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UK vegetable company salary would come to £62k-a-year to pick cabbage and broccoli

T.H. Clements and Son Ltd’s field operatives jobs are not seasonal; there’s work to be done all year round. They are now being advertised at £30-per-hour – which works out at…

French tomatoes: production down and prices up

Excessive rainfall and its attendant diseases have resulted in a decrease in tomato production compared to previous years. Faced with this reduced supply and increased demand,…

Ronald Gielleit, Top Fresh Handel, the Netherlands:

"Europe's good growth weather making for a quiet start to carrot sales"

The current carrot market is not very exciting. "That's not unusual for the time of year," says Ronald Gielleit of Top Fresh Handel in the Netherlands. "In the last three years, the dry weather resulted in early demand for our carrots. But, presently, the weather has been great for growth everywhere. All the…

Caligari&Babbi company - Finò brand

Italian organic fennel now available

As temperatures drop, consumers are returning to vegetables, and fennel is one of them. With autumn approaching, Caligari&Babbi (owner of the Finò brand) is offering a new organic fennel. Vittorio Caligari and Marco Babbi We now also have organic fennel available that completes our range offered to our customers.…

Ton Slagter, the Netherlands:

"Difficult cauliflower sales with lagging prices"

The Dutch cauliflower is, by no means, a roaring success. "It's generally a tough open field year. The weather was challenging. For example, here in North Holland, there was significant flooding in June. That caused considerable damage," says Ton Slagter of P.N. Slagter. "Also, current prices are dismal.…

gas, labour, transport, utilities

“Costs for British tomato growers could fivefold”

The British tomato industry is going through the most challenging times Phil Pearson has ever experienced. Being chairman of the technical committee of the Tomato Growers Association and being a tomato grower himself, he not only knows but also is part of the industry, and during yesterdays British…

Shipping costs temporarily stop rising, but that will not affect the market in the short term

Export price of Chinese garlic rose by 45% compared to last year

"Cold storage garlic entered the market in September. The overall price was stable for most of the month, but started to rise around Mid-Autumn Festival [21 September, 2021].…

South African speciality baby veg exporter is rolling out solid cardboard punnets for its range

Yukon International leads the way in sustainable baby veg packaging

Yukon International, an exporter of specialised fresh produce from South Africa to the European and Middle Eastern markets, has announced it is moving its product range to solid cardboard punnets. “Our journey started in 2019 when we committed ourselves to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development…

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

UMS will develop and promote ginger and unique mushroom species in Sabah

The Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has received a large grant from Yayasan Sabah to develop mushroom and ginger products. Deputy vice chancellor (research and innovation)…

Texas A&M University Health Science Center study:

Spinach consumption might prevent colon cancer

A recent study from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center suggests that eating spinach could prevent colon cancer. In the United States, colon cancer is the…

"Tomato trade with Mexico could cost U.S. growers $250M a year"

As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers, including those in Florida. That practice could cost American growers as much as $252 million per year -- or 27 percent in revenue -- if imports from Mexico increase by 50 percent in…

Tozer Ibérica presents its new vegetable seed varieties

Tozer Ibérica is further expanding its catalog with the presentation of new varieties. The Spanish subsidiary of the British company Tozer Seeds continues to innovate without…

The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops. The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40…

Jose Antonio Baños, president of Ejidomar:

"We expect the pepper harvests will be lower than usual in October"

The vegetable harvest is starting to take shape in the greenhouses of El Ejido, Almeria. However, the volume being harvested is still limited, and it will take a few weeks for producers to start harvesting significant volumes to supply the consumption of all of Europe. "We have recently started harvesting…

"We have finally solved the New Delhi problem on courgettes grown in open fields"

"We have finally solved the New Delhi problem on courgettes grown in open fields," said Massimo Morello, owner of the farm that bears his name, located in Licata (AG) in Sicily. He hasn't been able to grow dark green courgettes in open fields for years because of this pathogen. "Courgettes could only be…

Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board

Rwanda focuses on innovation for mushroom production

The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) is currently emphasizing the need to invest in research and technology transfer and training more farmers…

Mexico became the world's leading exporter of fresh asparagus in 2020

According to Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, the country became the world's leading exporter of asparagus after exporting 173,000 tons of fresh asparagus in 2020. The main…

Wouter Willems, ZON:

"Dutch yellow, green bell pepper market picks up slightly; red, orange varieties priced well below par"

