Vegetables


Massimo Pavan (PEF)
Italy: Good season for Ispica new carrots
The last shipment of Pgi new carrots from Ispica left on June 15th. "Trends were very positive during this campaign. We doubled the quantity of Pgi produce, as it is gaining popularity on the market," explains Massimo Pavan (in the photo), sales manager for PEF.PEF produces 9,000 tons of carrots a.....


Japan: Long-lost pumpkin variety sees revival
A long-lost variety of pumpkin originating from Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, could see a revival this summer, thanks to the efforts of a vegetable shop owner who called on local primary and middle schools to team up with a farmer to grow Irukibashi kabocha after its seeds were discovered last year.Irukibashi.....

Middle East puts breaks on Indian veg imports
Close on the heels of neighbouring Kerala raising concerns about high level of pesticide content in vegetables grown in Tamil Nadu, many countries in the Middle East have put brakes on importing vegetables from the state.Exporters said large quantity of vegetables and other perishable commodities like dairy.....

Greece: 40% drop in greenhouse tomato prices in Peloponnese
A 40% drop has been recorded in producer prices for greenhouse tomatoes in the Peloponnese this week. Good quality tomato prices in Messinia now stand at about 0.30 Euro per kilo, according to a report from Agrenda.The main reason for this is the overlap in the market with greenhouse tomatoes from Crete,.....

German strawberries, bell peppers from the Netherlands
StrawberriesThey were once nearly exclusively domestic products. Here and there, some Dutch loads showed up, which merely played a complimentary role. Although the supply reduced slightly, the demand was effortlessly met. The supply often turned out to be too abundant, so that one stock became indispensable,.....

Germany: Asparagus makes itself scarce
Up until now, a quarter less than last year has been harvested of the rod-shaped vegetable. Experts say it is the fault of the weather.The weather was cold for a long time in spring, and since a couple of weeks it is furthermore much too dry, says Martin Ley, CEO of the Verenigten Großmärkte für Obst und.....

US: Return of incredible sweetness with Amaize™ sweet corn
Amaize™ Sweet Corn (Amaize), a rare white sweet corn known for its incredible sweetness and perfect crunch, returns for a limited time exclusively at select retailers across the U.S.Amaize was discovered in 1989 by two breeders at Crookham Company, George Crookham and Bruce Hobdey. The pair began working on.....

Spain: Tomato prices up in June
The monitoring report of the protected horticulture sector, published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, said that, in week 23 (from 1 to 7 June), tomatoes reached an average price of 0.48 Euro/kg; an improvement after the unfavourable results registered in May, when.....

Benny Cuypers, LAVA:
Tomato prices down again following upswing
Last week there was talk of a revival with tomatoes due to increasing demand, the warmer weather, a shortage here and there and promotions in supermarkets. Prices went up and even hit 70 cents. But at this moment the market has fallen again," says Benny Cuypers from LAVA.There were some shifts this year in.....


Asparagus: Weather decreases harvest yield
“We are currently experiencing a very normal asparagus season” explains Willy Kreienbaum of Spargelhof Kreienbaum from the Westphalian Sassenberg-Füchtorf, chairman of the asparagus association of Nordrhein-Westfalen. “The harvest is progressing steadily and calmly so far. Because of the temperature curve,.....


Corné and Mario Meesters: Looking for new markets and buyers
"Many opportunities for Belgian endive ahead"
Mario and Corné Meesters have been growing Belgian endive for 40 years. After a few lesser years, the brothers are optimistic about the opportunities for Belgian endive. Mario: "In the past year, fewer hectares were sown, and fewer endive roots were harvested, especially in France and Belgium. Because in the.....


Netherlands: Welles curved cucumbers in Dekamarkt
Curved cucumbers. At the moment they're on the shelves at Dirk and Dekamarkt - sealed in flowpacks. The retailers have started an experiment with cucumber grower Welles to test the consumers' views on fresh products with a deformity. The Kromkommer team is proud. "We hope many will follow."The cucumbers.....


Robot harvests broccoli, UK
A team of researchers in the UK from Lincoln University have developed a robot that can harvest broccoli. Professor Tom Duckett, Head of the project explains that the robot is a major innovation in the agricultural robotics sector. Broccoli fields are amongst the largest in the world and until now harvest.....

Vietnam: Farmers reap rewards from organic crops
Farmers in the Central Highlands Province of Lam Dong have reaped large profit since they turned their coffee acreage into baby cauliflower farms.Baby cauliflower is a new, imported hybrid vegetable. According to agricultural experts, baby cauliflower is soft and has a sweet taste.Farmer Pham Van To has been.....

