Vegetables

"Sales of delicate tomatoes remain unaffected by the pandemic"

Delicate tomatoes can be used in cooking as a vegetable, but also eaten as a snack. These small tomatoes contain 1.7 times the vitamins of regular tomatoes. The outside is delicate and the sugar content is high. The delicate tomatoes are fragrant and taste delicious. Their flavor is unique. They have…

When commodities are sold as premium, confusion grips the market

"For more than 10 days now, the situation in the vegetable market has been very heavy, especially for basic products, which are struggling to be sold, although there were some signs of recovery between Saturday and Monday. However, those who produce high-quality products in line with the requirements of…

Supplies of iceberg lettuce exceed demand

Iceberg lettuce volume remains high thanks to a few factors. Sam Christopherson of Salinas, CA-based Markon notes that ample supplies of iceberg are currently being harvested and shipped from Arizona and California. “Stocks have been fairly steady for quite awhile now. It’s a supply-exceeds-demand…

Half of Sicilian companies report Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus infections

A convention discussed the spreading of ToBRFV in Sicily. TBRFV symptoms on leaves  "It is difficult to detect the disease, as symptoms are almost invisible, so it is important for qualified personnel to perform tests. Plants can in fact remain asymptomatic until the temperature suddenly changes making the…

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The weather affects fennel crops

Over the past few years, fennel crops have been going through many crises in the various cultivation areas - the planning schemes operators (producers, traders and technicians) have applied for years struggle to guarantee results due to the adverse weather. Michelangelo F1 Abnormal growth leads to increasing plant problems,…

Georg Thalhammer on the current organic pumpkin season

"Egyptian import volumes can probably be doubled"

The import season for organic Hokkaidos is currently in full swing. "By the end of the month, the total volume from Egypt, our main sourcing country, will be around 900 tons. That's about twice as much as last year," says Georg Thalhammer (r), a specialist organic wholesaler based in Steinfeld, Bavaria.…

"We're expanding because we want to continue to support food service"

A 10-acre greenhouse facility in Massachusetts is providing the United States’ East Coast with “local lettuce that locals love,” according to the company’s slogan. Paul Sellew started Little Leaf Farms with the vision of supplying the East Coast with fresh, locally grown leafy greens. On February 17, the…

"There are stories being told about you - but who is telling that story?"

Melbourne fruit retailer believes that embracing a digital strategy is the future of fruit and veg marketing

When a local Melbourne grocer was getting tired of the "same old advice" that was constantly being given to him on how to sell fruit and vegetables, he decided to think outside the box and revolutionise the marketing of his business in line with the 21st century. David Zahlan of Alexanders Fruit Market…

March 8-12

Tomato Week covers e-commerce trends, COVID-19 and more

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas has opened registration for Tomato Week 2021 which takes place March 8-12. The event is open to all who have an interest in…

"Retail prices are expected to remain high for this financial year and into the next"

Forecasts show that there is no short term end for Australia's horticulture labour shortages

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) says while the horticulture industry will suffer significantly from labour shortages, there are some opportunities from high domestic demand. A senior industry economist at ABARES, Charley Xia, told this week's Outlook 2021…

Dennis Blankendaal, Frysk Witlof:

"Moderate chicory prices on the market, but confident of an upturn"

Current chicory market prices are dismal. "I expected them to be much better," says Dennis Blankendaal of Frysk Witlof in the Netherlands. He's among the largest chicory growers in Europe. "Auction prices are between €0.30 and €0.50 at the moment. That's very moderate." "The product is of good quality. It's…

In the same period, Spanish tomato sales to the EU fell by 21.68%

Moroccan tomato sales to the European Union have increased by 26.38% in the last 5 years

Moroccan tomato sales to the European Union have been increasing year after year while the Spanish tomato has been losing ground in the community market. According to the data…

Restrictions in the hospitality industry hinder the campaign in Aragon

"Black truffle producers were unable to cover production costs this year"

The president of the Association Truffle Producers and Collectors from Aragon, David Royo, said this year has been very complicated for the black truffle due to restrictions…

Start of the asparagus season:

First domestic and Greek shipments are coming onto the market

The 2021 asparagus season has definitely started. Parallel to the first arrivals from Greece, the first Bruchsal asparagus arrived at the regional wholesale markets on Tuesday, March 2. The first 'white gold' from domestic, heated cultivation as well as produce from Greece has met with with lively demand…