The Dutch bell pepper market is currently progressing with difficulty. "Prices for the yellow and green ones have now picked up a little. But those of, particularly, the red and orange varieties are way down," observes sales manager Wouter Willems. He is a sales manager at the ZON Cooperative. Auction…

Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture:

Bad weather led to expensive open field vegetables

This summer was characterized by exceptionally heavy rainfall, wet fields and even hail, locally. This led to a domestic supply shortage for many vegetables. The example of iceberg lettuce and zucchetti shows that there were massive harvest drops, which led to peak prices for Swiss produce and…

Turkish carrots replace local Georgian goods

For Georgia, August carrot imports were the highest in 2021 compared to figures from the last five years. Last month, Georgia imported 506 tons of carrots, which is 2.3 times…

China: New-season pepper production has decreased in Jinxiang, further boosting prices

The current pepper planting area in Jinxiang has been stable at about 26,000 hectares all year round. The adjustment of the planting area is mainly due to the increase or…

Sweet Corn Day to be celebrated in Kashmir

Director of Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal Saturday held a virtual meeting with the senior officers of the Department and JKHPMC regarding the marketing of sweet…

Mike Glas, Glas-Groenten, the Netherlands:

"Kale sales already well underway, Brussels sprouts demand a little quieter"

The Brussels sprout and curly kale seasons have begun in the Netherlands. "Kale sales are going particularly well. People are eager for this product again. We've already done several promotions with supermarkets which went great. Exports have also made a good start," says Mike Glas of Glas-Groenten. "The…

Malaysia: Vegetable prices soar due to wet season

Consumers in the Johor Baru district have had to fork out extra money when buying vegetables as prices of the fresh produce in the area have increased following heavy rain in…

China: During the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, the overall vegetable prices are stable and the supply is sufficient

The Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday followed one after another. “Vegetables are in sufficient supply, and prices have changed from rising to falling…

Pierre Gélébart, Prince de Bretagne:

“Large volumes of artichokes currently on the market”

The Prince de Bretagne artichokes that were planted last spring are now available on the market. “We are right in the middle of the production peak for the autumn season,” explains Pierre Gélébart, product manager at Prince de Bretagne. Photo credits: L’œil de Paco, Prince de Bretagne  “Planting was spread out…

Manipur’s oranges and chillis get GI tag

Manipur’s Tamenglong orange, a species of the mandarin family, and a unique fruit crop found in the state, along with Hathei, a special chilli variety, have acquired the…

Donnelly to supply pumpkins to ALDI for 4th year

"We will be the sole supplier of the white ‘ghost’ pumpkin"

Irish fruit and vegetable grower, Donnelly, has secured a deal to supply ALDI with Irish pumpkins for the 4th year in a row. Donnelly will supply around 100,000 Irish pumpkins to the retailer this season. “We grow pumpkins for ALDI on 20 hectares and make up 24% of the total supply to the retailer. We…

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Permafungi:

Vertically cultivated mushrooms are blossoming in Brussels’ cellars

“Once the summer break is over, our 10 growing rooms, consisting of 1000m2 in total, will be fully occupied and deliver 1000kg of mushrooms a month in total for 4000kg coffee grounds recycled,” says Julie Jacqmain, Production and communication manager at Permafungi. “About four rooms are in use now, as…

French beet production could increase by up to 26% this season while potato production falls

French beet production is expected to recover this season after the poor harvest there was in 2020. According to the first production estimate made by the French Ministry of…

AECOC Fruit and Vegetable Congress hosts the presentation of the Love Klabaza project

Launch of campaign "If you love me, give me pumpkins" to promote pumpkin consumption

Pumpkin producers from Spain and Portugal, together with the seed company Sakata, are joining forces to promote pumpkin consumption with the Love Klabaza project. "In consumers' kitchens, pumpkins are normally used for little more than for creams and pastries, but they have a much greater potential and multiple…

How are this summer's vegetable auction prices in Belgium?

