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Air raid shelter becomes underground farm in Clapham, south London

Agricultural tech company Zero Carbon Farms grows plants in Clapham, south London. However, the densely populated area has no room for conventional agriculture. That is why they chose to go 100 feet down, below the ground, where there are over half a mile of tunnels. Olivia O'Brien is the business…

Below Farm grows premium mushrooms in the Abu Dhabi desert

In Abu Dhabi, there is the Below Farm in Al Rahba, where a 10-person team grows six varieties of premium mushrooms such as pink oyster, shiitake and lion’s mane. Below Farm is…

New varieties of Syngenta Brussels sprouts are coping better with effects of climatic changes

New varieties of Syngenta Brussels sprouts are proving better able to cope with effects of climatic changes and provide solutions to severe economic challenges facing growers.…

The future of US sweet corn might be uncertain

As summer temperatures are sometimes reaching unprecedented levels in the US, the future of sweet corn might be uncertain. According to New University of Illinois research,…

Available water a limiting factor for Manitoba vegetable growers

A new Manitoba provincial strategy treats water like a precious, scarce commodity. During a recent dry cycle, Manitoba’s water resources indeed came under heavy stress,…

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Inside the mushroom growing farm in the Abu Dhabi desert

There is a part of Abu Dhabi where the vast desert is broken up by date palms, irrigated fields, and rows of greenhouses. These are farms that yield everything from dates to honey to plump aubergines. But behind the tall, white gates of “Below Farm” in Al Rahba, something even more special is happening.…

Christmas stocking period is coming

Price of exported garlic rebounded sharply

In the past two months, due to a combination of factors such as repeated lockdowns and frequent exchange rate fluctuations, the price of exported garlic has continued to drop. Recently, the garlic market  picked up significantly, and the overall export price has begun to rebound sharply. Regarding the current…

Welsh leeks get special protection as they joins the UK PGI list

The Welsh government announced that UK Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is now available to the leek, the national vegetable of Wales. This means that Welsh leeks now…

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Malaysia: Vegetable prices up as monsoon hits vegetable farms

The year-end monsoon season has affected the production of vegetables in Cameron Highlands, leading to price increases of up to 50%. According to Cameron Highlands Vegetable…

Coal and pink tomatoes: the challenges for Polish growers

Every grower is dealing with increasing energy prices, currently. Some are coping better than others, depending on which energy source they use. We have seen how a lot of greenhouses in Turkey, for instance, use geothermal energy, which is much cheaper than gas. However, not many growers up in the…

Kyung Hee University research:

'Diet rich in vegetables, whole grains and beans can decrease bowel cancer risk'

It might be that a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils can cut the risk of bowel cancer in men by more than 20 percent. A new study on 79,952 men in the…

Elon Musk's SpaceX brings 'tomato seeds' to International Space Station

It seems that 'Cosmic Tomatoes' will be introduced into space. SpaceX is presently delivering new supplies to the International Space Station. The mission took off from NASA's…

European leek market recovers after dramatic year

"We can look forward to a decent leek price campaign"

After an extremely tough year, the European leek market seems to be recovering reasonably well this year. For Calsa, this winter vegetable is, by far, one of the main products…

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NZ program aims to provide potato and vegetable growers with nitrogen management tool

Sustainable Vegetable Systems (SVS) is a $7.5 million dollar multi-tiered research program, funded by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, led and co-funded by…

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Spain’s Kimitec teams up with Yunong and BAAFS to design sustainable solutions for broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage

Bio-Chain project to develop greener solutions for Chinese vegetables

Kimitec’s MAAVi Innovation Centre has joined forces with Chinese vegetable producer Yunong and the Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS) to develop sustainable solutions to boost the productivity of broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage without the use of chemicals that are…

International Asparagus Meeting at expoSE 2022

Productive meeting of international asparagus companies

For the first time, the "International Asparagus Meeting" was held in parallel with the asparagus and strawberry trade fair expoSE, both at Messe Karlsruhe, on 23.11.2022. There, experts from different European countries and North America, who are active in the cultivation and marketing of asparagus,…

Tomato prices in Uzbekistan have stabilized

In early November, EastFruit wrote about record-high prices for tomatoes in Uzbekistan. As of November 4, 2022, tomato prices were at the highest level, and wholesale prices…

Chinese farmers watch vegetables rot as zero-Covid measures disrupt transport

Harsh Covid restrictions are forcing Chinese farmers to destroy their crops because they are unable to sell their produce, highlighting the heavy economic toll of stringent…

