Coop Garibaldi from Terracina (Lazio, Italy)

Demand for courgettes reduced by half

"It has been an abnormal year for courgettes, both in terms of crops and sales. Until mid-February, the weather conditions did not favor the growth of the crops, but now it seems that the quantities are increasing. The problem is that the market is not responding well. In terms of prices, we are down…

Spanish cucumber exports in 2020 achieved a record value

According to the data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency) Spanish cucumber exports in 2020 achieved a record value of 644.13 million…

Pakistan: Vegetable prices up sharply ahead of Ramadan

In Pakistan, a sharp increase in vegetable prices was observed in the days before the start of the festival of Ramadan. Yesterday, consumers complained that the prices of…

Small-scale spinach farmer supplies Africa’s biggest retailer

South African farmer Kipas Melodi started his business by spotting a gap in the market and through sheer luck he was aided by the buying team at Shoprite and Checkers.…

“Egyptian garlic season has been rather unstable this year”

The Egyptian dry garlic season is about to start, while the green fresh garlic season is wrapping up. Export quantities have been lower this year, but demand on the Egyptian local market is actually quite strong. This in turn has led to high prices, although they’re similar to last year’s prices. According…

HortNZ welcomes Horizons’ support for Levin vegetable growing

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on Plan Change 2 that affect vegetable growing.   ‘The new requirements are tough but…

ToBRFV: first trial results confirm high resistance level

In 2020, Enza Zaden announced the discovery of the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) High Resistance gene, a complete solution for ToBRFV. Since the announcement, we've worked hard with resistant trials material achieving excellent results. “We see no symptoms at all in the plants, while the…

New hot honey product features datil peppers

St. Augustine, Florida is known for growing some of the hottest chili peppers in the country, including the fiery datil pepper. Traders Hill Farm, in partnership with World…

FDA: ‘Foreseeable hazard’ if leafy greens are still grown near cattle or dairy farms

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would take ‘two important steps to advance the safety of leafy greens’. These steps will impact the way leafy…

Giant pepper of 555 gram grown in the Arava desert

When sorting the peppers in the packing house in the Arava, Israel, a huge pepper of 0,555 kg was found. Shoham Ben-Ezuz, manager of the packing house, says: “This humongous pepper came from the greenhouse of an outstanding, experienced farmer, Moti Levi. We sort 40 tons of peppers a day here, coming…

High pricing on field cucumbers

Pricing is strong as field cucumbers move into transitioning supply regions. “When we hit this time of year, transition is upon us and the markets jump which they are,” says Tony Incaviglia, vice-president of sales at GR Fresh based in McAllen, TX. Pricing is strong on field cucumbers and anticipated to stay that way for the next…

Zucchini, cucumber, and aubergine prices at origin in Almeria fall in April

Asaja Almeria stated on Friday that the prices of zucchini, aubergine, and cucumber collapsed at the beginning of April. The organization said prices had started to fall last…

The area devoted to garlic stabilizes in France and Italy and increases by 6% in Spain

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese garlic group met on April 6. The meeting, which wasn't attended by representatives of Portugal, focused on the development of the current…

Peruvian season set to begin in June

Ginger market currently oversupplied with product from China

The Peruvian ginger season is set to start in about two months, though some small volumes are already becoming available now. Louis Hymel of Happy Veg shares: “There is a limited amount of ginger currently being harvested but the main harvest season begins in June.” Happy Veg works with many different…

South Korean convenience stores to increase their vegetable offerings

In an attempt to attract more customers during the pandemic, South Korean convenience stores are offering vegetables at much discounted prices. This is because, as the…

Beans and other agri products

Iraqi government bans imports to support domestic growers

The Iraqi government has imposed restrictions on imports of beans and other agricultural products during this harvest season. The country’s bean harvest is in full swing and…

FG Adriaanse – Adagin Technologies

Credible data on worker productivity releases farmers from onerous policing

FG Adriaanse and JD Naudé, the managing directors of Adagintech at the Stellenbosch LaunchLab, spend hours discussing what it is that farmers really want of a digital management system in the field and in the packhouse. “What we've realised is there is fundamental need among farmers to measure their…

The opinion of Alessio Orlandi of Fri El

The tomato market keeps moving forward

The demand for tomatoes increased greatly last week and also the market is performing well, as confirmed by Alessio Orlandi, commercial director of Fri-El, which has 12 hectares of greenhouses in Ostellato (Ferrara, Italy) and another 10 hectares under progress (see FreshPlaza of 10/02/2020). Alessio Orlandi…

