Vegetables

New variety of salad greens out now: Tuscan™ Tender Leaves

Church Brothers Farms is celebrating National Salad Month with the release of a new variety of salad greens called Tuscan™ Tender Leaves. Tuscan™ Tender Leaves are a blend of European style lettuces, including oaks and tangos and lolarossa; providing a salad mix that is pleasing to the eye as well as the…

New campaign to highlight health benefits of broccoli rabe

D’Arrigo California is launching a "Boost Your Immunity" health campaign, stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Director of Marketing. “To keep well-balanced and healthy we need to consume fresh fruits and vegetables as they are packed with immune boosting vitamins and minerals. Now more than ever, having…

"On our farm alone, we were throwing away around five metric tonnes a week"

An Australian company making the most out of fresh produce waste

A Queensland-based food manufacturing company is continuing to expand its operations and product-base, using the excess produce and waste from growers around Australia. Natural Evolution Foods, from Walkamin in the state's Far-North, started making products from bananas 10 years ago after realising the…

"With this concept we are focusing on new applications and other moments of use"

Van Oers United introduces new concept for fresh sweetcorn

As a year-round producer and supplier of sweetcorn, Van Oers United saw that a fresh impulse from the production, commercial and consumer markets concerned with the sale of fresh sweetcorn was due. Extensive consumer research led to the introduction of a new corn concept on the market. With the new…

Francisco Delgado, manager of Los Gallombares:

"Lidl Germany's strong demand has saved the green asparagus campaign"

Granada's green asparagus campaign will end soon with very satisfactory results despite the great uncertainty there was in the first days of confinement due to the emergence of the coronavirus. "Sales in the wholesale markets in Spain sank completely as many greengrocers and street markets, an important…

Spanish scientists study the possible use of purple garlic from Las Pedroñeras against COVID-19

The Provincial Government of the Spanish province of Cuenca has reported that it will soon sign an agreement with the University of Castile-La Mancha (UCLM) to grant 30,000…

Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

"Hopefully the catering industry can enjoy the last month of Dutch asparagus"

Dutch asparagus growers are moving towards the end of the season. It has been a bizarre and challenging season, says Will Teeuwen of Teboza. He reports on a season in which all kinds of situations occurred: tight availability of personnel, packaging at a meter and a half, high retail orders and an Easter…

An interview with Massimo Pavan, expert on European agribusiness

Growing tomatoes nowadays entails losing money

We are approaching the last week of May, a quite crucial month for the marketing of tomatoes which, at this time of the year, is subject to downturns. To take stock of the situation, we interviewed Massimo Pavan, an expert in European agribusiness. "The production trend, based on the feedback I am receiving…

"This year's garlic price is likely to be lower"

Now that the new garlic harvest season is underway, Jining Greenstream Fruits & Vegetables co. Ltd. visited several garlic producing areas including Jinxiang in Shandong, Laiwu, Zhongmu in Henan, Qixian, and Pizhou in Jiangsu. Mr. Zhang Shuhan, the company's sales manager, shared their observations from…

Queensland vegetable producer set to increase supply after government funding

A Lockyer Valley vegetable farm will be able to increase its supply capability, following a funding boost from the Queensland Government. Vanstone Produce will improve packing…

Turkey asks for the complete removal of Russian tomato quota

In February, Russia increased the quota for tomatoes imported from Turkey from 150.000 to 200.000 tons. As of May 14, Turkish tomato exports to Russia reached 190.000 tons. As the additional quota is about to be filled, the Western Mediterranean Exporters' Association (BAIB) warned their members about…

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Experts claim: Vegetables can be used to self-distance children at school

Many parents fear sending their children back to school following lockdown – insisting it is impossible to keep  from hugging and playing with one another but health experts say…

UK: No more Fortnite, it's time for the Fortnight

Whereas Fortnite might still be a massive hit amongst youngsters and while the game has reached record turnover during the lockdown, in the UK its the Fortnight that's top of mind these days. The British Tomato Fortnight, to be exact. During these two weeks the complete focus is on buying British…

Recognition of Fair Farms proves industry is protecting workers

AusVeg, the industry representative for Australia’s vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the decision by Coles to incorporate the industry-led Fair Farms program into…

"South American market welcomes fresh garlic"

"Chinese garlic from refrigerated storage continues to dominate Southeast Asian market"

The garlic harvest season began around the first of May in Jinxiang, Shandong. This is the time of year when fresh garlic is air-dried. The first shipping containers of fresh Chinese garlic had already left the country on their way to South America in the middle of May. Mr. Du Jiayi of Jinxiang county…

