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Maharashtra, India: Vegetable production dips markedly

Unfavourable weather conditions and a reduction in acreage under cultivation have adversely affected vegetable production in the state of Maharashtra for this financial year.While many states -including neighbouring states- have managed to increase vegetable production volumes, Maharashtra has produced nearly.....

Rijk Zwaan launches new range of rocket varieties

As a major player in the babyleaf segment, for the past decade Rijk Zwaan has been harbouring a desire to add rocket to its assortment – and it is now turning that desire into reality. This year, the vegetable breeding company is launching a range of rocket varieties under the Rocketeerz label.Rijk Zwaan.....

Italy: Early asparagus available thanks to forced cultivation

"We are currently harvesting a small quantity of asparagus thanks to forced cultivation obtained using the warm geothermal water in our territory. Our produce has been available in winter for the past 25 years."This is what reported by Sergio Marcoaldi, agronomist and quality manager atC.O.P.A., Cooperativa.....

Blendabella

New ready-to-eat blend of portabella mushrooms, vegetables and herbs launched

Supplies of domestic mushrooms are very good right now. “This year’s supply is similar to last year’s,” says Bill Litvin of Temple, Pa.-based Giorgio Fresh Co. “We found that the industry supply though was very tight in November, December and January.” Litvin notes that currently 64 per cent of the U.S......

Persian cucumbers in short supply in North America

Consistency is the name of the game for greenhouse grown English cucumbers in the US right now. “Supply of English cucumbers has been fairly steady,” says Karen Thomson of Thomson Fresh LLC in Los Angeles, Ca. “Everything's coming out of Mexico right now and it’s been pretty consistent. Prices haven’t gone up.....

High Peruvian production keeps asparagus market flat

Plentiful production of Peruvian asparagus is keeping the market flat, according to suppliers. Overall, growing conditions have been favorable in the South American growing districts, and along with the supply from other regions such as Mexico and California, continues to put downward pressure on the.....

Red, hot and big eared vegetables

2018 All-American Selections announced

All-America Selections, a non-profit plant trialing organization, test new varieties throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges, growing them next to comparisons considered best-in-class. To be an AAS winner, plants must show improvements over similar existing cultivars. This.....

Color and flavor compensate for appearance

Heirloom tomatoes garner increasing demand in North America

Like many other commodities these days, tomato season never really finishes, moving from district to district – or country – gives customers access to the fruit 365 days a year, both organic and conventional.The tomato category is diverse, there’s practically a tomato for every use and consumer: value, cooking.....

Possible early start for California bell pepper season

California bell pepper growers could be in for an early start to the 2018 Spring season. This is thanks to the warm weather that has set in over southern California. The desert regions around Coachella are typically the first to begin in April. Growers there have said the warm and sunny conditions have been.....

New vegetable packaging launched

In November of last year, Veggie Produce was created; a vegetable grower-shipper from Guatemala who exports produce to the US. “It is a new company and a new produce brand at the same time,” says Mariel Hidalgo, who works as Sales & Marketing Consultant for Veggie Produce. “Customers will be able to.....

Bundling and labelling loose bunches of vegetables

Certain vegetables, such as spring onions, leek stalks, bunches of parsley or celery are often sold unpackaged. The irregular shapes make it difficult to label and “brand” these types of vegetables. When using the Bandall veg bander, it is not only easy to bundle these bunches and stalks, but also to label.....

How China plans to feed 1.4 billion growing appetites

Remember the really cool report National Geographic made about the Dutch Greenhouse Industry? The one with the cool photos, stunning drone footage and gorgeous images? Well, they've done it again. This time though it does not concern the tiny Netherlands feeding the world, but the magazine shows how the next.....

New York nutritionist:

Chopping vegetables boosts nutrients

Chopping vegetables before eating them boosts their nutrients, making leafy greens even more healthier for you. Blending and pureeing can destroy the fibre in fruits and vegetables, that’s true, but the process of chopping them releases healthy enzymes that support digestion.New York nutritionist Carly Feigan.....

Exports during organic winter season start more gradually

In the Netherlands and neighbouring countries, the harvest results for outdoor vegetables — particularly compared to the previous season — are fairly high across the line. It will therefore be challenging to sell all product groups properly. However, according to Mtoto Keijzer, owner of Bioport, organic.....

Prince of Wales to serve heirloom tomatoes

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will host a reception for “forgotten foods” to help raise awareness of the importance of crop diversity and the need to safeguard it.The event, Food Forever – Actions for a Resilient Food System, will take place at Clarence House, The Prince’s official London residence,.....

