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Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve:

"Growers can't complain with the current tomato prices"

The switch from the Dutch to the Spanish tomato season is going very well according to Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve. "A number of Dutch growers are already finished, others will run out this week or next. Spain is starting slightly later and this means no one is in each others way. All in all a good.....

Tasmania's vegetable growers recover from the very wet season

An industry scorecard shows the impact of huge rain events and seasonal conditions on Tasmania’s vegetable growers.In 2015-2016, two big rain events and a dry spring led to a drop of 12.4 per cent in the value of the sector.Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.....

Tanimura & Antle launch “Artisan of Entertaining” promotion

Employee owned family farm, Tanimura & Antle, announced this week the launch of a web-based fall consumer promotion to fuel their Thanksgiving holiday pull of Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Romaine, “The Artisan of Entertaining”.From November 7th through November 28th, the company is offering consumers the.....

The UK grows Mediterranean black truffles

The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the most expensive condiments in the world, has been cultivated successfully in the United Kingdom, while climate change is threatening its native habitat, as confirmed by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd (MSL).The truffle was.....

Italy: Tuscan nursery produces olive tree resistant to Xylella

"Leccino CSS 02 Minerva" is one of the clones patented by Vivai Attilio Sonnoli (Pistoia). A scientific assessment carried out by Istituto per la Protezione sostenibile delle piante-CNR in Bari reported that, in addition to being resistant to cold temperatures and producing larger olive quantities of a better.....

China: Pumpkin DNA mapped

Pumpkin DNA has been mapped in Beijing. The study was published in the Molecular Plant journal and was carried out by the Boyce Thompson Institute (Bti) and the National Research Centre for Vegetable Genetic Engineering.The DNA was obtained from the two most common pumpkin species -Cucurbita maxima.....

China: Exports of edible mushrooms from Hubei grow by 34%

Statistics of the entrance and exit border Inspection and Quarantine Office have shown that from January to October exports of edible mushrooms from Hubei reached 977 million USD, which is 34% more than the same period of last year and already more than the total amount of exports of last year. This indicates.....

China: Price of celery drops by 50%

Because of the gradual increase of vegetables present on the market, the price for vegetables has started to fall. The recent price drop is relatively visible for Western celery, because, according to new statistics on the market, celery has dropped in price by 13.33% which is 53.57% lower than last year. Liu.....

“Production has been less cautious than in previous years”

The domestic season is reaching its end. Krist Hemerlinck of Belgian organic greenhouse vegetable company EcoVeg looks back on the past season.“The quality of domestic products is still above average. This is remarkable, because quality usually decreases somewhat near the end of the season. I think it’s.....

Vegetable prices in Nepal's capital city keep increasing

As the price of most vegetables in the Kathmandu market is ever increasing for over two weeks now, traders have commented that the hike marked a new record.It seems there is no problem in the supply system, but the price is unexpectedly increasing daily.Deputy Director of Kalimati Vegetable and Fruit Market.....

Tomato and onion prices skyrocket in Pakistan

An unequal supply and demand of commodities in Pakistan has led to an increase in prices. For the past few months, citizens have been forced to buy vegetables at higher rates.Since September, vegetables, that were once economical, have become unaffordable for many. The prices have risen by up to 400%, from.....

Air Atlanta Icelandic inks deal to increase Kenyan vegetable exports to EU

Air Atlanta Icelandic has signed a long-term ACMI deal to place a 747-400 freighter with Network Airline Management (NAM) and Astral Aviation.The added capacity will help NAM expand its perishables capacity for exports of flowers and vegetables from Nairobi to the United Kingdom. On Nov. 7, the freighter made.....

Russia in no hurry to expand imports of Turkish tomatoes

Russia will not rush with the expansion of Turkish tomato supplies at the expense of new enterprises.This was stated by the head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry, Alexander Tkachev, in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, RIA Novosti reported."We will look at the quality of Turkish products, and how.....

Russia says it is in no hurry to expand imports of Turkish tomatoes

Russia will not rush the expansion of Turkish tomato supplies at the expense of new enterprises.This was stated by the head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry, Alexander Tkachev, in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, RIA Novosti reported."We will look at the quality of Turkish products, and how these.....

UK: Pea and Bean Conference comes at crucial time for industry

This year’s UK Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference comes at a crucial time for the industry according to Coral Russell of the British Grower Association. The conference, which takes place in Peterborough on Tuesday 21st November, will provide information on issues including the state of the pea market,.....

UK: Broccoli and carrots price have risen 36% and 27% respectively since last year

The price of a basket of groceries is creeping up ahead of Christmas with seasonal broccoli and carrots leaping in price compared with this time last year, figures show.A basket of 35 popular items cost £85.22 in October, up from £84.90 in the previous month, according to the mySupermarket monthly groceries.....

