Vegetables

"Current garlic prices in China stable with slight declines"

Over the past weeks, the garlic market underwent constant changes. In the European market, there are also large volumes of local garlic available. Has this affected Chinese…

"We've seen great interest in Shiitake mushrooms from across the globe"

The world can move fast after a bit of publicity. After receiving some media attention, one Shiitake mushroom producer has really taken off. So much so, that they are now ready to exhibit in Berlin during Fruit Logistica. After a number of years ensuring the consistent quality of the harvest, Shiitake…

How will vegetable prices in China develop after the Spring Festival?

Vegetable prices have risen since December. Regarding this phenomenon, Tang Ke, director of the Department of Market and Information Technology of the Ministry of Agriculture…

Price of Chinese leek rises before Chinese Spring Festival

The price of Chinese leeks showed an upward trend in the period leading up to Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. Leek production in Shandong production areas slowly…

About 600 truckload of fruits enter Muse 105-mile trade zone before Chinese New Year

About 600 truckloads of fruits have entered Muse 105-mile trade zone, northern Shan State, daily before Chinese New Year, according to Muse fruit market. Demands from China are high in Chinese New Year period and traders have a good price for their fruits. “We have a good price on our fruits. The Chinese…

West Bengal emerges at the top in vegetable production

West Bengal has overtaken Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the top State in vegetable production in 2018-19, the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting showed. According to the State-wise horticulture production data released at a conference organised by the Agriculture Ministry last week, West…

Dark tomato YOOM nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Plant-based diets can play a role in reducing carbon emissions, but to realistically deliver significant and sustainable change, the industry must further improve efficiency throughout the value chain, as well as providing vegetables that are attractive to consumers. The Syngenta Vegetable Seeds team…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"In the Netherlands, things seem to get more difficult every year for lettuce"

"A wily crop," is how grower/trader, Henk van Doorne, describes Dutch greenhouse lettuce cultivation. "It seems as if things get a little more difficult every year. I do not…

Consumers urged to continue rallying behind local growers despite possible price increases

One of Australia's leading produce markets is encouraging Australians to rally behind growers as bushfires and drought hit the industry, which will more than likely increase the cost of fresh produce. Brisbane Markets receives produce from more than 7000 growers, with the persistent drought, and…

Michel Martinez, Saint Charles Primeurs:

“Good trend for Spanish vegetables”

“The situation on the market is very good for Spanish vegetables,” reports Michel Martinez, sales manager at Saint Charles Primeurs. “Right now, zucchinis, cucumbers and eggplants are the products we sell the most, at high prices.” According to Michel, this trend is normal for the month of January. “It…

India: Jeevani for production of pesticide-free vegetables

There is a need to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of healthy and nutrient-rich vegetables, Minister for Agriculture V.S. Sunil Kumar has said. He was inaugurating Jeevani, an initiative of the Agriculture Department to encourage organic farming and to ensure the availability of pesticide-free…

Veg exports in Bangladesh grow by 117 per cent in H1 of FY20

Balngladesh's vegetables exports showed a strong performance in the first half of the current fiscal year 2019-2020. Insiders said improvement in compliance issues and opening…

Russia blocks 211 tons of Moroccan tomatoes following discovery of tomato moth

Phytosanitary officers at the Saint Petersburg port refused entry for the tomatoes after the discovery of a dangerous insect. Russian phytosanitary officers at Saint Petersburg port blocked 211 tonnes of infected Moroccan tomatoes from import into the country in 2019. The tomatoes had to be disinfected…

Italy to invest over €4 million in Egypt’s tomato project

The Italian Development Cooperation disclosed plans to contribute over €4.55 million to two United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) projects in Egypt and…

Brassica growers highlight challenges for 2020

"Step out into the high street at the start of 2020 and almost every shop front is emblazoned with sale details offering consumers ever more tempting discounts. But contrast this with the growing number of high streets where empty shop fronts and ‘to let’ signs are increasingly becoming the norm, and…

East4Fresh focuses on sweet potato and Asian vegetables for the European retail sector

"In Portugal, the focus is increasingly shifting to own cultivation”

Nowadays, sweet potatoes are a staple item in supermarket shelves. Some countries have long been major suppliers for the European retail market. These are the United States, North Africa, Latin America, and Spain. In contrast, the Dutch specialist company, East4Fresh, has discovered a flourishing sales…

"Export prices of Chinese ginger may keep rising"

“Last year, ginger production in Shandong dropped 25% compared with the year before, and some stockpilers in China hoarded products for speculation, leading to continuous high…