New Delhi resistant zucchini variety launched

At the end of 2021, HM.Clause will complement its range of products with four new varieties of zucchini “NO-ND – New Delhi resistance”. They are specially designed for the Mediterranean region and they are suitable for diverse agronomic and climate conditions. Besides this strong resistance, the “NO-ND –…

Red cabbage could be the key to developing a natural cyan blue food coloring

Finding a natural cyan blue dye that is equivalent to FD&C Blue No. 1 has been a challenge for the entire industry and the subject of research programs around the world. Now,…

Unions Agrarias gave away a thousand lettuces in Santiago de Compostela to protest low prices

"I'll earn almost as much by giving away this lettuce as by selling it to a distribution center"

Unions Agrarias protested in the streets of Santiago de Compostela against the low prices that large distribution chains pay Galician farmers for their products. The union…

Philippines: Vegetable prices drop significantly

According to the chiefs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), prices of vegetables dropped significantly in the Philippines,…

Ag Commissioner wants protections for Florida produce

Nikki Fried advocates for struggling Florida farmers to the US Trade Commission

Imported fruits and vegetables are quite controversial for Florida’s agriculture sector; squash and cucumbers are no exception to the rule. That is why Agriculture…

US and Mexico make their cases on produce trade to International Trade Commission

Yesterday, US farmers, government officials and academics told the International Trade Commission that unfair Mexican trade had caused steep losses in domestic vegetable…

Peter de Blaeij, De Blaeij wholesalers:

"Asparagus market ends excellent Easter weekend"

Easter is over, but asparagus sales are continuing well at wholesaler De Blaeij. “It has been a very good weekend,” says Peter de Blaeij. “Demand was very good and prices were, as usual, at a high level. Meanwhile, the price has fallen somewhat to 10-12 euros per kilo, but we certainly cannot complain. ”…

Saent - new asparagus for the lovers of distinctive flavors

The Saent asparagus variety, recently introduced by seed company Lamboseeds, is gaining popularity thanks to its unique organoleptic properties. This selection is rather early and has become productive over the past few days, when quantities are still low due to the lack of rain, drops in temperature and…

MEP demands the EC update the EU entry price system for Moroccan tomato

Clara Aguilera, an MEP and Socialist spokesperson for the Agriculture Committee in the European Parliament, has asked the European Commission to correct the ineffectiveness of…

Cayo Martinez Sainz, vice president of the Regulatory Council of the Espárrago de Navarra Geographical Indication

"Asparagus makes its profit in the Horeca sector"

According to Cayo Martinez Sainz, vice president of the Regulatory Council of the Espárrago de Navarra Geographical Indication and manager of the Viuda de Cayo canning…

Philippines: Vegetable prices drop by 50%

According to the Filipino Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), prices of vegetables have dropped significantly.  “Our (vegetable) prices…

Pakistan’s vegetable exports down 7% in eight months

The exports of vegetables from Pakistan have seen a y-o-y decrease of 7.05 percent during eight months of financial year 2020-21. Pakistan exported vegetables products worth $…

Jordanians complain about sudden cucumber price hike

The head of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union, Adnan al-Khaddam, has said that the current increase in the prices of cucumbers is due to the inability of the few cultivating…

Okanagan asparagus season is getting started

The first of this year’s cultivated asparagus crop is appearing in the Similkameen valley. Annamarie Klippenstein says Klippers Organic Acres in Cawston has started harvesting…

Industrial scale 3D food production to start in 2022

Gastronology - refined gastronomy, 3D technology linked to create 3D food solutions with fresh ingredients

For some people, dinner is a tasteless, albeit practical, affair. Older people and those with dysphagia, who battle to swallow, often have blended foods. This aids in swallowing but doesn't taste or look appetizing. 'It doesn't have to be that way,' thought Peter Nieuwkerk, owner of the Budelpack Group…

Shortage of snacking tomatoes and abundance of round tomatoes in North America

Coming out of the winter season, supplies of tomatoes are ample. “We’ve seen an abundance of larger round tomatoes--beefsteak, tomatoes on the vine (TOV) and that’s been the case for about six weeks,” says Ryan Cherry of Delta, BC-based Windset Farms. It seems that regions producing tomatoes, including…

Referring to recurring nature of E. coli

FDA warns all California Central Coast entities involved in leafy green production

On April 6, the Food and Drug Administration fired an unmistakable warning shot at the leafy greens industry. Hopefully, this will be a call to action that gets to the root of…