Vegetable prices have come down at Koyambedu market in Chennai

The intense rains over the past few weeks in the state of Tamil Nadu have increased the vegetables production. As a result, the prices of various vegetables have come down at…

Lighting system from C-Led for Profarms

Microgreens from South Tyrol sold to the local market

'To bet on microgreens is to bet on the winning ticket', although that's what this company sees. Ulrich Kager and Patrick Sanin founded Profarms three years ago, which built a vertical farm to supply microgreens to the northern Italian province of Bolzano.  Ulrich Kager Kager is 23 years old and began thinking…

Emile Fellini of the Italian company Fellini Patrizio

"The market situation for Italian vegetables is of serious concern"

"In September and October, many vegetables reach their peak ripeness around the same time. This has everything to do with the weather conditions during that period. Prices have been falling continuously for almost a month," says Emile Fellini of Italy's Fellini Patrizio. The supply is far too large and…

January to September 2022

La Libertad leads exports of avocados, blueberries and asparagus

La Libertad is a region in northwestern Peru. Between January and September of this year, Peruvian avocado exports totaled US$911 million, of which La Libertad shipped US$299…

José Luis Samper, of Explotaciones Agrícolas Samper S.C.L.:

"Next month there could be a shortage of lettuce in the market"

There are many lettuce varieties, but the Romaine, whose leading producer, by far, is the Region of Murcia, still has a prominent position in the market. "Romaine lettuce is a traditional variety with a fairly stable consumption, without major ups and downs, and there seems to be a trend towards greater…

Is inflation affecting Ontario carrot demand?

Supplies of carrots out of Ontario are adequate currently. “We had some warm weather in the fall so up until a week ago, it was good harvesting weather. A lot of people are in good shape with supply at the moment,” says Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms in Bradford, Ontario. He notes though that the…

OP Agrologica

Organic vegetables are doing well

Franco D'Angelo, manager of OP Agrologica, a producer organization located in Chiaramonte Gulfi (Sicily), reports that "the commercialization of organic table grapes is coming to an end. Despite the difficulties, we have managed to commercialize it abroad thanks to the constant demand from Germany,…

Growers can use a test kit to detect ToBRFV before plants even shows signs

Knowing, for sure, that your crop is infected before the plants show signs. Growers have wanted that since the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (TOBRFV) reared its ugly head. And preferably quickly, too. This summer, the Dutch company Spark Radar launched a grower test kit for that. Growers can use it to…

Zimbabwean growers frustrated by tomatoes being smuggled in

According to Zimbabwe's Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA), the nation has been flooded by smuggled tomatoes, which threatens to push local farmers out of business. These…

Diego Perez of Hortalizas La Serrana S.L.:

“The winter broccoli season is starting slower than expected”

In the fields of Totana, in the region of Murcia, Hortalizas La Serrana has already started its winter broccoli season in the 500 hectares where it cultivates this crop. "We've had little to no rainfall this year. In addition, the heat was quite abnormal and we had high temperatures until November. Our…

Virginia Artero, Commercial Director at Nationwide Produce:

"The forecasts that producers had in Almeria were inaccurate"

Almeria's vegetable campaign is advancing, and the production volumes are not as forecast due to a changing climate, especially in the case of tomatoes, cucumbers, and aubergines. Prices are generally low at the moment, as demand in European markets is rather relaxed due to the presence of local…

The organic market gains three new vegetable varieties

This fall, the Dutch seed company, De Bolster, is marketing three new vegetable varieties: 'Bronzy' cherry tomatoes, 'Ormato' snack tomatoes, and 'Kaikura F1' snack cucumbers. Several organic growers, including Organic Greenhouse Farm Carnas' Martin Carnas,  have extensively tested all three. Before De Bolster introduced these new…

Officials point to lack of refrigeration in the country

Kabul residents complain of high vegetable prices

Kabul residents have complained of the high prices of vegetables, especially onions. There, the price of onions has increased in the markets in an unprecedented way, and…

Jairo Sánchez, of Llano Fresh Trade: "In general, producers have only grown half as much cauliflower as in other seasons"

"Cauliflower shortage has allowed its price to remain at an average of €1.20 per kilo"

The Spanish cauliflower supply has been under pressure in recent weeks. "More places are starting to have their own production, but until now we have been one of the few that had cauliflower, and the same applies to cabbage," says Jairo Sanchez, of the Granada-based company Llano Fresh Trade, of…

