greenhouse vegetables, it is important to find new markets. For example, since June Dutch sweet peppers have been allowed into China. There are a few emerging countries available for tomatoes, according to a study done by GroentenFruit Huis. In addition to finding new.....

Teboza present with asparagus plants

Interaspa Praxis at Erdbeerhof Osterloh for first time

On Wednesday 6 September and Thursday 7 September, Teboza will be present at the asparagus trade fair Interaspa Praxis. For the first time ever, Interaspa Praxis will take place at Erdbeerhof Osterloh, Halter 21, 49429 Visbek, Germany. The new set-up of this trade fair combines various machine demonstrations.....

South African carrot producer uses AU's example to boost production

Australian know-how proved the catalyst for the largest carrot growing enterprise on the African continent which now produces 200 tonnes a day.Italian farming partners Vito Rugani and Vincent Sequeira have proved fast learners since they first specialised in growing carrots on the high veld at Tarlton, about.....

Australian compost trial doubles ginger production

A trial using cured compost, processed poultry manure pellets and clean seed has almost doubled ginger production in a test plot in Australia.Researchers with Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are investigating ways to increase organic matter to improve soil health and boost yields for the.....

California yields suffer from heat

Higher US tomato market beckons in the Fall

Weather has put a damper on the tomato market this season in the United States. As a result, the market is set to grow as supplies begin to diminish in the Fall. The San Joaquin valley, as well as northern California - the main growing regions where larger-sized varieties are sourced from - has suffered from.....

Ercument Saka, Enes Groenten & Fruit:

“Turkish figs on German shelves more often”

After a slightly calmer summer period, demand for the Cash & Carry trade has picked up again somewhat for Enes Groenten & Fruit in Venlo, the Netherlands. “Cash & Carry is still our core activity, but now the activities have been expanded by import and export and by supplying to wholesaler’s.....

“Prices somewhat disappointing for carrot and onion”

It was a calm period for onions and carrots. “That was due to the holidays in particular. The holiday period is over by now, and everything is starting to recover a bit again,” says Jozef Cool. “We’ve been working hard every day, it’s just prices that are a bit disappointing, both for carrot and onion. There’s.....

AU: New image and strong outlook to launch asparagus season

Asparagus grower and wholesaler, Motta Produce, has launched its 2017 season, which it says is shaping as one of its most promising, with growing demand and exciting internal changes within the company.It was the first time it has held a launch in this way, with a new title, and was highlighted by a charity.....

China: Shenzhen port seizes American broccoli seeds

Recently, when the Shenzhen Huanggang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau inspected a car with a Guangdong and Hong Kong license plate. Inside, they found a batch of broccoli seeds. There were 8 bags with a total weight of 4.96 kilograms, and according to their packaging, they were grown in the United States......

Does cooking boost nutrients in tomatoes and spinach?

Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include folate, leach out of vegetables if you boil them, but some will be retained in the stock, so “use it if you’re making soup,” said Helen Rasmussen, a senior research dietitian at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.....

New factory in St. Petersburg, Russia to lift champignon production

The Russian city of St. Petersburg is planned to get a factory for champignon production soon. The project with the capacity of 10k tonnes annually provides for the construction of a factory, which will include a section for manure and soil.The agreement was signed on Thursday at the 26th International Fair.....