Luca Bottura

Pumpkin company opts for no more mulching films

After a good year in 2020, Bottura opted to stop using mulching films on its 20 hectares of pumpkins. "We want our production to be even more eco-friendly to make it stand out on the market," explains owner Luca Bottura.  Placing the films, then collecting and disposing of them takes a lot of time. "Most of…

Queensland mushroom farming as new source of income for Covid-struck Aussies

Some 13 kilometres from the central business district of Mackay, Samara Galloway and Bret Garrity grow mushrooms in a shipping container. "It's humidity-controlled with a…

Baby spinach to grow in new high-tech US greenhouse

Element Farms has completed all phases of construction and onboarding at its first facility and has revealed its plans for expansion: a 2.5-acre spinach greenhouse designed with the exact specs for growing free baby spinach all year round. Element Farms already grows over half a million pounds of…

Cofruid'Oc Méditerranée

France: Célestine and Sauvageonne asparagus

The asparagus of Camargue, although late due to the cold, are finally here and ready to revive the communicative and enthusiastic interest of consumers. On the shelves, the white Célestine and green Sauvageonne asparagus of Camargue represent a real spring boost. Revival of a vegetable on all levelsThe long-awaited…

Fellini Patrizio is ready to start with Azienda Agricola 67

Lettuce packaged immediately after harvest

The Italian farm Fellini Patrizio began harvesting their first hectare on 1 April, 2021. More than 40 hectares of lettuce have been planted from April to November, with transplants of one hectare per week. "For 8 months a year we have lettuce of our own production, thanks to our transplants. We have also…

New clamshell retail pack for premium lettuce

Church Brothers Farms developed a new clamshell for its Little Gem lettuce that protects and showcases the premium variety at retail. The new patent-pending four-count clamshell is designed to protect the unique properties of the compact-sized lettuce while providing more product visibility on shelf. The…

Southern Exposure, April 6-8

Mucci Farms launches mushroom collection and presents new sustainable packaging options

This week, the Southern Exposure tradeshow will be held in hybrid format. Exhibitors as well as attendees will be given the opportunity to choose between an online or an in-person experience. One of the companies exhibiting at the show is Mucci Farms. The team will be in Orlando to meet and greet…

The Mushroom Council announces newly elected officers

At the February 18 Council virtual meeting, the Mushroom Council® elected new officers for 2021. Chairperson: Sonya Beltran, director of operations, Masda Mushrooms/First Generation…

The opinion of an influential producer

The Veneto radicchio season is doing better than in 2020

After a quite good season, the winter radicchio campaign is approaching its end with prices clearly more remunerative than last year. "We are currently supplying very high-quality products in terms of freshness and shelf-life. The winter campaign will continue for another month with all the references,…

Giuseppe Ventura (La Zucca Rossa)

Egyptian pumpkins to be available in Italy after Easter

Pumpkin sales picked up in March - prices are on the up, the market is doing well and demand is lively. "We are starting a program with an Egyptian collaborator. The first four containers arrived on April 1st, and another three or four will now arrive every week. Egyptian pumpkins are cultivated using…

Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department intervenes

Eleven tons of Chinese vegetables seized due to labelling errors

More than eleven tons of imported vegetables were seized by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. The vegetables…

Greenhouse tomato markets to strengthen?

The market on greenhouse tomatoes is anticipated to pick up.  “The tomato market has been low for the last two months. We have been focusing on serving our core customers. Not only…

Asparagus harvest in Granada is in full swing

"We expect an increase in the supply of green asparagus of between 5% and 10%"

The green asparagus harvesting campaign is in full swing in the Spanish province of Granada. Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de Granada supports fifteen agricultural cooperatives with more than 5,600 producers covering 7,200 hectares. Their activity generates more than 18,000 direct and indirect jobs…

Now available at European retailers

Graffiti aubergines - eye-catching in stores and on your plate

"More and more people are spending time in their kitchens. They want to prepare the tastiest, healthiest meals. So, they experiment a lot with cooking techniques, dishes, and products. That creates opportunities for new products, like graffiti aubergines", says a spokesperson for The Greenery in the…

Gerwin de Vries, Witlofkwekerij LOF, the Netherlands:

"Our German chicory farms let us access that market"

"We set a trend by farming indoors, vertically, and in water, all at the same time," laughs Gerwin de Vries van LOF, a Dutch chicory nursery. Nevertheless, chicory's image hasn't been great in recent years. "It's become a bit of a forgotten vegetable." Gerwin hopes to turn the tide. His company's introduced…