A couple of Brazilian lawyers quit their jobs in Belo Horizonte to grow shiitake in Nova Lima

They are both lawyers. She had a company in Belo Horizonte, where she worked with her mother. He also worked in the state capital of Minas Gerais; in a large law firm. Gisele Lima and Juliano Stockler Ferraz, who are also climbers and share a passion for nature and outdoor life, decided to quit their…

'Soon 40,000 substrate bales in the mountains,' announced a producer

Drop in demand for Cardoncelli mushrooms, but plans are in place for the coming months

Not only is the request for Cardoncelli mushrooms decreasing these days, but also the demand for base cultivation substratum. "Usually, as spring approaches, the demand for mushrooms tends to drop. This year, things seem to be even worse, as high temperatures and the pandemic situation are amplifying…

Limpopo hot pepper grower looks to export

In their first year of planting chillies, Waltela Maree of Zandrivier Boerdery in Vaalwater, Limpopo, says the bumper crop of hot peppers has almost taken them by surprise. They planted five cultivars: Serrano hot peppers, two F1 hybrid hot peppers (Cadereyta and Impala) as well as two smaller red hot…

NZ: Moving tomatoes into next-gen tech

Waybeyond has launched a purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers, digitizing a time-consuming manual data process. “Those in the tomato business will be very familiar with Crop Registration and the task of collating that information. When we started talking to tomato growers last…

Why is the EC allowing Moroccan tomato imports to breach their quota in the middle of Andalusia's campaign?

Even though tomato imports from Morocco are subject to a preferential quota in the European Union, the data shows that the volume purchased by the Community is higher than the…

Great prospects for commercial capsicum farming

The demand for capsicum as a delicious food item in Bangladesh has been increasing over the last few years. Khulna district grower Nazim Uddin's capsicum garden contains…

Anthony Langlais, Kultive:

“We now offer cherry tomatoes in 100% cardboard trays”

Kultive, the brand and commercial structure of over 50 French vegetable producers has just launched a new range of 100% cardboard trays for its cherry tomatoes. The trays are offered to its French retail clients since last week, beginning of the cherry tomato campaign. According to Anthony Langlais,…

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‘Keeping leafy greens fresh is an exact science’

California and Arizona are producing more than 90% of US lettuce. If you live anywhere east of these two states, your leafy greens have traveled a long way to get there. How…

Agrieuropa: "Soils are ready for early transplanting of watermelons".

Italian spinach sales increased by 15%

"This winter season has got off to a good start with satisfactory results for spinach. Sales have increased by 15% compared to last season. Lamb's lettuce has recovered after a slight delay in sales and is now also showing a 15% increase compared to the beginning of 2020", said Alberto Nocera of Italian…

Giuseppe Ventura (La Zucca Rossa)

Slight price recovery for Italian pumpkins

The Italian pumpkin market is almost static. It is expected that prices will recover slightly from this week onwards. By mid-March, the Italian product season will end and imports from abroad will arrive  especially from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Giuseppe Ventura of La Zucca Rossa, based at the Centro Agroalimentare…

Richi Menoyo, Commercial Director of Agroatlas: "We managed to produce all year round"

"We have been growing with green beans by 30% annually over the last 3 years"

The Moroccan region of Agadir has become one of the largest agricultural areas in the country. Intensive horticultural production has become consolidated there thanks to its abundant hours of sunshine and the mild climate that its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean gives it. It also has the support of the…

Four new hybrid solanum varieties offered

Bakker Brothers is starting 2021 right with the addition of four new products to their hybrid vegetable seeds range of Solanum varieties. Two new hybrid eggplant varieties and two new hybrid determinate tomato varieties are now available for purchase.  VaroA-quality fruits assured Varo is a half-long hybrid…

These tomato products' talk' to you via a QR code

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

Ample asparagus coming from Mexico into the US

Supplies of asparagus are strong from Mexico currently. “We expect supplies of asparagus to be very good for next two to three weeks,” says Carlos Solf of Southern Specialties in Pompano Beach, FL. It’s out of this location the shipper packs several pack styles including private label programs. “Supplies…

Almería and Murcia exported more than half of all Spanish vegetables in 2020

More than half of the Spanish vegetables exported in 2020 came from the provinces of Almería and Murcia, which broke all-time records in terms of the value of their exports.…