Enza Zaden and Isolagrande

Italian Dutch collaboration in high-end tomatoes

Isolagrande is a vegetable production company that focuses on high-end tomatoes. They grow, select, pack and sell fresh produce. Their total production area is 65 ha. 45 ha of their own property. The other 20 ha are at selected growers who cultivate according to the company's specifications under the…

“We expect companies failing to adapt to global warming to struggle”

Global warming is shifting the seasons in Turkey, with some produce having their window shifted by as much as 15 days. Due to rains being unpredictable, growers will have to adept, or they will start to struggle, says one Turkish exporter. The year 2019 had a lot of investments for Turkish fresh fruit exporter…

Unica, CASI and Biosabor present the new Adora tasty tomato

Única Group, the Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro (CASI) and Biosabor, three of the Spanish companies with the greatest presence in the fresh tomato segment, have presented a…

Zimbabwe: Vegetable shortages strike Bulawayo

Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, is experiencing a shortage of vegetables due to water shortage. This has pushed prices up while removing vegetables from menus…

Xpol sells herbs and vegetable branch to Xfresh

On the 1st of January, Xpol sold their vegetables and herb branch to Xfresh, a new company set up by Marcel Schers and a few new agri business partners. Xpol will again focus…

Philippines: Highland farmers send more vegetables to Taal volcano victims

More vegetables will be sent to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption as local farmers and traders continue with their relief operation. Agot Balanoy of the League of Associations in the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post said they have gathered 3,000 kilograms of assorted highland vegetables from…

LGMA steps up efforts to improve safety

CDC and FDA declared multiple romaine lettuce e. Coli outbreaks over

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, previously reported on Dec. 12 that public…

Designated counties saw at least a 30% loss of alfalfa, raspberry or blueberry crops

USDA designates 8 counties in New Hampshire as natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated eight counties in New Hampshire as primary natural disaster areas. According to rfdtv.com, this designation is in response to…

Kale pricing up slightly this winter

Domestic supplies of kale are ample right now. “Everybody seems to be growing it,” says Paul Guarino of Ace Natural, an organic food distribution business based in New York…

American Mushroom Council reports:

"Mushroom volume hits record high and prices continue to rise"

Mushroom growers are entering 2020 with record sales volumes, increasing retail prices and solid demand for fresh mushrooms, according to the American Mushroom Institute. The…

Olivier Barlaguet, Saveurs des Clos:

“The French lettuce production continues to decline”

Just as in  he previous season, this year seems to be a good year for lettuce producers. “There is a very good flow for all species: lettuce, batavia, oak leaves but also chicory (curly/escarole),” explains Olivier Barlaguet of the cooperative group Saveurs des Clos. “Prices have been good since November.…

Prices are significantly increasing

Low supply of cauliflower and broccoli due to falling temperatures

Since a few days ago, temperatures have plummeted in Murcia, causing frosts and the slowdown in the growth of vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower (whose prices are already rising), as well as leafy vegetables. "Progress in the broccoli and cauliflower harvests is very slow due to the lower…

The Bushfire cost being felt by East Gippsland vegetable farmers

Vegetable farmers in Victoria's East Gippsland have not escaped the effects from the devastating bushfires that tore through southern Australia over the Christmas/New Year holidays. The most devastating was the loss of Matt and Kate Zagami's vegetable farm in Wairewa. Food & Fibre Gippsland Industry…

Coles and Woolworths say fires cut into supply of broccoli

At least 19,000 farmers have been impacted by the devastating bushfires across the country since November.  Extreme heat, smoke and drought has ravaged the nation for months and…

Purple cocktail tomato nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

The Yoom tomato has been nominated as one of the 10 most innovative products presented at the forthcoming edition of the international Fruit Logistica 2020 trade fair. From 5-7 February, visitors will be able to discover and enjoy first hand #TheFlavourExperience offered by Yoom in exhibition halls…

Ellen van Kester (Horticola Guadalfeo) about new Maximo tomato:

"Besides blue and greenish-pink, we now have brownish-black tomatoes in our range"

Until Christmas, the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season appeared to be progressing normally. This is according to Ellen van Kester of Horticola Guadalfeo from Motril, Spain. "There were no large surpluses or shortages, and prices were reasonable. However, right before Christmas, production increased…

Pulsed UV Conveyor System can substantially increase vitD in mushrooms

Enriching mushrooms with vitamin D is becoming more and more popular in the UK, as the benefits to health are becoming understood. The enrichment process, approved to be used on the EU market, utilises high-energy pulses of ultraviolet (UV) light which initiate photochemical reactions within treated…

