Vegetables

Low supplies and high prices on cauliflower

Cauliflower supplies continue to be slim, though that’s likely to change as Yuma, AZ gets going in its production. “Supplies of cauliflower have been extremely short the past few weeks,” says Michelle Georgalos, sales and cauliflower commodity manager for D’Arrigo California based in Salinas, CA. She…

Alexander Verduyn, Verduyn

"Dry weather has significantly affected Belgian root crop yields"

“We're currently hard at work storing carrots, celeriac, and white and red cabbage," says Alexander Verduyn of Verduyn, in Belgium. "The carrots didn't grow well. Their yield is, on average, 15% lower than last year. However, the refrigerated product is of excellent quality. We don't know how the storage…

Geofur

Radicchio season in full swing in Veneto

The latest introductions by Geofur, i.e. flowpacked products and recipes for consumers, have received excellent feedback despite the slower sales due to Covid-19. Geofur flowpacked produce "The night frost of the last period and the difference in temperature between night and day mean quality is unlike…

Serfunghi

Porcini mushroom sales on the up

Statistically, a family-run company that promotes and encourages the fundamental contribution of female workers, has ample margin for growth. This is the case of Serfunghi, established after the founder's work experience in Canada. In the photo, Serfunghi owner Raffaele Calabretta "We have around 200 products, a vast catalog…

ZhPolo, of Zhadobina Garlic: "Increase in the import of Chinese and Argentinian garlic"

"The shortage of Spanish garlic has been accentuated by abundant speculation"

The abundant and persistent rains a few days before the start of the garlic harvest in the main producing areas of Spain caused significant losses in the production volumes this summer. The excess moisture during the harvesting period also caused many problems in the garlic's skin, causing the supply of…

Arequipa concentrates 68% of Peru's garlic production

Arequipa, which produces more than 56,000 tons of garlic per year, is Peru's largest garlic producing region, concentrating 68% of the national production. However, only 30%…

NatureSweet launches new pepper Dulce Italiano Sweet Peppers

New peppers: All the sweet and none of the heat

All the sweet and none of the heat! With 8,000 full-time, hardworking Associates, NatureSweet® has launched Dulce Italiano Sweet Peppers. "Like all peppers, NatureSweet’s offer that satisfying crunch and health perks, but instead of spice ‘n’ heat, the Dulce Italianos are just as sweet as can be. Perfect…

Prices dropping overall Yooran Park

Philippines: Department of Agriculture predicts normal vegetable supply in December

In Metro Manila, prices of vegetables have started to decline in major markets, even after the devastation caused by recent typhoons. Spokespeople from the Department of…

Fresh mushroom demand is up and expected to stay up in 2021

As 2021 approaches, there are multiple signs mushrooms will be one of the top trending foods for the year ahead. The reason is simple: Fresh mushrooms’ multiple attributes…

Danny Deen, Denimpex:

"Once the cold weather really hits the EU. garlic stocks will soon be gone"

The current situation in the global garlic market is going very badly, according to Danny Deen of Denimpex. "The Spanish harvest of approximately 110,000 tonnes has been reduced by approximately 45% and what is still available is not of top quality. A lot of garlic has been affected by nematodes. It…

Jan Deconinck, Denys Carrots

“Fewer Belgian carrots grubbed this year”

In Belgium, the last storage carrots are being grubbed this week. And, according to Jan Deconinck of Denys Carrots, this year's yield is a little lower than usual. "I estimate we've dug up about ten percent less per hectare. Nevertheless, the product's beautiful. The quality's good and the carrots aren't…

Down by 56% compared to 2019 and by 75% compared to 2016

Almeria eggplant prices plunged in November

The price of eggplant in November has recorded a sharp decline. According to data from Hortoinfo, in weeks 45, 46 and 47, the product has yielded an average price of € 0.32 /…

Jordan: Agriculture sector produces 1.7 million tons of vegetables per year

On Wednesday, Jordanian Minister of Agriculture Mohammed Daoudia said the domestic agricultural sector produces 1.7 million tons of vegetables a year, which is enough to…

Enza Zaden launches first white asparagus variety

For Enza Zaden, the asparagus market is a new market to penetrate. After years of development and testing in practical fields, the new asparagus variety Daleza (E225W.004) is the first variety to be launched by Enza Zaden. But how did Daleza come about? Michel explains: “Enza Zaden's wish to also…

Dragon Microgreens

Welsh microgreens company expands into England

Crickhowell based company Dragon Microgreens is produces microgreens, a food group that is increasingly popular. Microgreens are the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that…

Illinois, home of two processing plants, leads U.S. pumpkin production

Pumpkins are in high demand in America during the fall and winter holidays, whether to be used as decoration or as a key ingredient in various desserts. Illinois leads the country in pumpkin production overall, growing roughly three to four times more pumpkins than any other state, depending on the year.…

