Per capita consumption increase

Asparagus association eager for more promotions

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA) has released its 2020/2021 Fresh Asparagus Statistics, Category Trends and Demographics Report. “This year’s report is…

MEP asks the EC to investigate fraud in the export of tomatoes from Western Sahara and labeled as if they were Moroccan

Jordi Cañas, MEP for Citizens and spokesperson for International Trade, addressed the European Commission via a written question and requested an investigation into the…

Qatar officials seize rotten fruits and vegetables

When inspectors from the Health Control Department in Doha Municipality inspected the stores of a food supplier in the Industrial Area, they came upon, seized and destroyed…

UK: Vegetable pickers now get ‘£20 an hour’ thanks to Brexit and Covid

Vegetable pickers have seen their salaries climb to almost £20 an hour thanks to chronic labor shortages brought on by Brexit and Covid-19. Both events have been blamed for…

Analysis of cynarin, an active ingredient in artichokes with beneficial properties

Cynarin is a substance contained in artichoke leaves that has health benefits. It is a valuable antioxidant and is particularly useful for cleansing and detoxifying the liver because it increases bile flow.  To absorb the benefits of cynarin, artichokes should be eaten raw, but also artichoke products such…

Bildnachweis: GMH/Spargelstrasse NRW

The sturdier cousin:

With green asparagus, the season becomes more varied

Why not pick 'green' for a change? While white asparagus is still very popular among Germans, interest in the brightly colored version is also growing. Green asparagus has a more intense flavor due to them coloring in the sun. That's why more and more health-conscious people are expanding their asparagus…

Vereinigung der Spargel- und Beerenanbauer e.V.

Fred Eickhorst of the Association of Asparagus and Berry Growers:

"Direct marketing has benefited significantly"

The rather frosty May weather influenced this year's asparagus and strawberry harvest immensely. Fred Eickhorst, managing director and board spokesman of the Vereinigung der Spargel- und Beerenanbauer e.V. (Association of Asparagus and Berry Growers) told FreshPlaza: "Due to the long periods of cold,…

Preservation of freshness has a huge impact on the price conditions

China enjoys abundant harvest of garlic shoots

Garlic shoots are harvested when the garlic stems are pulled out. The garlic shoots are a common dish for many people in China. Furthermore, the garlic shoots have anti-carcinogenic and rejuvenating properties, which make them very popular with Chinese consumers. Garlic shoot production areas are widely…

India: Second Covid-19 wave obstructs mango and vegetable exports from Varanasi

The exports of fresh green vegetables and fruits, and mangoes in particular, from Varanasi and surrounding districts have been shaken up in the second wave of Covid-19…

Indian tomato growers dump crops as lockdown hampers trade

In India's southern state of Karnataka, the district around Kolar sees tomatoes being cultivated on over 20,000 hectares. However, despite a bumper crop, this year farmers are…

Foto: AMA

AMA Market Report May 2021:

Domestic apple market relaxed, wholesale prices at previous year's levels

As the season progressed, the wholesale price of conventional dessert apples for May, across all varieties, was on a par with the previous year, at EUR 0.89/kg, + 8.5%. Marketing volumes for domestic dessert apples had also settled at the previous year's level. The recent below-average temperatures had a…

“We will let consumers decide from where we import”

The period between May and July is the off-season for ginger. Add to this the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is not surprising to see that European market demand for ginger has been weak. Ralf Settels, the shareholder of Jiahe Germany LLC recently talked about current conditions in the European…

Ukraine: Early cabbage dropped 33% in one week

The price of white cabbage of the new harvest in Ukraine is on a downward trend. Market participants attribute the trend in prices for early cabbage to the seasonal increase…

After 4 years, Peru is once again the world's leading exporter of fresh asparagus

Peru exported 125,386 tons of asparagus for a value of 377.1 million dollars in 2020, which positioned the country as the largest global exporter of this vegetable and allowed…

Nature Fresh Farms scores a big win in greenhouse vegetable awards

Greenhouse Competitions in Leamington, ON made a return this year with the annual Greenhouse Vegetable Awards this past weekend. Showcasing the best greenhouse-grown produce from leading North American growers, family-owned Nature Fresh Farms came back to the competition winning accolades, including…

Burgundy Broccoli announces development of new variant

Burgundy Broccoli, the brand that launched the UK’s first whole head purple broccoli which can be eaten in entirety, either raw or cooked, has announced the development of a…

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Vegetable prices up 30 to 40% following enhanced movement control order

Prices of vegetables from the Cameron Highlands have gone up by 40 per cent, after the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) was enforced in several areas there. Other types…

