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The Romanian vegetable season faces uncertainty, but also opportunities

“Where do our farmers sell their produce if people are afraid of going to popular markets?”

There is some uncertainty abound for the vegetable sector in Romania. With the new season right around the corner, one could say it will start in a challenging time. The agricultural engineers at Marcoser have been gathering information for 15 years and use this information to offer specialized advice to…

Zucchini demand and quotations on the up

"The production of local lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers is in full swing. We are hoping to harvest the first local green ribbed tomatoes in a week's time. Demand from general markets is currently increasing, while the volumes destined to the domestic retail chain have tripled," explains Michele Conti…

Chinese cucumber price showed downward trend after Spring Festival

Recent data from the Beijing Xinfadi Wholesale Agricultural Market shows that the wholesale price of Chinese cucumbers declined in comparison with the same period last year.…

Jordanian Trade Ministry sets wholesale price ceiling for in-demand vegetables

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply has set wholesale price ceilings for the vegetables most in-demand in the market due to “exploitation and deception by certain…

Loek Smets (P. Smets): "A safe work space for our staff is more important than a little revenue"

"Our sales warehouse has been closed to visitors for more than a week now"

Warehouse sales remain an essential part of P. Smets' business. This wholesaler is based in Geleen, the Netherlands. Nevertheless, more than a week ago, the company decided not to allow any clients into its warehouse at all anymore. "We declared an internal lockdown on Wednesday evening, 18 March. Only…

Australian horticulture reaches record high production values

The latest edition of Hort Innovation's Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook has shown that the sector has recorded its highest production value to date, in 2018/19. The Handbook features data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit and vegetables, but also nuts, nursery, turf and…

New Zealand vegetable growers are working frantically during lockdown

Just in time, Wilson's Vegie Stall at Wilson's Crossing, near Invercargill, has been deemed an essential business, so it doesn't have to dump its entire winter vegetable crop…

Thibaut Lebourg, Lebourg Negoce:

“Some French supermarkets sell asparagus at shamefully high prices”

This year, the harvest was looking very good for the asparagus producers at Cestas, until Covid-19 happened. “We are not reaching our production peak. The quality of our asparagus is excellent, we have the workers to harvest them and we have invested a lot in new facilities in order to package them in…

Chinese celery price shows significant decline

The wholesale price of celery from Zhucheng in Shandong was around 1.1-1.2 yuan [0.16-0.17 USD] per 0.5 kg in Shanghai Jiangqiao Wholesale Market. That is a decline of 39% in…

California rains impact cauliflower volumes

Cauliflower is grown in California year-round, and the market has been good recently. Mark Clogston of EpicVeg Inc. says: “There isn’t much demand for the cauliflower, but the prices are good. People are putting down a lot of money on cauliflower, and if the demand was normal then the pricing would be…

Greenhouse baby bells build in volume

Supplies of baby bell peppers are coming on strong now. “Supplies were tight before. But more growing regions are coming on and supply is plentiful for all of our commodities,” says Fiona McLean of DelFrescoPure® based in Kingsville, Ont. Currently, supplies of baby bells come from Canada and Mexico as…

Significant demand placed on Australian trucking services to keep supply chains flowing

The Australian Trucking Association says that the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for the national transport industry, including the shipment of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain. "Some fleets are experiencing demands higher than the Christmas period, although…

"It is the first of its kind in a high-tech environment."

Australian glasshouse producer planning to diversify into the cucumber space

A major Australian glasshouse producer and marketing company, Flavorite is preparing to diversify its business, with the introduction of high wire glasshouse grown continental cucumbers. Flavorite is building another four hectares of glasshouse, ready for planting in June 2021, at its facility in…

National Spinach Day

Spinach factoids: Americans eat an average of 3 lbs a year

It's March 26th, and each year, National Spinach Day reminds Americans of the health benefits packed of the leafy green vegetable. Here are some points people should know: An annual…

Rain, labor challenges, and loss of foodservice demand affect California growers

For many California vegetable growers, the end of March through the beginning of April marks the time during which they transition from the desert to the more northern coastal areas of California. These transitions usually require additional labor, says Victor Wilcox of 1st Quality Produce. With the…

Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

"I'm not worried about asparagus sales, but people have to get used to this new normal"

The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the Dutch asparagus sector. "No-one could have anticipated this," says Will Teeuwen. He grows asparagus for Teboza in…

Three of four radishes come from Rhineland-Palatinate

Rucola overtakes lamb's lettuce as the most widely grown type of salad

In 2019, 375 farms in Rhineland-Palatinate produced 605,000 tonnes of outdoor vegetables. This meant a slightly larger harvest than the previous year's volume of around 589,000…