Demand for organic asparagus exceeds supply

"Demand is high and quantities are lower than expected. This has led to high asparagus prices, also for the organic ones, but so far things are not too bad and are in line with expectations," said Renzo Moro of Primo Asparago. This is a brand of the Italian Ortoveneto that grows asparagus in greenhouses…

In the last 5 seasons, Almeria's tomato exports decreased by 21% while its purchases from Morocco increased by 200%

The province of Almeria dominated Spanish tomato exports in 2020 with 58.44% of total sales, according to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency) prepared…

Top Seeds International

The Galiano pepper showed its resistance to the extreme cold in Spain's January

Galiano, a pepper variety from Top Seeds International that is ideal for mid-late transplants, has successfully withstood the extreme cold weather that affected Spain in the first three weeks of January. The low temperatures wreaked havoc on agricultural companies, which saw their productions seriously…

"Optimum protection with ‘New Delhi’-resistant cucumber varieties"

The ‘New Delhi’ virus has been a serious problem for many cucurbit growers, especially in the Mediterranean region, for numerous years. Due to its high infection pressure and rapid spread, this disease poses a severe threat to cucumber crops. Rijk Zwaan is proud to introduce a solution for cucumber…

Spinach leaves could benefit growth of lab beef

Boston College research has shown that the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf can support the growth of artificial meat. As synthetic meat is growth from a culture of animal…

Totam Seeds switches to more specialty tomatoes

At the end of November last year, it was announced that the Japanese Mitsui took over 75% of the shares in Totam Seeds. This means that the Dutch tomato breeding company, which originated in 2010 from the growers association Prominent, is able to take significant steps in the market. CEO Fulvio Berton…

Astrid Etèvenaux, PDO Asparagus of France:

“Good asparagus demand since the beginning of the campaign”

The asparagus harvest started around mid-February in the Landes department, two weeks later than last year. “It is a more classic year in terms of timing,” explains Astrid Etèvenaux of PDO Asparagus of France. The national production is estimated at 20,000 tons. With a volume of more than 6,000 tons this…

Date grower launches new website and blog

Bard Valley Natural Delights® has launched its newly designed website to effectively communicate to a more diverse demographic. The updated website now focuses on grower…

University of Exeter study

Beetroot juice: Changes in mouth bacteria may promote healthy ageing

Drinking beetroot juice promotes a mix of mouth bacteria associated with healthier blood vessels and brain function, according to a new study of people aged 70-80.Beetroot –…

Grower turns to indoor saltwater farming to grow sea beans

Salicornia. Picklegrass. Sea asparagus. Sea beans are a salty, long, thin vegetable that grow in saltwater.  These are just a few of the monikers Sam Norton has heard in talking to chefs about his new vegetable. However, he prefers to call them sea beans--them being a thin, long asparagus-like vegetable that…

BelOrta invests in vacuum cooling for lettuce

"Vacuum cooling significantly extends the shelf life of leafy vegetables"

Lettuce and lettuce varieties occupy an important place within the BelOrta range. BelOrta also strives to bring them from the field to the plate as fresh and high-quality as possible. Last year, BelOrta sold more than 56,000,000 lettuce and lettuce varieties, worth half of the Belgian supply. "Although…

Meet the newest members of the Sweet Palermo family

Thanks to our intensive breeding programme at Rijk Zwaan and close collaboration with our partners, we are able to continuously develop new high-quality Sweet Palermo varieties in order to further strengthen the brand. On Thursday 25 March, the names of the newest Sweet Palermo varieties were officially…

Brazilian ginger volumes to be up 20% this season

The Brazilian ginger season started at the beginning of the year, in January. The season runs for the majority of the year, wrapping up in November. “Right now, we are in the first part of the season where we export young ginger by air. Once we get to June, the ginger will have matured enough to be able…

Utilising potential of Bangladesh's vegetable exports

As Bangladesh's export trade is practically dominated by a single item -Readymade Garments- its diversification has become a top government priority. In fiscal year 2018-19…

India gets five new chilli hybrids resistant to virus

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in Bengaluru has developed five new chilli hybrids, which should be resistant to the devastating leaf curl virus (LCV).…

Mr. Green by TSI Italia

Versatile tomatoes that add value and capitalize investments

Blossom-end rot is a problem that affects table tomatoes. Finding a variety with a good tolerance can be hard, especially if it needs to combine resistance to TYLCV, TSWV and Cladosporium. When these characteristics must go hand in hand with the need of producing oblong tomatoes that are appealing,…