Australia's hazelnut and ginger industries forecast to boom

Two of Australia’s smallest horticulture industries are about to boom. The next five years will be the biggest and best for hazelnuts and ginger, which are expected to see huge increases in production. Demand, and breakthroughs in pest and disease control, are creating fresh opportunities for the two.....

US domestic Fall squash sales are “brisk”

2017’s domestic fall squash supplies seem to be on par with 2016’s. “We have seven varieties of fall squash in our organic production plan--Acorn, Butternut, Delicatta, Kabocha, Red Kuri, Sugar Pie and Spaghetti,” says Brenda Haught of Bakersfield, Ca.-based Creekside Organics, Inc. “Sales have been brisk and.....

Consumers do not want Rheinland's savoy

Savoy cabbage not popular in Germany

For years, Rheinland has been the region in Germany where the most brassicas are grown. One of these is savoy, which is available during the entire year because it is easy to store. In Rheinland, almost a third of the German Savoy cabbage supply is grown on a total cultivation area of 300 hectares. The.....

AU: Farming not all about the profits for North Queensland team

Belinda Williams and Michelle O'Regan have been farming together for over 14 years, but for them, it's not all about the profits.The couple are part of an all-female management team running Stackelroth Farms, near Bowen. The farm is 120 acres, which in years gone by, focused on capsicums. Their main crop now.....

Switzerland:

Coop launches reusable bag for fruit and vegetables

Coop Switzerland has recently started offering customers the opportunity to use a reusable bag for fruit and vegetables. The so called Multi-Bags can be used repeatedly and are made of FSC certified cellulose. Now all customers can choose the ecological alternative instead of the disposible plastic bags when.....

Southeastern US

Short green bean supplies result in tight market

Supplies of green beans continue to be short as growers struggle to recover from hurricane activity that swept through the southeast in September. The winds and rains from Hurricane Irma reduced volume significantly and created a shortage in the market which, so far, has been unable to be met. The season is.....

Ellen van Kester, Horticola Guadalfeo:

“Blue Marazul tomato very popular on Spanish market”

Spain hasn’t yet had many tomatoes available for export. “Up till now, the tomatoes came from Sierra, but these productions in the mountains are now reaching their end. These tomatoes are not export quality any more either. In coming weeks, more supply of new production from the coastal region will become.....

EU removes ban on Ghanaian vegetables

As from 1st January 2018, Ghanaian farmers will be able to resume exports of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market.This follows the European Commission's decision to lift the current ban on the exports of five plant commodities from Ghana to the European Union (EU) market on 31st October.....

$200k in damage after "worst storm in 30 years" hits Australia

A farmer located in Alstonville, Australia said Sunday's storm was the biggest he has seen in 30 years.Tom Silver said in the time his family has owned the avocado farm in the Ballina Shire he has never seen a single event destroy crop as this one did."It takes a real toll on the avocado crop for next year.....

Inflation in Tunisia on back of vegetable prices

The inflation rate in Tunisia rose sharply in October 2017, compared with the previous month to reach 5.8% against 5.5% recorded in September.According to the National Institute of Statistics (INS), this growth is mainly due to the acceleration of the rate of increase in food and beverage group prices by 7.2%.....

Tomato prices skyrocket in India's capital amidst supply shortage

There is no respite from skyrocketing prices of tomatoes in the retail market of the India's Capital despite the Delhi Government issuing warning to hoarders and traders a few days ago.The rise in prices is being attributed to massive crop failure in tomatoes producing States. With the Azadpur Mandi receiving.....

EU tomato prices remain well above average

Average tomato prices across the EU were well above average throughout the entire 2017 season, starting at €1.44/kg in January (as opposed to the 5-year average price of €0.93) and hitting €1.19/kg in October (as opposed to the average of €0.87).For years now, Italy has consistently been the EU’s largest.....

Light US supplies mean high demand for carrots

Carrot supplies are looking light. “We’re pretty limited especially on larger sized carrots,” says said Chris Smotherman with Kern Ridge Growers in Arvin, Ca. “The summer was so hot I think that it stunted some of the growth that we had coming out of our Bakersfield crop and they’re just behind where they need.....

Shiitake great alternative for pickled herring in Sweden

Swedish mushroom producer Hällestadsvamp AB has been awarded second place for the Skane Gastronomiska 2018 innovative food award for their pickled shiitake mushrooms, an alternative for pickled herring."Pickled herring is a very important product in Sweden during the Mid-summer, Christmas and Easter holidays.....

Warning for return of "Tomato Ebola" in Nigeria

The Vice President of the National Association of Agribusiness Group (NABG), Mr Emmanuel Ijewere, has alerted farmers in Nigeria of the return of Tuta-absoluta, known as Tomato Ebola.He made the disclosure of the possible return of the disease, at a one-day Tomato Price Stabilisation Forum, held in Kaduna,.....