Greece: One Santorini man is turning to tourists to save the tomato industry

Santorini used to have a flourishing tomato crop. Today, one man is keeping the industry alive on Santorini after a 1956 earthquake nearly cratered the industry. The volcanic soil on the Greek island of Santorini produces a unique variety of cherry tomato that's popular with tourists: the Anydro…

Zip Top

New way to keep vegetables fresh

Zip Top launches products in Australia

A game-changing range of storage containers that can be zipped up has launched its products in Australia. Zip Top was created after founder Rebecca Finnell discovered a lack of variety in the storage container market. The company’s 'Zip Top' containers have been designed with a flat base to stand up when…

Tight supplies of iceberg though demand starting to ease

Supplies of iceberg lettuce from California and Arizona are slim, though that is soon changing. “The Huron (CA) season will finish this week and supplies are limited,” says Matthew Collins, purchasing director for Salinas, CA-based Markon. “Yuma (AZ) is ramping up and although supplies are tight this…

Stable sales at moderate prices for artichokes

General vegetable sales could be better. Consumption and purchases have dropped due to a series of factors, including the coronavirus and temperatures higher than the seasonal average. "Artichoke sales have maintained stable quotes that have never dropped below €0.50/head. The produce comes from Puglia and…

Frauds in the indication of origin of Moroccan fruit and vegetable products reach Brussels

The complaints made in recent months by various agricultural organizations in Almería and Granada because of the detection of Moroccan fruit and vegetable productions branded…

The horticultural sector of Almería and Granada will withdraw 30% of its cucumbers from the market

After a meeting held by videoconference, representatives of ASAJA, COAG, COEXPHAL, Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias, UPA, and ECOHAL of Almería and Granada have decided to withdraw 30% of the marketable cucumber production to try to stop the price crisis that the product has been suffering for several…

New brand 'SuezFruit' starts its Egyptian legume season

"We were able to create a professional production base through cooperation"

SuezFruit has started its Egyptian legume season. Since last week, the first Egyptian-made snow peas have been arriving in Europe. "Through partnerships and cooperation, we have created a professional production base that is large enough to guarantee supply security. The products are marketed under the…

Artichokes at bargain prices at the beginning of the campaign

"The Sicilian artichoke campaign got off to a slow start this season, and due to the lack of rain, especially in the area of Gela, the plants are struggling to grow," said Giuseppe Scudera, CEO of Golden Fruit. Giuseppe Scudera "Although we are only at the beginning we are witnessing a lack of consumption…

Dutch Flower Sprouts at Staay-Van Rijn until the end of February

"Our German-speaking clients, in particular, like Flower Sprouts"

In the Netherlands, Staay-Van Rijn has had Flower Sprouts available since week 46. "We receive these daily fresh products from our Dutch grower in our RijnStar packaging," says salesman Johan Wiersma. The Flower Sprouts are available at Staay Food Group from the beginning of November to the end of…

Producers from Granada destroy thousands of kilos of cucumber to regulate its price

Farmers from Granada have destroyed thousands of kilos of cucumbers in Motril because cucumber prices have fallen so much that they are being sold below production costs. The…

J2 Innovations

FIN Framework: Smart automation creates new era for mushroom growing

This year mushroom cultivation output is expected to be around US$ 16 billion, reaching $20 billion in 2025. It is still a labour-intensive business with staffing accounting for around a third of production costs. But this is about to change with a new generation of mushroom production facilities,…

FDA conducts another study about contamination of leafy greens

The FDA, along with growers, researchers and other entities in California, have announced a multi-year study to enhance food safety through better understanding of human…

Greater supplies of asparagus out of Peru

Supplies of asparagus out of Peru looked steady last month and continue to look so throughout November. Jorge Bastidas of Alpine Fresh in Miami, FL, notes that supplies in Peru are transitioning from the south of Peru to the north of the country. In addition to Peruvian supplies, asparagus is also coming…

Marco Bergman (Harvest House):

"Good end result for Dutch bell pepper growers after memorable season"

Harvest House supplied its last Dutch bell peppers last week. Marco Bergman reflects on the season. Not many of the predictions made before the season came true. "We had all sorts of scenarios in mind," he says. "But the true master planner during this last bell pepper season was the COVID-19 pandemic.…

It is brassica season

Fellini Patrizio, a brassica specialist from Romagna, producing around ten varieties, reports that exports are increasing. "Sales are regular and proceed as planned, although there is no rush to buy. Prices are within the norm. We try to differentiate the supply in order to meet all buyer demands from abroad as well," commented…

La Rosa del Veneto, a radicchio for connoisseurs

"Our red chicory is in full bloom, they look like flowers," said Paolo Queruli from the La Rosa farm, located in Monselice (Padua). The harvest of the radicchio began in early October with the long, broad-leaved, narrow-leaved, round, Castelfranco radicchio, and sugarloaf chicory. On 18 November were…

