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Chilli peppers may combat breast cancer
New research has found that a molecule found in chilli peppers may slow the growth of triple-negative breast cancer. This type of breast cancer tests negatively for three receptors that promote breast cancer growth—estrogen, progesterone, and HER2—and often is difficult to treat.For many patients.....


Salad makes men's smell more attractive to women
New research published in Evolution and Human Behavior, came out of research into whether sweat can give information on health status and genetics. The study found that men who eat salad smell more attractive to women while men who eat a diet high in carbs smell worse. To ascertain how fruit and vegetables.....


"Chinese garlic plantings peak"
“The new garlic crop is planted from the beginning of October onward, until the next year. In 2016, planting volume was considerably larger than in the year before. Throughout 2016, since the start of the season, garlic prices have been strong. As a result, farmers in Henan, Shandong and Jiangsu province,.....

Kees Heegsma:
“No switch yet from ex field to cold store carrots”
The carrot market is currently very calm. “It is typical that the securities commission of Emmeloord has not reported any trade in five weeks. Last year, prices were reported at 18-20 cents, and now there is not even a report at all,” says outdoor vegetable trader Kees Heegsma from Lemmer. “After all, we.....

Ukraine: 30% increase in greenhouse cucumber prices
On 30 December 2016, the wholesale price of greenhouse-grown cucumbers reached 43-45 hryvnia (1.6-1.7 USD/kg) at Ukraine's Suvar market, i.e. 25-30 percent more expensive than a week earlier. In the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, the price stood at 50-70 hryvnia per kilo (1.8-2.5 USD/kg).Tetyana Hetyman, Eastern.....

Russia exported record amount of potatoes
In 2016, Russia exported a total of 230 thousand tonnes of potatoes, reports Interfax, citing data from the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR).This is a record figure, and although, according to experts, it is not very impressive, exporting may become a solution to the country's overproduction.....

Brussels sprouts used to combat dementia
Scientists have found that a nutrient found in vitamin A-rich foods could help to stave off dementia. The Christmas staple in the UK has also been found to contain such nutrients and could help fight off the illness that plagues many elderly people. The vegetable contains a nutrient, the acid produced by.....

Mexico: Arabia requests asparagus from San Luis
Arabia has requested asparagus from San Luis and the products of this region are already arriving to the Middle East.Jose Enrique Carrasco Encinas, a horticulturist businessman, said that they had made a working trip to that area when they were out of season, but that they had already started to have talks.....

EU lifts three-year ban on Indian vegetable imports
The European Union has lifted its three-year ban on the import of some vegetables from India, an Agriculture Ministry official said in Kochi today. The vegetables now allowed for import include bitter gourd, snake gourd and aubergines, said a Cochin International Airport Limited release, quoting R S Arora,.....


Rien Paans, Verfru Europe:
“Most water damage in Spanish lettuce, endive and spinach”
After the heavy rain in Spain last month, the supply of outdoor vegetables is limited. “We are located in the Tarragona region, and we have had no water problems here, but all of the vegetables were flooded in the area from Cartagena to Murcia. I expect that there will be major problems in the long run, when.....

Spain: Primaflor finalises acquisition of Ensaladas Verdes
The Almeria company Primaflor, which back in late 2015 acquired 80% of the capital of the Leon-based firm Ensaladas Verdes, has just purchased the remaining 20%, as announced this week by the founder of this family business, Jacinto Mendoza. The agreement reached by both parties had contemplated the.....

Indian carrot and tomato prices fall 40%
Amidst the demonetisation in India, the New Year has offered some respite to Keralites, as prices of essential commodities have touched a record low. Carrots and tomatoes were among the vegetables to see a fall in price and dropped by over 40%. According to the data provided by the Economics and Statistics.....


Starring role for vegetables in 2017
Lots of demand for existing products with new applications
Whereas a few years ago the readymade convenience products were at their peak, people seem to want special products and dishes again. Convenience is still a requirement, but sustainability and originality are at least as important. We asked catering and retail wholesaler Smeding Groenten en Fruit which.....

Study shows Finns to increase vegetable consumption
Kesko, a retailer, has released a study on future purchasing trends of Finnish consumers and unearthed some interesting discoveries. According to the study many people in Finland are looking to improve their eating habits in the near future.Increased vegetable purchases are likely, the study found, while.....