Henan Wanbang International Market: price for Chinese leek roses in October

This month the price for Chinese leeks on the Wanbang International market in Henan stood on average at 2.62 RMB/kg, while last month this was only 1.73 RMB/kg; and last year 2.15 RMB/kg. Thus, the price has gone up by 51.19% within a single month, and 21.66% within a year.Chinese leeks sold on Wanbang.....

US: Successful growing season with new arugula varieties

The autumn season represents another growing cycle for arugula and Tozer Seeds America (Tozer) is at the forefront of developing and breeding new arugula varieties. Recently, Tozer introduced four new lines of arugula: Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Aphrodite.Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Aphrodite all display strong.....

"Spanish garlic has entered new markets and is there to stay"

"The price of large onions is rising every week"

The harvest of onions for storage (or Grano de oro, as they are known in the sector) has finished this week. The stored onions will be marketed until the spring of next year, depending on how the season goes."We started harvesting and selling Grano de oro onions in September, when we had finished harvesting.....

Spain: White Tudela artichoke campaign 15 days early

The White Tudela artichoke campaign, which usually begins in mid-November, has started two weeks earlier this year. The main reason for this is the mild temperatures that have been recorded in the Peninsula, which have accelerated the ripening of many vegetables.This variety is typically Spanish and it wasn't.....

Broccolo di Torbole from the Garda Lake

A hundred thousand plants, few producers. and broccoli so sweet even the leaves can be eaten, whose survival depends on two winds blowing from the North and the South. We are talking about Broccolo di Torbole, which only grows in a narrow valley part of the Nago Torbole and Arco municipalities in the Trento.....

Spain: Andalusia grants aid to modernise asparagus sector

The Government of Andalusia has granted aid totalling more than 530,000 Euro to two asparagus cooperatives of the Poniente to encourage the modernization and improvement of the crop's production processes and distribution. The Board has revealed in a press release that the companies that will receive the funds.....

Bulgaria is the EU’s biggest pumpkin producer

Bulgaria is the largest producer of pumpkins and squash in the European Union (EU), as shown by Eurostat statistics for 2016. Nearly 12 thousand hectares have been devoted to this crop. In the past year, domestic producers have harvested over 130,000 tonnes. A year earlier, the production of pumpkins reached.....

California celery market set to heat up during holiday season

The celery market is set to heat up as supplies drop off and demand picks up over the next few weeks. The Salinas season is currently slowing down as production steadily moves south, first to Oxnard and then to Yuma as winter approaches."The celery market has been depressed the past few months but we expect.....

US cabbage growers have the market to themselves

As it braces for the import season to start in December, right now supply of domestic cabbage is healthy. “Supply of cabbage is good right now. We’re now cutting in Carolina and Delaware and we’ll start in Georgia starting next week,” says Calvert Cullen of Va.-based Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc.,.....

Prominent to start with snack tomatoes in 2018

Dutch tomato specialist,Prominent will enter the snack tomato sector next year. "It has become a substantial retail sector, and clients often ask us for this product", says Prominent's Gert-Jan van der Meer. "Prominent already supplies a wide variety of tomatoes, and this is an opportunity to further expand.....

China: Price of winter vegetables doubles

In November, Beijing saw large quantities of winter vegetables enter the market. Compared to prices in previous years, the prices for Chinese cabbages and radishes have been dropping. The prices for winter vegetables, however, still remains high.A market analysis shows that there is one main reason for this.....

Nicoline Vaalburg, Boer Ted:

“Scarcity of small sized celeriac in the Netherlands”

“The harvest of celeriac is enormous this year. I’ve heard from many growers that they have never had this many tubers per hectare,” says Nicoline Vaalburg of Boer Ted. However, there’s also a but. “Sizes are large, so everyone will just have to wait and see if they can get good prices. When sizes are smaller,.....

Ukraine: Tomato prices fall by up to 40%

Tomato prices are falling quickly on the Ukrainian market, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits. According to its daily monitoring, the product became 33-40% cheaper over the course of last week alone.At the end of last week, greenhouses were managing to sell tomatoes at prices oscillating between 15 and.....

Ukraine cultivating unique black garlic

The company Mr. Garlic, based in Dnipro, Ukraine, is now producing black fermented garlic for the first time. The firm exclusively uses domestic raw materials for the crop's cultivation and the production capacity exceeds 200 kg per month. This was reported by sales manager Daria Mirzahmetova, as cited by.....