Less concerns about the ToBRFV virus this year in Sicily

"After a summer with a significant shortage of product, this fall, and winter, the Sicilian tomato sector is once again bringing to market an excellent crop, both in terms of quantity and quality," said Massimo Pavan, a grower with long experience in the interprofessional organization for the tomato…

Implementation of EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schedule impacted by Covid pandemic

Yesterday, the European Commission published an evaluation support study of the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme. The school scheme supports the distribution of…

Sudbury, Canada

Pricey lettuce has restaurants and grocers pulling salad from menus and shelves

Throughout the pandemic, supply chain issues have crippled the hospitality industry regarding many products. Now, outrageously priced lettuce seems to have become the new…

Peak Brussels sprouts crop ready for holiday season

Ocean Mist Farms Brussels sprouts are currently headed into the peak fall crop, just in time to meet shopper demand during the busy holiday season. Ocean Mist Farms provides Brussels sprouts which are being harvested out of Castroville, California through January and will be coming out of Coachella and…

Angelo Giuliano

Fresh-cut segment balances between problems and innovations

"The main problems we are having to deal with this year when it comes to fresh-cut products include the higher production costs, especially after having established a price beforehand, which unfortunately does not take their increase into consideration, and the lack of labor," reports Angelo Giuliano…

Varietal range presented by Med Hermes Vegatable Seeds in Italy

New vegetable varieties being released

As part of a project to relaunch and invest in the Italian professional horticultural market, Med Hermes Vegetable Seed Srl, in October 2022, organized two technical meetings aimed at farmers, nurserymen and market operators in the regions of Campania and Veneto. Febo F1 "Our company technical sales…

New snack sets out to cut food waste

Coles and CSIRO team up to create vegetable snack

A new vegetable snack, resulting from a collaboration between Australia's national science agency and a start-up, is helping to reduce food waste. With food security a growing…

57th Autumn Conference of German vegetable growers

Stagnating to declining acreage for open ground vegetables in Hesse

Stefan Nauheimer, vegetable production advisor from the Hesse State Agricultural Office, gave a presentation on vegetable production in Hesse at the 57th Autumn Conference of German vegetable growers. He presented the current figures of the cultivated acreage as well as the number of farms in Hesse, with…

57th Autumn Conference of German vegetable growers

The German vegetable sector is facing up to the current challenges

On Friday, November 18, the Autumn Conference of the German vegetable growers took place for the 57th time. This year, it was held in Hofheim am Taunus. The event, organized by the Central Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e.V.), was devoted entirely to the existing crises within…

Karachi citizens bear brunt of gap between official and retail vegetable prices

Consumers in different areas of the city of Karachi are faced with huge price differentials between official and retail prices being charged for vegetables and assorted…

Sri Lanka:

Colombo Municipal Council switches to vegetables amid looming food crisis

Facing a severe food crisis, Sri Lanka’s Colombo Municipal Council has switched to vegetable cultivation on the 240-ha area of land it owns in the capital city which was used…

Harold Paivarinta with greenhouse grower Red Sun Farms

“Cost increases are an opportunity to identify efficiencies”

The most popular product for North American greenhouse grower Red Sun Farms is their Sweetpops. “They are quickly redefining our snacking tomato standards,” says Harold Paivarinta with the company. “This variety is all about delivering an explosion of flavor in a snack-size tomato,” he added. It is a…

Domingo Llamas, president of Unexport:

"Iceberg lettuce sales are slow due to a lack of consumption"

The demand for open ground vegetables is low at the moment, especially for iceberg lettuce. "We have spent several weeks with slow sales due to a lack of consumption at…

Sonora harvest delayed

Strong demand for all squash varieties in Thanksgiving week

Domestic supply of squash from many shippers is holding out through the Thanksgiving holiday. However, a shift to Mexican supply is expected after this point. “Heavy volumes out of Mexico started this last weekend for Bridges Produce as well as other shippers out of the Nogales Market,” says Oscar…

Tomato prices down at NZ supermarkets

In many parts of New Zealand, the price of tomatoes has plunged 70%, falling more than $12 a kilogram in two months. One kilogram of loose tomatoes cost $15.05 in August, rose…

The spiciest chili in the world can cause unbearable pain and even a stroke

How many Carolina Reapers can the human body tolerate?