"It was another extraordinary summer," says Guy Jennes of the BelOrta Cooperative. Summers are usually warmer and drier. But this year, July in Belgium was the wettest ever recorded. It was also less sunny than it normally is. That affects vegetable volumes. "There are growers who were flooded. They lost…

Texas A&M AgriLife turns up heat on U.S. hot pepper market

"New pepper practices, technologies could lead to lower production costs, higher demand"

Researcher shows off peppers grown using new agronomic practices and technologies. Photo provided by Kevin Crosby, Ph.D.New hot pepper agronomic practices and technologies…

Nepal: Vegetable production down in Karnali

The Provincial Economic Activities Study Report, 2020/21 published by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) shows that the area under food crop cultivation has increased by 2.69 percent and…

Georgia imports record volume of tomatoes from Turkey

Georgia imported an unusually large volume of tomatoes in August. Imports amounted to 570 tons, which is 13 times higher than the average import volumes in August for…

Italian vegetable prices drop after peaking around 10 days ago

Lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and eggplants: these are just a few of the products that reached high prices in early September due to the lack of quantities caused by the summer drought and high temperatures. Prices are now more stable, but they remain interesting.  "Light-colored zucchini from Bologna reached €2-3/kg…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

Overview of developments and trends in Mexican agriculture

Since the birth of NAFTA in 1994, agriculture production in Mexico has more than doubled and the country continues experiencing tremendous production growth, now under the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. As it continues to grow, yesterday’s PMA Virtual Town Hall--Mexico: Produce…

New baby iceberg lettuce debuts

Braga Fresh will debut Josie’s Organics baby iceberg lettuce in a two-count retail bag at the 2021 Organic Produce Summit, Sept. 16 in Monterey in booth #204. The Josie’s Organics baby iceberg is a bit larger than an apple or avocado, about the size of a large hamburger bun when halved, and easily fits in an adult’s hand. The…

Duelle: "The tomato that seduces both consumers and producers"

Duelle, the latest variety of elongated red cherry tomatoes developed for the French market, was developed by Syngenta. The tomato is having a great season and has helped increase yields to more than 35 kg/m² in some places. Its Brix level of 8-9°, heart shape, and bright red color make it a very…

Massachusetts farmers still feel aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Despite being hundreds of miles away from Hurricane Ida, Massachusetts farms also took a major hit, and the storm's aftermath is still being felt. Due to the rainy summer and…

Ready to eat “to go” line of tomatoes debuts

NatureSweet is proud to bring its new “To Go” line, a product that combines three different innovations in the snacking tomato category: Ready-to-Eat snacking tomatoes, in a single-use format and in crush-resistance packaging. This enables consumers across North America to carry a healthy snack with them…

Kurdistan Region bans tomato imports after local protests

The autonomous Kurdistan Region has temporarily banned the import of tomatoes in support of local growers in the district of Penjwin, Sulaimani province. The Ministry of…

Chinese garlic export declines

Shipping price increased tenfold

China has been the largest manufacturer in the world for 11 years in a row. And since the outbreak of Covid-19 in December 2019, the world has come to rely more on Chinese exports than ever before.…

Robert Kraaijeveld (Nature's Pride): "Sales to Eastern Europe grew this year"

"Weekly green asparagus arrivals by boat from Peru"

The Peruvian green asparagus season is currently excellent. That is according to Robert Kraaijeveld of Nature's Pride in the Netherlands. "Demand is stable. That's mainly because there's plenty of supply to the hospitality and foodservice industries again." Programs and planning"Product availability isn't…

Henri Schockman (Levarht) about exciting Dutch greenhouse vegetable season finale:

"Good prices for tomatoes, collapsed bell pepper market, flat cucumber season"

Last year, the weather was hot at the beginning of August. That disrupted Dutch greenhouse vegetable supplies. This year's summer was, however, rather flat and stable. That has resulted in an entirely different picture for various greenhouse vegetables. So says Levarht's commercial manager Henri…

France: Cauliflower and artichokes become victims of the weather in Pas-de-Calais

The frost and the rains have severely impacted fruit productions, but vegetables have also suffered some losses. In Clairmarais (Pas-de-Calais), the Morel brothers are…

UK Cucumber Growers Association addresses retail customers

“Challenges facing UK cucumber growers are more severe than ever before”

The UK Cucumber Growers Association (CGA) is sounding the alarm. The extreme rise in wholesale gas prices, combined with the lack of labor and transport available are only the three primary drivers for concern. “There are further cost increases across all consumables utilized. The challenges facing the…

Alessandro Montanarella

Tomato variety suitable for all European climate zones

Summer 2021 was rather unpredictable and it caused crises in various areas all over the Italian peninsula due to over 500 extreme events such as downpours, floods, tornados, hailstorms, and heatwaves reaching peaks of over 40°C. The combination of heatwaves, drought, and prolonged high temperatures meant…

California Brussels sprouts kick off and new line of baby sweet potatoes unveiled

Progressive Produce is harvesting California Brussels sprouts and launching Mim's Specialty Sweet Potatoes this fall. The company recently started its California Brussels sprouts season, which runs through the end of January, with peak volume expected by October, just in time for the fall and winter…

Russia: Tomato greenhouse of 100 hectares under construction

A greenhouse complex of 100 hectares is currently under construction in the Russian region of Kabardino-Balkaria. The agro-industrial holding ECO-culture plans to grow in it…

How many tomatoes does Peru produce?

