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Patrick Stoffels, Gaia Herbs:

"New Chinese ginger harvest arrives on 'hot' market"

Earlier this week, Gaia Herbs received its first container of newly harvested Chinese ginger. This company is based in Poeldijk, the Netherlands. "We have noticed that the…

Oyster mushrooms instead of pesticides?

Covartis, a chemical startup from Limoges, is considering replacing pesticides with oyster mushrooms after discovering that these mushrooms with fungicidal properties could be…

International market for garlic and ginger changed after Chinese New Year

After the festivities of the Chinese New Year, the markets are open again and exports are catching up as well. The garlic prices and demand increased, which was against…

Nutrition, benefits and uses

Are purple carrots healthier?

Purple carrots are especially eye-catching and are said to provide unique health benefits, unique to purple fruits and vegetables. All types of carrots are highly nutritious, but purple carrots are especially rich in powerful antioxidants known to fight inflammation and benefit certain health conditions. Most people envision an orange vegetable…

Ireland: Dunnes and SuperValu recall organic kale due to Listeria

Dunnes Stores and SuperValu have recalled their organic kale products as they contain Listeria. The affected products are the Dunnes Stores Organic Kale, pack size: 200g and the SuperValu Organic Kale, pack size: 200g. The affected Dunnes Stores products have the batch code: Lot: 5239 with ‘best-before’ dates of…

China: Continuous snowfall leads to hike in vegetable prices

Recently, Central China and South China have had a large amount of precipitation, which lasted for a long time. Roads were badly affected  resulting in delayed transportation. The…

Low supply of illuminated beefsteak tomatoes results in unrealistic prices

The Belgian tomato season has had a good winter period. “Demand for Belgian tomatoes was good, but we’ve noticed the supply of Spanish and Moroccan product also affects the…

Swedish vegetable processor looking for white cabbage supplier

Dafgårds now has only two suppliers of local Swedish white cabbage. The company is looking for new suppliers by means of large advertisements in local media. Traditionally,…

New tomato varieties by Sicilian Suntime

"Our main objective is to develop and introduce innovation starting with the search for varieties that best adapt to our areas while at the same time being appreciated both in Italy and abroad. We also put a lot of effort in researching technical means as well as solutions for the problems of our…

"Between 85 and 90% of the truffles consumed in the world come from Teruel"

Spain continues to grow, establishing its position as Europe's leading mushroom supplier

The consumption of mushrooms, whether wild or cultivated, is growing rapidly in a global scale. Due to problems with the substrates, large mushroom growers like the Netherlands have been facing problems to supply their customers. Given the situation, Spain would continue to grow and take the lead as a…

Mexico must pay a bond to export tomatoes to the USA

If the Tomato Suspension Agreement is not renewed before May 7, the almost 800 exporting producers of Mexican red tomatoes will have to pay temporary export bonds to ship the…

Peru: The volume of asparagus exports increased by 15% in 2018

In 2018 Peruvian exports of fresh, canned, and frozen asparagus amounted to 169,807,000 kilos, i.e. 15% more than the 147,708,000 kilos that the country dispatched in 2017. This was stated…

Cool weather hits California cauliflower production

Cauliflower is increasingly hard to come by right now as cool, wet weather hampers the Californian growing regions. Growers say the shortage has been exacerbated by warm weather a month ago, which brought product on quickly, before production halted just as the gap started to appear. "This season has had its ups…

Study

Promoting experiences rather than health benefits to improve fruit and veg consumption

According to a study carried out by Sentient Decision Science for the Produce Marketing Association, promoting experiences; that is, the connections that people have with…

Preparations for the new campaign started earlier than usual

Beelitz asparagus growers expect first stems at the end of March

It will soon be time again for Beelitz asparagus: on April 11, the season should start - provided the weather plays along. This time the farmers prepared the land earlier than…

USDA GAIN Report

Hong Kong lifts ban on romaine lettuce from California

In the evening of February 19, 2019, the Hong Kong government (HKG) informed the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) Hong Kong, that it would lift its ban on the import and sale of California romaine lettuce effective immediately. In connection with the previous food incidents concerning US romaine lettuce, the Centre…

Chinese sugar snap and snow peas supply to Europe starts earlier and lasts longer

