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The least popular variety
Spain: Yellow courgette exports reach record high
Although they are grown in Spain, Israel and the Netherlands, yellow courgettes are not exactly well-known. In Spain, Almeria is the province that stands out the most in terms of acreage. In the latest campaign, a total of 7,500 hectares were devoted to the crop, with a maximum production of 428.425 tonnes;.....

France: Leeks have a good start to the year
According to a recent Agreste publication, leek prices have been good since the start of the season and are above those recorded last year. The warm weather in September effected prices, but they recovered in the autumn. Demand was high and there were less leeks on the market, however consumers did not.....


Bjorn Franco, Rutoma:
“Asparagus is dirt cheap”
Asparagus prices are very low for the time of year. “While in previous years prices might have been extremely high at the start of the season, asparagus prices dropped incredibly quickly in 2017. They are dirt cheap for the time of year. You can now buy asparagus for six euro per kilogram and less. On 15.....

Saudi Arabia: Broccoli supply unaffected by Spanish weather
Saudi Arabia is one of the countries within the Gulf region with the highest consumption of fruit and vegetables. As some types of vegetables need to be sourced through import, the country is dependent on Spain. While Spanish production was severely affected by frost a couple of weeks ago, this didn’t have a.....


Organic cultivation the norm in Crete
The Greek island of Crete is mostly known as a destination for holidays in the sun, but that is going to change, if local authorities there have anything to say about it. Not that tourists will no longer be welcome, on the contrary. If it were up to Theano Vrentzou-Skordalaki, the Deputy Governor of the.....

Indian government to create garlic export centre
The Indian State Agriculture Minister, Prabhulal Saini, has announced the setting up of a garlic export centre while reassuring members of the state assembly that he would make efforts to ensure that garlic producers get remunerative prices for their crops.The state is likely to produce 8.43 lakh metric.....


Italy: An assessment of the radicchio from Veneto
A rather constant trend for the various types of radicchio commercialised by VeronaMercato. This is what Marco Benedetti, quality control and price list inspector for the facility, reports."The most representative radicchio varieties in VeronaMercato are Rosso di Verona, Rotondo or Chioggia, early Treviso.....


Spain: Fewer Bronco cabbages planted in Western Andalusia
At the moment, the volume of Bronco cabbage on the Spanish market is not very significant, although "we don't know exactly how large it is, since producers cultivate it when they want and there is no record," comments Jesús Lucas Rodríguez, of the Cooperative Society Virgen del Rocío. This means the current.....

Valencia and Murcia
Spain: Search for tomatoes and peppers adapted to drought and high salinity
Researchers from Valencia and Murcia, working together with the agrarian organization La Unió de Llauradors, are involved in a pioneering project to obtain traditional tomato and pepper varieties adapted to drought and high salinity conditions.The study is coordinated by the pepper and chilli improvement.....


"The carrots in Israel this season are fabulous"
“The carrots this season are fabulous,” says Nir Dahan - product manager at Yapro Ltd, a leading Israeli export company, specializing in root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots) plus exotics.“The early stop to the rain this year combined with the warm temperatures during the last 3-4 weeks has.....


JUXIAN RUIFENG FOODS LTD
China: Europe is now our main export market for frozen fruit & veg
"China's frozen fruit and vegetable export industry has been developing steadily in the past few years. Compared to 2015, the growth rate of total exports in 2016 is not large, about 5%. This is mainly due to the downturn in the European market economy last year, and the purchasing power of consumers is not.....


Landgard launches German asparagus season in mid-March
The German producer cooperative Landgard, with 3,200 member companies, is starting its asparagus season. A cold winter improved the growth and quality of German asparagus.As every year, service-industry and consumer customers are beginning to welcome the start of the asparagus season in Germany. Asparagus.....

For the first time
Salted garlic from Lianyungang sold on Hong Kong Market
In the past few days, the first batch of salt-soaked garlic, weighing 17.5 tons and with a value of 40 000 USD, which was produced by the Dongyuan Food enterprise in Lianyungang city (Jiangsu province) has smoothly cleared the customs in Hong Kong. This is the first time salt-soaked vegetables from.....


NGOs and retailers leave their marks on Dutch carrot market
The export of carrots has still not started, and prices are not at a cost-effective level. Furthermore, there are matters that are leaving their marks on the market. Surrounding countries and retailers are accentuating their requirements of pesticides under influence of NGOs. Because of the ever-closer.....

