Vegetables

Kale demand slows down

Kale supplies out of the Northeast continue to be ample however demand has waned slightly. “We’re in New York between Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York farms and we’re right in the heart of kale…

"Price of some product varieties nearly doubled in the first half of this year"

Guangxi China: Sweet potato prices stable in second half of the year

"The price of sweet potatoes in Guangxi showed many fluctuations this year after excessive rainfall in the first half of this year greatly reduced  production volumes. The decline in production volume is estimated at around 20%." This is according to Mr. Pan Mingfu of Guangxi Fuhe Potato Industry Co., Ltd.…

Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield Champignons:

"Dip in sales for White and brown mushrooms; sales of exotic mushrooms stable"

Although autumn is traditionally a strong period for mushroom sales, according to Diederick Knijnenburg of Oakfield Mushrooms; sales are currently somewhat disappointing due to the autumn holidays."Until last week the market was actually very good, but now the market, especially for the white and brown…

The value of Mexican tomato exports to the US fell by 11%

According to data provided by the Bank of Mexico, the value of Mexican tomato exports decreased by 11% in July 2019, totaling 124.1 million dollars. However, in terms of volume, sales increased by 9.7% year-on-year in July, reaching 140,676 tons. In May 2019, the United States formally finalized an…

Biomass harvest peaks this week at the Westhof

"For sweet corn, typical vacuum packaging continues to be popular"

Organic sweetcorn is seeing an average crop yield in northern Germany this year. The summer weather had no extraordinary influence on the quantity and quality of the product, as the people at Westhof Bio-Gemüse GmbH & Co. know. "The demand for organic sweetcorn is growing steadily, mostly in food retailing…

Göttingen research team examines buying behavior, based on various characteristics

The attractive tomato

The vegetables that are consumed most often in Germany are tomatoes. The supermarkets will offer a variety of different types. However, consumers are often unaware of the differences and may obtain a…

Iran supports its tomato farmers

Head of the Central Organization of Rural Cooperatives of Iran (CORC) Dr. Hossein Shirzad announced that in the current crop year (March to September) a total volume of 325,000 tons of tomato has…

New line of microgreens launched

AeroFarmsⓇ has just introduced a new line of microgreens under their proprietary retail brand Dream GreensⓇ to further expand their mission of nourishing communities with safe, fresh, nutrient-dense, and delicious food that offers Peak Flavor AlwaysⓇ. Micro Super Mix and Micro Spicy Mix, now available at all Whole Foods Market…

Taiwan will combat falsely labeled farm products from China

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) has announced a clampdown on falsely labeled imported agricultural products. This is following complaints from farmers and importers that…

High vitamin D mushrooms will be featured

Monterey Mushrooms has announced it will feature its "Vitamin D mushroom line" in Booth 2848 at the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim. The company said its vitamin D enhanced mushrooms are available to customers nationwide in 8-ounce and 16-ounce packages of sliced whites, sliced baby bellas and whole…

Dynasty Farms joins iTradeNetwork food blockchain

Yesterday, iTradeNetwork announced that it has partnered with Dynasty Farms and its marketing arm, Pacific International Marketing (PIM), for blockchain traceability of fresh…

Greenhouse vegetable prices on the rise in CIS countries

Greenhouse vegetable prices have increased almost everywhere in the CIS region. Belarus and Moldova have witnessed the growth of prices on tomatoes and in Moldova the prices on cucumbers shot up. Crop rotation in the greenhouse complexes can be named as the main factor for the price formation in week 41…

Paris's underground car parks turned into mushrooms farms

Apparently, the French capital built too many underground car parks in the 1960s and 70s. Falling car ownership means many are standing empty, or finding new and surprising uses. Digital reporter Dougal Shaw made a short video about underground mushroom growing in La Chapelle, north Paris. Source: bbc.com  

Javier Díaz Sánchez, of Agroiris:

"The Netherlands doesn't compete against Spanish peppers"

Almeria seems to be reducing the acreage devoted to tomato cultivation, and not only because of the impact of pests, such as the Tuta absoluta. “Even if some deny it, there is growing competition from Morocco, and the limit of imports stipulated by law is not always respected. At the same time, the…

Ecuador: Broccoli producers declare an emergency

As announced by the Ecuadorian Association of Fruits and Legumes (Aprofel) and the Chamber of Commerce of Quito on October 11, 2019, the broccoli producing sector of Cotopaxi has declared itself in an emergency. Producers say the losses are significant and will be hardly recoverable. “The broccoli sector…