“Each year from April to June is the peak season for us to supply fresh sugar snaps and snow peas to Europe. The total output of sugar snap and snow pea this year is stable.…

Werder Frucht GmbH brings three varieties of cucumbers onto the market

Cucumber harvest started at the Bralitz site last week

In the greenhouse in Bralitz (near Bad Freienwalde) in the state of Brandenburg, Werder Frucht GmbH has started harvesting its lettuces and mini cucumbers. This year, too, they expect a profitable and successful season. At the Bralitz site, cucumbers of the varieties "Prolog" and "Lausanna" are grown on…

Doctors recommend cucumber consumption

People who pay attention to their health are familiar with this product found in salads and sushis as well as in cosmetic preparations. Cucumbers have a pleasant taste and…

California rain affecting arugula supplies

Growing conditions for arugula in parts of California have not been ideal after the heavy, consistent rainfall over the last few weeks. Production remains steady though and growers are expecting that the effects from the rain will be short-lived. Moreover, the rainy conditions are something growers say…

Blended mushroom product on show at Southern Exposure

Monterey Mushrooms will showcase its product line called Let's Blend, which is finely diced mushrooms ready to blend with ground meat, at the Southeast Produce Council’s 2019 Southern Exposure, March 7-9 in Orlando. Let’s Blend is available in an 8-ounce package for retail customers in three pre-seasoned flavors: Classic,…

Possible Listeria contamination

Canadian Food Recall - Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says certain Eat Smart brand Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bags are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. The affected product was sold in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly other provinces, in 340 gram packages with a best before…

Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

Inefficient market connectivity reason for "roller coaster" vegetable prices last year

Tang Ke, the Bureau Chief of Market Intelligence in the Ministry of Agriculture, recently stated during a routine press conference that the violent fluctuation of vegetable…

China: Snow leads to price rise for vegetables

According to a spokesperson, after the Spring Festival, the average price of vegetables in the Beijing Xinfadi Market fell significantly. After the recent rain and snow in…

Why did domestic and foreign demand for Chinese garlic suddenly increase?

“The garlic output this year is a little more than last season, total output in China for all areas is about 8.7 million tons. The quality is a little less than last season. Furthermore, it's not only China that has a big export volume, other countries also can supply to our customers. I think in the…

New vegetable varieties to meet changing retail trends

Changing retail trends across Europe will create whole new requirements for innovative vegetable varieties selected and bred to meet evolving demands of consumers, and enable growers to supply them at a competitive price. Syngenta Head EAME Vegetable Seeds, Arend Schot, speaking after Fruit Logistica 2019, in Berlin…

Canada: Beet juice beats the snow

The city of Sherbrooke in Quebec has been spreading a solution made from beet juice to make roads less slippery after a snow storm. “”It is the second time this season that we've used this…

Chinese students sell ‘cabbage rose’ Valentine’s Day gift that’s all heart

Trying to boost the vitamin-C content of the ‘napa’ cabbage variety, a Nanjing Agricultural University professor developed the hybrid ‘yellow rose’ This highly nutritious vegetable can withstand very low temperatures. That is how the Chinese university team had a fresh offering for Valentine’s Day this year – a hybrid cabbage…

New Vvibes varieties at Fruit Logistica 2019

"The marketing and communication activities are our priority because ' knowing how to operate without letting others know' might nullify the excellent work that our company has been successfully carrying out in this specific sector for the past years" says Saverio Pintaudi , Commercial Director of Vvibes…

Supplies down on imported Brussels sprouts

Supplies are slim on Brussels sprouts coming out of Mexico this season. “I’ve started this week because I have a small volume deal out of Mexico and the market is tight,” says one California…

Chinese pepper prices warmed up briefly but now falling again

The price of hot peppers was depressed in the period before the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019], but began to warm up after the festival ended. One trader from…

Low fennel quantities on the market and high prices

There is very little produce, maybe only 50% compared to a normal year so operators - those who process and package fennel for retailers and markets - are going through a difficult time. Marco Babbi from Caligari&Babbi in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena) reports that "this is not a good moment as our clients are demanding…

Peru: Despite efforts artichoke exports fail to take off

In recent years, the Ministry of Agriculture (Minagri) has presented several initiatives to boost Peruvian artichoke exports, however, the figures show that there have not…

