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Cofruid’Oc

France: “Asparagus production could double”

For 2018’s spring season, asparagus from Camargue, France, have once again benefited from last Mediterranean winter. For the French company Cofruid'Oc Méditerranée, it is a newly achieved level in the renewal of production. Project "Celestine®, the authentic asparagus of Camargue" and "Sauvageonne®, the.....

Coachella Valley begins bell pepper season

In the desert areas of California, temperatures are heating up, and so is the bell pepper season. Growers in the Coachella Valley have just begun their bell pepper season, and they are entering a good market, just as supplies begin to taper off in other regions."Our green pepper season started two weeks ago.....

Spain: Quality brand for Barbastro asparagus to be launched in 2020

The Horticultural Association of Alto Aragón is working at a lively pace to get the first Barbastro asparagus on the market in the year 2020. The brand will go hand in hand with its flagship product: pink tomatoes from the city of Vero, which have become a gourmet vegetable, available in the country's main.....

Supply shortage

China: Kunming tomato prices increased by 20%

The price of Kunming tomatoes has increased by 20% in comparison with the beginning of April, because there is a supply shortage. The volume of tomatoes from Kunming plantations that entered the market recently decreased. Small traders all ran to Yuxi and Chuxiong to purchase tomatoes and the wholesale and.....

Michigan asparagus season looks promising despite late start

At this time last year, many consumers were already enjoying the Michigan asparagus they picked up at the grocery store. This year, however, due to unseasonably cool spring temperatures and late season snowfall, growers across the state are experiencing one of the latest asparagus season starts in memory.The.....

Still limited export of Belgian fruit

Belgium good for 96% of EU's chicory export to Canada

The Canadian fresh produce sector was present at the CPMA Convention & Trade Show for the 93rd time. This year, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)'s theme was 'Live healthy, Eat fresh'. VLAM was also present in this sector. They played into this theme. They had a well-presented product.....

Heavy rains triple prices: Kenyans abandon tomatoes

A growing number of Kenyan families have cut the use of tomatoes or abandoned the produce altogether as retail prices have tripled due to heavy rains. The commodity has become scarce in most markets and prices increased sharply in the last two weeks.A survey from last Friday shows vegetable marketers in.....

China: Price of cucumbers and garlic shoots continues to fall

Data from Xinfadi Market shows that the wholesale price of cucumbers is currently between 0.9 and 1.3 yuan [0.14 and 0.2 USD] per 0.5 kg. This is a price decrease of 15.38% in comparison with last week. The price of garlic shoots decreased by 21.21% in comparison with last week. Liu Tong of Xinfadi Market Data.....

Mushroom production improves but market remains tight

Mushroom production has increased recently as improved spring weather provides good conditions for growth. Demand is still strong, despite being outside of the peak Holiday periods, with brown mushrooms seeing especially strong demand. The market is tight and prices are above average for this time of year."At.....

Danny Schrama:

"Warm weather and large asparagus supply bad for mushroom market"

It is an average mushroom market, according to Danny Schrama. He is from the mushroom trader of the same name. They are based in Ulestraten, in the Dutch province of Limburg. "Prices are at a stable level. The holidays, including those abroad, did not mean more or fewer sales. They did, however, make trading.....

Spain: National Garlic Board asks for reduction of Chinese quota ahead of Brexit

The president of Coopaman and of the National Garlic Board, Julio Bacete, has assured that the reduction of the Chinese garlic quota ahead of Brexit is one of the biggest priorities for the sector in Spain.In mid-March, when 25% of the garlic marketing campaign was yet to be completed in the area of.....

Shrub, cherry, cocktail and date tomatoes available in large quantities

Rhenish tomato harvest is in full swing

While hobby gardeners are still thinking about whether they should put tomato plants in the garden or on the terrace, the Rhenish tomato producers are already harvesting. This we are told by the provincial association Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer (Bonn). Rhenish tomatoes are already available commercially.....

Ukraine: Carrot prices have fallen below last year’s level

Root vegetable prices continue to fall gradually in Ukraine. Consequently, carrots are currently much cheaper than in the same period last year, according to APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits.Since the beginning of the week, the prices for root vegetables in the Ukrainian market have fallen by an average of.....

Argentina: Stability in the lettuce market

The entry of lettuce to the Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA) has been stable this year when compared to the volumes that entered the market in 2016. In 2017, the market received 21,475.8 tons of lettuce, practically the same amount as the 21,483.9 tons that entered the market in the previous year.Since.....