Aysa food imports directly from the Netherlands and Turkey

"We buy our fruit & veg at auction prices and sell them at a surcharge"

Every night, Arslan drives from his place of residence -Emmen in the Netherlands- to Bremen's wholesale market, where he sells fresh greenhouse products to local pick-up customers. Together with his son Ali, he has gradually expanded Aysa Lebensmittel GmbH, which was founded in 2014, into a recognized…

USDA Specialty Crops Market News Division

Fall favorites such as apple cider, pumpkins & pomegranates still heavily featured

With Halloween just weeks away, the nation's retailers loaded up this week's ads with everything needed to make trick or treaters of all ages happy. Perennial fall favorites such as apple cider, pumpkins, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, hard squash, potatoes and onions, and…

Ohio's pumpkin harvest: Signs of weather difficulties during growth

Ohio’s pumpkin patches seems to have fewer pumpkins or a less-varied selection this year. This is likely due to a tough spring/summer that are now bearing out in a stunted autumn crop. Farmers growing pumpkins across the state of Ohio have had to contend with a lot of springtime rain in April and May,…

Green beans and Brussels sprouts sauté kits to be revealed at Fresh Summit

New sauté kits announced

Green Wave Farms, Misionero’s fresh-cut vegetable line, announces the launch of a Green Beans Sauté Kit and a Brussels Sprouts Sauté Kit to be unveiled at Fresh Summit on October 17-19. Shoppers can expect to see both kits in stores by November 2019. To meet the growing demand of healthy and convenient products, Misionero…

Evert van Oers and Corné Roks, Fresh2You:

"Going back to our roots with housebrand Moroccan green and string beans"

Fresh2You is based in Barendrecht in the Netherlands. Last week, this company received its first special batch of Moroccan green and string beans. These beans are from this company's own cultivation. They will be marketed under Fresh2You's own label, Carlo. This label is a nod to Fresh2You's Evert van…

Price of black-eyed beans shows overall decline in China

The current wholesale price of black-eyed beans in Chinese wholesale markets is around 1.50-2.80 yuan [0.21-0.39 USD] per 0.5 kg. Last year the price was around 2.40-3.00 yuan…

Is the Iceberg lettuce the variety with the lowest nutritional value?

Lettuce, in general, contributes very few calories to the diet because, as pointed out by the Spanish Federation of Nutrition (FEN), it stands out for having a high water…

Are threats regarding tomato virus being twisted to influence politics?

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas issued the following which expresses how the organization feels the issue of a tomato virus is being handled. The article reads:…

Tomato grower to drop TOV 'bombs'

This week in Anaheim, Sunset will unveil its newest on-the-vine tomato bomb at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Tradeshow & Expo. The sweet golden snacking tomato follows the Flavor Bombs and Sugar Bombs, both of which are ripened and packed on the vine. “Sunset dominates the on-the-vine snacking…

Authentic tomato flavor brought back in a small Catalan town

Inma Morgado and David Bertran are strongly committed to the organic cultivation of tomatoes and the search for their authentic flavor. This couple grows different tomato varieties in the Horta de la Mercè, on the outskirts of the Catalan town of Vulpellac. They don't only sell the most interesting…

Wouter Willems, ZON:

"On average, the bell pepper season has been just right for Dutch growers"

The Dutch bell pepper season is in full swing at Royal ZON. "The green and yellow season ends in week 43. However, we will continue on until week 45 or 46 with the red and orange varieties," says ZON's Sales Manager, Wouter Willems. "The market really collapsed last week. Germany is our most important sales…

Young scientist grows organic shiitake mushrooms in Nagaland, India

Senior scientific officer Dr. Sosang Longkumer, from ALON MPCS Limited Nagaland has successfully cultivated and produced exotic shiitake mushrooms in Nagaland. Dr Longkumer…

Storms and acreage reduction result in limited supply of leafy vegetables in Spain

The leafy vegetable sector in Spain is not getting a break from the bad weather. On the weekend of October 5 to 6, heavy rainfall and hail storms were again recorded between Lorca, in Murcia, and Pulpí, in northern Almeria, one of the largest leafy vegetable production areas. The heavy storms recorded a…

Sharp drop in Polish greenhouse tomato prices

This week's tomato market in Poland has been marked by price drops, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. The appreciation of these products a week earlier had a…

India: Vegetable prices soar in Hyderabad as rains damage crops

Vegetable prices in Hyderabad, Telangana, are rising drastically as heavy rains have damaged crops and caused a supply shortage. Some vegetable vendors are forced to sell…

