Vegetables

No export ban on Egyptian tomatoes

We recently reported that Egyptian tomato exports had been shut down due to virus problems. This is not the case and turned out to be a translation error. What is going on? Due to the…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"High demand for Peruvian ginger, especially from France"

Last month, the first ginger from Peru arrived at Satori Holland. "We receive a container every week. Our clients are also very pleased with the quality. There is a high demand for good quality ginger from Peru. From France, in particular", says this Dutch import company's Director, Marcel Verdellen. "We get mainly organic…

The acreage is highly likely to be reduced

Spain: Garlic market paralyzed due to oversupply from China

The National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers confirms that the market is still paralyzed as a result of China's oversupply. Right now, the marketing of the…

Growers in Morocco and Spain moving away from tomatoes

Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, recently returned from a visit to Morocco and Spain: "The import from Morocco and Spain started slowly this season. The reason is that, particularly in Morocco, it has not been very warm after planting. The summer in Morocco had stable temperatures, which provides a much…

Domestic okra ends even season

As the domestic okra season wraps up, supplies are beginning to thin out slightly. “Supplies of okra are moderate for now. They’re not peaking but they’re not short either,” says Ari Kamberian of Tazza Produce in Los Angeles, Ca. “This is usual for this time of the year. Winter is coming and okra doesn’t like cold so it starts producing less.”…

Mushrooms a weapon in fight against global vitamin D shortage

Vitamin D mushrooms. After three years of effort, the European Commission approved the claim this summer. With the aid of UV light, mushrooms change into small vitamin D bombs. Scelta Mushrooms and Banken Champignons made an effort to also be allowed to use the claim in Europe. Now what? Are consumers…

Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

Belgium: "Beef tomatoes are gradually becoming a specialty"

"At the moment we have started with the greenhouse production of strawberries. It is going well in terms of production. However, we still are about 1.5 million kilos behind in comparison to last year", says Jan Engelen of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. "At the moment the productions are getting underway and the…

Rien Paans, Vefru Europe

"Tropical storm Leslie does not cause damage to Spanish open field cultivation"

The consequences of the tropical storm Leslie, which had instilled fear into many Spanish open field growers, did not cause much damage according to Rien Paans, Vefru Europe. "Only around Barcelona and Girona there were problems with rain, but in the end it was not really bad." Broccoli The Spanish broccoli harvest began three weeks ago,…

Ukraine: Temperature fluctuations and strong demand push tomato prices up

The supply of greenhouse tomatoes on the Ukrainian market is declining, according to EastFruit experts. The main reason for this, according to industry experts, is the…

Asparagus: from Veneto to Australia

The vice-president of the Consorzio Carlo Benozzi, who was at the stand at the International Asparagus Days, stated, “There is not a very high quantity, but we are extremely satisfied that we shipped Badoere’s IGP asparagus". Asparagus tips in olive oil. On the left, asparagus beer Benozzi claimed, “We sell asparagus especially in Northern…

Spain: Alcampo introduces floating live lettuce

Auchan Retail Spain has introduced an assortment of floating live lettuces at its hypermarket in Alcampo de Leganés, Madrid, which customers can "harvest" at the time of purchase. These lettuces (green and red Trocadero, green and red Lollo and green Batavia), supplied by Gota Viva, keep their roots in direct contact…

Fruchthof Detter exclusively grows Brussels sprouts for Spar Austria

Despite difficulties, sprouts still thrive in Austria

Until seven years ago, sprouts were still a rarity in Austrian agriculture and there were mostly imported goods from established cultivation countries. Now, Fruchthof Detter, based in Absdorf (north of Vienna), has managed to integrate Brussels sprouts in its cultivation, exclusively producing sprouts…

"Retail price of Chinese carrots increased by around 40%"

"China is a large country with numerous territories where soil conditions and weather conditions vary. The differences between carrot production areas are great. The main carrot production areas in China are located in Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Fujian, Hubei, and Sichuan. The spring carrots from Shandong…

China: Ten-year low for garlic price in 2018

The price of garlic went from "fierce" to "miserable" between the start of 2017 and the middle of 2018. In some production areas the price dropped as low as 0.3 yuan [0.04 USD] per 0.5 kg. This is the lowest the garlic price has been in 10 years. A new garlic planting season has begun, but with the…

New Green Giant product

US: Riced cauliflower stuffing is there for all low carb enthusiasts

Delish.com  reports how American company Green Giant is now throwing low-carb eaters a bone with their new Riced Cauliflower Stuffing. The company confirmed the new, healthy side…