Forty per cent of production to Belgian retail, sixty per cent to export

Den Derk Délice expands to 51 hectares of Belgian tomatoes

Thanks to its enormous growth in size in recent years and investments in the field of innovations, Den Derk Délice can call itself a market leader in the field of cherry and snack tomatoes in Belgium. Last week, Den Derk Délice started building their latest greenhouse. Because of this, their acreage will.....

René Welles: "Everyone has many programmes"

Cucumber prices peak due to good weather and crop change

Cucumbers' auction prices peaked at the end of last week. They reached about EUR0 0,50 per piece. "Nice prices, but the number of growers who profit is limited. Everyone has a lot of programmes. This means there is hardly anything left to auction. The current programme prices are not bad, but they are also not.....

Demain la Terre

France: Producers obtain the High Environmental Value certification

The producers of the French Association Demain la Terre (Tomorrow the Planet) are awarded HVE – High Environmental Value (Level 3 of environmental certification of farms). The certification was managed in a collective framework by Demain la Terre.The 2018 scope of this certification includes SAS Val de Sérigny.....

Excess quantities lead to extraordinarily low pricing

Germany: 'Extremely low prices in the asparagus market'

Local asparagus is currently available for very low prices. The early varieties are still being harvested because of the delayed start of the season, therefore joining later varieties that are already on the market. The weather conditions in the next few days are expected to be mild and sunny. RuinousIn the.....

Romaine lettuce growers feel impact after E-Coli outbreak

The E-Coli outbreak that has been linked to romaine lettuce has now resulted in the death of a person in California. More than 120 people have been infected with the bacteria, and has been called 'the worst E-Coli outbreak in a decade'.The bacteria has been traced back to a farm near Yuma and it is noteworthy.....

Organic market is in better shape

Current celery prices not enough to cover costs

There is currently an oversupply of celery in the United States which is causing the market to be very low. Warmer temperatures and otherwise ideal growing conditions has meant that production is up. This is combined with an increase in overall celery acreage from growers trying to capitalize on what has been.....

California green beans set to commence in two weeks

The green bean season is set to commence shortly in California. Growers have noted that conditions in the Santa Maria region have been very favorable in the lead up, with none of the weather problems present that affected other parts of California. The crop is looking good and the season, which typically lasts.....

Michiel van Zanten, Hrbs:

"Customers can harvest lettuce at Dutch retailer Albert Heijn"

Consumers seem to prefer convenience and pre-packaging. There is, however, a growing counter-movement. Starting this week, Albert Heijn Gelderlandplein in Amsterdam boasts a harvest stand. It has an assortment of lettuce with their roots still attached. "It looks like a large lettuce bouquet", says Michiel van.....

Spain: Navarre asparagus prices pushed down by imports

The Union of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers of Navarre (UAGN) considers it "preposterous" for imports to push asparagus prices down for local producers, given how short and late the asparagus campaign has been in Navarre this year.The UAGN said in a statement that the signing of contracts between.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

Pierre Smets and Riny van der Staak:

"Warm days paralyse asparagus market"

The warm days have not done asparagus sales any good. "We are now dealing with an oversupply. This is causing a situation where there is too much supply on the market", says wholesaler, Pierre Smets. He is from the wholesale company of the same name from the Dutch town of Geleen. "The market is out of whack......

Researchers discover wild tomato resistant to a wide range of pests and insects

Scientists at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) have discovered a species of wild tomato from the Galapagos Islands that is resistant to a wide range of insect pests. The wild tomato is genetically closely related to the cultivated tomato, which makes it easy to cross-breed it at the agricultural.....

Pacific workers filling Australian labour shortfall

The lack of casual seasonal workers across the production horticulture sector in Australia and New Zealand isn't a new revelation.Apple and pear producers across Australia and New Zealand have struggled to workers for harvest during the current season - with some growers seeing inquiries down by 70%.However,.....

Abundant supplies sees cheap US garlic market

Supplies of garlic are abundant right now as a number of regions are in a transition phase and as a result, the market is very low. The vast majority of garlic supply to the US market is imported, mainly from Spain and China at this time of year. Spain, however is finishing their crop soon, to be replaced by.....

Australia: Kalano Farm

Northern Territory's largest tomato producer closes

Kalano Farm was the largest commercial tomato grower in the Northern Territory, producing about 150 tons a year. Now this tomato farm has shut its gates after falling into financial difficulty. The Indigenous-run Kalano Community Farm on the outskirts of Katherine had supplied local markets with tomatoes,.....