Green Giant® finds broccoli continues its reign in annual open-ended survey

Broccoli declared America's favorite vegetable in 2021

Green Giant®, today released the findings from its annual Favorite Veggie Survey. Broccoli secured the number one spot, yet again, as America's favorite vegetable, followed by carrot and corn. The brand polled over 5,000 Americans in an open-ended survey timed to National Eat Your Vegetables Day…

Richi Menoyo, of Agroatlas: "Our first air-shipped mangoes are arriving from Mexico"

Tension between Morocco and Spain tops off a difficult year for the bean industry

The tension between Morocco and Spain has topped off a year of great complexity in which the weather, the health crisis, or the increase in costs, among other challenges, have forced exporting companies to show their resilience. One of them is Agroatlas and its Moroccan subsidiary Nature Growers, which specialized…

Dry garlic stored in cold rooms for remaining season

“Demand for Egyptian red onions is steady”

The Egyptian red onion season is in full swing. While the start was slower due to the ongoing season in India, demand is steady at the moment. Sizes are over the 60mm mark and prices are similar to last season. One exporter states that the season will hopefully pick up even more over the next few weeks.…

Press office German fruit and vegetables:

60% of total European cultivation of kohlrabi is located in Germany

It is considered typically German and nowhere in the world is it as popular as in that nation. Some 56,000* tons or 13.7 million tubers* of kohlrabi were harvested in Germany in 2020. Photo: BVEO; Shutterstock/Michal_R Crisp, round and bright green – kohlrabi. Germans cultivate this crop like no other country…

Foto: BBV

Satisfactory harvest despite cool weather

Season end nearing for Bavarian asparagus

In just under three weeks, this year's Bavarian asparagus season will be over again. Traditionally, the last spears are cut on St. John's Day on June 24. After a hesitant start to the season due to the weather, the farms are expecting a balanced season overall. However, it could have been a little…

Foto: Landvolk Niedersachsen

Last legs for the royal vegetables has begun - growers are satisfied

Asparagus on the grill during European Football Championship

"Now we finally have the temperatures we want for the later asparagus plants. A good supply will be available to the consumer until the end of the asparagus season," Fred Eickhorst, chairman of the Association of Asparagus and Berry Growers told the Landvolk-Pressedienst. The last part of the harvest is…

Landline

Australian carrot exports surge to be worth $100m during pandemic

While exports of fresh vegetables were down overall in 2020, carrot exports increased in both volume and value. Last year, Australian carrot exports rose more than 7 per cent, becoming a $100 million industry. Incoming AUSVEG chief executive Michael Coote: "With hospitality and the food service sector…

Growing potatoes and carrots on 269,000 acres Facebook

Bill Gates is America’s biggest farmer

Bill Gates, the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, has been interested in agriculture for a while now. Believe it or not, this has led to Gates becoming America’s…

Palesa Motaung – Agrikool

Young minds see the value in South Africa’s informal fresh traders

This past weekend informal traders in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal received some unexpected help: Agrikool, an agri startup, and some volunteers were out on the streets with them as part of the Adopt-an-Informal Trader initiative, helping traders sell and immersing themselves in the daily reality of…

Snijpunt supplies fresh prepared cut vegetables to meat processors

At Snijpunt B.V. in De Lier in South Holland, the barbecue season is already in full swing. The company processes 100,000 kilos of peppers and 35,000 kilos of other fresh vegetables into semi-finished products every week. A growing part of this is supplied to meat processing companies. This includes…

Consumers renewed interest in cauliflower thanks to the pandemic

Supplies of California cauliflower are steady currently. “There is good supply that is good quality out of Santa Maria,” says Crystal Chavez of Gold Coast Packing Santa Maria,…

The top 10 tomato exporting countries in the world in 2020

Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain were the leading exporters of tomatoes in 2020. Mexico's tomato exports amounted to 2.61 billion. It was followed by the Netherlands, with…

Production volume expected to decline by at least 10% in comparison with the same period in 2020

Chinese garlic is smaller this year because of cold weather

Early-season garlic from Henan, which primarily supplies domestic demand and is often used to make pickled garlic, arrived on the Chinese market on the 22nd of April. The…

Charles Cattoir, Primalof

“Belgian endive is, and must remain, a quality product”

“After the endive market's good period, it's now slumped. The weather's been nice for two weeks. That's affected the market considerably, both in volume and price," says Charles Cattoir of Primalof in Belgium. "Nevertheless, this dip isn't abnormal. The market usually drops when temperatures rise above…

