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Tight cabbage market for eastern part of the US
“It’s an extremely tight cabbage market,” explained Calvert Cullen of Northampton Growers Produce Sales, Inc. in Cheriton, Virginia.Tropical storm Colin and weather issues are to blame for the lower than normal cabbage supplies for the eastern part of the U.S.“We had a loss of acreage in North Carolina, and.....


US (NJ): Late start to cucumber harvest, but prices strong
A late start in planting has put New Jersey's cucumber growers behind in their harvesting. A recent windstorm has compounded the slow start to the season.“We usually start by about now, but we’ll probably be two weeks late,” said Tom Sheppard of Sheppard Farms, though not all are behind schedule. “There are.....


Maine broccoli a strong competitor in the eastern market
Broccoli is in between seasons for some farms in Maine, like at Smith’s Farm. The big local crop harvest will start after the Fourth of July holiday. “That’s when we really gear up in Maine: July, August, September, October,” noted Emily Smith of Smith’s Farm. Although demand sometimes dips in the summer –.....

French retail price of American bananas decrease
According to Relaxnews, the price of bulk American bananas has decreased by 32%. French varieties of apricots (45-50mm in bulk) and yellow nectarines from outside France (A-AA) have also seen a decrease in prices (21% and 20% respectively).French artichoke prices have increased by +11% from €1.31 to €1.46/a.....

Onion price on the up
Same as last year, onions everywhere go on the market at the end of May. Garlic and onions have a pricing season every three to four years. In 2014, that price dropped sharply to 0.35RMB/500g, leading to a reduction of the total Chinese cultivation area for onions by 30% in 2015. Production decreased and.....

Monterosa tomato wins fruit and vegetable innovation award
Semillas Fito won the fruit and vegetable innovation award of the V edition of the A tu salud awards (To your health awards), which were organized by La Razon newspaper. The company won the award for its Monterosa project. The Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Alfonso Alonso, presented the.....


Hazera launches new greenhouse vegetable varieties for Spanish market
Hazera has been making further inroads into the Spanish vegetable seed market through its local subsidiary located in the region of Almería. It is currently in the midst of launching a whole range of varieties that were specially cultivated for the Spanish market. According to Hazera's Commercial Director.....


Spring harvest finished and start with Purple garlic
"Spanish garlic is in an increasingly advantageous position"
The harvest of early Spring garlic is coming to an end in Castile-Leon following the end of the season in Andalusia and Castile-La Mancha, Spain's main producing areas. "Growers have been able to harvest and store the garlic in warehouses without any difficulties caused by the weather conditions, which will.....

Ghana: "Public private partnerships essential in vegetable production"
Mr Kenneth Wujangi, Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, has said public private partnerships in the vegetable production, is essential to enhance growth and deliver reliable stream of information and technology in emerging trends.He said collaborative partnerships could be used to effectively.....


Qatar: Fruit and vegetable prices see extreme drop
The prices of vegetables and fruits in the local market have fallen by 12 percent and four percent respectively over the past year. A report released by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said there was no change in vegetable prices and fruit prices rose by one percent in May compared to April.The central.....


India: E-portals save residents from pricey produce
A number of Indian residents have started buying vegetables online after a recent hike in the prices.Residents said that the vegetables are much cheaper on e-commerce websites and applications like Grofers, Peppertap and bigbasket than the conventional stores. Source: hindustantimes

Peru: Chillies and peppers boost region's export potential
The president of the Exporters Association (Adex), Juan Varilias, said during the opening of the 23rd International Pepper Conference that the increased production of chillies and peppers helps boost the region's export potential.According to Varillas, the main products in the capsicum basket in the first.....


Replace wheat with sea vegetables
A Dutch startup, just six months old, called Seamore has big dreams for seaweed. Himanthalia, commonly known as sea spaghetti, is migrating from the seafloor to the dinner plate. It’s being pitched as a healthy substitute for pasta, providing the same texture while increasing vegetable intake. And while it’s.....


Zambia: Pest threatens to push tomato prices up
ZAMBIA National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) outreach manager Coillard Hamusimbi says tomato prices will continue rising if the pest, tuta absoluta, is not controlled.Mr Hamusimbi was speaking in an interview when student farmers attending a global farmers’ master class supported by Rabobank and Zanaco visited.....