Prices of Beijing vegetables fall after Spring Festival

Data from the Xinfadi Wholesale Market shows that the price of vegetables was on average 3.51 yuan [0.52 USD] per kg on the day of Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th,…

"Growing demand for garlic temporarily increased the price"

"The price of garlic showed an obvious rise in the first week after Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. This was the complete opposite of predictions made by people in the industry prior to the Spring Festival." This is according to Liu Qingfeng of Ju'nan County Greenfood Co., Ltd. "Various garlic production areas all experienced…

Prices in Shandong's "vegetable basket" remain high after Spring Festival

Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is over, and the overall price in the "vegetable basket" of Shandong remains relatively stable. Some vegetable prices show a…

Including Alzheimer's Disease

Black carrots could reduce risk of Neurological Diseases

New research suggests that eating black carrots on a regular basis could have positive benefits in reducing the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some components of black carrots -including its anti-inflammatory properties and anthocyanin- can play an important role in treating these…

“We have seen some big changes in the Russian broccoli market"

Because of the boycott on fruits and vegetables from Europe since 2014, Russian fruit importers need to search in different markets to find their fruit and vegetable supplies. “We have seen some big changes in the Russian broccoli market in the past few years. We used to import Spanish broccoli, because the quality…

Decline was smaller than in previous years

China: Vegetables prices fall after the holidays

At present, in Weifang, Shandong, the price of vegetables is slightly lower than that before the holiday, but it is still at a higher price than usual, and the decline is…

Shortage of supplies was present even before Florida entered the market

Cabbage prices high for entire Florida season

Florida cabbage growers have been enjoying a very strong market since the beginning of the season. Prices have been high for months, even before Florida entered the market, sparked by shortages due to weather issues in several other growing regions. "The market has been very good for us our entire season and looks…

Costco Wholesale Canada

Canada: Looking for the next ‘hot’ produce item

Oleen Smethurst is assistant vice president Buying and Operations - produce for Costco Wholesale Canada, based in Ottawa. She leads a team of nearly 30, and it’s her job to…

Arrests in Hampshire

UK: Six people found in a lorry full of lettuce

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, six people were arrested after they were found in the back of a lorry carrying lettuce in Hampshire. As police officers were concerned that there were people in the back of the vehicle, along with hazardous material, firefighters were called to the lorry on Newbury…

AU: North Queensland banana growers lucky to only suffer minimal flood impacts

Recent flooding across the north may affect the look of some banana stocks reaching supermarket shelves, however shoppers are being assured, the fruit inside still has the same great taste. Australian Banana Growers’ Council Chair Stephen Lowe said continuing wet weather in the coastal growing areas may mean that…

Greengrocer Erdoğan: Turkish government to sell vegetables

The Turkish government is going to sell vegetables to keep the excessively rising prices under control. Inflation of food prices hasn’t been as high as it is now since 2004, according to Bloomberg. Aubergines are 81% more expensive, cucumbers 53% and tomatoes 39%. According to Turkish president Erdoğan, various wholesalers are the cause…

Onions still available for one month

"Onion prices are very good and stocks are expected to last for a month tops, but only thanks to the imports, which make up for the lack of Italian bulbs," explains Giampiero Valdinoci from Futuragri (Cesena), producer and sales operator in the onion and vegetable sector. Giampiero Valdinoci at Fruit Logistica "I sow…

Uwe Niklas, Bayer. Pilze & Waldfrüchte Uwe Niklas GmbH:

"Sustainability and convenience are important topics for us"

Fruit Logistica is the linchpin for the international fruit and vegetable industry. Every year, both new and well-known companies introduce themselves and present important new products and topics according to the trends. Also the Bayer. Mushrooms & Forest Fruits Uwe Niklas GmbH was in Berlin last…

Rising production in Lithuania increases pressure on storage capacity

Although the entry into the EU in 2004 was seen by many growers as a threat – the cheap import fruit and vegetables would finish off the growers – the sector is doing better than ever 15 years later. Production is rising, mostly thanks to higher yields, and export is increasing. Yet the sector is also…

Launched in US markets: Orange corn

‘Orange corn’, a more nutritious, naturally bred variety of corn, is now available in the US through start-up NutraMaize LLC. Torbert Rocheford, the Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in the Purdue College of Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy, used a process known as bio-fortification…

"The consumer will pay when the Tomato Suspension Agreement falls"

