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US: Peak green bean prices during peak season
The recent weather in Florida and Mexico has had a large impact on green bean prices during the last few months in the Mid-Atlantic and NE regions. According to Jonathan Steffy from Four Seasons Produce, "Quality on what has been harvested has been pretty good, from our perspective, this year. The main.....

US: Snow peas see boost in popularity
Although still less common than other pea varieties, the flat but hearty snow pea has slowly carved out a niche in the produce market. The U.S. market accounts for a small share of global sales, but recent trends in cooking have made snow peas a more regular staple at supermarkets.“With the popularity of.....

China: Slight Increase onion price
The onion prices rose slightly in the past few days. As industry insiders explained, the extreme cold weather resulted in a faster shipment and delivery of onions, which led to a slight increase of onion price. Prior to the recent cold wave, the domestic onion price remained low, and there was no strong.....

Abundance of Turkish cauliflower causes price drop
In Balikesir, northwestern Turkey, cauliflower prices which started at 4 lira a kilo, have fallen below 2 lira a kilo due to an abundance of the crop. In the wholesale halls tons of cauliflower are awaiting buyers.In Balikesir’s Burhaniye district, where around a decare is planted with the crop, farmers were.....

New ag products in demand for Vietnamese New Year
Ahead of the Vietnamese New Year, mini vegetables grown in Da Lat using seeds imported mainly from Japan and the US, and using modern technology, are seeing huge demand from customers due to their quality and safety.Nguyen Cong Thua, general director of Anh Dao Co-operative, said more than 500 Tet gift.....

Australia's annual giant pumpkin weigh-off
In Kyogle, New South Wales, keen pumpkin growers gathered over the weekend to compare the weight and girth of their giant pumpkins. The winning pumpkin topped the scales at 647kg. Grown by nurseryman Dale Oliver, the variety was a '2036 Glasier', the seed coming from Nova Scotia where the global phenomenon.....

Turkey's low artichoke consumption
Turkey is number one for the lowest per person artichoke consumption, among artichoke producing countries. This causes prices to stay at consistently high levels.Artichokes are the most expensive vegetables in shops and at the market. For the last century artichokes have been known as the food of the kings.....

US: Green onion prices drop as weather warms
Unusually cold weather during December slowed production of green onions in Mexico, but a return to warm weather has led to increased yields for Northern Mexico's growers. More volume has increased the shipments into the United States, and prices have dropped accordingly.“Growers were struggling during the.....


Wendy Lefevere, REO Veiling:
Considerable growth in field lettuce and alternative lettuces for fresh cut
West Flanders has been known for its open ground vegetables for years, mainly due to the large volumes of leeks,cabbages, celeriac and sprouts. The region is in full development in the area of horticulture. More and more greenhouse vegetables have been finding their way to the fresh market through the REO.....

US: Bad weather impacting squash supply
After large rainfall early in the season and recent tornadoes that wiped out replanting, the squash supply out of Florida has slowed to a trickle, driving up prices and pushing the market west.“This time of year, Florida is where all the squash is coming from,” Darrell Fricks, buyer for Alexander Produce,.....

Power outages affect Crimean fresh produce quality
According to Fruit-Inform, Crimean farmers are being negatively affected by regular power outages which are detrimental to the quality of fruits and vegetables in storage. The farmers say that the quality of fresh produce rapidly deteriorated due to power outages breaking the temperature conditions in.....

Russia's Krasnodar Region welcomes Italian salad investment
More and more European countries are opening up businesses in Russia as a means to counteract the negative effects of the sanctions the country introduced against EU food produce back in 2014.For 15 years, until the sanctions against the EU were introduced, Floriano Mirro, a vegetable and salad green.....


Will Teeuwen: "Market can easily handle slight growth in area"
Teboza harvests first Dutch greenhouse asparagus
The first 'Limburg Gold' was harvested at Teboza today. This gives the starting sign for the asparagus season with the first greenhouse asparagus. "The start is earlier than we expected ourselves. According to our original planning, we would start harvesting in the week of Carnaval. The cause is that we.....