Wouter Willems, ZON:
“Recovery red bell peppers, yellow and orange lagging”
A remarkable divide in prices between red and green bell peppers on the one side and yellow and orange bell peppers on the other side can be seen on the bell pepper market this year. “Normally orange is the best colour regarding prices, because significantly fewer kilograms are cut in regards to the other.....


Flamengo
Sicilian growers aiming at foreign markets with pink tomatoes
Thanks to the experience gained in Spain in exports, seed company Meridiem Seeds Italia introduced a pair of vine tomato hybrids:Flamengo 64 (6-8 fruits)Flamengo 66 (4-6 fruits)Both have a shocking-pink colour, excellent shelf-life as well as green pulpy rachis and sepals even after ripening.Company managers.....


ISI Sementi announces its cooperation with BASF for the "Ettaro Rosso" project
"Together with BASF managers, we have selected 10 companies located all over the national territory for theEttaro Rossostrategy, aimed at guaranteeing increased plant protection, higher yields and a better quality. In order to provide a more complete assessment, we chose to test two varieties - Cruiser F1 in.....


Eddy van Hoof:
“Sales of iceberg lettuce halved due to Ramadan”
It is Ramadan, and for many traders that has a serious influence on sales. “Normally Muslims consume many vegetables, but during Ramadan they fast during the day. One of our main products is iceberg lettuce, which we usually supply to sandwich and kebab shops. Because of Ramadan, only about half, or less, is.....

New Mexico Hatch chile labelling dispute heats up
A federal appeals court has sided with a green chile grower's group in southern New Mexico's Hatch Valley in a dispute over what food can be labelled with the renowned Hatch name.The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Hatch Chile Association and allied Albuquerque food.....


Sunset wins most awards at greenhouse competition
SUNSET® is celebrating another win, taking home top awards again at this year’s Greenhouse Competition at the Leamington Fair.Leading the awards was SUNSET’s Flavor Bombs™, which won best overall tomato and best bite-size tomato. The accolades keep rolling in for Flavor Bombs™, which were also honored.....


Dutch program helps Ghana to overturn EU ban
The Ghana Vegetable (GhanaVeg) Programme, which was introduced by the Dutch government, is working through the horticultural value chain to help Ghana overturn a European Union (EU) ban on exports of selected vegetables.The EU last year banned the exports of chillies, aubergine and other vegetables from.....


The 2016 International Tomato Congress is a month away
Mexico, the world largest fresh tomato exporter, shipped more fresh tomatoes than green peppers, limes, avocados or mangos in 2015. In terms of production value, tomatoes are the most important vegetable for the country, with 60% of this value represented by fresh tomato varieties grown under protected.....


Lettuce demand increasing as summer starts
Just as January and New Year’s resolutions bring an increased demand in lettuce and healthy eating, June and the start of summer mirrors that same trend, according to Brian Cook of Hollandia Produce in Carpinteria, California.“We’ve seen lettuce remain popular in January and it peaks again in June as summer.....


New cucumber varieties Jiaotong University
European greenhouse cucumbers are appreciated by the Chinese. Jiaotong University in Shanghai has now announced that a research group has bred new varieties of greenhouse cucumber with autonomous knowledge and property rights.The research group is the first in China to establish a system for.....

Mexico: Tabasco to export cucumbers to the US and Canada
As part of the plan to promote the agroindustrial sector to avoid being dependent on oil, Tabasco will export an average of 316,008 boxes of European cucumbers per year, which are approximately worth $2,054,052 dollars, to the United States and Canada.The cucumbers will be produced in the hydroponic.....

'Super-pest' could devastate UK, EU brassica crops
According to new research, 'exceptionally high’ numbers of the diamondback moth are arriving in the UK and Europe, threatening cabbage and cauliflower crops. The diamondback moth is a species often described as a 'super-pest' and with the right conditions, it has the potential to devastate brassica.....


New species of “bleeding” tomatoes
A new species of tomato has been discovered, Solanum Ossicruentum, and it is very different to the farmed varieties. These tomatoes are from Australia and measure only a few centimetres in diameter. They grow enveloped in spikes, which are used to scratch animals and propagate their seeds.Researchers cut one.....


for higher vegetable consumption
Seminar London Produce Show marked by innovative Dutch concepts
A low consumption of fruit and vegetables is the fifth risk factor. This was said by researcher Herman Peppelenbos of Wageningen UR Food & Biobased research, last Thursday June 9 at the seminar: 'Fresh from Holland – Innovative concepts'during the London Produce Show. Yvonne Vanlier of Greenco, Maarten.....