The Scoville scale is a measure of the pungency in peppers, which owes its name to its inventor Wilbur Scoville. On this scale, the jalapeño has a value that ranges between…

The behavior of tomato and broccoli cultivation under translucent photovoltaic plates is studied

Recently, Murcian company Konery installed a comprehensive management system based on translucent solar panels in tomato and broccoli crops at the Center for Edaphology and Applied Biology Del Segura (CEBAS) to study how they affect these crops' performance. Antonio Luengo, the Minister of Water,…

Alcachofa de España maintains its production forecast for this season at 220,000 tons

Antonio Galindo, the president of the Alcachofa de España consortium, confirmed that last weekend's isolated depression at high levels (DANA) hadn't affected the crops in the…

Extremadura's tomato production this season has decreased by 30% over the previous year

The Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex) confirmed that the region's tomato production has decreased by 30% this season. Domingo Fernandez, the…

Isaac García, of Veganature:

"We only harvest red Lamuyo peppers on demand to guarantee maximum freshness"

The Lamuyo is one of the most sought-after bell pepper varieties grown in Almeria's greenhouses. "The campaign is starting with a delay of 2-3 weeks compared to last year due to a delay in the transplanting, although in the end, this has been beneficial, as we have not suffered the consequences of the…

Contribution of Andrea Prando, president AIF

The Italian mushroom production system is holding up but there are concerns

The mushroom sector is holding up well in Italy. Prices are fairly stable and consumers do not notice excessive increases in the supermarket either. Still, cultivators are seeing their profit margins decrease due to the increase in the cost of raw materials. "The increase in the cost of raw materials and…

Tomato demand slowing down in the short term

At the beginning of November, retailers were actively filling their stores with tomatoes. However, demand is slowing down going into American Thanksgiving. This is a trend Jaap Dane, Director of Procurement for Windset Farms, expects to continue for the next two or three weeks. The weather conditions in…

India: Seedless cucumber harvest starts at Krishi Bhawan Jammu

Director of Agriculture Production & Farmer Welfare Jammu, K. K. Sharma, has inaugurated the first picking of seedless cucumbers (Multi Star RZ), which are being grown under…

Lettuce could come back to Canadian menus within a few weeks

With lettuce pricing starting to come back down this week, the popular vegetable should come back to the Canadian restaurant menus it has been eliminated from temporarily in the near future. Last week, lettuce made headlines in Canada following reports it was being pulled from menus temporarily.…

Weather impacts bell pepper supplies and demand

Bell peppers are seeing a split market currently, given supplies are coming from both the Southeastern U.S. and Mexico. “However, with the Southeast’s constant weather issues, they find themselves with some supply, and then a weather event hurts them,” says Paul J. Maglio of Maglio Companies of green…

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BLE report week 45:

'German iceberg lettuce and endive season is coming to an end'

In the case of iceberg lettuces, Spanish goods obviously predominant. Local products only had so much significance in Munich, and they had disappeared from the assortment everywhere else. At the beginning, Dutch products were still available in Cologne, and by the end of the week, the first Italian…

Frédéric Delahaye, Alinéa Top Alliance: “Consumption is stable but an adjustment is needed to compensate for the rising costs”

World Cup in the colors of the Pink Garlic of Lautrec

As the 2022 World Cup starts, Alinéa Top Alliance has “struck hard” with a unique display at one of its clients to promote its range of products in the colors of the French flag. “When we create displays, we try to promote the know-how of our French producers by showing products with official PGI/PDO…

Pascale Savi, Relais Vert:

“We are relocating and developing cabbage production in the region to secure our local purchases”

French cabbage from the Provence region has been available at Relais Vert since the beginning of November. “Slightly earlier than usual because the weather was nice this autumn,” explains Pascale Savi, a customer of the organic wholesaler in Carpentras. “The Provence region is perfect for the cultivation…

Perfection Fresh Qukes® baby cucumbers launch limited edition football pack to promote as a healthy sporting snack

This week, Perfection Fresh launched a new limited-edition pack, shaped like a football jersey in celebration of the partnership between Qukes® baby cucumbers and Football Australia’s MiniRoos. Available for a limited time only, the unique, eye-catching pack is the ideal size for sharing and features…

Spanish endive season started for Dutch Mts. Broersen

"As all prices go up, we're seeing an increase in sales of whole endive heads"

This week the Spanish endive season has started again at Mts Broersen in The Netherlands. "With the end of the Dutch season and the good connection of the Spanish product, we can maintain a good continuity of availability," explains Niels Broersen. "Together with our Spanish partner, we are aiming for a…

