Vegetables


18 carrot gold
Germany: Widower finds lost wedding ring on sprouting carrot
An 82-year-old widower has been reunited with his lost wedding ring after he found it growing around a carrot. The man, who has not been named, lost the ring three years ago while gardening in his hometown of Bad Münstereifel, Germany, reports the Huffington Post.But much to his delight, the ring was.....

Italy: Low tomato demand
"The produce from Fondi is ending - up to a few weeks ago, tomatoes from the area arrived almost every day, while now we are down to a couple of times a week," explains a wholesaler from Bologna.Prices are around €1.30-1.50-1.80/kg for Piccadilly, cherry and plum tomatoes respectively.(Archive.....


US: Supply healthy in fennel and consumers respond
A drop in price, more availability and foodie trends are all leading to a growing interest in fennel. “We’ve expanded our acreage on it and we see a lot more people growing it as well. Some of our competitors have upped their plantings on it,” says Ande Manos, with Babe Farms Specialties in Santa Maria,.....


Rochester: New York region’s red beets being put to good use
Quality of red beets FOB at the end of October is being reported as generally good on imports coming in from California and Mexico, with organic prices lower, others somewhat higher. Local beets sourced from Rochester, New York are going into Love Beets to be turned into snack foods, side dishes and juices......


Austria: 70 Years of Fresh Vegetables from LGV
In its anniversary year, LGV-Frischgemüse (Fresh vegetables) expect a stable turnover of 65 million euros. Despite the rainy early summer, vegetables proved to be constant successes in 2016. This development was made possible by decades of cooperation between gardeners under the umbrella of the.....


New concepts on display at House Fair Spain
On November 16th, House Fair Spain 2016 took place, an exhibition where Enza Zaden shows its new concepts and opportunities for the European market. In this edition the new flavor reference TomAzur® mini, the crunchy cucumber EasyQs® snack, and the new programs with resistance of sweet pepper Tribelli® were.....


Paul Zuijderwijk:
NL: “Intense is a great tomato for sandwiches”
On Friday, the first Spanish Intense plum tomatoes arrived at P. Zuijderwijk Import. “Three to four weeks late, as a consequence of the cold weather, so customers had to exercise patience,” Zuijderwijk says. “Furthermore, supply is still sparse. We have a limited amount of tomatoes available, so demand is.....


Willem van Rooij, Hispalco: “Remain distinctive through innovation and specialities”
Spain: “Shortage of good sizes in bell peppers and citrus”
Currently, there is no great supply of Spanish fruit and vegetables. “Cucumbers are currently scarce here. I am not receiving the amounts from production that I want,” says Willem van Rooij from Hispalco. “The same is happening with bell peppers. These are good, qualitatively, but sizes are small. There is.....


Italy: Lively radicchio production but low prices
Despite the delayed start, due to the weather, the radicchio campaign is now in full swing and only the very late varieties are still missing. Production is at its peak, which led to a drop in prices, especially for those trading at a domestic level. Now they are barely enough to break even."We are in full.....


Competition heating up in leeks
A healthy supply of leeks this year has led in part to a lower drop in prices for the vegetable. “Supply is good and it is coming from all across the United States right now,” says Brian Peixoto for Lakeside Organic Gardens based in Watsonville, CA. “But prices are definitely lower than in years past,.....


Overlapping production districts
Good weather shifts green peppers’ growing season
A slight shift in the growing season of green peppers has pushed prices downward. “At the moment, we are experiencing some really nice weather and so are some of the other growing districts in the nation. As a result, there are a lot of green peppers being harvested right now,” says Richard Cowden of Fresno,.....


Paul Demyttenaere: “Auction system essential for correct price-making process on the market”
Belgium: French cauliflowers at REO auction next year
From 2017, the assortment of vegetables of French origin will expand further at the REO Veiling (Agricultural Auction Market) in Belgium. French cauliflower will become an important product. REO Veiling has been working with cultivators and cooperatives in France for a long time. Starting next season,.....

40 pages of potato news
Bayerische Kartoffel is bringing out their own magazine
The potato is the one of the most popular foods in Germany, with 58 kilograms per head. For many, potatoes are an integral part of their diet. Exciting stories, interesting facts and tricky children's puzzles are all included in the new magazine by Bayerische Kartoffel.Cold or warm, mashed, fried or just the.....

Production, consumption, processing
An insight into the world of carrots
In 2014, annual carrot production was recorded at 37.5 million MT. Its main production regions are Asia and Europe, which account respectively for 54.7% and 28% of the total production. However, FAO latest statistics show a world production of carrots and turnips is 35.658 MT, but the main harvested areas.....