Price hike of Indian chilis in China explained

Thanks to their spiciness, chilis from India are popular among Chinese consumers, and their market has become one of the points of focus of the industry. After the Chinese New Year holiday, their market has been average, but this has suddenly changed - prices have soared and traders can even be seen at…

Demand exceeds supply

Spring onions from Egypt already sold

Unlike what happens with fruit, the commercialization of vegetables is often characterized by the lack of certain products. Such is the case of spring onions, which are currently lacking in Europe due to a series of climatic and production factors. Biagio Annunziata, sales manager for import-export company…

Sicilian carrots and their unexpressed potential

The Sicilian new carrot season is among the most representative in Italy, as it is the only one that is counterseasonal. These carrots have extraordinary organoleptic properties, not only thanks to their freshness and crunchiness, but mostly due to the environment they grow in - south-eastern Sicily -…

Shortage of peppers in Almeria

"In a normal year, we'd be able to supply significant quantities of peppers for another month"

There is a limited supply of peppers in the European markets. The campaign is already at quite an advanced stage in Almería and should end in April. Volumes in March have been much lower than usual. Murcia has not started yet, and the Netherlands is also late. Prices are high at the moment and actually…

Producers face an uncertain season due to Corona

Asparagus season to start before Easter

That fact that Germany is a nation of asparagus lovers is reflected in all the figures. According to AMI, each German consumed around 1.2 kilograms of asparagus last year -…

Thursday 15 April 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)

Mini symposium on tomato quality

The tomato world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of new varieties, the rise of local production and the introduction of new product groups such as snack tomatoes, tomato quality has…

"The harvest is expected to begin in the middle of May"

"Chinese garlic is growing well"

The Chinese markets for ginger and garlic stabilized in December and there have been no major fluctuations since then. The shipping cost is coming down, but remains much higher than usual. This affects the export of Chinese ginger and garlic. Manager Zhang, a spokesperson for Jinan Wantao Food Co., Ltd., recently talked about…

Southern Seed's Giovi' F1 adapts to a wide range of production areas

Increasing interest in light green courgettes

There is a growing interest in the light green courgettes in international markets and Italy is working hard to meet the demand. Once mainly grown in the south of the country, this courgette has now expanded to other areas as well. A variety that is becoming more and more popular is Giovì F1, which,…

Unións Agrarias-UPA complains that some Spanish distribution chains are selling lettuce with volume discounts

Unións Agrarias-UPA, the agricultural association from Galicia, has denounced that large distribution chains have been selling lettuce with volume discounts for months,…

Georg Steinkeller (Giocola e.K.) on the current seasonal changeover

"Clear oversupply regarding Italian arugula"

The influx of Italian leafy vegetables is currently in full swing. In the case of arugula, the traditional seasonal changeover from the southern Italian growing areas to the northern Italian vegetable garden of Verona is currently taking place. However, due to the overlap of the two campaigns, a…

The Financial Express

Bangladesh: Vegetable exports hit three-year low

This fiscal year, vegetable exports from Bangladesh dropped to three-year low due to a lack of air cargo freighters during the pandemic that caused an almost halt in export to European Union, said insiders. Vegetable exports fetched US$61 million during the July-February period of the current fiscal year…

Irish consumers go for healthier choices - asparagus sales up 138%

As Irish consumers increasingly embraced healthier choices for the new year, sales of fruit and vegetables are up this year. Sales of vegetables have increased 18%…

Cauliflower: once unpopular, now everyone wants a piece of it

Some compare cauliflower to the nerdy kid in high school, who became very successful later in life. The formerly unsexy vegetable is the latest healthy produce to become a…

Scarisbrick, West Lancashire

Controversial mushroom farm plans could be up for appeal

The parties behind the controversial plans to build an indoor mushroom farm on West Lancashire farmland are appealing the refused planning permission. In November, West…

The goodness of healthy tomatoes thanks to brackish water

"Our crops have that extra something thanks to brackish irrigation water, which conveys extraordinary organoleptic properties," explains Angelo Barone, who owns a company together with his father Francesco, located a stone's throw from Scoglitti (Ragusa). Francesco and Angelo Barone The family business…

An overview of the situation with Caligari&Babbi

Italian fennel market in dire straits

The fennel market in Italy has has faced three tough months. Prices are low and operators are struggling to make ends meet. Marco Babbi of Italy's Caligari&Babbi described the situation. "Every growing area has reached 100% of its production potential. There have been no shortages and this has led to large…

Start of the radish harvest in Knoblauchsland

"Only in a week's time will we be able to deliver the first quantities to retailers"