Many reducing meat in their diets

Japanese prefer vegetables to meat substitutes

A recent report shows that in Japan, more consumers are choosing good-for-me, good-for-earth foods. This is attributed to increased concerns for the environment, animal…

An Apulian operator reported a 20% increase in prices compared to last year

Quality and price of vegetables on the rise

"As far as we're concerned, the vegetable campaign is moving at a steady pace. The quality of the crops is excellent and prices are medium-high. After a fairly good start in September and a following stagnant period regarding sales at the beginning of November, there has been an increase in demand and…

"Surface area of Chinese garlic farms in Shandong increased by 20% this season"

"The price of Chinese garlic remained high in 2019 and showed no sign of coming down, but the high price did not have a significant effect on Chinese garlic export. The overall surface area devoted to garlic plantation in Shandong production areas expanded this year. We expect the price of garlic to show…

Vegetable prices stable with slight increases in Shandong, China

Recently, vegetable prices in Shandong have remained steady with slight increases, due to a few factors. The first is the steady increase in demand. During the last month of…

“Lack of snow and frost allowed carrot harvest to continue”

Due to a lack of snow and frost, the harvesting of carrots is still going on in Poland. Harvesting conditions have been very nice and thus volumes have gone up for one particular company. They hope this will shoot them forward, enabling them to start exporting their produce next season. Miko Farm is a…

Jan Doldersum - Rijk Zwaan

"We aim to inspire retailers and traders worldwide to drive further growth of the snack category"

More and more consumers are opting for a healthy lifestyle, and that includes incorporating healthy snacks – whether for eating while out and about, at work, after exercise or at parties. This trend inspired Rijk Zwaan to develop a brand specifically for its growing snack range. Jan Doldersum: “In mature…

Guy Deryckere, Van Lier

“Spanish tomatoes having a tough time on the market due to competition"

“Spanish greenhouse vegetable supplies had a hard time of it recently. This was during the festive season. It was due to a few transportation issues. It gets more difficult…

The company will supply the European market for 17 consecutive weeks

Spain's HaciendasBio will supply organic asparagus from mid-January

HaciendasBio, the biggest organic fruit and vegetable producer in Spain and leader in the export of these products to Europe, mainly to Germany, will be the only one supplying organic asparagus to the market during the months of January, February and March. It is thus ahead of the usual harvesting season…

Overall vegetable prices in China lower than last year

Southern China is experiencing an exceptionally mild winter. In mid-December 2019, the temperature rose to 20° C, breaking the historical record, and again in early January…

Prices of Chinese garlic in November 2019 rose and fell sharply

In November 2019, the garlic market in China was highly volatile. After reports of rotten roots, yellowing leaves, and dead seedlings flew around, the market once again picked…

Mike Glas, Glas-Groenten:

"No cold weather in the Netherlands, but curly kale selling well"

It may be a mild winter, but curly kale sales are going well. "They are not disappointing at all. You would think, with these temperatures, there would be fewer sales. But, the demand from both supermarkets and the export market is good," says Mike Glas of Glas-Groenten. This company is based in Broek op…

Stefaan Dobbels, Gerdo

"It must get a little colder in Belgium to maintain winter vegetables' prices"

“The current winter vegetable situation is very good. More winter vegetables started being sold once the new year started. The classic festive season products have been supplemented by the usual winter vegetables again. There is enough, good quality supply at the moment," says Stefaan Dobbels of the…

The comment of Marco Babbi of Finò

Consumption in slight recovery: a little optimism for the fennel

"After the holidays, there is always an increase in fennel consumption. It is almost physiological. With good reason, consumers who see this vegetable as ideal for a healthier diet after the Christmas period are probably increasing". Marco Babbi, sales manager of Caligari&Babbi, specialist in Finò-branded…

contrary to popular belief

Breeding increased the diversity of cultivated tomatoes

It is generally believed that the domestication and breeding of plants has led to genetic erosion, including loss of nutritional value and resistances to diseases, especially in tomatoes. A group of researchers studied the diversity dynamics of greenhouse tomato varieties in NW Europe, especially The…

How tomato, a tiny Andean fruit, conquered the world

Tomato, the second most important vegetable in the world after potatoes, arrived in Europe relatively recently. Hernan Cortes conquered Tenochtitlan in 1521 and it is likely that a member of that expedition was responsible for introducing in Spain the yellow tomatoes that the Aztecs consumed. However, it…