Florence squeezes supplies of eggplant

Supplies of eggplant look a little tighter after Hurricane Florence. “Supplies are moderate. There’s not an overabundance of eggplant but there’s not a shortage either. Even with the hurricane damage, there seem to be enough supplies,” says Calvert Cullen of Northampton Growers Produce Sales, Inc. in Cheriton, VA. The…

US: Hot pepper supplies lighter but demand strong

North America is coming into a period of lighter hot pepper supply as production starts to shift locations. Apart from the seasonal transition, there have been a few other factors that have affected supplies and kept prices strong, including less acreage planted and weather in some of the growing…

New line of single serving specialty pepper bags

Bailey Farms, a shipper of specialty peppers, announced a single serving line of specialty peppers, Bailey Farms SideKicks, which the company says will make it easier for…

Western Illinois University tomato research

Cancer prevention project gets USDA grant

An interesting research project on the cancer prevention qualities of heirloom tomatoes will be enhanced through the promise of a USDA grant of nearly $32,000. The research, being conducted…

Mexico starts with butternut squash

Production of imported butternut squash is just getting underway. “We just started production out of Sonora, Mexico,” says Raquel Espinoza of the Produce House, LLC in Nogales, Ariz. With…

The rise of vegan and veggie - 85% more sales compared to last year

As the number of consumers adopting a vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diet continues to grow, Waitrose & Partners has reported that sales of vegan and vegetarian…

Pieter Vermeulen to focus on high-tech tomato growing

From knife and boots to the excitement of the greenhouse

He has already put on his boots and has his knife at hand to cut the various vegetables in the field. It's Tuesday morning, September 25, 9 am, and Pieter Vermeulen, representative for Sakata in the Benelux and Scandinavia, is fully prepared for the annual open field demo days. This is his last edition…

Consistent supply of West Coast spinach

The volume of spinach coming out of the west coast is steady. “The supply of spinach looks good as of today,” says Ken Horwitz of The Salad Farm based in Salinas, Ca. “Supply is about…

Nick Bakelaar, Spot:

“Short and interesting sweet potato season from the US”

The sweet potato harvest in North Carolina already had its yields lowered due to a dry period this season, and hurricane Florence subsequently also caused considerable damage. “The actual harvest figures haven’t become public yet, but at least about 30 per cent of the fields is expected to have been lost…

Argentina: 80% of tomatoes from Formosa lost due to Paraguay's blockade

On Sunday, Argentina's Agrarian Federation asked the Government to adopt bilateral measures against Paraguay's blockage on tomato imports. They aren't granting phytosanitary authorization permits…

Local farmers achieve high level of self-sufficiency

Swiss lamb's lettuce season picks up speed

The peak season of local, Swiss lamb's lettuce is currently witnessing a great momentum. The local harvest started in September and usually these lettuces will be on offer…

Swiss gastronomy supplier puts new lettuce variety into product range

''Great development potential for novel lettuce variety Chicarita''

In the area of single and leaf lettuce, a lot has happened in recent years. There were the Salanova varieties and the mini-Romanas that have quickly found their way to European traders. At the moment, another new lettuce variety has appeared, which is establishing itself at a rapid pace. It is the…

China: Increase of 1-3 yuan for "people's vegetables" in Xiamen

The Chinese vegetable market suffered from various fluctuations since September as a result of extreme weather conditions. The price of vegetables also greatly increased in…

"Garlic market conditions are still quite stable"

"Current Chinese garlic price slightly lower than same time last year"

"The new garlic planting season is in full swing, but it is too early to predict the production volume this season. We estimate, however, that the overall surface area devoted to garlic plantation will decrease this year because the garlic market conditions have been weak throughout China in the last few…

Artichoke grower launches fall promotion program

Ocean Mist Farms is has shared that its fall consumer promotion is underway, encouraging shoppers to incorporate artichokes and other products into their meals this fall. The…

Pumpkin production continues to roll strong

As we quickly approach Halloween, ample supplies of pumpkins remain to continue the promotion of carving type orange Jack O’ Lanterns through Halloween. “We have experienced very moderate temperatures (high 70’s to low 80’s) this fall which has allowed for normal production of pumpkins in California” said Ryan Van…

Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce the need for pest-reducing chemicals

A small New Zealand produce farm, is making some exciting progress with an agroecology project that will reduce the need for chemicals on tomato farms. The Curious Croppers mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale but are working on a project that they have dubbed the NZ Agroecology Initiative. Anthony Tringham and his wife Angela have been allowing…

US: Demand for bell peppers on the rise

The fall production on green bell peppers is beginning to build. “We’re starting green bells this week and we’re getting some from Puebla farther south in Mexico and we’re getting some from…

Frank Vansimpsen, Sint-Lucie:

“Watercress - a power food for all seasons”

Things are calm for Sint-Lucie at the moment, after the watercress fields were flooded last June. “We had to clear everything before re-sowing at the time, and that kept us busy. Fortunately, we’re spread across Haspengouw, Belgium, with our seven nurseries, and nature was kind enough not to flood all…

China: Peppers in abundance

In the Xinjiang region in China a massive amount of pepper is harvested around this time of year, as is apparent from a video from New China TV that shows fields full of them being harvested by machines.