First Dutch broccoli harvested

The Dutch broccoli season has begun at the Greenery. The first of these cruciferous vegetables come from North-Holland. "Spring was cold, so volumes are still low. But production should increase quickly now that it's warmer," says Dick Bakker, a salesman at The Greenery Growers. “Broccoli grows best in mild weather conditions. Our…

John Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

“Good Spanish leek season will be over in a fortnight”

On Wednesday, it was ‘catch of the day’ at Euro Gijbels in Belgium again. "Every week, we try to do this promotion for our customers. Say there's an oversupply of a certain product. We buy some extra of it. Then our clients can put them on sale. In the summer season, these are often locally-grown summer…

Low vegetable consumption possible cause of thousands of UK deaths

Adults and children in the UK are falling well short of eating the recommended amount of vegetables each day. A new report by the Food Foundation found diets low in vegetables…

Kazakhstan stops the import of Turkmen vegetable plants for ToBRFV fear

Kazakhstan has imposed a ban on the import of tomato and pepper seedlings from Turkmenistan. The Kazakh state inspection committee introduced the ban on 7 June with the…

Identifiying the fungi that cause the death of asparagus plants

With more than 62,000 hectares dedicated to cultivation, asparagus is one of the outdoor horticultural species with the largest cultivated area in the EU. Alas, the crop is…

Hermès presents bag collection made of real vegetables

The Hermès fashion brand is famous for creations like its exclusive Birkin bags. These bags are usually made of leather. But for the latest collection, designer Ben Denzer has used vegetables. The designer made three kinds. One's made of cabbage, one's cucumber, and the third one's green asparagus. The classic Hermès…

Wouter Willems, ZON, the Netherlands:

"This season's bell pepper supply is very up and down"

This season's bell pepper supply is very up and down. That's according to Wouter Willems. He's a sales manager at the Dutch cooperative's ZON. Why? The cold, wet spring. "We've had weeks with high volumes and others where there's very little. In the south of the Netherlands, we've just come out of a dip.…

New branding for artisan line of fresh produce

Reflecting decades of sustainable innovation and hand-crafted expertise, Tanimura & Antle is rolling out new consumer-focused branding to support its premium Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Family of fresh produce and more clearly convey these attributes on the shelf. The new logo joins upgraded packaging with…

CPB

From Mexico to US

$5.5 million worth of narcotics hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge and Otay Mesa cargo facilities have foiled three attempts to smuggle more than $5.5 million worth of narcotics into the US. The drugs were hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments from Mexico. A press release from U.S.…

Macfrut 2021 to host the fourth edition of International Asparagus Days

The asparagus supply chain will be in the spotlight at Macfrut (7-9 September 2021 in Rimini) during the fourth edition of the International Asparagus Days (IAD). This event,…

Pakistan imported $543.95 mln worth of leguminous vegetables in ten months

In the 10 months of the current financial year, the import of pulses or leguminous vegetables into Pakistan grew by 10.46 percent year-on-year. During the period July-April…

Gautier Semences

France: varieties resistant to new Bremia Bl:37EU strain available on the market

On Tuesday, June 1st 2021, IBEB-EU made official the new Bremia BI:37EU race in Europe. Gautier Semences already offers a range of Bremia Bl:37EU-resistant varieties on the market of course, as well as lettuce-resistant to Fusarium Fol:1 and/or Fol:4, for maximum safety. Aware of the major challenge…

Bangladesh: Mushroom farming is expanding

Mushroom farming has gradually been expanding in Bangladesh, with output reaching 40,000 tons, in 2020. Due to the rising consumption and output of the fungi species,…

Robert Vogel, AGF Direct:

"Dutch full soil season still has to truly get going”

The Dutch full soil vegetable season has begun. That's with cauliflower, broccoli, and iceberg lettuce. But, according to Robert Vogel of AGF Direct, the season is only just getting started. "It was a bit tricky with the cold spring and frost." "We haven't even started with broccoli yet. We'll begin with…

Philippines starts commercial okra exports to South Korea

Together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Okra Producers and Exporters Association (POPEA) started the…

Consumers interest in beets continues to grow

Demand continues to grow for beets. “We’ve seen an increase in demand over the past five years,” says Tony Tomizza of Dominion Farm Produce Ltd. in Bradford, ON. He notes though that demand for beets was stronger last year at this time because so many people were working from home. “But even without the…

BLE- Market report week 21/21:

'Lettuce came in from Germany and Belgium'

