Vegetables

Planting gaps will strain California bok choy supplies

Bok choy production is in the midst of the transition from the desert regions to the spring and summer regions in coastal California, including Oxnard, Santa Maria and Salinas. There has been much talk about the impact on crops resulting from the heavy rains parts of California witnessed some months ago.…

“There’s a growing demand for lettuce mixes”

It looks great: heads of lettuce in rows in various shades of green and red. As soon as the sun starts shining and temperatures start rising, Dejonghe Salads expands their production of lettuce outside, where it grows in production gutters. After some weeks, the lettuce is harvested, and the lettuce…

Sweet corn could be solution for Southwest Georgia Agriculture

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp again demanded action on recovery funds for farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael. “Georgia farmers, who suffered generational losses during…

"Overseas demand for Chinese fresh ginger is weak"

"The export price of fresh ginger showed an upward trend between the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] and the last week of February. The price has now settled. The overseas demand for fresh ginger is rather weak at the moment. Chinese farmers are busy planting another round of ginger which is…

Colourful innovations in Sweet Palermo, snack tomatoes and Violet & Luca

Inspiring consumers with a choice of new colours

New colour combinations in fresh produce displays can entice shoppers to choose the healthy option even more frequently. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is therefore launching a number of colourful innovations: under the Sweet Palermo brand as well as in snack tomatoes and kohlrabi. Colour is an…

Project aimed at microgreens

US researchers look to extend shelf life of vegetables

Researchers at the University of Alabama and the University of West Alabama hope to provide agricultural solutions that assist a special class of nutritious vegetables to last longer in supermarkets and kitchens. The project aims to help microgreens, young and tender vegetables packed with flavor and…

Discussion on Tomato Suspension Agreement to be held at Viva Fresh

The 2019 Viva Fresh Produce Expo will host a workshop on Friday, April 26 focusing on the Tomato Suspension Agreement, an item that has become a hot topic during the last six months. Moderated by Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of the Texas International Produce Association, a panel of experts will…

The benefits of eating tomatoes every day

The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits, widely consumed all around the world. Some people prefer it raw, many like to cook it with vegetables and spices. You can…

Easter egg kit with dyes made from herbs & vegetables

Easter is here, so kids and parents are thinking about dying eggs. If you have allergies or an aversion to food dyes or to just want to dye your Easter eggs in a natural way, check out the plant-based Easter Egg Coloring Kit with Colors from Nature. It’s from ColorKitchen and now available at Sur La…

Austrians expand their acreage

Not much Swiss asparagus available due to the weather

Because of the cooler weather the Swiss asparagus hardly grew at all. The retail offerings are therefore small. The best option for Swiss asparagus is direct sales in the farm shop. Although the weather outlook is currently better and temperatures are rising again, only small amounts can be harvested on…

Rollercoaster ride expected for cauliflower

Cauliflower supplies coming from California are moderate right now. “The supplies are coming from Santa Maria and the Salinas districts,” says Bob R. Cordova of The VegBoss LLC in Orcutt, Ca. He adds that overall, cauliflower supplies are less this year. “We all anticipated some pretty severe gaps and I…

Unique Australian technology cleaning cool room storages and improving food quality

A unique Australian-developed atmosphere management technology system is proving to be very popular throughout the horticulture sector, with substantial growth in on-farm use across many regions nationally and overseas. Airofresh is a patented highly intense oxidation module, driven by light, and…

Italy: Fluctuating trends for kohlrabi

Kohlrabis grown in greenhouses are currently being harvested in the area near the Sele river mouth. Due to the unstable weather, the start of the campaign was delayed, however now the risk is that the produce will have to be harvested earlier than usual. "It is the first year we are commercializing this…

FME Commercial Director, Willem Weening:

"Easter rush in the mushroom trade"

There could well be an Easter rush in the mushroom trade. This is according to Willem Weening. He is Belgian mushroom wholesaler, Fresh Mushroom Europe's, (FME) Commercial Director. "There is high demand, and the market is tight. This situation requires a great deal of attention to ensure we meet all our…

The asparagus season is in full swing

"Sales had been bad, but now we have too little asparagus available"

The asparagus harvest in Germany is in full swing. At Asparagus Farm Allofs in Geldern-Walbeck, the cold weather of the last days has brought some relaxation, both in the harvest itself and regarding the price of the vegetables, says senior partner Franz Allofs. "The sales were bad until the beginning of…