Joseph Talbourdet of Westmoreland Topline Farms:

“We see plenty of room for growth in the snacking mini cucumber segment”

Even though the pandemic has interrupted normal routines, snacking items continue to see good demand with retailers. Westmoreland Topline Farms launched their Huge Cruncher cucumbers in 2019, and have seen good demand for this snacking cucumber, as well as for their sanZano tomato. Mini snacking cucumbersJoseph…

Spain

Seville's asparagus campaign escapes the crisis

The closure of European borders as a consequence of the spread of the coronavirus on the continent had a strong impact on Andalusian asparagus exports, which lost important destination markets, such as France, which received 30% of the asparagus grown in Andalusia, or Germany. The sector has been…

Spanish garlic campaign kicks off with good prospects

The National Garlic Board has analyzed the start of the current Spanish campaign, highlighting that it has kicked off with good prospects thanks to a lack of stocks from last year and a considerable increase in consumer demand. However, despite these good prospects, "the rapid changes in the global…

PhytonIQ produces Asian root vegetables on eight floors

Wasabi cultivation in Austria's Burgenland

Wasabi is difficult to cultivate and was not readily available in Austria for a long time. The plant needs two years to grow - a long period, during which a lot can go wrong. The root is actually native to Japan, but since 2017 it has also been growing in Austria, under strictly controlled conditions in one…

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Cambodia strives to become more self-reliant with regard to vegetables

A senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture has called on more investment in the horticulture and subsidiary crops sector because the demand for vegetables in the country…

Gertrude Snoei

Polish retailer accused of selling Ukrainian vegetables as domestic

In Poland, retailer Biedronka has been accused of misleading buyers by selling fruits and vegetables from other countries, while indicating that they were domestic products,…

Demand for Shiitake mushrooms is growing as lockdowns end

“Many countries are easing restrictions on catering sector”

With the restaurants and bars opening up in Europe again, demand for Shiitake mushrooms is expected to rise back to the usual level. Overall volumes are increasing, and there is a shift as consumers move from shelf life items back to fresh shiitake and exotics. According to Vincenzo Salento, sales…

Almeria, Spain

Biostimulant trial achieves increase in production yield of zucchinis

The Brandt Europe company, a subsidiary of the American company that is an agricultural leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has managed to increase the production yield of zucchini by one to two kilos per square meter using two biostimulant solutions. The trial, which was carried out on a…

Edelpilzzucht Kroll puts vending machines into operation

Exotic mushrooms in Offenbach 24/7

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is currently the unofficial motto of the German fruit and vegetable sector. In many places, people are trying to compensate for losses caused by the Corona-virus. Some people are implementing plans that have actually been in the back of their minds for quite some time.…

At Texas check point US Customs and Border Protection

More than 3,000 lbs. of marijuana found in broccoli shipment

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted a significant amount of alleged marijuana…

Oscar Espinosa Villegas

Rwanda: Potato and bean yields dropped due to heavy rains

According to a report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), the cultivated area for both Irish potatoes and beans increased in Rwanda in the season from September 2019 to February 2020, but production dropped nevertheless. Speaking to The New Times, farmers said that heavy rain was…

Price of Chinese garlic shows downward trend

The price of Chinese garlic recently showed a downward trend. Market supply mainly consists of fresh garlic from local production areas and garlic from refrigerated storage…

Lettuce, celery and fennel by Fellini Patrizio

Fellini Patrizio's Azienda Agricola "67#" has acquired new land. "This way, we will manage to supply our clients with an even greater range of products, grown just a stone's throw from the processing facility. And we all know how much maintaining freshness and the cold chain is essential to obtain high…

The garlic sector is a great generator of employment in Spain

Every year, with the start of the garlic harvest, the sector generates around 1,500,000 daily working shifts across Spain, which makes it a “social crop” that generates rural employment in less industrialized areas and stimulates the economic activity of many counties. The main garlic production area in…

Chinese ginger farms expand production by 10%-20%

Chinese ginger trading flared up in early May when production areas became more active. The price of fresh ginger increased every day. The price is stimulated by traders with…

Green Party wants Swiss government to subsidize vegetables

Switzerland’s Green Liberal Party is urging the country to subsidize vegetables instead of meat. Plant-based diets are steadily growing in popularity in Switzerland, according…

In the meantime, Sipo launches Made in Italy jackdaws

After peak sales, vegetables have now slowed down

After the peaks in sales in March, the situation is now back to near normal and purchases from the large-scale retail trade are below average. "The number of requests between the beginning of March and 20 April was high," said Massimiliano Ceccarini, general manager of Sipo. "We tried to meet everyone's…

What's the best place to store tomatoes?