China and Serbia sign agreement on export of corn and sugar beets to China

Recently, Branislav Nedimović, Serbian Minister of Agriculture, and the General Administration of Customs of China signed an agreement on the export of corn and sugar beets to…

Purple artichokes back for spring

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., announces the availability of its proprietary purple artichokes. This seasonal, limited addition to the Ocean Mist Farms artichoke family is a colorful variety selected for its flavor and appearance.For nearly 100 years, Ocean Mist…

Jordanian agri products enter Norway

A year after the visit of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway to Jordan, vegetables from that nation -grown in the arid lands of Aqaba- arrived in Oslo. The Sahara Forest…

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Aldi shoppers are the first to get their hands on forced rhubarb as Aldi stocks 1 mln sticks

Aldi is stocking 1 million sticks of forced rhubarb to support growers The retro veg favoured by top chefs would usually be used in restaurants Customers can get their hands on Specially Selected Forced Rhubarb, which takes over two years to grow from the 4th March Shoppers are the first to get their hands on…

Foodbank teams with Australian grocery retailers to speed food relief using quality control technology

A global food supply chain quality solutions company has helped Australian supermarkets streamline fresh produce donations to a major charity during the COVID-19 pandemic, while concurrently reducing the amount of food waste. iFoodDS and Woolworths were recognized as a Tech Innovation Award finalist for…

Onions and cabbage crops may recover from the Texas freeze

As assessments of Texas crops continue more than a week after the state was plunged into an unusual deep freeze causing significant state-wide damage, it’s becoming clear that some crops have fared better than others following the weather event. “The only thing I know that survived was onions, cabbage…

Overall review of the Chinese asparagus market in 2020 and its prospects in 2021

With the unprecedented market fluctuations that took place in 2020, Walker Brothers, Inc. in collaboration with China Shandong Yuncheng Jiuyuan Agricultural Technology Co. Ltd., (‘Jiuyuan’) summarized the changes and challenges faced by China's asparagus industry in 2020. Due to the negative impact of…

Net Lab project against ToBRFV

There is important news concerning the fight against ToBRFV from the University of Palermo, which is taking part in the "Net Lab" project financed by the Regional Department for Agriculture. "We have reached a turning point, because we have finally figured out a way to perform low-cost constant monitoring by employing…

Dropping tomato prices

"Our crops are doing well thanks to the favorable weather conditions, but commercialization is not so good," reports Salvatore Astuto, production manager at OP Platinum, a company located in Sicily. Salvatore Astuto "Consumption has dropped, and we believe this is due to the fact that regions keep changing from yellow, to…

Fellini

Customized packaging for asparagus tips

Fellini Patrizio started selling asparagus a few days ago with the produce coming from protected crops in Campania and will continue with that from poly-tunnels in Apulia. Lamberto Giovanardi and Emile Fellini "Asparagus tips are processed, finished and packaged in our facility according to various…

Spain imported a record volume of tomatoes from Morocco in 2020

According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service, Spain imported 165.32 million kilos of tomatoes in 2021 for 152.03 million euro, and an average…

India: World's costliest mushroom cultivated artificially for the first time

The Directorate of Mushroom Research, led by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research-run has achieved a rare feat of successfully cultivating world’s costliest edible…

Republic of Georgia: Export of vegetables down year-on-year

According to the Georgian National Statistics Service (Geostat), the export of vegetables from Georgia amounted to $10.32 million in 2020. The share of vegetables in the total…

University of Florida research

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed…

Sea vegetables could be the future of produce

In recent times, green sea vegetables, such as sea lettuce, red sea vegetables, such as nori and dulse, and brown sea vegetables, such as arame, hijiki, kombu and wakame have…

Garlic Solutions expands its range with ‘Black Garlic’

Garlic Solutions, a supplier of unpeeled and peeled garlic cloves in Europe, has recently added 'Black Garlic' from Spain to its range. Black Garlic is fermented garlic, in…

Californian asparagus to hit East Bay farmers’ markets

California is producing about 75% of the nation's fresh market asparagus. The best part of spring asparagus is not just the delicious flavor it has but the ease with which it…

National Crime Agency

Smugglers of £32 million of cocaine inside vegetables jailed for 36 years combined

Two traffickers who tried to smuggle £32 million worth of cocaine into the UK in 2016, have been jailed for a combined 36 years. They attempted to bring in the drugs inside root vegetables. According to the National Crime Agency, Juan David Perea Lopez and Bashar Fares Al-Safee arranged the importation…