Exporting lettuce to Britain

Spanish growers unwilling to accept no-deal Brexit

At this time of year, Juan Colomina is preparing for the start of the harvest of thousands of tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown under plastic in southern Spain and exported…

UK: Dietary supplement from tomatoes discovered to boost sperm quality

Sperm quality can be improved with a simple diet supplement containing a compound found in cooked tomatoes, according to new research by the University of Sheffield. The…

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Tomatoes linked to Salmonella outbreak in Sweden

Tomatoes are the probable source of a Salmonella outbreak in Sweden, according to public health officials. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency of Sweden) identified 71…

Introduction of new pepper flavors: Black Jalapeno and Wild Wonders

First came Aloha. Then Shazam!. Now Sunset offers two new flavor innovations in the pepper category: Kaboom! black jalapeno and premium Wild Wonders peppers. “Sunset is the fastest-growing pepper brand in the United States,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member…

Kris Berckmans, wholesaler Bevra

"The supply and quality of winter vegetables is currently in perfect shape"

“Due to the cold weather, the demand for winter vegetables has increased considerably. There is a higher demand for leeks and cabbage than for the typical summer vegetables. The supply of winter vegetables is of high quality this year," says Kris Berckmans of Bevra. The wholesaler has an extensive range…

Full and innovative baby leaf range supplied by the Italian Maraldi

Maraldi Sementi, an Italian company devoted to the genetic improvement, production and sale of vegetable seeds for the professional baby leaf and onion market, is launching its new range of baby leaf varieties. Lettuce: many varieties, a unique resistanceThe company is proud to confirm that its lettuce varieties…

“Vine-ripened round tomato changes North American tomato industry”

“We believe we have developed a field-tomato variety that changes the industry,” says Bryan Zingel with Sakata Seed America. “In terms of quality, the domestic market doesn’t really have anything like this,” he added. Zingel talks with passion about the company’s new Villa tomato that symbolizes high…

New study in PLOS ONE:

“Sweet corn growers & processors could dramatically increase yields and profits”

In an industry struggling to maintain profitability, it's curious that U.S. processing sweet corn is falling so far below its potential. Yet, that's what a new study in PLOS…

US (FL): Virus in Mexican tomatoes causing concern, USDA action needed

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is issuing an alert regarding a virus found in Mexican tomatoes imported into Florida and potentially other U.S. states. ToBRFV, the tomato brown rugose fruit virus, is a highly virulent virus that can cause severe fruit loss in tomatoes…

New Zealand: Carrot prices dropping to seven-year low

New Zealand carrots are the cheapest they have been in seven years, while the price for tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums are falling sharply following the arrival of spring.…

Gene Akins awarded Florida Tomato Man of the Year

Gene Akins of Catalytic Generators was announced Florida Tomato Man of the Year at the annual Florida Tomato Committee Conference October 4, 2019. Board members of the Florida…

"KWS Saat take over ensures continuity of Pop Vriend Seeds"

Dutch seed company, Pop Vriend Seeds, recently held a full soil open day. The acquisition of the company by KWS Saat was, naturally, an important point of conversation among the visitors. KWS is already the fourth largest seed breeding company in the world. With this takeover, this German company hopes…

Easier-to-peel leeks for soup and pre-packs

Carrots, leeks, beets, and cabbage are not the hippest vegetables. They are, however, essential for both the fresh and processed markets. Breeding programs for these crops are, therefore, tailored to the entire chain. Leeks with slightly longer shafts and that are easier to peel. Tasty carrots that can…

Good conditions ahead of Florida squash season

Florida growers will soon be busy harvesting and shipping vegetables again. By mid-October, Florida squash will begin making its appearance in the market following Georgia which is in season now. Both states have recorded ideal weather conditions for the squash crop, with very little in the way of…

VeggieTracker survey:

Quarter of Americans do not eat vegetables

Incredibly enough, a survey by VeggieTracker.com led to the conclusion that one in four Americans have never eaten a vegetable in their life. Ridiculous as that sounds, the survey reveals that many are motivated to increase their vegetable intake. About 72% admit they wish they ate more vegetables while…

Willem Vogelaar (Van Oers United) on start of Morocco season:

"With own growing locations in the Netherlands, Morocco, Senegal and Ethiopia, there is a back up location for every period"

The Moroccan green bean season has now started at Van Oers United. "The crops are looking very good. The Dutch season is coming to an end as a result of the heavy rainfall in recent days and the supply of imported products from Morocco is just at the right time," says Willem Vogelaar. In addition to…

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Flowers: a new booming superfood