Angello Solarelli marketed as a healthy snack

According to research Euromonitor Internationals Voice of the Consumer: Health and Nutrition Survey conducted by the Euromonitor institute in 2022, 58% of EU consumers want to improve their own eating habits to replace products rich in sugars and fats with a healthier and more natural alternative. The…

Faby Frucht

Starting in 2023, Faby Frucht will exclusively market the products of Gemüsebau Niemöller in Bremen

"Our wholesale customers particularly appreciate the quality brand"

From 2023 onward, fruit wholesaler Faby, with locations in the Alte Land region and at the Bremen wholesale market, will exclusively market the products of the Visbek vegetable farm Niemöller in the greater Bremen area. This means the already existing and successful partnership between producer and…

Hazera launches ToBRFV resistant tomato varieties in Mexico

Hazera has launched its first Tomato brown rugose fruit virus-resistant varieties for the Mexican market, showcasing them at the most important event for agriculture in Latin…

Monterey Mushrooms hires new western region sales director

Monterey Mushrooms has named Andrea Smith its director of sales for the Western Region, which spans from Seattle to Phoenix and Denver to Houston. Smith will manage the sales…

Bulltec's promise to save time and productivity efficiency

Tray packing and weighing line for delicate vegetables

The Italian-based company Bulltec has supplied Master Fruit of Licata, an already well-established customer of many years, with a new processing plant that has a weighing system for packaging courgettes and peppers entirely in 4.0-ready stainless steel. The plant was designed and developed by Bulltec to…

Better yields will bring cheaper vegetables

The cost of vegetables and leafy greens is set to come down as the summer months bring better growing conditions on farms and volumes increase. Leaderbrand chief executive…

Prices for carrots increased in Ukraine

Positive price trends have been established on the carrot markets in Ukraine this week, EastFruit project analysts report. According to market players, a noticeable increase…

Demand for high-quality cabbage has intensified in Ukraine

An increase in prices for white cabbage was recorded this week in Ukraine, although only in the high-quality cabbage segment, EastFruit project analysts report. The main…

Restaurants in Toronto cut lettuce from menus due to shortage

Restaurants across Toronto are cutting lettuce from their menus due to a supply shortage and elevated prices. Fast-food chain Subway has also said lettuce is temporarily…

Global ginger oversupply pushes prices down

Supplies of ginger from Peru are currently stable and in fact ample. “For organic ginger, there should be less supply for Europe than last year because there are new organic regulations in Europe in general, also for ginger from other origins. Therefore the supply to other destinations should be a little…

Cucumber prices in Uzbekistan are increasing rapidly

There has been a seasonal increase in wholesale prices for cucumbers in Uzbekistan since the beginning of October. However, the price is increasing more rapidly this year than…

Dutch company handles sales for three Israeli zucchini growers

"Unexpected late start, but good prospects for Israeli zucchini"

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this year's Israeli zucchini season began late at Stoffels Foods in the Netherlands. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the first of these until Friday. That's usually a month earlier, but Israeli customs held the seeds for too long," Patrick Stoffels says. He is, nonetheless,…

Christopher Bernardi

AV550 by GNA: "Fast, versatile and easy to use"

"Once adjusted, set, and tested, the machine is easy to use and adapts to the size of the vegetables to be packaged," reports Christopher Bernardi, production supervisor at Bernardi Srl, about flow pack machine AV550 by GNA srl, which the company has been using since December 2021.  Flow pack machine AV550 by…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

"Overall domestic onion production volumes seem to be way below previous season"

The 2022 eastern Australia floods were one of the nation's worst recorded flood disasters, with a series of floods that occurred from February to April in South East Queensland, the Wide Bay–Burnett and parts of coastal New South Wales. "Australia’s growing and production regions experienced some relief…

Laura, of Roots and Leaves: "We are being informed of losses of up to 60% in the area of Níjar and 30% in the Poniente"

"There is a lack of supply, but the demand for zucchini is strong and will be even stronger in winter"

For zucchini, one of the most produced vegetables in Almeria and consumed across Europe, the 2022/23 campaign has started with many problems caused by pests -mainly aphids- and viruses. This has taken a toll on the supply from the very start, and according to all forecasts, it is going to be reduced this…

Peruvian garlic exports increase as a result of the logistical restrictions on Chinese shipments

Peru, which in 2021 was the world's tenth largest exporter of garlic, exported a total of 9,747 tons of garlic, worth 13 million dollars, in the first ten months of this year;…