Spanish spinach production threatened by mildew
Spinach producers from Murcia, Alicante and Almeria, spinach breeders, pesticide manufacturers, national and international fresh cut processors, representatives of the regional administration, AEPLA and PROEXPORT have analysed the phytosanitary situation of spinach in Spain, reaching the sad conclusion that.....


Wim Isings (Explotaciones Fincas Iberia) provides export from Murcia:
"Belgium can't get enough of endives"
Wim Isings proves that you're never too old to make a career switch. Wim - now 82 - still works with visible pleasure and passion for his company Explotaciones Fincas Iberia, which he set up two decades ago near the Spanish town Alicante. Under the Associated Growers Iberia initiative the business.....

Tomato varieties ready for salad season
Consumers will see a steady supply of Ontario tomatoes this season, as weather has been favorable.“Weather’s been good for the product. The area’s had a good flush of product timed with great retail support and some of the cooler and cloudy weather we’ve had lately has provided steady production,” said Tim.....


False Colding Moth eats into chili pepper farmers profits
If there’s anything that is giving fresh chili pepper farmers sleepless nights in Kenya, it’s the False Codling Moth (FCM).FCM is currently causing havoc in various chili farms in the countryeating into the farmers’ profits. Even though the pest also destroys other crops like avocados, pineapples, mangoes.....

Venezuela: Production of tomato, paprika seedlings down 50%
The Civil Association of Producers of seedbeds of Campo Lindo and Campo Alegre (Aciprosemcla) which was created 20 years ago in Quibor, in the municipality of Jimenez, state of Lara, increased its production of tomato, paprika, and pepper seedlings throughout the years. However, production has declined by.....

Mexico: Producers to plant 30 hectares of asparagus with guaranteed sales
The Directorate for Rural Development from Lerdo will help producers achieve contract farming of asparagus crops in the municipality. This kind of production, which the municipality is increasingly promoting, allows producers to have a secure income on their agricultural production.The head of the.....

Few leeks, high prices
The market does not have many leeks available at the moment. This is due to the short supply of the cultivators. The old harvest is coming to an end and the new harvest will not start properly for a few weeks. “We now have some leeks from the old harvest, but they are slightly less good qualitatively......

European vegetable crops affected by weather conditions
Europe is facing adverse weather conditions and as a result European processors of canned, frozen and dehydrated vegetables in major producing countries are very concerned over this year’s spring and summer crops. Northern Europe has been impacted by heavy rains and severe flooding in important production.....

Spanish garlic sector aims to relaunch garlic in Taiwan
On 1 June, a delegation of the Chamber of Commerce of Yunlin Taiwan and the National Association of Producers and Distributors of Garlic from Spain (ANPCA) signed a memorandum of understanding for the collaboration between the two entities with the goal of encouraging garlic trade.Taiwan has traditionally.....


Carlos Olmos, of Huercasa:
"Sweetcorn demand is much higher than the supply"
Sweetcorn demand in Europe is currently so strong that the production available is unable to cover it. "The shortage of sweetcorn is the result of an imbalance between supply and demand," explains Carlos Olmos, commercial director of Huercasa, the largest producer and marketer of boiled corn in Europe."The.....

AU: Tomatoes on the way!
Things are looking sweet for the Kalano Community Farm on the outskirts of Katherine.The indigenous-run farm is planting its sixth commercial tomato crop and hopes to produce about 100 tonnes this year.All of the crop is sold to the Woolworths chain which uses the produce in its Northern Territory.....

Mexico: Delayed rains benefit chillies
Roberto Luevano Silva, deputy of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said that, thanks to the heat, "the chillies have suffered minimal damage, as only one thousand of the 35,000 hectares of chilli in the state have been affected.""The delay in the.....

Ghana needs modern technology for veg production
Collaboration between the private and public sector in Ghana, could help to build the capacity of farmers and bring modern technology to remote areas to boost agricultural production.This is according to deputy chief of Staff in charge of Operations, Mr. Kenneth Wujangi, who made the call at a forum.....