"I don't see how terminating the agreement will benefit anybody. Not the Mexican companies, nor the Floridian ones. And worst of all: not the consumer. In the end they will pay when the Tomato Suspension Agreement fails." Speaking is Oscar Woltman with AMHPAC, representing the Mexican greenhouse industry…

Organic hot peppers heating up demand

Organic pepper supplies are strong coming out of Mexico. “Supplies are good,” says Aaron Brookes with Jacobs Farm Del Cabo in Pescadero, CA. Jacobs Farm Del Cabo grows a range of peppers, from hot to sweet. “We have kicked off our winter season with Jalapeños, Padrons, Shishitos, as well as some new hot pepper varieties,”…

Perfect to make soup

Fresh vegetables in glass jars

Life Soup is a mix of seasonal vegetables available as 5 different recipes and ready to cook. A product like this was lacking in the vegetable segment and Agroama presented it in Berlin. "The main characteristic of our soup is that it is made of fresh vegetables placed in a glass jar. There are 5 recipes, 4 of which change according to the season. The…

Argentina will have largest garlic harvest of the last decade

Constanza, one of the most fertile lands of the Dominican Republic, will be responsible for yielding the country's largest garlic harvest in the last ten years. Osmar Benitez, the Minister…

Weak demand from Europe for expensive Chinese ginger

"The overall production volume of fresh ginger in 2018 was not much different from 2017, but the supply of top-quality ginger is much smaller. This is mainly the result of flooding in many ginger production areas during the summer last year. The product quality of some of the fresh ginger suffered." This…

Mushrooms have many health benefits

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and are found in many ready-made meals. Mushrooms are low in carbs, almost fat-free and rich in proteins. They are low in calories and contain…

Japan's vegetable imports hitting 13-year high

Japan's fresh-vegetable imports surged last year, hitting the highest numbers in more than a decade. This was mainly caused by food processors hiking imports after a string of…

Israel: Fresh cut peppers from the Arava area

It seems that the word pepper has become for a long time now, a synonym with the Arava region, and for a good reason. About 70% of the areas designated for agriculture, are used for growing delicious peppers. The agriculture in the Arava region is definitely designated for export: Over 95% of the peppers grown in…

Market Report Austria KW 06/2019:

'High-priced premium potatoes'

The Austrian table potato market started without many changes in February. The readiness of the farmers to deliver is there. Given the stable price level and the rapid physiological aging of the…

Fennel: Critical February is expected for the crop

Considerable production problems for fennel and high prices are expected in areas important for this crop: this is a summary of the current production and commercial trend. There is a difficult situation in Calabria. The climatic events recorded in October 2018 during the transplantation phase have…

The US will resume anti-dumping investigation of Mexican tomatoes

The US Department of Commerce announced on Thursday that it plans to resume an anti-dumping investigation into fresh Mexican tomatoes after it withdraws from a 2013 agreement…

Aubergine prices in Turkey cause conflict

A kilo of aubergines went from costing five liras in Istanbul markets last week to twelve liras. This increase, which affects other vegetables that are essential to the…

Spain: Commission to study impact of Brexit on Canary tomatoes and cucumbers

The Government of the Canary Islands and the Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters (FEDEX) will set up a commission to address the impact of Brexit on the Canary tomato and cucumber sector. The decision has been taken within the framework of Fruit Logistica 2019. The possible scenarios that the sector and the…

Mexican export bigger than ever

Uncertainty in Mexican-US tomato trade following agreement termination

Is the tomato trade between Mexico and the US heading for a trade war? With the announcement of the US Department of Commerce to withdrawal from the Tomato Suspension…

Wild mushrooms: after two complicated years, high hopes for 2019

“We’ve had two rather difficult years for the wild mushrooms,” explains William Trapon of Trapon Champignons. “So we have higher hopes for 2019. We must not have a shortage of products in the fall, when we make most of our sales.” Some complicated months As always at this time of year, the market is very calm. This…

Polish substrate for organic mushroom farming in Poland

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen and was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands. The…

University of Western Australia study

Cruciferous vegetables may prevent hardening of neck arteries

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts may have hidden health benefits. According to a new study, adding these veggies to your diet may help prevent the hardening of neck arteries. As per the study, consuming these veggies three or more times each day can prevent hardening of neck…

