Vegetables

Strong East Coast volume of cauliflower

Production of cauliflower is strong in New England. The region began with cauliflower production in early July and will go until approximately the third week of October. “We’re in week three right now and we’ve had great volume right out of the gate,” says Tara Smith-Vighetti of Presque Isle, ME-based…

California root vegetable supplies strong

Supplies of celery roots and parsley roots are looking ample. “These are both fall/winter vegetables so we are looking great heading into those seasons,” says Matt Hiltner of Babé Farms, Inc. in Santa Maria, Ca. “Supplies now are even better than last year. We hit a rough period, particularly on the…

Paul Verhoeckx: "Extreme shortages in the summer holidays"

Laseta closure felt on the Dutch mushroom market

The Dutch mushroom market is dealing with unusual shortages this summer. "Normally, there are too many everywhere. Everyone is 'throwing in' mushrooms. This year, however, everyone is careful with their mushrooms. It is very unusual for this time of year," says Paul Verhoeckx. He explains the shortages…

Miguel Guerra: "The demand for sweet potatoes is greater than the supply"

Spain: "In five years, we have doubled the production of sweet potatoes"

The demand for sweet potatoes has grown a lot in recent years; so much so, that in Europe it is now greater than the supply. “In the past, warehouses had sweet potatoes available all year round, since sweet potatoes tended to be consumed during the fall and winter months. Now, they are consumed all year…

Growing edible flowers in Ukraine

A couple of years ago there appeared dishes with edible flowers on restaurants’ menus. Some Ukrainians have used this trend to build a new source of income, they grow edible flowers for sale. Manager of TM Zelen Mr. Yuriy Roman (Kamenka of Cherkasy region), has shared the details of the business…

Croatia produces fewer vegetables for winter food storage

According to a report by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), traditional winter food storage vegetables -like peppers and cucumbers- are grown less and less often in…

Egypt: Cairo Chamber of Commerce sees 15-25% drop in vegetable prices

In its weekly report, this Saturday, the Cairo Chamber of Commerce’s Vegetables and Fruits Division stated that the prices of many products have fallen by 15-25 percent in the…

'Bring your own cauliflower':

Manchester restaurants hit by UK vegetable shortage

The UK is in the grip of a vegetable shortage, caused by the heavy rains that have plagued the nation in the last few weeks. It has been damaging crops in Lincolnshire and…

Over extreme weather fears:

Cornwall farmer says UK vegetable supplies are safe

Britain is in the mids t of a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather conditions damaged much of this year's crops, with other brassica vegetables potentially threatened.…

European exports booming

UK: Garlic Farm sees double digit revenue growth

The Garlic Farm –a third-generation, award-winning farming business based in Newchurch– is finding success across Europe thanks to its innovative range of over 60 garlic-based…

Brazil's winter carrot harvest begins

Most of the producers of São Gotardo, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, completed the harvest of summer carrots during the first week of August. As a result, producers…

Mexico: Salamanca's asparagus production down 50% due to the drought

The exceptional drought in the central region of Mexico has caused damage to more than 50% of Salamanca's asparagus crops destined for export. The losses of one of the most…

Wisconsin celery growers report excellent quality

The opening of the Wisconsin celery season has been met with light showers and moderate heat, growers say. Volume is reportedly slightly down on the long term average, but the high quality of the product is making up for it. Growers are very pleased with the quality, as John Bobek of Trembling Prairie…

Fruit and veg prices in India stabilise after rising for a week

After seeing the prices of various fruits and vegetables rise out of control over the past week, the prices in the local markets of India have stabilised on Wednesday. The supply of vegetables is also slowly getting back to normal, although not all vegetables are fresh, says vegetable vendor Jaffar…

Ghana spends over US$100 million on tomatoes and onions annually

A study by the Agency for Health and Food Security (AHEFS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has revealed that Ghana spends over US$100 million on the importation of…

Global Tomato Market 2019

Tomato market value increases at an average of 3.1% per year

The global tomato market revenue amounted to $190.4B in 2018, rising by 6.5% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers…

New $20 million mushroom farm to create 120 jobs

A new mushroom farm north of Calgary will create 120 jobs while helping fill the demand for local produce, farm managers said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony. Highline…

Opposition to federal restrictions on tomato imports brings senators together

Arizona's two U.S. senators have found common ground in a simmering trade dispute over tomatoes. Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema expressed concern about a federal plan to intensify inspections of Mexican-grown tomatoes entering the country, largely through the major produce-shipment…