The harvest of spring crops in the greenhouses in Franconian garlic country is gradually getting underway. For about a week, the first radishes from protected cultivation have also been in circulation. "However, these are still limited quantities, which go mainly via the Nuremberg wholesale market to…

2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement: Inspections, PACA, and compliance tips

In the second instalment of their webinar on the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration, provided an overview of how the agreement is put into action by discussing inspections, the role of PACA, sales to Canada as…

Revolution farms launches new products

“Variety is the spice of life"

Revolution Farms, an indoor greenhouse farm in Michigan, is launching four new products in independent grocery stores in the Detroit Metro area and West Michigan this month, including three bold salad mixes and a whole head, living lettuce. The three new salad mixes include: BAM! Baby Kale, POW! Superfood Mix and Zesty Zing…

China: Overseas market for domestic vegetables grows

Although it will still take several weeks to harvest all the cabbages, growers from Pingdu, Shandong province, have started preparing to sell the vegetables to overseas…

Growers choose Cerescon's Sparter for guaranteed operational reliability

NL: Teboza, Martens Asperges get first selective asparagus harvesting robots with underground detection

It was a first for two Dutch asparagus farms on Wednesday, 24 March. Teboza and Martens Asperges took delivery of the Sparter. This is Cerescon's selective asparagus harvesting robot. The robot was demonstrated to the trade press on an asparagus field in the Netherlands. These two growers are members of the…

Hailstorm strikes North Maharashtra onion belt

The hailstorm that occurred on Monday and Tuesday in Nashik and Dhule districts has washed out large parts of the onion crop, also badly damaging grape and pomegranate crop in…

Hort Innovation

Latest Harvest to Home comprehensive review: Kale

Harvest to Home, funded by Hort Innovation, is an interactive online dashboard that provides users with up-to-date retail information and consumer trend data on a range of vegetable commodities on a single platform. All of the data is provided by Nielsen and is collated through their Homescan® service, a…

Javier Bernabeu: "Spain and Portugal have a much higher production capacity"

Sakata Seed Ibérica presents project to boost pumpkin consumption in Europe

Sakata Seed Ibérica's new project Love K-pumpkin, intended to promote the consumption of pumpkins at both national and international level, as well as their production, has been presented recently in Murcia. The initiative aims to bring pumpkin producers together to boost the value of this product, with…

Gilke Croket, Fresh2B:

"When COVID-19 broke out in Belgium, packaged leeks demand skyrocketed"

Leeks and fennel are two products in which the Flemish company, Fresh2B, specializes. These vegetables eventually find their way to one of the largest Belgian retailer's shelves. The COVID-19 pandemic reached Belgium in March last year. Then, demand for leeks shot up but has now normalized. Fennel demand…

The BIA member La Maggiolina joins the Piana del Sele PGI with its arugula

Organic baby leaf from Italy

The Italian growers' organisation OP La Maggiolina has expanded its greenhouse area by another 25 hectares. The organisation specialises in growing baby leaf and with this expansion it is the largest of its kind in Europe. Of the total 235 hectares of greenhouses, 210 are certified organic, which is also a record. The crops…

Richard Trevennen - Southern England Farms

“Cauliflower availability is now very strong and will continue to be so into April"

After a mixed start to the year the cauliflower supply from Cornwall it is back on track with good availability. “We had strong orders in January covering for importers who through no fault of their own couldn’t get lorries into the country due to border issues. This was followed by a difficult…

UC San Diego launches imaginative clinical trial

Looking at mushrooms to combat Covid-19

Researchers at UC San Diego think one solution to combat the effects of Covid-19 might be growing in the wild. They have launched a clinical trial to see if certain mushrooms…

Dreamstime.com

New research by Edith Cowan University:

‘Green leafy vegetables are essential for muscle strength’

According to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research, eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables every day could boost muscle function. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition; it found that people who consumed a nitrate-rich diet, predominantly from vegetables, had significantly better…

Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

Maqis seizes maggot-infested vegetables

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has confiscated over 40 tonnes of imported cocoa fruit and vegetables at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas.…

Diego Martínez, crop planning manager at Agromediterránea:

"We got the sweet corn season to start two months earlier by growing it in greenhouses."