‘Kanegeich’ faces threat from habitat destruction & urbanization

World’s costliest mushroom in danger

In Kashmir, the world’s costliest mushroom is feeling the tremors of habitat destruction in Kashmir. Locally known as ‘Kanegeich’, the morel mushroom is a rare sight in the…

UK: Brassica Growers Association determines 2020 challenges

From time to time, both retailers and consumers need to pause and reflect on how the current,  relentless driving down of prices is achieved. The margins for many commodity food…

Jim Westhoff, Valstar:

"Greenhouse vegetable market stable at too low a level for weeks"

The day trade in greenhouse vegetables has been going very smoothly over the last few weeks. "The hope is now mainly focused on the lower temperatures, causing production to decline and there would normally be higher prices in January and February, but for the time being it is calm and prices across the…

Europe less demand for Chinese garlic

"We export more garlic to the Caribbean islands now"

China, as one of the biggest suppliers of garlic worldwide, still has a large amount in stock. With the coming Chinese New Year, more overseas companies are buying garlic to…

Manirampur - Jashore district

Bangladesh farmers making money by broccoli farming

Among farmers in Manirampur administrative area of Jashore district, broccoli farming is gaining popularity as they find it more profitable than conventional vegetables.…

Evelyn Vallejo of Ecuafields on Ecuador’s asparagus season:

“New lots have doubled our asparagus exports this season”

While Ecuador is able to produce asparagus year-round, production is limited to two specific windows: June through August, and December through February. Evelyn Vallejo of Ecuafields explains: “We organize our seasons into these two windows based on the demand in the international markets. Even though we…

State University's Chile Pepper Institute to host

New Mexico will hold world's largest meeting on chili peppers

New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world's largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run on February 3 and 4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university's Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about…

From 1962 to 2017

World ranking of top 10 garlic-producing countries

This video shows which countries are among the top ten when it comes to producing garlic. It spans from 1962 to 2017. China produces about 80% of the entire global garlic supply. This is according to the video's creators, Data for Farmers. In 2017, China grew about 22 million tons of garlic. India and Bangladesh are…

The US wants to increase the tariff on Mexican tomato imports again

Mexican tomato producers are concerned as the US Chamber of Commerce has requested increasing the tariff on Mexican tomatoes to 22%, alleging unfair competition. If the…

European consumers prefer smaller tomato varieties

The European Commission has just presented its forecasts for the next ten years in the area of ​​fruit and vegetable production and marketing, focusing on three groups of products: peaches and nectarines, apples and tomatoes. When it comes to tomatoes, Brussels analysts say that the European production…

Venezuela expects to increase vegetable production by 15% in 2020

Gerson Pabon, the head of the Confederation of Associations of Agricultural Producers of Venezuela (FEDEAGRO), stated that they expected vegetable production to increase by 15% in 2020. This year the entity aims to increase the amount of potato, broccoli, carrot, and branch products, whose production…

"Chinese ginger exports are expected to increase after Chinese New Year"

“As the Chinese New Year this year is coming early, China's ginger export is currently in a special period, and the trade volume has increased. It is expected that the export volume will increase after the Chinese New Year. Current prices are slightly higher than before and are relatively stable, ” Tom…

Warm Florida weather could bring corn prices down

Over the next week, temperatures across Florida are expected to increase by about 20 to 30 degrees. The Belle Glade area, a big corn-growing region, will see temperatures as high as 85⁰F. “That’s good weather for the corn crop,” says Adam Chernow with Schmieding Produce. “Over the past few weeks, the…

Paul Delbeke, Districhamp

"Still no good alternative for plastic as mushroom packaging"

After the busy Christmas period, calm has not returned to Districhamp in Pittem. “The demand during the holidays was substantial, but the demand is still very good at the moment. The expectation is that this will continue in the coming months," says Paul Delbeke. Due to the declining numbers of players…

Gamper Gemüsekulturen supplies Switzerland with vegetables from the dark

"Wet autumn delayed the harvest and made further processing difficult"

Gamper Gemüsekulturen from Stettfurt currently supplies chicory to the whole of Switzerland. The successful company history began in 1977. After taking over the lease of his parents' agricultural business, Erwin Gamper began to grow storable and canned vegetables.  By 1979, chicory was already being grown on…

Vincent Elegoet, Saveurs du Bout du Monde:

“A novelty in the middle of winter: the Pontoise cabbage”

Like every year, Vincent Elegoet, manager of Saveurs du Bout du Monde, tries to surprise his clients by offering unique products. And in this winter season, he chose to add a novelty to his catalogue: the Pontoise cabbage. “It is the first year that we are offering it for sale, and our clients are…

European potato market (week 2)

Belgium: Better effective demand and fairly weak supply

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Nq = no quotation Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial potatoes: Firm markets for all varieties, with a better effective demand and a fairly weak supply. Export is still active with a good demand from Eastern countries. Price for all comers,…

Journal of Health Psychology:

Bribing stressed adults into eating their broccoli - with cash

Just as children being enticed to finish their dinner with the promise of a treat, it appears that grown adults can be bribed into eating their vegetables. How? With cold hard…

Bert van der Beek, Van Oers United B.V.