China: Red choy sum on the market one month early

At present, many fresh food markets in Wuhan have placed red choy sum on the stalls, but the taste is not good, especially the roots and stems of the vegetables are not thick…

China: How will bumper harvest of leeks affect the price?

The autumn harvest of leeks in north China has entered its peak season. What are the market conditions for leeks in 2018? The main harvest generally takes place in October and later. The most famous leek production areas are in Qingzhou, Shouguang, and Zhangqiu. The price of leeks was around 1.1 yuan…

Baja green bean supplies to be short after Hurricane Rosa

Green bean growers in Baja California are warning of tight supplies in the early part of November after Hurricane Rosa caused some damage to crops at the start of the month. This comes as another hurricane - Sergio - bears down on the peninsula but this latest hurricane is expected to be weaker than…

Israeli cucumbers more expensive due to viruses

Cucumber prices have shot up in the past several days, with wholesale prices exceeding 7 shekels a kilo (€1.67), the Agricultural Ministry said. Just last week, the wholesale…

Ahead of hard freeze in Colorado

US: Pueblo County farmers rush to pick green chilli peppers

Last week, the race was on for Pueblo County farmers to pick all of the green chilli peppers before the expected hard freeze comes. When the freeze arrives, that’s the signal of the end of chilli growing season out on the mesa. The wet weather week presented a challenge for crews to pick the chillis -and other crops- in time.…

Hamburg-based import company Elbe Fruit focuses on legumes from Guatemala

''We hope German food retailers will soon start selling these nutritious legumes ''

Mangetout peas and sugar snap peas are currently rarely found in the (western) European trade. However, Hamburg-based company ElbeFruit has set itself the goal of finally placing legumes from Guatemala in the local food retail trade (LEH), as well as increasingly offering its food there. Currently, the exotic vegetables…

Questions on pollution by over-use of fertiliser

Chinese garlic growers clash with officials

Last weekend, villagers in south-west China clashed with officials in a dispute over their right to grow garlic on land where, according to local authorities, the over-use of fertiliser had polluted a local lake. The argument began in August when growers in Eryuan county, Yunnan province, were told they would no longer be able…

The price is of 1-2 euros per kilo

Peppers: Competition is between Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

The pepper is not that different from the tomato: the consumer always wants it. The productions are Italian, but also Dutch and Spanish. The Netherlands and Spain mainly export Californian peppers – the square-shaped ones – while the Italian production is more traditional. Stock picture A wholesaler from central Italy told to…

Italy wants the Lamuyo pepper

A pretty standard season for the Caserta pepper, “Since the beginning of the campaign, the market has been quite calm and there were no price spikes. The product has been rarely missing, notwithstanding the initial one-week delay”. Salvatore Iodice was speaking to FreshPlaza. In 1982, he founded the Iodice company together with his brothers…

Peruvian company Virú acquires pepper distributor in Spain

Given the high demand for canned foods in Spain, Virú aims to participate more actively in the business chain and reach the final consumer. Consequently, it has just acquired…

'Great development potential for Chicarita novelty lettuce''

In recent years, the lettuce sector has seen a lot of changes. The Salanova varieties and mini-Romanas lettuce for instance have quickly found their way in to European trade. At the moment there is another novelty coming up, which is establishing itself at a rapid pace. It is the so-called Chicarita.…

Vegetable supply moves south

China: Vegetable prices beginning to recover

Beijing vegetable markets are in the middle of a shift from northern to southern supply areas. While supply from the north is leaving the market, supply from the south was…

China: Prohibition on garlic farming around Lake Erhu

An announcement for the protection of Lake Erhu caused unrest in Dali, Yunnan. The protection includes a complete ban on garlic farming in the vicinity of Lake Erhu. The upper…

US (CA): Researchers get $5 million to combat downy mildew in lettuce

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3 billion industry each year. The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center, the first research…

Plan 2020: King Courgette guarantees that 100% of the energy used in its facilities is green

This company from Almeria has become the first firm in the province to guarantee all of the energy it uses in its facilities and processes is green. A few months ago, King Courgette® announced the implementation and start-up of its new 2020 Plan. Even though the company's strategic objective is to become the best zucchini operator in…

China: Fall in sweet potato prices

The overall price of sweet potatoes showed a downward trend last week. The sweet potatoes currently for sale in the Wanbang Market mainly come from Kaifeng, Henan, Hebei, and…

Production thins on imported calabaza

The calabaza market is taking a turn. “Right now, the market is finally on the upswing for calabaza after being really bad for a really long time,” says Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, Florida. “There was heavy production which is usual for that time of the year. But this year we had a prolonged…

New tomato brand to be launched December 2018 in Western U.S.

