Vegetables

Ricardo Crisantes, CCO of Wholesum:

"These aren’t your grandma’s heirloom tomatoes"

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic farm-fresh vegetables, recently announced the launch of their new line of heirloom tomatoes. The assortment was carefully selected for superior flavor and shelf life. Like their other offerings, Wholesum’s heirloom tomatoes are all organic…

Too many mushrooms, but demand likely to pick up

Supplies of mushrooms are fairly heavy right now. “Before Thanksgiving, everybody was short on mushrooms because Thanksgiving is a really big holiday for mushrooms. But now everyone has too many mushrooms,” says a mushroom distributor in Chester County, PA. The distributor deals with white, cremini,…

Peru wants its ginger to stand out in the European market

Consumption of dry ginger continues to grow in the European markets. According to data from the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries - CBI, in 2018 direct imports of dry ginger from developing countries reached 127,000 tons. “Since 2014, the import volume has increased by 12%…

Morocco becomes the number one supplier

Spanish cucumber imports have quadrupled in ten years

The Spanish import of cucumbers has quadrupled over the last ten seasons, from 1.87 million kilos in the 2009/2010 campaign to 8.33 million kilos in the 2018/2019 season, according to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency) corresponding to the period between September 1, 2018 and…

"Current export price 30% higher than last year"

"Start of new season for ginger export from China to Europe"

"The last week of November and the first week of December are the quiet weeks before the new season of ginger export from China to Europe officially opens. The first crop of the new harvest of Chinese ginger is exported to Europe in the second week of December. Customers generally purchase preserved…

Jos Looije, Looye Kwekers:

“Make sure you sell emotion; that's how you build a good brand”

There are many tomato farmers around. Dutch growers, Looye Kwekers, are also specialized in this. Owner, Jos Looije, is not so concerned about the numbers. He is too busy developing a strong brand. "A tomato is made up of 90% water. So, you must sell an emotion to build a brand," says Jos. Building a brand…

Romaine demand climbs back post-recall

Romaine demand is starting to pick up again following the mid-November recall and advisory warning on romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Ca. region. On Nov. 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., was released following, at that time, the reporting of 40 cases of E. coli…

Scottville - Michigan

Indoor growing facility ‘tames the wild mushroom’

‘Still far from tame’; that's how the owners of Mycopia Mushrooms describe the unusual crop they're growing in an exquisitely quiet, sterile environment in this northern…

Growing time shiitake mushrooms halved with new techniques

The Shiitake mushroom is one of the five commercially cultivated mushroom species in India. Its production has been steadily rising. It contributes 22 per cent of the global…

Cardiologist Geoffrey Barnes:

"Study shows how lack of Vitamin K can lead to decline in cognitive functions"

According to a new study in the journal Nutrients, adults with better levels of vitamin K performed better on cognitive tests. So it is not just kids that need to eat their…

New international E. coli outbreak hits 3 US states and 5 Canada provinces

State and federal officials are investigating a new multistate outbreak of  E. coli O157:H7 infections. The outbreak is associated with Fresh Express brand chopped salad kits. Some people in Canada are also sick. “Do not eat or sell Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information:…

Jan van der Kaden, StC International:

"Moroccan tomato prices reaching a healthier level"

In the winter, many Dutch companies focus on Spanish greenhouse vegetables. At StC in the town of De Lier, however, the emphasis is on Moroccan production. "We work closely with our growers whom we use to fill our programs. These programs are mainly for importers in the Netherlands," says Jan van der…

Christian Gimperlein: "Up to 80% of our winter products end up in regional grocery stores or discount stores".

Slow market for organic cress, Christmas business only to start in week 51

Regionally cultivated cress are well received by German consumers all year round. In spring in particular, more cress is sold, while demand in winter is usually somewhat lower. During the cold season, the sale of cress shifts more from wholesale to supermarkets. "From Christmas onwards, sales of various types…

High sugar snap prices expected to go down as Guatemalan volumes increase

Sugar snaps are imported to the U.S. from various origins, and the Guatemalan season has just kicked off. Growers Are Us is located in Miami and imports the product almost year-round. The company’s president and CEO Dan Wahl says: “We work with specific growers in Guatemala and Peru and are able to…

Chinese cucumber price doubles, breaks the record of 3 yuan [0.43 USD]

The price of Chinese cucumbers has reached its highest position in the last few years. The overall production volume was relatively small this year but the main reason for the…

Aitor Sanzol, of Ayecue: "The consumer is willing to pay more for more sustainable products"

"The consumption of fresh cultivated mushrooms is growing quickly in Spain"