Maraldi Sementi confirms commitment to innovative baby leaf varieties

After the field days at the beginning of December in the Piana del Sele at Valcalcer company, Maraldi Sementi presented his range of materials for Spanish and international markets. On the days of 3rd, 4th and 5th March at Pareje Santa Rosalia, Torre Pacheco (Murcia), Maraldi Sementi, in collaboration…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to build on a successful start in the Indian market

A New Zealand onion exporter has found that the Indian market cannot get enough of the country's produce, in the first 12-months in operation. "It's just insatiable," Founder of Numb3rs Talk, Bill Karaitiana said. "Particularly when they are refrigerated and top-quality, but I now realise that most…

Trade agency Depol Frucht does not see major impact on Polish mushroom imports

"Last week we sold 20-30% more, now the whole thing is balancing out"

In the course of tightened border controls and the ensuing traffic jams at the German-Polish border, there was a lot of alarming news about bilateral trade relations last week. Especially in the wholesale trade, there have already been bottlenecks and delays in the supply of traditional Polish products (seasonally…

India: No major disruption regarding vegetables due to lockdown in Bengaluru

Bengaluru is facing a minor shortage of the supply of fresh vegetables owing to the stringent lockdown in Karnataka since Monday. However, many officials and stakeholders TNM spoke to said that the shortage will not turn into a crisis and there won’t be any major shift in market prices either. GR…

Hoarding effect on tomato prices over, extra early fall for Moroccan tomato imports

Greenhouse vegetable cultivation is gradually feeling the impact of the coronavirus too. Until last week, it seems that tomato growers were still reasonably safe. However, the hoarding effect that resulted in higher prices is now over. The market will come under pressure in the next few weeks, and not…

Fokke Dullaart (Harvest House): "Also trials with yellow brown and orange-red variety"

Area of Dutch Monterosa tomatoes doubled again

The Dutch Monterosa tomatoes are available again at Harvest House. Last Friday, the first tomatoes were harvested at tomato nursery Van Kester-Weijs, which doubled the area of this ribbed tomato this year to 6,000 m2. This year, other colours will also be tested for the first time: yellow, brown and…

The lettuce industry has certainly seen better days

For about three weeks now, lettuce prices have been on a downward trend. They have certainly seen better days. "With regard to the assortment of lettuces, the situation has been particularly difficult for some weeks now. The fairly mild climate, which marked the second half of the winter, has caused an…

The US confirmed it will inspect 100% of Mexican tomato exports

The manager of the IACHR, Mario Haroldo Robles Escalante, stated that despite the exceptional restrictions that the US government has imposed to stop the expansion of the coronavirus, the measure to review 100% of the trucks loaded with Mexican tomatoes that enter the United States, will continue to…

Broccoli production expands in Spanish region of Aragon

Despite the fact that broccoli has been cultivated in Aragon for two decades, its production has not experienced a significant expansion until the past few years. According to…

Christian Befve, Befve & Co:

“We still have hope that the asparagus consumption will increase”

In the context of a crisis, when the demand neglects certain seasonal products in favor of products that can be stored, asparagus farmers are trying to delay the usually long-awaited arrival of the spring shoots. “Generally speaking, the asparagus arrived early this year, from a couple of weeks to a…

Purple sprouting broccoli: Profitable new crop for US growers

Purple sprouting broccoli is a real eyecatcher on the produce shelves. The vegetable — only available in later winter and spring — has provided consumers with a burst of color…

Philip van Geest (VGI): Good demand from the United Kingdom for open field vegetables

"Greenhouse vegetable prices fell sharply after run on supermarkets in past two weeks"

During the last trading days, the prices of greenhouse vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and cucumbers have fallen sharply. "For cucumbers, 0.01 each was…

ElbeFruit focuses on new projects despite Corona

"First Egyptian onions, from week 17 onwards"

Within a few years, Hamburg import company ElbeFruit has established itself as a recognised supplier of legumes from all over the world. Whether from Guatemala, Kenya, Egypt or Zimbabwe: fresh snap peas and sugar snap peas are supplied all year round in relevant quantities. Of course, the Corona crisis is…

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

Slow sales and a 70% drop in exports at Mof

On March 20th 2020, the Lazio Region issued a ruling that forbids people from accessing or leaving the Fondi municipality (LT). The town has therefore been declared a red zone, but what are the repercussions on the agrifood segment?  Confagricoltura reported that a lot of produce from the MOF was either blocked or…

Spanish tomato exports continued to decrease in 2019

Spanish tomato exports have been falling almost steadily since 2013. In fact, when compared to that campaign, exports in 2019 decreased by 25.26%. According to data from the…