Crimean cauliflower prices rising sharply
Cauliflower prices have been rapidly growing in Crimea thanks to an increase in trading activity before the New Year holidays, according to Fruit-Inform. Moreover, the low supply of cauliflower currently in Crimea is also marked as a cause for the rising price.In the meantime, sellers at Krymskiy Privoz.....


Company is testing Indian varieties
Clemson spineless okra at beginning of peak season
Rio Grande Okra sales specializes in Clemson spineless okra, grown in Central Mexico, and has recently begun testing some Indian varieties to meet potential customer demand.Some of General Manager, Richard Zepeda’s customers, as well as one of his colleagues, are involved in selling to Asian markets or are.....


Two new products introduced
Snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow
While consumer interest in traditional greenhouse cucumbers remains, varietals seem to be increasingly grabbing the interest of today’s shoppers.“The snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow,” says Sarah Pau of Leamington, Ont.-based Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. This led to Pure debuting two new.....


Indian farmers dump 70 trucks of tomatoes in protest

Fiji co-operative looks to increase ginger trade
Jodi is the CEO and partners representative of the Ranadi Plantation Partnership, a farming company that has been operating in Fiji for 40 years now. Back in 2014 the partnership saw a yield of 38 metric tons which still was not enough to meet demand from buyers. After this, Ranadi helped to form the Fiji.....

India to resume curry leaf exports to the EU
After a hiatus of three years, India will resume export of curry leaves to the European Union. The exports will now entail quality checks including lab tests and Agmark certification, as mandated by the EU.In 2013, the EU had banned importing curry leaves from India, citing concerns related to high pesticide.....

Nepali stakeholders find new vegetable export potential
In a recent consultation and with the release of recent findings of a field survey in the country, various stakeholders have come to an agreement that Nepal's potential for vegetable exports is still largely unexploited. At an event held during the launch of the findings, held Friday, experts discussed the.....


Lesage focuses less on UK due to drop in currency values
“Demand for mushrooms higher than usual during holidays”
The holidays were good for the Belgian mushroom market. According to Michel Lesage from Lesage Champignons it was a ‘pleasant period.’ “Everything was satisfactory: demand, production, volume and staff scheduling. We would gladly sign up for such an end to the year. Christmas was on the weekend, many people.....

Red cabbage microgreens improve heart health
In a new study out of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researcher Thomas T.Y. Wang and his fellow scientists have found that red cabbage micro greens are more effective at lowering bad cholestorol in mice than its adult counterpart. Till now, eating green vegetables counted as a healthy food.....

Only Demeter and Bioland produce without residue
Lamb's lettuce contains moderate amounts of pesticides
Lamb's lettuce is healthy, tasty and perfectly suitable for a winter salad. However, the exquisite leaves contain more chemical residues than other vegetables.Lamb's lettuce is the superman of the lettuce varieties. It contains more potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron than other lettuce. But it is.....

Germany:
Brussels sprouts harvest in full swing
The small, delicate, bright green mini-cabbages with a nice bite, in other words Brussels sprouts, are a treat for most people. Although there are people who intensely dislike sprouts, and refuse to eat them. Their rejection might stem from early childhood, when sprouts were often cooked until they were a.....


Quick way to peel garlic in seconds

Global mushroom market growing
Transparency Market Research holds volumes of regularly updated data on the food and beverages industry. “Mushroom Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024” contains updated and relevant data on the current state of producers of mushrooms and the.....


What is the lettuce of the future?
Forty years ago, iceberg lettuce would not have been found in supermarkets. Twenty years ago, convenience products could hardly be found, and in recent years, living lettuce is starting to become better-known. Moreover, large parties are also investing significantly in water-based lettuce cultivation, in.....


Soft market on radicchio hopes to pick up on healthy eating New Year's resolutions
Anyone looking to add radicchio to their shelves can expect a more than good domestic supply. Marchini Farms, a grower-packer-shipper has been supplying domestic and export markets with the vegetable since 1989. With scalability, they can ship a customer 10 boxes or 1,000. “Our supply is good. We’ve had good.....