Lettuce came in from Germany and Belgium. The availability expanded and was sufficient to meet the demand. This had condensed at certain points. Reductions in prices led to friendly demand in some places, but prices often remained at their previous level. In the case of iceberg lettuce, the formerly…

PanAmerican Seed's Kitchen Minis:

"Growing vegetables on your windowsill"

“PanAmerican Seed developed Kitchen Minis as a new way to grow plants that would not otherwise grow indoors. The consumers harvest over a few weeks, then repeat,” says Claire Josephson, marketing manager at PanAmerican Seed. In spring 2021, the company introduced its Kitchen Minis collection, which…

Reichenau-Gemüse looks back on challenging vegetable year 2020

Reichenau, June 2021. Sales slumps in the food service sector, but also the entry ban on harvest workers from other EU countries shortly before the start of the 2020 fresh…

Why do carrots turn white after peeling?

Carrots are a great vegetable. They’re healthy, taste good, have a crunchy bite and an attractive colour that contrasts nicely with other vegetables. But it’s not all that easy to retain that bright orange colour after peeling. The difference between abrasive peeling and knife peeling We’re all familiar…

China to consider resumption of sweet potato & chili imports from Vietnam

China will consider resuming the importation of Vietnamese sweet potatoes and chilies. This was made public after an online conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and…

Vegetables turning fluorescent under stress

A team of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has introduced a gene for a fluorescent protein (roGFP2) in a potato plant which is sensitive to the chemical molecules of stress and turns the plant itself into a sensor through genetics.  When the plants are subjected to stress such as cold temperatures…

Cambodia: Surge in fresh chilli exports

Statistics, shared recently by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon, indicate that Cambodia’s fresh chilli exports saw a big rise during the first five…

Shipping from four different growing regions and four warehouses

Asparagus grower-shipper unfazed by logistical challenges

Many asparagus growing regions are in full production. “This is the time of year our diversity in global asparagus supply really shines,” says Lauren Brierly with Progressive Produce. The company has product coming out of Mexico, Peru, Washington, and Michigan. “Having supplies out of so many growing…

Spanish government streamlining phytosanitary certification for vegetable exports

In Spain, the Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree that will regulate how to obtain a crop protection certificate for the export of vegetables, fruits and plant…

US demand for salads raises fresh cucumber imports

Driven largely by the increasing popularity of salads and “mini” or snacking varieties, U.S. demand for fresh cucumbers has been on an upward trend since the 1970s. Reflecting rising consumer demand, import volume has continued on a 50-year upward trend, contributing to the crowding-out of domestic…

Experts urge caution in interpreting the research

‘Eating two mushrooms a day could lower cancer risk by 45 percent’

A new study suggests that eating 18 grams of mushrooms a day could lower the risk of cancer. People who eat two medium-sized mushrooms daily are said to have a 45 percent…

Rik Decadt, REO Veiling

“Belgian leeks have had unusually good months”

The Belgian leek season is slowly drawing to a close. REO Veiling, however, still has enough stock to meet demand. "On Monday, we auctioned 150,000 kgs of leeks," says Rik Decadt. "We still have enough to seamlessly transition into the new season. But the young leeks are about ten days later this year.…

Continued state-wide lockdown of COVID-free areas will hurt regional communities

AUSVEG, the industry body for the Australian vegetable industry, has urged the Victorian State Government to ease restrictions on COVID-free regional Victorian communities…

"Our lettuce varieties have resistance against new downy mildew race BI:37EU"

Downy mildew is a major threat in lettuce. The fungus can damage the lettuce leaves in both protected and open-field crops, resulting in a loss of yield. Last year the European Commission of the International Bremia Evaluation Board (IBEB-EU) identified a widely occurring new variant of downy mildew in…

Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® tomatoes receive coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award

Pure Flavor®’s Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes have been awarded the coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award. A panel of certified Master Tasters® comprised of independent, professional chefs judged Pure Flavor’s Cloud 9 Tomatoes using Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis.  Modalities evaluated were appearance,…

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:

"Demand for mushrooms picks up after difficult period"

The sales of mushrooms are going well according to Arno van den Oord of mushroom and bean sprout wholesaler Champoord from Ammerzoden. "There have been ups and downs, but hopefully we've put the downs behind us now. Demand has picked up, but not yet to the level it should be at." At the moment, prices of…

Juan-Ivan Smuts – Lucerne Agri Investments

Boland soft citrus growers bring Valencias and avocados into the fold

In the Robertson area of the Western Cape lemons and clementines and Novas are being harvested at the farms of Lucerne Agri, and with little wind damage during the growing season, the crop is clean and packouts are high. “There's uncertainty ahead regarding market prices,” notes Juan-Ivan Smuts, managing…