Enrico Smolik, Smolik Obst Gemüse Freiburg GmbH:

"Regional rocket and babyleaves are well received"

Strawberries and asparagus nowadays dominate events at the Freiburg Wholesale Market. On the medium-sized, very manageable wholesale market in southwestern Germany, certainly the regional fresh specialties are well received by the major customers. That is why, apart from all the classic Easter…

Patrick Romanens, Fine Funghi AG:

"Our mushroom substrate is made from wood chips and wheat bran"

At fist glance, cereals and mushrooms seem to have little to do with each other. But far from it: "When grinding cereals, a lot of wheat bran, husks or peels are produced," Patrick Romanens, Deputy Managing Director of Fine Funghi AG told the COOP-Zeitung . "Wheat bran is particularly suitable for our…

Alex Lussi, Gotthard Bio-Pilze AG:

"International cuisine and increasingly vegetarian diets work out fine for us"

It is a cool 13 o in the cave. Water drips from the ceiling, a sweet smell is in the air. From countless blocks stacked on shelves, mushrooms stretch their brownish hats towards the ceiling of the cave. Here, in Rotzloch in Stansstad, Swiss brothers Alex and Urs Lussi have been breeding king trumpet and…

Price of Chinese garlic shoots exceeds expectations

Garlic shoots have been on the market for a while now, and the price has been strong. The retail price is around 2.5 yuan [0.37 USD] per 0.5 kg. More than a few traders have…

Jolanda de Zeeuw, radish farmer:

“Late Easter, good weather make for lots of radishes on the market”

At the beginning of February, De Zeeuw, a radish farm in ’s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, sent out an appeal on Twitter. They needed someone to come and help mechanically harvest their radishes. The vacancy has since been filled, but not without some difficulty. Just in time for the annual peak period.…

Spain: Region of Murcia starts cultivating organic king oyster mushrooms

The Spanish region of Murcia has started cultivating organic king oyster mushrooms. It is a local and fresh product that is normally only found in the wild. The king oyster…

Prices for cabbage reached record high

Polish winter vegetable season is ending

The season for winter vegetables is ending in Poland, where ironically a frost has been damaging the Polish fruits. The past season has been a turbulent one, with prices skyrocketing and even some confused growers who did not know how to approach the situation. One Polish exporter stops to take a look at…

Move from cups and shakers to small bags for snack mini tomatoes

You get tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. From cherry tomatoes and snack tomatoes to TOV and loose tomatoes. For every tomato, a suitable packaging solution has been found. These are needed to bring this product, undamaged, to the consumer. There is also a growing trend toward smaller, snack-sized…

Market Report Austria KW 16/2019:

'Austrian onion prices at record level'

In the next few weeks, the very last old potatoes from Lower Austria will be sold over the counter. For hard-boiled potatoes, the season should end during the Easter weekend.…

Consumer Price Index up 1.9%

Higher prices for vegetables in Canada

As price pressures strengthened for fresh vegetables (as well as mortgage interest costs and auto insurance), Canada’s annual inflation was up last month. Statistics Canada said Wednesday that the country’s consumer price index increased 1.9% in March, in line with economists’ expectations. It was higher…

Rick Mengers, ZON:

"Very positive atmosphere for asparagus at auction "

Easter and asparagus are linked together each year. "We saw a very positive atmosphere at the auction again this week. The prices of double A asparagus were towards 6 Euro, which is a very good price," says asparagus seller Rick Mengers of Royal ZON. He is positive about the coming weeks. "We now have…

"Chinese garlic exports enter their slow season"

"The price of Chinese garlic has shown an upward trend since the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019], which is mainly because speculating traders were initially hoarding garlic, and only later did they gradually release their stock. The Chinese garlic market is a speculation market. The volume…

Late Easter ideal for asparagus sales

Netherlands: Easter good for a boost of sales? Three fresh produce wholesalers respond

Does trade still have actual Easter sales? We asked various wholesalers. Opinions vary, but one thing is clear: the asparagus will have its moment in the coming days. “In the…

Taste, response to consumers and sustainable development

White Book for tomato sector in France

The tomato sector in France, grouped in the Association of Producer Organizations called "Tomatoes and cucumbers of France", has prepared a White Book that defines three lines…

UAGN and ALINAR propose a "standard contract" for producers and industry

Agreements to facilitate trade of asparagus from Navarre

The union UAGN and the Association of Agro-food Industries of Navarre, Aragon and La Rioja (ALINAR) have proposed the introduction of a "standard contract" that can serve as a…