John Schuurman (Limgroup):
"We have an asparagus variety for every segment in the world"
Breeding asparagus for worldwide production areas, this is the job that Limgroup has. The company was established in 1994 when the breeding of asparagus was banned from local experimental gardens, since then their activities have expanded significantly. In Europe, this company is the market leader with.....

Pakistani traders treating vegetables with poison
According to vegetable seller, Kashif Hameed, the use of refined poison to kill pests on vegetables is playing havoc with the lives of the people who are unaware of what is being done to them for some extra financial gains.He states that the chemicals are generally used to kill pests on vegetables like.....


Seminis launches new varieties: Super Root cucumber and yellow bell pepper
The seeds and cultivation products distributor, Seminis, organised an open day to showcase its new commercial cucumber and pepper varieties. Agricultural producers and representatives of marketing companies have been able to check the quality of the specimens patented by the vegetable division of the seed.....

UK supermarkets importing US salad after Spanish floods
Supermarkets in the UK are being forced to switch to importing more US greens in response to recent floods in Spain, from whom they import around 80% of their fresh produce normally.Suppliers spoken to by the Guardian said yields in the region had dropped to as low as 30% of predictions due to the.....

Wholesale vegetable price hits record high in Japan
Wholesale vegetable prices may have reached a record high in 2016 in Japan. The prices have mainly been blamed on an ageing farming community and also on the unfavorable weather conditions experienced in the country for the year. At one point, prices of potatoes and carrots were doubled from a year earlier......


Waitrose release tiny edible Christmas trees
Waitrose has a festive surprise for Christmas this year. Romanesco Cauliflower Christmas Trees will launch in branches of Waitrose this week. The festive treat will come with pomegranate seeds and a star anise so that customers can decorate their very own Christmas tree before devouring the healthy snack......


Holland's onion exports could break last year's record
The export record reached just last year may already have been shattered come 2017. According to current data, exports have risen nearly 13% in the first 19 weeks of the year when compared to the previous period. Much of the increase is attributed to Holland onions finding new markets to enter. Indonesia for.....

French carrot production suffered from the dry summer
This years carrot production is expected to reach 337,450 tons, 2% below that recorded over 2015-2016. Agreste reports that the decrease is due to unfavourable weather conditions over the spring and “dry episodes at the end of the summer in the main production basins”. Production should return to higher.....

Canada could see locally grown okra soon
With the growing international population in Canada, it is also seeing a rise in demand for produce not conventionally grown by farmers in the country. One such vegetable which some researchers see promise in for Canadian cultivation is okra.Over six million kilograms of okra is imported into Canada every.....


Sprout pioneer Eelco van Putten:
“Kalettes and purple sprouts are becoming better-known”
Eelco van Putten is always up for something new. That is why the sprout cultivator from Dirksland likes pioneering new products. Eelco is a member of the cultivator’s cooperative Van Nature, and together they have been working on innovating Brussels sprouts for years already. After being introduced to purple.....


Sweetelle scores points in test of plum cherry tomatoes
Plum cherry tomatoes are tomatoes with a slightly pointed appearance, and they are suitable for many applications. This year, on the authority of Coöperatie Hoogstraten, PCG did a consumer research that measured the popularity of various plum cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes were judged on tastiness, flavour,.....


Van Nature: Expansion of produce grown under lighting answers market demands
Earlier this year, Van Nature announced it would be expanding the growing area of crops cultivated under lighting in order to widen its range. For the winter of 2016/2017 two more affiliated growers have started producing under grow light thereby effectively increasing the range offered by Van Nature."Our.....


They are harvested six weeks earlier than conventional leeks
Spain to produce baby leeks for British retailers
The companies Greenshoots (UK) and Beyond Field (Spain) are developing a project to produce baby leeks in Spain. This project has the support of a large UK retailer, which, for the moment, will be the main destination for the product.Greenshoots is one of the largest leek producers in the UK and Beyond Field.....

IFA calls for legislation over extreme Christmas discounts
The IFA has claimed that recent practices by supermarkets offering super discounts on vegetable items for the holidays was unsustainable and are seeking legal action to prevent it from occurring in the future. “No doubt the supermarkets will point out that they are, at least, part subsidising these.....