Moroccan grower runs a conclusive trial for Okra production

Mr. Mustapha Aouragh, Ph.D. in Agricultural management and Farm Manager at Maisadour Morocco, supervised a conclusive trial for Okra production in Morocco. The trial took place in the Souss region. Morocco already produces and exports small quantities of small-sized varieties of Gumbo. The new trial concerns…

Asparagus grower loses 60 tonnes of product due to frost

Boyds Asparagus managing director Andrew Keaney had hard and fast decisions to make on an early October morning following an unusual polar blast that brought snow and frosts well up the North Island. The decision came down to cost: mow in 164ha or get the picking teams to work their way through the remains,…

Centro SEIA

A good campaign starts with healthy plantlets

Operators know how important the health of a plantlet coming from a nursery truly is. Often, a whole campaign depends on the conditions of incoming plants regardless of the costs, efforts and opportunities missed when trying to intercept the market in the timeframe set by producers: setbacks ad delays…

Christine Biedermann, Oellbrunner Nursery Munich:

"Many have been reorienting due to the energy crisis, which is why spinach and lamb's lettuce are now abundant"

For about two months now, baby spinach has been diligently harvested in the glasshouse of the Oellbrunner nursery in Munich. "Due to a cold September month, we initially had problems with mildew, but since then, the situation has eased again, which is why there is now more than enough produce available…

Thanksgiving staple food prices up 16% in 2022

With prices of key staples such as turkey, butter, vegetables, wheat, and sugar all increasing by double-digit percentages over the previous year, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner…

Supply glut in India leads to drop in tomato and coriander prices

Due to a supply glut, the prices of tomatoes and coriander nosedived in retail and wholesale markets across Pune and other provinces in India. Tomatoes are being sold at Rs30…

Canada lettuce prices spike, being pulled of menus

The cost of lettuce is spiking amid a shortage that's leading some restaurants to temporarily stop offering leafy greens on their menus. Wholesale produce distributors say…

Late start for Sonoran squash season

Supplies of squash are light at the moment. “The hard squash deal is just getting started out of Sonora. We’re lower in supply than we were this time last year,” says Lesley Sykes of The Sykes Co. “Things started late this year. There were rains during the planting time and it has delayed many growers in…

Coexphal's forecasts for the 2022/23 campaign

The volume of organic tomatoes will increase by 15%

According to an estimate by Coexphal, its affiliated producers will market about 4% more conventional tomatoes in the 2022/23 campaign than in the previous campaign. Pear…

New Zealand still short of labor

A farmer has been forced to plow more than 300,000 heads of fresh lettuce into the ground because he cannot find enough workers to harvest them manually. Farm labor woes come on the back of the…

"Garlic demand decreases in many markets while exports to Russia remain unchanged"

Since the launch of new garlic at the end of June, the demand in overseas markets has been weak. Coupled with the large inventory of old garlic, the garlic market has been running at a low level and the shipment has been slow. Mr. Zhang is the sales director of Jining Greenstream Fruit and Vegetable Co.,…

Only 12% of PGI tomatoes from Pachino are exported

Consorzio di Tutela del Pomodoro di Pachino IGP aims at the foreign market after working for 20 years with the Italian retail chain. To focus more on international commercialization, a convention on "Come promuovere il pomodoro di qualità: esperienze a confronto" ("How to promote high-quality tomatoes")…

Asevec: "In the next four years we could become the first European producer"

"Despite the current uncertainty, we're very optimistic about the future of frozen vegetables"

The forecasts for the Spanish frozen food industry remain optimistic, despite the impact that the increase in costs has on this sector. The general secretary of the Spanish…

Alexandre Picault

Kultive launches portobello mushrooms that are 100% French and grown without pesticides

Kultive, which specializes in the production and marketing of fresh vegetables, is now launching a new product: the portobello mushroom. “Three producers from the Landes region contacted us to present their project to start growing portobello mushrooms,” explains Alexandre Picault, marketing director of…

Asparagus growers target online sales

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people turned to online shopping. That didn’t benefit the asparagus market because marketers call it an “impulse purchase,” said Jamie…

"For many, the situation is now threatening their existence"

Mood within German cultured mushroom industry at a record low

No mushrooms for Christmas? With this catchy question, the Bund Deutscher Champignon- und Kulturpilzanbauer (BDC) drew attention to itself on the occasion of its 74th annual conference in Eindhoven, in late September. The current situation on the energy market poses major challenges for the industry,…

Philipp Lang, managing director of Früchte Lang about his range of (fresh-cut) salads: Dreamstime