Robert den Ouden, Rodeno Agri Products BV:
“Waiting for price rise of celeriac, but poor quality pressures market”
“In general, volumes start to increase from March, but demand for celeriac has not yet hit its stride,” says Robert den Ouden from Rodeno Agri Products. “April, May and June are good months. Last year we had a great season, but now we are just waiting to see whether we’ll have any demand at all. Because.....

Hans van Luijk, Van Nature:
“Positive outlook for fruit & veg, but race isn’t over yet”
Dutch horticulture is currently characterised by a positive mood. “That is good, but the race is not over yet,” says Hans van Luijk, manager of cultivator’s association Van Nature. “We were very fortunate in a few respects this year. Cultivators then often get into good moods right away, and that is good,.....

Officials discover second case of cucumber virus in Queensland
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed another case of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) in Bundaberg.The virus was found at a commercial cucumber greenhouse that has no links to the previous detection in four greenhouses in the region, or the previous case in Charters Towers.The detection was made.....


Lamb’s lettuce market in a slump
Lamb’s lettuce prices were high for weeks. “Especially around the periods when we experienced shortages from Southern Europe earlier this year. There were good prices of more than 20 euro per kilogram. We managed to continue supplying from West-Flanders, even though our supply was not very high in January......


“CUCUMBAAAA”
A musical tribute to the cucumber
When reggae artists sing the praises of a green plant that does well in greenhouses, the chances are they're not talking about cucumbers – yet this time that is the case. British artist Macka B praises the cucumber in a video.Macka B is one of the most famous reggae artists in the world, and has built a.....

Upcoming meeting of Spanish-French-Italian contact group
Spain exported 9% more garlic in 2016
The Spanish-French-Italian garlic contact group, made up of representatives from the French, Italian and Spanish sectors, will meet on 23 March in Sulmona, Italy, in order to analyse the results of the latest campaign, the prospects for 2017, as well as the regulations applicable to imports from third.....

Broccoli could help manage weight gain
New research out of Kanazawa University in Japan, suggests that a natural compound found in Broccoli, called Sulforaphane, could help with weight management. The compound helps in the production of brown adipose tissue which is a type of fat that is thought to burn calories faster. "The two functions of.....


Spain: New artichoke varieties, more resistant than Tudela's
The various diseases that the plants can suffer, as well as the shelf life in stores and supermarkets, have been affecting the trends as far as artichoke varieties are concerned.Consequently, the white artichoke of Tudela "is a variety that we practically don't have at Frutas y Verduras Joanru," comments.....

Breeding program in Texas could bring improved vegetable varieties
A unique vegetable breeding program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could bring improved onion, watermelon, tomato and black-eyed pea varieties to producers in South and Central Texas.“The uniqueness of this multidisciplinary breeding program, involving breeders,.....


René Welles:
“Retail still has to make the switch to Dutch cucumbers”
The production of Dutch cucumbers was slow to start at the beginning of the season, resulting in good prices. By now, the good weather of the past few days resulted in supply becoming much larger. “Because of this, prices are somewhat under pressure. Yesterday, small cucumbers already dropped to 25 cents,.....

China: Wholesale veg prices fall 35% at Xinfadi market (Beijing)
In March last year, after being badly affected by the weather, all supply chains in the production locations for vegetables in the North were having difficulties. This pushed up prices to an historic high. However, after the Spring Festival this year, the wholesale price of vegetables has been backsliding......

Hans Derks: “Early demand from US”
Dutch bell pepper production delayed
The Dutch bell pepper production has not really got into its stride yet. “We had a very gloomy spring, which delayed the production, so it has been pushed back a bit. Naturally, it will all start happening next week. Apparently, Spain will be mostly finished in a few weeks, which suits the Dutch season,”.....

Denmark: Lettuce crisis largely responsible for rising food prices
The lettuce crisis has played a major role in boosting Danish food prices, which have increased by 2.6 percent since February 2016.Prices of items such as food, clothing and electronics have reached their highest rate since February 2012, according to the most recent figures from Statistics Denmark.The.....


Italy: Peperone di Pontecorvo Dop - a truly unique product
PDO Peppers from Pontecorvo grow near the Monti Aurunci Natural Park in southern Ciociaria, where the Liri valley meets the land of San Benedetto.This area is located in the Frosinone province and includes the towns of Pontecorvo, di Esperia, S. Giorgio a Liri, Pignataro Interamna, Villa S Lucia, Piedimonte.....