Flavorful Brands and The Produce Exchange / Lipman Family Farms are partnering to expand Tasti-Lee® tomatoes to the Western U.S market. According to the company, Tasti-Lee tomatoes have enjoyed success with consumers and retailers in the Eastern U.S. Tasti-Lee® is now expanding nationwide, and through…

"One-bite is a healthy, convenient alternative when hunger pangs strike"

Now available in a range of sizes and colours, the snack tomato has established itself as a healthy alternative for traditional snacks such as potato crisps and nuts. And it has now been joined by a fresh, crunchy mini cucumber that can be eaten whole. One-bite looks similar to a regular snack cucumber,…

AU: "Kumato proving to be a major hit with consumers"

One of Australia’s new tomato varieties is quickly gaining traction with consumers, according to one of the growers. Kumato® grower Andrew Potter, who produces 450,000 kg each year, says interest in the fruit is growing steadily. “Australians enjoy the unique taste and colour changes of the Kumato®,” he said. “They are less…

NZ food prices ease as lettuce prices plunge

New Zealand food prices eased in September, led by cheaper fruit and vegetables, including a 45 percent fall in lettuce prices. Food prices eased 0.1 percent in September, but…

Vegetable growers warn of possible shortages in new year

British vegetable growers have been overheard warning of possible shortages in the new year, after this year’s extreme weather conditions led to low yields. Growers of…

Menno Molenaar, Van Oers United:

"Brussels sprouts have a finer sorting due to dry weather"

Although they are available all year round, Brussels sprouts are still a seasonal product. The game of supply and demand is in full swing, according to Menno Molenaars of Van Oers United. Many growers have started to harvest but see the marks of the long dry summer on their harvest. "We are starting to…

Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield Champignons:

“From now on we’ll grow the exotic mushrooms organically”

Oakfield Champignons from Stramproy, the Netherlands, became Skal certified for the production of exotic mushrooms last week. “We already had the certificate for the trade in organic mushrooms,” says Diederick Knijnenburg. “We’re now also certified for the production, because on the one hand, we’ve seen…

Ton de Leeuw, AGF Fresh:

“Sweet potatoes from Morocco year-round”

“It’s very much possible to grow sweet potatoes in Morocco year-round. In summer, regions near Larache on the north coast of Morocco are suitable, and in the winter period, the region around Agadir is suitable for the production,” says Ton de Leeuw of AGF Fresh. This is the conclusion he came to after…

How to produce high-quality tomatoes

A great taste is what makes the difference within a global market where international competition is increasingly fierce. Guido Grasso We took a closer look at the dynamics of this market niche. We met an expert in the production of high-end table tomatoes. He explained to us the added values of a high-quality tomato. Guido Grasso is the…

Argentina: Tomato producers denounce obstacles to export to Paraguay

Tomato producers in northern Argentina have stated that Paraguay is hindering the entry of their products into that market by not granting them the necessary sanitary permits.…

Peru: Adex requested capsicum be reinstated in the deduction system

The Association of Exporters (Adex) has asked the government that paprika and other varieties of capsicum be included again in the Tax Obligations Payment System (SPOT) or…

Cultivation data of Lower Saxony 2017 are published

Asparagus, onions and carrots at the forefront

Asparagus, onions and carrots grow on almost every second vegetable field in Lower Saxony. These are the preferred crops among the 880 vegetable growers in Lower Saxony,…

Producer cooperative Seewinkler Sonnengemüse starts harvesting

Ginger from Burgenländ now available at Austrian food retailers

Seewinkler Sonnengemüse is harvesting fresh ginger in Austria for the first time. Ginger will be available starting Monday, October 8, 2018 in selected MERKUR branches and in the LGV-Gärtnergschäftl. Wallern (OTS/Vienna) Vegetable farmers Claudia and Gerald Kern have started harvesting the ginger at…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna, looks ahead at Spanish greenhouse vegetable season

“Expansion in Spanish bell pepper and aubergine, loose tomatoes suffer”

The Spanish greenhouse vegetable season started well in September. “Bell peppers and cucumbers were hot, aubergines were in demand. In the Netherlands, the crops suffered a lot from the heat. We all thought: this is it, we’re going to have a great spring because the Netherlands will stop earlier,” says…