A research team from the German University of Göttingen has decided to answer a very common question among tomato consumers: what's the best place to store them? Should they…

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Mexican eggplant shifts growing regions

Eggplant supplies are transitioning currently making for a strong North American market. “We’re leaving the growing region of Culiacán and headed to our new summer and fall regions. The market has been very strong and basically reflects that any time we’re in transition time,” says Tony Incaviglia of GR…

UF/IFAS awarded $850K USDA grant to study disease resistance in lettuce

Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in…

The opinion of Sabato Napoliello, producer from Eboli (SA) with 70 hectares of artichoke

Low prices for artichokes

"The artichoke campaign was characterized by halved prices compared to the previous campaign and by a fluctuating demand". So said Sabato Napoliello who has a farm of the same name in Eboli, in the province of Salerno. "In the initial phase, in the months from December to February, the prices were between 0.70-0,80 euros per…

“We hope to work even closer with the global garlic industry in the future”

"China committed to continue providing quality garlic to the world"

The importance of garlic in China, the world's largest garlic producer, is self-evident. While farmers in this country have accumulated rich experience, they are still working hard to improve the quality and taste of their products. The Sub-chamber of Garlic, China Chamber of Commerce of Import & Export…

Future gaps on California spring mix supplies?

Supplies of organic lettuce out of California look even. “Production for the lettuces and greens we currently grow for our organic spring mix blends is in good standing,” says Jesus Rodriguez of Duncan Family Farms based in Buckeye, AZ. Rodriguez notes that supplies are fairly consistent with spring mix…

Javier García Linares, of Surinver: "There is a strong demand for ready-to-eat foods, watermelon, pumpkin and corn"

Pepper market returns to normal after March and April craze

The supply of peppers from Murcia and southern Alicante is starting to recover after the significantly low volumes and high demand of March and April. "From early March to April, the temperatures have stood around 6 degrees below those of the same dates last year. Moreover, the abundance of heavy rainfall…

Spain

There is still time to enjoy Almeria's Raf tomatoes

Among the tomatoes grown in the Vega de Almería, there is a variety that has earned a great reputation thanks to its outstanding flavor: the Raf tomato. The Raf are tasty,…

The coronavirus takes its toll on Peruvian asparagus exports

The complicated international market outlook, strongly marked by the global expansion of the coronavirus, has caused a drop in Peruvian asparagus exports in 2020. According to…

Seed supplier Agri Saaten GmbH looks hopefully to the future

"In our view, the demand for vegetable seed has not diminished"

The current Corona-crisis has so far been an exciting time for domestic vegetable cultivation: On the one hand, the increased focus on regionally produced agricultural…

Despite lack of harvesters and closure of hospitality industry:

Enough domestic asparagus on the market so far

Despite a shortage of harvesters and less area under cultivation, there has been enough domestic asparagus on the market up to now due to the loss of catering customers. Thanks to rising temperatures, asparagus lovers can still enjoy a good supply of asparagus in May, but there are signs of a decline in the…

New Michigan asparagus season highlights the power of locally-grown

The Michigan Asparagus season saw a slight delay with cooler temperatures, but growers at Applewood Fresh are set to start shipping the week of May 25 until the end of June. This is a tight window for the harvesting season, but overall the company is looking at quality product for the season, weather…

Report sheds light on profitability of WA vegetable growers

The third annual vegetable industry financial and production benchmark report has been released by vegetablesWA and partners Planfarm, revealing important data on the…

Jim Westhoff (Valstar):

"Tomato price too low across the board, cucumber market erratic and peppers on the better side"

Erratic, that is the best way to describe the current greenhouse vegetable market, according to Valstar's Jim Westhoff. "We may sell even more than in other years, but you have to take other routes. For example, retail is above average, but the food service is completely closed in certain countries and…

Over three million fennel plants harvested by Caligari&Babbi

Fennel from Caligari&Babbi grown in Romagna is already available on the market. The company went from the 2 million plants produced in Emilia Romagna in 2019 to the 3.3 million plants planted in March. "Quality is excellent as the produce was transplanted in spring. That transplanted in the fall does not…

Big losses when it comes to king trumpet mushrooms

"The lockdown has led to a drop in prices by as much as 50% for fresh king trumpet mushrooms (Pleurotus eryngii). We have gone from the €4.50-5/kg of late February to the €2.50-3/kg of late March. It has been a few difficult weeks especially for those who, like us, also produce substrates, as there were…