10,000 t of peas held up until the facts are verified

England: Employee urinates on the frozen pea line on his last day of work

An employee at a frozen food factory in Hull, England, is suspected of having urinated on the pea production line and of having recorded a video committing the alleged crime.…

Jinsi pumpkin prices fall significantly year-on-year

Recently, the price of Jinsi pumpkins in the Xinfadi Market dropped sharply year-on-year. Current products sold in the Market mainly come from Ordos and Baotou in Inner…

Gerard Korse, DC Tolpoort:

“Scarce supply of cauliflower and broccoli; sales of chicory surprisingly good during warm weather”

The supply of broccoli and cauliflower is scarce at the moment, according to Gerard Korse of distribution and packing centre Tolpoort from Hoogkarspel, the Netherlands. “This week and next week we won’t have a lot of cauliflower and broccoli yet, but supply will starts increasing from September.”…

The judicial resolution will be made public at the beginning of November

Mexico's tomato producers await ruling on US tariff increase

Several greenhouses of the Middle zone await the resolution of an international instance to avoid paying and to recover the compensatory fee of the 17.56% tariff that the US…

It's peak broccoli season in Maine

The Maine broccoli season has made a positive start this year, with good volume and excellent quality coming through, according to growers. Although parts of the Northeast experienced rain and unusually high temperatures in late July, the crop has not suffered any damage. Production is ramping up as we…

Central America: Vegetable sales up 10 percent in 2018

Last year, regional exports of vegetables in Central America totaled $180 million -a rise of 10 percent compared with 2017. A report suggested the rise can be explained by the behavior of company sales in Guatemala and Honduras. Honduras and Guatemala lead regional sales According to trade analyst…

Tesco adds deep fried brussels sprouts to its Christmas range

Christmas may still be over four months away, but Tesco has already released details of its Christmas range – including deep fried brussels sprout bites. The traditional festive sprout is receiving a revamp this year and what better way to do that than coat it with a light, crispy fried batter. Both…

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FDA releases results of romaine lettuce sampling assignment in Yuma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a sampling assignment that tested romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ agricultural region for pathogenic…

Market Report Austria KW 33/2019:

'Rising potato offer, onion prices a bit weaker'

In mid-August, the Austrian potato market is largely unchanged from the previous weeks. The precipitation in recent days has improved the conditions for the regional harvest,…

"Chinese ginger supply expected to remain stable in August"

"There are still some volumes of fresh ginger on the domestic market, but the volume of top-quality ginger is clearly smaller than around this time last year. The volume of top-quality ginger is expected to shrink even further as the season proceeds. This is one of the reasons for the continued price…

First report of New Delhi virus in sweet peppers in Europe

The tomato leaf curl, or New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) is transmitted in a circulative non-propagative manner by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Although it was first reported in…

Six people named in garlic import corruption case in Indonesia

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named six people suspects, including Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra, in a case of alleged bribery related to garlic import permits. They were named suspects for alleged bribery after the anti graft body…

Grill product still a bit niche, but becoming more and more popular

"Cultivation and consumption of German sweetcorn will continue to develop"

Young buyers and families love sweetcorn, mostly in processed form. As a result, the market for sweetcorn is on the rise. This concerns both domestic production and imports,…

Chinese radish prices to remain stable for the near future

Chinese radishes currently sold on the market mainly come from Zhangjiakou and Chengde in Hebei, Ulanchabu in Inner Mongolia, and Jianping and surrounding areas on the…

Romaine lettuce cultivars with low tissue browning

Leaf discoloration (browning) represents a critical issue that limits the quality and shelf life of fresh-cut lettuce. Scientista at USDA - Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Food Quality Laboratory (Beltsville, MD, United States) have tested accessions of romaine lettuce ( Lactuca sativa var.…

Expanding opportunity in heirloom tomatoes from Guatemala

Guatemalan tomatoes are now in demand, according to a news release. Several Guatemala Produce Trade Association (GPTA) members are marketing heirloom tomatoes. Southern Specialties has been involved in heirloom tomatoes from Guatemala for about five years. “We were introduced to a greenhouse grower…

Pakistan:

Tomato prices may rise due to low supply

Incessant rain in the tomato belt of Nashik over the last few days has hit crop production, and this is expected to pinch supplies and keep prices high in the next months. Tomato growers in the region are, therefore, not too worried about suspension of trade with Pakistan, which is an important export…

