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Fratelli Cafaro 1989 launches Aromamì and announces its first participation as an exhibitor in Madrid
Fresh herbs in convenient packaging
One handy 45-gram pack, with three different spices of 15 grams each, is the perfect mix to flavor any fish or meat dish. It's called Aromamì and is the latest product from Italy's Fratelli Cafaro 1989 from the province of Salerno. Two versions are available are 'Tris di terra,' for meat dishes, and…
Lorenzo Fernández, from Freshpania:
“The excessive supply from aromatic herb producers has been taking a toll on the price levels in recent years”
The rains recorded in recent days in the Spanish Region of Murcia have coincided with the planting of various crops, including several varieties of fresh aromatic herbs produced by Aromatic Factory and marketed by Freshpania, which handle about 2 million kilos annually. "All our crops will be ready on…
Four days over mountains and fertile valleys
The Lebanese fresh produce sector will be in the spotlight in the coming weeks
Last September, Piet Schotel of the Center for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) and Fresh Publishers manager, Pieter Boekhout, took a work trip to Moldova. They visited some 15 fruit growers in this small European country, wedged between Ukraine and Romania. You can read all about…
Jan Will, a gardener from Albertshofen, offers organic potted herbs:
"We estimate that sales are down 10 to 20 percent"
Herbs such as basil, parsley, chives, mint, thyme, rosemary, and sage continue to be very popular. However, as Jan Will (right in the picture) from the Albertshofen-based horticultural company of the same name tells us, demand is currently stagnating. Will specializes in organic potted herbs, which he can offer all year round. "We estimate that sales have dropped by ten to 20 perc…
Moroccan rosemary: abundant production and high carnosic acid consistency
Over a million hectares of rosemary in MoroccoEssential to every Moroccan household and available in every single spice store in the country, rosemary is a plant deeply rooted in Moroccan tradition. The acreage and volumes are enormous, and the country is one of the leading producers and exporters of…
Lode Claus, Kruiden Claus:
"For us, a second season arises in autumn nowadays due to demand from tree nurseries"
For Kruiden Claus, these months are normally the calmer months of the year. The nursery experiences its peak in spring, but for several years now, it has also added a "second season" for the herb business. "In recent years, we have noticed that in autumn, there is a lot of demand from tree nurseries for…
Swiss: Vertical farm expands distribution in 390 Coop stores
YASAI and Coop have expanded their collaboration in Switzerland. From today on, YASAI is supplying its products to 390 Coop stores. "We are thrilled to announce a major milestone for our incredible team," said Mark Zahran, Founder, and CEO of YASAI. "Riding the start-up rollercoaster for over three years…
Ben Horwood - Austchilli
"At Austchilli we can supply our customers with chillies 52 weeks a year"
Austchilli has become one of Australia’s biggest ingredient suppliers, with more than 100 products in their portfolio. From fresh chillies and avocados to herb and vegetable purees, their products are currently exported to 10 countries and counting across the world. 28 years ago founder David Depaoli…
Piet van Vugt, Van Vugt Kruiden:
"Offering continuity is tricky, but it lets you create a growth market"
With open-field and greenhouse cultivation in two locations in the Netherlands, Piet van Vugt is committed to sustainability and minimizing food miles. "In the winter, we get some herbs and baby leaf from Spain, Italy, Kenya, and Morocco, but we can offer locally-grown edible flowers year-round," begins…
Hakan Ocaktar, Fresh Organic Choice:
Can organic and conventional be priced the same in stores?
Could fresh-cut organic herbs and various lettuce varieties be priced the same as their conventional counterparts in stores? Impossible, or at least not sustainable, many will think. Yet, the Dutch company Fresh Organic Choice is already achieving this and has it as a long-term strategy. We wanted to…
The herb price spike in Georgia: reasons and expectations
EastFruit systematically monitors wholesale prices for coriander, dill, and parsley. You may have noticed strong jumps in the prices in recent weeks in Georgia. The reasons behind these jumps are quite simple, and the market expects the prices to go down in the near future. According to EastFruit’s…Alexander Hornig, Managing Director of Ernst & Schlößer on the current status of the herb market:
"We have currently reached a price level that will stabilize itself"
Due to the exceptional weather conditions, eating outdoors has seen a significantly lower frequency compared to previous summers. This, in turn, leads to an even greater…
Long island farm supplies 120kg of basil and lettuce to restaurants monthly
"I want to design everything myself as much as possible when there's no off-the-shelf solution available. However, there aren't that many, to be honest, which makes it challenging," says Cory Mahony, Founder and CEO of Urban Fields Agriculture, a vertical farm based in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.…
Artur Lammert of Dreesen Fresh Herbs:
"Our focus remains on differentiating our product range"
Fresh-cut herbs from local cultivation are obviously in vogue. Not only classics but also special herbs, mixed packs, as well as (organic) cresses are enjoying increasing popularity. With three locations and a total of around 300 hectares (of which ten hectares are tunnel cultivation and two hectares are…
UK: Fischer Farms partners with Fresh Direct
Fresh Direct has partnered with vertical farming group Fischer Farms to launch a range of British-grown herbs and leafy greens. The UK food supplier will sell vertically farmed fresh produce, including basil and watercress, grown in Fischer Farms' farm in Norwich. The four-acre farm can produce the same…
Food service demand back to normal for fresh herbs
Supplies of herbs look to be steady currently. “The supply hasn’t been an issue this year. We’ve been getting enough supply from the U.S. from states such as New Jersey, Ohio, and California,” says Camilo Penalosa of Infinite Herbs. He notes that along with U.S. supplies, herbs are also currently coming from…
Clean Greens Solutions SABernhard Baumgartner of Clean Greens Solutions SA on Aeroponics:
"Thanks to technology, we can compete with imported products in terms of price"
Swiss company Clean Greens has developed a process to grow herbs and lettuce without soil. In the aeroponic system, the roots are sprayed with water and nutrients by a robot. This world first makes it possible to produce leafy vegetables in rapid cycles all year round around the world. This makes it…
Maraldi Sementi presented the summer variety MSX19011
First conference dedicated to cornsalad cultivation held in Italy
The first conference dedicated to the cultivation of cornsalad, organized by Maraldi Sementi, was held in recent weeks at the Vacherie in Brusaporto (Bergamo, Italy), in the heart of the growing area of cornsalad and other important baby leaf crops. Producers, packers and technicians from major Italian…
Kenya is the leading supplier of basil to Europe at this point in time
Kenya is currently the leading supplier of basil to Europe. The European market sources 80% of its supplies for the fresh produce market from Kenya. The produce arrives in…
Italy holds the leading position in the smooth parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary market
Kenya is currently the leading supplier of basil to Europe
"80% of European basil supplies currently come from Kenya, a leading country for the winter market. The produce arrives via chilled air cargo, so deliveries are guaranteed within half a day. Then there are also other producer countries such as Israel, which though delivers the produce at a higher price,…
Stephen McCormack - McCormack Family Farms
"We are hoping we don’t get any more extreme weather and will finish the season on a high"
The weather has not been kind to Irish farmers so far this year. Earlier in the year, they had the wettest March/April on record, with 140mm of rainfall recorded when the average for the time of year is 25-30 mm. This meant that growers could not sow the crops, and a gap in supply was predicted. Soils…