1.25 million tons

Russia expects a record vegetable production in 2020

According to data published in the latest Foreign News Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 389,300 tons of vegetables have been harvested in greenhouses in Russia up until April 28, 2020, which is 29.4% more than in the same period of 2019. Specifically, the greenhouse cucumber…

Argentina makes its first shipment of peas to China, the world's leading consumer

Argentina has made its first ever shipment of peas to China. The Agricultores Federados Argentinos SCL company shipped a container loaded with 24,000 kilos of green peas…

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State of Madhya Pradesh experiments with contactless vegetable-sales

Madhya Pradesh is coming to grips with the fact that the state’s vegetable vendors have turned out to be spreaders of the Corona-virus. Officials have been reorganising the…

Private investor sinks 3 mill. into Cerescon's asparagus harvesting robot

Cerescon has developed the first selective asparagus harvesting robot, the Sparter. This Dutch company recently received additional financing to the tune of €3 million. Cerescon is using the extra capital to get off to a flying start in the Sparter's production and sales. During the current asparagus…

Wouter Willems (ZON) on quick start to Dutch pepper season:

"Good prices for orange peppers, red and green stable, yellow lagging behind a little"

The Dutch pepper season has had  an excellent start this year, notes commercial manager Wouter Willems of ZON. "Despite the many kilos, the peppers have found their way to all kinds of sales countries in recent weeks. On the left and right, a number of offers are planned, so the prospects are also looking…

Argentina

Garlic production in San Juan reactivates

Garlic production has been an important agricultural activity for the Argentine province of San Juan. Between 2005 and 2009 nearly 2,000 hectares and 25 packing sheds of the province were devoted to this production. Then, the activity decreased for a few years. And now, garlic cultivation is experiencing…

Revenues lie in direct marketing

Every cloud has a silver lining for German asparagus farmers

Every cloud certainly has a silver lining for German asparagus farmers, it seems: "This year the producers are finally earning a little more again," says one trader. This is…

Shipments to start this week on Michigan asparagus crop

As consumers await the arrival of this season’s crop of Michigan asparagus, the weather decided to make them wait just a little longer. Cooler temperatures in late April and early May – and even a late season snowfall – delayed the harvest by about a week but did not harm the excitement of those awaiting…

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Price of greenhouse tomatoes continues to fall in Poland

The price of greenhouse tomatoes in Poland continued to fall this week, despite a reduction in the supply on the market, say analysts of the EastFruit project. Representatives…

Freezing East Coast temps affect vegetables

Some East Coast growers are feeling the effects—from mild to moderate—from last week’s freezing temperatures. In Bradford, Ontario, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms says the freezing temperatures have affected some of its contracted growers. Photo: Gwillimdale Farms “One grower has lost roughly 30 acres…

FruitHydroSinni's extended selection of products

Heavy metals, nickel and histamine-free strawberries and tomatoes

In a region with a strong agricultural tradition like Basilicata, nickel and histamine-free strawberries and tomatoes are cultivated with an innovative hydroponic system. This is the practice of FruitHydroSinni, a company based in Policoro (Matera) that sells fruit and vegetables produced using both NFT…

Rudolf Mulderij

Lemon prices rose sharply in April in Russian territory of Primorye

A significant increase of fruit and vegetable prices in Russia's Primorsky Territory in April has been reported by Primorskstat. Lemons recorded the most significant increase,…

How will the Chinese ginger price develop in 2020?

The domestic market price of Chinese ginger is already quite high. However, changes in market demand suggest that there is still room for the price to rise even further,…

The price of fresh Chinese garlic continues to fall

The price of fresh garlic has been affected by the poor conditions in the garlic industry last year. Many farmers suffered financial losses. And they expect the price to…

"Chinese ginger price is rising in Shandong"

"The price of Chinese ginger is rising because demand is growing stronger both in the domestic market and in the export market." This is according to Tina of Anqiu Jinzhi…

Mushroom supplies coming slowly back on

Even with a notice from the Avondale, PA-based American Mushroom Institute warning of tight availability on mushrooms for the next six to 10 weeks, one grower says it’s slowly building its inventory back up to try and keep ahead of the demand. Last week, Rachel Roberts, president of the Institute said…

Bart Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx:

"Good demand and price for Belgian chicory"

The first months of 2020 were a great period for the chicory market. The prices are around € 2.50 and € 2.80 per kilo. “We have had a small dip in the prices, but in general the growers have received a nice price for their product and a lot of money has been earned. That is nice for once. Nevertheless, I…

Michel den Ouden, Purple Pride Commercial Manager at DOOR Cooperative:

"Good retail demand, unstable day trade characterizes Dutch aubergine market"