Germany: Heavy metals in mushrooms?

Wild mushrooms and, above all, cultivated mushrooms are available almost year-round in shops and restaurants. Frozen goods are also available. And they are inspected regularly."Fortunately, in 2016 and 2017, none of the 70 samples of cultivated and wild mushrooms tested showed a high level of pollution," says.....

Growing your own mushrooms with Hexering

Super local, convenient, almost organic, fun to watch and to experience. The tomato plant from Gaby van der Harg of Farmzy meets all the market trends: you can grow it at home and it’s easy to do, the plant is environmentally friendly, and an organic version is in the works. In 2017, Farmzy sold the first.....

EasytoGrill, EasytoSnack and EasytoCook

Restyling of the Easyto line

Valstar will present the new look of the Easyto brand at the Fruit Logistica. With the Easyto products, consumers can quickly and easily put vegetables on the table. Valstar introduced the brand two years ago. After these successful years, it’s ready to take the next step. That’s why the brand has received a.....

Busy at the fair: Herman den Blijker cooks with tomatoes

Another tasty novelty for Fruit Logistica: Herman den Blijker will be at the Axia Vegetable Seeds stall on Wednesday and Thursday. He will be making recipes from the new cookbook they are developing together. And of course it's all about...tomatoes.The Axia Vegetable Seeds team loves tomatoes and has found an.....

From Spain

New tomato specialty varieties

"Eating habits and needs are changing across the world. The consumer wants to try new things and make sure they are eating tasty and healthy meals," said a representative of Granada La Palma.In this year's edition of Fruit Logistica, the Granada-based company will surprise its customers with two new tomato.....

Belgian exporters aim for Dubai

At the start of December, VLAM went to Dubai with representatives from BelOrta and Coöperatie Hoogstraten. The ninth edition of the World of Perishables (WOP) took place there. A chef at VLAM’s promotional stand treated the visitors to ‘our’ snacks every day, which garnered quite a bit of positive attention......

Kees van den Bosch on 20 years of Freeland:

“We started out of necessity, but never had any regrets”

Exactly 20 years ago, Kees van den Bosch founded Freeland. Back then, he was already told day trading was old-fashioned, and that at least one customer must always have your back. Twenty years on, the results of this exporter of outdoor vegetables still show a rising line. He’d prefer staying active in the.....

L'Orto di Eleonora at Fruit Logistica

"In Berlin, guests will be able to taste our leading seasonal products - Camone tomatoes and Spinoso sardo artichokes. In addition, the entire artichoke and tomato range will also be on display," explained Salvatore Lotta, sales manager of OP Agricola Campidanese, when talking about attending Fruit Logistica.....

QS and DFHV present 9th monitoring report at Fruit Logistica 2018

Germany: Fresh fruits and vegetables shine in residue analyses

In the extensive analysis spectrum of the two monitoring programs of the QS Fachgesellschaft Obst, Gemüse, Kartoffeln GmbH (QS) and the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV), 26,771 fruit and vegetable samples from 73 countries of origin were analyzed. The results are convincing across the board and show the.....

Scandinavian market important for Plantis Group

"Our main market has always been Scandinavia and Sweden in particular. We quadrupled our turnover in 2017 thanks to new clients in Northern Europe, Baltic countries and Eastern Europe," explains Claudio D'Alba from Plantis Group, a company founded in 2016 but with almost 15 years of experience in the sector......

A unique and exclusive asparagus variety

This year, the Extremadura-based agricultural company Tany Nature will again be an exhibitor at Fruit Logistica, in Berlin; the biggest event for the international fruit and vegetable sector, which will be held from 7 to 9 February. At the event, it will showcase its new range of exclusive asparagus.The.....

Switzerland: Lush harvest ensures full vegetable storage

Vegetable lovers can be content: carrots, beetroots, celeriac and headed cabbages from Swiss fields are available longer than usual this year. The reason for this is that the store rooms are filled to the rafters.Sometimes joy and sorrow are not far apart. This had to be what many farmers were experiencing.....

Iceberg lettuce in high production in the Southwest US

Production of Iceberg lettuce in the southwest United States has increased. The high level of production has been attributed to the unseasonably warm weather that has positioned itself over the region. As a result, supply is becoming abundant and quality is very high. Growers noted that schedules are.....

Bangladesh exports vegetables to 41 countries

Statistics presented to Parliament by Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed shows this nation is exporting vegetables to 41 countries across the world.Tofail mentioned as some of the prominent export products: tomato, carrot, bean, brinjal, potato, lady’s finger, cowpea and mushroom.Uniindia.com gives this.....