Turkey: Green pepper production and export figures

85% of the population in Yenisehir, Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey, earn their living through agricultural production and the area is well-known for its green pepper production. The agricultural production area in Yenisehir is around 52,000 hectares and fruits and vegetables are grown in 22,000 hectares. The…

A lot is arriving illegally via Eastern Europe

Spanish producers affected by "ridiculously low" Chinese garlic prices

At the end of last July, the garlic harvest came to a close in the Spanish province of Cordoba, where the product, which is a staple crop, is not going through its best moment due to the low prices paid to the growers. The provincial and national president of the sector at Asaja, Miguel del Pino,…

Prospects of product varieties in Taiwanese mushroom industry

The Taiwanese mushroom industry has a century-old history from the cultivation of shiitake mushrooms to the establishment of Mushroom Kingdom. The Taiwanese mushroom industry is currently worth close to 10 billion yuan [1.44 billion USD] and has become an important part of the Taiwanese vegetable…

Vegetable processor Hengstenberg has to fight for young consumers

'Can Sauerkraut ever become hip again?'

Sauerkraut and cucumbers have made this Swabian family business Hengstenberg what is it today. But the market is shrinking. Now the question is: Can sauerkraut ever become hip again? Small cucumbers When a warm summer rain is drizzling down on a cucumber field, cucumber plants feel really good. They like it warm…

Peru asparagus deal suffering under high freight rates

The Peruvian asparagus season is currently up in the number of cases shipped compared with the same time last year. Good growing conditions and continued steady weather has been attributed to the increase in production. But despite the strong start, suppliers expect the crop to end up being close to or…

High quality Australian asparagus being produced this spring

Asparagus growers say demand for the vegetable continues to grow each year, due to the quality of the product. Australian Asparagus Council President, Alex Motta says the forecast is looking like it will be a traditional season in terms of volume, but the quality is very good. "Asparagus is certainly moving from a delicacy into…

Ukraine Jan-Sep 2018: Tomato exports down 29%

In the period from January to September 2018, Ukraine exported 10,710 tons of tomatoes worth US$ 7.98 million, which is 29% less than over the corresponding period the year…

Johan Vanhaeren, BioVibe:

“Sales of organic pumpkins peak around the end of October”

“The season of organic outdoor vegetables is doing its thing. There’s plenty of demand and supply of the products, and quality is also fairly stable,” says Johan Vanhaeren of organic wholesaler BioVibe. “The white and red cabbage, leek and celeriac are at the same price levels as in previous years.…

China: Haikou's holiday vegetable supply is stable

During the National Day Golden Week, the price of vegetables in Haikou's major farmers' markets fell yesterday, and the price of leafy vegetables was basically the same as…

‘Perfect storm’ of weather and Brexit could have devastating effect on leek industry

The combination of weather conditions this year, fears over Brexit and the weakness of the pound could have a devastating effect on the future of the leek industry unless it…

Czech Republic very dependent on vegetable imports

Vegetable imports to the Czech Republic are continuing to grow. According to data from the Czech Statistics Office, the foreign vegetable trade currently shows a deficit of 11…

The Foraging Fox

Growth of beetroot ketchup business in US

Last month, Essex-based condiments brand ‘The Foraging Fox’  raised almost £700,000 worth of investments to expand its presence in North America and Europe. The three-year-old startup, best-known for its all-natural beetroot ketchups, was named a finalist for its CPG Editor’s Choice Awards for best Condiment,…

Turkey: Growers recoup their losses with zucchini production

Production of “Ayas” tomatoes from Ankara has sustained significant losses this season due to heavy rains and the growers are trying to recoup their losses with zucchini production. The growers note that they have lost almost as much as 80 % of their tomato production and they claim that they could not fulfill the…

China: Vegetable price high and rising, people can not afford, yet farmers make a loss?

Vegetable prices continuously increase. The price of common mushrooms increased from 2 yuan [0.29 USD] to 8 yuan [1.16 USD] per 0.5 kg. People complain that they can no longer afford to buy vegetables. This is not a recent phenomenon, however, as prices of vegetables and fruit have not seen a sustained…

Andhra Pradesh

India: Farmers dump tomatoes in Anantapur as price crashes

Though the central government has promised to develop the district as horticulture hub, farmers are not getting profits for their crops due to lack of marketing facilities. Tomato and chilli farmers are incurring huge losses during the season. According to a marketing department, 1 million tonnes of tomato and chilli…

Mexico: Chinese garlic hinders the product from Aguascalientes

A high percentage of this year's garlic harvest remains stored in refrigeration rooms because it has been difficult to place the product in the market. Hostilio Torres Robles, the manager…