Nigeria to stop importing tomatoes by 2021

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has disclosed the federal government’s resolve to ban the importation of tomato products into…

Exotic Pepper Project adds spice to Rutgers University

The Exotic Pepper Project program was established by Dr. Albert Ayeni and Dr. Thomas Orton, both professors in Rutgers University’s Department of Plant Biology. It aims to incorporate diverse and nutrient-filled foods into common day food shopping. Ayeni always had a passion for peppers, but his inspiration peaked when…

Desert asparagus production finally ramping up

Asparagus growers in the desert region are reporting that production is increasing and more volume is starting to flow through from the region. They said that volume is peaking later than in more recent years due to a cooler start to winter. "We got off to a slow start this year with light production during January but…

Sourced from Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic

Significant growth in demand for Italian eggplants

Greenhouse Italian eggplant is limited in availability right now. “It’s as expected at this time of year,” says Daniel Mosquera of MamaMia Produce in East Rutherford, NJ. “The supplies into the U.S. are from Spain and a little bit from Mexico.” Mexico supplies these eggplants year-round as it grows in two different regions.…

Harris Moran-8849 chosen to be 2019 ‘rodeo tomato’

The high-yielding Harris Moran-8849 tomato has been selected as the official “rodeo tomato” for the 2019 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs from February 7 to 24. “Each year, a new tomato variety is selected by Texas A&M AgriLife to be the official tomato of the event,” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M…

Alexander van der Linden, Verhoeckx & Zn:

“Oyster mushrooms very scarce at the moment”

The sales of mushrooms are going quite smoothly according to Alexander van der Linden of Verhoeckx & Zn from Kerkdriel, the Netherlands. “It has actually been going very well since last summer. After the holidays, actions were planned quite soon, so there are now hardly any surpluses. This results in…

Spain: Canary Islands seeking alternative markets for tomatoes sold to the UK

The Canary delegation that will attend this week's Fruit Logistica, in Berlin, will be looking for alternative markets for tomato exports currently shipped to the United Kingdom, given the possibility of a hard Brexit. "The uncertainty about Brexit is a hot topic. Nobody knows what is going to happen. Cucumbers, and especially…

Spain: Launch of program to protect Barbastro asparagus

The Association of Horticultural Workers of Alto Aragón and the Agro-food Research and Technology Center of the Government of Aragon (Cita) have launched a program to protect the traditional asparagus of Barbastro, which is "in serious risk of disappearance," according to Andrés Esteban, technical…

Grower Martin Appler from Thaur, Austria:

"My goal is to partially cover the regional needs for organic foods"

Sprouts and herbs are among the fastest growing product segments in the fresh food sector. Even in the Austrian specialist trade, sprouts are becoming increasingly important. Recently, the region of Tyrol welcomed a new producer: Martin Appler. And the innovative grower from Thaur has already won over a…

"Export price is stable"

"Carrot production volume is larger than last production season"

"This year's carrot production volume is larger than last year. The carrot export price is currently stable at the same level as last production season." This is according to Mr. Bai of Dalian Nongchang International Trade Co., Ltd. Carrots Carrots "We purchase our carrots from various production areas throughout China to ensure the longest possible supply season. Xiamen in Fujian supplies…

Carrot prices on the rise in Russia

Carrots remain one of the most demanded vegetables on the Russian market, according to analysts from the EastFruit project. Their price in Russia started to rise in early January, while the pace of trade has also been gradually increasing over the past 2 weeks. According to experts, since the beginning of last…

Russia sharply reduced imports of onions, garlic, cabbage and carrots

According to EastFruit analysts, Russia continues to increase its domestic production and expand its infrastructure for the storage of basic vegetables, such as carrots, cabbage, beets and garlic. This is allowing the country to reduce its dependence on imports. In some cases, it is even becoming able to…

"Chinese garlic market faces long-term oversupply issues"

This year the apple and pear markets in China are quite different from other years. This is because of the frost in the early period of the year which affected the production…

Video: Sustainable microgreens in the heart of Zurich

In the heart of Zurich, startup Umami breeds sustainable micogreens. The organic farm is run by three young entrepreneurs and is specialized in the production of microgreens…