Spain

Catalan producers promote the consumption of artichokes in view of the closure of the hospitality industry

The closure of the hospitality sector decreed in Spain due to the spread of the coronavirus has caused many industries to lose their main customers. One of them has been the…

COAG recalls that the Government has the power to intervene to prevent indiscriminate increases

Spanish vegetables in a price bubble

The lockdown and restriction of movement decreed in Spain by the central government triggered the hoarding of basic products among Spanish consumers. The demand for fresh food has resulted in a price bubble for vegetables, as pointed out by the agricultural organization COAG, which estimates that the…

Vegetable production in China continues to grow in 2020

It is predicted that in 2020, oversupply will still dominate the vegetable market across China. The overall planted area and planting scale will remain very large, and the…

How one Australian company is turning mushrooms into a meat alternative

An Australian company that began turning mushrooms into meat alternative products less than three months ago says demand is already incredibly strong. Fable Food Company CEO Michael Fox explains that mushrooms are used as the base for the plant-based protein products, which he says try to be as close to…

Series of salad recalls in Australia due to Salmonella

In Western Australia, a number of salad products have been recalled because of Salmonella contamination. These recalls involve the Loose Leaf Lettuce Co., Supreme Salads, Fresh Frontier and Quality Produce International. There have been no reports of illness associated with the products. The Loose Leaf…

Kapiris Bros drive for a sustainable future. From pulp to packaging

Kapiris Bros has begun rolling out an innovative initiative in sustainable packaging practices this week by replacing plastic trays and punnets with home compostable sugarcane pulp solutions.Kapiris Bros belief in eliminating packaging harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources is the…

Sicilian asparagus campaign in full swing

The climate in 2020 brought forward the harvesting of many products, including asparagus from Sicily. FreshPlaza talked about it with Enzo Rasà, president of Consorzio Asparago Sovrano. Enzo Rasà "Protected crops are rather early and quality is good. This year, harvesting started around January 20th and…

The popularity of Mexican habanero peppers in the US, Europe, and Asia increases

The demand for Mexican habanero peppers in the United States, Europe, and Asia has increased because its particular properties are used in different sectors, such as the food,…

Stricter border controls at the German-Polish border affect trade

"It will just be a catastrophe"

At the beginning of this week, tightened security measures came into force at the German-Polish border to prevent the further spread of the virus. The tightening of border controls also affects trade…

"Chinese garlic price will further decline in coming weeks"

"Our garlic processing factory is located in Laiwu, Jinan. We officially resumed operations on the 16th of February. The production speed was initially slow because we had a shortage of workers. We were only able to produce the first complete shipment by the end of February. This shipment is expected to…

How will the Chinese pepper market develop now that people have resumed their jobs?

According to Chinese pepper website e658.cn, a relatively small number of pepper producers in north China have returned to the market as trade resumes, most of them continue…

Orders for Chinese garlic from Europe drop sharply

The market situation for garlic has changed rapidly in the past few weeks. During the traditional Chinese New Year holidays, garlic exports have declined due to factories shutting down for the holidays. Since then, the COVID-19 outbreak has led to a further downward trend in exports and it took a while…

Australian and New Zealand governments strengthen COVID-19 response

Australia and New Zealand have significantly stepped up measures to try and contain the rapid spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Australia has enforced new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, with the closures of non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and libraries…

Challenging Yuma winter for spinach

Following a difficult winter on spinach, supplies are ample again as transition time comes around. During the winter growing season in Yuma, Ariz., Lex Camany of The Salad Farm in Salinas, Ca. notes that weather was a relatively regular concern. “In November we had the rains and the rains precluded…

Production increases as temperature rises

Vegetable prices fall as a seasonal effect

The weighted average price of vegetable in the Xinfadi Market in Beijing has shown a seasonal downward trend over the recent days. The marginally shifting prices have in…

FromBoer sees 80% sales fall due to logistical problems:

“Now we can no longer move 15,000 heads of lettuce per day”

“It is true these days that even if you grow food products like us, you have to be on the right side of the coin,” says Leonard Boer of lettuce grower FromBoer (formerly Boer den Hoedt). Eighty percent of the company's sales are down due to the corona crisis. "It was less during last week, but with the…

Evaluating water stress tolerant basil cultivars

Drought is one of the major yield constraints of crop productivity for many crops. In addition, nowadays, climate change creates new challenges for crop adaptation in stress conditions. Scientists at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) have investigated the effect of water stress on five…

Artichokes left in the fields in Sardinia

The Covid-19 pandemic is creating even more difficulties for the artichoke campaign in Sardinia. FreshPlaza talked about it with Salvatore Lotta, president of the Agricola Campidanese PO. "Our artichokes are left in the fields as consumption is low and what little we manage to commercialize sells at…