EU tomato growers unite against the agreement with Morocco

Tomato producers in Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain have complained to Community authorities that Morocco is breaching the Association Agreement the EU signed with that…

Thieves steal 300kgs of asparagus in Hesse, Germany

On Friday night, near the town of Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, thieves have harvested 6 km of a field of asparagus in the southern part of the German state of Hesse. They got away…

The company strengthens its legumes research line to improve crop rotation in Andalusia

Agrovegetal develops a new pea that is resistant to powdery mildew

Agrovegetal has developed a variety of proteinaceous peas that are resistant to powdery mildew and won't require fungicidal treatments. The company is dedicated to obtaining…

Juan Carlos Navarro, manager of Big Garlic:

"The demand is good, although there is strong competition from Chinese garlic"

The garlic harvest is now in full swing in Spain, both in Andalusia and Castile-La Mancha, and it will soon start also in the northern producing areas. Unlike last season, when significant volumes of garlic had to be discarded due to adverse weather conditions taking a toll on the quality of the product,…

Can open field tomatoes be grown in a sustainable way?

The dynamics of growing tomatoes in open fields versus a controlled environment are very different. “With open fields, it definitely requires a collaborative effort to keep the impact on the environment minimal,” explains Louis DeMaso, Sustainability and Operations Analyst with Lipman Family Farms. The…

Bangladeshi growers looking to increase vegetable exports

According to the Ministry of Agriculture data, Bangladesh has seen a boom in vegetable exports, worth $180 million until April of the current fiscal year compared to $164…

Vegetable prices Chennai suburbs soaring as supply drops

People in the suburbs of Chennai have complained that the vegetable prices are up as the supply is much reduced. Also, residents have to wait for days to get a minimum…

New Zealand

Produce may be in short supply as Canterbury floodings disrupt vegetable harvest

Persistent, heavy rain is causing severe flooding in parts of Canterbury. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes following rising river levels, including…

Agromediterranea's live lettuces - award for one of the best ideas of the year

Agromediterránea, a company specialized in the production and distribution of fresh vegetables, has been awarded as one of the '100 Best Ideas of the Year' in terms of Sustainability for its research project to grow live lettuces. The Actualidad Economica magazine granted this recognition to…

Chinese garlic market shows new rising trend since the beginning of May

Fresh garlic entered the Chinese market in large volumes at the beginning of May. That is when the market entered a new phase marked by a rising trend. The overall price is significantly higher than in April. There are several reasons for this development. First, the supply volume of dried garlic is…

Tomás Benavente, Pura Hoja:

"Cooling enables us to prolong the shelf life by 2-6 days"

“The moment of harvest has to be planned carefully, the product shouldn't be harvested too late. Also, temperature control is of vital importance for the shelf life. Depending on the crop, the complete cold chain ideally takes place in a room with a temperature between 2-5 °C.” This is according to Tomás…

Vegetable grower strengthens partnerships with local family-operated farms

With demand for locally sourced produce on the rise, Lipman Family Farms is advancing its commitment to family-operated farms through the Lipman Local program. Partnering with small- to medium-sized growers nationwide, the program has evolved over the last decade by expanding acreage, increasing supply…

James Meers - Gs Fresh

Retail mushrooms sales decline but still up on pre-Covid sales

The British mushroom industry has seen a boom in the last year with people looking for meat-free options and of course more people eating at home during lockdown. In January James Meers, Commercial Director at G’s Fresh said year on year sales were up 45%. Demand has levelled off a bit now though with…

Chinese garlic harvest is abundant, and both production volume and product quality are equally good

The harvest season of fresh garlic has already begun. The harvest is abundant this year. Production volume and product quality are close to ideal. Jining Xingyuan Fruit and Vegetables Co., Ltd. recently carried out a one-week survey in major garlic production areas to gather data on the harvest…

Tomatoes not treated as a commodity by Azienda Agricola Russo

Upon entering an Azienda Agricola Russo greenhouse, you can immediately see that plants are grown with the utmost care, as if it were a garden. Each crop is managed with specific agronomic techniques.   Gioacchino Russo Sampling the fruits directly from the plants is enough to see just how tasty they are, whatever…

The ANPCA board of directors is constituted

Calm demand in the initial development of the 2021 Spanish garlic campaign

Demand remains calm at the start of the garlic harvest in the Castilla-La Mancha area, which joins the Andalusian area in the Spring garlic harvesting process. Andalusia has already been harvesting garlic for 10 days. This week, the garlic harvest starts in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, the main…