Overview French tomato market 2017 FranceAgriMer:

“Purchases of tomatoes per household decreased by nearly 7%”

In 2017, the French tomato market experienced a dynamic spring followed by a dull summer, which reveals a consumption in full evolution. Despite the decline in domestic production and imports, the 2017 tomato season was only average in terms of prices. After a favourable start to the season, the abundant.....

Spain: "We want to prove that garlic is a very profitable crop in terms of water use"

Promoting the profitability of crops like garlic in terms of water use is the objective of one of the agreements signed by the National Garlic Board, which recently held its Ordinary Meeting in Aceuchal, Badajoz, coinciding with the celebration of the 1st Garlic Fair in this municipality. To this end, a.....

Hong Kong suspends import and retail of Romaine lettuce from Arizona

The Food Safety Center in the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Health Bureau recently announced that the import and retail of Romaine lettuce from Arizona will be suspended, because there is suspicion the lettuce is contaminated with 0157:H7 coliform bacillus. The center also warns people to immediately stop.....

Albanian tomatoes getting international attention on social media

VIDEOAs we reported just a few weeks back on Freshplaza, Albanian agriculture has seen extreme growth in the in the last few years, especially when it comes to greenhouse production. It seems that the work of foreign investors and the government is paying off, as the country's tomatoes are receiving interest from.....

Nigerian ginger farmers blame marketers for bad pricing

Ginger farmers in Kaduna State are lamenting bitterly over what they said is a calculated attempt by marketers to milk them dry. They say that while ginger sales are doing well on the international market, domestic prices this year are about 55% lower than last year.Some of the farmers said they were unable to.....

Online sales growing, but will remain small until 2030

The middle classes in Asia and Africa are growing. As, with continued automation, urbanisation will also continue in the coming decades. In total, Fruit Logistica has signalled 30 mega-trends in society that could decide the future of the sector. In a recent report, the fair’s organisation looked toward 2030......

Mushroom branch says farewell to polystyrene

Polystyrene (PS) has always been a much used material for packaging in the food industry, among other sectors, but its popularity is decreasing. It’s expected the packing material will at some point completely disappear from the market in favour of PET. This plastic is recyclable and shows good characteristics.....

Aurélie Guillen, Medifel:

France: "Familiarize the consumer with sweetcorn"

During the Perpignan MedFEL last week, Aurélie Guillen of the Provençale company Medifel presented Maistro: fresh, sweet corn, completely GMO-free. Recently, Maistro has become available wrapped in flow packs, rather than per tray. Aurélie: "We started using flow packs to improve the shelf life quality of our.....

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta:

“Difficult start to Belgian greenhouse vegetable season”

“Within about ten days, the supply of Belgian greenhouse tomatoes will become available,” says Benny Cuypers, Division Head of Sales for BelOrta. “The start of the greenhouse tomato season was difficult, because production from Spain and Morocco was still readily available. Prices were under quite a bit of.....

S. Korea develops 15 virus detection kits for fruits & vegetables

South Korea's state-run rural development agency said Wednesday it has developed diagnostic kits that can detect 15 types of viral diseases in fruits and vegetables over the past 12 years.The Rural Development Administration (RDA) said it has developed 15 types of virus detection kits since 2007, which have.....

Japan: Hot spring weather reduces veg prices by 20%

The mercury stayed at above normal levels nationwide in March and April, setting record high average temperatures in the Kanto and Koshin regions, based on records dating back to 1946, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.The agency forecasts a very hot summer this year across the nation, raising.....

David Remy:

“Volume tripled in two years”

The fourth range, which is what the Belgians call the segment of processed fresh produce, is quickly growing. Two years ago, Jacques Remy started with the production of these convenience products. Two years later, volume has grown, and although it’s still a small part of the company, it is increasing in.....

AU: Good tomato sales lead to big donation for "Maddie's Month"

The sale of Flavorite produce has raised $100,000 for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, following the second "Maddie's Month" campaign.Throughout November last year, proceeds from Flavorite’s Cherry Burst Tomatoes and Vine Ripened Cherry Tomatoes, sold exclusively at Coles, were donated to Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision......

Giel Hermans, Hermans Suikermais:

"In two weeks we will swap from Senegalese to Moroccan sweet corn"

The last containers of Senegalese sweetcorn have been harvested and are on their way to Europe. "The season will then smoothly transition to the Moroccanproduct", says Giel Hermans of Hermans Suikermais, a Dutch sweetcorn trading company."In Morocco, harvesting has tentatively begun. The first trucks are.....