20% will be exported with highly profitable results

Record sales of "calçots" in Spain

The late Easter week, winter-like weekends and a spring with good weather, as well as a tradition on the rise, which is arousing interest in other countries, have all led to the sale of "calçots" breaking all records in Mercabarna. This season, which started last November and is coming to a close this…

Tanzanian carrot shortage sends prices soaring in Moshi

The production of carrots in the northern zone of Tanzania depend on seasonal rains, and these were not sufficient this season. Prices of carrots rose by 60 per cent for a…

Johan Vrijland, JNV Produce:

"The UK is never the first to switch to Dutch greenhouses vegetables"

"People in the UK make decisions quickly but when it comes to prices, they do not make a move quickly. Winter contracts are often fixed up to week 17. This includes Easter," says Johan Vrijland of the Dutch company, JNV Produce. This marketing company focuses solely on exports to the United Kingdom. "The…

Azerbaijan: Dropping onion, potato & cabbage prices

The application of seasonal duty on the export of potatoes, onions and cabbage -for regulating the domestic market and stabilizing prices-, coupled with abolition of a…

Karin Barendse steps down as liaison and promoter

Orange bell pepper season starts

Orange bell peppers, grown in Dutch soil, are available from March to October. Every year, the farmers of the Orange Bell Pepper Association (OPV) set up a promotion plan. This plan is set up to inform consumers and retailers about this tasty, and most importantly, super-healthy fruit-vegetable. At the recently held AGM, the…

Big time mushroom harvesting

The Netherlands and Spain see tomato sales fall as Morocco grows

The Netherlands and Spain have reduced their tomato sales over the last ten years (2009-2018), both in the European Union (EU) and other countries, while those from Morocco…

Dutch on the vine tomatoes won't compete with the Spanish until late April

Tomato prices continue to rise in Spain

Tomato prices have been rising for several consecutive weeks since the spring started. Last week, the long life cost almost 1.10 Euro per kilo, and the plum reached a price of…

"Price of sweet potatoes higher than last season"

"The overall market price of 'Chinese chestnut' sweet potatoes is almost ideal this year. The sweet potatoes currently cost 10 yuan [1.49 USD] per 0.5 kg in the supermarket. That is an increase of around 15% in comparison with the price around this time last production season. The main reasons for this…

France: “Plant-based appetizer market is growing at a rate of 25% per year”

In 2018, the company France Champignon revised its range of fresh products for the fruit and vegetable shelves. “We changed our black trays for fully recyclable green packaging, made from recycled plastic,” explains Chris Chamballu, sales manager of the company. “We also created a mascot ‘Chef Champi’ to…

Negotiations on Mexican tomato exports to US will remain open

The Secretary of Economy, Graciela Marquez, met with her US counterpart, Wilbur Ross, on Friday, and they both agreed that negotiations to reach an agreement on the export of…

Market information Flandria

Supply of butterhead lettuce increases slightly, prices are low

The supply of cucumbers increases every week, volumes have risen explosively in a short time. Prices are friendly to consumers. The holiday period means demand is falling…

China: Supply of garlic shoots grows as prices decline

The production volume of garlic shoots declined earlier this year when cold weather affected production, but most production areas have recovered now and supply is growing.…

Jinxiang Market

Price of Chinese garlic continues to rise, trade volume slightly declines

The highest price of garlic showed a slight decline last week, but the average price continued to show a steady rise. Domestic and international demand is strong. Buyers…

China: Price of chilli peppers expected to peak in April and May

The average wholesale price of chilli peppers in the Xinfadi Market is 6.5 yuan [0.97 USD] per 0.5 kg. That is a price increase of 182.6% in comparison with the price of 2.3…

Market for French cucumbers is not promising

Cucumbers from the south of France will arrive in about two weeks. “At the moment, we do not have a lot of products to offer yet. This being said, the market is very competitive, and the French cucumber prices are not very profitable for the production,” explains Bruno Sangerma of Saveurs des Clos. The…

Domestic tomato production building as industry eyes May 7th

As North America undergoes the crossover from winter tomato production to spring, supplies look good and are expected to build. “When it comes to field-grown tomatoes, South Florida still has product. They’re going to start their spring crop within the next 10 days as they finish up their down south…

Ukraine: The price of cabbage sets new record

The 2018 cabbage stocks of Ukrainian farms are already somewhat exhausted, provoking a further increase in the cost of these products. As a result of this, the prices of…