"The consumption of flowers is not a new trend; the Romans already ate lavender flowers and roses in omelettes. The peak of their use in gastronomy was reached in Victorian England, mainly in the form of sauces. Soon they will become a common ingredient in cuisine around the world. If they have not become popular until now, it…

Spain and Netherlands sell less

Morocco sells more tomatoes to the EU

According to data provided by the Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat) statistical service, corresponding to the period between August 1 and July 31, in the last 8 campaigns, the Netherlands and Spain have been reducing their tomato sales in the European Union (EU) campaign after campaign, while imports from…

Sharp rise in the price of Polish cucumbers

Persistent cold weather and rain in Poland has caused a significant reduction in the supply of cucumbers to the market, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. Only…

Complejo Agroindustrial Beta

Peru's leading asparagus exporter to open a commercial office in Spain

Lionel Arce, the general manager of Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, the leading Peruvian asparagus export company, said the company planned to open a commercial office in Valencia, Spain, in partnership with the Hermanos Jimenez firm, with which the company has been working for more than 20 years. “We are…

Brazil exercises anti-dumping rights to extend tariffs on Chinese garlic

Brazil has extended the payment of an extra tariff on Chinese imported garlic for five years, which will benefit both the Brazilian garlic producers and the Argentine producers in Mendoza. The public and private sectors of the Argentine province and Brazil conducted an important commercial intelligence…

September - November 2019

Seasonal rainfall outlook for vegetable growing regions Australia

For vegetable growers in eastern Victoria, NSW and Queensland it is timely to review their water availability for summer crops. A drier than average spring is forecast for…

Flandria market information:

"Belgian cucumber & courgette volumes dropping, so prices rising"

White and red cabbage are typical autumn vegetables. There was a substantial supply of these products at the beginning of autumn in Belgium. This meant prices fell slightly.…

Researchers study the relationship between irrigation and shelf life in broccoli

A team of researchers from the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires (FAUBA) is studying how to enhance the effect of secondary metabolites on broccolis, such…

Japan: Prices of matsutake mushrooms up as supply dwindles

Because of relatively poor weather, this year's supply of the coveted Japanese matsutake mushrooms seems to be insufficient, driving wholesale prices to double or triple 2018…

Nigeria: CEO of Dangote Tomatoes wants total ban on tomato imports

Nigeria’s biggest tomato plant owned by billionaire, Aliko Dangote, has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of tomatoes. According to the Managing-Director…

UK: Chatham-Kent witnesses large tomato harvest

In the rural areas of Chatham-Kent, large transport-trailers hauling thousands of tomatoes away from farmers’ fields could have been seen over the past couple of weeks. The good news for farmers in the area is that this year’s spring wasn’t enough to hamper the tomato harvest in the region. “We’ve had a…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

"Despite extreme weather conditions, Dutch radish available 365 days a year"

"Greenhouse grown radish is always reliable and available in the Netherlands," says John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish. "At the moment we are once again steaming and disinfecting for a clean start to the winter. We are also working on scaling up our area. This is all to ensure that if the cultivation takes…

Horticulture NZ warning: "Lettuces could cost $5.50 by 2043"

Horticulture New Zealand is warning vegetable prices could increase by nearly 60 percent by 2043, if those central and local government policies are accepted that will stop…

Lettuce demo days, BASF Vegetable Seeds

"No simple task to familiarise all in the chain with the variety of salads"

For breeding companies, it is of course all about developing and improving varieties. New varieties are introduced every year. In the case of lettuce varieties with new resistance, varieties specifically for lettuce cultivation on water, vertical farming or under LED lighting. Nevertheless, attention is…

Celery market always constant

"Celery is a product that does not fluctuate a lot during the year. Production is in line with consumption and it is possible to grow plants," reports Katia Bagagli from Olivieri, a company specializing in the processing and commercialization of celery. Katia Bagagli in an archive photo "The situation has now gone back to…

Winter vegetables currently being transplanted in Campania

Open-field transplants of winter vegetables in Campania have been going on since mid-August and will continue until mid-October. The main crops include cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, endive and fennel.  Puntarellas from Gaeta are also planted in the northern Caserta area, destined to the Rome and Fondi…

Fennel campaign about to peak

Fennel production is about to peak - harvesting in Romagna has started and Finò specialists are pleased with their produce.  "Quality is excellent also thanks to the professionalism of our producers who follow protocols closely. Grades are large and fennel is aromatic and crunchy. We could not ask for more," explains Vittorio Caligari.  Alfio…

Campaign comes to a close in Extremadura

"Rebound of tomato prices expected to continue"