The Spanish tomato price crisis has made the reform of Moroccan entry prices a priority

The start of low-priced Moroccan tomato exports to the EU in October is bringing down the price of Spanish tomatoes. As highlighted by the Association of Organizations of…

Rochu2008

Sri Lanka: Revised list of trade taxes for import substitution economy

Sri Lanka has published a series of value-based taxes to limit competition from imports for domestic producers and keep prices up, as part of an import substitution economy. A…

Jianghongyan

Kyrgyzstan exports $1.5 millions worth of cabbages to Russia

According to the National Statistics Committee, the trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan with the Eurasian Economic Union member countries amounted to $1,791,500,000 in the period…

Birgit Reitz Hofmann

McDonald's will introduce plant-based burgers and fast food

McDonald's has announced it will introduce a line of plant-based meat alternatives called "McPlant" in 2021. The company has stated it would offer plant-based burgers, chicken…

Most vegetables sent to Russia

Belarus: Ukraine largest importer of potatoes in the first half of 2020

According to numbers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, the country exported agricultural products and food products worth more than $ 4,2…

Brussels sprouts movement missing foodservice sales

Movement of Brussels sprouts are feeling the lack of foodservice business. “The market as a whole is slightly oversupplied. But mostly because the foodservice industry is non-existent right now. All the sprouts that are normally pushed into different markets—food service, industrial use, etc.—are all…

Coen Swager, TB&S, :

"After Violetti, our purple pointed cabbage, we now have a savoy pointed cabbage"

A few years ago, TB&S introduced Violetti. This purple pointed cabbage was an innovative vegetable. Now, this Dutch vegetable company has a new pointed cabbage in the pipeline. "We're busy growing a savoy pointed cabbage. We've now also tested this pointed brassica at our company in Portugal. After the…

Per capita consumption significantly higher than in the previous year

Carrots still favorite vegetable of Swiss consumers

Once again, the carrot was the Swiss' favorite vegetable last year. Per capita, 8.45 kilograms of the vegetable were eaten last year. With nearly 8.5 kilograms per capita, the…

"Can we compete if this keeps going like this?"

Growers notice concerning workforce trends amid Australian horticulture labour shortage

A table grape grower in Victoria says the COVID-19 pandemic has created a generation of "job hoppers" who are pushing for better conditions and pay, which is further compounding the labour shortage problems faced by the industry. Owner of Budou Farms, Enrique Rossi says he is finding workers who are…

Byron Machuca of White Lion Foods

Lower volumes but high pricing and demand for Peruvian garlic

The Peruvian garlic season started in October and is expected to last through the middle of January. While the season started on time, the overall volumes are expected to be lower than they were last year – but the market is seeing good demand and pricing. Lower volumes but good qualityAt the start of 2020,…

Kees Havenaar: "I don't think it's been this bad across the board before"

"The 'perfect storm' hits Spanish greenhouse vegetable sales

"I was just wondering whether it has ever been this quiet and negative in the trade in the past 25 years." Well, the tone has been set, but it is clear that Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna is concerned. And to ask the question is to answer it: "I don't think it has been this bad before, at least not across…

Tonny Hooijmans, Oké Trading:

"I expect the supermarket sales of mushrooms to triple towards Christmas"

The mushroom market is developing to be unexpectedly stable, according to Tonny Hooijmans of Oké Trading. "In fact, the supply and prices have been at a very stable level for several months. We would not have dared to hope that earlier this year. Wholesaler markets are buying less mushrooms, but…

Sven Jordens, Gemex, Belgium

“Our winter vegetable sales are waiting for colder weather”

“The year 2020 hasn't been an easy one. There are lockdowns, and the hospitality industry is closed. That makes it very different from other years," says Sven Jordens of Gemex, in Belgium. "Trade with large supermarkets continues as usual. As does that with wholesalers who supply retailers and market…

Peculiar year for artichokes due to weather and pandemic

"It has been a weird start of the campaign for artichokes, made even more peculiar by the health emergency and subsequent drop in consumption. There was a considerable delay in production due to the fact that temperatures in Sardinia are still high and have reached 24-25°C over the past few days,"…

Overseas market demand remains high, and garlic export volume is unaffected

Short-distance shipping cost in Asia increased five-fold, while shipping cost between Asia and Europe increased by 20%

The garlic market has been stable since the new harvest entered. The garlic price has not shown any major fluctuations yet. However, some exporters are in trouble because shipping costs are rising. Mr. Zhang Shuhan of Jining Greenstream Fruits and Vegetables Co., Ltd. recently talked about current…

Little Leaf Farms’ fresh, crispy baby greens now delivered to homes through Amazon Fresh

Little Leaf Farms is now offering home delivery in the greater Boston and New York City area through Amazon Fresh. COVID-19 has increased demand for grocery deliveries, and customers can now enjoy locally harvested and sustainable lettuce without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. The partnership…

the new Fresno chili pepper of Eminent Seeds

"Upright and uniform fruits are easier to harvest"