Spain's 'green caviar' unites farmers and chefs
“Quisante lágrima,” or “tear pea,” so called because of its small size and shape, has also become known as “green caviar” among Spain’s flourishing community of top chefs, reports the New York Times.It is a vegetable so highly prized that, once it is shelled, its value reaches around 200 Euro a kilogram, or.....

India: Veg price increases push up food inflation
Hefty increases in vegetable prices in India contributed to pushing up overall food inflation, which increased to 7.55 per cent in May against 6.32 per cent in the previous month, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).Retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) surged to.....


Yvonne Vanlier, Greenco:
Healthy snacking should be fun and relevant
Greenco is working very hard to offer consumers a healthy alternative out of doors as well. This vision has already brought the Tommies snack vegetables into the Dutch train stations, while filling stations and conference rooms are also ‘vegetable-ising.’ During autumn 2015 and spring 2016 Greenco conducted.....


Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield:
“Sales white mushrooms quite good, unlike brown mushrooms”
The summer period is never the ideal time for the sales of mushrooms. “An abundant supply of imported stonefruit and vegetables from our own country means mushrooms will always be less popular for a short period. But cultivators anticipate this and always produce a little less during this period,” says sales.....

EU may lift ban on Ghanaian veg exports
The European Union may be planning to lift the ban placed on the export of some vegetables from Ghana last year, because the produce did not meet the required quality standards. This was hinted at by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna.According to Hanna, though there is a huge market in the EU for.....


New tomato variety hits the ground running
The new tomato variety from Red Sun Farms, the Monarch Pearls, has arrived this year with lots of interest and very good sales. The latest entry into the snacking category is an orange grape tomato.Jim Dimenna, President of Red Sun Farms, presents Monarch pearls at CPMA 2016“Whenever you launch a new.....

Cucumber prices increasing in Crimea
Over the past weekend alone, (11-12 June) cucumber prices have increased by 15 percent, this is on the back of constant price increases of the vegetable in the Crimean peninsula.According to Fruit-Inform, sellers have also managed to averagely triple their prices over a week. For the present, wholesale.....


Export to Europe starts by mid-June
New Jining garlic: "Neat quality, smaller calibre"
“The garlic harvest is coming to an end. The overall quality is better than last year; there is generally less mould and less damaged cloves. The weather during the harvest has been good. Most farmers have harvested the crop independently, instead of hiring workers, because the weather has been stable and.....

‘Misapplication’ of EU fund
Ireland: Mushroom organisation sues ag minister
Ireland's Minister for Agriculture is being sued by the state's largest mushroom producer organisation, which claims it has suffered more than €12 million in losses due to the alleged unlawful withholding of EU financial aid.Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of.....

Kerala: Grafted veg will ensure food security
The availability of grafted vegetables seedling is set to be increased in Kerala, as grafting technology, which was previously restricted to a few Kerala Agriculture University scientists, has been passed on to field officers of the VFPCK (Vegetable and Fruit promotion Council Keralam) and VHSE (Vocational.....

Peru's pepper exports to grow 20%
Peru's Exporters Association (ADEX) Chairman Juan Varilias stated thatPeru's fresh chili and pepper (capsicum) exports will amount to US$286 million in 2016, a 20% increase from the previous year."[...] receiving phytosanitary access to the United States in September 2015 opened up a very important window.....

Paraguay: Producers try to save tomatoes from the cold
Horticultural small producers from Alto Parana are using plastics and tents to cope with the low temperatures. According to forecasts, temperatures will drop down to 1°C on Saturday and producers fear the frost will damage their crops."The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Carlos Baruja, visited us and told us.....


Jan Poleij:
"Sales of samphire and sea lavender increasing, but so is competition"
With the summer just around the corner it is rush hour at J.P. Poleij. The wholesaler in sea lavender and samphire from Kruiningen has its own sea vegetable nursery, but also harvests them wild from the marshes. "Here in Zeeland they only want wild grown sea lavender and samphire. In the marshes the.....


US market pricing tomatoes consistent
“From what we’ve seen over the past few years, the UK market pricing is consistent right now for romas and red grape tomatoes. We do notice that the Canadian summer production has been steadily increasing over the years, where they are able to supply their local market better and the US domestic market as.....