Asopescama, Colombia

3,000 hectares of organic, Fairtrade sweet potatoes

The NGO, Asopescama, was founded in 2008. It has since grown to become one of the largest farmer cooperatives and landowners in Latin America, particularly in Colombia. It has its head office is in Barranquilla. Asopescama has production centers in Manatí in the Atlántico department, Maicao in Guajira,…

Italy: Excellent fennel production in Basilicata and Molise

The pressure has decreased, the prices are low but with some signs of recovery and the demand is increasing. This is a snapshot of the current market situation for fennel. Marco Babbi of Caligari&Babbi: "At the end of March, the pressure was high because of the excess of product. Several production…

Engels Machines relies on continuous optimization of the Asparagus Spider

"The quality of the white asparagus is paramount"

Today's consumers are increasingly appreciating the quality of their food. In order to be able to guarantee this high quality standard, more and more Spanish asparagus producers in the important growing region of Extremadura are converting and professionalizing their production business. Accordingly,…

"Green asparagus is quite popular in the Chinese market and abroad"

The soft stalks of young green asparagus are a delicious vegetable with a crisp, tender, and fragrant flavor. The Chinese production volume of green asparagus has been stable for years. The product quality and the unique flavor make green asparagus a popular product in the Chinese market and abroad."…

Beijing Vegetable Market

China: Prices of round eggplants show clear downward trend

Data from the Xinfadi Market shows a clear downward trend in the prices of round eggplants. The price fell by 19.64% last week as the fresh supply from glasshouse plantations…

Caprice: “A tomato that meets the expectations of the French market”

“This is the fourth year that we have sold the round Milanezo tomato and the cluster Merlice tomato in bulk under our own Caprice brand,” explains Tristan Nault, customer portfolio manager at Hoogsteder, a branch of the group The Greenery. “We created a partnership with our producers and selected…

France: Tomatoes “Made in Manche”

Produced in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, in Brecey, on 17 hectares, the tomatoes “made in Manche” have been harvested for the first time. The project was conceived at the end…

“Complicated market for Moroccan tomatoes”

The Moroccan tomato season is drawing to an end. According to Pierre Bolte of Saint Charles Primeurs, the market is rather difficult. “We are selling tomatoes between 0.50 and…

Summer squash production heading towards North Florida and Georgia

The summer squash season is progressing along as Central Florida takes over a large proportion of production along the East Coast. Suppliers say the South Florida season is just about done now and the North Florida and Georgia regions could see their first squash for the season as early as next week.…

California sweet corn season about to commence

As temperatures climb well into the 80’s and 90’s, we can tell spring is here & summer is right around the corner. Grilling season is fast approaching and with that, one California-based growers shared that its sweet corn is ready to make its debut come mid-April! “Every year is different,” said Ryan…

Genetic markers identified for cucumber fruit length

Worldwide, cucumbers are steadfast among the top five vegetable crops. They are most commonly eaten fresh or preserved, as pickles. An important attribute of the cucumber is…

UK: Waste food project can turn out to be a growth industry

A YMCA in Newcastle is turning waste coffee grounds and recycled cardboard into oyster mushrooms. But they need funding. The YMCA runs an urban farm at its Walker base, with young people helping to grow oyster mushrooms on used coffee grounds. They collect the waste grounds from local coffee outlets.…

International Asparagus Days to be held at the end of October in Angers

With 2,000 tons per year grown on 300 ha, the Maine-et-Loire department is the 3rd largest producer in France, after the Landes (3,300 t, 600 ha) and the Gard (2,100 t, 420…

Warning of fraud with one of the market's most coveted tomatoes

Spain: Are the Raf tomatoes we buy actually of that variety?

Tomatoes are available all year round, but the summer is often said to be their natural season. This is actually a half truth, as it refers to their taste, and not to the…

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

Excluding onions

Only 5% of Dutch fruit and vegetable exports go outside the EU

The EU market is crucial for fresh fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands. More than 90 per cent of the total export is consistently sent to other EU countries. The…

Spring artichoke supply closely matches Holiday pull

Supplies of spring artichokes from California are solid right now. “We are currently harvesting spring artichokes from Castroville, Ca. All the production is in Castroville which is the Artichoke Center of the World,” says Philip Barrientos, commodity account manager for Ocean Mist Farms which is also…

Jesús Lucas Rodríguez, of Unica Fresh:

Spain: "Record sales of bundled carrots"