Manolo Reyes of NatureSweet. "We have a lot to learn from European packaging"

"Tomatoes will continue to become more expensive because of the protectionist policies of the United States"

The members of the Global Development Committee (GDC) who traveled to Spain on a trip organized by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) met in Murcia and Valencia in the first week of March to learn about the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector's achievements and challenges. In the framework of this event,…

Spanish vegetable prices fall after the first days of hoarding

Following the hoarding of food that took place when Spain decreed the state of alarm because of the outbreak of COVID-19, which gave a boost to the demand for fruit and vegetables, causing prices to increase, the situation is going back to normal for most fruits and vegetables in the province of Malaga…

“Chinese sweet corn has great market potential in Europe”

“Our sweet corn is produced in the northeast of China, Hebei, and Gansu. The production season begins every year in early July, if the weather conditions are regular, and the season continues until the end of August.” This is according to Mr. Bai of Dalian Nong Chang. Sweet corn processing factory “The…

Australian bushfires cause broccoli shortage at supermarkets

Australian supermarkets are reportedly grappling with a shortage of broccoli and different produce because the nation’s huge bushfires have ravaged farms. Coles, one of Australia’s largest grocery retailer chains, mentioned broccoli providers are struggling due to the fires, which have slammed at least…

Coen Swager of TB&S:

"Panic broke out in Sweden last Thursday"

Where some are pulling their hair out because of a sudden demand that has stopped, others are being driven crazy with demand. "With us it is really bizarre how busy it suddenly got," says Coen Swager of TB&S. "Last Thursday, panic broke out in Scandinavia and orders were suddenly tripled there. In the…

Recent rains haven’t affected California’s fennel

Production of fennel out of California looks to be strong for the next three weeks. “Supplies of fennel are consistent with the same time period a year ago,” says Rick Bravo, vice-president sales and marketing of Ocean Mist Farms based in Castroville, Ca. Bravo adds that supplies are currently coming…

Rob Baan sees Koppert Cress sales plummet by 86%:

"I am stuck with tens of thousands of boxes of fresh cress"

"I am sitting with tens of thousands of boxes of fresh cress," says Rob Baan of Koppert Cress. This Dutch company has branches all over the world. It is wholly focused on the…

"European market enters uncertain times"

The initial outbreak of the corona virus was more than 2 months ago. The ginger production companies in Shandong have already resumed operations. Even ginger export has been up and running for 3 weeks now. However, the rapid spread of COVID-19 in overseas countries has made Chinese exporters worried that…

European potato market (week 12)

“Processing potatoes are largely absent on the market”

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Processing potatoes: no quotation this week due to an almost complete lack of industrial buyers (given the great uncertainties on the short-term trade of finished products). However, packaging is going well, for the domestic…

Spalding, Lincolnshire

UK: Naylor Farms comes out with crunchy coleslaw

Naylor Farms' cabbages are well sought-after and so is its coleslaw range. Growing and production take place on the 111-year-old family firm’s land in Spalding, Lincolnshire, an operation now turning over £26 million and employing up to 200 people, depending on the season. White, green, red and Savoy varieties, plus a…

Reduction of imported tomato prices in Ukraine, despite strong demand

Despite the fact that trading and purchasing activities continued in the greenhouse tomato segment in Ukraine this week, the prices for these products still fell, report…

UNICA supplies two million kilos of vegetables daily

"We are in a position to supply supermarkets in Spain and across Europe"

The need to supply the domestic and international markets with fruits and vegetables at a time when the demand for these products has increased across Europe due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19 is leading companies from Almería to work extra hard, keeping their production structures at full…

Shadehouse cucumbers bounce back post Sonora weather

Supplies of shadehouse cucumbers begin this week out of Sonora, Mexico. “Supplies from there will go into mid-June and as for production, there will be a good flow. I don’t see any type of interruption anytime soon,” says Raquel Espinoza of Rico Rio, Az.-based Produce House. Espinoza notes that…

Spanish scientists discover how the tomato was able to increase its size by 100 times

A study carried out by scientists from the University of Almeria, published in the PNAS magazine, has discovered the genetic keys that allowed tomato to grow to its current…

Is there a threat of an acute shortage of seasonal workers?

Coronavirus slows down German vegetable harvest

Asparagus farmers have started harvesting, but the corona crisis is worrying them. Border controls are discouraging seasonal workers. Others don't even set off for Germany because…

"Uncertainty affects Chinese garlic export"

"Chinese garlic processing companies have gradually resumed operations. However, the growing COVID-19 epidemic in Europe is adding uncertainty in the garlic export market." Sun Zong, a spokesperson for the Huaguang Group, provided insights into the  current situation in the Chinese garlic market. "Our factory in…

Australia: Vegetable Innovation Days are still go!