Supplies down approx. 50% from typical
US(FL): Sweet corn market suffering from low supply levels
Gray skies and wet weather are wreaking havoc on Florida’s sweet corn market this winter, as supplies are down to roughly half of their typical winter volumes.“There’s a very light volume on sweet corn,” says Geoff Taft, of Pioneer Growers Cooperative, a coalition of family-owned sweet corn farms with.....


Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna):
"Too many Spanish greenhouse vegetables"
It has been a strange and difficult season for greenhouse grown vegetables in Spain, "Due to the disappearance of the Russian market and the nice weather throughout Europe, especially in Spain, there is too much supply. Companies cannot sell everything, which results in too much supply in open money, and.....

Domestic & Mexican crop affected by weather
US: Grape tomato demand “heavily outweighing” supply
Poor growing conditions in Florida and Mexico have caused a supply setback for the US grape tomato market this winter, with growers and importers struggling to meet demand.“We usually have promotable quantities this time of year,” says Frank Paone of Procacci Brothers, a Philadelphia based wholesaler that.....

Peru grows 14% of the world's asparagus
Peru has around 25,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of asparagus. This represents 14 percent of the world's total, placing the country in second place in the ranking of nations with the most acreage planted with this vegetable.On the planet there are 179,487 hectares planted with asparagus. According.....

Mexican Habanero peppers for the Netherlands
At least 25 social greenhouses in the Mexican municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, devoted to the production of Habanero peppers, have finalised agreements to guarantee their sale before the harvest.Emilio Alamilla Poot, representative of the social greenhouses in the municipality, said that agreements.....


Matt Jones - Reynolds
"Terrible season UK for kale growers"
It has been a terrible season so far for kale growers in the UK, a season which generally runs from September through until the end of April or beginning of May."Whilst the season began on time, the mild and wet weather accelerated plant growth as we moved through 2015, so crops originally planned for.....

Beijing: vegetables stocked for Spring Festival
Currently, Beijing receives 25,000 tons of vegetables on a daily basis. To guarantee adequate vegetable supply during the weeks of the Spring Festival, 13 provinces will start to stock vegetables. This will make it possible to increase vegetable supply to the city by 10% in the coming weeks. The.....


Ginger prices in China hit record low
A few years ago the price of ginger was very high, at around CNY 6 for 500 grams at its peak. However, since March 2016, the price of ginger has been dropping from CNY 4 to CNY 0.8, currently, for 500 grams.The reason for such a spectacular drop is because previously more and more farmers were drawn to.....


Jan Bakker (Bakker AGF) talks about field vegetable trade
"Red cabbage shortage pushes prices to 45-50 cents"
The open field vegetable trade is doing well at the moment, "The kilograms that were hoped for have not been harvested, in particular in Eastern Europe, and there is also talk of a good level of demand coming from our Eastern neighbors," says Jan Bakker from Bakker export wholesaler in Bovenkarspel,.....


Franz Schmitt
“You have to distinguish yourself with quality”
“The demand for cucumbers has been low up to now,” states Daniel Schury, manager of the company Franz Schmitt from Munich, "This has been the case the entire season." This caused a drop in the prices. "Recently, the demand for cucumbers has shown some improvement, but the prices are still not great,".....


New Zealand: Joint venture for 617 acres of Hass avocados
Under the name Southern Paprika LTD Levarht has had a joint venture project with ACL for sixteen years for the cultivation of bell peppers in New Zealand. The project started with a 6 acre greenhouse so they could provide year round bell peppers, including to the Japanese market in the winter. Today the.....

Asparagus now shipping from Caborca, Mexico
Southern Specialties announced the company has started shipping asparagus from Caborca, Mexico. Excellent quality asparagus is available packed in both 28-pound and 11-pound cases. The company’s approximately 1,600 acres under production in the Caborca area includes both conventional and organic.....