Spanish consumers are discovering the culinary possibilities of fresh cultivated mushrooms, as well as their nutritional properties, as shown by the growth in the demand for these products recorded in recent years. Although mushrooms are a perishable product with fairly stable sales, they usually become…

"Innovating with new varieties is vital"

Spanish artichokes from Benicarlo attract customers in Europe

“The artichoke campaign started in October. Despite the high temperatures that have taken a toll on the product, prices remain at profitable levels for the producers,” says Javier Rillo, production manager of the Benihort cooperative. “Due to higher temperatures than usual, the product has not reached…

Better and more California bok choy this season

Supplies of California bok choy look good right now. “We have very very good supplies of bok choy,” says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros Inc. in Modesto, Ca., where supplies are coming from for Ratto’s year-round program. “We haven’t had the frost like we had last year so our volumes are good. It’s strong…

Export volume of Chinese onions from Gansu increased thirteen-fold

According to news from the Lanzhou Customs Office, the export price and volume of onions from Gansu show an upward trend. The export volume reached 5,819.7 tons in the first…

"The holiday period started a peak export period for Chinese garlic"

"The Chinese garlic price has experienced significant fluctuations in the last few months. In the period before traders began to stock their refrigerated warehouses with garlic, the garlic price continued to rise. After traders stopped stocking their warehouses the garlic market weakened. The price…

New breeds of pumpkins, Calabazas making headway

Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during fall and winter months has given rise to innovative research…

"The effects of this drought will reverberate through entire communities for a very long time"

Australia's long-running drought is continuing to take its toll on Queensland growers, with the 2019–20 total value for primary industry commodities forecast to be $17.8 billion, slightly down on this year's expectations. The figure is five per cent less than the April 2019 estimate, and six per cent…

Australia: Drought and fires

2019 has been another tough year for Australian farmers. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2018 was the third hottest year on record for the nation, as rainfall deficiencies spanned back to early 2017 for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian parts of the Murray–Darling Basin. In addition, November 2019…

US victims at least at 102

Salinas Romaine E. coli strikes two people in Canada

Since November 22, 2019, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has identified one additional E. coli illness in Canada with a similar genetic fingerprint to illnesses…

Sweden: Unpasteurized spinach drink tied to increasing cryptosporidium cases

Officials in Sweden are investigating a recent increase in the number of cryptosporidiosis cases. Public Health Agency Folkhälsomyndigheten has linked some illnesses to one…

Exports of Chinese garlic to Africa rising each year

"Since becoming available in June this year, garlic has seen a few fluctuations in prices. As some suppliers have suspended shipment to the Chinese local market, prices in the local market have slowly increased. However, the fluctuations in the local garlic market have not affected exports. As a result,…

Nick Bakelaar, Spot:

"North American sweet potato harvest far larger than last year"

The American sweet potato season is in full swing at Spot. "We could fill all our Thanksgiving orders well in recent weeks. We could, therefore, focus more on what is still available for the export and domestic markets. That is now clear as we have dug just about everything out of the ground," says Nick…

Cultivated mushrooms now available

It is a good moment for mushrooms, as is usual in the run up to Christmas. Giampaolo Evangelisti from Fungo Cesena confirms that "we are supplying all clients from Venice to Lecce as well as various supermarkets and wholesale markets in Boligna, Genoa and Florence, just to name a few. Demand is lively." Champignons…

Average vegetable harvest in Austria:

More lettuce harvested, but fewer cabbages

The field and horticultural vegetable harvest in Austria was average this year. At 611,500 tonnes, the volume was 1 percent above the five-year average, Statistik Austria…

USDA appoints 3 new members to Mushroom Council

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the appointment of three members to serve on the Mushroom Council. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan.…

Smaller sizes and devastating fire give bitter aftertaste to Ukrainian garlic season

Most of the world’s garlic is cultivated in China, but one Ukrainian exporter has high hopes to become a worthy competitor. The volumes have grown over the past years, but this year has been challenging for them. Next to having mostly smaller sizes available, the processing facility and warehouse caught…

Planting, harvesting hampered by large amounts of rain

Effect of persistent rain on vegetables: "Drama will unfold in coming weeks"

The persistent rain of the past three days over the central parts of South Africa has been tremendously helpful for underground water sources, but in the short and medium-term it is set to pose some problems to vegetable farmers. As it is the summer rains came late this year, complicating matters for…

Engels Maschinen relies on efficiency during the harvest of the bleached asparagus and green asparagus

"Higher level of automation leads to better asparagus product quality"