Alastair Hulbert, CEO, T&G Global
"Thailand has exceeded expectations for kiwifruit and grapes"
With an enormous Asian market just around the corner and great demand for various products, companies in New Zealand have a luxury position. T&G Global is strengthening its position in Asian countries. The company has enjoyed a 20-year plus relationship with Asia including Japan and Singapore. More.....


Local Roots showcases traveling indoor farm
Local Roots Farms will debut the world’s first traveling indoor farm at SXSW, March 11-15, 2017. Built inside a 40’ shipping container, the mobile farm uses a proprietary form of hydroponic technology to grow leafy greens equal to five acres of land, 365 days a year, with up to 99% less water than.....

No concerns about lower quality Mexican competition
Spain: Antequera expects 40% more asparagus
The weather recorded in the region of Antequera in recent months has allowed asparagus growers in the area to face a very positive campaign if everything remains as it has until now.Besides these good conditions, there has also been an increase in the acreage, which should serve to compensate for the.....


"This year we are happier, but the production volume is small"
The market demand has improved this year; however, the production volume is failing to meet the needs of the market due to the bad weather recorded in December and the losses caused in the harvests."Many markets are interested in Datterini (mini pear) tomatoes, because it is a particularly tasty variety,".....

Rwanda: Market price for sweet potatoes & peas increases
Rwandan consumers can expect to pay a bit more at city markets for sweet potatoes and fresh peas, as a recent mini-survey by Business Times shows a noticeable increase in prices.The price of sweet potatoes rose by Rwf150 to Rwf400 per kilogramme in most city markets, up from Rwf250 previously. That of yams.....

Bad weather causes French cauliflower prices to plummet by 38%
Conditions for the 2016-2017 cauliflower season have been bad due to heavy rain in the spring, lack of water over the summer and frost in the winter. As a consequence, the harvest has decreased. The 2016-2017 season started last June and it is expected to have decreased by 16% compared to 2015-2016 and 24%.....


Hoogstraten’s plans for 2017
“Growth in various vegetables and soft fruit”
Coöperatie Hoogstraten once again grew in the illuminated cultivation of tomatoes. Three years ago, they started with 20 hectares. The year after that, it doubled, and another 20 hectares was added in 2016. “At first, we were fairly sceptical about illuminated cultivation. After all, there are plenty of.....


US (TX): Dallas Farmers Market blossoms with local produce
Last month, a reader wrote to Dallas News about the changes around the Dallas Farmers Market. He decried the fact that The Shed was only half-full on a February visit. He pined for the old days, when the market was teeming with produce vendors and lamented that he saw only two farmers when he was there.It's.....


Vegetable farmland slightly increased
Open field vegetables 2016: asparagus harvest has highest yield so far
From 964 hectares, Thuringia's vegetable farmers harvested a total of 29,000 metric tonnes of outdoor-grown vegetables. This is 0.3 thousand metric tonnes less than last year, or -0.9 percent. The farmland rose by 11 hectares, or one percent compared to 2015. The three most important vegetables in Thuringia.....

Bizerba consumer behavior study:
Germans are consuming considerably more fresh food
Bizerba, the leading provider of technology solutions for handling fresh food, commissioned a survey of consumer behavior in Germany at the start of the world's most important trade fair, EuroShop in Dusseldorf. The central questions were: What is the importance of fresh food? Where do the Germans like to.....

The tenth UK Onion & Carrot Conference to be held November 14th
The biennial UK Onion & Carrot conference and trade exhibition will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. "After years of holding this prestigious event in Peterborough, we felt it was time for a change of location. We are very excited to hold the.....


Han Lammers, PUURGroenten:
“Chefs choose vegetables increasingly often”
Radish leaves, miniature sprout leaves, miniature pepper leaves, sea verdolaga, and verdolaga leaves. These are the new products that are in the PUURGroenten greenhouses this year. Han and Saskia Lammers focus on the catering industry with these kinds of special products. “Chefs are choosing actual.....

Arrival of first South African organic pumpkins
Q-Cape offers retailers in the Netherlands and Germany a sustainable and flavourful product with the introduction of organic, orange pumpkins from South Africa. According to manager Leo Stoker, of the company from Dronten, their cultivation offers advantages compared to that in Europe and South America.The.....


First Dutch orange bell peppers presented to royal couple
On Wednesday 8 March, Alex Zwinkels offered the first orange bell peppers of his 2017 harvest to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in the name of the Oranje Paprika Vereniging (Orange bell pepper association) at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. With that, a tradition going back years was also continued.....