4-5 November, 2015
Ninth UK onion and carrot conference
The programmes for the UK Onion & Carrot Conference to be held on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th November 2015 at the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough are nearly complete.We are pleased to report that Dr Mary Ruth McDonald, a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of.....

Wholesale prices fall for 7th consecutive month
The wholesale price inflation (WPI) continued to fall for a seventh consecutive month in May, backed by prices of food.The WPI fell to -2.36 per cent in May, official data showed. Food inflation stood at 3.8 per cent, lower than the previous few months but prices of pulses shot up 22.84 per cent in May from.....

Venezuela: Garlic worth its weight in gold
According to some traders in central San Cristóbal, Venezuela, garlic prices have increased by more than 500% since the beginning of the year; in January the cost per kilo ranged from $ 25 to $ 30 and now it stands above $ 170."Inflation has been the main cause for this, and furthermore, to grow the product.....

Jan Kors (White Pearl Group)
Cauliflower price falls, supply increases
The cauliflower market was doing well for a long time, but recently prices have fallen as a result of increased supply on the market. "For a long time we were around 90 cents, but now it has fallen to around 50-60 cents," says Jan Kors from the White Pearl Group. The growers association, where four growers.....

Eggs in salads help absorb vegetables' carotenoids
Adding eggs to a salad with a variety of raw vegetables is an effective method to improve the absorption of carotenoids, which are fat-soluble nutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, according to research from Purdue University."Eating a salad with a variety of colorful vegetables.....

Molecular origami behind chili pepper heat
One of the most consequential developments in taste science – and science in general – of the past 20 years was the discovery of the molecular mechanisms that give rise to our sensations – how a bunch of chemicals somehow ends up equaling “steak.” Advances in molecular biology and genetics have resulted in.....

US (NC): Mid-Atlantic zucchini supplies could pick up
As the Georgia zucchini season winds down, supplies from the mid-Atlantic region could pick up. Supplies are adequate right now, and prices are reported as good.“Supplies are adequate, but prices aren't cheap,” said Jimmy Carter of Parker Farms in Virginia. On June 12, prices for a carton of zucchini were.....

Saudi Arabia bans Indian green chilli
Saudi Arabia, the fifth largest importer of fresh vegetables from India, has banned the import of green chillies because of the presence of high pesticide residues.The country’s agriculture ministry imposed a ban on the import of green chillis after issuing an advisory to India’s Agricultural and Processed.....

KCB: vine tomatoes above average
In week 24, KCB quality specialist Peter Damen saw greenhouse vegetables of various origins. Their quality was not always optimal, as you would expect in this period. The exception wasvine tomatoes, from small to large, that were doing quite well. Loose tomatoes were also of good quality, but because their.....

UK Scott Farms adds sweet potato crisps in 3 colours
Sweet potato crisps in three colours, made from orange, purple and white flesh varieties, have been introduced to the UK’s licensed trade. Made from sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina in the US, the three different varieties each produce a crisp with its own distinctive colour, taste and texture.They.....


Netherlands: "We are fully committed to serving hospitality"
Five years ago, Aron and Adrienne Scheffers started Vers Kwekerij Westland in the Dutch town of Monster. The family business was founded back in 1924 by Aron’s grandfather. Since 1992, Aron and Adrienne are the owners. The nursery is well-known in the area for its broad beans.Adrienne in the greenhouse.The.....

US (GA): Quality cucumbers command good prices
With harvesting of cucumbers in Florida finished, supplies in the eastern part of the United States are coming out of Georgia. Volumes have been light, so prices for premium product are strong.“Prices for cucumbers right now are fairly high for top grade product like super select,” said Michael Yates of.....


AU: High demand for grafted tomato seedlings
The country's biggest grafted tomato seedlings producer is set to grow even more plants, with the construction of a new 'igloo'.Southern Queensland based Withcott Seedlings can now grow 250,000 grafted tomato plants at one time in the new structure.Withcott Seedlings general manager Mike Hindle said the new.....

Canada: Alberta greenhouse cucumber market cyclical
The greenhouse cucumber market is typical for this time of year. “The market is very cyclical,” explains Mike Meinhardt, sales and marketing manager of Red Hat Co-op. “We’ve just exited a peak in sales and are now entering into a valley.”Greenhouse cucumber prices consistentPrices for greenhouse cucumbers.....


US (CA): Steady market for beets
With supplies of beets coming out of several regions in California, prices have remained steady.“You've got supplies of beets coming out of Santa Maria, Oxnard, Salinas and Modesto,” said Geoffrey Ratto of Ratto Bros in Modesto. “So all of the typical growing regions have beets.” Supplies have matched.....