From childhood trauma to modern cuisine: The story of the Sprout

Although Brussels sprouts are the most eaten winter vegetable, besides carrots, in the Netherlands, this small green cabbage variety is, however, responsible for much childhood trauma and can cause many a heated discussion at the dinner table. In recent years, however, Brussels sprouts’ image has…

St. Louis University research

Common Indian fruit might be helpful in fighting cancer

According to recent research, the Asian karela fruit -also known as the bitter melon- shows promise in slowing the progression of cancer. It has properties that prevent cancer…

Vegetable prices in China surged and fell last week

Recent vegetable prices have been relatively stable in general, with the exception of last week (December 30, 2019-January 3, 2020), where prices surged and then fell.…

Some French asparagus will be available next week

“There will always be room for early asparagus on the market”

Aspa2, a French asparagus producer, will start selling white asparagus next week. They are cultivated using an underground heating network. The heating method used does not emit greenhouse gases. This year, the volumes will be slightly higher than in previous years. “We increased our greenhouse area,”…

dozens of greenhouses being realized nearby Shanghai

"With an ROI of 3-5 years, Venlo Greenhouses are only built with strong financial backing"

“In Shanghai, there’s huge consumer demand for cherry tomatoes, but due to the limited acreage in an around the city only about 20 per cent of the demand can be filled in by local growers." Speaking is Mr Wang Jinhua, head of the Guangming Group. The company is building dozens of greenhouses in Shanghai…

"Market price of Chinese garlic is rising again"

The market price of Chinese garlic has gradually stabilized in the last two months. However, since the middle of December, the garlic price has begun to rise again. Mr. Zhang Shuhan of Jining Greenstream Fruits and Vegetables Co., Ltd. shared his views on the conditions in the Chinese garlic market. "There…

845 million kilos in the 2018/19 campaign

Spanish province of Almeria achieves record pepper production

Greenhouse pepper producers in the Spanish province of Almeria have broken a production record in the latest campaign, having devoted the largest acreage ever to the crop, according to data provided by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia. According to a report issued by this…

"Europe, America, Japan, and South Korea are our main focus for quality sweet potato export"

"Our purple and red sweet potatoes are produced from our own eco-friendly plantations in Shandong, Guangdong, and Hebei. The entire growing process is done organically following the standards of zero pesticide residues. The supply period of sweet potatoes usually lasts from September to February of the…

Ronald Gielleit, Top Fresh Handel:

"Full cold stores, a lot of bad quality, and little demand on the Dutch carrot market"

The carrot trade is nothing to write home about. "There are large supplies with bad quality," Ronald Gielleit of Top Fresh Handel sums up the situation. This company is based in Kraggenburg, the Netherlands. "On the whole, it will become a challenging season. The cold stores are full. After the 'test…

Price at origin of Dutch lettuce is 759% higher than that of Spanish lettuce

According to the data from Faostat, the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), processed by Hortoinfo, in 2018, Dutch lettuce…

Peppers became leading vegetable in Almeria in 2019

The year 2019 in Almeria has been marked by a price crisis, the difficulties of the agricultural model and the weather adversities. In this period, there has also been a downward trend in the production of tomatoes, to such an extent that peppers have taken over the lead. For Andrés Góngora, secretary of…

Spain

"For what I'm getting for my tomatoes, let the goats eat them"

Almeria's agricultural producers are increasingly angry due to the price crisis in the sector. This is the case of Paco Fernández, a producer from El Ejido who has his greenhouse in the town of La Cañada, where he produces tomatoes. Fernández denounced the low price of the product, stating that rather…

Chinese fresh ginger granted entry to New Zealand

On December 20, 2019, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries released new hygienic standards for imports of fresh ginger (Import Health Standards, IHS) for human…