Industry transitions from Salinas to Coachella and Yuma
Leaf lettuce supply affected by quality issues
Supplies of green, red and butter lettuce are “as expected,” said Gary Silacci with Ocean Mist. Growing conditions for Ocean Mist this year are similar to past years. “Our Castroville/Salinas growing season is coming to an end. We are currently transitioning to our winter growing regions in Coachella,.....


Bart Zeevenhoven, Scherpenhuizen:
“Snack tomato market grows with expansion”
The pressure on the snack tomato market is high just before the closing of the Dutch season. Dutch snack tomatoes still manage to find their way, but imports are currently more than sufficient, which is resulting in mediocre prices. Yet Bart Zeevenhoven is still in high spirits. It has been a good snack.....

Study links bagged salad to increased Salmonella risk
According to University of Leicester scientists, the moist environment of bagged salads, combined with nutrients leaching out of chopped leaves, created the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous. The researchers.....


Kurty, AGF Overtoom:
“Buying directly from growers is not always an advantage for traders”
In 1995, fresh produce wholesaler Overtoom started as a small greengrocer’s in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Approximately ten years later, the Turkish entrepreneurs started a second shop on the same street. Nowadays, they only focus on the wholesaler at the Foodcenter. They have plenty to do there. “We grow.....


Hoogstraten introduces Kubello Oven&Grill:
Belgium: “Tomatoes on the vine make for festive presentation”
Especially for the holidays, Coöperatie Hoogstraten introduces a new concept for in the oven: Kubello Oven&Grill. “The Kubello is a bell pepper-vine tomato, and looks tough. This tomato has an ideal sour-sweet ratio, making Kubello a product that lends itself to almost anything: in salads, as a snack,.....

Healthier breasts thanks to cabbage
In imitation of South American countries, more and more women are placing cabbage on their breasts. In South America, women tend to place leaves on their breasts as a natural solution to pain and swelling caused by breastfeeding.How to apply the leavesThe cabbage needs to have been in the refrigerator for.....

Chinese government regulates garlic price surge
Mr. Li Pumin, the Secretary-General of the National Developmentand Reform Commission commented that the government was now showing great concerns to the garlic price surge.During the price conference held on November 11th, Mr. Li said that garlic outputdecreased a lot this year due to the impact of extreme.....

Uncertainty about the measures of the new US Government
Mexico: Good production and price expectations for vegetables
With good production expectations and price but with the uncertainty of not knowing what measures the US government could take regarding the import of vegetables, producers have already started harvesting the first cuts of vegetables, specifically cucumbers.In the case of chilli and tomato crops, growers.....


Guatemala season starts next week
Holiday season amps up consumption of peas
South American snow and snap peas are transitioning from Peru to Guatemala, starting Monday. Sandy Gatanio of Ayco Farms said there were issues with Peruvian product all season. “Supplies are starting to increase out of Guatemala on snows and they don’t seem to have a lot of snaps, but the demand is not.....


Retail takes the lead in promotion of green pumpkins
The month of October is traditionally pumpkin season. The bright orange Halloween pumpkin often takes up all the attention at this time. Erik Vesseur of seed breeding company Takii Europe believes this is undeserved. “It’s time for North West Europe to meet the green, originally Japanese, Kabocha pumpkin......


FV SeleQt see sales of Bimi® treble in Europe
Coregeo®, fresh produce brand marketing specialist and pan-European Master Licensor of Bimi®, has announced new packaging and branding for the unique brassica. The new packaging, set to roll out in the coming months, will support existing positive growth figures, as sales of Bimi® have already seen a 65%.....

Nigeria: State gov't to plant 21,000ha of cassava farms
The Kogi State Government is to facilitate the planting of over 21,000 hectares of cassava farms in 2017 as the state attempts to shift from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.Dr. Isah Ochepa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, said that farmers in each of the 21 Local Government.....

Rwanda: Increasing domestic mushroom cultivation
The country's reliance on imported mushrooms is expected to reduce following the launch of a new production facility in Musanze District.The facility, inaugurated Friday 11 November, is owned by Kigali Farms.The first button mushroom production plant in Rwanda will produce 250 metric tonnes of button.....

Germany:
Naturland inspects traders after fraud with organic labels
Naturland is researching a possible fraud with organic carrots. A suspicion exists that a retailer has re-labeled organic carrots from EU countries with labels for German organic carrots at least twice. The weekly news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported problems with fake certificates of origin used by the.....