Focus on new Limgroup varieties during Asparagus Days

'Green Starlim asparagus suits growing conditions in the Mediterranean'

With the introduction of the Aspalim variety, Dutch breeding company Limgroup has created a new dimension in the production of green asparagus, particularly in the northern European and North American sectors. At the upcoming Asparagus Days (16 to 18 October) in Cesena, Italy, green asparagus will be the…

Lower Austrian onion and carrot market week 40/2018

Slight price increases on onion market, carrot market quite stable

The Austrian onion harvest is now done. The onion market seems to be quite stable. This excellent current supply is complemented by a steady domestic demand. Ongoing food retail promotions are providing greater impetus.The development on the export markets remains encouraging. The interest in domestic goods remains lively…

China: Machines will help Xinjiang farmers harvest chilli peppers faster

The latest-generation of chilli harvesters work quickly. Really quickly. In just two hours, 1.5 hectares of red chilli fields turn green. The small town of Anjihai in northwest China boasts high-quality chillies thanks to long daylight hours and a well-suited environment. For farmers like Guo, these tender, spicy fruit…

Egypt: Agriculture Ministry investigates ‘tomato crisis’

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abo Setit said on Wednesday that his ministry is investigating a crisis caused by imported tomato seeds which are infected with the leaf curl virus. Abo Setit pointed out that the company that imported the seeds had obtained prior approval from the ministry’s Committee for the…

Turkey: Grower in Derinkuyu starts mushroom production facility with government funds

Grower Umit Sengul set up the first mushroom production facility in the area with the help of government funds through “ Young Grower Project”. The district of Derinkuyu, a production area in Nevsehir, a city located in central Turkey, is well known for its potato production. Attempts like this to introduce new products…

Jinxiang garlic price weakens

Shandong Jinxiang Market: Garlic planting season officially opens

The specialized garlic market in Jinxiang celebrated the autumn harvest and the autumn planting season festival last week. Garlic farmers have very little stock left, which…

China: Leeks gradually enter weak market

Sannong Zhongguo reports that leeks are the seasonal product on the market this week. The market is huge as leeks are not easily replaced with other products. The main supply…

Peru: Pickled chili has potential in the domestic and foreign market

The Peruvian pepper is one of the most tasty and recognizable Peruvian products, because no food is as linked with the country's cuisine as this product. That's why its fundamental that the…

Identification of chromosome that determines gender of asparagus

A study carried out by the University of Córdoba has succeeded in drawing the genetic map of asparagus and identifying the chromosome that determines its gender. The…

Spain: Garlic acreage down by 10% in Cordoba

The main garlic producers of the province of Cordoba, Spain, held a meeting at the headquarters of Asaja to take stock of the situation and the development of the plantings. They expect a slight 10% reduction in the acreage sown in the province of Cordoba, as well as a 6% drop in the production compared…

Vegetable yields well below long-term average

Processing industry experiences shortages of red, white and green cabbages

Vegetable processors throughout Germany have to reckon with an inadequate availability of raw materials due to the drought-related crop failures. Regarding red, white and…

France: Drought leads to mushroom shortage in Drome region

Mushrooms in the Drome region of France have suffered from the lack of rain and humidity. Autumn may have begun and normally mushroom picking should be well underway, but…

Paddle your own pumpkin in Germany

Men or women; there are enough giant vegetables to go around in the Krewelshofer lake’s annual pumpkin race. It was held for the third time over a 35-meter course this on Wednesday. Grown specially for the race, the pumpkins must weigh at least 250 kilograms and, to minimize the risk of capsizing, more for heavier…

Research seeks more productive tomato for southeast Turkey

A project is being carried out in Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey, to identify the best tomato variety that is suitable for the city’s climate. That specific variety needs to have resistance to high temperatures, drought and salt. 15 different varieties are being planted as part of the project and…

Plenty of veg available for China's National Day

Several vegetable production areas have suffered from poor weather conditions in recent weeks. It became clear that vegetable production in early September lagged behind…

Alexis Mul, Ibergarlic:

“Dramatic Spanish garlic season didn’t come as a surprise”

“It’s not going well at all,” says Alexis Mul of Ibergarlic from Cordoba about the Spanish garlic season. The Dutchman, who has lived and worked in Spain for years, took this into account after the bad season last year. “But it’s a bit worse than expected.” “Spain entered the new season with old stocks this year,…

New company film for bell pepper sorter MidFresh

Four million sealed bell peppers for cruise ships and military bases per year

Recording a TV show at your company, changing buyers and a 15th anniversary. Three good reasons to make a new company film, according to bell pepper sorter MidFresh in Harmelen, the Netherlands. As of late August, a modern company film is online, featuring drone images of the entire production process. “The old…

Some thoughts at the start of the season

What will save the Sicilian table tomato?