Limited supplies of bell peppers lead to stronger market

Weather challenges, limited pallets and high freight rates have collectively made for a higher than normal pepper market. In the West, production is currently out of Coachella, CA. “We’re seeing a healthy supply of red bell peppers here. Our green bell peppers will have a few more weeks here and then in…

Scottish vegetable company Kettle Produce dives into the red

One of Scotland’s larger vegetable growers and processors, Kettle Produce, dropped into the red last year. The latest accounts for the company, headquartered in Fife and one…

Azienda Fellini Patrizio

Packaged fennel products are increasing

"In recent times, more and more customers are asking us to package vegetables, including fennel. Among the most requested items is the 2-piece tray, of about 650 grams. We have just begun harvesting fennel from our own production and that from our growers. We have more than 20 hectares," said Emile…

FDA

FDA releases results of FY20-FY21 romaine lettuce sampling assignment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing the findings of a sampling assignment that tested raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce mostly at facilities and on farms in the Salinas, California, and Yuma, Arizona, growing regions for the presence of pathogens that have been linked to outbreaks…

Muyi International "started garlic delivery one week later than last year"

Traders welcome fresh garlic on the Chinese market, and expect the price to rise

The price of garlic showed a definite rise in May. The new garlic season of 2021 has begun and people in the garlic market are excited. There is huge demand, both in the domestic market and abroad. Traders and processing factory owners have begun purchasing fresh garlic to prepare for the peak of the new…

Heavy rain and hail disrupts crops, weather set to improve

All over Europe the weather has been unseasonal for the last couple of months, cold and dry in April and then very wet throughout May. Ireland has been no exception, with 64mm of rain falling in four days last week and before that localised but very severe hail. “We lost 10 hectares of crops, mainly…

"Demand for this hot pepper peaks between November and April, especially in Canada and Europe"

Cuba boosts habanero pepper exports

The Grupo Empresarial Agrícola (GAG), belonging to the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture (Minag), has bet on habanero chili, a product that has a stable demand in the…

Producers from Cordoba expect good volumes and great quality

The second-largest garlic harvest in Spain begins

The garlic harvest has just started in Cordoba. The national president of the Asaja Garlic Sector, Miguel del Pino, said that this was the second-largest garlic harvest in…

Dutch Stoffels Foods has wide range of Asian vegetables

"My wholesale clients prefer Shanghai and white pak choi"

Patrick Stoffels founded Stoffels Foods last year in the Netherlands. One of the products he specializes in is Asian vegetables cultivated by local growers. "Good availability means prices are currently under pressure." According to Patrick, the corona crisis hasn't affected the Asian vegetable market much.…

New meat-free range made with up to 85% mushrooms introduced

The Mighty Mushroom Co – the UK’s latest innovative plant-based brand – has announced its first meat-free range including Burgers and Cumberland Style Sausages on Amazon Fresh (from RRP £2.50). Making its mark as the first new mushroom-based brand in the market, the range is designed to cater to…

Germany: Good asparagus harvest despite cool spring

The situation regarding German asparagus is not as bad as some assume because of the cold spring, says Frank Saalfeld, managing director of the Association of East German…

Kenya: Vegetable prices up after heavy rainfall

A vegetable shortage has hit parts of Kenya’s Tharaka Nithi County. This has resulted in prices going up. In the county’s main commercial centre, Chuka town, wholesalers from…

Ton van Dalen (Oxin Growers) about the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market:

"Many bell pepper order cancellations, cucumber prices should rise"

Dutch greenhouse vegetable sales have faced several challenges. There was a shortage of light, cold weather, and COVID-19 prevention measures. Ton van Dalen is Oxin Growers' commercial director. Here, he provides an update. That's about the tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and aubergine markets. "The bell…

2020-2021 season:

Concepcion Vegetable Farmers Group produced $500,000 worth of vegetables

Late last week, the agricultural staff visited the village of Concepcion as part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s tour of Corozal. There, they visited a farm owned by the…

New cassava varieties might benefit Tanzanian farmers

The Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, Mikocheni Centre (TARI Mikocheni) continues to educate farmers on the importance of using modern technologies and disease and…

Thai vegetable exports increased 96% in first quarter

The Free Trade Agreements (FTA) will help Thailand’s vegetable exports to grow steadily, especially to China, which has a huge consumer market. According to official data,…

Tanzanian growers urged to grow chili peppers to keep away elephants

Earlier this week, a Tanzanian government senior official urged growers living close to wildlife protected areas to fence their farms with chili peppers; this is expected to…