‘Micro-green’ technology inside military bunkers

India: Troops to get fresh veggies with help of new tech

Tinned food will be a thing of the past for soldiers patrolling the Siachen Glacier, considered the world’s highest battleground: Soon they will be able to munch on a variety of fresh vegetables grown inside their bunkers within a span of 10-12 days.  This year, more than 1000 posts along the Siachen Glacier…

New York - Cornell University research

The word ‘local’ affects the marketing of fresh vegetables

The word "local", whether used appropriately or opportunistically, appears to have particular power in the marketing of fresh vegetables. That's the conclusion of a study published by researchers from Cornell University in New York. According to a university news release, the Cornell researchers…

Almeria's tomato production falls for fourth consecutive year

As revealed in the latest report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, Almeria's tomato production has fallen in the last four consecutive seasons. According to the figures in the document, the tomato production in the province stood at 1,090.79 million kilos in the…

Jean-Pierre Dalle, Ribambelle:

“Average quality and good prices on the endive market”

“The storage life of endives is not very good, so they must be sold right away,” explains Jean Pierre Dalle of the company Ribambelle. “At the end of July, we were faced with a heatwave for three days, followed by a period of intense rainfall in September, October and November. There was too much rain in…

UK organic audio – Using carrots as audio couplers

When people have too much time at their hands, they might decide to take a baby carrot and simply plug audio connectors into its flesh, discovering an audio connectivity…

Southern Specialties ramps up Mexican asparagus deal

Asparagus from Mexico to be shipped to US end of January

Southern Specialties, a grower, importer, processor and distributor of asparagus is ramping up its Mexican asparagus deal. The company is preparing to ship asparagus, grown in Caborca, Mexico, starting the last week of January. The deal is expected to run until mid-April. Southern Specialties’ asparagus from…

Iceland’s vegan steaks made from mushroom

Supermarket chain Iceland has just starting selling mushroom steaks that look like real ones - but contain zero meat. Despite being made from mostly mushroom, they truly look…

LG presents a smart greenhouse to grow vegetables in the kitchen

Due to the upcoming edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the main fairs and congresses on consumer technologies that will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States), LG has presented its first intelligent greenhouse, a new type of appliance that can be installed in the kitchen to…

SAKATA to showcase oriental range

As a Japanese company, Sakata is proud to highlight oriental crops for the 2020 Fruit Logistica edition. For 3 days, visitors will be invited to taste all Sakata’s varieties on show as well as other products (butternut, snack tomato, cabbage, snack pepper…) in Sakata’s extensive range. One chef will…

Novel cabbage vegetable is cultivated on 10 ha

Four tons of domestic kalettes for the whole of Switzerland

In 2010, British seed company Tozer Seeds launched a new vegetable called the 'Flower Sprout'. This mix of Brussels sprouts and feathered sprouts was convincing: four years later the first Flower Sprouts were grown in Switzerland. Since 2017, the vegetables have been sold under the Kalettes brand name, "so…

"Regulations threaten Flemish leek farming"

Record sales of EUR 208 million for Belgium auction

REO Auctioneers are based in Roeselare, Belgium. They ended 2019 with record sales of €208 million. That makes last year the best the cooperative has ever had. For the second year running, tomatoes have been the most important product. It is followed by leeks, REO Auction's traditional showpiece. "We…

Cambodia: Boosting domestic vegetable production to curb imports

The Ministry of Agriculture is taking action to grow more food domestically, hoping to be able to cut down imports. Cambodia planted a variety of vegetables covering a total 58,000 hectares of land nationwide by the end of 2019 that produced 68 per cent of local market demand, according to a Ministry of…

Bangladesh: Vegetable production rises by 32% in five years

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), around 26.7 million tons of vegetables were produced across Bangladesh in 2018-19 fiscal year So although a very small portion of cultivable lands are being used for vegetable cultivation, its production has seen a significant rise -  37.63% - between…

Priced at around 7 per half kilo

Prices of garlic from Weifang, China keep rising

Garlic prices have been rising continuously since October 2019 and are much higher than the last two years. Many traders said that although many people have the habit of…

"Ginger production in Guangxi much lower this season"

This year’s unfavorable weather seen in various production areas has affected the overall production of Chinese ginger, which is significantly lower compared to last year, leading to rising export prices. Chai, manager of Taiyuan Food Co., Ltd. in Ju County talked about the market and export situation of…

Nanyang, Henan Province

Central province China exports mushrooms to Russia

A freight train loaded with 35 containers of mushroom products left the city of Nanyang, central China's Henan Province this Wednesday, destination: Russia. The train carrying…