The East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) are on track to be another award winning event. Once the official lettuce has been cut to declare the event open, it's two days of non-stop activity, trials and presentations in Lindenow, where the vegetable industry gathers to see the latest in…

"Export price of Chinese garlic on a downward trend"

The Chinese garlic market was quite peaceful in the two months leading up to the traditional Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. The price of mixed-quality garlic held steady around 1,050 USD per ton. "We originally expected the garlic price to show a slight rise after Spring Festival, but the…

Canada: Sobeys recalls vegetable mix due to possible salmonella contamination

Sobeys Inc. has recalled Sobeys and Foodland brand Asian Vegetable Mix due to possible salmonella contamination. Ctvnews.ca reported that, according to a notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the recall affects products with an expiration date of March 15 that were distributed in…

Didier Ioli, Paris Select:

“Asparagus volumes will intensify this week”

Paris Select sells asparagus all year round. This year, it was possible to find the first French white asparagus as early as the third week of January. “The green asparagus arrived with a slight delay, while the white asparagus came out a bit earlier than usual. The fact that we had a relatively mild…

Poland is now largest producer of EU button mushrooms

The Polish Economic Institute (PIE) reports that Poland is the largest producer of button mushrooms in Europe and one of the leaders in the world, selling over half of the…

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

"Onion market in interim period, low prices for Spanish iceberg lettuce, lots of quality issues with carrots"

"No crisis is a crisis for our sector, we always say. In the fruit and vegetable sector, we often have to deal with crises. The question is what repercussions this coronavirus crisis will have on our sector. I do think we are in a good industry. The decreased demand from the hospitality industry is being…

Worries about the Sicilian carrot campaign

Covid-19 is teaching us to organize ourselves in a different way. While many businesses have had to shut down to comply with government measures, agricultural businesses are still at work.  Carmelo Calabrese To better understand what is going on, FreshPlaza contacted Carmelo Calabrese, sole administrator of…

Yunnan garlic price is 6 yuan [0.86 USD] per 0.5 kg

Chinese garlic "craze" has returned - how will the market develop this year?

The retail price of Yunnan garlic recently increased to 6 yuan [0.86 uSD] per 0.5 kg. The main reason for the high price is because new garlic has not yet entered the market.…

Geert Verweij, Verdi Import:

“Spain has better control of the market”

The effects of extreme weather only become evident a few months after the event. First, there is insufficient supply, followed by a surplus. Poorer quality may also play a role. Subsequent weather extremes also had a major effect on European broccoli and cauliflower’s import seasons. This is according to…

Diederik Knijnenburg, Oakfield Champignons:

"Mushroom sales muddle through after Berlin and Carnival"

In the mushroom trade, the momentum has been taken out of the sale a little. "The regular programs for the supermarkets are running normally, with the actions as outliers, but the day trading is currently very quiet and sales are somewhat disappointing," notes sales manager Diederick Knijnenburg of…

Deborah Dijkhuizen of Delina Fresh:

“Ginger prices have almost doubled due to shortages”

At the beginning of the Chinese and Thai ginger seasons, weather issues caused lower volumes and some shortages on the market. Then, with the extended holiday in China due to the coronavirus, the ginger market started experiencing severe shortages. Even though the Chinese ginger exports are starting back…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi

"Ginger prices almost double because of the virus"

“Despite the coronavirus crisis, we have very few problems with the supply of our overseas products. We receive mangoes, avocados and pineapples every week and these have only been delayed for a few days due to storms,” says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi. “We haven't had a supply of Chinese ginger since the…

Gerard Korse, Tolport

"By husking the cauliflower, you halve the wastage"

Tolpoort is a packaging and distribution center in the Netherlands. They provide their clients with broccoli and cauliflower throughout the year. This company gets Spanish supplies themselves when there are no Dutch products available. “The weather conditions were not great, but, in general, we have been…

Producer cooperative Landgard started with first crop from heated cultivation in Germany

Start of spring harvest of fresh rhubarb from regional cultivation

Just in time for the meteorological beginning of spring, Landgard has now brought the first freshly harvested German rhubarb onto the market. The vegetable is initially still available in limited quantities and comes from heated greenhouses of selected farms in the western region. "Similar to last year,…

Vegetable cultivation in Lower Saxony:

Onions and cucumbers are the main crops

In 2019, according to the results of the State Office for Statistics of Lower Saxony (LSN), 774 agricultural enterprises in Lower Saxony cultivated vegetables on an area of…