The Spanish bundled carrot campaign is at quite an advanced stage in Cádiz, with good, stable volumes following a period of shortages. "From January to mid-March, we have faced great carrot shortages due to the abundant rains recorded in the months of October and November. Prices were high, but not…

Beijing Xinfadi Vegetable Market sales increase

The prices of many vegetable products at the Beijing Xinfadi Vegetable Market showed a steady decline last week (April 1st to April 7th). Only the prices of a small number of…

Weather plays an important role

Record price for Chinese garlic shoots

The wholesale price of garlic shoots in Wenjiang reached its highest position in ten years. The price was around 1-2 yuan [0.15-0.30 USD] per 0.5 kg in previous years, but has…

California carrot producer kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations

Grimmway Farms is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a campaign honoring its founders Rod and Bob Grimm and acknowledging those who have been integral to the company’s success. The campaign, “Family-Owned for 50 Years and Growing”, kicked off with a farm tour and dinner hosted at the company’s…

Imports of Israeli carrots into the US begin

Dorot Farm, an exporter of fresh and sweet carrots from Israel, is starting the season with jumbo carrots to the markets as well as foodservice fresh and cut customers. Dorot Farm supplies cello carrots directly to supermarkets in the Northeast in 1, 2 and 5 pound bags. Ami Ben-Dror, CEO of BDA/Dorot…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta

"Product from the south makes it difficult for Belgian cucumbers and courgettes"

"The situation is quite difficult for cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines at the moment. There are already large volumes of Belgian cucumbers and aubergines on the market, but there is also still product from the south present. This is causing pressure on the price at the moment," says Benny Cuypers of…

Koert Pleunis, Pleunis Mushrooms:

"We see an increased demand for specialty mushrooms"

This year, Koert Pleunis of the Dutch company, Pleunis Mushrooms, has decided to grow other kinds of mushrooms in addition to the usual white mushrooms they already cultivate. This video was recorded in the run-up to the Mushroom Days.

Coert Lamers, Nautilus Organic:

Dutch organic greenhouse vegetables soon completely available again

Nautilus Organic is, compared to other cooperatives, unique in the Netherlands because they’re completely focused on 100% organic fruit and vegetables. For the organic growers of greenhouse vegetables, the new season is about to start. In March, the first cucumbers and aubergines were marketed, and red…

Grape growers welcome high temperatures

High California desert temperatures speed up lettuce transition to Salinas

Temperatures in the Coachella and Yuma areas peaked in the upper 90s early this week, serving as a reminder that summer is around the corner. High winds also accompanied the higher temperatures and were felt throughout California. No damage was reported from the windy conditions, but the high…

Gaps in supplies of leeks expected until late spring

Supplies of domestic leeks from the West Coast are likely gapping until early spring. “We had an extremely wet winter and early spring which didn’t allow us to plant crops. It was just constant rain and when it’s like that, you can’t get into your field to plant because the equipment is too heavy and…

Leopoldo Sánchez, of Agroponiente:

Spain: "Good results for green and Raf tomatoes this campaign"

Grupo Agroponiente, with its specialist tomato company Vegacañada, has made an initial assessment of its Green and Raf tomato line, which has obtained "magnificent results" for the second year in a row, according to its manager, Leopoldo Sánchez. This line features ribbed tomatoes, with the Raf as top…

Spanish region of Murcia could ship desert truffles to the Persian Gulf

The desert truffle, or 'turma', is an autochthonous product which is increasingly planted in the rain-fed areas of the Region of Murcia. It is a viable alternative and a complement to traditional rain-fed crops, improving the income of the producers and preventing the abandonment of lands. The 'turma' is…

Chinese squash prices show upward trend

The price of Chinese squash showed an upward trend this week. The Chinese squash currently on the market are mainly supplied by production areas in Hainan. The white squash…

France: Val de Saône radish arrives early

“The radish season began 2 weeks earlier than usual,” explains Christophe Bonnet, director of La Fruitière Panier Malin. “The mild winter played an important role in the precocity of the harvest. Large local producers (Terroir Val de Saône) started 13 days ago with important volumes.” “So far, the…

AU: Water security funding announced for East Gippsland farmers

The Federal Government has come to the assistance of salad and vegetable producers in the Lindenow Valley, with the announcement of $10 million to help provide water security. Just last week, farmers told FreshPlaza that next season was under threat unless something was done over winter. Growers will now…