Eminent Seeds is marketing a new and improved version of the Fresno. "The chilli pepper has proven its worth at a number of tastings both in the Netherlands and abroad and leaves the competition well behind in several areas," says Niels Koolstra, sales manager with Eminent. "We are seeing growing numbers…

Deon van Zyl & Hendrik Eksteen: Grow Fresh Produce Agents

Johannesburg Market: biggest fresh produce trading floor in Africa

Market agents arrive from 3am at the Johannesburg fresh produce market in City Deep where ten to fifteen thousand buyers daily start trading at 5am. Forty-eight percent of South Africa’s fresh produce market trade is conducted here, much of it destined to cross South Africa’s borders. Ecosystem of the…

Slim broccoli supplies also see quality issues

Supplies of broccoli are down. “Salinas, CA has definitely been ahead for a few weeks so the numbers are pretty light in Salinas. And on the front end of Yuma, AZ, the numbers are light there as well. Overall I’m hearing volumes are down and quality is struggling right now,” says Ryan Bitter of Salinas,…

Ad Coolbergen, Ortolanda:

"It's Dutch radish export season again"

Dutch radish growers are pleased that exports are slowly getting started. "At the end of last week, we started delivering our first radishes to the German supermarkets again. That often used to be at the beginning of November. But lately, the Germans already have their own product until mid-November,"…

Cucumbers traded at € 0.16 on average and plain tomatoes at € 0.14

Destruction of vegetables in Almería due to the fall in prices this past week

A year has almost passed since the great demonstrations of the agricultural sector in Almería, in which they asked for solutions to the structural crisis and for the prices of their crops to rise above the production costs. The situation, however, appears not to have been resolved. After a good start of…

Turkey: Sales of mini-veg increase during pandemic

The stress has undoubtedly risen during the coronavirus outbreak, it has also led to healthy eating habits, as Turkish consumers are now looking toward finger-sized fresh…

Ninjacart in association with Kilofarms successfully produces first set of residue-free tomatoes

Ninjacart, India’s largest B2B fresh produce supply chain company furthered its vision of, ‘Safe food for billion people’ with its first set of Residue-Free Tomatoes, produced…

Berries, bananas, garlic, leeks and onions

Foods that stimulate “good bacteria” in the gut could play a role in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Foods that stimulate “good bacteria” in the gut, including oats, berries, bananas, garlic, leeks and onions, could play a role in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a major…

Namibia plans to export 500 tons of asparagus to Europe next year

Namibia will next year export 500 tons of asparagus to Europe, Agriculture Minister, Calle Schlettwein, said Monday. According to Schlettwein, the asparagus is one of the…

Fruit and Vegetable retailer recognised as one of Australia's leading social media voices in 2020

A Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer has been selected as one of LinkedIn's Top 20 Australian Voices in 2020, in recognition of driving the conversation around a changing industry. David Zahlan, Director of Alexanders’ Fruit Market has amassed over 10,000 followers on his LinkedIn, in addition to…

The European Union buys more tomatoes from Morocco than from Almeria

Morocco, whose production schedule is very similar to that of Spain, is the latter's main competitor in terms of tomato production and marketing in the European Union. In fact, it has increased its sales by 18% over the last 4 campaigns, while Almería has seen them reduced by 25%. According to ICEX data,…

Vincent Elegoet, of Saveurs du Bout du Monde:

"Normal market conditions for Hokkaido and Butternut squash"

"The situation is normal in the pumpkin market, with a good quality product," says Vincent Elegoet, from the Saveurs du Bout du Monde company. Currently, the Breton company, which is specialized in some specific products, is focusing on basic pumpkins, such as Hokkaido or Butternut squash. "After the…

In-depth analysis by Patrizia Calabrese on consumption struggles

The downward curve for the zucchini is alarming, a better situation for the bell pepper

Peppers and zucchini are among the main crops grown in Sicily, but the scenario is not the same for the two references. The overview of the situation was provided by Patrizia Calabrese, commercial manager of the growers organization Consorzio Fonteverde from the Ispica (RG). Patrizia Calabrese "We work according…

H&R demand for king trumpet mushrooms drops

The new limitations imposed by the Government to counter the spreading of Covid-19 are affecting not only thousands of restaurants and similar activities, but also suppliers as orders are cancelled. "King trumpet mushrooms are definitely being affected, as demand dropped and quotations went from €5.50-6.00/kg…

2 out of every 3 zucchinis sold in Europe are Spanish

Spain consolidates as the EU's largest zucchini supplier

Over the last five seasons, Spanish zucchini exports to the European Union (EU) have increased by 33.56%, according to data from the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat) prepared by Hortoinfo. In fact, Spanish zucchini overwhelmingly dominates the EU markets, as 64.83% of the zucchinis sold in…