Strong demand on Peruvian garlic for 2021

Looking ahead to the Peruvian garlic season, this year will see less volume on garlic from Peru. “It will yield less volume than last year because the garlic seed was very expensive--Peru doesn’t allow imports of garlic to come in so this is a protected commodity,” says Byron Machuca of White Lion Foods.Peruvian…

Caligari&Babbi

Fennel season has started in Romagna

Caligari&Babbi, known for its Finò brand which is distributed all over Europe, started harvesting fennel last week, around ten days later than usual. "The average quality of the first transplants is not very high due to the weather in spring. This leads to more waste in the fields and warehouses and to lower…

The Mushroom Connection

Exotic mushroom cultivation takes off in Australia

Near Ballarat, Central Victoria, there is a brand new shed. It is home to exotic fungi farm The Mushroom Connection. Owner Jason Crosbie was a fungus enthusiast, but he was working in IT. In 2020, his vision to make a living off mushrooms became a reality. On his Ballarat hill, Crosbie grows a range of…

Cusco F1, early broccoli variety by HM.CLAUSE

May is when the planning of brassicas, and especially broccoli, takes place in Apulia and Molise. Growers decide the old varieties to be confirmed and the new varieties to be introduced. Nico La Marca FreshPlaza talked about it with Nico La Marca, North Apulia and Molise Development Manager at HM.CLAUSE,…

Unexpected rainfall results in vegetable prices going up in Pune

It has been raining around Pune since last week. Cyclone Tauktae has managed to disrupt activities even more, in an area that was already disrupted by the pandemic. As a…

Natasha and Francois Kriel – Fab Fresh Farming

New enterprise fills gap left by vegetable farmers exiting the industry

After being wiped out by hail and the heavy rain of this past summer in the Magalies in the North West Province, Natasha and Francois Kriel grabbed the chance to get back into the saddle when a vegetable farm in Tarlton, Gauteng, became available a few months ago. On the 18ha farm, equipped with…

Still another couple of weeks to outline the garlic market trend

In Italy, both fresh and dried Egyptian garlic are currently on the market, together with Chinese and Spanish products. In contrast, Italian garlic is only marketed as a fresh product. In a few weeks, there will be a better picture of how the market will evolve. During this time, it is important that the…

Chinese garlic export to Europe expected to rise in price by 40% this season

China's new garlic season is in full swing. Looking at the conditions for Chinese garlic export to the European market, FOB prices are estimated between 1,100-1,200 USD per ton, which is an increase of around 40%. The garlic export industry is facing a number of challenges at the moment, including a…

Bio Campojoyma sells organic peppers 12 months a year thanks to its growth in Murcia

"We are still very strong in organic pepper with an annual supply of 15 million kilos"

Bio Campojoyma continues to grow in all references in line with the company's strategy of offering vegetables and citrus fruits to the European markets all year round, always respecting the environment and the plants' natural cycles. "Our organic pepper has had a strong expansion thanks to the growth of…

Cauliflower supply up and down due to weather

The English cauliflower season has been good so far but cold weather throughout April had meant a slight decline in volumes. “Demand has been good,” said Shane Talling from…

Kutch district, Gujarat

New breed of mushroom costs Rs 150,000 per kg

A new mushroom species is touted to be of medicinal value, which has led to prices of no less than Rs 150,000 per kg (€1.650). The cordyceps militaris is presented as a new…

ANPCA analyzes the prospects of the 2021 campaign in an Extraordinary National Assembly

The cultivated area of garlic in Spain increased by 6.8%

Yesterday, the National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers of Spain, ANPCA, held their Extraordinary National Assembly in Montalban de Cordoba to analyze the start of the Spanish garlic campaign and its development prospects. The cultivated area in Spain increased by 6.8% over the previous…

Despite cool weather: Landgard member farms off to a good start in the open field season

High demand for German open field lettuces

In the first weeks of May, Landgard growers began harvesting the first German open field lettuces. Due to the cool and dark weather in the important growing month of April, the start of the open field season took place later than last year. Harvesting of the first open field varieties such as lettuce and…

New River Farmers Cooperative Secretary Max Hernandez:

‘Testing necessary to improve quality of Belizean vegetables’

Last week, during a visit by Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) Jose Abelardo Mai, Maximiliano Hernandez, secretary of the New River Farmers…