Tomatoes in French shops fail taste test

French shoppers are unimpressed with the quality of traditional summer fruit they buy, according to a consumer watchdog study. Nearly 900 shoppers in 25 departments took part…

Moroccan tomato sales to the EU exceed the contingent volume allowed

Even though the contingent volume of tomatoes that Morocco can sell to the EU is 285 million kilos, during the last period subject to quota, between October 1, 2018, and May…

Uncertainty prompting some tomato growers to leave US market

With US regulators changing stance on whether or not to apply tariffs on Mexican fruit and vegetables, as well as the uncertainty regarding the Tomato Suspension Agreement, some growers have opted to stay out of the US market until the dust settles. Many of them are smaller growers who must choose more…

Tuta absoluta is a threat to tomatoes in Nigeria

The South America tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta , is a serious invasive species in Nigeria. Its impact on crop production is well known, but its distribution in the country is unclear. Entomologists of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi (Kenya) with scientists of…

United Kingdom:

Restaurants take cauliflower off the menu as hot July killed crops

Those hunting for a bubbling dish of cauliflower cheese in a restaurant will be in for disappointment after the crop was killed off by the freak July weather, causing a…

Eastern Europe spinach market analysis

Spinach market grows 11% YOY

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Eastern Europe – Spinach – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights ’ The revenue of the spinach market in Eastern Europe amounted to $49M in…

Pumpkin harvest is in full swing in the Palatinate

At the beginning of July, the very first Hokkaidos were harvested in the Palatinate. Meanwhile, the pumpkin harvest at Pfalzmarkt eG is gaining momentum: in 2019, the Ho kkaido, Butternut and Halloween varieties remain "pumpkin bestsellers" from the Palatinate. Good yields until the end of October as…

China: Hot weather leads to hike in cucumber prices

Although autumn this year is supposed to begin on August 8th according to the traditional Chinese calendar, there are many areas in China still experiencing lasting hot…

China: Garlic prices jump to 16 yuan per kilo

Garlic prices have jumped since June. In the retail sector, garlic is sold at 16 yuan/kilo, as compared to 6-8 yuan/kilo last year. Higher garlic prices this year are partly a…

Vegetable prices in Yinan, Shandong remain at a high level

Recent persistent rainfall and the unpredictable weather posed many problems for vegetable growth, and many vegetables are in a transition period. As a result, the prices of…

China's vegetable export hub hit by Typhoon, may push up global prices

The city of Shouguang in East China's Shandong Province has been left in ruins by torrential rain bought by Typhoon Lekima. Since it is an important vegetable producing and exporting hub in China, experts warned that the disaster may push up vegetable prices in the global market. A local resident sent…

India: Vegetables prices soar up to 40% due to heavy rainfall

In the last week, vegetable prices have risen by 25 to 40 per cent in western and southern India. Heavy rainfall in the region has damaged crops and disrupted transportation,…

Fruit prices soar in Nepal with festivals just around the corner

With the festive season just around the corner, fruit prices have become dearer by up to 113 percent compared to the same period last year. The records of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board show fruits like apple, banana, mango, pomegranate, pineapple and sweet orange seeing the…

Export price of Chinese produce shapes ginger market in Dubai

The price of Chinese ginger is relatively high in comparison with previous years. This has a direct impact on the ginger market conditions in export destinations such as Dubai. Mr. Yan of Super Harvest Foodstuff Trading LLC gave his view on the ginger export market. The ginger market conditions in Dubai…

Flooding funding for Wainfleet and Yorkshire

NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts said: “The Government’s offer to help farmers affected by the devastating floods in Wainfleet and Yorkshire is great news for farmers in…

Biopesticides against tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta , is one of the most destructive pests of tomato worldwide. Management of this pest is mainly based on chemical insecticides, but the reliance on insecticides is difficult to sustain. Thus, there is a need to develop pest management strategies that ensure at the same…

More companies cautiously approaching growing outdoors

Canadian asparagus making way for weed

WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian marijuana companies that have been granted outdoor cultivation licenses in an industry that predominantly grows in greenhouses or warehouses. It has planted 21,000 plants on 27 acres that formerly grew asparagus, and expects to harvest more than 25,000 kilograms of dried pot…

New Verduyn factory at 100% production

“Still a shortage on the Belgian cabbage market”