A. & K. Engemann goes into the new marketing season

"There is more growth potential for organic chicory, within food retail as well"

For some two weeks, leading organic company Engemann GbR has been delivering new organic chicory. "The volumes to be marketed are still modest, but should soon increase," says Fabian Borgwald, salesman at the company. "Due to the colder weather, the desire for chicory has returned and we are seeing some…

New urban farm to bring specialty mushrooms to store shelves in Texas

On November 14th, Texans gained access to a new realm of the mushroom kingdom with the arrival of Smallhold’s specialty mushrooms on Central Market store shelves and the opening of their first Texas urban farm. Breaking up a wall of brown button and portobello mushrooms with bursts of color and flavor,…

Lettuce losses could cause shortage across U.S.

Lettuce crop losses in California could affect availability and prices at Texas grocery stores and restaurants and highlights the fragility of the nation’s food supply chain,…

Positive outlook for tomato market in October

Despite a difficult summer in the tomato market, prices have risen this fall. This results in above-average prices in October, with a peak average of € 0.97/kg for tomatoes from the Netherlands. That's even higher than the five-year maximum. This means that a remarkable tomato season will end on a…

Drop in prices for dark green zucchini

The Sicilian zucchini and bell pepper market is not looking very good, and the current situation does not please operators. FreshPlaza talked about it with Antonio Morreale, administrator of Bio Hortus in Palma di Montechiaro (AG), Sicily. Antonio Morreale "The table grape season is coming to an end and…

Happy hour: the rise of the cocktail tomato

When thinking of 2020, cocktails may not be the first thing to come to your mind. Still it’s cocktail’o clock at the moment – cocktail tomatoes that is. Even though the European tomato prices in the traditional season have been unfavorable, the cocktail segment has been a positive exception. Is it an…

Peter Parms, Rotom Tomatoes:

"Coronavirus has turned tomato market upside down"

The tomato market is quiet. Sales to the hotel and catering industry have largely disappeared in many countries, which means that exports are at a standstill. “The UK and Poland are still asking for some tomatoes, but in general it is quite quiet,” says Peter Parms of Rotom Tomatoes. Prices have fallen…

Op Primo Sole

Cartesio and Dolce Lucano- the perfect combination

Op Primo Sole in Montescaglioso (Matera, Basilicata) grows around 300-350 hectares of fennel all year round except for the summer months. The varieties processed from mid-October include Cartesio, an early-fall fennel by Seminis with a 70-75 day cycle. "Transplants were carried out on July 31st and harvesting…

Enzo Rametta, an expert in this field

The Sicilian artichoke season has just started

"The artichoke season in Sicily started 10 days ago and the conditions were good. Also the crops that still need to be harvested seem to be optimal and have only minor problems. It would be nice to have some rain, but on the whole we can' t complain about the cultivation", said grower Enzo Rametta from…

Market price of Chinese celery shows significant increase

The Chinese market price of celery has been quite strong in recent weeks. The retail price of celery from production areas in Liaoning and Hebei is around 2.2-2.3 yuan…

Pakistan

Vegetable exports decrease by 20.48 per cent

The export of vegetable products from Pakistan witnessed a decrease of 20.48 percent during the first three months of current financial year 2020-21, as compared to the…

Farmmi named a 'China Mushroom Industry Boom Observation Unit'

Farmmi, Inc., an agriculture products supplier in China, today announced that at the recent first meeting of the third session of the shiitake branch of the China Edible Fungi…

Vegetable brands are missing out on Gen Z consumers

Across markets, Gen Z consumers are not eating their veggies. Despite higher interest in plant-based eating, these consumers are less likely than their older counterparts to…

Record cabbage exports from Croatia in 2019

Production of cabbage in Croatia is stable, the market is supplied with sufficient amounts of this vegetable, although the corona crisis has led to a price drop this year,…

Increased demand for specialty leafy greens drives creation of indoor vegetable division

Recently, Sakata Seed announced the start of a division for indoor grown vegetable varieties. “Given the rapid growth in vertical farming as well as the development of additional opportunities for leafy greens, we felt it was important to place additional emphasis on serving controlled environment…

Fennel and artichokes are doing well

The warmer weather is damaging cabbages and broccoli

"The current mild climate is causing damage to cabbages. Temperatures easily exceed 20°C during the day and around 10°C at night, which is above the seasonal average. Thermal values between 4 and 12°C are most ideal for growing cabbages and broccoli," said Tarcisio Fiermonte, an agricultural technician…

Artichoke consumption in Spain grows to 3 kg per capita

Artichoke consumption has grown by 20% in the last 12 months, going from an average of 2.5 kilos per capita to 3 kilos. According to statements made to Efeagro by the…

Ellen van Kester, Horticola Guadalfeo:

"Besides Cherokee, now also a new orange plum tomato"