Stoffes wants to make Gusto known throughout Europe
"We chose Gusto without an initial trial period"
The Gusto tomato stands out among specialty items because of its larger size and because, "It is a beefsteak tomato with a high brix value and a fresh flavor that you don't expect from a tomato this size," says Paul Stoffels. Paul has big plans for Gusto, "It is our goal to make Gusto a European brand. We.....

US: As crop comes in, cauliflower price drops
Rain and unseasonable warmth may threaten some crops this year, but cauliflower hasn't been affected. As the hearty winter vegetable comes into season, producers are seeing a drop in price that likely signals a bountiful harvest.The USDA is currently quoting prices around $6.00 to $7.00 FOB, a significant.....

Launch of US grown seedless cucumbers
Canadian based greenhouse grower Westmoreland-TopLine Farms is now offering USA grown seedless cucumbers in response to strong demand. “It is the first year we are offering USA grown cucumbers and we are very excited about the quality,” says Jimmy Coppola with Westmoreland-Topline Farms. “They complement our.....

Strawberries hit hardest
Taiwan's cold snap causes ag losses up to US$12.07 million
As of Tuesday 26 January, agricultural losses in Taiwan are reported at NT$404.81 million (US$12.07 million), due to the worst cold snap to hit the island in decades. According Council of Agriculture (COA)statistics, crop losses had accumulated to NT$77.39 million. A total of 1,583 hectares of crops were.....

Saudi Arabia revokes Indian green chilli import ban
In May 2015 the phytosanitary authority of Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on the import of green chillies from India, over sub-standard quality of goods from Indian exporters. The authority had set a quality specification of European standards for the imports and in a significant move, they have now.....

less kilos but higher prices than last year
A lot less Israeli peppers to Europe
It's a strange season again for Israeli peppers. Importers say that the volumes haven't really gotten going so far. Due to the warm summer weather there was a lot less volume going from the first load, and this was primarily smaller sizes. In November and December the demand from both the United States and.....

Turkish tomato growers hold vigil in their greenhouses
Greenhouse tomato growers in Fethiye, southwestern Turkey are holding vigil in their greenhouses: as the temperature has dropped to minus 2 degrees Celsius, growers are spending the nights stoking the wood burning stoves in their greenhouses, to prevent their crop from being damaged by frost.According to.....


Rise in vegetable prices expected due to cold weather
As temperatures dropped, the prices of certain vegetables already reacted with an increase, according to Li Wang, Fresh Vegetables Section Manager of the Tien Yuan Supermarket in Zhuzhou, China.Wang said, "usually, vegetable prices respond to drops in temperatures after one or two days. Many of the.....


BelOrta cucumber supply increased by 41% in 2015
"In terms of cucumbers we have the largest market share in Belgium"
In recent years the supply and acreage of cucumbers at BelOrta has significantly increased. 80% of all the cucumbers that are supplied to Belgium come from 50 BelOrta growers. According to Jo Lambrecht, BelOrta's commercial manager, they had 345 cucumber producing acres in 2006, "In 2015, this jumped to 494.....

Mar del Plata
Argentina: One hundred tons of tomatoes discarded due to low price
The tomato was news nearly a year ago because it was becoming a luxury product, as a kilo of tomatoes costs no less than 40 pesos in a grocery store. Now, it can be bought with a few coins, so few that producers in the region have opted to discard more than 100 tons of tomatoes as the prices obtained would.....

Lifting of Papua New Guinea’s veg import ban pleases AU growers
For a period of three months, the Papua New Guinea Government has relaxed its ban on the importation of onions, capsicum and tomatoes from Australia. The news is welcomed by Australian vegetable growers, but many other vegetables, such as carrots, are still not allowed.Australian growers have expressed.....

Spain: Worst start of the decade for tomato prices
The start of the year 2016 has seen the worst price at origin for tomatoes of the past decade, according to the data analysis carried out by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia.In weeks 1 and 2 of January 2016, the.....