To serve their clients even better, the Belgian company, Verduyn, has taken a new industrial building into use. "The new factory is already running at 100%. We are very satisfied," says Alexander Verduyn, Verduyn's CEO. "It was a tough year, the dry weather caused problems for us. It is difficult to…

NASA: First fruit grown in space to spice-up astronauts' menu

Researchers at NASA are planning on sending a version of chile peppers in space to be grown and harvested at the International Space Station. The peppers, from Española in New Mexico, would be the first fruiting plant to be grown in space once it is sent to the ISS for testing in March 2020. The tests…

Caledonia, Minnesota

Organic vegetable business loses 500 acres of pea crops due to rainfall

Heavy rain this year has caused one local Caledonia farm to lose more than 50 percent of one of its crops. The owner of Sno Pac Foods said the farm has dealt with crop losses in the past five years but this year is the worst he can remember. Sno Pac's organic frozen vegetables were inspired by his…

UK: Cauliflowers and cabbages likely to run short

Cauliflower, sprouts, white and red cabbages are likely to be in short supply due to extreme weather conditions. A spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association described the…

Renato Häfliger, Gebr. Gentile AG:

"Regionalism in wholesale is still a niche market"

"Our great strength lies just-in-time logistics. Our core competence is that we, as a full-range supplier, can deliver the entire product range to our customers in just a few hours," says Renato Häfliger, Managing Director of Gebr Gentile from Näfels in Switzerland. Some 50 percent of the goods come from…

Beneficiaries cultivate 851,000 acres of farmland

Liberia’s Youth Opportunity Project

Over 10,000 rural youn g farmers, benefiting from the government of Liberia’s Youth Opportunity Project (YOP), have cultivated 851,000 acres of farmland. Prominent crops are…

"With this extreme weather, quality requirements must change"

Reasonable fennel prices in the Netherlands

It is no surprise that heat causes quality issues in full soil cultivation. The lower supply is keeping fennel day prices at a reasonable level. Buyers are also more flexible with their specifications. Fennel grower, Joop Litjens has noted this. He is from the Northern Limburg area of Leunen in the…

Hatch Chile season begins in New Mexico

The much anticipated Hatch Chile season has begun in New Mexico. After a slightly delayed start due to weather conditions, supplies remain tight as growers continue to build volume. This is especially so in this early stage of the season when much of the volume is coming from transplants. Customers can…

China increases avocado imports by more than a thousand times

China only imported 31.8 tons of avocado in 2011, but in 2017 it imported more than 30,000 tons, an increase of more than 1,000 times, according to the Chinese news agency…

Visiting Jochen Haubner at Haubner Gemüsebau:

"We are selling ourselves short"

In the German food industry, a trend can be seen: Large farms take over small-scale family farms in many places, or displace them. "That was already the case with the bakeries and butchers, and now we are also seeing it in vegetable cultivation," says Jochen Haubner from Haubner Gemüsebau in Nuremberg. He cultivates hydroponic…

Spain: Cucumber prices at origin down for three consecutive campaigns

The average price at origin of cucumbers has been falling for three consecutive campaigns, with a decrease of 25 percent, from 0.72 Euro in the 2016/2017 campaign to 0.54 Euro in the 2018/2019 season, according to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia. By varieties,…

60% of the green peppers consumed in Mexico come from China

60% of the green peppers consumed in Mexico come from China, and only 4 out of 10 are produced in the country, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) revealed on Monday. The NGO…

Canary tomato growers to reduce their production due to fear of Brexit

The election of Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister and his announcement that the United Kingdom will definitely leave the European Union on October 31 has caused panic to…

Expanding organic asparagus production in Mexico

Organic asparagus supplies into the US are currently coming from central Mexico, where growers are reporting generally favorable conditions. One of the growers, Pampa Store, grows organic asparagus in Mexico for most of the year, and have just acquired more land with the aim of producing year-round.…

Mushroom Council announces sponsorship of culinary tour

The Mushroom Council’s new sponsorship of the James Beard Foundation’s 2019-20 Taste America® culinary pop-up series will take the blended burger to cities nationwide over the next several months for local tasting experiences. Now in its seventh year, Taste America is a 20-city culinary tour, giving food…

Annual report delves into Peruvian asparagus import data

The Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association (PAIA) has developed their 2018/2019 Category Trends, Demographics & Marketing Tips. “We create and distribute the report…

vegetablesWA releases second annual benchmarking report

The second-ever annual report into the financial and production performance of the state’s vegetable growing business continues to shed light on the state of the industry. The…