Spain: Cherry tomatoes account for 43% of organic tomato sales
Cherry tomatoes accounted for 43% of all organic tomato sales, according to a report published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia, in which it analyses the development and behaviour of this product during the last agricultural year, which it rates as positive, despite some difficulties.The.....


Baja California has good window of supply for Roma tomatoes
“Opposite to last year, we are hopeful that it’s going to be an excellent season for Roma tomatoes out of Baja California,” says Felipe Garcia with Master’s Touch. “Last year, there was a lot of rain and all things bad that could happen, did happen.” So far, there are no big issues this year. “No hurricanes.....


Vegetable snack focuses on health-conscious consumer
“We launched our vegetable snack, York’s Harvest Garden Chips, at United Fresh back in June,” says Chad Hartman with Truly Good Foods. “That was the first time anyone out of our building saw it,” he added. It’s a dried vegetable product that comes in three different varieties: dried green beans, dried okra.....

Victorian veg grower raided over worker exploitation
Allegations that workers were being exploited led to a union getting special permission to raid a Victorian vegetable grower. National Union of Workers officials were granted special leave by the Fair Work Commission to raid A&G Lamattina & Sons' Boneo farm and demand to see all employment.....

NZ: Fungal disease to reduce asparagus supply
This year, asparagus looks set to be in short supply throughout New Zealand, as too much rain has caused the fungal disease Phytophthora rot which has affected the growth of the asparagus spear.Mangaweka Asparagus farm manager Sam Rainey said they would lose at least 25 per cent of their yield."It's not just.....


Drought in Europe causes demand from Germany
Sint’s horse gives small peak to Dutch carrot sales
The export of winter carrot has not yet got into its stride, says Jos de Boer, cultivator and trader of winter carrot from Westwoud, in the Netherlands. “People still eat from their vegetable patches.” He expects to drive a few additional lorries to Dutch supermarkets from next week. “Just a few more tonnes.....


Agricola Tre C focuses on red bunch tomatoes
This is a company located in the province of Ragusa, Sicily. Two sets of brothers from two families are running the business, the Castiglione brothers are production managers while the Celeste brothers are sales managers. "The company was established by a group of friends who started with just a few.....

Intervention measure for Spain: 61 million euro
Since the boycott, the EU has given 393 million euro in support to the sector through purchasing schemes. Of that 393 million euro, 61.6 million euro went to Spain, according to Member of the European Commission Phil Hogan in response to questions from Spanish Euro-MP Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso.....

Cauliflower prices between 1 and 1.50 euro
The cauliflower harvest is declining slowly but steadily. Some volumes are still in the fields, and according to Belgian cultivator Jos Stevens, domestic production could possibly be sufficient until mid-December. “We could be self-sufficient until then if it does not freeze too much. If the weather stays as.....

Another year of cabbage shortages in Germany
For the second year in a row Germany has to deal with a poor harvest of red and white cabbage. Since last year the cabbage storages are empty and consumers have to deal with the shortages.The Federal Association of Fruit, Vegetable and Potato Processing Industries in Bonn, reports that currently some German.....

Spain: Broccoli campaign stable after initial uncertainty
This year's broccoli production will match that of previous campaigns, in spite of the "initial uncertainty" among growers, who delayed the first plantings in June, following the outcome of the Brexit referendum and "the uncertainty about whether there would be enough water for irrigation."This was stated by.....


Tomatoes could prevent wrinkles
Eating plenty of tomatoes could stave off wrinkles - and even skin cancer, say scientists.The fruit is rich in an antioxidant called lycopene that helps shield the body from harmful UV radiation.A study says it isn't a substitute for sunscreen but offers another important line of defence.The German.....

Growing conditions for Mexican squash are good
“Growing conditions right now are so far, so good,” said Bill Spence of Allied Trading. “Our squash is grown down in Hermosillo, Mexico and the farms have been getting good, warm, dry weather.” Allied Trading, LLC, imports and ships several varieties of squash—acorn, butternut, spaghetti and kabocha. Allied.....


Italy: Carrots from Fondi now available
We are about to pass from summer to autumn-winter carrots. "Produce from Lusia (RO) has almost ended and the first carrots from Fondi (LT) are starting to arrive," explains a wholesaler from Bologna.Carrots. (Archive photo)Carrots with leaves from Lusia are sold at €5 for 10-bunch crates, while those from.....