Western Europe's demand for Polish peppers increasing year on year

When it comes to greenhouse vegetable production in Poland, tomatoes and cucumbers take the top two positions in terms of volume, followed by tunnel grown peppers, which total around 80-100 thousands tons per year.Although there are many pepper growers located across Poland, the majority are found in the.....

TÜV Süd opens test laboratory for artificial plant lighting in China

TÜV SÜD is reacting to a global trend with a new testing laboratory for artificial plant lighting: The cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowering plants under exactly controllable environmental conditions is becoming more and more important in view of the growing world population. This is especially true.....

"2018 will see a new high for Chinese asparagus exports"

"Under regular weather conditions, the new production season of asparagus will begin this year in April and finish in June. The production volume of Heze in Shandong will reach around 60 thousand tons, which is an increase of 10% compared to last year. We estimate that frozen asparagus from China has an.....

China: Decline in Chinese cabbage volumes

It is currently the season in which the autumn harvest of Chinese cabbage enters the market. The main production area of Chinese cabbage in autumn is Xiaozhi Village in Pingyang, Shandong. The Price Bureau of Pingyang County surveyed the Chinese cabbage industry in autumn and made a comparison with the.....

Beijing: Vegetable prices lower than last year

It has snowed continuously in recent days in many places throughout the country, but this has not yet triggered a price fluctuation in the Beijing vegetable market. This year the Beijing market is still cheaper than last year. A manager from Xinfadi market stated that there are 3 main production areas for the.....

Tas vegetable growers face fruit fly market concerns

As efforts continue to eradicate Queensland fruit fly from Flinders Island and the Tasmanian mainland, vegetable exporters are receiving concerned calls from Asian markets.Ian Locke from the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group said the industry had fielded a number of calls seeking further.....

Extremadura

Spain: UPA-UCE opposed to proposal to reduce tomato acreage

Last Thursday, the agricultural organization UPA-UCE Extremadura showed its opposition to Conesa's proposal to "reduce the acreage devoted to tomato cultivation this campaign," which in its opinion is an "attempt to impose a decline in prices that would entail huge losses for the growers."According to UPA-UCE,.....

Italy: Domestic asparagus now available

"Fellini Patrizio" has started commercialising the first Italian asparagus around 20 days early due to the weather. Bunches are sold under the company brand."Asparagus are produced by trusted Italian growers. Quality is excellent and commercialisation started a few days ago," report managers Emile and.....

New Delhi virus spreads to Morocco

The New Delhi virus has been causing serious problems for growers in Spain and Italy over the last years. Now it is confirmed the virus has also been found in Moroccan crops. Over the last couple of years the New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) has caused serious problems for growers in Italy, Spain and Tunisia and.....

Warm weather boosts North America beet production

Warm weather in California and northern Mexico has resulted in a boost in beet production. Highs in the 90s in some areas is bringing plenty of sunshine to the crops and supplies are becoming plentiful. Suppliers have noted that such volume is not unusual for this time of year, especially when Spring-like.....

United States

Vegetable grower-shipper launches fresh-cut broccoli and cauliflower

With the drive to add new solutions to foodservice customers, fresh-cut broccoli and cauliflower are the latest additions that build on the 100-year family farming heritage backing GreenGate Fresh. This is done with the support of Fresh Avenue, GreenGate’s national sales team.“We have seen customers requesting.....

AU: Wholesaler says drops in vegetable supplies not uncommon at this time of year

A leading Queensland wholesaler says while there was a slight drop in vegetable volumes over the past few weeks, it is not unusual to have peaks and troughs at this time of year due to the weather.Mark Moore from M&D Vegetable Specialists, based at the Brisbane Markets, says people should not be too.....

Preparations for pumping trials in spring 2018

Switzerland: Sustainable energy supply for Grob’s vegetable cultivation

It will probably be in the second quarter of 2018 that the pumping tests of the geothermal plant in Schlattingen will start. The plant should sustainably contribute to the energy supply of the family vegetable farm Grob. In recent months, after an oil spill, various protective measures for additional water.....

China: Bad weather in Henan causes price increase for green eggplants

This week the price of green eggplants showed an overall increase. The average price of green eggplants in Wanbang market this week was 3.5 yuan [0.56 USD] per kg. Last week it was 2.7 yuan [0.43 USD] per kg. And last month it was 2.5 yuan [0.4 USD] per kg. Last year around the same time the price was 4.13.....

New beet salsa product hits the shelves

Just when you think you’ve seen all the pioneering ways to present beets, Love Beets have launched a new product, Beet Salsa. Timed with the SuperBowl rapidly approaching, Love Beets have created what they say is a twist on a classic, incorporating fresh green pepper, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to make a.....