Armageddon: First British-bred hybrid super-hot chilli

Armageddon makes headlines, the newest chilli to come from the chilli breeding program of Tozer Seeds certainly set pulses racing, as seen on Good Morning Britain. It’s a new super-hot chilli, the first British-bred hybrid and has been scored at 1.3 million on the Scoville scale. Super-hot chillies are…

Rhapsody works against fungal diseases of greenhouse cucumbers

The commercial greenhouse production of cucumber is limited by diseases, such as powdery mildew, Fusarium root and stem rot, Pythium crown and root rot, gummy stem blight. Scientists at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada) have evaluated the efficacy of the biological control agent Bacillus subtilis…

Pole tomato season up and running in Southern California

Since the beginning of July, the Singh family at Oceanside Pole have been harvesting their pole tomatoes, a season that will continue through November. As Oppy's Karin Gardner explained, there are not many pole tomato growers remaining in the region. "The Singhs are among the last remaining pole-grown…

First Dutch green Brussels sprouts of the season at Van Nature

This week, Eelco van Putten from Dirksland, the Netherlands, starts harvesting green Brussels sprouts. As a result, the start of the green sprouts season is similar to that of…

"E. Coli" contamination alert affecting Florette products in Spain

The company Florette, which is devoted to the marketing of ready-to-eat vegetables and salads, warned in the last week of July that it had detected a case of E.coli bacteria…

Broccoli shortage in Europe this summer due to climate change

Many times we look for signs of climate change in extreme temperatures and natural disasters, but some of the most reliable indicators are not so obvious, such as the suffering of agricultural crops as a result of sustained heat or lack of rainfall. One of the crops that is most vulnerable against global…

Prevalent heat in China drives spinach prices up

According to the national produce information public service platform, recent vegetable prices have seen some increases, especially spinach has seen a sharp increase, with…

US sweet corn grower relies on migrant workers for peak season

It’s the time of year for sweet sweet corn, but this year the numbers are a little short. According to John Harold of Tuxedo Corn, it is Mother Nature’s fault. It’s been a cool, wet spring and Tuxedo Corn hasn’t been able to plant in a timely manner because the crop was so late. Harold says it’s going to…

UK Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference 2019 open for registration

The third biennial Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference is back. You can officially save the date in your dairies for Tuesday 5th November 2019! The event will be held at…

Consumer Reports finds listeria on leafy greens sold in major US supermarkets

Recent tests done by Consumer Reports found listeria on six samples of greens randomly purchased at grocery stores. The consumer watchdog tested 284 samples of lettuce, spinach, kale and other leafy greens purchased between June 3 and 19 at grocery chains in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York including…

"Large European retailers competing for the 'zero residue' label"

An innovative line of phytosanitary products makes it possible to combat pests in a 100% natural way. The project in question, led by agronomic engineer Nicolás López de Hierro, is based on a line of phytosanitary products that help tackle aphids, whitefly, spider mite, mildew and Botrytis. Unlike other…

"A perfect lettuce leaf for every kind of sandwich"

In line with today’s busy lifestyles, people are increasingly eating out for breakfast or lunch as well as dinner. Trendy fast-food chains offer a range of healthy juices, salads and sandwiches all day long. Needless to say, a healthy sandwich isn’t complete without a salad garnish. Vegetable breeding…

Dominiek Keersebilck, REO Veiling:

“We want Roeselare to become a reference for greenhouse vegetables”

REO Veiling pays a lot of attention to tomatoes, because last year, tomatoes had the highest turnover for the first time ever. This is mostly the result of the expansion of growers in the region. “This summer, a new, ten-hectare greenhouse will be taken into use across the street for REO Veiling, and a…

Mushroom grower launches burger photo sweepstakes

Monterey Mushrooms is asking shoppers to show their burger love by creating a mushroom-inspired burger and sharing a photo of it with the world. From now through Sept. 2, Monterey Mushrooms’ Show Us Your Burger Love Photo Sweepstakes gives mushroom lovers the chance to win a grand prize that includes a…

Three new items for Church Brothers Farms

Church Brothers Farms introduced three new products, Sweet Baby Broccoli, Tuscan Baby Romaine and Sandwich Ready Leaves, at the 2019 PMA Foodservice Expo. “Sweet Baby Broccoli is a new vegetable we are now growing for our foodservice customers with the Growers Express commodity farming program we…