According to information from the General Directorate of Agricultural Development of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, in 2020 Peru had 4,847 hectares…

Ben Meadows - Edison

Good results in the glasshouse and strong take up from customers led to triple Tomberry production

Australian greenhouse grower Edison have just started to harvest their new summer crop of Tomberries. The Tomberry is billed as the world’s smallest ‘big’ tomato. Based in Victoria, Edison also grows the Piccolo cherry tomato and the Tinkerbell mini capsicum. “This is our summer crop which will run until…

Fiji: Tavua vegetable vendors nervous about drought

Market vendors in Tavua fear the prolonged drought could soon affect vegetable sales. According to Tavua Market Vendors Association president Abdul Azim, this is a major worry…

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Dozens of growers compete in Spain’s ‘ugliest tomato’ contest

Spain's 'ugliest tomato' award, celebrated every year in northern Tudela, has had tomato growers scrambling to find the right product. Dozens of ugly tomatoes competed for the award of this 14th edition, decided by a popular jury. The type of tomato, known as "Ugly tomato of Tudela", is an old tomato of…

New industry tomato

Med Hermes presents Forentum F1 oblong tomatoes

"After years of experience in the table vegetable sector, we have now introduced industry tomatoes," reported Alfredo Amoroso, Ceo at Med Hermes, an Italian multinational located in Ragusa which has become a leader on the Spanish, Italian and Moroccan markets thanks to the great work carried out in the…

Almeria vegetables coming

Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis and eggplants are the main component of the growing area in Almeria, Spain. In the eastern part of the region, in addition to the traditional tomato cultivation, the producers rely mainly on special crops due to the yield possibilities. Here, the increased salt content in the water has a…

Marco Di Maggio, Apimex Fruchthandel Ltd

"Good quality and stable prices for Hungarian pointed peppers"

Many European plants were affected by the cold spring weather. There were major delays in Hungary as well, due to the frost. Apimex Fruchthandel Ltd from Munich, as a full-range supplier, also offers pointed peppers from Hungary, says Managing Director Marco Di Maggio. Good quality despite cold and heat"Due…

Due to possible contamination with Non-O157 Shiga-Toxin Producing E. coli

Dole Fresh Vegetables announces limited recall of curly leaf parsley

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of conventional Curly Leaf Parsley. The product being recalled is Dole® Curly Leaf Parsley, with harvest dates of August 18, 2021, and August 19, 2021.  A random, routine regulatory sample collected in Michigan tested positive for…

ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report

New data shows Australian horticulture is headed for record value, even through COVID-19 challenges

The value of horticultural production is forecast to rise by four per cent and reach a record $12.4 billion in 2021–22, according to new data released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the September quarter. The report found a key driver for the rise in value is that that fresh fruit and…

Bright dark green Sicilian courgettes for counter-seasonal cultivations

In the province of Ragusa, in the far south-eastern corner of Sicily, courgettes are grown in the off-season, in winter. They are cultivated in polytunnels and greenhouses. From Rosolini (Syracuse) to Palma di Montechiaro (Agrigento), and passing through the coastal areas of Ragusa and Caltanissetta, the…

The average price of Andalusian aubergines increased to € 0.59/kg

In the most recent aubergine campaign, Spanish producers have been paid an average of € 0.59/ kg for their product, i.e. 7.27% more than the average of the last ten campaigns,…

Deon Vermaak, Dew Crisp

Covid changes lettuce consumption in South Africa

Dew Crisp is a major lettuce supplier in South Africa with two operating centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town where it processes and packs lettuce, vegetables and herbs. The impact of Covid and the series of lockdowns and curfews has been disastrous on the hospitality industry and restaurant sector.“We…

European tomato goes mad in August

Could the European market become even more extreme than in June and July? Yes. The average prices in August were even higher than in the first two months of summer. Once…

20 September - 1 October

"A new highlight at this autumn demo is cos lettuce for hydroponic production"

A warm welcome to Rijkzwaan's Hydro Demo, which is taking place from 20 September to 1 October 2021, close to their open-field demo in Fijnaart. "We are expecting it to attract just as much interest as our very first Hydro Demo that was held in June of this year. A new highlight at this autumn demo is…