Low cauliflower prices could rise in coming weeks
With light demand and an abundance of cauliflower coming from California, prices for the vegetable have been low. But prices are set to climb next week in the face of lower supply.“There have been large volumes of cauliflower this last week, so prices have come down,” said Craig Smithback with Fresh Kist.....

China: Hainan sweet potato sales hit record high
Japanese sweet potato varieties in demand in China
"Every year, Hainan sweet potatoes are planted in August. The crop is ready for harvest around the Spring Festival, which is considerably earlier than sweet potatoes from Northern China. The supply generally last until the middle of June. Our early availability is giving us a competitive advantage compared.....


Turkish tomato prices hit rock bottom
In Mugla, an important tomato growing region in southern Turkey, tomato prices at the market have fallen from between 1.5 to 2 Turkish lira a kilo, to 15 kurus a kilo, on the back of declining exports and a surplus of the product on domestic markets.Greenhouse vegetable production in Fethiye and the.....


Giel Hermans, Hermans Suikermais:
“Hardly any sweet corn available this week”
Sunny weather traditionally increases demand for sweet corn. That is also the case now, but there is one problem: hardly any sweet corn is available this week. “Morocco finished earlier, and Spain is later than in other years. That results in holes in the market,” Giel Hermans explains.“When it is this.....

Zambian tomato prices still high
Changeable weather, high input costs and high demand have contributed to tomato prices increasing for the third month in the row in Zambia's Copperbelt province. The commodity is fetching around K250 per box in major towns in the province, and has risen from about K150 to K350 in some areas.According to the.....

The impact of Africa's tomato pest problem
Nigeria's tomato supply has been ravaged by the crop pest Tuta absoluta. Prices have soared to around 15 times higher than before the outbreak; but this provides no consolation for farmers, who have lost most of their crops and cannot afford to plant the corn and rice they usually do after harvesting.....


Germany:
Buy regional arugula and kohlrabi
It was a bit cold during the spring for the vegetables, but now they look fine, states Heiko Höltje. The vegetable farmer from Wolfenbüttel in the east of Germany has struggled a bit with the copious amount of rain over the past weeks. “This makes the vegetables dirty and the wet and warm weather promotes.....

Segovia, Castile-Leon
Spain: Good garlic campaign expected in Vallelado
In Vallelado, garlic is planted at the start of autumn and is harvested in early summer, from the first days of July. The harvest is thus less than a month away, and although the plants' growth is delayed compared to previous campaigns, sources from the Association for the Promotion of Garlic from Vallelado.....

Demand for Queensland broccoli high in Japan
After just one season of exports, Japan has grown to become Queenland's third largest overseas market for broccoli. So far the export trade with Japan has injected $1 million into the state whilst creating 25 extra part-time jobs.The success of the first season was even more welcomed due to broccoli not.....


Gert-Jan van Raaij, Van Raaij Eko:
"Strikingly good demand for chicory for the time of the year"
The chicory market can rejoice in good demand. "The demand is strikingly higher than in other years during this period. Everyone's stock of chicory roots is tight, so not too much is being produced. This results in a good price level," says Gert-Jan van Raaij of Van Raaij Eko from Haps. He supplies the.....

Peru: Fresh capsicum exports to generate 27 million dollars in three years
According to the Association of Exporters (ADEX), the entry of fresh peppers and fresh chillies to the United States is expected to generate 27 million dollars in exports in the first three years and 150 million dollars by the fifth year.After four years of negotiations, the United States approved the access.....


Fresher product, smaller carbon footprint
Organic baby leafy greens now grown on East Coast
“This is the first year that organic baby leafy greens are grown on the US East Coast,” says Roger Zlotoff with M&R Farms. Because of the milder climate, baby leafy greens for commercial quantities are only grown in California and Arizona. “We are proving that it is possible to grow them year-round on.....


Slow start for Polish broccoli, cauliflower
It has been a slow start for broccoli and cauliflower after a recent dip in temperatures. After day time temperatures of around 25°C last week, night time temperatures have been dipping down to around 10°C this week, with day time temps around 15-18°C. The cold should not affect the.....

2011 to 2015
Cut veg sales doubled in Japan
As the popularity of ready-to-cook cut vegetables is rising in Japan, the variety of such products is also growing. A broad selection of precut products is on display in the vegetable section of the Aeon Style Makuhari Shintoshin store in Chiba, including vegetables for ramen, yakisoba, curry, stew and.....