Sophie Ye, KX Food

"Brazilian and Peruvian ginger now also in our assortment"

"It's tough on the ginger market. It's almost the fifth week of the sale prices for Chinese ginger being lower than the import prices. The import price for the 12 kilo is around € 18.50 whilst the sales prices are around € 16," says Sophie Ye of KX Food. The cause of the high import prices is the quality…

Matthijs Verburg, Fresh Mushroom Europe:

“With the right attention, mushroom consumption can be encouraged in the summer months”

One of the most popular wild mushrooms of the moment, the mini girolle, is currently widely available. “The girolles, which we now supply, come from Lithuania and Russia. Essentially, we supply girolles year-round, but this is the best time for the mushroom. Quality is very good, and the product looks…

Moroccan tomato exports to Europe, at the same level as Almeria's

The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations of Almería, Coexphal, has taken stock of the past season in Almería, describing it as a good campaign. It also highlights what a big competitor Morocco has become for the Andalusian tomato exporting sector. Competition According to Coexphal…

Czech Republic: Garlic season begins with high prices due to drought

The Czech Republic imported 4.7 million euros worth of garlic in the first five months of 2019, mostly from Spain and China, following the decline in the national harvest in…

Fruchthof Stadtsteinach: "People clearly eat with their eyes as well"

Colorful cauliflower now sees large summer sales

The Franconian wholesale trade knows that colorful cauliflowers are a popular item in the restaurants during the summer. At Fruchthof Stadtsteinach too, the colored cabbages are coming in more often and in all variations, says managing director Susanne Schramm. "We sell the products in the colors purple,…

Syngenta :

Presentation of new varieties at Melon, Watermelon and Courgette Open Day

On July 9, 2019, Syngenta held an open day at its Sarrians (Vaucluse) site to present new products in its melon, courgette and watermelon ranges. Throughout the day, the Syngenta and BFP Prosem sales teams welcomed technicians, distributors, specifiers, nurseries and producers, mainly from the…

Riding a wave of smoothies and superfood benefits

Australia: Kale enjoyed significant sales growth in 2018

Kale has enjoyed significant dollar sales growth in 2018 while riding a wave of green smoothies and superfood benefits. Kale was purchased by 13% of Australians over the 52 weeks ending 20 April 2019; this remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous year. Volume consumption, however, grew by…

California spinach harvest:

New tech promises farmers reduced labor costs

A new tool to more efficiently harvest the Monterey County's $143 million spinach crop might bring relief for farmers who have been struggling to find enough workers . The spinach guard, developed by Harvest Moon Automations Inc., looks like nothing so much as a series of piano keys, splayed mere inches…

"The organic endive category is really booming"

The organic and foodservice sectors are two areas where Belgian endive producers in California are seeing great opportunities. They say this is because endives are already considered a specialty item, so adding organic certification further increases the value of the product. "The organic endive category…

Japan: Cucumber trouble after Tokyo hit by cloudiest spell ever

Japan has been hit by unseasonably cloudy weather and cool temperatures, Tokyo enjoying fewer than three hours of sunshine a day for 20 days through to Tuesday, the lowest recorded since Japan’s Meteorological Agency started collecting data in 1961. These cloudy have certainly cast a shadow over the…

Fruits & vegetable price hikes

India: Heavy rains hit Punjab

Many Punjab retailers have increased prices of all their vegetables. This week, vegetable fields were submerged in over 3 feet of water. Some 20 percent of the area under vegetable cultivation in Punjab has been affected due to excessive rainfall in various parts of the state, particularly in the Malwa region. The cultivated…

Zollner high-tech greenhouse in operation since recently

2.5 million cucumbers per year from Bavarian greenhouses

Cucumbers have been harvested in the state-of-the-art greenhouse of Zollner Gemüsegärtnerei in Eitting since February, being marketed in Bavarian Rewe stores, these companies…

Kees Jansen, Teelt- en Verpakkingsbedrijf Gebroeders Jansen:

Aging in leek cultivation

The summer of 2019 is clearly a better summer than last year for leek grower Kees Jansen of the Gebroeders Jansen from Etten-Leur. The stock in cold storage was sold by Pentecost, after which it was time to start harvesting the summer leek. "The sale of the leeks is surprising me at the moment, we are currently getting great…

Garlic demand remains high in China

As this year is an off-year, the supply of garlic since July has dropped, leading to a sharp increase in prices across China. What are the reasons for this surge in prices…