Horticola Guadalfeo, in Motril, Spain, specializes in selling unique tomatoes. "By the end of summer, we had a product shortage. That was due to the July and August's high temperatures. We grow most of our Sierra tomatoes in summer. Now we've started with new, excellent quality, seasonal products. We…

Wilhelm Stemmann on this year's kale harvest

"Good climate conditions give us hope for a good harvest"

In some fields, the kale harvest had already begun by the end of September and it will continue into March. Under the right weather conditions, the palm leafy kale plants -…

First results of the Projar study on fertigation

"We have achieved a 40% increase in production compared to the previous harvest"

Last June, Projar launched a study on the management of irrigation and fertigation in a tomato farm in Águilas, Murcia, which was burdened by problems of root asphyxia due to…

Almeria, Spain

Grupo Agroponiente presents its new tasty Marejada tomato

The latest from Grupo Agroponiente in the tomato segment is the Marejada, a ribbed black tomato that the company will exclusively market under its own brand Gold Quality. The…

Morocco exported a higher volume of tomatoes than Almeria for the first time

According to data from the Estacom statistical service processed by Hortoinfo, the province of Almeria exported 418.64 million kilos of tomatoes in the 2019/2020 campaign. This export volume is 11.3% lower than the volume shipped in the previous season and 25.2% lower than in the last five seasons.…

Ralf Gerths (vegetable wholesale Gerths) on this year's season

"Abundant yields and sales problems are hurting the cabbage sector"

The cabbage harvest in the northern Dithmarschen region is slowly but surely approaching its end. The plentiful supply situation for all types of cabbage is now confronted by Corona-related sales problems in the hospitality and bulk consumption sectors. This is accompanied by correspondingly low prices…

LGV Sonnengemüse starts fresh winter vegetables cultivation trial

Cooperative expects 25-ton total yield

At LGV Gärtnergemüse, they are at the start of the harvest for local winter fresh vegetables from Vienna and Burgenland. Together with horticultural school Schönbrunn -under the direction of DI Wolfgang Palme-, LGV Sonnengemüse has started a cultivation trial with fresh winter vegetables. Six growers and…

Uwe Buschhaus on Corona, German king trumpet mushrooms and an extraordinary chanterelle season

"Wild mushrooms saved us in this exceptional year"

The current Corona hit marketing year is slowly but surely coming to an end for the edible mushroom industry. The recently tightened regulations are also making extreme demands on this trade segment, while new sales markets and opportunities are opening up especially in these difficult times, says Uwe…

Kornelia Lewikowska on the Polish cauliflower season

“Despite our concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic, demand proved to be high”

The Polish cauliflower season is nearing its end. The season was better than expected. There were worries that the pandemic could cause demand to be low, but looking back the export volumes were similar to last year. One exporter will now wrap up the cauliflower season and prepare for the winter…

Bolt Threads

Vegan leather

Mushroom 'unleather' embraced by major fashion brands

Recently, the world has been starting to embrace a more sustainable and animal-friendly alternative: vegan leather. In fact, according to a report by Grand View Research, the world market for vegan leather could be worth $85 billion by the year 2025. As vegan leather continues to increase in popularity,…

Better green bean supplies for Thanksgiving 2020 compared to last year

Supplies of green beans are ample for this month’s U.S. Thanksgiving. “Supplies look very good. It’s night and day to last year,” says Mark Munger with 4Earth Farms in Los Angeles, CA. Munger says that last year, the season faced back to back tropical storms in the primary Mexican growing region and the…

Richard Diplock, Eric Wall Ltd, looks back on 2020

"For the first time in 44 years of trading, we started operating night shifts"

It might be a bit early for a year overview, but hey – it's 2020 and everything has been different this year. On top of that, last week the last harvest of the year was conducted at Eric Wall Ltd, so the season there has ended. And it’s been a crazy one, Richard Diplock says. “The year has been…

Visitors of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai welcome the YOOM tomatoes with interest

Purple YOOM tomatoes are about to enter the Chinese market

The first experimental YOOM tomatoes took the spotlight at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. The YOOM tomatoes are about to enter the Chinese market in large volumes in the middle of November. Beijing Hortipolaris is one of the first companies to participate in the experimental plantation…

Ocean Mist Farms

Recent freeze brings a special winter option for a limited time: Frost Kissed® artichokes

Ocean Mist Farms, the grower and marketer of fresh artichokes, welcomes the first Frost Kissed® crop of the season. The Frost Kissed artichokes are currently being shipped to retailers and will be intermittently available throughout the winter. Once the temperature drops below 32 degrees, the artichokes’…

Rijk Zwaan at Asia Fruit Logistica

Responding to a changing market

The coronavirus outbreak appears to be reinforcing four key consumer trends in particular. At Asia Fruit Logistica ON 2020, Rijk Zwaan will be sharing details of solutions that respond to those trends. Consumers both in Asia and worldwide are making new and different choices. They are buying their groceries through alternative sales…