“Zucchinis and peppers are not going to replace tomatoes, especially those intended for the processing industry. It is true that there has been some oversupply worldwide in the last few campaigns, but some balance is being recovered,” says Domingo Fernández, president of the Association of Agricultural…

Kenya: Nakuru county farmers worry over low price of carrots

The Nakuru county government has encouraged carrot farmers to join co-operative societies to get better prices for their produce. This advice came after farmers in Mau Narok…

Drought did not affect the crops in the North as much

North of Poland has satisfying carrot season

The carrot season in the North of Poland is coming out ahead compared to the rest of the country. The drought and heat in May made the season difficult, but as the North of Poland is close to the sea, these growers didn't feel the impact of the drought as much. According to Michal Gulczynski of GpoiW…

Hazera focuses on chain's end products at annual open day

In the last week of September, various seed breeding companies usually open their well-kept testing fields to visitors. Growers and chain partners visit these fields.  Hazera took a different approach this year. They reconstructed a large supermarket. This was done at their breeding facility in Warmenhuizen, the Netherlands.…

USDA report

US greenhouse tomato production spans most states

While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of U.S. production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse…

The largest pumpkin in Italy weighs over 800kg

Behind the national giant pumpkin championship that takes place every year in Pontedera (Pisa) organized by Lo Zuccone, we find genetic research and great attention on crossbreeds.  The podium of the 2019 edition (all photos taken from the Association's Facebook page) "The 2019 edition was won by Stefano Cutrupi…

China: Garlic priced at 4 yuan this year, but what will happen next year?

Garlic is easily stored and can be stored for a long time. The price of garlic is often subject to fluctuations that stem from irregular supply and demand. Industry analysts…

Rudi Coosemans, Coosemans import/export

“Despite local competition, we sell about 700 tons of Belgian chicory in the US and Canada”

This wet, gloomy autumn weather is, at least, good for something - the chicory demand. Rudi Coosemans of the Belgian company, Coosemans import/export, has noticed this. “In September, the demand for chicory rose sharply. This is partly thanks to the turning weather." "Prices also climbed. We are…

Fennel and kale become available in the fall

"We grow approximately 2 million fennel plants. I would define the current market situation as normal, with no extreme prices," explains Emile Fellini. Facilitated harvesting "We own 67 hectares in Forlì-Cesena near our facility, so the produce is always fresh and processed a few minutes after…

Trinidad and Tobago

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries: No lettuce shortage, but supplies affected

Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat said there may be a delay in the supply of lettuce to the capital after flooding which damaged farmlands in North and South Aranjuez. Recent flooding from the passage of Tropical Storm Karen has resulted in a temporary…

Irish pumpkin grower signs €150,000 contract with Aldi

Pumpkin grower Donnelly Fruit & Veg has signed a new contract with Aldi Ireland, ahead of Halloween. The deal is worth over €150,000. This is the second year Aldi will sell the Dublin-based fruit company's pumpkins, which will be available across the discounter's stores from this Thursday, 3 October,…

US: Northwest Farm Credit Services expects profitable year for local row crops

Bill Perry, EVP of Lending and Insurance with Northwest Farm Credit Services, says they’re forecast calls for moderate profitability for onion producers. “Yields in Washington…

Seized at Pharr International Bridge

Found in cargo of carrots: 211 pounds of cocaine

A big drug bust was made at the Pharr International Bridge; the seizure occurred when Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor-trailer containing fresh carrots arriving from Mexico on September 26. Authorities said after…

Prospects for development of organic food production in Poland

A report from IMAS International indicates that the number of companies preparing for the production of organic products in Poland increased by 12.8 percent, and that in the…

Monterosa tomatoes distributed in Italy

Farmersgroup has recently signed an agreement with seed company Semillas Fitò that will enable it to exclusively grow and distribute Monterosa tomatoes.  Being dynamic and innovative is essential to compete on the domestic and foreign fresh produce markets, so it is no surprise that companies are set up precisely…

Is there room for more variety in the cauliflower section?