Südwestdeutsche Saatzucht sees increasing potential for Ramires and Raffaelo

"Market demands thicker asparagus varieties with lower proportion of non-marketable product"

The first asparagus -from heated cultivation- of the season has already been harvested. In a few weeks' time, the first vegetables from unheated cultivation will also be available. Every year, this is an exciting time for asparagus growers, because the asparagus market is always on the move - both in the…

Canadian grown pepper program to commence shipping beginning of April

Village Farms International Inc., headquartered in Vancouver Canada announced that their Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are all ramping up for a strong season. In particular, the company’s Canadian grown national pepper program will commence shipping at the…

Orogel director Giancarlo Foschi

Frozen product sales skyrocket

Frozen vegetables are a "fresh" product with a long-shelf life, ideal for those who stock up for fear of a "third world war". Orogel director Giancarlo Foschi reported that, over the past few days, the sales of frozen products have skyrocketed. "But it is not a normal increase, as the fear of being forced at home for weeks of a…

Nico Schaft: "I brought the first pumpkin seeds to South Africa twenty years ago"

Start of South African pumpkin season at 888 Fruit Company

The South African pumpkin season has started again at 888 Fruit Company on the Rungis wholesale market. The Dutchman Nico Schaft brought the first pumpkin seeds to South Africa twenty years ago, and that pioneering work has literally paid off. "We supply the entire range of butternut squash, Hokkaido and…

US cabbage growers report big supplies for St. Patrick’s Day

People planning to eat cabbage for dinner in honor of St. Patrick next week should have no problem finding that vegetable. Growers on the Central Coast and in the desert…

Kees Jansen, Jansen Brothers Cultivation and Packaging Company:

"Some customers order fewer leeks due to Corona virus but others order more"

The prices of leeks have been under pressure in recent weeks. "On the free market, prices have been low in recent months," notes Kees Jansen of Jansen Brothers Cultivation and Packaging Company from Etten-Leur, The Netherlands. "The price was still reasonably good in the first two weeks of January…

Italian spring onions appreciated in Northern and Eastern Europe

"We process products such as rocket, spring onions and fennel all year round, which are particularly popular especially on the foreign market," explains Gennaro Napolitano, Sales Manager and Administrator for the F.lli Napolitano facility in Poggiomarino (NA).   Gennaro (sales manager) and Raffaele (field manager)…

In 2019, Spanish cucumbers exported to the EU were 11% more expensive than the Dutch

In 2019, Spain sold its cucumbers in the European Union for € 1.03 / kg. This is 10.99% more than the average price of cucumbers sold by the Netherlands (€ 0.928 / kg), according to data from the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat). If we compare the sales of 2019 with those of 2010, we'll…

Colombia seeks to improve the quality of its tomatoes for export

Colombia has 16,725 hectares dedicated to tomato production in 24 departments, according to Procolombia figures. Despite having a good production volume, the entity stated,…

Berkay Savran (KM Frischdienst GmbH):

"Italian Rainbow Chard is selling like crazy this year!"

In the southern German growing regions, the domestic vegetable campaign is now slowly but surely getting ready to go: The first harbingers of spring -such as asparagus, spring onions and wild garlic- are now increasingly arriving in specialist shops. Parallel to these first deliveries from the nearby Palatinate…

International Spinach Conference announces keynote speakers ahead of Australian event

East Gippsland is gearing up to host the Tenth International Spinach Conference in the first week of May, welcoming around 200 delegates from all over the world. A bi-annual…

Rick Mengers, ZON:

"Hopefully we will have enough asparagus to serve everyone until Easter"

The cold and wet weather ensures a very gradual supply of Dutch asparagus for the time being. "I expect that the asparagus from the heated cultivation and the mini tunnels, not to overlap this year. There needs to be a lot of sunshine for a few weeks. Hopefully we will have enough asparagus till Easter…

Ica produces 22% of the artichokes that Peru produces for export

According to the Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Ica (DRA Ica), the department of Ica produced 22% of the 41,514 tons of artichokes (canned and frozen) that Peru exported in 2019, i.e. 9,133 tons. To obtain this volume it was necessary to process 27,018 tons of artichoke as raw material, that is,…

BrunnBachKresse GmbH supplies fresh watercress year-round

"We would like to preserve the Swiss watercress production as a cultural heritage"

West of Roggwil-Wynau in the canton of Berne, watercress is cultivated in a targeted manner in a system that is unique in Switzerland. The vitamin-rich watercress grows above the water surface in around 27 basin-like streams with their roots in the sediment.  "In Switzerland, our cultivation of watercress, amidst…

First daikon radish of the year were harvested in Knoblauchsland, Germany

"We expect to be able to deliver the first volumes to retailers in two weeks"

The first daikon radishes of this year's season were harvested last Friday in Knoblauchsland, Germany. Similar to last year, the first fresh greenhouse products arrived at the regional wholesale market in Nuremberg at the beginning of March. "Now, at the beginning of the season there are only small quantities…

How will the Chinese garlic market develop?