China growers hit by cold weather
Over the weekend, a cold spree has struck China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Temperatures dropped across Asia on Sunday by a meteorological depression coming from the North. Some cities measured the lowest temperature in over 60 years. The Southern city of Guanghzou saw snow for the first time since 1967......


Jordanian tomato growers protest against Government policies
Jordanian tomato producers dumped their crops in the streets last week as protest against the significantly lower prices.Local sources said that "some growers blocked the streets after dumping their tomatoes to show their disagreement about the government's policies to deal with this valuable agricultural.....

Switzerland: Carrots more expensive, cucumbers cheaper
In 2015 the development of vegetable prices in supermarkets differentiated. While the prices of carrots increased, cucumbers became cheaper.The entire year, according to the recent market newsletter of the Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW), the retail prices for cucumbers and lettuce were below the.....


Hard times for Moroccan tomato and citrus production
Morocco’s two main agricultural export products, tomatoes and citrus fruit, are losing ground. Citrus fruit has seen it’s export share compared to volume produced fall to 25% from 40% 5 years ago.Moroccan citrus has been banned from entering the USA by health authorities. Officially, the ban is due to health.....

Waitrose first to introduce British sea kale
Waitrose is the first UK supermarket to introduceBritish sea kale. The delicate cousin of kale isrevered in culinary circles for its mild brassicaflavour, which is described as a cross betweencelery and asparagus.The forced stems of sea kale are available from January to March, but the labour-intensive.....


Marina Verde BBQ, of Fulgencio Spa
New mix of Padrón peppers and cherry tomatoes for BBQ
At the upcoming edition of Fruit Logistica, Fulgencio Spa will showcase Marina Verde, its mix of Padron peppers with cherry tomatoes for BBQ and oven."Since we presented it in Madrid, at Fruit Attraction, we have been really happy with the good results it has been achieving," points out the marketing.....

Spain: 60% price difference between Canary and Moroccan tomatoes
Canary producers of tomatoes for export have become committed to excellence as a strategy to face the increasingly cheaper competition in the European market from other countries, which they consider unfair; they are seeking more support from Brussels and the Spanish Government to ensure the survival of this.....

Measures requested by LA UNIÓ
Spain: Huge drop winter vegetable prices
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has pointed out that the high temperatures of recent weeks have led to a considerable drop of the prices at origin of many winter vegetables.The drop is so severe that, in some cases, it has been necessary to destroy a share of the production, given the absence of.....

Spain: Artichokes presented as tourist attraction
Artichokes continue gaining ground in Spain because of their health properties and popularity as a gourmet product. So much so, that four of the main regions that produce it (Valencia, Navarre, Murcia and Catalonia) are making use of it as added value to attract tourism at the International Tourism Fair.....

Kompany has Dutch greenhouse grown cucumbers
Growers at Kompany have started harvesting their first greenhouse grown cucumbers. Just like last year the company has 24 acres of cucumbers growing in greenhouses. The cooperative has four members who grow cucumbers in a greenhouse, and these cucumbers are all coming into production this.....


Low temperatures cause drop in cucumber yield
Liu Weiyuan, market manager of Qudi cucumber market, said that due to recent low temperatures, combined with the cucumber seedling time, the amount of Qudi Cucumbers on the market is affected. Qudi send out buyers to Xian and other provinces because the received amount cannot level with the goods. "In a.....

Dried shiitake price rises
Near the end of the Chinese year, a variety of dried goods seize the Spring Festival market. One of these varieties is the dried shiitake. This market was booming for two years, but was relatively low last year. This year, the prices of agricultural products have declined. Currently the purchase price of.....


Late start for Mexican cucumbers
Juan Pablo Gutiérrez and his brother Eduardo manage the family business Serg Agrícola, in Mexico. The company produces two cucumber varieties: American cucumbers and Pickle cucumbers, and exports mainly to the United States and Canada.Juan Pablo Gutiérrez explains that the season is in its early months and.....