Francisco Delgado, manager of Los Gallombares:

"With the new plant in Loja we will be able to handle 120,000 kg of fresh green asparagus every 8 hours"

Los Gallombares, a company specialized in the production and marketing of asparagus, aims to open new packaging and handling facilities in Loja, Granada, which are currently under construction, by 2022. "For a couple of years, we had wanted to find a good piece of land to expand our facilities and be able…

Shandong province, China

Smart distribution center for fresh produce opened in Shouguang

On September 1st, JD.com and China’s prominent food distribution service provider Dili Group jointly have unveiled their smart distribution center for fresh produce in…

Taiwan: Vegetable prices up as super typhoon Chanthu bears down on the island

For the second time in as many months, Taiwan's vegetable prices are up, as super typhoon Chanthu is nearing. According to a UDN report, the average price of vegetables surged…

South Africa: Potato sales drop below 5-year level as frost damage constrains supplies

The total amount of potatoes in 10 kg bags sold on the fresh produce markets was 73 million bags from the start of the year until the end of August 2021 which, says Potatoes SA, is 1.4 million bags below the five year average. August sales were 1.2 million bags below the five year average for the month,…

Eco-designed, 100% cardboard and 100% recyclable

Prince de Bretagne: New recyclable tomato trays

Prince de Bretagne sells more than 80% of its production in bulk, but some products cannot go without packaging, whether it is for reasons of hygiene, quality or preservation. The cooperative of Breton producers is a precursor in cardboard packaging with the organic tomatoes, in line with its…

Lettuce leaf program sees new addition

Fresh, wrapped jumbo Butter Leaf lettuce from California’s Coachella Valley will be on the shelves of grocery stores in November, thanks to the leaf program by Peter Rabbit Farms. “Our leaf program is a full service operation for fresh, leafy greens: Romaine, Iceberg, green and red leaf spinach, and…

Kai Horwath, Kärcher Ltd & Co:

"Organic mushrooms do well all year round"

The fall season is just around the corner and businesses are once again devoting more attention to mushrooms. Kai Horwath is responsible, among other things, for the purchase and sale of herbs and mushrooms at Kärcher Ltd at the Stuttgart wholesale market. He spoke with us about the popularity of German…

South Korea boosts vegetable production in Cambodia's Mondulkiri province

The South Korean Agriculture Department has provided assistance to boost vegetable production in Mondulkiri province, Cambodia’s northeast area, which has potential for…

Verband Schweizer Pilzproduzenten: Dreamstime

Swiss mushroom production up significantly in the first six months of 2021

Swiss mushroom production increased significantly in the first six months of the year, new figures from the Swiss Mushroom Producers Association (VSP) show. Domestic…

New line of premium greenhouse-grown salad kits introduced

Revol Greens is introducing a new line of value-added salad kits featuring its whole leaf lettuces. Meeting consumer demand for more fresh and convenient meal options, Revol Greens’ premium salad kits include four custom-curated salad varieties boasting popular and on-trend flavors paired with a mix of…

The Consortium is attending the Rimini event

The Pachino Tomato PGI sector is ready to restart

The Consortium for the Protection of Pachino Tomato PGI will be attending Macfrut 2021. The Sicilian consortium, ever committed to the improvement of the already high quality standards of PGI tomatoes, could not miss this major event that is finally taking place in person. Massimo Pavan, Maria Impera Massimo…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

“Available Polish cauliflower volumes will increase every day”

Polish cauliflowers are making their way back into the market after a short break. Supply isn’t as solid as it was last year, due to the weather, which in turn has caused prices to increase. The season should last until November. The new phase of the Polish cauliflower season has begun. According to…

Unusually high prices for European tomatoes this summer

June and July have resulted in high tomato prices in Europe. Remarkably high prices for summer even, because in the past five years an average of 1.32 euro’s per kilo in July…

Gerard Breed, JH Wagenaar:

"New Dutch celeriac season off to a flying start”

In the Netherlands, celeriac harvesting is well underway. "The start seemed difficult because of the cold spring. The cold weather at the beginning of spring slowed growth. A wet May caused many delays in planting. The last plots weren't planted until June. We hope the weather was good enough for the…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

'Michigan blueberry movement is expected to decrease sharply as the season ends'

This week’s weather impacting the eastern US was evidence that September is indeed right at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. No sooner had grower-shippers begun to see fields dry out enough to harvest after last month’s Tropical Storm Fred, than Hurricane Ida arrived with landfall near New…