Strong pricing anticipated on imported winter squash

Winter squash supplies have begun being imported from the Honduras. “Butternut and spaghetti are the two types we have right now. We’re just starting out of Honduras which is our main production, so volume will be light until after mid-January,” says Albert Perez, chief executive officer and grower…

The Mexican tomato export season to the US begins in Sinaloa

According to the manager of the Commission for Research and Defense of the Vegetables, IACHR, Mario Haroldo Robles Escalante, the strong export season to the United States…

Patrick Brun, Anteus Fruit:

“We will offer red kuri squash from Morocco in January”

For the second year, Anteus offers red kuri squash from Morocco to its German, French, Swiss and Austrian clients for the winter season. “We grow in the Rabat region, in northern Morocco, where the climate is favorable for the crops. Besides, the land has been spared from intensive agriculture, which…

Sergio Narvaez Ávila of Los Rancheros:

“We had higher yields of garlic per hectare in the 2019 season”

Garlic in Mexico is grown in multiple regions, each of which have their own growing window. The overall harvest window starts at the end of March and ends in July. Sergio Narvaez Ávila of Los Rancheros Mexico says: “We had good weather conditions in 2019 – it was dry without risk of rain, and this is…

UK and Brexit: Morrisons denies renaming Brussels Sprouts

Supermarket chain Morrisons has denied it has renamed its range of Brussels Sprouts in a supposed bid to win over Brexit supporters. Several social media users were angered after Brexiteer MEP Lucy Harris tweeted that the chain had named its batches after the regions they were grown in, with one batch…

CAN (BC): 2018 record year for food sales

B.C. growers contributed to a record-setting year in 2018, with annual revenue from businesses in those sectors reaching $15 billion for the first time. “It was an excellent…

Versland Selection invests in vacuum coolers, cooling and container space

"We are big in small products"

Versland Selection has expanded considerably over the years at its location at ABC Westland in Poeldijk, The Netherlands. The greengrocer has been located at this location since 2000, but after extensions in 2010 and 2015 respectively, the building was expanded by half and after a thorough renovation made into a whole. But it…

Bad start of the week in Shadow Hills

Produce truck with 10 tons of lettuce toppled near LA

A SigAlert was issued Monday morning for two lanes on the westbound 210 Freeway in Shadow Hills after a produce truck overturned. According to CHP officials, the accident occurred around midnight when a tractor-trailer truck reportedly collided with another vehicle, starting a small fire. The truck,…

Fighting child obesity

Could eBooks help encourage children to eat vegetables?

Concerned parties, hoping to encourage children to eat their vegetables, have not been idle. Based on the evidence that children who are exposed to pictures of vegetables are more likely to eat them, they launched the See & Eat project to try and help children. The project an initiative funded by…

Efko sees great potential for Austrian calettes and expands production capacity

"The biggest challenge is still the promotion of the product."

After the first marketing season last year, local calettes have been back on the vegetable shelves of the Austrian food retail trade for about four weeks now. The eye-catching and visually beautiful winter vegetable is quickly making a name for itself among consumers. The interest even surprised the exclusive…

Spain was the world's largest exporter of lettuce in 2018

In 2018, Spain dominated the world export of lettuce, both in terms of volume and value, as revealed by the data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations…

Irish scientists: Mushrooms are the superfood of the future

In County Monaghan, Ireland, stands one of the world’s biggest mushroom producers. The BioRescue project partner has its own laboratories where 40 scientists not only study…

Worldwide vegetable exports have almost doubled in the last ten years

During the last ten years, the global export of vegetables has multiplied by 1.79, going from 35,458.15 million euro in 2009 to 63,295.7 million in 2018, i.e. 78.51% more.…

Circular economy of mushrooms: health and quality guarantee

Haute cuisine boosts mushroom consumption

“The upward trend in the consumption of 'new' cultivated mushrooms, such as the portobello, shiitake or Pleurotus eryngii, is clear. The rise in their popularity is due in part to haute cuisine and the hospitality industry, which are giving them visibility. They have become an accessible and attractive…

Analysis made by OP Fonteverde

Seasonal trend of courgettes and peppers

The horticultural season is in full swing, and we interviewed Patrizia Calabrese, sales manager of OP Fonteverde, based in Sicily, to take stock of the development of courgettes and peppers. "This year the production of courgettes is performing well with regard to the product yield and its quality," said…

Mushroom wholesaler Uwe Buschhaus looks back on marketing year 2019:

"Good chanterelle season, lousy porcini campaign, growing demand for exotic and mixed mushrooms"