US garlic price suddenly soars

China is the largest producer of garlic in the world. Since the outbreak of the corona virus, roads have been blocked and labor has been in short supply. These problems severely disturbed the garlic…

Jean-Pascal Scardigli, JP Scardigli et Fils:

“Consumers no longer see us as a vegetable factory”

A family business specialized in fruit and vegetable growing for three generations, JP Scardigli et Fils operates 13 hectares of greenhouses of the plastic tunnel type in Arles, where fruits and vegetables are grown exclusively in the ground. Besides the Grand Frais stores, its clients include…

Difficult US asparagus market due to coronavirus

The US asparagus supply is currently coming from Caborca, Mexico. The Caborca season starts in late January and runs through part of April. While the volumes and quality coming out of Caborca are good, the market is experiencing difficulties. Volumes destined for Asia redirected to USJeff Friedman, President…

Rwandan vegetable farmers want to make milk from peas

Peas -locally known as Amashaza- present a very valuable opportunity to Rwandan farmers that are interested in value addition through agro-processing. Nutrition Scientists in the US have come up with a new innovation that strategically turns peas into alternative milk. Pea milk is also called pea-protein…

Demand for Egyptian garlic increasing

As the world defends itself against the Corona virus, some of the fruit and vegetable trade has slowed down. This has left Egypt with an opportunity to meet the rising demand of garlic in both Europe and Middle East. The garlic season in Egypt came with doubts from the very start, says Ahmed Adel, managing…

Nielsen Cauliflower comprehensive review

Australia: Prices increased across all retailers for cauliflower

In Australia, over the last year, the cauliflower & total vegetables volume sales remained flat, whereas both grew in terms of sales' value. Prices increased in the last 52 weeks compared to the year prior across all retailers for cauliflower, leading to an increase in the average spend on cauliflower…

Mexicali green onions steady in volume

Supplies of green onions are good and steady currently. “Quality is great right now and the sizing is starting to come back,” says Phil Balestreri of Salinas, Ca.-based Steinbeck Country Produce Inc. who ships its green onions in the Nature's Reward label. Balestreri adds that supplies currently come…

John Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

"Spanish cauliflower season done weeks earlier due to high temperatures"

Due to the summer temperatures in Catalonia, Spain, the citrus season is ahead of schedule. “The Nardocott are three weeks earlier than usual. I therefore expect that this will result that we will stop a week or three earlier, but we still have volumes to meet the demand," says John Gijbels of Euro…

Polish mushroom trader Grzybmar on the winter season:

Demand for mushrooms dropping, prices remain stable

Demand for Polish mushrooms is dropping to a level that is comparable to last year. This wasn't expected, as mushrooms traders in Poland had hoped for an increase in sales this year. Although compost has not been an issue so far, the problem could still arise later this year. The Polish mushrooms have…

J. Ramón Sánchez, of El Dulze: "Great growth of our shipments to the Middle East"

"Having our own production is the key to survive and keep growing"

Representatives of the Global Development Committee (GDC) of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) met from March 1 to 4 and visited some leading companies in the fruit and vegetable sector of Murcia to learn about the productive potential of this region, one of the most important in Spain. The first stop…

Record-breaking Spanish pepper exports in 2019

In 2019, Spain's pepper exports were record-breaking, both in terms of volume and value, according to data from the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency). The volume…

Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese tomato group analyzes the market situation

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese tomato group met last Friday via videoconference in order to analyze the market situation and make forecasts for the coming months, as…

Spain

Mega tomato farm planned by Hispalus in Espejo faces criticism

The Almeria-based company Hispalus wants to launch an ambitious project in the Alava municipality of Espejo, where it intends to build a mega farm, with 180,000 square meters…

Cucumber prices on the rise in Ukraine

The demand for greenhouse vegetables traditionally increases before the holidays in Ukraine. At this time, according to EastFruit, trading activity in the domestic cucumber…

A NASA experiment concludes that space lettuces are more nutritious

An investigation carried out by NASA, in which they studied the viability of food cultivation at the International Space Station (ISS), has concluded that vegetables grown in space, specifically red romaine lettuces, have much higher nutrient levels than expected. The study, published in the journal…

"Export market for Chinese ginger is warming up again"

Current conditions in the Chinese ginger market are completely different compared to the same period last year. The ginger export season was interrupted by the outbreak of the…

"Chinese market has great demand for large red tomatoes"

Many Chinese companies are currently rushing production, but they still have a shortage of manpower and the packaging industry still faces several problems. However, Chinese…

How did the garlic export market develop after Chinese Spring Festival?