Greenhouse cultivation is making it possible to extend the sweet corn campaign in Spain. This is a vegetable with certain light and temperature requirements that seasonally limited the start of its production to the summer, but thanks to the conditions provided by protected plots, it has become possible…

Landgard rhubarb season in full swing

"Fresh regional rhubarb is definitely trending"

With fresh rhubarb from the region, Landgard already gave the spring starting signal in the trade at the end of February. The first tender stalks of the "Goliath" variety are initially still available in small quantities and come from heated cultivation. From mid-January, they will be grown in large dark…

Selsey site expanded to meet growing customer demand

Selsey, the home of babyleaf

As one of the UK's market leaders in bagged salad, Natures Way Foods Ltd has continued to invest to support its long-term growth strategy and meet customer demand. The Selsey site, known as the Home…

Four major Italian companies join forces in the organic carrot industry

Natura Iblea and the three companies Falco Impianti, Barone and Saclark have recently signed an agreement for the construction of a new fully computerized plant based on PLC and remote control which will double the processing line of Natura Iblea organic carrots in Ispica (province of Ragusa, Sicily).…

Spain

Sudden temperature drops may further reduce the supply of leafy vegetables

The sudden temperature drops in southeastern Spain could further reduce the already low supply of leafy vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower in Europe. The volumes of these products are lower than usual due to the impact of the weather in Spain and Italy. The passage of storms, rains, frosts and…

Pierre Sweep:

"Dutch celeriac market dilemma - raise prices or maintain volumes"

The Dutch celeriac trading sector is currently facing a dilemma. "We're very busy at the moment; that's not the problem. This year, both volumes and quality are excellent. This is, however, not yet reflected in higher prices. So, it's currently not cost-effective for growers," says Pierre Sweep of Sweep,…

Shortage of shipping containers is mostly solved

Export price of Chinese garlic stabilized in the last two weeks

The market price of Chinese garlic was on the rise prior to the Chinese Spring festival [12 February, 2021], and began to fall afterwards. In the last two weeks the market price stabilized. The current export price of Chinese garlic dropped by one third compared to this time last year. The reasons for…

France: Asparagus of Camargue penalized by the cold

The asparagus season usually starts around March, marking the beginning of spring. But this year, with the cold temperatures, the vegetable is just now coming out of the…

Chefs maximize the versatility of cress

It can sit on the plate next to a steak as a punchy side salad. It can be whirled into a pesto. It can be lightly sautéed along with fresh spring vegetables and tossed into a pasta. When it comes to the leafy green Cress from the Coaldale, AB-based Whole Leaf Greenhouse, there are numerous things chefs…

Tennessee tomato operation expands with new acquisition

Smoky Mountain Family Farms' (SMFF) tomato farming operation has announced a strategic plan for the expansion and the acquisition of Triple C Family Farms of Midway, TN.   Since beginning…

Due to high retail prices

South Koreans ponder growing green onions at home

With the price of green onions going up, more and more South Koreans are choosing to take matters into their own hands and grow them at home. The state-run Korea…

Lizette Farm Store, the Netherlands:

"You can no longer do without an asparagus peeling machine"

Thirteen years ago, Eric and Lizette de Loo bought an asparagus peeler, almost by accident. They were one of the first to do so. It was exciting at first. But they now have their third Tenrit Foodtech machine in use. "It's actually one of the best things we've ever done. People were initially wary of the…

Swedish Yersinia outbreak linked to imported iceberg lettuce

After an outbreak of Yersinia in Sweden, imported iceberg lettuce has ended up as the suspected source of infection. From January until the beginning of February this year,…

Ten days earlier at the farm Guidi

Terre di Romagna artichokes are already being harvested

Thanks to a very early variety and cultivation techniques aimed at anticipating the harvest, the Guidi farm located in Forlì, Italy, has just kicked off the artichoke season. "The selling phase will start straightaway, we are amazed by the earliness achieved this year,” said the owner Roberto Guidi. Thanks…

Myriam Maes (Maes Wilfried), Belgium:

“Many of our lettuce varieties eventually end up on cruise ships”

From oakleaf and butterhead to Lolla Rossa and Romaine lettuce. There are enough lettuce varieties to choose from at the Belgian horticultural company, Maes Wilfried. "We founded the company in the early 80s. And we've been growing all kinds of lettuce since then," says Myriam Maes. She began the…

Pepper and tomato prices also increase while the price of cucumbers, aubergines, and green beans decrease

Zucchini prices increase by 40% in Andalusia

According to a report by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalusia corresponding to week 10, zucchini, tomato, and pepper prices have improved. The price…

Destatis: Greenhouse acreage remains constant

2020 vegetable harvest volume around last year's levels

In 2020, farms in Germany harvested a total of 3.9 million tons of vegetables. The total harvest volume was thus at the previous year's level and just under 6% above the…