Export of Brazilian fruit and vegetables has grown in 2015
Brazilian currency decreased strongly in value. At almost 800,000 tonnes the Brazilian export of fresh fruits and vegetables in 2015 was over 16% larger than the year before. After a peak of almost a million tonnes in 2007 the export continually decreased to 700,000 tonnes in the years 2011-2014.Expressed in.....

Safeguard measures for import of Moroccan tomatoes
Fepex denounces Morocco's lack of adherence to Partnership Agreement
FEPEX has complained to the European Commission about Morocco failing to adhere to the conditions set by the Association Agreement with the European Union, which states that the concessions made in the tomato sector are intended to maintain the traditional level of Moroccan exports to the EU and prevent.....


No surprises expected for Polish cabbage season
It is still early days as cabbage producers in Poland are preparing for the 2016 season. With temperatures this last week firmly below freezing levels, it is still too early to tell, however growers are optimistic about the coming season.Polish vegetable producer and distributor Cool Fruit offers two.....


Retail sales expanding thanks to increased awareness
US(CA): Specialty mushroom market continues upward trend
While sales of traditional mushroom varieties continue to grow at a slow, but steady, pace, specialty mushrooms have boomed over the past few years.“The mushroom as a category is growing very slowly, only 1% to 2% each year,” says David Law, CEO of Gourmet Mushrooms Inc., “but the specialty mushroom is.....

US(FL):Cold, rain keep eggplant volumes low
Wet conditions during planting and the early part of the growing season have kept eggplant production in Florida limited this winter. The recent cold snaps have caused eggplants on the plant to stagnate as well. Volumes are down as much as half throughout the state, and prices have soared as a result.On.....

Russia returns 16 tons of Chinese cabbage to Turkey
Russia refused the entry of 16.3 tons of Chinese cabbage being imported from Turkey on the basis of the presence of western flower thrips.In a statement, the Russian Federal Plant Protection and Quarantine Service (Rosselhoznadzor), said that the cabbage which arrived by ship from Turkey in the Novorossiysk.....

Japanese pumpkins profitable for Vietnamese growers
The market for Japanese pumpkin, or Kabocha, an Asian variety of winter squash, has been blooming in Vietnam and growers in Vietnam and capitalizing on the popularity of the vegetable. Farmers in Kon Tum Province, located in the Central Highlands, harvested their Japanese pumpkin crops late last year, and.....

Rich harvest halves Indian veg prices
In Chennai, India, prices of several vegetables are down by as much as 50% in the wholesale markets and the retail markets are also reflecting the decrease, pleasing the states's inhabitants. The rich harvest in the state and the neighbouring regions has caused the price decreases, which come as good news.....

Nigerian tomato farming threatened by water shortage
As farm wells dry up in Katsina, Nigeria, tomato irrigation farmers are now facing a dilemma. The tomato farmers rely on local wells they dug on their farms as the source of watering their farmlands, after their 40-year-old dam stopped reserving water.Leader of the farmers, Alhaji Nasiru Barau, said "Our.....


"Good tomato export campaign to the United States"
Peppers under pressure, tomatoes still struggling
The earlier start of the harvest and the oversupply registered during the months of November and December in Almeria, caused by the high summer temperatures, have led to a 'break' in the New Year which has caused pepper prices to increase, mainly those of yellow, orange and red bell peppers."We had a few.....

High risk South African crops excluded from insurance
South African insurers are cutting cover of some crops planted by farmers due to the high risk posed by the drought. Vegetable crops in northern regions are said to pose too much of a risk for some insurers, while premiums for farmers who can get cover are rising.“As part of our constant negotiations with.....


Cauliflowers: France dominates the trade followed by Italy
French cauliflowers dominated the trade ahead of Italian cauliflowers. In the meantime Spanish cauliflowers were available in Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg in manageable quantities. The availability increased, compared to the previous week, and was sufficient to meet the demand. It depended on the market.....