We are approaching the peak of the Sicilian table tomato campaign – which represents the 40% of the national production. The production areas are on the coasts between Agrigento and Siracusa, involving Caltanissetta and especially Ragusa – which represents the core, both in terms of extent and quantity. We…

Argentina: Squash production drops, but prospects remain good

During the year 2017, the supply of squash in the Central Market of Buenos Aires registered a drop of 4.8% compared to the previous season, totaling 55,632.5 tons; some 2,825 tons less than in 2016. In spite of these data, the crop's prospects remain positive due mainly to two factors: on the one hand, there is…

Aspalim and Starlim, early varieties in the green asparagus segment

The introduction of Aspalim by Limgroup has added a new dimension of quality and yield to the green asparagus segment in the markets in North Europe and North America. Aspalim…

Gert van der Bent, Wijnand de Mooij:

“First Italian, wild spinach arrives after difficult summer”

Yesterday morning Wijnand de Mooij unloaded the first wild spinach of the Unica Vera brand. “We’re very happy to have once again received beautiful, wild spinach of good quality. This summer was very difficult, because Germany barely had any product due to the warm and dry weather, and spots quickly…

Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh

India: Local administration to train people in mushroom cultivation

The administrators of Krishna district are planning to train unemployed youths in the field of mushroom cultivation. Already, mushroom cultivation in the district is quite good, with many people earning huge returns. As part of the entrepreneurial programme, the administration is trying to rope in…

Donnelly Fruit & Veg

Produce business supplies Aldi with €130,000 worth of pumpkins

Donnelly Fruit & Veg has made a new contract agreement with Aldi Ireland to supply pumpkins to the value of €130,000 in time for Halloween. In early May, the company reportedly began growing an Irish pumpkins crop, harvesting in September and October. “Aldi has a long-standing working relationship with Donnelly Fruit…

Russia: Mushroom greenhouse opened in Tula

A festive opening ceremony of a greenhouse for champignon cultivation took place on September 25. The governor of the Tula region, Mr. Aleksey Dyumin, congratulated the management and the employees with the event. The new complex will employ over 500 dwellers of the Tula region; introduction of modern technologies will allow…

Italy: the fennel campaign has started in Emilia-Romagna

The fennel harvesting started two days ago. The production area is located in Emilia Romagna. The Cagliari & Babbi company – specialised in fennel (Finò brand) – have 36 hectares, between direct production and farmers. Vittorio Cagliari explains, “The production is of high quality. Also, the quantity met the expectations. The lowering…

Crop failure in Baden-Württemberg more than 35 percent

Vegetable processor Hengstenberg expects bad cabbage crop

The summer heat has left its mark on the German cabbage fields. The farmers and the family-owned company Hengstenberg are currently expecting crop losses of more than 35 percent. The situation not only affects Hengstenberg's growing areas, the company announced on Tuesday, but other areas in Germany and…

Shandong Jinxiang Market: Garlic price stable during Mid-Autumn Festival

The specialized garlic market in Jinxiang, Shandong, continued as usual during Mid-Autumn Festival [24 September], despite two days of continuous rainfall on September 18-19.…

140 kg large pumpkin brightens up Shanghai Chenshan Gardens

The Shanghai Chenshan Gardens announced on September 26th that they will host a flower and fruit exposition from September 28th until October 21st with the theme "Chenshan Autumn Beauty". It is different from a specialized flower exposition as the corner pieces are made up of pumpkins, fruit, and…

Australia: Vegetable growers see income rise by 12%

Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2016–17 and 2017–18 shows a 12 per cent increase in cash income for Australian vegetable farms to $319,000 per farm in 2017-18. ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, said this is the highest average in real terms since ABARES began surveying vegetable-growing farms…

China: Shandong Linyi vegetable prices have stabilized

After the Mid-Autumn Festival, the prices of vegetables in the supermarkets and farmers' markets in Linyi, Shandong Province have stabilized, and garlic, peppers, and rapeseed…

Turkey: Isparta grows 7.5 million USD of tomatoes annually

A small village in Isparta, a city located in western Turkey is contributing significantly to the national economy by growing 7.5 million USD worth of tomatoes annually. These tomatoes are not only sold to local markets but also exported to Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The production area was known for its…

Ecotop® Ripening Australia

BG Door International starts Australian branch

During the Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong, BG Door International introduced their new company, Ecotop Ripening Australia. Together with local partners from Melbourne, they can now supply the Australian and New Zealand markets with modern ripening chamber technologies. “We get a lot of demand from Australia…