Qatar: Veg prices soaring as summer begins
With the onset of summer, some popular vegetables are becoming expensive.Average central market prices released by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce for the past month (May 8 to June 8) show sharp fluctuations in the prices of some vegetables. The month also saw shortages of some popular vegetables like.....

Nigeria: Food prices soar by 100%
Prices of tomatoes, pepper and chilli pepper on Thursday soared by over 100 per cent in most markets in Lagos, according to a recent survey. The survey showed that a big basket of tomatoes which previously sold for N7, 000 at the Mile 12, Iddo and Whitesand markets now sells for N15, 000.A medium-sized.....

Ghana veg export likely to face EU ban
The EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hannah has reiterated the need for Ghana to improve its sanitary inspection and quality of vegetables it exports.He said the current condition of vegetable production is not the best and called for an urgent action to be taken to reverse the trend.Mr Hannah was speaking at.....

Possible truffle farming expansion in North Carolina
Some North Carolina farmers are learning more about growing a European delicacy that's trending here in the U.S.Research at North Carolina A&T State University could make farming a certain type of mushroom extremely profitable.On Thursday, Dr. Felicia Anike shared her research on growing truffles with.....


Italy: Slow year for aubergines
Sicilian aubergine, tomato and pepper producers made an assessment on the 2014/15 campaign.The price of Sicilian vegetables dropped in May due to the lower quality caused by higher temperatures and availability from Apulia, Latina and Verona.It was quite a negative season for aubergines as the weather.....

German retailers still have Spanish cucumbers
Doom and gloom on cucumber market
The cucumber market is not looking too good at the moment. After a rebound last week, prices are back down this week. Both the Belgian auctions and ZON recorded a price of 17 cents for the size 40 yesterday.According to Kompany, the largest marketing organization for cucumbers in Europe, there is a large.....

US (NM): Salty groundwater threatens chiles
To say that chile peppers are a huge deal in New Mexico is a huge understatement — the spicy Capsicum is the subject of magazines, festivals and even have their own institute at the University of New Mexico. But, reports NPR’s Mónica Ortiz Uribe, something’s threatening the Land of Enchantment’s signature.....


Future veg will come from sea
Whilst algae is not yet part of French cuisine, calling it a sea vegetable could give it a bigger potential. In 10 years time could the French be eating a plate of sea beans with their steak, or lasagne with sea lettuce?What the French don’t realise is that they have already been consuming algae as.....

S. Korea's farm exports drop 8.1%
South Korea's exports of farmed goods shrank significantly last month with shipments of both fresh foodstuff and processed products slipping, the government said Tuesday.Outbound shipments of agricultural and food products amounted to US$480.4 million in May, down 8.1 percent from the same month last year,.....

Ukraine: Fresh produce price index falls by 16.7%
The Ukrainian fresh produce price index has fallen by 16.7% in the week from May 30th to June 5th, after a decrease of 13.3% over the past two weeks, due to a significant rise in the supply of early produce in the Ukrainian market."As a week before, prices of all fresh produce categories went down due to.....


Manuel Segura: "We wish to bring in Dutch and Polish products"
CASI: Reform of auction model to take over Europe
FreshPlaza.es visited CASI's facilities in La Cañada, Almeria. The cooperative specialises in the cultivation of tomatoes, which account for 99 percent of its production; 230,000 tonnes from about 2,160 hectares, making it the largest tomato cooperative in the world. We spoke with Commercial Director.....

Import declines
German lettuce dominates the market
The market newsletter KW 22/15 of the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE), shows that the German lettuce, mainly iceberg lettuce, dominated the market in the week after Pentecost, 25- 31 May. At the wholesale markets in Frankfurt and Cologne iceberg lettuce from Holland completed the supply.....

Tomato consumption Poland 3 times less EU average
Average consumption of tomatoes in Poland is still three times lower than the EU average, and as a result of the Russian embargo, producers have lost an important market. But as reported by "Rzeczpospolita", there arealready ideas on how to improve the situation.As stated by Mariusz Dziwulski, an economist.....

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany
More tomatoes and cucumbers under plastic - less asparagus
Vegetable farming under glass and plastic is a growing business for vegetable farmers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - albeit still at a low level. The State Statistical Office announced on Friday in the capital Schwerin that last year the acreage expanded by 24 percent to 16.8 hectares.In 25 companies 2437.....

India: Licence now mandatory for vegetable vendors
The government has decided to crack down on the issue of high levels of pesticide residues in vegetables being brought from neighbouring States by strictly regulating the entry of vegetable consignments from across the border.As a first step, the government has decided to ensure that all vegetable traders in.....