The anti-corona measures mean aubergine day trading is currently unstable. "The hospitality industry is practically at a standstill throughout Europe. We clearly see it affecting our day trading clients. On the other hand, there has been a high retail demand for several weeks now. There are more…

Garlic campaign in Castile-La Mancha

"The region has more than enough laborers to meet the demand"

Ahead of the start of the garlic campaign in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, the union CCOO has asked employers to process their job offers through the region's public employment service, which has opened a job bank for agricultural campaigns where more than 6,000 people have already signed up.…

White "milk corn" variety stands out in the market

Corn is an important product in the Chinese market, with production areas, such as Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Hebei, widely spread across the country. Compared with a few years ago, there are now more consumers who like to try new products, so it is very important to maintain the spirit of innovation and…

Principe di Puglia, "We've never sold this much broccoli in such a short time"

Boom in demand for organic broccoli despite the lack of manpower

"At this time of year, the availability of broccoli makes it an important competitive factor for farms, especially if it is organically grown. The favorable weather trend so far, for our agricultural processes, made it possible to market broccoli until the end of June, preserving both excellent physical…

OP Fonteverde

Peculiar campaign for Sicilian carrots, good potato and netted melon seasons

Companies dealing with various crops must always make multiple assessments during the entire campaign. FreshPlaza talked to OP Fonteverde in Ispica, Sicily, about the current situation. Patrizia Calabrese PO sales director Patrizia Calabrese provided an overview starting with the "peculiar" new carrot…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg:

"Corona crisis stimulates the consumption of organic greenhouse vegetables"

"The corona crisis has caused us a lot of inconvenience. We had to adjust the machines and the way of working, but it is also very difficult to find staff," says Krist Hamerlinck from Eco Veg. "We work a lot with people from Ukraine, but because the borders are closed, they cannot come. The Polish…

New Zealand Budget 2020 boosts primary industries jobs and strengthens biosecurity

The New Zealand Government has invested $232 million to boost jobs and opportunities in the primary industries sector, including horticulture, as part of budget 2020.…

Positive trend also for watermelons

Exports dropped for asparagus and increased for parsley, carrots and spring onions

"We're in the middle of the asparagus campaign, with a harvest marked by ebbs and flows. It started off well and then stalled in this very last period, due to a production surplus and very limited demand" - explained Claudio D'Alba of Plantis Group, an Apulian company that exports fruit and vegetables. "Consumption…

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Andalusia sets the requirements to access subsidies for losses caused by ToBRFV

The Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture published in the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Board (BOJA) the requirements to access compensation for losses caused by the Tomato…

David Dreyer (Dreyer AG) on the crisis-related market situation in Switzerland:

"Massive increase in sales of sauerkraut has flattened out again"

Local sauerkraut was extremely popular in the early weeks of the Corona crisis. "In March and April, we sold vast quantities of sauerkraut. In the meantime, however, the market situation in Switzerland has stabilised to some extent," says David Dreyer, co-managing director and 5th generation of the Seeland…

Vincent Eysseric, - Coolibah Herbs

“We can’t plan what we need to grow, we don’t know if there will be a market”

Australia is still in lock down, some states are seeing an easing of restrictions, but it is still far from business as usual. Vincent Eysseric, Production and Marketing Manager at Coolibah Herbs based in Victoria saw a massive change as the company was mainly supplying the catering trade as well as…

William Sonneveld, FV Seleqt:

"Shortage of air freight capacity biggest challenge on legume market"

Rainfall in Kenya, extreme demand for pods and sugar snaps during the first period after the Corona measures; there are plenty challenges for FV Seleqt. But they are currently nothing compared to the limited air freight capacity. "The price of air freight is very high. Every day it is a surprise - what…

California growers face uncertain spring and summer

With recent significant changes in demand for commodities, thanks in part to a serious drop in foodservice business, some West Coast growers are looking ahead to spring and summer and wondering where it leaves them in planning for future crops. “Our most difficult challenge is planning and forecasting in…

Australian vegetable exporters turn to Indonesia

According to industry association AUSVEG, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will help Australian vegetable exporters trade into…

Margret Eschbach, 2bfresh Eschbach AG on the current market for Micro Leaves

"We can't have to dump fresh cress while people buy canned ravioli"

Before the Corona pandemic, cresses and micro leaves were among the most interesting trend articles in the vegetable sector. Especially in the gastronomy the unique Micro Leaves in numerous variations of increasing popularity. But in times of Corona, the sprouted vegetables are disposed of in tons (for example…