Sicilian artichokes - lack of volumes but high quality produce
Excellent quality and a 50/60% drop in production, yet prices remain low. In addition, the lack of Gross Saleable Production means growers find it hard to cover their costs. This is the situation on the artichoke market.FreshPlaza talked to Christopher Ventura, who manages the family business in.....

CAAN
Italy: Good season for domestic artichokes
"Things are going rather well, we can't complain. The products available at the moment are selling well. The artichoke season was satisfactory - we sold produce from France and Puglia and demand was constant. The campaign pleased both producers and traders. From September up to a few days ago, prices have.....

Can you taste garlic with your feet?
Garlic has a reputation for having a strong taste and smell. It has been known to cause bad breath around the world and has ruined many first kisses. But did you know that you can taste garlic through your feet? A video published by the American Chemical Society shows how this works. It explains that.....

Vegetable spiralizer Spirello 150
Cut vegetable-spaghetti uninterrupted
The SPIRELLO 150 can cut large quantities of vegetables quickly and cleanly into decorative spirals, for example carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, beetroots, courgettes and celery. The knives cut the vegetables at speeds of up to 680 revolutions per minute, using a length-adjustable knife.The machine.....


Australians prefer carrot, tomato and celery juice
While the northern hemisphere enjoys a white Christmas, ringing with sleigh bells, Australians are looking to enjoy a slightly different festive soundscape this year, with the sound of juicers filled with fresh produce set to echo through our corridors.Carrots, tomatoes and celery are the top three most.....


Ocean Mist® Farms prepares for Frost Kissed® Artichokes
Ocean Mist Farms is planning to release their Frost Kissed artichokes in time for the Holidays. Artichokes are Frost Kissed when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, causing the skin of the artichokes to darken slightly. Similar to the way human skin reacts to a sunburn, the artichokes produce a dark.....

The largest greenhouse of habanero peppers in Mexico
The president of the Mexican company, Amar Hidroponía, said that in 2016 they had had an annual output of 6,000 tons of habanero peppers and had generated 200 direct jobs and almost one thousand indirect jobs in the area of Leona Vicario.In an interview, he said their company was the biggest producer of.....


China: Jiaozhou's 4 hectares of 'milk cabbage' sells out
Despite the harvest having not yet begun, customers have been calling from all over in the hopes of placing orders. ZeLu Ecological Garden's "Milk Cabbage" has been selling like hotcakes. According to a representative at ZeLu Livestock Ltd., this year from 4 hectares of land 100,000 "milk cabbages" were.....


Tenderstem celebrates growth in 2016
Brassica brand, Tenderstem, is rounding off another successful year with the news that it is now the fourth-largest brand within the fresh produce category; with both sales and volumes up 23% compared to 2015. According to Tenderstem, over the past five years they has seen double-digit growth every year......


LAVA starts segmentation of bell peppers
Following the strain selection of tomatoes, LAVA has also started the segmentation and a strain list of bell peppers. “We want the blocks to be as uniform as possible at the various auctions,” says Raf de Blaiser from LAVA.For years, tomatoes have been divided into various types at LAVA, and for each type, a.....

The volume shipped is still small
Spanish peppers sold in the US at optimal prices
North Americans from Arkansas to Michigan, from the East Coast to the West Coast, now under the government of Donald Trump, are again consuming peppers grown in the greenhouses of El Ejido or La Mojonera.At the moment it is not a huge operation; the volumes shipped are not very large, barely half a pallet.....

Fewer Moroccan tomatoes imported by EU in weeks 48 and 49
The volume of tomatoes that Morocco has shipped to the European Union (EU) in weeks 48 and 49 (from 28 November to 11 December) has dropped by 13 percent compared to the same period of the previous season, according to the information supplied by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of.....


Direct exports from Morocco to Russia grow explosively
The season for Moroccan vegetables started early in November. During these first weeks of the season the supply to the Netherlands is small, yet Peter Smets of Smets Food Trading is extremely busy. He started a direct export line from Morocco to Russia this year together with René Kraaijeveld: bulls-eye.“The.....


France: Harvesting delayed by weather conditions
While the area under cultivation for cauliflower has remained steady in Brittany (14,000ha), with a provisional forecast of 120 million heads, harvesting has lagged behind schedule since late October. This means 12 million heads were not harvested in November and should come to maturity in the coming.....