Product quality and maximum efficiency during harvesting are inevitably part of modern asparagus cultivation. The market is increasingly demanding high-quality asparagus. It is therefore necessary for the producer to meet the increasing quality requirements, in order to achieve corresponding sales…

Wisconsin hardest hit up until now

Romaine outbreak US patient list tops 100; warnings continue

More than 100 people have now been confirmed with infections in an E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce. Public health officials continue their warning against romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, CA, area or any romaine from an unknown source. As of today, there are 102 patients spread…

Ocean Mist Farms to showcase at New York Produce Show

New organic artichoke packaging now available

Ocean Mist Farms, the grower and marketer of fresh artichokes, will showcase its Organic Artichoke retail packs in the “New Product Showcase” at this year’s New York Produce…

Murcian leaf vegetables hit once again by storms

"The rains have forced us to stop the harvest and delay the loading"

Heavy rains have again taken a toll in Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and other areas of the Spanish Levante. It has not been long since the DANA left the fields flooded in these producing areas, with leafy vegetables taking a lot of damage. At that time, in September, the planting of the winter leaf…

Francisco Rosillo, of Frutos Los Pisaos:

"The great demand keeps the prices of the growing sweet potato production stable"

Since the start of the harvest in July, this is the time of the year when the supply of sweet potatoes reaches its peak in Spain. Large stocks are currently in storage waiting to be sold across Europe taking advantage of the pre-Christmas increase in sales, although there is great competition from other…

France and Germany, destination for more than 50% of Spanish zucchini

In the 2018/2019 campaign, more than half of Spanish zucchini exports (54.39%) were shipped to France and Germany at a price close to € 1 / kg, according to data from the…

Interest and availability of organic greenhouse cukes grows

Greenhouse cucumbers look steady right now. “At this time of year, Canadian crops are finishing off,” says Jeff Madu of Windset Farms in Delta, BC. “Most of the Mexican crops started a few weeks ago and they’ll go right until May. There are good supplies on Mexican crops right now so the market seems…

Sicilian artichoke campaign has started

The Sicilian artichoke campaign has just started so it is impossible to make an assessment. Still, it is possible to gauge the orientation of the market, which does not look too bad. FreshPlaza talked about it with Enzo Rametta. Enzo Rametta "The past two years have been awful and this campaign could be…

Figures and interpretation by Hans-Christoph Behr

Tomato cultivation grows faster in North West Europe than in the South

The tomato sector is large and is still growing. Not so much in volumes, but when it comes to the hard knocks. This is thanks to the growth in the speciality segments, for which the consumer often has more money left over than for the "standard" single or vine tomato. During the Global Tomato Congress (view…

"Cultivated truffle is no match to the wild one"

Spain is the world's largest truffle producer

“Truffles are currently grown and purchased from different markets and producers in order to supply all customers. This product is consumed in the US, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, etc. There are plantations even in Australia and Argentina which yield positive results, especially in the former. This…

South Africa

Greenway Farms uses high-tech to get to the root of nutrition

Could the humble carrot be the superfood of the 21st century? A farm near the rural suburb of Tarlton -northeast of Johannesburg- seems to be at the heart of a revolution that…

Michael DuPuis of Divine Flavor:

"We expect to see an increase of Roma and grape tomatoes this year”

The Mexican high-season for tomatoes will begin in a few weeks, with high volumes arriving in time for the holidays. Though the high season lasts from December through May, Divine Flavor is able to supply tomatoes to their partners in the U.S. year-round through programs in multiple locations throughout…

Chris Chamballu, France Champignon:

“Limited supply of mushrooms for the end of this year”

There is a peak in the demand for mushrooms for the holiday season. According to Chris Chamballu, commercial director of France Champignon, the consumption is much higher than the production. “We may not be able to satisfy all the demand. There is especially a lot of pressure from supermarkets, and…

"Le Champignon de Bruxelles" initiative

"Shitake" mushrooms grown with beer in Brussels

Cultivating exotic mushroom species like the "shitake" with beer waste, is a possible project in the heart of Brussels. It is a "start-up" that has been brewing for three…

Argentina exports five containers of garlic from Mendoza to Taiwan

Argentina has already exported five containers of garlic produced in the province of Mendoza to Taiwan, a market that isn't supplied by garlic from China. The shipment…

Fruit and vegetable product sales fall in Argentina

Argentina's fruit and vegetable sector is concerned about the low sales of their products in the country and does not expect good results at the end of the year. Omar Carrasco, the head of the Fruit and Vegetable Producers Federation said sales had slumped. "During November they fell by 30% when compared…