Organic vegetable market analysis in China
In China there are a total of 2,910 cooperatives who are engaged in organic agriculture, and its total area ranks top among Asian countries, reaching over 300,100 m2. This also makes China the 13th country in the world in terms of organic agriculture, even though this area only accounts for 0.06% of China's.....


Yunnan green beans: market worries farmers
Currently, off-season vegetables have already gone on sale in Lujiang village near Baoshan city in Yunnan. Among these vegetables, green beans are sold in famously large quantities."The Lujiang village lies in the largest dry and hot valley in the world. It has no pollution from industry and a large.....


Multicoloured tomatoes cultivated in Vittoria
The idea of multicoloured tomatoes came to Gianfranco Cunsolo in 2005. He understood the need to introduce a niche product to the market that stood out against all other standard products."I realised that, since North African tomatoes were introduced into Europe, products had become standardised, so the.....


Asparagus pricing hit by spiking air freight rates
Hard-hitting air freight rates are impacting asparagus pricing. “Prices are relatively strong right now because of the cost of air freight,” says Jan McDaniels of Redondo Beach, CA-based Gourmet Trading Co. “The airlines have started lifting their rates for November-December which happens every year. But it.....

Mexico: Sinaloa starts exporting vegetables
Sinaloa began its vegetable export season to the United States with the expectation of generating a major source of income over the next 6 months.Ulises Robles Gámez, the president of the Confederation of Agricultural Associations of Sinaloa (CAADES), said the start of the vegetable export season was always.....

Gavà Grup
Spain: Monterosa tomato expands from 1.5 to 120 hectares in three years
After only three years in production, the fruit and vegetable group, Gavà Grup, is talking about the success of its new tomato variety Monterosa. While three years ago the company cultivated 1.5 hectares in Almeria, at present the acreage has already reached 120 hectares, with prospects to harvest 10,000.....

Victorian Ag Minister visits SPC Ardmona workers
On November 10, Victorian Agriculture Minister, Jaala Pulford, visited workers and growers at Shepparton’s SPC Ardmona to show support, as uncertainty continues over their jobs.Woolworths has been under pressure to honour its 2014 deal made to get its canned fruit supplied from SPC for five years.This week,.....

Poland: Vegetables up to three times cheaper than last year
According to data from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, the price of cabbage in October stood an average of 0.28 zloty*/kg, which is 63 percent less than in the previous month and up to three times less than in the corresponding period of the previous year. According to Magdalena Kowalewska, expert.....


"Can't keep up with demand for Shiitake mushrooms"
Speciality mushrooms are becoming more and more popular, and the market is growing month by month, as with many 'niche' products they are increasingly featured on cooking programs on mainstream TV.UK company, Smithy Mushrooms specialise in Shiitake and Oyster and other Asian varieties. The Oyster and.....

Transition from Sonora to Sinaloa
Temporary supply gap for Mexican cucumbers
“Cucumbers are in transition from Sonora, Mexico over to Sinaloa, Mexico,” said Chuck Thomas of Thomas Produce Sales. “Within the next four to five weeks, harvesting will wind down in Sonora now that the weather has cooled down.”“Currently, we are seeing a slight gap of about two weeks in shipping before the.....

Nigeria: Mushrooms can provide food security
A Professor of Mycology/Plant Pathology at Landmark University Omu-Aran, has said that mass cultivation of mushrooms in Nigeria can end food scarcity in the country.Delivering the Second Inaugural Lecture of the Landmark University entitled, ‘Mushrooms Renaissance: Biodiversity, Ethnomycological and.....

55% of Canary tomatoes exported to British market
Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, participated in an event in the port of Southampton, UK, to celebrate the 130 years of Canary Island tomato exports to the British market."The role that tomatoes play in our economy will become even more important in the coming years,".....

Spain exports the largest volume of cucumbers in history
In the 2015/2016 season, Spain has exported the largest volume of cucumbers in history, with a total of more than 645 million kilos, according to data from the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Agencia Tributaria), code 0707 of the Tariff Integrated of the European Communities - TARIC.Between 1 September.....


China: Grow green vegetables in a Vios bookcase!
Vios looks like a giant bookcase, but actually it is used to plant vegetables. Made with natural wood, Vios's mid or large growing trays can meet the needs of specific vegetables.Thanks to the Vios system, we can use applications on our smart phone to have real-time control of light and water to guarantee.....