The company specializes in fennel that exports to all of Europe

New website for Fino'

There are now new graphics and new content for the website of Caligari&Babbi, who specialize in fennel. The address remains the same: www.finocchioitaliano.com Vittorio Caligari and Marco Babbi "Our brand Finò is known all over Europe, so it was time for a restyling of the website, alongside with the new company headquarters location,…

Research suggests that people who regularly eat chilli peppers live longer

A recent study proposes that eating chilli peppers regularly could provide previously unrecognised health benefits. It states that chilli eaters may have a ‘significantly…

Watermelon and bean prices up in Myanmar

Food prices in Myanmar continue to be problematic as a result of erratic closures and regulations at the borders, as countries respond on an ad hoc basis to the spread of…

Yields on Florida tomatoes building

Domestic supplies of tomatoes have begun out of Florida and supplies look steady. “We just started about 10 days ago out of central and south Florida. Supplies are pretty normal and the yields are fairly average for fall,” says Bob Spencer of West Coast Tomato LLC in Palmetto, FL. West Coast works…

Dennis Blankendaal, Frysk Witlof:

"Huge demand, limited supply and high prices for chicory"

There are currently not many complaints on the chicory market. "It is very busy. The supermarkets are draining us completely," says Dennis Blankendaal of Frysk Witlof. The company annually produces between 250 and 280 hectares of chicory from roots of Dutch and Belgian origin, making it the largest…

Corne Roks, Fresh2You, the Netherlands

"Own cultivation in southern Morocco in full production"

At Fresh2You, in the Netherlands, the Moroccan season began in week 41. "We received the first green beans at the end of that week. These are from our own cultivation in northern Morocco. In week 42, we started with green and string beans from southern Morocco. So far, we're delighted with the southern…

Australia and New Zealand offer big opportunities for world’s smallest tomato

It's the size of a blueberry but it is bright red and shiny - like a tomato. And indeed - it is a tomato that Ben Meadows is holding in his hand. It's the Tomberry, a Dutch innovation that he brought to Australia in conjunction with our specialist plant propagation nursery partner Trandos Hydroponics,…

“This year we can export turmeric to the USA, with USDA certification”

It’s almost time for the harvest for turmeric in Thailand, as the harvest should start sometime next month. The higher humidity during cultivation has delayed the harvesting by two weeks to almost a month. One farmer, thanks to the USDA certification, can export the turmeric to the United States. The turmeric…

Area of pumpkin cultivation systematically growing in Poland

Pumpkins are becoming more and more popular in Poland. According to Eurostat data, in the entire European Union, in 2019 pumpkins and various types of gourds were grown for…

A drop in temperatures is enough to halt zucchini production

"The high zucchini prices of the past few days were due to the sudden lack of produce. Night-time temperatures dropped to 7-8°C, halting production," reports Roberto Bortolotti, vegetable sales manager for De Luca - Campitiello at Caab Bologna. Roberto Bortolotti "In the fall, a few nights at low…

Extremadura, one of the great Spanish regions in the export of wild mushrooms

The Spanish region of Extremadura has the right ecosystems for the reproduction of mushrooms and this has helped it become one of the country's largest exporters of wild…

Ronja Haap (Haap Gemüse) on this year's harvest

"We will start harvesting Brussels sprouts two weeks later"

For a long time, Brussels sprouts were rather a marginal phenomenon in southern Germany: But now, this vegetable is gradually gaining in importance in the southern German states as well. In the specialized retail trade -for instance at weekly markets and in farm stores- the unique cabbage vegetable is…

Guilhem Flammen, Hoogsteder:

"We will start the new tomato harvest this week"

After 7 months of a tomato season with many ups and downs, it's time to take a quick stock. "Eventually, we have exported more volumes than in 2019; however, the average prices have been lower, especially those of round tomatoes," says Guilhem Flammen, sales manager for France at the Hoogsteder society,…

15th edition of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences Agriculture Policy Debate

‘Pakistan has many opportunities to export vegetables to China’

The 15th edition of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences Agriculture Policy Debate was held, focusing on the topic of “Vegetable Seed Production and Supply Chain”. Speakers…

Courgettes go to waste due to lack of labor

Brett Heap is now the sad owner of rows of courgettes he couldn't get picked because his expert and specialised workforce can't get into the country. New Zealand is heading…

Hurricane Eta damage causes delays in exports from Honduras and Guatemala

On Tuesday November 3rd, Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua after having brought heavy rainfall to the region. After raging through Nicaragua, the hurricane hit Honduras and Guatemala and is currently heading for Florida, though it has since weakened to a tropical depression. Along with heavy…

Celery supplies likely to lighten post-Thanksgiving

Supplies of California celery are good as the industry heads towards Thanksgiving. “We’re going in two areas here—Lompoc and Oxnard-- for another two weeks. Our volume is good and looks to stay that way for at least the next two to three weeks to get us through the Thanksgiving pull. After that, we’ll…