Recent frost unlikely to have affected plantings

New York springs increasingly colder and wetter

Following this week’s significant drop in temperatures which in some cases resulted in frost or light snow, growers on the East Coast remain positive that their crops aren’t affected. Paulette Satur of Satur Farms in Cutchogue, NY says its location in the north part of Long Island wasn’t hit by frost…

EU to impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans

The European Union will impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans starting May 26, tightening its checks on residue levels, raising the price and threatening access if the…

Researchers identify romaine lettuces that brown less quickly

Agricultural Research Service scientists have identified five Romaine lettuce varieties that both brown less quickly after fresh-cut processing and are slower to deteriorate…

Clemson University

US: Southern bacterial wilt is affecting Louisiana vegetable growers

Louisiana vegetable growers are beginning to see problems from southern bacterial wilt. This phenomenon is one of the most serious diseases of garden crops including tomatoes,…

The Spanish cooperative sector as engine for growth

The results of the study "Economic-financial diagnosis of agro-food cooperatives in Spain (2015-2017)", carried out by researchers Narciso Arcas Lario, Domingo García Pérez de Lerma and Jorge Luis Sánchez Navarro, from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, and published by Cajamar, reveal the good…

"Organic cauliflower market in China picking up"

Like other products, the price of vegetables has been highly volatile this year. The market demand has been fluctuating frequently as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been ongoing since the traditional holiday of Chinese New Year, which has directly affected the price. A few weeks ago, as the…

Luc van den Aker, Fresh Mushroom Europe

“The corona crisis has little impact on Belgian mushroom supplies”

The Belgian mushroom sector is doing well. That is, after a few months of several challenges. The corona crisis caused these. "Sales to the retail sector have continued as normal in recent months, even better than before. The foodservice market is having a harder time. We hope it will keep recovering.…

Vivai Cafaro

Italian baby leaves and aromatic herbs all over Europe

Vivai Cafaro is a company located in Eboli (Salerno) specializing in the production and commercialization of baby leaves and aromatic herbs and exporting its products all over Europe thanks to the 110 hectares of traditional crops (40 hectares in greenhouses and 70 hectares of open fields). The company…

Luc Berden: "Volumes to retail above average, but we are miss catering and gastronomy"

"Celeriac market quiet but stock is tight"

It is currently quiet on the celeriac market. "During the start of the Corona measures, there was a brief revival due to the hoarding behavior at the supermarkets, after which sales fell again. In retail you can see volumes continue to rise, but there is a standstill in the catering and gastronomy…

Italian Lunga di Napoli pumpkin seeds cultivated abroad

A project for the cultivation of the pumpkin Lunga di Napoli and Moscata di Provenza varieties in North Africa using Italian seeds was implemented with a renowned agricultural entrepreneur from Casablanca. The seeds come from a specialized company located in Scafati (Salerno). The first arrivals of…

The Spanish region expects to harvest 175 million kilos

"Great garlic campaign expected in Castile-La Mancha"

The increase in the demand for garlic in Spain since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, together with the shortage of stocks from the previous campaign, entails good prospects for the upcoming campaign in Castile-La Mancha, which will start around May 25. According to statements made to…

Danish lettuce processor achieves record profit with focus on ready-to-eat salads

An offensive growth strategy and a focus on ready-to-eat salads is starting to pay off for Yding Grønt A / S. The East Jutian lettuce cultivation company, which grows both outdoors and in greenhouses, ended 2019 with a profit of 5.2 million Danish kroner (€ 700,000). It is the biggest profit in the past…

First carrots, spring onions and kohlrabi arrived at AGF-Online this weekend

"German season is really kicking off"

While the German spring onion season started in mid-March at AGF-Online, there has also been a supply of (peeled) asparagus for several weeks. More and more vegetables arrive from our Eastern neighbours at the Germany specialist in Barendrecht trade center. Sem Tijsterman is the youngest employee, and has…

US garlic supply decreases as demand soars

There is a shortage of garlic in the US due to the increase in demand for garlic among American consumers and the disruption of supply chains due to the pandemic. As a result,…

"Beautiful April weather has ensured good, consistent quality"

Landgard companies see great start to German open field lettuce season

Thanks to warm temperatures in the important growing month of April, Landgard member farms have had a good start into the season for German outdoor lettuce throughout the country at the beginning of May. Since March, consumers have already been able to buy the first fresh lettuces and colourful lettuce varieties…

Green Therapy sees further growth potential for Spanish green asparagus

"Green asparagus is not a staple food, but it is highly valued in Germany"