The EU buys fewer peppers from Spain and the Netherlands and more peppers from Morocco and Turkey each year

Each year EU member countries are buying fewer peppers from Spain and the Netherlands while purchasing more peppers from Morocco and Turkey. Based on the first half of the…

National Mushroom Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria

Association wants to gain 10% of global mushroom market

The National Mushroom Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NAM-GP-MAN) is set to claim a larger share of the world mushroom market. President of the…

Netizen covers Red Hot Chili Peppers song using actual red hot chilli peppers

TikTok user Tyzo Bloom set out to prove that it is possible to make music out of the contents of your fridge. Bloom covers songs using a variety of household objects and…

Why the North American lettuce market is booming

With 20,000 employees, Taylor Farms is one of the biggest players in the North American outdoor market. Last month, the company announced an investment in lettuce company Pure Green Farms. Only two weeks before, their Canadian colleague VegPro also announced their plans to build a greenhouse. According…

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S. Abraham & Sons launches to-go salads

“Fresh and convenient are two words that we believe should go together"

S. Abraham & Sons, a convenience distributor to approximately 3,500 retailers in eight states throughout the Midwest, is switching its Fruit Ridge Farms brand salads to locally-grown lettuce from Revolution Farms, Michigan’s largest year-round lettuce farm. The Caledonia, Mich.-based hydroponic…

Poland is a vegetable production powerhouse

The production of vegetables is an important branch of Polish agriculture, and the share of vegetables in the value of the commodity agricultural production is about 11%.…

Mild Dutch summer delays pumpkin crop

In the Netherlands, the pumpkin season is now beginning, slowly but surely. The mild, wet summer has, however, delayed the harvest by at least a fortnight. "We need sunshine," says pumpkin grower Chris Poelen of Groentenhof Poelen. He is currently harvesting. "The pumpkins still have a lot of foliage.…

Indian 11-year-old turns vegetable waste into paper

Manya Harsha might just be 11 years old, but she is very passionate about the environment and humanity’s effect on it. Despite her young age, she has been involved in various…

Singaporean infectious disease experts:

‘Handling vegetables at market could have led to COVID-19 spread’

Experts claim that people who contracted COVID-19 at Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre in June typically had three things in common: They were unvaccinated, did not…

Consistency strengthens the brand when it comes to table tomatoes

The promotional activities carried out by TSI Italia all over the national territory, and more precisely in the territories designated for greenhouse intensive crops, continues. This time, the team of experts hosted an Open Day in Fondi (Lazio), at Luca Ruccardi's company. The event was dedicated to the…

Spain's vegetable production grew at double digits in the last ten years

In the last decade, Spain has generally increased the production of its main crops more than what the agricultural area devoted to them has grown. According to the latest…

"Commit to year-round specialties and service"

Brexit and Morocco hindering Dutch tomato exports to the UK

Moroccan tomato exports are increasing. That is upsetting many European Union tomato growers and exporters. It is certainly not only Spanish growers who are complaining. Dutch…

Enabling Australian spinach growers to reduce food waste

Woolworths launches new ‘The Odd Bunch’ range

Woolworths has launched a range of fruit and vegetables called The Odd Bunch, hoping to curb food waste. The range combines sustainability with great value that benefits both…

More demand for production varieties in the European snack tomato segment

There is plenty that tomato growers have to deal with. No wonder the digital version of the Enza Zaden Tomato House Fair attracted at least as much attention as the physical version did earlier this summer. In the next few weeks, the breeder is organizing another House Fair. ToBRFV virus, increasing…

Lidl signs £11 mln supply deal with fresh food producer Willowbrook

Lidl Northern Ireland has awarded Newtownards fresh food producer Willowbrook Foods an expanded supply deal worth £11 million. The deal is nearly double its previous contract.…

Dutch squash packer innovates squash processing line for fresh cut cubes

De Terp has been an organic arable farm since 1985, in the Dutch river lands, specializing in winter squash. Recently, the company started processing at the source of its organic squash.  Year round, the company supplies several retailers in the EU. This year, a grand total of 550 ha. of pumpkins are on contract…

Province of Guimaras, Philppines

Farmgate prices of Guimaras vegetables down slightly

According to the Crops Production Survey (CrPS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the farmgate prices of fruit vegetables in the province of Guimaras plunged…

Due to extreme August rain & heat

Vegetable costs surging in Japan's Kyushu region

Record rainfall in mid-August has triggered a surge in prices of leafy and summer vegetables, including cucumbers and eggplants, grown in southwest Japan's Kyushu region.…