In the Netherlands, cauliflower has always been a popular vegetable. In 2018, cauliflower represented 5,2% of the total volume of fresh vegetables bought by Dutch households. This equals to 2,9 percent when it comes to value. Broccoli sales are a lot lower at 3,9%, but its value of 2,6 percent is fast…

Analysis of recent Chinese vegetable prices

The price of Chinese vegetables is expected to stabilize now that the weather is rainy and the temperature more suitable for the growth of vegetables. In October the price may…

Things made even easier for loose-leaf lettuce

Eazyleaf has a lot of potential. This loose-leaf lettuce is not only an attractive convenience product for the hospitality industry. Nowadays, there is a growing demand in supermarkets for pre-packaged lettuce mixes. Paul Huijs of Enza, on the left, and Tim Hurks from Abemec, harvesting the Eazyleaf. "Mechanical harvesting…

"Production of chestnut mushrooms up 50% to meet demand"

“Due to the autumn weather, the mushroom season has started up again for the year. All customers are back from their holidays and the supermarkets have put mushrooms back in the spotlight with a promotion here and there. As a result, demand has skyrocketed, "says Michel Lesage of Lesage Mushrooms. Chestnut mushrooms“The…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to take advantage of growing global demand

A leading New Zealand export marketing company says demand for the country's onions is increasing globally, particularly in Asia. Integrow supplies mainly onions and apples, with each making up about 50 per cent of total sales. Managing Director Philip Bird says 2019 was a record year for the company,…

Volume strong again on asparagus

Supplies of asparagus are picking up after a high-priced market in late summer. “Peru is coming on and almost everybody out of Baja, Ca. has already started. Typically the majority start between the 4th and the 10th of October,” says Chris Brazeel, sales manager of Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) based in San Ramon, Ca. “But they…

Local schools in South Carolina receive donated fruits and vegetables

WP Rawl has announced it donated over 350 bags of fresh produce to four local schools in their surrounding communities this September. This is the second year the company partnered with their local school district to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children and families in need in their…

Ukraine breaks its vegetable import record

Ukraine vegetable imports have significantly exceeded the figure of the previous record, which had stood for nine years, and in the 2018/2019 season (August-July) exceeded the…

Florian Wolz (Franken-Gemüse eG) on the possible benefits for Spanish and German producers

"If there is a supply gap because of the floods, prices will rise"

"We are not really noticing the storms in Spain either in terms of pricing or availability. Of course, broccoli and cauliflower from German farms are currently experiencing problems also, but the situation is slowly recovering," says Florian Wolz, Managing Director of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland eG. Just…

Chinese consumers are looking for variety in the vegetable market

"Consumers have always been drawn to vegetables in fancy packaging. These days, however, consumers are beginning to turn their attention back to the vegetable products themselves. Suppliers are working hard to simplify their packaging and give prominence to the product quality and freshness of their…

Cambodian farmers switch from rice to vegetables

They say a farmer's work starts before dawn, but in Cambodia’s Battambang province, farmers work together late into the night to prepare their vegetable harvest for the overnight bus ride to the capital city’s markets. Photo by Max Fannin A metal barn that was empty hours ago is now filled with colorful…

Half of the EU peppers came from Spain in the last campaign

Spain sold 1,163.19 million kilos of pepper to the EU during the pepper campaign - between August 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019 - which corresponds to 46.71% of the total,…

Schamel Meerrettich delicatessen presents new and well-tried product selection at Anuga

"It is important for us to make organic horseradish available to consumers"

The traditional Bavarian company Schamel Meerrettich has often been represented at Anuga and will present an excerpt from its wide range of products this year. In addition to the classic products, all of which have a new design, the focus is on the new Bavarian organic horseradish and the grated rustic horseradish,…

Tomato prices in China shooting up

A few days ago, tomato production areas across China experienced slow sales, but over the past days, prices suddenly shot up. The unpredictable market can be seen in the main…

Canadian beet season going well after delay

Quebec's beet growers are harvesting their crop right now after a lengthy delay to the season. Current conditions have been favorable for the crop however, and growers say the fields are healthy and the beets are in good condition. The expectation is for a reasonable harvest volume. "We have already…

"Pepper prices falling due to increasing global supply"

From the beginning of the year until now, pepper exports recorded a sharp decline in almost all markets, but there were positive signs in the EU.  According to the latest information…

Omusati region

Namibia to open asparagus processing factory

In Namibia's northern Omusati region the first ever asparagus processing factory was launched on Friday, it is the result of a memorandum of understanding that Namibia signed with the Spanish company Industrias Alimentarias de Navarra in 2017. The factory has 300 permanent workers of whom 80 percent are…

California bell pepper season set to transition shortly

Weather conditions in the Coachella Valley have been ideal for the upcoming bell pepper season, growers say. Temperatures have been close to the average for the time of year and no inclement weather has been recorded since the start of the growing season. The timing of the harvest is also considered to…

Almeria

On its 25th anniversary, Agroiris analyzes the future of the European vegetable market