"Reopened gastronomy sector is important for asparagus sales"

Asparagus lovers can enjoy asparagus even before Easter in southern Germany

After a winter cold snap, storms and few hours of sunshine, the sun appears more often at the start of spring. For most farms, the asparagus season begins at the end of March, the farm stores open, and at Easter most southern German producers will be selling asparagus. In central and northern Germany,…

Qatar marketed 3,700 tonnes of local veggies through two programmes in February

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has stated that, in February 2021, locally produced vegetables marketed through the Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms…

Adhering to COVID measures

Seasonal workers enter Germany for asparagus harvest

Things are still rather quiet at the Hensgens family's asparagus farm in Selfkant, a municipality in in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, near the Dutch border. Grower, Chris…

Victorian farm manager skimmed migrant workers of $300,000

A Victorian farm manager skimmed at least $300,000 from migrant workers through fake labour hire companies. His workers packed broccolini and asparagus on very low hourly…

Pyper’s Produce Carrot Crop Report, March 2021

From sowing to harvest the main-crop carrots have been growing in near perfect conditions

Pyper’s Produce is one of New Zealand’s largest fresh export carrot growers and the South Island’s largest domestic supplier of carrots. Owners Brendan Hamilton and Brent Lamb, grow carrots and potatoes in their fertile Southland soils. Annually Pyper’s produce more than 12,000 tonnes of carrots for both…

Alan Hunt - Freshgro

We will not be short of carrots this season

The English carrot harvest is proceeding as planned at Freshgro. The company expects to keep it going until the end of May. Alan Hunt from Freshgro said the company's carrot supply is good. "We have plenty of crop left because of our strategy earlier in the season, the crop is good and abundant. We will…

Diederick Knijnenburg (Oakfield Champignons, NL): "White mushroom sales running smoothly, not so for chestnut ones"

"An early Easter benefits mushroom sales"

The current mushroom market situation varies per product. That's according to Diederick Knijnenburg of Oakfield Champignons in the Netherlands. "There are too many chestnut mushrooms at the moment. So, those prices are under considerable pressure. White mushrooms are selling well, as are special…

Late start but great satisfaction for artichokes

"The harvesting of artichokes started on February 15th in Acerra (Neaples), around one month late due to the excessive low temperatures, frost and abundant rain. As a consequence, quantities are 30% less than last year, but demand is high and quotations are higher than average," explains Michele Trezza. "This…

Innovative technology preserves the properties of fresh products after defrosting

La Unión Nice ships its first frozen vegetables from Almeria

Last week, La Union Corp and Nice Tech shipped their new project's first truck of fresh-cut frozen fruit and vegetable products from the Cuatro Higueras district in Adra,…

Mehmet Bozkurt (MAB Quality LLC & Co) markets Greek asparagus for the first time

"Greek asparagus season somewhat delayed due to weather"

Despite a slight delay, the season of Greek white asparagus has started well. "The quality of the early quantities is excellent, and larger quantities are expected to hit the market in about 10 days," predicts Mehmet Bozkurt, managing director of MAB Quality LLC & Co. First arrivals arrived last week,…

Chris Chinn - Cobrey Farms

Reopening of hospitality will be too late for asparagus season

The asparagus harvest has started in the Wye Valley, although it is around a week behind last year, the timing is compatible with a normal year. “The volumes are limited at the moment with production coming from the tunnels,” said Chris Chinn from Cobrey Farms. “Open field production traditionally starts…

Dutch students developing broccoli harvesting robot

In February 2021, two students from the Dutch Inholland University of Applied Sciences started their graduate internships for the so-called Smart Farming Broccoli project.…

New building for ORCA and Rotom Tomatoes in Belgium

On Monday, two Belgian companies started construction on their new warehouses/office space. ORCA and Rotom Tomatoes' new building will not only have 15 loading docks. It will also boast 1,500m² of dispatching area. And 2,800m² and 3,700m² warehouses, one for packaging, the other for refrigeration. "Construction has…

Conserve Italia's initiative in Salento, Apulia

More investments in southern Italy to promote mechanized harvesting

Two of the objectives that Conserve Italia has set in Apulia to bring production closer to the processing plant are incentives for the farmers closest to the processing site in Mesagne (Brindisi) and a collaboration with the producers organizations, so as to increasingly encourage mechanized harvesting. "There…

Organic mushroom farm at Quayside market, Gateshead

When the doors reopen at the street food market next to By The River Brew Co. on Gateshead quayside, visitors can get to know a new vegan addition to the food attractions.…


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