Export price of Chinese garlic increased by 10%-15% compared to last year

The season in which garlic is purchased for storage is already over. The export price of garlic rapidly shot up for a brief period in August due to various reasons. Farmers responded to this development with an eagerness to sell, but warehouse owners were more conflicted. That is why the price of garlic…

New managing director for Haith - Nigel Haith becomes Chairman

The UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of vegetable handling solutions has announced that it has appointed a new Managing Director. Duane Hill takes over the role as Haith’s Managing Director as Nigel Haith moves to the position of Chairman as he prepares for semi-retirement. Mr Haith has been…

Hennie de Beer – Vaalbos Trust

Vaalbos Trust: all hands on deck at high-diversity farm

Vaalbos Trust in the Loskop Valley is a highly diversified farm, as is the norm in this region that straddles Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Right: potatoes planted for the processing sectorBy this time of the year, the enterprise aims to have finished its Valencias, although, notes Hennie de Beer, the owner of…

Optical Brussels sprout sorter gains 50% of Dutch market share within two years

TechNature sorting machines are processing an increasing quantity of Brussels sprouts. This young Dutch company crossed into neighboring countries with these machines within two years. Brussels sprout growers use the Sproutcam in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, and Scotland. That is…

Thursday 16 September

Mini Symposium on pepper quality

The pepper world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of sweet pointed peppers and the ever-increasing demands of consumers, pepper quality has become even more important. "With the choices we make in the quality we have an impact on the lives of millions of consumers. Every step in the bell pepper supply chain has…

US all mushroom - value of sales at $1.06 billion

The volume of sales of the 2020-2021 United States mushroom crop totaled 758 million pounds, down 7 percent from last season. Value of sales for the 2020-2021 United States mushroom crop was $1.06 Billion, down 8 percent from the previous season. The average reported price was $1.40 per pound, down 1…

Riccio di Parma tomatoes weigh in at 1.2 kg each

The harvest of the Riccio di Parma tomato, an ancient variety that has been rediscovered and could become a widespread crop in the hills of Parma, is underway. Currently, three companies have joined the project, but the cultivation is open to other interested parties as well. "This year we are growing about…

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland, the Netherlands:

"Open field lettuces have shortages and high prices; leeks currently worthless"

Rainfall in the Netherlands earlier this summer has led to substantial shortages of iceberg, and the other open field, lettuce varieties. "Iceberg lettuce sold for €8 to €9 yesterday. Usually, if everything grows well, you get half that, at most," says Freeland's Kees van den Bosch. Kees among his…

Danielle Bruin about first Dutch purple sprouting broccoli crop

"Redi broccoli could revolutionize supermarket shelves"

In Europe, purple sprouting broccoli was first introduced in Spain, under Bejo's Redi concept, and the United Kingdom. This year, in the Netherlands, grower Nico Hoogendoorn began cultivating this new vegetable variety too. He is from Dutch Valley Vegetables. "Redi is a nice addition and expansion to the…

Tomato gin and chocolates at Belgian tomato festival

A new edition of the Belgian Tomato Festival will be held from 3 to 5 September at the Arboretum in Kalmthout. It promises to be an extra tasty edition, with many rare tomato varieties on display. Stoffels Tomaten, among others, will be showcasing its range. Unique this year are two tomato pralines made…

France: too much humidity for beets and potatoes in Picardy

The harvests should start in a month and producers in the Somme department are worried. This summer’s rainfall has favored the appearance of diseases on potatoes and beets.  Usually, the French region of Hauts-de-France produces nearly half of the 400,000 tons of beets harvested each year in France, but 2021…

Staffing, harvest and haulage issues affecting Scottish growers

Scottish broccoli and cauliflower growers are facing costly headline problems around labour, haulage and packaging shortages – along with the year-on-year battle against the…

Strong demand anticipated for organic eggplant

Growers are readying for the strong demand that meets the start of the Mexican organic eggplant season. Organic eggplant production in Mexico begins October 10th. Photo: Fair Trade USA  “Eggplant gets a lot of attention when we start. We are going to start on October 10th. Every year I try to push it because…

“Indian okra season starts once European produce is gone from the market”

Only a few more weeks until the Indian okra season gets underway. For one exporter, more volumes are expected for export, as they’ve reached clients in new markets this season. The cost of shipping the okra via air is still a major issue though, despite passenger flights having started back up. According…