Within the framework of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the SAT Agroiris, chaired by José Luque Villegas, a technical conference was organized in the Auditorium Theater of El Ejido under the slogan "Agricultural producers and the European vegetable market", with an extensive program of expert…

Indian chili season looking promising, sufficient availability and good prices

The chili season in India has started recently and thanks to a great rainy season, the chili have a lot of potential. Better prices combined with more than enough quantities available make for a great season ahead. India has entered the chili season and the expectations are sky-high, according to MK Exports’…

India: Not just onions, now tomatoes too will pinch people's pockets

In India, after onions, now tomatoes are next in line to bear the brunt of supply shortages and rising prices. In the past few weeks, tomato prices have seen a surge of around…

"Current export prices high"

"Garlic exports expected to soar after National Day"

“As a result of a sluggish market over the past few years due to an oversupply, the acreages dedicated to growing garlic have been reduced by 20%-30%. However, thanks to the improvement in growing techniques, the reasonable use of fertilizers, and a growing awareness of the need for an improvement in…

"Market demand from Europe remains stable"

"Export market for Chinese ginger growing weaker"

The new harvest of Chinese ginger will enter the market in a few months. Ginger from storage will still be available for sales during this period, while overseas demand varies…

Flandria market information

"Falling prices for all lettuce varieties in Belgium"

Green cabbage is in season in Belgium again, and large numbers of these are being auctioned. A slightly more abundant supply of tomatoes made for falling auction prices for…

Mike Glas, Glas-Groenten:

“Good overseas demand, but the Dutch are also ready for winter vegetables”

Dubai and Abu Dhabi may not be the first countries you think of when you think of winter vegetables. But, Mike Glas of Glas Groenten in Broek op Langedijk, in the Netherlands, has noticed kale exports to these countries increasing. This company does not only trade in kale. They also sell Brussels…

Kees Stoop, RoDeKo Growers Association:

"Empty cabbage market offers good start for Dutch seasonal prospects"

The cabbage market is currently under a little pressure. Despite this, Kees Stoop of RoDeKo is looking forward to the season with confidence. RoDeKo is a Dutch growers…

Mexican tomato must adapt to the new phytosanitary measures imposed by the US

According to data provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the average per capita consumption of red tomatoes in the United States in 2017 reached 177.042 million kilos. China accounts for 31.8% of the world's tomato production and it is the world's largest producer.…

Post-harvest regulations for garlic

Argentina demands garlic for export has official packaging and identification

The National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service, Senasa, has reminded garlic growers of the 2019/20 campaign of the obligation to package and identify the crops in the establishments registered in the agency's Registry of Packers and Packaging Establishments to comply with Resolution ex-SAGPyA…

Sebastian Dörmann, Frische aus Westfalen:

"For the next few weeks we hope to see better volumes of cabbage"

Autumn is just around the corner; the last warm days of the year alternate with cold nights. However, the dry summer has left its mark on vegetable cultivation in Germany. Sebastian Dörmann, of Frische from Westfalen LLC, notes: "At the moment there are no large quantities, that is a problem: broccoli, cauliflower…

Growers believe suspension agreement on other items would devastate US growers

The newly drafted and updated Tomato Suspension Agreement between the United States and Mexico was signed last week. With this in place, the 17.56 percent duty paid by importers of Mexican tomatoes is set to cease along with the investigation into alleged "dumping" practices of Mexican growers. Growers…

Sales manager Paul Yin, B&C Lifestyle:

“Demand for ginger continues to increase every year”

B&C Lifestyle has been established in the Netherlands for over seven years. While the company previously focused on the export of milk powder to China, last year they started importing Chinese ginger. And that went down quite successfully. Last year, they began importing in April and up through the end…

With satisfying prices for everyone involved

“High demand for Polish capsicums this season”

The Polish capsicum season has been good to the traders. Demand was high and although there was a lot of competition, the prices were satisfying for everybody involved. As the season is wrapping up, one exporter prepares for the next season, as they export a variety of winter vegetables. The end of the…

Market Report Austria CW 39/2019:

'Stability on the potato market, onion harvest nearing its end'

The Austrian table potato market is looking balanced. With mostly optimal soil conditions, harvesting is progressing rapidly in many places - but there is still no supply pressure.…

“It was an absolute nightmare”

UK: Stockpiling 24 tons of beetroot for Brexit

After the U.K.’s departure from the Europe was delayed in March, Nimisha Raja of snack producer Nim’s Fruit Crisps, based south east of London, was forced to rent a chilled container to store a 20,000 kg mountain of the beetroots she’d ordered in anticipation of the disruption. “It was an absolute…

Chinese local market demand for sweet potatoes continues to grow

"We have developed a new variety of sweet potato in cooperation with the Agricultural Science Institute. We expect the harvest period of this sweet potato variety to begin around September 25th. The sweet potatoes need some time for the sugar content to develop, but they should be ready to enter the…

"Garlic prices in China should return to normal in coming weeks"

The continuously soaring garlic prices this year finally fell back recently. Zhang, Manager of Jining Greenstream Fruits and Vegetables Co., Ltd. talked about the current market situation and future pricing developments.  "This year's harvest is good, as main production areas have not been affected by extreme…

Growing lettuce locally: How close can you get?