Chinese sweet potato price drops

The wholesale price of sweet potatoes in the Xinfadi Market recently dropped. The overall supply volume of sweet potatoes is relatively large at the moment. Supply comes from production areas in…

Jammu & Kashmir administration asks farmers to grow broccoli and parsley

Only about 100 hectares of the 40,000 hectares under vegetable cultivation in Kashmir currently cater to crops such as broccoli, lettuce and parsley. However, the Jammu & Kashmir administration has begun an outreach programme to encourage farmers of the Valley to cultivate exotic vegetables and herbs…

Growers warn:

UK risks running low on carrots after heavy flooding

British-grown supplies of carrots are at risk of running low next spring after the recent heavy floods, growers warned this week. More than half of the UK’s carrot-growing…

Waitrose abandons strict requirements for sprouts due to extreme storms

Waitrose has determined to relax its measurement and look requirements to counter the lacklustre UK sprout harvest. Poor yields made Brussels sprouts around 20 percent dearer…

USDA - Special Article “Seasonality in Romaine Outbreaks and Regional Shipments”

E.coli outbreaks in romaine lettuce peak in April and October, 1998 to 2018

Leafy greens -including romaine lettuce- are the sixth most commonly consumed type of vegetable in the United States. About three-quarters of US romaine shipments come from two regions, California’s Central Coast and Yuma, Arizona; the rest come from other areas in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.…

Lynn Jackson -RK Drysdales

Shredded swede 'swoodles' the lastest carb replacement

With the increased demand for convenience food and ready-prepped vegetables, more and more producers have made this a standard part of the business. RK Drysdales located in the Scottish borders is one such company. A well-established grower of swede, Brussel’s sprouts, leeks and more recently Kallettes®…

Extremadura closes tomato campaign with record production

The tomato campaign in the Spanish region of Extremadura has come to an end with very positive results. The sector has achieved record yields and the production in stock with the potential to shape prices is lower. According to the president of the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura…

Chinese pepper price is rising because buyers are enthusiastically filling their warehouses

The supply volume of fresh peppers from the production area of Wucheng continues to grow. The fresh peppers from production areas in Hebei are also beginning to enter the…

Market price of Chinese garlic is slightly unstable

The price of garlic from storage recently fluctuated. There are more and more production areas with medium and small supplies of garlic  waiting for retail, and some production…

Products imported directly

North Bay Produce, Inc. announces partnership with Guatemalan farm

“In order to bring the very best products to our customers, we are constantly searching for great growing environments,” says Brian Klumpp with North Bay Produce. The company found a new growing environment in UniSpice, a beautiful farm in Guatemala specializing in French Green Beans, Snow Peas, Sugar…

Kenyan grower Maurice Ikonya

Nairobi mushroom boom

White mushrooms in purple punnets sit are looking great on the shelves of the Naivas supermarket in Nairobi. The mushrooms are the handiwork of Maurice Ikonya and tens of other young farmers, who supply them through their association to the retail chain. The supermarket is one of the main customers of the Mushroom Growers Association…

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus detected in Spain

The last country where the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has been detected is Spain. Rafael Sánchez Trujillo, head of the Plant Health Service of the Government of Andalusia, has spoken about the detection of the virus in a greenhouse in Almeria during the Semilla Innova congress, which has…

Canadian provincial rules aren't helping

Newfoundland-Labrador: Moose are eating the harvests

Veteran farmer Dwight Eveleigh is used to a moose or two occasionally nibbling at his crops, but he's never seen anything like 2019. "This is the worst year yet, by far," said…

Dirk de Maré, Grimex

"Senegalese demand for carrots will fall soon"

Not all the carrots in Belgium have been harvested. Most have, however, been grubbed already. "This year's carrots are of good quality. We had several plots we had to irrigate. But, we got nice carrots, even from the non-irrigated fields," says Dirk de Maré of Grimex. “In recent weeks, there has been a…

Sardinian artichokes are suffering from delays and damage due to continuous rainfall

It has been a difficult season for the Sardinian artichoke. Production was interrupted because of hot temperatures before, and incessant rain after. "This has been a really…

Low prices of mass consumption products cause problems

"The vegetable market is changing"

“The vegetable market is changing. What growers decide to grow today can change in less than five years. What we have been observing is that high consumption (or mass consumption) products, such as iceberg lettuce, have not yielded profitable prices for years. This causes problems,” says Pascual Blanco…

Atakama RZ

Rijk Zwaan presents its new plum tomato for producers in Almeria

The Dutch multinational Rijk Zwaan, devoted to obtaining and selling seeds, is working to obtain the best varieties for producers in Almeria at its research center located in La Cañada, El Ejido, where it has facilities equipped with molecular biology and pathology laboratories and an improvement center.…