"You can't and shouldn't deny that there are price increases of up to 300% in almost every area"

"We had small supply bottlenecks for salad mixes in the months of July and August, but we were able to compensate for this with alternative products," said Philipp Lang,…

Mushroom Days will be from May 10 to 12, 2023

The next Mushrooms Days edition will be on May 10, 11, and 12, 2023. This news was announced on the event website. According to Mushroom Business, this was decided after Dutch…

Asparagus harvesting machine taking care of back-breaking harvesting coming in 2023

An asparagus harvesting machine that will take  the back-breaking work out of harvesting this delicate produce will be available from the spring of 2023.  Harvest Corp Technology and…

The quality improvement project trying to increase sweetpotato consumption in Australia

Hort Innovation is working with sweetpotato growers to lift the quality of the produce, and in turn, increase demand and sales across Australia. The organisation is responsible for investing the marketing levy into a range of activities including demand creation, increasing profitability, efficiency and…

Seasonal perishable products weekly update

Cucumber movement out of South Georgia is expected to increase

This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales…

Uruguay authorizes Peru to export Capsicum peppers to its market

Peru's Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (MIDAGRI) reported that Uruguay's General Directorate of Agricultural Services of the Ministry of Agriculture,…

"If you deliver such mediocre quality in summer, you don't have any distinctive character"

NL: "Cucumber yield was high, but poor quality disappointed buyers"

Against expectations, 2022 turned out to be a very good year for cucumbers. Dutch growers shifted their crops because of high energy prices, but low prices due to oversupply…

UK's 'Eat Them to Defeat Them' kids campaign generates £34m in veg sales

The Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign to encourage children in the UK to eat more vegetables created an additional £34.1 million ($40.1 million) in sales. Over the past four…

Waiting and seeing how Hurricane Nicole affects Florida’s tomato production

Florida tomato growers and shippers are watching and waiting to find out the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole on the state’s tomato production. “Supply was already somewhat short until December because of Hurricane Ian. Some places had to replant or there were going to be delays on their crop. There was a…

To-go tomato snack debuts in Mexican 7-Eleven® stores

NatureSweet® is introducing its To Go product in Mexico. Cherubs® To Go are washed and ready-to-eat snacking tomatoes in a palm-sized container. Beginning this week, the snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout Mexico. The snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout…

USDA report

Morocco exports spurred by berries, mandarins, watermelons avocados and oranges

Morocco has become the 15th-largest fruit exporter in the world by value. According to the most recent estimates (2019) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 66 percent of its land area is devoted to agriculture, with more than 7 percent devoted to fruit production.…

Short supply and quality issues make for unsettled asparagus market

Asparagus supplies are short right now. Tom Linaris, asparagus buyer for S. Katzman Produce says the supplies out of Peru are at their lowest given the transition is underway…

Egypt:

Favorable weather promises a good quality harvest of garlic and red onions

With colder temperatures at this end of the year, the weather in Egypt is favorable for red onion and garlic production, and promises a good quality harvest, according to Ralph Nakal of producer Tomna. "Although it is difficult to comment on volumes before the actual harvest in January, we expect a…

UK brassica crop "won't stop growing"

Despite a dry summer and mild autumn weather the UK's brassica crop simply "won't stop growing" harvest managers reported. While other crops were affected by changing and…

Coen Swager, TB&S:

"Good sales of Violetti purple pointed cabbage towards processors and hospitality wholesalers, retailers lagging a bit"

The white and purple cabbage season is nearing its end at TB&S in the Netherlands. "We don't cultivate these for storage," says Coen Swager, looking back on a good season. "Despite the drought, we had good yields, and prices were great all season." TB&S introduced Violetti purple pointed cabbage several years…

Dennis Blankendaal, Frysk Witlof:

"Chicory prices have fortunately recovered, but not by enough yet"

The first half of the year was rough on the European chicory market. "Many growers had too many roots and high costs, so they took a big hit. Now, fortunately, things are somewhat better. There's less production per square meter, but prices have climbed to well over a euro per kilo. Those will, however,…

New sprouts supplier for English retailer

James Heyes & Sons, based at Mossborough Hall near St Helens, are providing sprouts for SPAR stores across the North of England this autumn and winter – and they are on the…

BLE

BLE Week report 44:

'Local cauliflower shipments dominated the market'

Domestic cauliflower shipments dominated the market in terms of importance, with Belgian lots coming second. Shipments from the Netherlands and Poland did have more than a supplementary character. According to the BLE, the first French products appeared in Munich, but they were quite expensive and this…

Tanimura & Antle celebrates 40 years

On this day 40 years ago, two families who migrated to the Salinas Valley chasing the California dream, shook hands and established a company that would impact the fresh produce and agriculture industry forever. Built upon a long-standing partnership of trust, perseverance and decades of industry…

Including papaya, broccoli, cucumber, pumpkin, cauliflower, eggplant, dragon fruit and sugar apples.