When talking about the future of food production, almost everybody agrees that food can be produced much closer to the consumer. Especially when looking at the US lettuce market, the distances travelled by leafy greens are encouraging indoor farmers to join the market. Then, there’s the second question:…

Sulforaphane Symposium on "green prevention"

Scientist lauds broccoli's health benefits

Dr. Jed W. Fahey is world-renowned for his knowledge of broccoli and its health benefits. He visited the Netherlands last week. This was on an invitation from Rob Baan of Koppert Cress. Dr. Fahey came to share his knowledge with the medical community, managers, horticulturalists, and policymakers.Dr. Jed…

"Good quality wild mushrooms expected after recent storms in Spain"

Organic wild mushrooms are one of the most demanded products of a young Valencian company. “Offering a quality product that arrives fresh directly to the customer, without intermediaries, is a model with a future,” says Asier Rojo, manager of Arat Natura. Organic Shiitake “From producer to consumer:…

More peppers and fewer tomatoes in Almeria in the 2019/20 campaign

According to the forecasts made by the General Provincial Secretariat of Agriculture of the province of Almeria, a total of 11,570 hectares will be devoted to the cultivation of peppers in the 2019/20 campaign. This is 445 hectares more (+4%) than the 11,125 hectares of the 2018/2019 campaign. It is…

Flooding contaminated vegetables

Trinidad and Tobago: Minister warns of African snails

Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, is urging citizens to be aware of contaminated crops following the flooding of some farmlands in Mt Lambert…

Tariffs influencing garlic market in the United States

Garlic supplies in North America are tight right now. There are a number of factors that have influenced this, including a reduction in acreage worldwide as well as the tariffs that the United States has imposed on Chinese garlic. Currently, the major northern hemisphere growing regions are in…

Millingandi region, New South Wales

Australian lettuce farmer sees region's fresh potential

Since buying a lettuce farm in Millingandi around five years ago, Larry and Karen Sher’s business, Millingandi Greens, has gone from strength to strength. Although most of NSW is in drought, as far as produce is concerned Mr Sher believes the Far South Coast could be the diamond among the rough. "My…

New Zealand asparagus season looking good

Spring in New Zealand means the asparagus has come. The arrival of the green spears on the shelves heralds the return of warmer days. New Zealand Asparagus Council chairman Mike Arnold said about 40 growers spread throughout the country were looking forward to bringing their 2019 crop to market. It was…

Brazilian market opens up for Egyptian produce, high demand for dry garlic

The dry garlic season in Egypt has run its course and it has been a pretty good one. New markets open every year for Egyptian dry garlic, meaning each new season comes with new opportunities. Demand is also growing, as Brazil for the first time opened its doors for the dry garlic from Egypt as well. The season…

Spanish artichoke producers trust that plants will recover from the storms

Despite the floods caused by the recent storms, and despite the fact that there are still many flooded areas, the president of the Artichoke of Spain association, Antonio Galindo, reports that producers in the Spanish Levant hope for the "recovery of many plants which had been recently planted." However,…

98% of the asparagus produced in Baja California is exported to the US

The Mexicali Valley in Baja California stands out for its asparagus production. According to the agricultural sub-delegate and head of the Ministry of Agriculture and…

Polish vegetable market: tomatoes top list of biggest price increases

According to the analysts of the Polish Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, in August 2019, compared to August last year, the purchase prices of vegetables for…

Heat issues cause US broccoli market to spike

The broccoli market in North America has taken a turn, with the last couple of weeks seeing higher prices. Supplies have been hampered by persistently warmer than usual weather in the growing regions, including Salinas. Suppliers have noted a drop in quality as some of the crop succumbs to heat. "We are…

Market “fair” for celery right now

With the local deals for celery still ongoing, the market on celery is down slightly. “The supplies of celery are steady. We’re at our budgeted volumes so we don’t see any supply issues for the next several weeks happening,” says Joseph Angelo of Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, Ca. Angelo notes that…


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