Weather factors into supplies of Mexican tomatoes

As Mexico ramps up for its tomato season, inclement weather may affect supplies. “They’ve had a lot of rain in Baja and Sinaloa throughout the past week so right now supplies are hindered by that rain,” says Matthew Bates of Surrey, BC.-based BC Hothouse and Star Group/Star Mexico, noting it affects…

University of Copenhagen - food and resource economics

Study: 87% of Danes avoid meat-free meals

In a recent study, a vast majority of Danes declined to go vegetarian. The researchers asked participants to choose from a range of pasta dishes, some with meat, some with…

Better returns make Kenyan growers trade in sukumawiki cultivation for chillis

For years, Makutano farm in Kanduyi, Bungoma County, was specialised in growing the collard green vegetable, commonly known as sukumawiki. Unfortunately, this form of…

E.coli recall in US

"Outbreaks like these are another confirmation that the future of the industry will be indoors"

The FDA has not yet linked any specific romaine lettuce grower, supplier, distributor, or brand to the E.coli outbreak in Salinas, California. Last week the outbreak spread further with 67 people reported sick in 19 states. Just like last year around Thanksgiving, the advice is not to eat Romaine…

"Our beets are peeled, cooked, and cooled within three hours"

Henk van Walderveen started selling potatoes, vegetables and fruit house-to-house two generations ago. Today, the international trading company van Walderveen serves the entire world. Carrots, cauliflowers and red beets are among its main lines. Red beets are the only vegetables processed in-house by van…

Flandria market information

"Price of celeriac reasonably stable, green celery cheaper"

Autumn-grown vine tomatoes are in production, numbers remained fairly stable but prices became more expensive. A lower supply of loose tomatoes is expected next week. With an…

Ruud de Koning, Brassica Trade:

"Broccoli and cauliflower shortages to continue for a while”

The Spanish full soil vegetable supply is off to a difficult start. "There is cold weather and shortages," Ruud de Koning sums up the situation. He is from Brassica Trade in Dirkshorn. This town can be found in the Dutch province of North Holland. "This is resulting in good prices. Broccoli is selling at…

"Supply of mushrooms lower, considerable shortage expected around Christmas"

The mushroom trade is good for this time of year. "I think it is at least as good as this period last year," says Tonny Hooijmans of Oke Trading from Velddriel. “At present, the supply of mushrooms is somewhat lower, as the whole of Europe is lagging somewhat behind in production. Between 0-10% less is…

Turkey: Antalya exports prickly cucumbers

Producers in Antalya, a major city located in southern Turkey, grow prickly cucumbers and export them to Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Bulgaria. Farmers in Kumluca district harvest cucumbers in greenhouses and sell them for 3 to 3.50 Turkish Lira (0.47 to 0.55 Euro) per kilo. Producer Suleyman…

New Zealand's agriculture sectors come together to plan way forward with climate change mitigation

New Zealand horticulture, as part of that country’s primary production sector, has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s endorsement of the plan the industry developed to reduce climate change. The plan is called the Primary Sector Climate Change Commitment, or "He Waka Eke Noa, Our Future in Our Hands".…

Almost all types are doing fine, except for the Tondo

A positive moment for the radicchio from Veneto

It is a positive moment for Veneto radicchio market, a product that offers different types suited to different consumer tastes. One of the leading companies in the sector is the Geofur of Legnago (Verona), which deal with all types of Venetian radicchio. "The demand is lively and the prices are as expected…

photo report: Global Tomato Congress

Could there be too many tomatoes?

From seed to retail and everything in between. That's the target group of the Global Tomato Congress, that was organised yesterday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The visitors and speakers paused to consider how the tomato sector can continue to grow. Focusing on diversity can ensure this, but there were…

Jan Lathouwers, Lathouwers & Co:

"The supply of chicory will increase somewhat in the coming weeks"

The prices for chicory have been at a good level for weeks. “The demand for chicory is very good, but the supply is somewhat less. This has resulted in satisfying prices the past weeks, ”says Jan Lathouwers of Lathouwers & Co. "The lower supply is the result of the switch between old and new roots and I…

6 out of every 10 Spanish tomatoes that were exported came from Almeria

During the 2018/2019 campaign, which went from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019, six out of every ten Spanish tomatoes exported came from the province of Almeria, according to data that Hortoinfo produced based on information of the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency). The Andalusian…

Price of Chinese leeks hits lowest point in five years

The price of Chinese leeks dropped to less than half the price of last year. This is the lowest point in five years. The wholesale price of leek currently available in the…

Robert Morris of Galilee Export:

“Our advantage is that our DNA is grower-driven”

The Dutch bell pepper season has come to an end but the Spanish and Israeli seasons are still going along at full speed. Robert Morris of Israel-based Galilee Export says: “We are seeing high volumes coming out of Israel every week. Even though the Spanish season is in full swing as well, we have been…

New analysis of links between legume intake and health

Peas and beans: Can they improve heart health?