Tacna, Arizona, and Imperial Valley

Impatiens necrotic spot virus confirmed in desert lettuce

A plant virus first found in 2006 in the Salinas Valley of California, was discovered last season near Tacna, Arizona. This a farming community east of Yuma. It was also…

Antonio Ruiz, commercial director of Murgiverde:

"The transition from Dutch to Spanish vegetables will happen sooner than expected"

The province of Almeria is already beginning to give shape to the new 2021/2022 greenhouse vegetable season, which will soon replace the summer productions from Central European countries, particularly from the Netherlands. Almeria would start exporting its peppers and cucumbers earlier than expected.…

Martin Topper, Zonneheerdt, the Netherlands:

"Red carrot supply grows annually"

In the Netherlands, the global pandemic hit the Zonneheerdt farm hard. "We've had a bad 18 months," Martin Topper says. "But sales have picked up. They're still not great but are continuing reasonably well. Our English, Scandinavian, and German hospitality customers want to serve their guests something…

Iranian carrot exports down 33 percent in first four months of current year

Iran's carrot exports have dropped by 33 percent in terms of value and 30 percent in terms of volume during the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 21 to July…

UK Salad company wants to increase growth with 'performance nutritionist'

Prepared salad brand Steve’s Leaves is using an experienced Performance Nutritionist to promote the benefits of watercress in a new campaign targeted towards a younger consumer. "The latest campaign, featuring Ed Tooley, will target under 45s interested in fitness, sport and nutrition via social media…

Tomato prices drop to Rs4 per kg due to supply crunch

Amid a supply crunch, prices of tomato in most Indian producing states have dropped to Rs 4 per kg. Furthermore, as per the data monitored by the federal government, prices of…

Annus horribilis

Horticultural companies forced to face a continuous succession of negative events

"Annus horribilis' is how Vittorio Gona of the Sicilian PO Alba Bio defined the recently concluded greenhouse season. "How else could we describe an agricultural year that has seen us, against all odds, becoming heroic horticultural entrepreneurs? Never before have we been forced to face such a…

Peruvian fresh asparagus air exports decreased in the first half of 2021

Peruvian air exports of fresh or refrigerated asparagus in the first half of the year decreased by 20.4% over the same period of the previous year, totaling 15,421 tons,…

Food recall warning - Canada

Soo brand Enoki Mushrooms recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

T-Brother Food & Trading Ltd. is recalling Soo brand Enoki Mushrooms from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in Alberta and British Columbia and may have been…

'Greenhouse technology of specific interest'

Jamaica Promotions Corporation encourages investments in vegetable farming

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in vegetable cultivation to supply the hospitality sector. Marlene Porter, the manager for…

“We’ve had a very good summer season for Shiitake mushrooms this year”

The Shiitake mushroom season has been good to one Ukrainian exporter. The summer months had good sales, with competitive prices and a steady supply. The exporter claims Germany will be the most important market for the future, and would love to expand its client base in the region. According to Vincenzo Salento,…

AUSVEG to undertake new pilot Food to Market program

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $8.4 million as part of the first tranche of the Food to Market program, with 13 key industry and regional peak…

Bertus van Tricht, AGF Direct:

"Supply gap, end of vacation, weather and exports all affect Dutch full soil vegetables sales"

In the Netherlands, full soil vegetable traders are enjoying good broccoli and cauliflower demand. "Supply is currently quite smooth. There's a seven-to-ten-day gap," says Bertus van Tricht of AGF-Direct. "So, there's much less supply, and day trade prices are climbing. At present, broccoli is selling for…

Simon Klein from vegetable farm Goldberger Hof in Dormagen:

"It's going to be a really bad year for our pumpkins overall"

Apart from the unfortunate weather situation and the pandemic-related regulations, the Corona period seems to have been quite profitable for some vegetable growers and traders, such as the Goldberger Hof from the Klein family in Dormagen. "Basically, yes, the entire vegetable sector was able to post good…

Indapur township

Farmers dump sweet peppers on Pune-Solapur highway due to price crash

Due to the fact that the prices of sweet peppers have crashed, farmers from Indapur township have thrown their produce on the Pune-Solapur highway this weekend. They claimed…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

Australian growers are doing their best to keep supplying the domestic and overseas markets with fruit and vegetables

The situation around lockdowns and restrictions in Australia is ever changing and with each individual state/territory responsible for its own restrictions it can be difficult to keep up with the changes. However growers are doing their best to keep supplying the domestic and overseas markets with fruit…


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