Saint Lucia increases its production capacity to overcome dependency on food imports

In response to the global food crisis, Saint Lucia, a small island state in the Caribbean, has rolled out a number of government programmes to increase food security, boosting…

Philippines second country to approve genetically modified eggplant

The Philippines becomes the second country after Bangladesh to approve the commercial cultivation of genetically modified eggplant.  The Bt eggplant, first developed in India, contains…

Philippines look to crop programming to avoid losses

Crop programming is touted as the solution to ensure Filipino vegetable producers do not continue to flood markets and incur huge losses. The Benguet provincial government is…

Early garlic planting area in Castilla-La Mancha seems to have decreased by 20%

In the absence of official figures, everything indicates that the area planted with early garlic or Spring garlic in Casilla-La Mancha has decreased by 20% in this campaign.…

II class Andalusian aubergines return to the market

"This morning, the Board of Directors of Hortyfruta - Andalusia's Fruit and Vegetable Inter-branch Organization - met again to monitor the situation of the long-black eggplant market after they activated a red-alert for this market a week ago, a week in which the II categories of this vegetable were not…

Planasa's endive will be back on the market as its plant in Navarra restarts its activities

"In the coming days, our endives will be available at the usual points of sale"

Planasa has announced that all of its varieties of endives will return to the market in November. Its production plant in Valtierra resumes its activity after the…

Giorgio Licitra from Marina Iblea

Uncertainty for Sicilian vegetables

In this climate characterized by market uncertainty, energy crises and particularly warm and dry weather, "Aziende Agricole Associate Marina Iblea" started harvesting its first vegetables. Giorgio Licitra "We are hopeful, as crops are looking good with this weather even though production costs have…

Foto: Rohrseitz GmbH

Daniel Rohrseitz, Managing Director of Rohrseitz Ltd from Frankfurt about his catering industry turnover:

"This year's sales figures are comparable to pre-Corona times again"

The Rohrseitz family business has been at Frischezentrum Frankfurt since 1958 and is now its third generation is active, with Daniel Rohrseitz. A five-person team serves a variety of fine dining kitchens within a 50 km radius. These include airline caterers at Frankfurt Airport, event caterers, upscale…

Eric Godard Durand, Agence Laparra:

France: good demand for iceberg lettuce

One month ago, Agence Laparra, which is based on the Rungis market, started marketing iceberg lettuce from Spain from its partner-producers Pozo. The Dutch origin will take over in May. “The campaign looks promising. The production and climate were good so we have a lot of volumes,” explains Eric Godard…

OP Fonteverde

Courgette prices are dropping, while peppers are holding up well in Italy

"The vegetable season, especially of courgettes and peppers, started a little earlier this year at OP Fonteverde," said Carmelo Calabrese, manager of this Sicilian growers' association. Carmelo Calabrese "But things are not going smoothly for courgettes. This is not because of the production quality - because…

Lourdes Bague, of Gys Grup: "We have already started with the citrus fruits from the Region of Valencia"

"It's becoming pretty hard to find cauliflowers and prices are quite high"

The citrus season is underway in Spain, the EU's leading producer and the world's largest exporter of fresh citrus, and reports say that, as has been the case with other…

Purple greenhouse-grown tomato Yoom launches

Nature Fresh Farms has launched Yoom® , a two-bite, deep purple tomato that is full of flavor and ideal for tomato enthusiasts. The variety was launched at IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando two weeks ago. “With an intensity and range of flavor from savory to fresh and a hint of plum-like…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Will the decline in Dutch tomato production benefit Morocco?

According to estimates, about 20% of Dutch greenhouse producers could stop working this winter because of the high costs of electricity, including many tomato producers, which could benefit tomato-producer countries such as Morocco, whose shipments to Europe have shown remarkable increases in recent…

Fresh produce prices in Philippines increases after tropical storm

The prices of fresh produce have increased in the Philippines following the damage and shortages brought about by the severe tropical storm "Paeng" in the country. The…


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