It is a no-brainer that nutrition plays a pivotal role in health. At one end of the spectrum, it is common knowledge that eating a diet that is high in sugar, salt, and fat increases the risk of poorer health outcomes. At the other end, eating a balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables…

The Australian tomatoes continuing to raise valuable money for charity

Flavorite's Cherry Burst tomatoes are proving to be more than just a snack, but rather a fundraiser for Australian charity, Maddie Riewoldt Vision and an educator for clean eating. As in every November, Flavorite has begun donating 10 cents from each pack of Cherry Burst Tomatoes sold through Coles…

Market supply for the later period abundant

Vegetable prices at Beijing Xinfadi Market rose slightly last week

According to the manager of the Beijing Xinfadi Market, the weighted average price of vegetables in the Market on November 22 was 2.04 yuan/kg, 3.03% higher than the 1.98…

"The Spanish market has potential in the organic and biodynamic"

Campaign kicks off in Murcia with stable prices and volumes

The 2019-2020 campaign has kicked off in Murcia, and the initial prospect is one of stability in terms of both volumes and market prices. “It is true that there have been problems due to heavy storms. Luckily, we were only starting with the planting back then, so our crops were hardly affected. Only some…

Taiwan: First export shipment of local cabbage to Vietnam

Taiwanese cabbage will officially enter the Vietnamese market next week, now the first 180-ton shipment is to arrive in the Southeast Asian country. The peak harvest time for Taiwanese cabbage is during the autumn and winter seasons and it is mainly exported to Japan, though markets have also been…

Sjan van Gorsel, Reijnpack:

"Limited supply ensures good chicory prices"

The prices on the chicory market have been at a good level for several weeks. "We are in the transition from the old to the new roots, with the old ones losing production and the new ones not yet in full production, thus ensuring a limited supply," says Sjan van Gorsel of chicory packer Reijnpack from…

UPDATE: Prices likely to go up on romaine and leafy greens post-CDC advisory

Following the recall and advisory warning that was issued late last week over romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Ca. region, at least one food distributor is hoping for some long-term change while dealing with the short-term effects of the warning. The advisory, issued Nov. 22 by the Centers for…

Hong Kong government suspends import and sale of romaine lettuce from Salinas

Following The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement about the possible contamination of romaine lettuce from…

Potato is the most consumed vegetable in the US

The USDA’s Economic Research Service’s loss adjusted food availability date shows that potatoes are the number one consumed vegetable in the United States. The data shows that in 2017, 49.2 pounds of fresh and processed potatoes were available per person for Americans to consume, after adjusting for…

Ton de Leeuw, AGF Fresh:

"Growing sweet potatoes in Morocco is still in it's infancy, but has a great perspective"

In a few years, sweet potatoes have become a hot item on the European market. The United States, Spain, Egypt and also on the domestic market try to get a share of this popular product from many growers. Morocco is a country where this sweet potato growing is mainly a local matter, but AGF Fresh's Ton de…

Primo Sole's Dolce Lucano fennel

"A year ago, we set up a project to learn more about fennel in Metaponto. We researched its organoleptic qualities using NIR spectroscopy and studied the qualities consumers look for in what they consider a perfect fennel," explains Francesca Appio, administrative and communications manager at Op Primo Sole, when talking about…

Grupo Agroponiente

The cold in Almeria facilitates the production of Raf tomatoes

The cold temperatures recorded in the province of Almeria have given a boost to the production of Raf tomatoes by Grupo Agroponiente. Miguel Moreno, technical engineer…

New Zealand consumers asked to support growers after Canterbury hail storm

New Zealanders are being asked to put taste and nutrition above the appearance of leafy green vegetables, after the hailstorm that struck Canterbury last week. The storm,…

New report looks into Kiwi's eating behaviors and food consumption

A partnership between leading life science company Bayer and the NZ Nutrition Foundation (NZNF) released the insights from its inaugural Bayer Food Focus Project, taking a…