Largest intelligent agricultural greenhouse built on Chinese soil

A few days ago, the first intelligent agricultural greenhouse was opened in Dezhou (Shandong province). The intelligent agricultural greenhouse in Linyi county, taking up 7 hectares, has officially started business. One greenhouse occupies 7 hectares and has a total investment of 170 million RMB. It has a.....

US: Leafy green vegetables a multi-billion-dollar industry in Arizona, report finds

A recent report released by The University of Arizona looked at the importance of leafy green production as a major contributor to agribusiness sales in the state.Mark Killian, director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, said the economic impact is sizeable.“In Yuma, from November to May, it produces.....

France: McDonald’s Grand Veggie burger

McDonald’s is testing a new vegetarian burger, the Grand Veggie, on their menu. The vegetables used are produced by a Val de Saire farmer in the Manche, Etienne Godan. He already supplies McDonald’s with salad, and now also cabbage. Delphine Smagghe, Vice President of Purchasing, says that “When we decided to.....

Argentina: Garlic quality recovers after last season's problems

Last season, Argentinian garlic suffered serious issues due to the devastating effects of the El Niño phenomenon, but for the current season, which will kick off with the harvest in late October or early November, these problems have been overcome, so the garlic produced in Argentina is again of first.....

Portugal: Support to wild mushroom producers

Wild mushrooms are a difficult product to market, since neither volumes nor quality can be controlled; however, there are companies that help their producers have some stability in their work with the marketing of seeds or mycelium. "Our customers grow different varieties of mushrooms, such as Shiitake,.....

Spain: Guadalajara asparagus producers studying creation of single brand

Asparagus producers from Guadalajara have met with officials of the Council of Agriculture in order to study the possibility of joining forces for the marketing of their products.The meeting was attended by the general director of Industrias Agroalimentarias, Gregorio Jaime Rodríguez, and by the provincial.....

China: Rain benefits production of Yunnan Baoshan cucumbers

"Baoshan, Yunnan, is famous for its Zhongnong No. 106 cucumbers. This breed is one of a series of cucumber breeds that was developed in 2005 by the Chinese Agricultural Vegetable and Flower Research Institute. The series is currently grown on around 850-1,200 hectares (8,500-12,000 mu) in Baoshan. No. 106 is.....

Thanet Earth completes construction of their 6th greenhouse in Kent, England

The Thanet Earth 100 hectare site near Birchington in Kent has made further strides towards completion this year. Construction is complete on the sixth greenhouse, a dedicated facility approaching 7 hectares in size for growing speciality tomatoes all year round.The new greenhouse is now fully operational,.....

UK's first veg summit designed to increase consumption of veg

The first-ever Vegetable Summit took place last week with three concurrent events in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to galvanise commitments designed to increase the UK’s consumption of vegetables under the Peas Please initiative PBUK reports.During the summit, in excess of 40 pledges were made by leading.....

China: Drop in temperature pushes up the price of vegetables

According to an article in the 'China of Three agricultures' which gives a voice to rural villages in China, autumn vegetables have hit the market one after the other all over China following the gradual drop in temperature. This means that the supply of vegetables has entered an alternate period. Besides that.....

Over 90 years in the Fresh Food Centre Essen

"I assume the future will be more difficult"

Johannes Buschhüter is a young face amongst his colleagues on the grounds of the Essener Frischezentrum. Together with his older brother Clemens he runs the fruit and vegetable shop, which has existed for over 90 years. The family business is today a GmbH & Co. KG instead of the sole proprietorship it.....

Eelco van Putten has Purple Sprout Experience

The purple sprout has the looks, the flavour, and, due to the purple anthocyanin, it also has a few additional healthy characteristics. But as the saying goes, some people don’t trust anything they don’t know. And the same is true for retailers, who therefore don’t put these sprouts on their shelves. High.....

Bert Benedictus, MB Peen:

“I don’t think the second half of the Dutch carrot season will be negative”

Bert Benedictus of MB Peen from Kraggenburg, the Netherlands, says the situation on the current carrot market is difficult. “Some carrot is sent to permanent sales destinations, such as Romania, Slovenia and Poland, and some is also sent overseas to Africa, but there’s not much proper demand.”In the short.....

NFT cultivation system can boost lettuce production in Lebanon

The use of the nutrient film technique (NFT) to produce lollo rossa, lollo bionda, little gem and batavia lettuce in a hydroponic channel system is completely new for Lebanese growers.With Rijk Zwaan’s help, Robinson Agri – a supplier to the horticultural sector based in Byblos, Lebanon, and Rijk Zwaan’s.....

First Turkish tomatoes to Russia in November

On Friday the Russian government signed a decree allowing the import of Turkish tomatoes as of November 1. Russia will allow the import of 50,000 tonnes of tomatoes from Turkey."The amendment allows the import of Turkish tomatoes in the volumes allowed by the Ministry of Agriculture under the guarantee of a.....