Arie Middelburg, GreenMatch:

“Dutch bell pepper market very changeable this year”

The mild temperatures aren’t unfavourable for the sales of greenhouse vegetables, according to Arie Middelburg of GreenMatch, which focuses on sales advice for growers and buyers. “Because of this, there isn’t too much supply in certain product groups, and that keeps prices somewhat level.” “In…

Mexican producers export tomato specialties to beat the increase in tariffs

The Mexican state of Queretaro's tomato production and commercialization generates 789,000 million pesos in income a year. Despite the 17.5% tariff established on tomato…

Review of the German asparagus season 2019

"Classic white asparagus just does not fit with today's lifestyle"

Just over two weeks ago, it was the official end of the German asparagus season. After a tense year in 2018, with heat and high volumes on the market, it was generally curious how the situation would develop. One thing is certain: Green asparagus continues to gain in importance and could perhaps even be…

Maine broccoli season starts next week

The Maine broccoli harvest is due to begin next week. Rain and cooler temperatures during the growing season has resulted in the crop being about ten days behind, according to growers. However, quality is looking good and volume is set to match the long term average. "We anticipate shipments for Maine…

CAN (ON): How a grocery store delivers hydroponic greens year-round without any packaging

NU Grocery is the first zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa. Instead of picking up pre-packaged items to unwrap at home, customers scoop their own pasta, fill jars with coffee beans, or warm-up beeswax wrap to preserve a piece of cheese. The store’s mission is to avoid single-use packaging and offer…

"Chinese ginger prices stay high, Dutch traders turn to South American product"

“If the price of ginger in China continues to stay at a high level, it is very likely that products from other countries will use this opportunity to enter the European market, leading Chinese exporters to lose some of their overseas markets. For example, Peruvian ginger entered the European market in…

Cucumber market up as some regions experience issues

Cucumber growers are witnessing a solid season in their Mexico growing regions. For Texas-based Bebo Distributing, it's a busy time as the second harvest for the summer is about to start. Bebo Distributing's Jimmy Garza said the market has been strong as some regions like Michigan experience…

Plenty of new developments for largest Dutch chicory company Frysk-Witlof

“If customers order a lorry of chicory at 7 am, it’ll be ready for them by 2 pm”

Chicory company Frysk-Witlof from Sexbierum, the Netherlands, has no shortage of chicory. The company, formerly known as Hameno, harvests between 250 and 280 hectares of chicory from Dutch and Belgian origin every year, and as a result, it’s the biggest chicory company in the Netherlands. “That’s our…

José Carlos Varela, manager of BioAlgarrobo:

"Organic and conventional productions shouldn't be combined"

This week, the sweet potato campaign is starting in Malaga with the prospect of a productive and high quality harvest, as well as a good availability of commercial sizes. As far as prices are concerned, the situation is also looking promising due to the high demand. Adverse weather conditions in certain…

Summer campaign promotes blending mushrooms and veal

The Mushroom Council and the North American Meat Institute, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, are partnering for the 5th year on a retail grilling promotion which is aimed at…

September 24-26, Netherlands

The future of sustainable vegetable varieties

New varieties in brassica, squash, onion and leafy crops, coming to fruition at this year’s Fields of Innovation event, have been selected specifically to help sustainable business growth for growers and the whole value chain. There will be new Syngenta brassica varieties on show that include…

Australia: Packing shed to install blemish, colour and weight tomato recognition system

A Southern Downs horticulture packing shed is set to install Australia’s first blemish, colour and weight tomato recognition system and create up to 30 direct and indirect…

New Dutch parsnip harvest started for Mts. Teeuwen

“After years of explosive growth, Dutch parsnip market is now stabilising”

Mts. Teeuwen from Helden, the Netherlands, recently started harvesting the new Dutch parsnips. The company has become one of the biggest growers and packers for the fresh market, and this year their area has once again expanded slightly. “The way we work is unique in the Netherlands. We harvest the…

China: Slight rise in vegetable prices due to poor weather conditions

The price of Chinese vegetables in the Beijing markets recently stopped falling and began to rise instead. Liu Tong, a data analyst at the Beijing Xinfadi Agricultural…

Photo report: Visiting the producers of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland

"For chicory, alternative packaging is not an option"

"Strawberries are a complicated product in the summer: if the weather is too hot, the berries grow too fast, and we try to counteract that with slower growth varieties such as the Opra," says Fritz Boss of the farm greenhouse facility. Click here for the photo report of the visit. "Growing strawberries…