Arizona's warm winter speeding up crop production

Spring has arrived early in Arizona. Either that, or perhaps winter never happened. This is what growers have observed in recent weeks as unseasonably warm temperatures persist over the state. As a result, many crops are in high production as sunshine and warm temperatures invigorate plant growth.A number of.....

Ukraine: Tomato exports in 2017 at lowest level in 10 years

In 2017, Ukraine has sharply reduced its presence in the international tomato market, informs APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits citing official data.According to customs reports, in 2017 Ukraine exported only 21 thousand tonnes, which is 41% less than a year ago and is a record low for the last 10 years.At the.....

Spain: Three and a half tonnes of chillies grown in a Segovia town

Maria was a frequent customer at the organic farming store run by Luis and Bea. Eventually, she decided to ask them a question: would they be willing to grow chillies? Yes, chillies; one of the most typical ingredients in Mexican cuisine and one that her husband, Roberto Ruiz, needed for his restaurant Punto.....

Tasmanian Government Announces $2M AUD Fruit Fly Package

Tasmania's Minister for Primary Industry, Jeremy Rockliff, has declared war on Queensland fruit fly (Fly) stating "we are going to destroy these little buggers" in a media conference today.Announcing a $2M AUD rescue package for the State's fruit and vegetable industries, Minister Rockliff said the aim was to.....

Collaboration between Canadian, European and Australian growers

Ready to roll-out Toma'muse concept

This year, at Fruit Logistica, the Belgian company, Stoffels Tomatoes, will highlight the three product groups their business revolves around. The renewed Automato will be at their stand. The story behind Toma'chef, of which there are numerous varieties, will also be explained at the trade show. The Toma'.....

"Fresh microgreens aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy too"

“We instinctively know that eating Micro-Leaves has to be good for us”, says Yael Mandel of 2BFresh. This Israeli company, which is a subsidiary of Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. (TAP), produces a wide variety of fresh Micro-Leaves and herbs for local and international markets.In order to prove this, they.....

Californian Brussels sprouts producer plans earlier season entry

Oceanside Pole Brussels sprouts will be plentiful mid-winter through spring, thanks to expanded plantings and an earlier start which the company said is a concerted progression of their 2017 debut.With the harvest beginning in early February, the Singh family and exclusive marketing partner Oppy will offer.....

Spain: "Lettuce supply more stable than last year"

Although the supply of Spanish lettuce from the country's main production areas was a little more limited between December and the first week of January, the situation has changed completely since the second and third week of January."The demand had been higher than the supply due to the low temperatures.....

Up to 40 varieties grown & delivered live in soil

Locally-grown Seattle microgreens popular for chefs

Living microgreens are a trending alternative to other salad greens and are particularly popular among chefs in the local Seattle market. Homeowners and retailers are also adopting them when made available through local delivery.Seasonal varieties for restaurant industryChefs prefer certain flavors for certain.....

Northern Ireland agricultural incomes in 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) today published the first (provisional) estimate for farm incomes in 2017. Revisions have been made to previous years.Aggregate Agricultural IncomeProvisional figures indicate that the ‘Total Income from Farming’ (TIFF) in Northern Ireland.....

Italy: Low prices for radicchio

The radicchio market is rather slow, but Geofur keeps on innovating and supplying high-quality products in a packaging that catches the attention of consumers.Cristiana Furiani from Geofur"Our turnover increased by 18% in 2017, but this doesn't mean we're resting on our laurels. For example, radicchio prices.....

Iran: Fruit & vegetable exports up in value, but down in volume

Official figures indicate that for Iran, the current fiscal (ending in March) has not been a good year regarding the export of cucumbers and apples. Cucumber exports saw a 32% and 39% decline in value and volume, reaching 82,000 tons, worth $34 million. About 154,000 tons of apples worth $65 million were.....

Green bean supplies in the US remain acutely short

A shortage of green bean supplies persists in the United States. Growers said weather conditions have been the cause of the shortage. The season began short due to damaged crops from Hurricane Irma, and now many are not planting in the winter due to the fear of further losses from frosts. As a result,.....

Piet Verbrugghe, Calsa:

“Mexican sprouts are a major competitor on the Asian market”

In normal circumstances Calsa regularly exports products to Asia, but it’s currently quite calm. Piet Verbrugghe: “Before New Year, we could transport better volumes of our most important export vegetables, such as sprouts, chicory and various types of lettuce, to Asia by plane. Since New Year, the sprout.....