Russia: Stavropol growers produced 16,900 tons of carrots in 2018

According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, 16,900 tons of carrots in the Stavropol Territory were harvested in 2018. Deputy Minister of Agriculture of…

10 hectare expansion for Den Berk Délice

"Thanks to LED lighting we can supply speciality tomatoes all year round"

Last December, Den Berk Délice opened a new cultivation location in Merksplas, ‘Den Horst’. The company is currently investing in a further expansion of 10 hectares of greenhouses with LED lighting to deliver the same taste and quality 365 days a year. “In Rijkevorsel, 10 hectares are being added and the…

Cut whole white cabbage in vegetable mixes and in veggie spread

The fresh produce industry has a problem with waste. In fact fruit and veg produce more than any other sector, according to research. That made HDV Groentesnijbedrijf from Losser, the Netherlands, feel uncomfortable and wasteful, even before waste became a social theme. Five years ago, they put their own…

Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos:

"Satisfactory Canary tomato season, dramatic cucumber season"

The Canary tomato season has reached its last phase at Fortuna Frutos. "We will certainly continue until week 20/21," expects Gert-Jan Slobbe. "We have sufficient supply of good quality loose and plum tomatoes available to supply the European retail and processing industry until mid May. The prices are…

"The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes"

According to the Greenhouse Investors and Producers Association (SERA-BIR), Turkish tomatoes are very popular in the world. Muslum Yanmaz, head of the association said: "We export mainly to Russia and also to Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Switzerland. The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes."…

“Veggycation” relaunch teaches us how to love vegetables

Eating the right amount of vegetables each day will not only support your overall health and wellbeing, it can also help improve your vision, speed up your metabolism and keep your mind active. The nutrition, origins, health benefits and even cooking and storage tips for more than 80 vegetables have been…

Norwegian white cabbage stocks almost depleted

In Norway, there is usually enough white cabbage until the new season, or even later. However, this year, these stocks will run out in a matter of weeks. The high prices of…

Supply of Moroccan table tomatoes worries European producers

The main supplier of table tomatoes for Italy is the Netherlands with over 114,000 tons of produce exported. Italy's main destination is Germany with over 61,000 tons (2018 data). As regards medium term forecasts, it is estimated that table tomato imports to the EU should increase by 0.4 percentage…

The Netherlands produces 716.21% more cucumbers per square meter than Spain

Dutch cucumber producers obtain 68.97 kilos per square meter; 716.21 percent more than Spaniards, who do not exceed 8.45 kilos per square meter, according to data processed by…

New variety of Bejo Samen GmbH

TriColore asparagus should be the impetus for alternative solutions for the German asparagus sector

"The German asparagus sector needs an impetus to alternative approaches," says Günter Hugenberg of Bejo seed GmbH. "Our new asparagus variety Cumulus TriColore should be the answer to the crisis we' have seen in last year's asparagus sales." "Due to the warm weather of recent weeks, the first harvests…

Kevin Jühlcke, munich micros GmbH:

"After three years of development, we have regional cress that can compete with the best in the world"

Urban and vertical farming projects are increasingly shaping modern agriculture. For a few months now, the surrounding areas of the city of Munich' have also been seeing a regional cultivation project. Under the name of Munich Micros, an ambitious team has been responsible for launching sustainable,…

"Export price of Chinese ginger still falling, but approaching stability"

"After 1-2 months of rising prices, the export price of Chinese fresh ginger began to fall in March. This development still continues, but not as rapidly as before. The price is gradually reaching stability. This is mainly because the containers of fresh ginger exported in February have, by now, reached…

Mexican growers have proposed a new tomato suspension agreement

Florida Tomatoes responds to the Mexican Growers' public proposal

The Florida Tomato Exchange has issued the following statement in response to a proposal from Mexican Growers for a new tomato suspension agreement: The domestic industry…

Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:

“Best start of Dutch pepper season in years”

The Dutch pepper season has once again started for Gilad Produce in De Lier. “Red, green and yellow peppers, but we also have specialities of our Dutch market gardeners available,” says Arjen Bouma. According to the salesperson, the market is exceptionally good at the moment. “We haven’t had such a start…

Phytosanitary issues discussed at the European table tomato contact group

New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV - these are the phytosanitary emergencies discussed by the table tomato contact group that met in Ragusa on 4th and 5th April 2019. Guido Grasso from Confagricoltura briefly illustrated the history of each pathogen and stressed how ToBRFV is easily transmitted via…