"Innovation is only successful if it strikes a nerve'

Behr AG launches new product line: 'Dampfgenuss'

"It has to be fast, but it should also be healthy and easy and, above all, I should like it, even if I'm not a master chef!" So the answer to the question should be: "What makes the perfect meal for you?" BEHR AG from Seevetal offers a completely new, tasty answer to this requirement: BEHR'S Dampfgenuss.…

It looks like a watermelon, but tastes like a cucumber

Viransehir, Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey grows a vegetable peculiar to the area called the "selengo". The outside of the product looks like a watermelon, the inside looks like a melon and it tastes like a cucumber. Bahri Ekinci, head of the Viransehir Agricultural Chamber, said that…

Green onion production gathering pace in Ohio

Green onion growers in the Midwest have begun their green onion harvest. The season began at the end of June and is expected to extend until the middle of fall. Rainfall at the end of spring resulted in a slow start, with limited volumes in the first few weeks of harvest. However, the Midwest has…

California: Inconsistent lettuce production elevating market

The California lettuce deal has been a challenge lately as growers battle with varying weather conditions and the consequences related to this. Right now prices are high with volume not consistent enough to maintain any decent momentum. Growers say the situation is not likely to be resolved for a few…

India: Tomato prices tripling in Mumbai

The retail rate of tomatoes rose to Rs 50-60 per kilo across Mumbai's shopping markets on Friday, causing concern among households as the normal average is Rs 20. Buyers in Bandra's Pali Market, Khar, Andheri West and Ghatkopar were shocked to pay Rs 60 per kg for the essential item. Traders blame heavy…

Española chile pepper: The first fruiting plant NASA will grow in space

A team of scientists at NASA are working to launch the Española chile pepper into space. This would be the first fruiting plant the US has grown and harvested at the International Space Station. As NASA looks to send astronauts to Mars, it's crucial that the agency find plants and fruits that can travel…

Egyptian garlic season ending - slow season in Europe

The season for fresh garlic in Egypt is almost coming to an end. According to one exporter the market was fairly slow, especially in Europe. Less consumption made for a slightly more challenging season, but overall it was a satisfying one as well. In the coming weeks the garlic season in Egypt will be…

Mark obtained for Couve Mainteiga

It started almost as a bet and now the Couve Manteiga (butter collard) grown by producer Gabriele Evangelisti is popular all over Emilia Romagna. The vegetable comes originally from Brazil and results are great. "In addition to wholesale markets in Cesena, many stores have also required it and it can…

China: Pumpkin prices vary considerably

Recently, the price of pumpkins at the Henan Wanbang International Market has been dropping, as reported by the market. There are a few main reasons for this. First of all,…

September 19 is the limit to issue a resolution on tomato tariffs

Mexico: "US is being very inflexible on tomato export agreement"

According to the Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Graciela Marquez, the US Department of Commerce continues to maintain its intention to review 100% of tomato shipments at the…

'Price disadvantage makes the catering business more difficult'

Mushrooms from Central Switzerland are very popular despite rising imports

Mushrooms are very popular with the Swiss. Button mushrooms in particular. Their current share makes up about 90 percent. According to the Association of Swiss Mushroom Producers (VSP), the consumption of fresh mushrooms (without preserves) in 1997 amounted to about 7,500 tons. In 2017, it was over…

Total trade worth more than £2.2 bn in 2017

UK vegetable sector showing strong growth

According to the latest Defra statistics, the UK vegetable sector has shown strong growth in values with total trade worth more than £2.2bn in 2017. The value of home-grown…

Princes International food and drink group

Pea plant as part of £80 mln Long Sutton investment

With the opening of a new pea plant at the facility, international food and drink group Princes has completed the first phase of a planned £80m investment in its Long Sutton…

Harvest time for Turkish carrots in Central Anatolia

Konya, a Central Anatolian city in Turkey, meets 65% of the country's need for carrots. The harvest of carrots was delayed by 15 days this year. Farmers say that this season 25% more carrots were planted. Farmers in Kasinhani neighborhood of Meram, Konya, plant carrot seeds before October. For about 10…

Alternative crop protection could make Spanish spinach less competitive

Spinach growers protest pesticide ban in Murcia

Concerned with the competitiveness of their products, spinach farmers from all over Spain this week congregated at Proexport in Murcia to protest over what they see as a…


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