According to data from 51garlic.com, China exported 1.67 million tons of fresh or cold storage garlic in 2019. That is a decline of 6.8% in comparison with 2018, when the…

The state of play highlighted by Caligari&Babbi, renowned for its brand Finò

The fennel industry is facing a difficult moment

The quality is high, and so is the supply, therefore prices are struggling to take off. We are referring to fennel, a reference available 365 days of the year in which Caligari&Babbi is renowned throughout Europe under the brand Finò. "In the absence of rain and frost, the supply has always been available…

Dohme Pilze invests in twofold capacity expansion to meet increasing demand

"Sales share of organic mushrooms has increased from 8 to 18 percent within two years"

2019 was a particularly exciting year for the Dohme group: mushroom cultivation was significantly expanded at both production sites in Tietzow and Hess-Oldendorf to meet the growing demand for local mushrooms. The new packaging law also came into force, which means that half of the conventional and organic…

Sequencing of celery genome

Celery (Apium graveolens) is a vegetable crop in the Apiaceae family that originated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is a popular vegetable crop and is widely cultivated in Europe, East…

Sweet Palermo Taste of the Year 2020 in Spain

Rijk Zwaan’s sweet pointed pepper Sweet Palermo has been chosen as Taste of the year 2020 by an independent group of consumers specialised in sensory analyses. The seal “Taste of the year” represents more than 20 years of experience in Europe and 10 year experience in Spain. The selection was based on…

Russia: Khabarovsk Territory officals to support potato and vegetable growers

The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Food and Processing Industry of the Khabarovsk Territory has been looking at the implementation of indicators of the Food Security…

Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna) about spring-like winter:

"Dismal Spanish aubergine season, few cucumbers, TOV hobbled through, and pricy bell peppers expected"

During Kees Havenaar of the Spanish company, Frutas Luna's last contribution, everyone was nervously discussing Brexit. "For the time being, we have postponed that until the end of this year. Europe now finds itself in the midst of another problem, Corona. How will that affect the sector? I have no…

Enza Zaden introduces new tomato varieties

One thousand operators - producers, traders and buyers - from over 850 companies attended the House Fair Sicily 2020 Tomato DemoGreenhouse promoted by Enza Zaden in Sicily. Enza Zaden Tomato Demo Greenhouse. (Click here for the photo gallery) The Enza Zaden product range includes cherry tomatoes, plum…

Mushrooms sales differ in northern and southern Italy

There are great differences between northern and southern Italy when it comes to mushrooms. Purchases slowed down in the general markets in the north, while things are proceeding as expected in the center and south. "Prices are stable with no big differences, while sales vary," reports Giampaolo…

Italian radishes always popular abroad

"We have been operating on the foreign markets for around 20 years and are very proud with what we have done so far. We started off with Poland, then we started cooperating with German retailers, which led us to change our assortment focusing mainly on three winter vegetables - radishes, Trocadero…

Willem de Boer:

"The fun is out of the carrot trade"

"There is really nothing happening in the carrot trade at the moment", sighs Willem de Boer from W. de Boer & Zn from Westwoud. The Netherlands who is involved in washing, sorting, reading, polishing, packaging and exporting carrots and beetroot. "Prices have been at a stable level of around 17 cents for…

US and Russia are largest markets

Israeli rainbow carrots now also available in Europe

This is the second year that Shallit Carrot has cultivated these colorful carrots. The demand came from the Israeli supermarkets. “They asked us to bring in a new product. So, that is what we did. We sell between six and seven tons per week to the local market. In small packaging,” says Gal Nadan. “Chefs…

Indonesia: Bandung growers plant Japanese vegetables

Growers in Ciwidey in Bandung, West Java, are capable of earning a little more income by selling Japanese vegetables via a public-private partnership. They are now harvesting Japanese kuroda carrots, which are sold in supermarkets for around Rp 38,000 (US$2.69) per 800 grams compared to Rp 4,000 per…

Cuyama Valley - Central California

Carrot growers seriously affected by Groundwater Sustainability Act

Carrots cover one-third of the irrigated cropland and account for more than half of annual gross revenues in agriculture in the Cuyama Valley. A new state law will force farmers to cut pumping as much as two-thirds to restore the depleted groundwater basin by 2040. The Cuyama Valley in Central California…


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