France: “Heated greenhouse production not organic”

On the 3rd of April, the National Committee of Biological Agriculture (CNAB) was supposed to decide on the ban on heated greenhouses to produce organic fruits and vegetables off-season. Fnab and Synabio, reported on organic conversion projects in heated greenhouses in Brittany and Pays de la Loire and,…

Waterford research promotes foods like spinach and peppers

Key role for diet in Alzheimer's disease

According to new research, a nutrient-rich diet with lots of colourful fruit, vegetables and fish can play a key role in protecting our brain health and reducing the risk of…

Pierre Smets:

“Difficult start to Dutch asparagus season, people aren’t expecting them yet”

According to wholesaler Pierre Smets from Geleen, the Netherlands, the asparagus season had a difficult start. “Prices are far too low for the time of year. People just aren’t ready for asparagus yet, they don’t expect it this early. Normally, demand starts to get into its stride around Easter, but…

Mart van Uffelen grows green courgettes and courgette fleurs:

“You depend on the spring harvest but the prices are not good yet”

According to Dutch green courgette grower, Mart van Uffelen, April is the month when things happen. Certainly for the courgette fleurs he has also been harvesting since 2015. On 20 January, he planted the 1,2-hectare greenhouse. Harvesting then started in mid-February. Prices have not been great so far.…

“Focused on getting IFS certified during the quieter winter period”

"We mostly sell Elite TOV but there is more demand for specialities too"

“Here, at our company, the demand for tomatoes is starting. In the winter, we usually sell fewer tomatoes. This is because lit cultivated tomatoes are quite a lot more expensive than the Moroccan or Spanish product," says Mr Akarca of the Belgian company, Elite Foods. We have been selling mainly lettuce,…

Good trend for Trocadero lettuce until mid-February

Positive start if the year for Trocadero lettuce: the market performed well until 16th-17th February then, afterwards, the trend changed, especially for exports. The same happened with kohlrabi and radishes. The campaign is anyway ending for all three products. "The main cause is the weather: the warm…

The Franco-Hispanic-Italian tomato contact group analyzes the perspectives of the campaign

Representatives of the tomato sector from France, Spain, and Italy, including FEPEX and the people responsible for their respective administrations, are meeting in Ragusa,…

Dieter Hy, Peter Keuthmann GmbH & Co. KG:

"In one to two weeks, we expect to see the first Palatine iceberg lettuce"

The first German vegetable varieties have now been on the market for several weeks and new varieties are constantly added: "There are already radishes, spring onions, leeks and the first colored lettuces from German soil on the market," says Dieter Hy of Peter Keuthmann GmbH & Co. KG. "The lettuces…

Exclusive Marktet draws positive balance after the first full year of cultivation

"Good first season for Austrian Kalettes"

After the promising test run in the 2017/2018 season and the great market success in neighboring Switzerland, this winter for the first time ever, there were Kalettes from Austrian soil. Last week, the last harvest of the year was marketed and the winter vegetables now go into their summer break until…

Chinese tomato price begins to fall

Tomatoes have been in great demand since the beginning of March and the price continuously increased. The wholesale price at one point even reached 3.5 yuan [0.52 USD] per 0.5…

Chinese market price of white cabbage drops

Data from Xinfadi Market shows that the current wholesale price of round white cabbage is 1.5-1.9 yuan [0.22-0.28 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is a decrease of 12.82% in comparison…

Chinese pepper price sharply increased by 80% in one year

Data shows that the price of peppers in Chinese production areas began to rise in October 2018, especially around Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. The price…

Chinese vegetable price comes down as temperature goes up

Sannong Zhongguo recently reported that spring vegetables entered the market, and their product quality is relatively high. The spring vegetables received a warm welcome in…

"This year, carrot imports are significantly larger than usual"

Carrot import volumes have been relatively volatile in recent years. In 2015, total volumes exceeded 264,000 tonnes, compared to over 226,000 tonnes in 2014. Exports also…

Pricing on Brussels sprouts inches up pre-Easter

Supplies of Brussels sprouts from Mexico are looking fairly consistent. “We start bringing them in January from Mexico and then towards the spring, we transition back up to Salinas, Ca. and Santa Maria, Ca.,” says Steve Neale of Neale, S. J., Co. Limited. in Toronto, Canada. “They started pretty much on…

China: "Shandong market demand for carrots is stable"