Cambodian farmers urged to boost production

Cambodians consumed an average of 540 tonnes of vegetables a day last year, while the country was only able to produce just 400 tonnes of vegetables a day in 2018 according to a recent report from the Ministry of Agriculture, who urged farmers to boost production to meet rapidly growing domestic demand. Veng…

Turkey: Aubergine prices increase due to lower production

Antalya is the main producer of aubergines in Turkey and prices in this city have increased by up to 15 lira per kilo. Farmers collected 40 to 50 kilograms of aubergines in a…

David Franco: "If there is continuity in the supply, Europe prefers Spanish tomatoes"

"Good prospects for tomato production in February and March"

Normally, there is not a consistent supply of tomatoes in Almeria until the end of October or the beginning of November, although the Murcia-based company Grupo Paloma, aiming to fulfill its commitments with some of its customers, starts making the first shipments in September. "During the months of October, November and December, the…

Argentina: 2018 was a good year for the export of garlic

The garlic export sector ended 2018 with a significant increase in export volumes. In the last 5 years garlic has been constantly growing. In 2015, however, it fell, mainly…

Movement slow on green beans

Despite the weather troubles in parts of Mexico, the imported supplies of green beans look relatively untouched. “The quality is good. We haven’t seen any rain damage or scarring or any kind of weather problems in…

Promotion to coincide with Coachella winter artichoke season

Ocean Mist Farms has announced their Coachella artichoke production season with a new winter promotion. This campaign, which will last through March 1, includes email…

Civitavecchia port starts action plan to increase fruit and vegetable traffic

Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) has launched an action plan aimed to increase the traffic of fruit and vegetables at Civitavecchia port, the president of the institution, Francesco Maria di Majo, said. The action plan aims to increase the…

Senator for Florida urges government to terminate tomato suspension agreement

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL), with bipartisan support from 46 Senate and House colleagues from around the nation, has urged Commerce…

Peru: Senasa establishes the phytosanitary requirements for the export of asparagus

The director of plant health in Senasa has established phytosanitary requirements for asparagus exports after the country's asparagus shipments raised phytosanitary and…

Buyers are in Spring Festival mood

Jinxiang Garlic Market: Price, trade volume, and trade value all increase

The Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is almost here and business is booming. Buyers showed great enthusiasm in the Jinxiang Garlic Wholesale Market last week. The…

How is the vegetable market prior to Chinese Spring Festival?

The Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is just around the corner, which means that the market for agricultural by-products has entered its busy season and trade is…

India increases vegetable exports by 60%

The Indian government has set the vegetable export target at US$ 37 million for the first six months (July to December) of the current fiscal year.The country earned $59…

UK only option for Irish mushroom growers

Irish mushroom producers have no choice but to focus on the UK despite Brexit, Monaghan Mushrooms vice chairman Paul Wilson said the UK is the only realistic choice for Irish producers because of mushrooms' short shelf life. "The UK is going to remain a very important market for Irish mushrooms in particular, we simply…

'Innovating for sustainability' main focus for Rijk Zwaan

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is focusing on the theme of ‘Innovating for sustainability’ at Fruit Logistica 2019. In line with this goal, the breeding specialist is…

Ferrier will bring “P’tits Potes” & “Mini Butt’” to Fruit Logistica

Verena Heuwinkel and her team are almost ready for the Fruit Logistica fair that will take place next week. “The preparations are going well, the samples are ready to go, and we are contacting all the clients and prospects in order to arrange meet-ups. We cannot wait to be at the fair next week to…

France: three tomato giants join forces to offer zero-pesticide products

The Breton cooperatives alone represent 50% of the French tomato market with 230,000 tons of tomatoes produced each year. Cultivated all year round in heated greenhouses, they…

AU: North Queensland farmers keep their eyes on the skies with the chance of major flooding

Some North Queensland farmers are nervously watching the weather over the next few days, and praying the rain eases, with the threat of flooding hanging over their heads. Leon Collins grows bananas in the Tully Valley, 210 kilometres north by road from the city of Townsville, which has been inundated by flood waters…

‘Product of The USA’ mushrooms are actually coming from China

Recent research by the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that “Product of the USA” mushrooms are devastating American mushroom producers. American mushroom producers are in…

Getting green beans to meet the quality demands

Spain: Project seeks development of more competitive green beans

The research institute Misión Biológica de Galicia (MBG), part of the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), is participating in the research project 'New bean…