All in all, 2019 was a particularly exciting year for the German mushroom industry: A quite successful campaign for chanterelles was followed by a lousy porcini mushroom season, due to the heat in the Balkan countries. Meanwhile, the mushroom exotics and mushroom mixtures are becoming more and more popular…

Spain sells its eggplants to the EU at half the price of Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda

In the 2018/2019 campaign, the average price of Spanish eggplant sales to the European Union is half of the sales price achieved by other countries, such as Kenya, Mexico, and…

Spanish cooperative CASI backs production of pink tomato from Barbastro

The pink tomato from Barbastro is originally a variety from the municipality of Cádiz that gives it its name, with a fruit that stands out for its large size and pinkish…

International Meeting in Spain on the threats to this crop

The tomato leafminer affects 60% of world tomato production

The tomato leafminer has become a global disease in the cultivation of tomatoes, the most cultivated vegetable in the world and the one with the greatest economic value. In…

New Purple Fire garlic variety grown in the Peruvian highlands sees high demand

A large proportion of the garlic grown in Peru is grown in the southern region of the country. This is also where White Lion Produce grows their garlic, and their main export markets are located in Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and Australia. Byron Machuca, the company’s sales manager, says: “The…

India: Government imposes minimum import price of Rs 200 per kg on peas

The government has imposed a minimum import price of Rs 200 per kg on all kinds of peas, a move which could help in curbing cheaper imports and boost local prices. "Import of…

Drying process improves the nutraceutic value of perilla leaves

Fresh leaves of Perilla frutescens (perilla) are used as a culinary herb in East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Perilla is an annual short-day plant that…

How do carrots affect your vision?

Carrots being good for the eyes is a well-known fact. It is something we have grown up learning, and there is even scientific evidence to back this claim. But, how did this…

Nothing new for Christmas

"In order to meet our partner demands, we are always looking for products that can be appreciated by final consumers. We focus on flavor and high quality and this is why we are popular on the international market," explains Vittorio Gona, president of the AlbaBio cooperative.  Vittorio Gona The market"Despite the fact that Christmas…

US: Little Leaf Farms doubling hydroponic, greenhouse-growing operations in MA in 2020

For many business owners, Paul Sellew has a good problem to solve. The founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms is producing one million boxes of fresh greenhouse-grown baby green lettuce a month, delivered to every major supermarket chain in New England usually within 24 hours,…

Stella Rasmussen on the first full financial year

"There are many opportunities to further exploit Kenya's export potential"

Every year, there are a lot of insolvency applications and new registrations in the German fruit and vegetable trade. For Stella Rasmussen - a young, passionate entrepreneur with Kenyan roots - 2019 was the first full business year. Her LLC -that bares the same name- mainly sells legumes, but also chillies,…

"Vacuum cooling is essential to maintain leafy greens’ quality"

Leafy greens vegetables are increasingly grown through hydroponics, sometimes under protective structures, said Mr. Arvin Lau from Vegfor Cooling Technology Limited. After working in the the fresh produce industry for several years, he saw a clear development in the process of growing leafy green…

Chinese pepper purchases slow down to regular levels

The market for small chili peppers has steadily weakened in the last few days. Buyers put pressure on the price and the number of buyers grows smaller. Overall market demand…

Waitrose increases orders of best selling loose veg by 75% for Christmas

Waitrose & Partners has stocked up on loose vegetables this Christmas with environmentally-savvy shoppers increasingly wanting to buy loose produce rather than packaged.  The retailer…

Brussels sprout farmer takes on more acreage as demand for seasonal vegetable soars

The much-maligned Brussels sprout is fast becoming the king of vegetables, says a west of Ireland organic farmer. Pádraig Fahy of Beechlawn Organic Farms near Ballinasloe, Co Galway, says Brussels sprouts are already benefiting from the “halo effect” created by superfood kale. He and his wife and…

"The application of environmentally friendly practices is the only way forward"

Good prospects for Spanish organic cherry tomatoes

“It is clear that Almeria is reducing its tomato acreage. This year, the area devoted to the crop has been 4,000 hectares smaller. Imports from third countries are also putting tomato cultivation under pressure. The rising production costs have motivated some to switch to peppers or eggplant, which…

Michal Gulczysnki on the Polish carrot year

“I expect the lines between organic and conventional cultivation will fade”

Hot and dry weather made 2019 a difficult year for the Polish carrots. Growth was slow and quality is not at the level it was in previous seasons. One Polish vegetable producer claims the stressful conditions are the cause. GPOiW Polfarm is a Polish vegetable trader that mainly deals in carrots.…


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