At this time of year, traditionally the fresh produce trade is dominated by local white asparagus. However, its green equivalent from the southern European growing regions is increasingly coming onto the market as well. Green Therapy, based in Cordoba in southern Spain, specializes in the cultivation and…

Marian Vejcik

Malaysia: Greens becoming more expensive

In Malaysia, prices of vegetables have gone up as much as 30% due to the rainy season especially in the northern part of the state and also parts of Cameron Highlands. The…

“European market still has high demand for ginger”

While the level of Chinese ginger reserves is dropping quickly, European market demand is still high. As the low season of ginger begins in early May, the market is expected to become slightly weaker, however European importers are uncertain how the market will develop in the next few weeks. “In the past…

Mexico and California see good pepper production

California’s spring pepper crop is getting underway. Katy Johnson of Prime Time International in Coachella, CA notes that production is just starting in the Coachella Valley and winding down in Mexico. “With both locations producing, supply is good,” she says. Johnson says though that April was a cool…

European tomato growers call for price regulation of Moroccan products

At the latest meeting of the European Tomato Group, which brings together Spanish, Italian and French producers, European growers expressed their unease with the massive entry…

US cauliflower imports increase by 25%

In recent years, fresh cauliflower consumption in the United States has experienced a significant rebound. According to data from the Department of Agriculture, US cauliflower…

"Export price of Chinese ginger increased by 150 USD per ton"

"The purchase price of Chinese ginger in domestic production areas recently showed a significant rise. However, the price of Chinese ginger in overseas markets declined. Since…

Rachel Roberts, President of AMI:

"Retailers can expect mushroom shortages for next 6-10 weeks"

President Rachel Roberts of the American Mushroom Institute made the following statement about the US mushroom availability: “Some retailers are facing a shortage of…

Jethro Greene of ECTAD CARIBBEAN:

“We should be able to resume normal production in the coming weeks”

The Eastern Caribbean Trading Agriculture and Development Organization, or ECTAD CARIBBEAN, is an organization of small farmers that was launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1995. ECTAD CARIBBEAN also has branches in Surinam and Guyana and work with farmer organization partners throughout the…

New Zealand: Going hard and early pays off for Canterbury farmer

In mid-March, while the rest of New Zealand inched closer to coronavirus lockdown by the day, Robin Oakley took action. Oakley's Premium Fresh Vegetables grows potatoes,…

L'Ortofrutticola F:

High tomato quantities while red and yellow pepper sales are lively

"Now that it is over, we can say we are pleased with the artichoke campaign. Our heads come from plants obtained from a hybrid seed, which is profitable for us producers thanks to the higher yields and to the fact that plants grow faster. Most of all, this technique enables us to plan volumes more…

"The supply of labor has been much higher than the demand for workers"

Garlic harvest starts in Cordoba with very good prospects

Asaja Córdoba has announced that the picking and mechanized harvest of garlic has started, and within seven or eight days, depending on the weather conditions, the cutting will be carried out by more than 2,000 day laborers. The national president of the Garlic Sector of Asaja, Miguel del Pino, says that…

New Zealand runs out of lettuce

In an opinion piece published this week in the News Hub, Mike Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, which represents 5,500 commercial fruit and vegetable producers across the country, warned that…

Spain

"Classical music favors the growth of plants by around 25%"

The only Pink tomatoes certified by Aragon's Committee for Ecological Agriculture in the province of Huesca are grown in the greenhouse of the Organic Garden of Casa Rural La Portellada, in Barbastro, accompanied by classical music. According to their producers, Antonio Risco and Victoria Martinez, music…

Yordan Lazov, Pilzservice Lazov GmbH Vienna:

"We hope for a relaxation of restrictions by the start of the mushroom season"

This year's wild mushroom season is about to start: The first morels and chanterelles are already in circulation at the fresh markets, and larger quantities from the Eastern European collection areas are expected to arrive by the end of the month. Importer and wholesaler Yordan Lazov of the family…

Chinese garlic price shows significant decline

The harvest of fresh early-season garlic began more than a week ago in Henan production areas. Frost has not had a severe impact on the production volume this year. The garlic that is now being harvested is early-season garlic. The harvest of late-season garlic will begin in another week. Mr. Zhang…

William Francis II of Free World Trade:

“The Caribbean can supply the US with ginger year-round”

The Caribbean islands are mostly known throughout the world for their tourism industry, while their agricultural output has remained relatively unknown. Now, US import company Free World Trade wants to increase awareness about the Caribbean products they bring into the US. The company works together with…