Lancashire tomato grower bigs up British tomatoes at Blackpool Tower

Everyone has a favourite tomato-based recipe. A cherry-rich salad; a superbly tangy soup; passata perfection; a healthy snack combo; tomatoes on toast... Now, flying the flag for British Tomato Fortnight, grower of top-tier premium tomatoes, Flavourfresh, have come up with their own British-grown recipe…

Michigan asparagus season kicks off

Consumers have waited for the 2021 crop of Michigan asparagus and will now be rewarded with the seasonal favorite at their local stores. Given unexpected cooler temperatures…

Cactus pears might be food of the future

Cactus pears are generating new attention due to their ability to adapt and thrive under extreme environmental conditions. As the planet continues to heat up due to climate…

45% of the cucumbers consumed in the EU in 2020 were of Spanish origin

Spanish cucumber exports to the European Union have registered steady growth since 2017. According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Euroestacom statistical service, in…

New plant-based food items make it Whole Foods Market stores nationwide

Tattooed Chef, Inc., a plant-based food manufacturer, today announced it has launched two of its original vegetable products in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. Starting this week, 12oz bags of the following will be found at Whole Foods Market stores: Organic Greens: An assortment of five different greens.…

Egyptian garlic season coming to an end

The conclusion of the Egyptian garlic season is ahead, and according to one exporter it’s been a successful season. Demand for the fresh dry garlic was slightly lower than expected, but overall the volumes of exported garlic increased. The Egyptian garlic season is reaching its end, and according to May Yassin,…

Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai:

‘Restricting vegetable imports increases competitive edge Belize’

Restricting vegetable imports -accompanied by opening the livestock exportation market- is giving farmers from Belize a competitive edge, according to Minister of Agriculture,…

The evolution of the F.lli Ripaldi company over the last years

From a small country business to a spinach exporter

The spinach harvest in Piana del Fucino, in the Abruzzo region 700 meters above sea level, started in late April. "We started about ten days later than last season, due to the frost in April. However, the quality has been good so far and we can' t complain about it. From mid/late April to early November…

New Jersey asparagus deal building volume slowly

New Jersey production is underway following the state’s asparagus harvest starting April 15th. The New Jersey asparagus deal is a two-month one and will go until approximately…

Poor transport situation affects California lettuce business

Lettuce consumption is not back on track to pre-COVID levels. “There a couple of factors that are working against normal consumption of lettuce,” says Mark McBride with Coastline Family Farms. “Number one is the COVID situation that continues to have its effect as some places are still shutdown. It’s not…

2021 Industry Report

Asparagus export value increased by an average of 20.5% for all exporting countries in 2019

China is by far the world's largest asparagus producer (89%); increasing year-round production of asparagus is projected to boost market growth, as it is now grown year-round and available in the market any time of the year. The main export markets the US and EU also have important domestic production…

Marina Iblea

An abnormal season where nothing has gone as expected

"Thanks to our innovative facilities and state-of-the-art processing lines, we manage to guarantee 200-250 pallets a day with the produce grown in our over 100 hectares of protected crops," proudly explains Giorgio Licitra from Marina Iblea. Giorgio Licitra "Marina Iblea always guarantees constant…

Mainly from Peru

PortMiami bringing in asparagus in record numbers in 2021

Since the new year, asparagus shipments from Peru to PortMiami have continued to grow after last year’s record and they are continuing to increase in 2021. In the first three months of the year, PortMiami has processed a record number of pounds of asparagus (14,149,601 lbs.). Miami-Dade County is a new…

Donnalia conquers the European market

The first Sicilian apricots are arriving on European markets while the cantaloupe season is underway

"We are always a bit emotional in the days that precede a first harvest of seasonal fruit. We live through these moments with impatience, especially when the quality of the apricots on the trees is amazing," said Angelo Di Pasquale, who founded the renowned brand Donnalia with his brother Vincenzo. "We are…

Cobbledick Produce SA

Exploring the potential for coloured vegetables in the Australian market

A South Australian vegetable grower says there is an untapped market for specialty vegetables such as coloured cauliflower and Romanesco. Cobbledick Produce SA, are sixth-generation market gardeners at Uraidla, in the Adelaide Hills, and co-owner Richard Cobbledick says he was immediately attracted to…

Canadian Food Inspection Agency food safety warning

Certain Enoki Mushrooms may be unsafe due to Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Enoki Mushrooms described below due to Listeria monocytogenes. The following product has been sold in Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces. All units sold up to and including May 14, 2021 What you should…

Slovenia sees increasing consumption of vegetables

Slovenians are consuming more and more vegetables, official statistics see to show. In 2019, a total of 246,000 tons of vegetables were consumed, which is about 118 kgs per…


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