Dismal figures show Norwegians are eating fewer fruit and veggies

The Norwegian Health Institute, Helsedirektoratet, releases a report every year. It shows that people in that country are eating fewer fruit and vegetables than before. Nutritionists say…

British sauce maker Sauce Shop partners with Amazon

New: Brussels sprout ketchup

Brussels sprouts is a vegetable that is generally either loved or hated. People who fall into the former category will be thrilled to know that Amazon has launched a limited-edition Brussels sprout…

Turkey provides farmers with "spinach" training

Following the recent poisoning cases from spinach, Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli announced that farmers will be provided with training on spinach and said: "We need to further explain them how to prepare bunches and what to send to the market and what not to send to the…

Flandria market information:

"Cauliflower prices climbing due to falling supply"

In Belgium, the demand for leeks is on the rise. This is thanks to the cold weather. The supply of this product is also increasing, creating consumer-friendly prices. There…

Supplies particularly plentiful on grape tomatoes

Volume on tomatoes is ample right now from both Mexico and Florida. Photo: Blue Creek Produce “Supplies are higher at this point than it was last year—the U.S. and Canadian growers have had a very strong season and Mexico is off to a strong start,” says Anthony Otto of Magic Sun of Richmond, Va., a U.S. greenhouse…

Almost all Peruvian tomato exports in 2019 went to Chile

Peru exported 1,945,719 kilos of fresh tomato for a FOB value of US $588,207 during the first ten months of 2019. These figures reveal a slight decrease in volume and a more…

Garlic prices in China remaining high but expected to fall after Laba Festival

Garlic prices have been rising over the past few days, and half a kilo of garlic has now reached 7 yuan in the market. Data from the Xinfadi Market show that wholesale prices…

"Australian green asparagus export to China entering peak season"

“As opposed to the months when local asparagus floods into the Chinese market, during the period between September and December, most of the supplies come from a few production areas in China, and the rest is imported. Currently, the season of open-field products is finished, and the greenhouse season in…

Chinese frozen vegetable export facing pricing pressure

The rising prices of frozen vegetables over recent years have undoubtedly reduced the competitiveness of many Chinese frozen vegetable exporters in the international market. The industry as a whole is now facing many challenges. Miya, the head of Qingdao Sunnywell, talked about the export of Chinese…

Inspectorate issues warning on contaminated romaine lettuce

FDA recalls romaine lettuce after new outbreak sickens 40

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA is alerting the public to romaine lettuce originating from the United States due to potential contamination…

Jun Aizaki's 'HyO-Cup'

Sustainable coffee cups grown from vegetables

When pondering the question whether the humble gourd could one day replace single-use coffee cups, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Jun Aizaki came up with his latest invention, the HyO-Cup. HyO-Cups are designed as an alternative to standard coffee cups, which are typically lined with…

Jaco Lubbe, Sabie Valley Ginger

“As we’re growing, so does the market for ginger”

Few areas in South Africa suit ginger, but the Sabie Valley outside Hazyview, next door to the Kruger National Park, is an automatic choice to cultivate ginger, says Jaco Lubbe of Sabie Valley Ginger. At the confluence of the Sabie, Sabane and Mac-Mac rivers the three Lubbe brothers have been growing…

Els van Herpen, Auction Sales Manager at ZON:

"This year, for the first time, we are auctioning unsealed Spanish cucumbers"

The Dutch auction house, ZON, again has a range of Spanish vegetables on offer this winter. These are available alongside products from the Netherlands. It is the fifth year they are doing so. "The start of the Spanish season was difficult," says ZON's Auction Sales Manager, Els van Herpen. "Prices were,…

Alexandre Obert, Fort&Vert:

“Large volumes of French carrots this year”

The supply of French carrots is larger than last year. At Fort&Vert, distributor of organic fruits and vegetables, volumes are so high that the company can export its carrots for the first time this year. It is currently in the process of identifying markets. “Despite a dry summer, we have good yields in…

Planning carrot production is worthwhile

"We started the fall-winter carrot campaign in early October on 100 hectares. One beneficial commercial trend is to have suitable sales agreement in place with the European retail chains before sowing is carried out," explains Sergio Trevisan (in the photo), sales manager for Gruppo Mazzoni - Fresh…

Cultivated lands increase in the north, while the south seeks more profitable references

The geography of the production of Italian tomatoes has changed

The campaign of table tomatoes has been underway for some time now and it certainly cannot be said that it is all roses. The reasons for this severe judgement lie in a series of contingent and structural factors that we addressed with Massimo Pavan, one of the leading experts in Italian agribusiness who…