Tomato brand now available in grab-and-go packaging

Tasti-Lee brand tomatoes are now available in grab-and-go packaging and a snackable size. According to the company, the aim is to offer convenience to consumers as well as value. "Known for their deep red color and long-lasting, garden-grown flavor, Tasti-Lee® slicing and salad tomatoes are now offered in a…

Improved asparagus varieties continue to march on

There is an ever-increasing range of asparagus varieties available to nurseries and growers across the globe. At first, the sheer volume of hybrids can seem confusing, but on…

Den Berk on its new brand of tomatoes

"A brand must give confidence and recognizability to the consumer"

Den Berk Délice will present Délice and the retail experience during Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Paul Van De Mierop: "The past years we have built a strong position in the…

New cold store and cooking facility for Swedish vegetables

The new branch of cooperation Sydgrönt in an old Findus factory in Bjuv, Sweden, will enable growers to sell more vegetables. The factory has a surface area of 3,200 m2 and…

Brasiliaceae crops

Researchers identify the genes that make plants resistant to Albugo candida

An international team made up of researchers from eight universities -including the University of Córdoba (UCO) - and European research centers has identified the genes that…

The EC predicts slight slowdown in fresh tomato production and consumption

The European Commission expects the EU's fresh tomato production to fall. In 2018, the total volume stood at 6.9 million tons; a figure that is expected to drop to 6.7 million…

Lower volumes and smaller sizing on Mexican tomatoes

Production is down on imported tomatoes from Mexico. “We started to see a lot of tornadoes and hurricanes in Sinaloa, Mexico where our farm is so our production is a little less than the year before,” says Jorge Yanez of JOYA Fruits & Veggies in McAllen, Tex. He estimates there’s approximately 25 percent fewer tomatoes…

Guy Jennes, BelOrta

“We're hoping for a good end, despite the disappointing Brussels sprout market”

“We have a good period for Brussels sprouts behind us. However, at the moment, auction prices are meager. Normally, when there is winter weather, the demand is good. This reflects in the prices received at auction", says BelOrta's Guy Jennes. “The current auction price for medium-sized Brussels sprouts is very…

Taking stock of European mushroom production

The European mushroom producer Group gathered at the European Parliament to take stock of the sector by taking into account the 2018 production and 2019 prospects. The Italian Mushroom Farmer Association also participated in the event: Andrea Prando, AIF national director, and Romeo Fuser, Consorzio…

A successful artichoke campaign also depends on the planning

The time has come to plan artichoke cultivation and plant purchasing. Fresh produce is doing well at the moment but high-quality plants are needed to obtain good produce. "We specialize in the multiplication of artichoke plants using meristems. In 2018, we sold over 500 thousand plants, mainly to Italian…

Cama Llarga and Cama Curta varieties

Spain: Valencia's spring garlic already has a quality mark

The Council of Agriculture of Valencia has approved the regulation for the quality mark Comunitat Valenciana (CV) for spring garlic. It is the response to an initiative promoted by several agro-food operators. The regulation describes the requirements and controls intended to make the product stand out in the…

Klemens Morguet, Lisdorfer Frischgemüse Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.:

"Saarland cabbage harvest completed by the end of February"

In the German Saarland region, the stream of goods to the warehouses is coming to an end. "As expected, white and red cabbages from regional fields can be supplied from the coldstores for another 2 to 3 weeks. The supply of cabbages finally ends mid-February. But I have to say that cabbages are not…

California now a reliable year-round supplier of radicchio

More radicchio is becoming available from California each year as North American suppliers seek out year-round supply. Traditionally, radicchio supply - especially to the East Coast - was dominated by imports from Italy. But now, California growers have managed to extend production year-round. "We now have good year-round…

Texas beet and Mexico onion season commencing shortly

SunFed announced that it was happy that beets made the 2019 list for Super Foods. “We had beets in the ground before the 2019 Super Foods list came out,” said Gretchen K. Austin. “SunFed is always looking to expand our offerings and beets made perfect sense to us this year in Texas. The fact that beets made Super…

‘More Veg’ pledge - Number of catering firms involved up to 14

Caterlink, Olive Catering, Vertas and Compass Group UK & Ireland, along with the University of West London, have signed up to the Peas Please initiative, which works to…