Bremia lettuce resistance buys time and flexibility
The declaration of another official race of Bremia lettuce Downy mildew that is now endemic across the UK and Europe further highlights the risk of evolving strains of disease and reinforces the need for growers’ action to avoid serious losses, warns Syngenta Salads specialist, George Hallam.The.....

Tomato prices double in Kenya
The cost of tomatoes in Kenya has doubled as heavy rains hit supply. The rains not only disrupted supply of the commodity by damaging roads, but have also led to increased diseases that have affected the crop, particularly for farmers growing in open fields.The long rains season normally starts in March and.....


Florette signs with McDonald’s France again
Florette Food Service is McDonald France’s main supplier of their new range of salads since being launched in 2014, and they have just signed a contract to continue supplying them this year. Florette Food Service is always coming up with new salad recipes working alongside McDonald’s. One of the new recipe’s.....

AU: Harvest begins for winter tomato producers
If you have ever wondered why Australians are able to buy fresh tomatoes all year round, it has a lot to do with the Bowen region in North Queensland.A few weeks ago, when the harvest had finished in most other tomato-growing areas around the nation, workers were just entering the fields of Bowen to begin.....

Rhineland Agricultural Association
Pointed cabbage season begins early summer
The largest supply of fresh cabbage from the Rhineland is available during the months of May and June, even though cabbage is available year round now. This states the Provincial Association of Rhineland of fruit and vegetable farmers in Bonn.The pointed, hispi, hearted or sweetheart cabbage variety.....

Spinach extract cuts hunger
Scientists at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center have tested and confirmed the effectiveness of a new spinach-based dietary supplement that cuts hunger and increases the feeling of fullness — an important discovery for the millions of people who struggle with their appetite and who may also crave.....

Turkey: Tomato and pepper prices hit rock bottom
At the Antalya Vegetable and Fruit Wholesale Market, the price of tomatoes and peppers, at a price of 20 kurus per kilo, is upsetting producers but at the same time pleasing buyers. The reasons for the drop in prices are argued to be the decrease in exports and the excess of product.The gap reached 500%Until.....

Turkey: Producers seeing great results with artichokes
Mudanya is famous for its special garden artichokes, which are giving producers great results.Mundanya’s Fruit Growers’ Association chairman Fazli Aydogan’s and supervisory board member Ibrahim Turan's studies concerning artichokes, and the free distribution of seeds have meant that the special artichokes.....


Spain: Vega Baja artichoke campaign closes with 50% higher prices
The artichoke campaign in Vega Baja del Segura, a region of southern Alicante which is a reference area for the sector, has finished with satisfactory results.The president of the Artichoke Vega Baja del Segura Association, Diego Martínez, said that "despite the fact that production has been lower than in.....

Qatar: Tomato prices shoot up on supply crunch
Soaring prices have made the tomatoes a luxury purchase these days as some neighbourhood stores have been selling the vegetable between QR6 and QR8 a kg. Plum tomatoes, the favourite of curry-makers, is rare to see except the European ones available only in the shelves reserved for elite customers in big.....

Beetroot sales shoot up in UK
The big five supermarkets are using much more beetroot than a year agoPreviously known as 'old people' veg, the purple root has turned into a trendy must-have which has been elevated to a superfood. And over the past 12 months the big five UK supermarkets have increased the number of products containing.....


McCain’s new brand for E.Leclerc
Bon et Bien is an independent brand that originally comes from McCain and was co-created by E.Leclerc in Templeuve, Randstad, Food Banks and the French potato farming group. Bon et Bien aims to address food wastage and favour local employment. All profits will be reinvested into the company to increase their.....

NatureFresh™ Farms to promote retail adventures at United Fresh
“Be the customer.” That’s the NatureFresh™ Farms approach to retail partnerships. Then, “be the customer’s customer.” “Our best customers are our best partners,” says Peter Quiring, NatureFresh founder. “They share the same culture and hunger to be different. They understand that they need to look beyond.....

Waitrose launches micro wasabi leaf
Waitrose has recently announced the arrival of Grower’s Selection Seasonal Salad Leaves (£1.50/60g). The selection includes special varieties grown in the Waitrose market garden in Lincolnshire. The head gardener Martin Heathcote ensures that only the best leaves are harvested each morning, adjusting his.....

Asda: Striped pepper to appeal to children
The world’s first striped pepper has been developed by Asda to encourage fussy kids to eat their vegetables.With striking flashes of yellow and red all the way through, the Asda Extra Special Stripy Pepper really catches the eye.Due to its dual complexion, the pepper combines the sweetness of both separate.....