Delhaize will also offer regional produce
“Our customers want to pay for Belgian products”
“We at Delhaize think it’s important to offer fruit and vegetables from Belgium as much as possible. Besides, we follow the seasons as much as possible. We have noticed that our customers appreciate this. For example, we offer Spanish strawberries for a while in January, when domestic production is too low......


SIPO Made in Italy
Direct from the fields to Romanian and Eastern European consumers
Two leading companies in the fruit and vegetable sector will collaborate in order to promote Italian vegetables in Eastern Europe: this is the desired goal from the partnership between the Italian company SIPO and AGRIRO Fresh, a leader in the Romanian market for fruit and vegetables.On the right:.....

Costa Group invests $1m in generators to protect Australian mushrooms
One of Australia’s largest horticulture producers has spent more than $1 million to guard against power outages it fears could result from the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station at the end of the month.Costa Group recently installed five back-up power generators at its mushroom farm at Mernda, on.....


“Asparagus season more and more forced”
The asparagus season started a few weeks ago: “We have noticed that prices are currently decreasing. This is because cultivators focus more and more on the early season, and production therefore increases sooner. However, the consumer isn’t yet ready for the season, which is why the prices are already.....

Carrot prices hit all time high in New Zealand
Prices for fruit and vegetables have soared in the past year with vegetable prices increasing and carrots hitting record high prices. Food prices increased 2.2 per cent in total in the year to February 2017, Statistics NZ says. Fruit and vegetables were up 7.7 percent and grocery food was up 2.3.....


Leo Vermeulen, Dutch Salads:
“We can easily sell our product on the British market”
After having worked for various vegetable exporters, Leo Vermeulen chose to be an independent entrepreneur in 2004. The horse stables behind his house were converted into an office space, where he and his sons Martijn and Stephan provide the packers for British retail with greenhouse vegetables under the.....


Italy: Good moment for asparagus and citrus fruit
"It's a good moment for asparagus and citrus fruit at Caab Bologna,"reports Roberto Piazza, director of the Bologna market wholesaler association. "The asparagus season is livening up, even if most produce will only become available in April. At the moment, asparagus comes from Sicily, Puglia, Sardinia and.....

Sales of savoy cabbage marginalising
“It's rarely possible to make any permanent agreements for the sales of savoy cabbage,” says Peter Stafleu from Best of Four. “The trade therefore has to go on the free (day) market, and that has not yet turned out to be profitable. The fact that cells are filled for long periods after harvest because there.....

Ginger prices hit rock bottom in India
With ginger rates suddenly falling in Adilabad, farmers are being forced to sell, with no buyers, at Rs.10 to Rs.12 a kg from a once high of Rs.70. As such, they are seeking market facility to sell the commodity. About 300 farmers are agitated over the steep fall in the price. They had taken up ginger.....

Indian farmers urge government to push veg exports to Pakistan
Indian farmers have urged the state government to facilitate exports of vegetables to Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border by means of diplomatic channels.“There is a glut of vegetables here these days and farmers are ploughing vegetables in the fields, whereas in stark contrast there is huge demand for.....

Professor sees huge potential in Nigerian mushroom farming
According to John Aroye Okhuoya, who is a professor of Mycology and Plant Pathology at the University of Benin, mushrooms are a crop which has a huge economic potential in Nigeria but has been mostly relegated to the background.This crop is the mushroom which experts in the field have described as a major.....

Spain: Tomato exports have been falling for four years
Spanish tomato exports have been falling over the past four years, both in terms of volume and value, despite the fact that the price has been increasing year after year, according to data from the statistics service Estacom (Icex-Agencia Tributaria), under Code 0702 of the Tariff Integrated of the European.....


Chinese ripeners lead international expansion
"At present, China's fruit and vegetable industry is facing three major problems. Firstly, farmers do not take effective means to preserve the harvested fruits and vegetables, such as precooling, which results in greater loss of freshness during transportation and shelf sales. Secondly, commercialization of.....


US: West Coast shortages create greater demand for local greens
Local greenhouse producers are responding to help retailers fill the supply gap created by the early finish for leafy greens in Yuma, AZ, due to weather issues. Greenhouse producer BrightFarms reports increased orders from several retailers looking to fill the gap caused by the widespread shortages of.....


Switching varieties could remedy tomato allergy
There is only a very small proportion of the population who may be allergic, and the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust may have the solution - change your tomato!The trust has been researching the potential health benefits of some heritage tangerine tomatoes.In 2015 they sent seeds to France for trialling.....