Greek industrial tomato production down 12% in 2016
This year's production of industrial tomatoes in Greece is estimated to have fallen by 12% compared to last season, according to the latest estimates of the World Industrial Tomato Council (WPTC).In particular, the industrial tomato production in Greece in 2016 is estimated at 440,000 tonnes, compared to.....


'Polish organic vegetable production growth highest in Europe'
With the end of the Polish harvest season in sight, Michał Gulczyński from Polfarm, said it had been a good season this year and that everything went to plan. The quality is good and average sizes are between 20-40. The Polish harvest runs from the beginning of June through to the end of November,.....

India: New airport to boost exports for Goan farmers
Once the Mopa international airport becomes functional, Goan farmers can use it for exporting locally-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, said Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar.Parsekar was addressing a gathering of farmers at a function organised to announce assistance for the promotion of vegetables with.....

Ghana: President pledges new tomato processing plant
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has pledged to build a tomato processing plant in Afrancho in the Offinso-North District, to help farmers boost both production and returns.He said the goal was to end the recurring production losses because of the absence of storage facilities. The area is a major.....

Turkey exports matsutake mushrooms to Japan
Matsutake mushrooms are also called pine mushrooms in Turkey because they were mostly found in pine forests. The mushroom grows naturally at the foot of the Cedars, about 1000 meters above sea level in a region in Kahramanmaraş in southeastern Turkey. The mushrooms are picked by villagers in the evening.....

AU: SPC Ardmona to honor tomato grower contracts
SPC Ardmona has vowed to honour the verbal agreements it made with tomato growers and pay them for supplying this season's crop, despite losing a major contract, reports abc.net.au.Woolworths announced it was cancelling a contract with SPC for the supply of private label tinned tomatoes. Growers have already.....

Spain: Artichokes gain ground and volume
The good prices of artichokes in the previous campaign have encouraged growers in some areas, like the Bajo Maestrazgo (Castellon) or Huétor Tájar (Granada), to expand the acreage this year. Meanwhile, in Tudela (Navarra) there are more hectares covered by its Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).The.....

Canary tomatoes have made adversity their greatest virtue
For a little more than a century, Canary tomatoes defined agriculture in the Canary Islands, as well as the economy, geography, demography, society and identity, transforming its landscape. Back then, more than 12,000 hectares were planted, creating over 30,000 jobs.Also, the product's reputation contributed.....


Danish freeze dried organic green kale proving popular in Asia
With demand rising in the Asian markets for quality Danish organic products, Ronni Sørensen created Green Gourmet, a trading company which enabled small companies, who would have otherwise had difficulties making into markets such as Japan and Taiwan, to make their way into these markets. Although the.....


Bert van der Feltz on East-West Seed's quest for independence:
Helping poor farmers and big investments don't go well together
When Dutch seedsman, Simon Groot, saw his family business, Sluis & Groot, taken over by a large biotech multinational, he knew that a different approach was necessary in order to help farmers in backward economies overcome their challenges.Almost 35 years later, Simon Groot's East-West Seed is Asia's.....

Peru: Conditions are favorable to export peppers to the US
According to the Commercial Office (OCEX) of Peru in Washington DC, conditions so that Peru can position itself as a provider of quality fresh peppers to the United States, one of the largest markets in the world, are favorable.In 2015, Peru sold more than 50 million dollars of canned peppers to the US. Now.....


Kenya: New pumpkin variety released
Paul Kabucwa, an officer at Opica Farm in Nyeri county, displays the latest pumpkin variety, known as Opica F1 Green. Photo/MILLIAM MURIGIOpica Farm, from Nyeri County in Kenya, has developed a new pumpkin variety which is rich in zinc and other essential minerals. Dubbed Opica F1 Green, the variety is.....

NZ: Fresh vegetable industry signs biosecurity agreement
On Tuesday 8 November, Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated, signed an agreement with Government to better protect the fresh vegetable growers it represents in managing biosecurity procedures.Vegetables NZ Inc is the governing body representing 900 commercial growers who produce more than 50 crops, with a.....

White cabbage remains Russian favourite
Domestic production of white cabbage in Russia is expected to continue through to the end of November, when imports will start from Serbia. According to a major importer, cabbage supplies have been affected by the embargo. The company used to source from the Netherlands, Germany and Poland, which is no.....

Germany: White cabbage harvest starts
In the traditional German cultivation areas of white cabbage and red cabbage for the processing industry, the harvest of white cabbage has started. This is reported by the ‘Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer’, in Bonn.Especially near the Niederrein and in the Euskirchen region, cabbage is.....