Mexican cucumbers see pressure coming from US and Canada

Good temperatures in Mexico could extend the length of the import season for English cucumbers into the U.S. “With the number of growers who put second plantings in, you’re going to see crops through the middle of May up to the end of May, just depending on the temperatures,” says JC Myers with Fresh Alliance,.....

Rijk Zwaan develops round-leaf arugula

As a relatively new player on the arugula market, Rijk Zwaan developed a new range with two types: the wild arugula (with varieties Themisto RZ and Sinope RZ), and the Sparkle RZ, "a real innovation on the market.""Beyond the essential agronomic characteristics required, namely yield, resistance and.....

China price dip may hit India’s garlic exports

India might lose the gains made in its garlic exports in the last couple of years due to falling prices in China. A past surge in Chinese garlic prices saw Indian exports spiral, recording the largest growth among the spices in 2016-17 at 92 % to reach a new peak. The robust growth continued till October of.....

Unilever Philippines starts sourcing cucumbers from Nueva Ecija

In a statement on Friday, Unilever Philippines said the first large-scale harvest of cucumbers -later processed as gherkins- in the towns of Bongabon and Rizal in Nueva Ecija, will be used for all Lady’s Choice products in the country. The plantation in Nueva Ecija operates in partnership with Sunrich Farms, a.....

21 year-old Harald supplies vegetables to all of Norway

Harald Friestad is asking Bama to stop importing once he’s ready to supply. That way, he’ll have access to all of Norway.It’s the 10th of April, and the ground is still covered in snow after the long Norwegian winter. But Harald Friestad can only see the white horticultural fleece his employees placed over the.....

Twelve chefs create asparagus fest in Switzerland

On the last weekend of April, the annual Limburger asparagus fest took place in the Swiss Hostellerie am Schwarzsee, near Lake Geneva, for the eighth time. Star chef René Brienen of restaurant Brienen aan de Maas, has made this ‘pilgrimage’ to Switzerland since the first edition was organised, and he is.....

Turkey: Tomato season with fluctuating pricing and supply

"The tomato season from this region started about a month ago and pricing and availability change on a daily basis. These fluctuations make it hard to predict the market situation. At the beginning of the season prices were high, but luckily a week ago, they slightly decreased", said Enes Tuncdemir from Ege.....

Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo: Red Romaine

Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo talks about red romaine lettuce.

Regulation of supply and demand

Spain: Consumers encouraged to purchase domestic asparagus

Cooperativas del Poniente and La Vega de Granada are encouraging consumers to purchase domestic asparagus in order to help regulate the product's supply and demand.Antonio Zamora, president of the cooperative Cesurca de Huetor Tájar, which is the main producer of green asparagus in Andalusia, says that this.....

Convenience trend doesn’t play its part in organic fresh produce assortment yet

Dutch supermarket chain Plus recently made its organic fresh assortment into a showpiece of the fresh produce departments in their shops. Their own consumer research shows consumers enjoy easy-to-find sustainable organic food. That’s why Plus combined organic fresh produce in one department two years ago, and.....

Chilli peppers see steady supply from Mexico

Chilli peppers are in steady supply as the market readies itself for a transition period. “Supply right now is at an average level,” says Ely Trujillo with Superior Growers LLC of Las Vegas, Nev. “We won’t see any large changes happening here for a month to a month and a half and then we’ll start changing to a.....

Italy: Azienda Valleri - It's not true that there is nothing more to invent

"Technology helps us a lot nowadays and we have reached a good level when safeguarding raw materials. The next step will be to safeguard nature itself," explains Stefano Valleri while talking about creativity and innovation in agriculture. "It's not true that there's nothing more to invent. For example, in.....

Starting in November, Kaufland will offer tomatoes from Germany all year round

From November, Kaufland will be offering German tomatoes for the first time during the winter months. The vegetable ring grows the fruit, exclusively for Kaufland, in Zorbau, Saxony-Anhalt. The company built a greenhouse on an area of around 80,000 square meters. More than seventy employees will plant 180,000.....

Italy: High demand for rocket

Demand for rocket is high at the moment. The winter campaign is almost over in the Sele plain, but the peak that should have been recorded in December-January is happening now."Consumption has been increasing for the past two-three years. What's peculiar about this season is that outgoing quantities are.....