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Italian imported truffle introduced through the haute cuisine channel

Truffleat is a company based in Italy and Thailand and founded by Roberto Ugolini (pictured). Since 2010 it has been marketing fresh truffles and Italian high quality processed products with and without truffles, such as condiments, patés, sauces and snacks. These are innovative, ready-to-use products,…

Sicilian grapes are having an excellent harvest

"On the upswing is the Sicilian grape campaign, which started about ten days behind compared to the usual schedule. We are now in full harvest with a quite good production and regular demand considering the typical summer weather trend, which is helping us in the sales," said Salvatore Consoli, president…

TomaTech

These are hard times for any player in the fresh chain

Since 2019, due to Covid-19, a lot has changed in agriculture. But it is only since 2021, with the crisis of raw materials and marine logistics, that the dynamics that regulate global production have really worsened. We talked about this with Paul van Dijck, VP of Marketing and Sales at TomaTech/Nirit,…

Extenda promotes the marketing of Andalusian berries in the Middle East and Europe

Extenda-Andalusia Export and Foreign Investment organized a reverse mission with companies from the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom within the framework of the 7th International Berry Congress. Extenda pays special attention to promoting the internationalization of the berry sector, an effort…

Azienda Ortoflorovivaistica F.lli Simonato - Italy

Despite the climate of uncertainty, the herb segment is standing its ground

"While, on the one hand, the large-scale organized distribution sector is launching an alarm that evokes the demise of fruit and vegetables, distinctions need to be made for some products that -despite the current situation of generalized crisis - are managing to maintain their position on the markets.…

Italian citrus fruit could be affected by heat and drought

Summer 2022 is looking like it will be particularly hot, but the lack of water resources is even more worrying as, should this condition continue, it could seriously affect many crops, citrus fruits included.  Agronomist Vito Vitelli explained the phenological state of crops and the consequences of the high…

Tenuta Arabona

Niche processed products made from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes

"Tenuta Arabona is the continuation of the family farm founded by my parents in the 1960s, who were passionate winemakers. Having completed my agricultural studies, I dedicated myself to the farm with the goal of increasing its size, diversifying the production line," said Domenico Radica, co-owner…

'Primavera, Victory and Inspire are a safe bet for strawberry growers in the Mediterranean'

Now that the strawberry season in the Mediterranean Arc has ended, El Pinar is taking stock of the agronomic performance of its main varieties in Spain, Morocco, Greece, Malta, and Italy. In a year with highly variable weather conditions, which has marked the performance of all of them, and that confirms…

Global Melon & Wantermelon Event, of Rijk Zwaan, from July 4 to 12:

"We want to encourage melon and watermelon consumption through new experiences"

From July 4 to 12, the seed house Rijk Zwaan will again welcome everyone to the new edition of the Global Melon & Watermelon Event to present its current portfolio of solutions for the global melon and watermelon market, including new launches and new concepts that will be unveiled during those days.…

Good campaign for El Pinar's Primavera, Victory, and Inspire varieties

"We expect the Victory strawberry to have strong growth in Spain, Morocco, and Italy"

"After the strawberry campaign in the Mediterranean, El Pinar takes stock of the agronomic behavior of its main varieties in Spain, Morocco, Greece, Malta, and Italy in a season that had very variable weather, which marked the behavior of all the varieties, and which corroborates the success of the…

Apricots from northern Italy as early as those from the south

After three years in which Agricola Guidi started harvesting apricots at the same time as producers from the south, this year it is one week early. "It is incredible, considering that we are talking about the same variety. Of course we are talking in both cases about varieties harvested at the right…

Italy

Apulian cherries reach the European market

La Grande Bellezza Italiana cherries can once again be found on the shelves of Italian supermarkets, but also in the rest of Europe. "We are currently packaging cherries of the Ferrovia variety that we now pick daily in the Apulia region. In order to be marketed under the brand, the cherries must reach…

Egyptian garlic took a bit longer to dry, leaving little room for error

“It’ll be a real challenge to deliver all of our orders within a very short time frame”

The season for fresh dry garlic in Egypt has started, and the upcoming weeks will be busy for the garlic traders. Due to a lack of hot weather, it took a bit longer to properly dry the fresh garlic. This means the entire season will now be crammed in just a couple of weeks. One exporter says their…

Susi Bonet from Cambayas: "Prices are higher, but they only cover the increase in costs"

The Breva fig campaign kicks off with 30% less fruit this year and slow demand

Last week, producers started harvesting the first Breva figs of the 2022 season in Elche and Albatera. "The harvest started late and there is 30% less fruit this year because of the excessive rains in March and April," stated Susi Bonet, from the commercial department of the Cambayas cooperative, in…

Maximiliano González, of Frutas Nene:

"Large retailers may see plums as a good alternative, given the shortage of stone fruit"

The stone fruit from the Spanish region of Extremadura has started reaching the markets, as the harvests have kicked off in the province of Badajoz. This year, due to a colder than usual end of winter and beginning of spring, the campaign is starting between 5 and 10 days late, depending on the…

Agrologica OP keeps focusing on foreign countries

Sicilian organic grape sought after in European markets

"We are in the middle of the grape season. For now, the harvest is going as expected. State-of-the-art farms like ours, which also have crops in the greenhouse, have not suffered at all from a delay in harvest due to the cold and rainy spring," said Vito Cascone, commercial director of the Sicilian…

Final shipments of Turkish apples reaching Indian ports

“We were the third biggest apple exporter to the Indian market this year”

The Turkish apple season has come to a close. One exporter that exports mainly to India, states they’ve managed to increase their volumes again this year and are aiming to increase their export numbers even further next year. The company has invested in new technology, to come out stronger with the…

Too early to say whether to convert to durum wheat

A very difficult year for Sicilian carrots

"A truly difficult carrot season is now behind us. This is mainly due to the lack of demand for our product from foreign markets," said Carmelo Calabrese of the producers' organization Fonteverde OP in Ispica (RG). "A number of factors have contributed to this result, starting with the delay we experienced…

Netted melon and apricot season in full swing in Sicily

"The netted melon campaign is in full swing, although it started slightly late than in previous years. We started on April 20th and I must say that things have been satisfactory so far when it comes to both quality and prices," reports Vincenzo Di Pasquale, co-founder of the Donnalia brand together with…

Egyptian grape prices haven't increased despite increased costs

"Margins are extremely tight this year"

The Egyptian grape season has started, but it came a tad late, meaning there's a lot of work ahead of the Egyptian growers. One exporter states that margins are extremely tight this year, due to increasing costs. May Salem, general manager for Egyptian grape and pomegranate exporter FinBi, states they…

Esasem's Tybello F1 new tasteful Datterino

Italian datterino tomatoes in the spotlight

A large number of tomato growers, cultivation technicians, and plant breeders recently attended the 'Datterino Tybello F1 Open Day' held at Vitalunga, a cultivation company located a few kilometers from the sea in the Sicilian municipality of Scoglitti. More than 200 participants visited the Esasem test…

FreshPlaza's June Special is on the Mediterranean

FreshPlaza's June Special is on Mediterranean companies and produce. If you are a supplier, grower or importer in the  Mediterranean area we would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com         MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for your company? Would you like your brand promoted on our daily newsletter or website…


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