Tesco to offer luxury fresh pet food with vegetables
Tesco has upped the gourmet stakes for Britain’s pet owners - with the introduction of a full range of high quality fresh pet food with vegetables.During the festive season Tesco saw a 100 percent rise in demand for luxury festive meals and foodie treats for cats and dogs such as pigs in blankets,.....


In collaboration with Seminis
New field-grown colored pepper varieties unveiled
J&J Family of Farms® is always looking for ways to attract and bring value to its customers and is introducing its field-grown colored pepper program. The company plans to keep fulfilling consumer demand in new and innovative ways with the new product line.J&J Family of Farms worked closely with.....

Taiwan: Smuggled mushrooms intercepted
The Taiwan Golden Coast Guard recently intercepted 79 boxes of smuggled mushrooms from mainland China with a total weight of 1800 kg. Two smugglers from Xiamen City were apprehended and are currently being questioned according to relevant laws and regulations. Cheap smuggled mushrooms have been flooding the.....

China: Garlic market prospects worrisome
"Pizhou city of Jiangsu province is one of the main garlic producing areas in China, the listing of the garlic starts at the end of May or early June every year. Garlic prices rose again and again in 2016 due to shortages and speculation. Driven by high profits, the majority of garlic farmers expanded the.....

Spain: Garlic sector demanding a solution to land leasing issue
At the meeting of the Regional Garlic Commission, the president of the National Garlic Board, Julio Bacete, is demanding a definitive solution to the problem of land leasing and basic payment rights, because the tenants "are currently in no man's land, despite the fact that the sector generates a lot of.....

China: Prices for garlic substantially lower
In Jinxiang county (Shandong province), China's garlic hub, falling prices for garlic in the fields is obvious. A recent survey shows that, since the beginning of 2017, the price for garlic has dropped on two occasions. The first time was due to the so-called 'holiday effect', when buyers suddenly are buying.....


Omer Kamp, Arava Export Growers:
“Dependency is the nemesis of free trade”
"The bell pepper season started off slow, and everyone was a bit pessimistic," says Omer Kamp from Arava Export Growers in Israel". However, the circumstances in Spain have made consumers realize that one cannot and should not place all the eggs in a single basket.""Now, all of a sudden, everybody wants.....


UK: Normal timing for first asparagus
The first asparagus from the Wye Valley have been cut this week. This is later than last year according to Chris Chinn from Cobrey Farms. "Last year was exceptionally early, this is more the norm for the first cut."Although volumes are small at the moment they are building quickly, the main volumes will come.....

Super greenhouse offers unprecedented scale of control in Australia
Farmers are predicting a Canadian super greenhouse will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on an unprecedented scale.The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops from volatile and destructive weather, or.....


Zoef Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radijs:
“Year-round uniform quality of Dutch radish thanks to illuminated cultivation”
Fifteen years ago, Turkish entrepreneur Zoef Yilmaz started cultivating radish in the Netherlands. After starting in several rented greenhouses, Yilmaz Radijs’s area has increased to 20 hectares since the take-over acquisition of a 10-hectare greenhouse in ’s-Gravenzande in 2015. Weekly, the company produces.....


Maurice Koppen, Oakfield Champignons:
“Smoother sales of mushrooms despite decreased export to UK”
The white mushrooms are enjoying good demand this season. “Especially compared to previous years, demand has been very good from the summer until now,” says Maurice Koppen from Oakfield Champignons of Stramproy, the Netherlands. Oakfield Champignons is a commercial trading company with a production entirely.....


Are the VegieTales characters Cannibals?
If you grew up in the 90s you may remember the Christian programme, VeggieTales, which taught valuable lessons to kids around the world. While the show carries wholesome themes, the internet is having an entertaining debate about whether the VeggieTales put their morals where their mouth is.Bob, Larry and.....

China: Vegetables from various regions sell poorly
The warm winter in 2016, with its occasional sudden periods of frost, mean the price for vegetables has increased. A couple of growers therefore have expanded the size of their plantations. Vegetables in all parts of the country unexpectedly seem to sell poorly this year. Analysts think that, against the.....


Especially red increasing
BelOrta increases bell pepper area by 7%
In 2016, about 2,100,000 kilograms of Flandria green bell peppers were supplied to BelOrta. On 6 March, the first ones were supplied again to the auction. “Production is increasing, as evidenced by the predicted area increase of seven per cent for this year compared to 2016. The area of yellow bell pepper.....