“Thanks to the reduction in the production of native European vegetables”

China: "Exports of frozen vegetables to Europe this year have increased slightly"

"This summer, many European countries were affected by heat waves. Record highs have been constantly occurring in various places. This has caused great damage to vegetable production in Europe, resulting in a sharp decline in vegetable production in most areas, which has created opportunities for…

Tanzania: Bell pepper prices up

A decrease in the  supply of bell peppers in Dar es Salaam has pushed prices up. Market data shows that wholesale prices for an 80-kilo bag of bell peppers increased to between Sh80,000 - 85,000 (€30.00-31.90)…

China: New dried garlic enters storage -warehouse merchants concerned

The period in which new dried garlic enters storage was only brief this year, the speed was high, and trade was concentrated between mid-July and early August. Trade in new…

Average harvest expected, despite difficult growing conditions

Prince de Bretagne launches artichoke autumn campaign

The French sales cooperative Prince de Bretagne has started the artichokes autumn campaign. Artichoke cultivation in the Brittany region takes place in a three-year cycle. Despite the difficult growing conditions this year, normal harvest volumes are expected. This year, the two- and three-year-old plants in the cultivation process have…

Luis Pazos, Rhein Frucht Köln GmbH - Europe Fruit:

''Start of the Spanish small vegetables season is imminent''

In the fruit & vegetable sector, trade in Germany is currently in a transitional phase. In addition to greenhouse products from the Netherlands and Belgium, the market is also supplied by random  volumes from the Balkans and Turkey. And the Spanish season is approaching too, say people from Rhein Frucht…

Up to 60 yuan /jin while the lowest 6 yuan /jin

China: Big variations n Leshan ginger prices

Leshan is famous for its ginger growing business. Now it can basically sell ginger all year round. This year's ginger has been sold at a maximum of 60 yuan/jin and a minimum…

France: Endive producers ready to hire seasonal workers from abroad

The agricultural world in France united in protest on the 24th September against the new government legislation exempting seasonal workers of social security charges. These…

Supply of South Carolina bell peppers up this season

Fall bell peppers are underway out of South Carolina. “We do a spring season and a fall season on peppers, eggplant and broccoli and we just got into our fall harvest of peppers last week,” says Matt Cornwell of Titan Farms Inc. in Ridge Spring, SC. “We were fortunate that Hurricane Florence didn’t do any damage where our farm…

New Zealand grower AS Wilcox:

‘Wet winter could result in vegetable shortages’

A wet winter could lead to a vegetable shortage over winter, warns one of New Zealand's major growers. AS Wilcox grows up to 30,000 tons of potatoes a year, similar volumes of…

The ingredient for a 100% local Amatriciana sauce

Selected, preserved, rediscovered: the new life of the Ovalone tomato 50 years later

In the 60s, a group of geneticists led by Carlo Jucci worked on the varietal improvement of peppers and tomatoes. Among the latter, some types made for the industry became famous abroad, also. Others were set aside for future evaluations. Over time, the Jucci research centre changed management and work…

Italy: Green zucchinis susceptible to price fluctuations

In Sicily, zucchinis are harvested 10 months a year as the various varieties adapt to varying soil and weather conditions as well as to different production times.  We talked about it with Nunzio Agnello, manager of a well-known company producing and commercializing fresh produce. Nunzio Agnello "We're currently producing zucchini in tunnels, greenhouses and open fields.…

China: Garlic planting area reduced in 2018, will garlic prices rise in 2019?

Now that the season for growing garlic has arrived, the large garlic producers in Zhangzhou and Jinxiang are busy planting this year's garlic. It is understood that the planting area of garlic has decreased slightly this year. There are many reasons for farmers to reduce the area planted with garlic. The…

Ohio is seeing "exceptional pumpkin yields"

The pumpkin harvest in Ohio has started briskly, fueled by a hot summer with very little rainfall. As a result, growers said the season started earlier than usual and volume is high. "Pumpkins have been ready for some time," said Ken Holthouse of Doug Walcher Farms in North Fairfield. "We experienced a hot and…

Mexico demands conditions that will allow Mexican tomatoes to compete in North America

The Congress of Mexico has asked the Government to establish conditions in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), so that Mexican tomato producers can compete in that market. The Center for Studies for Sustainable Rural Development and Food Sovereignty (CEDRSSA) of the Chamber of Deputies…

Thai ginger farmers hope to achieve exports to China

“As a family-owned company, we grow and sell ginger in Thailand. At this stage, we only sell ginger domestically, but considering the increase in production capacity and the demand in overseas markets, we hope to achieve exports, especially to China. Though, if other countries are interested, we are also…


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