Martin Bolhuis, Tuindersbelang:

"Dutch cabbage trade is currently missing industry demand"

According to Martin Bolhuis of Tuindersbelang, in the Netherlands, cabbage sales are volatile. "We're moving reasonable volumes with 'bale trading' for the time of the year. But we're missing the industry. The world is currently full of uncertainty. That's always bad for confidence. We do trade all over…

Wijnand de Mooij: "Hospitality industry adjusting quicker now than in first lockdown"

"The Netherlands needs some night frost before importing of Italian vegetables begins"

The Italian vegetable season is off to a difficult start. "The Dutch weather is actually still too good. We need a few nights of frost, then we can start loading," says Wijnand de Mooij of a fresh produce wholesaler in Rotterdam with the same name. "The current supply of, particularly, baby leaf, is…

Dori Serrano, of Murciana de Vegetales: "The campaign is starting without any setbacks"

Despite the pandemic, the new lettuce variety Caribu is making its way into the markets

Orders for Spanish lettuce from operators in central and northern Europe have started arriving earlier this year, coinciding with a slight advance in the harvest in Murcia due to good weather conditions. So far, there have been no setbacks, unlike what happened at the start of the previous season, when Murcia…

Spanish asparagus overcomes the obstacles of the pandemic thanks to its quality

Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19 that affected the Spanish asparagus sector in mid-March, the sector has closed one of its best campaigns thanks to the…

Syngenta has been investing in agricultural research in the province for almost four decades

"For us, Almería is a fundamental enclave"

Syngenta, a biotechnology company specialized in the research and development of solutions for the protection and improvement of plant crops, has been betting on Almeria's…

Looking into mushrooms to solve the Vitamin D crisis

The human body is designed to get vitamin D from sunshine, but in the winter months this is much harder to achieve, certainly in the UK. With more local lockdowns rapidly…

Remarkable broad line deep red tomatoes Axia is ready for the market

In recent years there has been a development in tomato breeding, in which breeders want to add some 'old-fashioned' full tomato taste to the new varieties. At Axia Vegetable Seeds, they aim for tasty, deep-red fruits with dark red flesh and characteristic green internal gel. A complete productline, of 35 gram to around 180 gram is now ready for introduction, according to Will…

Moroccan snack tomatoes as good as Dutch ones

The new Dutch snack tomato import season began recently. The first batches were already on the market in September. These were brought in by, among others, DOOR/Prominent. The Dutch/import product overlap is going well. This season, this Dutch tomato growers’ cooperative is once again working with…

Christiaan van der Goes, GreenGoose, the Netherlands

Should sweet potatoes be sorted before or after they’re exported?

A sweet potato sorting machine on the European continent. At the time of writing, it was a first. In March this year, the Dutch company, GreenGoose, acquired this grading machine and sorted its first sweet potatoes. But firsts often have to prove themselves on the market. GreenGoose’s owner, Christiaan…

Deseacrop

European project demonstrates the viability of using desalinated water in tomato cultivation in Almería

Growing higher quality tomatoes with desalinated water is already possible, as demonstrated by the European project Life Deseacrop (Desalinated seawater for alternative and…

Kees Stoop, RoDeKo:

"Hopefully it won't be a repeat of last year's dismal cabbage season"

The Dutch red and white cabbage harvest is currently well underway. Kees Stoop of RoDeKo, expects this year's yields to be slightly lower than last year. RoDeKo is the…

Francesc Llonch, of Gavà Grup:

"This year, the drop in tomato production is becoming more noticeable"

The acreage devoted to tomatoes in Almería has been reduced again, thereby continuing the downward trend of recent years. The increase in production costs, the impact of pests and sales prices with tight margins have been the main reasons for Almeria's producers to switch to other products, like peppers…

Spanish pepper exports have been record-breaking

Spanish pepper exports have reached unprecedented figures in the 2019/2020 campaign with the sale of 869.62 million kilos worth 1,199.02 million Euro, at an average price of €…

Fresh Select and CSIRO form new company, aim for healthy planet

A new food manufacturing company, Nutri V, has been formed by  vegetable grower Fresh Select and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO. Nutri V is developing nutritious products…

Marjet Lubbers

Russia’s vegetable production has grown by 6%

According to the operational data of the regional governing bodies of the agro-industrial complex, as of October 27, 2020, about 5.3 million tons of vegetables have been…

L'Ortofrutticola F

Good Violetto artichoke campaign with volumes below average

"We will start harvesting Sicilian artichokes in about ten days' time, in line with previous years. We are expecting good-quality heads, with quantities 30% lower than 2019."  In the phoot, L'Ortofrutticola F. general director Salvatore La Porta "Crops are looking good despite the fact that we have had to…


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