Belgian tomatoes cheaper in supermarkets than at auction
The prices for several Belgian vegetables are relatively high at the moment. The locally grown vegetables that are available are selling at a good price. "Tomatoes were €2.50 per kilogram at the auction this Monday (19 December). This was due to the fact that a certain Belgian supermarket started a.....

Potatoes are Britains favourite vegetable
In a new survey of 2,000 people by family-owned farming and food production company, Mash Direct, potatoes were ranked as Britain's favourite vegetable. As citizens turn away from trendy and flashy new vegetables they are sticking with the tried and true vegetables they grew up with. Celery was ranked the.....

Brussels sprouts quip wins best Christmas cracker joke
Brussel sprouts are bringing some much needed laughter to the UK. In a contest to find the best modern and festive joke, a joke featuring Brussel sprouts post Brexit has won. The anonymous joke contest polled twitter users for votes and gained a total of 2,000 participants.The winning joke was created by.....

Valon Bahtiri, MitroFresh:
“Switch from mushroom importer to producer”
Significant volumes of Eryngii, Enoki and Shimeji leave the building of MitroFresh in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, every day. However, buyers are mostly located abroad. “We can guarantee wide availability because we started a joint venture with one of Asia’s largest mushroom cultivators. Our sales double.....

Champ Burger ideal for flexitarians
Banken Chamignons, market leader on the Dutch market, has been working for years in order to get surplus value from mushrooms. “We want to be more than just a company that pushes around boxes,” says commercial manager Alex Vos. In recent years, that resulted in mix packs, the vitamin D-mushrooms and fresh.....


Asparagus more popular year-round
Asparagus is a product that is cultivated and consumed worldwide. By far the largest producer of asparagus is China with approximately 70,000 hectares. This is followed by Peru with about 25,000 hectares, Germany with about 22,000 hectares and Mexico has approximately 16,000 hectares, according to Limgroup,.....

Morrisons giving out free wonky carrots for Christmas
Morrisons Inverurie will be giving away wonky carrots in an effort to increase awareness of food waste and to provide kids with the veg to use in the Christmas tradition of leaving carrots for Santa's reindeer.The move aims to introduce kids to wonky veg, encourage families to buy large or misshapen carrots,.....

25-30% increase of cucumber prices in the Crimea
A sharp increase in cucumber prices has been recorded in the wholesale markets of the Crimea. According to the daily monitoring of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", the wholesale price of these products in the peninsula has grown by 25-30% since the beginning of this week.In particular, at the Simferopol.....

Peruvian capsicum to be given a boost
During the inauguration of the workshop 'Plan de Desarrollo Sustentable de Ajíes', the president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velásquez, estimated the value of Peruvian capsicum exports by the end of the year at around 280 million dollars.In this sense, he considered it vitally.....

Spain: Chinese vegetables grown in Malaga
The experts say that if there is one essential product in Asian cuisine, it is certainly pak choi (Brassica chinensis). It is an oriental vegetable rich in vitamins A and C, whose taste resembles that of cardoon or spinach. It is an oriental vegetable, related to cabbage, with green leaves and a whiteish.....

Mexico and China in dispute over the chile de arbol
Yahualica is a town in West Jalisco that is famous for the production of the chile de arbol, which is used mainly for the manufacture of bottled sauces. 9,000 residents of the area depend on this activity, i.e. more than a third of the 23,000 people that live in the town.More than a decade ago, they began to.....

Processing may increase the nutritional value of rocket
Most of the rocket (Eruca sativa andDiplotaxis tenuifolia) consumed in the UK is imported from Italy. In 2015, the sales of fresh-cut rocket in the the UK increased by 3.9% with respect to the previous year, and this trend is expected to continue in the future.During the summer, researchers from the.....

Saudi Arabia temporarily bans Egyptian pepper imports
Saudi Arabia has instituted a temporary ban on the import of Egyptian peppers to the country. The ban was introduced after peppers originating from Saudi Arabia were detected to be contaminated with residue from pesticides according to the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.The statement.....


Asda releases festive video featuring brussels sprouts
Asda has released a new video showing how the holiday vegetable goes from being in the field to on your plate.