Bad weather in Spain favors Italian asparagus

The fact that January and February were warmer than usual while March was characterized by winter temperatures caused quite a few difficulties for asparagus cultivation in the Foggia province (Puglia). "The late frost meant operations started late. The real problem was indeed the one-week delay rather than…

Spain

Zamorano asparagus finds its place in Europe

The asparagus campaign in the district of Fuentesauco, Zamora, is currently in full swing. Angel Corrales, the largest producer of asparagus in the region with 22 hectares,…

Price of Chinese garlic from storage suddenly dropped, and the price of fresh garlic is not high either

Early-season garlic has already entered the Chinese market. The price continues to fall. The current average price of fresh garlic is 0.7-0.9 yuan [0.10-0.13 USD] per 0.5 kg.…

"The tomatoes will enter the Chinese market in large volumes this autumn"

"Chinese production of the tomato variety 'Crown Vegetable 106' grows every year"

"The surface area devoted to tomato plantation in China is huge and varied, including greenhouse plantations in north China and open-field plantations in south China. The…

Organic spring crops out of California in full swing

A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, California, is offering a full line of spring-time crops, including organic artichokes, organic sugar snap peas, organic broccoli, organic kales, organic chards and even organic turmeric, all from their Central California hub. Andy Martin, A & A Organic Farms president,…

Clause’s Genio, Creativo and Dolcetini cherry tomatoes meet the challenges facing food retailing

The current crisis has greatly impacted how often consumers visit food retailers but also how they shop there. Against this background food retailers must adapt their offer to control supply and avoid food waste. A real challenge for the fruit and vegetables section. A better range of varieties will help…

Daniela Ivanova - Rush Exotics

South African butternut squash has seen bumper prices this season

Butternut squash has been in demand for the last few weeks causing prices to increase. “This season has seen bumper prices for butternut squash, firstly there was a shortage from South Africa following weather issues during planting, this was followed by huge surge in demand when the UK went into lock…

Paul Verhoeckx:

"Demand for mushrooms unabated"

Mushroom sales continue despite, or perhaps thanks to, the corona virus. "It makes a difference for us that we mainly focus on the supermarkets. Those orders are going well. During the hoarding…

ILFRES' budget and news

Iceberg lettuce: campaign for Spanish product is about to end as Dutch one starts

It is time to make an assessment on the iceberg lettuce winter campaign. Raffaele Lasciarrea of ILFRES, a company specialized in the import of fruit and vegetables, with partnerships in European productions, draws an overall picture and makes an assessment of a campaign affected, in its second half, by…

"New tasty tomato specialties"

Yuksel Seeds is a seed research and production company that is working on improving hybrid vegetable varieties, specializing in tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber, melon and watermelon crops. It is a subsidiary of Yüksel Tohum and the largest breeder of seeds in Turkey. It is also long established in Asian countries and its…

Rick Mengers, ZON:

"Assuming this is the toughest period in the Dutch asparagus market, we cannot complain"

The Dutch asparagus season is in its last phase again. "The first plots are gradually falling away. I expect a lot of empty acreage by the end of next week," says ZON salesman, Rick Mengers. "Prices then usually rise too. That will hopefully bode well for late cultivation." The recent asparagus market prices…

Spain

"Garlic harvest in Cordoba expected to be extraordinary in terms of volume"

Despite the fact that the start of the garlic campaign in Cordoba was marked by uncertainty due to the shortage of labor, the harvest has been proceeding normally and, as stated by the national president of the Garlic Sector at Asaja, Miguel del Pino, "the prospect is that it will be extraordinary in…

Special crop from protected cultivation available all year round

Pointed peppers on the rise in Austrian Burgenland

LGV Sonnengemüse is a supplier of various types of regional vegetables to the Austrian food trade. In addition to cucumbers, radishes, various tomato varieties and peppers, its product range also includes fresh lettuces, potatoes as well as leaf, cabbage and root vegetables. Furthermore, as an leading innovator,…

Denise Quiroga of SunFed:

“Demand and market for Mexican vegetables have stabilized”

The Mexican vegetable season is going strong. Currently, the majority of the products coming out of Mexico are grown in Sonora, which is in the Northwest of the country. The transition to central Mexico will happen over the next month. Produce company SunFed is headquartered in Nogales, Arizona and has…

Volume coming on of specialty cherry tomatoes

Supplies of specialty cherry tomatoes are coming on strong. John Newell of Windset Farms based in Delta, B.C. says that the growing area of its Cameo® cherry tomatoes has…

Six ways to use a broccoli stem

Food waste is always a hot item, both in the fresh produce sector as among consumers. Fruit and vegetables have its share in the 1.3 billion tons of food that goes to waste every year. And for no…


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