"The annual production volume of Chinese carrots is immense. Production areas are spread throughout the country. The largest production volumes come from production areas in Shandong and Fujian. The carrot production season in Shandong officially opens in the middle of May. The carrots from Shandong look…

No early asparagus in the Loire Valley

The asparagus from Alsace and the Landes sprouted early this year, but not in the Loire Valley. “The asparagus harvest is slowly starting because the weather is not on our side. So we do not have early asparagus this year, the season is simply starting at the usual time,” explains Christophe Piquet, a…

Spain

Iberiko tomatoes grown with saline waters to give great taste and aroma

The Ibériko tomato is unique and special, having been obtained through a selection of different varieties of indigenous seeds. It is cultivated by Huertaiberika, a small…

Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai hits tomato crops

Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province could be faced with an acute shortage of tomatoes this season as more than 70 percent of the crop was destroyed by floods, in turn induced by…

Great British Pea Week returns

The UK’s annual celebration of the British pea harvesting season will return for its fourth year on the 8th – 14th July 2019 Launched by the Yes Peas! campaign and the British pea vining industry,…

Gidmarket: 10% of total Russian vegetable imports are carrots

According to GidMarket analysts, in 2018, with a total volume of imported vegetables of 1.88 million tons, carrots took up 10%. The report said: “In absolute terms, the size…

Rik Decadt, REO Veiling:

“Volume of beefsteak tomatoes in Europe drops while demand rises”

“The situation on the tomato market is currently fair. Demand for beefsteak tomatoes is very good, and regarding price levels they’re doing better than the vine tomatoes, seasonally. The number of beefsteak tomatoes in Europe isn’t as high as in the past, and that’s why they’re slowly becoming…

Meets the demands of consumers and gourmet segment

Fitó presents new Carbonero tomato

Bringing back the traditional flavor and quality of tomatoes has been one of the great demands of consumers for years; therefore, it has also been one of the greatest…

First Danube asparagus arrived in Zurich

"Despite great Danube asparagus, Swiss domestic goods are preferred"

In Switzerland, the Danube asparagus season started in week 13. In the last week of March, the first two shipments from Hungary arrived at the Zurich wholesale market. By the end of the campaign - probably at the beginning of June - Zurich will receive three shipments a week. And despite the increasing…

Stable cauliflower import market

"France and Italy dominate German cauliflower imports"

The market share of imported cauliflower has stabilized somewhat in recent years. Only in 2016 did the total volumes drop under 70,000 tonnes, said the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE). France currently in focus From October onwards, the import campaign will usually pick up gradually.…

Future of rising Chinese garlic price difficult to predict

Data from Zhuochuang Information shows that the price of garlic began to fluctuate, with an overall upward trend, in early March. The price went through three or four major…

Temperatures increase

China: Large volume of chilli peppers about to enter market

Every year in March and April the vegetable market enters a period where the reserves of autumn vegetables run out and the supply of spring vegetables is not yet fully under…

AU: Farmers stress the importance of education in driving fruit and vegetable consumption

"Know where your food comes from" - that is the message from passionate Victorian vegetable farmer Dom Galati, who is not only focused on growing freshly grown produce, but also educating consumers on the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. "Locally, I just speak to people and ask do they know how…

Singapore: Importer fined $3,000 for illegal import of vegetables

A Singapore importer was fined $3,000 for bringing in fresh vegetables that did not conform to import permit requirements, the Singapore Food Agency said in a release on April…

Carrot shortages provoke further price increases in Russian market

Analysts from the EastFruit project say Russian carrot producers manage to further raise prices for high-quality products. According to producers, there remains a strong…

Denis Piper, Fresh Center Aschaffenburg Melzig GmbH:

"We were somewhat later with our Spanish strawberries"

"We have had Spanish strawberries in our assortment for four weeks now, so the start was a bit later than usual," says Denis Piper, Sales Manager at Melzig GmbH in Aschaffenburg. "The focus was on other items in the weeks just before this. We only had low volumes from Egypt and it was a bit difficult to…

University of Southern California research:

“Compounds found in carrots might reverse Alzheimer’s-like symptoms”

Recent findings that suggest that components contained in carrots might offer protection against dementia in people. A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease, University of Southern California (USC)…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg:

“Export of organic bell peppers to the US increases every year”

“Because of the overcast weather, the organic vine tomato season starts two weeks later than normally. We planted the first vine tomatoes around 15 December, and these came into production around 20 March. In the Netherlands, we planted the first vine tomatoes around 10 January, and these are now…


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