Spain: Aragon's garlic won't be affected by reduction of acreage nationwide

In the Spanish region of Aragon, meat, fish, vegetables and legumes are all usually cooked with garlic. This large consumption, however, doesn't translate into a great…

The 13 healthiest root vegetables

Root vegetables are not just delicious; they are part of a healthy diet. Defined as an edible plant that grows underground, potatoes, carrots and onions are a few common examples that most are familiar with. However, there are many other types—each with a distinct set of nutrients and health benefits. Here are the…

China: Vegetable price increase in its seventh week

The price of vegetables always rises before Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019], not just in Beijing and Henan, but throughout China the prices of vegetables show…

Some garlic farmers lose money

China: Noticeable drop in Chinese garlic prices

The price of Chinese garlic in one of the major production areas, Jinxiang in Shandong, showed a slight increase in the beginning of this year. Analyst Cui Xiaona states that…

Supply and demand heavy on domestic mushrooms

Demand continues to increase for mushrooms. “The overall demand is strong, and it has been that way for quite awhile now,” says Brenda Barney of Mountain View Mushrooms in Fillmore, Utah. “The last three weeks of December and the first two weeks of January are our busiest times of the year.” She adds that the Redwood…

Aubergine: Sicilian produce price goes slightly down

Sicilian fruit and vegetable production has been badly affected by the frost waves which slowed down the aubergine ripening, in the most important Sicilian areas. Astuto company's round aubergines Indeed, prices are relatively high because of the shortage. Giovanni Astuto is a specialised entrepreneur who farms soilless aubergines alongside tomatoes. He clarified some aspects related…

Focus on green variety and regionality at Fruit Logistica

Bonduelle presents Fresh-Cut assortment with innovative new products

From February 6 to 8, 2019, Bonduelle will present its latest Fresh-Cut assortment and innovative innovations at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Stand D.03 in Hall 4.2: In addition to the Bonduelle "Protein Salad", which has been on the market since January, vegetable specialist gives insights into his new…

Photo report Carrot Forum 2019:

"Convenience trend could also lead to product segmentation in Germany"

The seventh edition of the Carrot Forum, which took place this year in Verden (Aller) in Lower Saxony, was again well received by growers and experts. The organizers, AMI and the Rheinischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag, not only welcomed participants from the carrot cultivation areas of Germany, but people…

Carrot Forum 2019: Visiting Hof Holste in Martfeld

"Growing, step by step"

At the end of this year's Carrot Forum, Henning and Anja Holste opened the doors of their farm shop in Martfeld. The participants of the Carrot Forum were impressed by the abundant supply of fresh vegetables and processed products. The direct marketing of potatoes, strawberries and asparagus began in the 1980s, initially out of…

Chinese vegetable exports increased by 2.5% to 9.48 million tons in 2018

Data from ASKCI shows that the export volume of Chinese vegetables slightly increased in the period 2013-2015, and this trend continued in 2017-2018. China exported 9.48 million tons of vegetables in 2018, which is an increase of 2.5% in comparison with 2017. Data from the database of ASKCI As for the export value, there was a moderate increase…

China exports organic radishes from Bijie to Dubai

Two 15-meter long refrigerated trucks left Zhuchang Town in the Qixing District of Bijie City on January 27th, 2019. The trucks were loaded with 50 thousand kg of Bixiu brand…

Quebec cabbage to end season early

Green carton cabbage being exported out of Quebec and into the U.S. will end its season slightly earlier than usual. “It will be over at the end of February, mid-March. Usually we finish later in March,” says Pierre Gallant of EagleXport based in St. Remi, Que. “But because of the weather in the summer, there’s less…

Ready to cook mushroom dishes in Berlin

This spring, Funghi Funghi NV will start their first sustainable project. "As a relatively new player in the market, we had the need from scratch not only to be involved with 'the business as such', but also with issues that 'matter' and 'contribute'. In addition to 'wish', in my opinion it is just your…

Rewane: Nigeria can generate $720 millon a year with carrots

As the Federal Government explores more opportunities in non-oil sector, analysts at the Financial Derivative Company Ltd have said Nigeria can generate $720 million through…

Bangladesh: Rajshahi district is nation's largest vegetable producer

In 2017-18, farmers from the Rajshahi district produced a whopping 402,790 tons of vegetables. Rajshahi has been recognized as the largest vegetable producer in the country.…


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