New packaging and new varieties from Fellini Patrizio

Seasonal vegetables are finally under the spotlight

Radicchio, cabbage rosettes, chard, savoy cabbage, black cabbage: these are only a few of the main winter references whose demand has increased in the last few days, as reported by Lamberto Giovanardi, of Fellini Patrizio from Gambettola (Forlì-Cesena). Packs of two-tone radicchio chicory "Thanks to temperatures…

Coachella bell peppers saw late start

Supplies of bell peppers out of Coachella, Ca. for the fall season are satisfactory. “We started about two weeks ago on November 4th and look to have suitable supplies all the way through Christmas,” says Franz De Klotz of Pasha Marketing LLC in Mecca, Ca. He notes production started about a week…

Greenhouse tomato prices in Poland still on rising trend

Polish greenhouse farms continue to raise tomato prices almost daily, as reported by EastFruit project analysts. Moreover, the project experts say that the positive price…

Arie Middelburg, GreenMatch:

"Good price formation for Dutch greenhouse season bar aubergines"

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season hasn't been easy for everyone. "There have been quite a few differences between companies this season," says Arie Middelburg of GreenMatch, a company that focuses on data and advice in sales. “Generally speaking, pricing has been very good, but due to the very hot…

Bart Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx

"High prices and limited supply on the chicory market"

High prices and limited supply currently characterise the chicory market. "The prices are above two euros per kilo," says Bart Bruyninckx from the chicory company of the same name. “We also had high prices the previous year around this time. Maybe it's jumping to conclusions, but I think the high prices…

Sowing of Sicilian carrots has ended

The sowing of PGI new carrots from Ispica finished a few weeks ago, and crops are in line with the past season. "We had planned an increase in crops but they are actually lower than the past season. Volumes remain interesting nonetheless. We expect 95% of the produce to be commercialized in Italy, while…

Tomato prices don't reflect the reduction of the acreage in Almeria

The tomato acreage in Almería has been reduced by between 10 and 20% this year, according to the growers. Some of the main factors are the increase in production costs, the growing competition from other countries and the proliferation of new pests, such as the Tuta absoluta, in the spring months.…

New Zealand: Hail devastates Canterbury vegetable crops

An intense hailstorm in South Canterbury and mid-Canterbury this week caused widespread damage to crops, including vegetables destined for the home and international markets.…

Elieser Castellanos of Guatemalan exporting company Casteel GT:

“High Thanksgiving demand increased U.S. green bean prices”

South America is a large producer of green beans, and the product is exported throughout the world, though North America remains the top importer of the South American product. Casteel GT is a Guatemalan exporting company who work together with growers in Guatemala to export French Green Beans to North…

Marco Bergman, Havest House:

"Exciting Dutch bell pepper season with huge fluctuations in prices and supply"

The Dutch bell pepper season was one of high peaks and deep troughs. This is according to Marco Bergman of Harvest House. "We reached both the top and bottom of the market…

Downward trend of Spanish tomato exports over the last 8 campaigns

According to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency), using TARIC codes (Tariff Integrated of the European Communities), the volume of Spanish tomato exports has been falling for eight consecutive campaigns. However, Moroccan tomato exports have experienced steady growth every year,…

"Prices of strawberry tomatoes and cherry tomatoes rising"

"Specialty tomatoes selling well in China"

“Overall, the tomato market in China this year has performed significantly better than the last, especially for specialty varieties such as strawberry tomatoes and cherry…

Purchases remain weak

Ginger prices in China continuously falling

Currently, there is limited ginger stock left with farmers in various production areas, so the supply is significantly lower than that of the previous period. However, there…

Sharp rise of cucumber prices in Poland

The domestic cucumber marketing season is coming to an end in Poland, according to EastFruit project analysts. The experts stress that local producers have managed to raise…

Price of root crops continues to decline in Ukraine

According to analysts of the EastFruit project, the price of root crops continues to decline in the Ukrainian market. Experts say that the main reason for the downward price…

Yuma hopes to close leafy greens gap

As the leafy green season gets started in Yuma, Ariz., it may close the gap in supplies that’s been seen for the last three weeks. “Back in late September, we had remnants of Hurricane Lorena come through Yuma. It dropped a lot of rain. It was a critical time in that growing cycle, impacting plants in…

Wilf Whittle - James Hall & Co

“We are offering more fruit and vegetables from local producers and relying less on imports”

James Hall & Co, the supplier to over 640 SPAR stores have revisited their offer by sourcing more local produce. “We are offering more fruit and vegetables from local producers and relying less on imports” explained Wilf Whittle, Fresh Trading Manager at the company. “Of course, it is not always possible…


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