FreshPlaza March special - Australia and New Zealand

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Australia and New Zealand in our March special. Are you an importer of fruit, vegetables or services from Australia or New Zealand or do you export from there to destinations around the world? We would love to hear from you for our March special section. You can…

The Peruvian garlic season ends early, but saw high demand and pricing

While the Peruvian garlic season usually runs to March – and sometimes even into April – the current season has already mostly wrapped up. “The season is highly dependent on the market prices,” says Cristian Flores of Sol de Olmos. “This year’s season started early in mid-September rather than October,…

Dolcinetto® Gourmet - Fatti col cuore™

Increased consumption of colored tomatoes

The positive trend for colored table tomatoes continues - while they used to be available only in northern European markets, they are now consumed all over the continent. One of the more interesting seasonal products of the past few years is Dolcinetto® Gourmet. We have talked about it with the sales…

Garlic Prices in Jinxiang, China falling slightly

On the afternoon of February 24, the market for storage garlic in Jinxiang remained low. Supply increased slightly and traders had different attitudes towards selling. Some…

Rick Mengers, ZON:

"German acreage shrinkage means more export chances for Dutch asparagus"

The Dutch asparagus season kicked off at ZON on Tuesday. This cooperative quickly sold the first five crates for €20/kg. "Volumes are still limited now. But from next week, we'll get daily supply from our growers," says salesman Rick Mengers. He's confident about the upcoming season. "Germany has less…

F.lli Napolitano

Egypt a competitor for Italian spring onions

"Spring onions are an Italian product typically grown in Campania (in the Agro nocerino-sarnese area). On the market, however, it is also possible to find winter produce from Egypt," reports Gennaro Napolitano from F.lli Napolitano. "The market thus sells both the Italian produce, which complies with EU…

The Minister of Agriculture visits the Finca Boyal company

The municipality of Don Benito, Extremadura, exports mini-cucumbers and snack peppers to the Netherlands and Germany

On Tuesday, February 23, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Population, and Territory, Begoña Garcia Bernal, visited the facilities of the Finca La Boyal SL, a…

Jean-Pierre Dalle, Santerleg:

End of the winter vegetable campaign in northern France

In the winter, the endive is an important product for Santerleg, a company specialized in vegetables from northern France. At the moment, the market is rather calm. “This can be explained by the fact that the weather has been mild for the past 10 days. People eat more endives when it’s cold. It is also…

Sandy Booth - New Forest Fruit

First new season asparagus on the shelves

Spring is in the air and that means the first British asparagus are on the shelves. At New Forest Fruit the first harvest is running around a week later than last year due the recent wet and cold spell. "Initial volumes are low at the moment as we wait for the nice sunny weather," said Sandy Booth,…

Brenntag Food & Nutrition and Monaghan Group announces new exclusive distribution agreement

The Brenntag Food & Nutrition business unit in North America, part of the Brenntag Group, announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Monaghan Mushrooms Unlimited…

"Bimi® broccoli reaches new heights"

Expansion plans are high on the agenda for Bimi® broccoli this year, with over 2.5 million additional seeds being planted in North Western European countries vs last year. Local production for the upcoming summer season is being planned in Holland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland. Locally grown…

UK growers warn of shortage of British leeks ahead of St David’s Day

As people in Wales get ready to mark St David’s Day, they may be confronted by a shortage of British leeks, partly due to the Covid situation. The leek is one of the national…

ProEx Food Automates Post-Harvest Leafy Green Processing & Packaging

"Controlled environment facilities automate growing, yet still rely on manual post-harvest processing"

“Over the last year or so, more growers have been looking to further remove labor and reduce human touches to help efficiently scale operations and mitigate contamination and recalls. We have added additional automation options to their leafy green line solutions. These lines and equipment include…

Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre

"Produce is wasted here because many people don't really respect the value of food any more"

The COVID-19 pandemic and labour shortages have had a "massive" impact on the already high levels of fruit and vegetable wastage, according to Australia's leading research centre on the issue. Dr Steve Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste…

TomaTech launches its range of tomato varieties with intermediate resistance to ToBRFV

TomaTech has amazed the fruit and vegetable sector with the announcement of the launch of a range of commercial tomato varieties resistant to ToBRFV. Over the last three…

Tarno Schilder, Paul Leegwater, the Netherlands

"Sales display makes more people aware of red and savoy pointed cabbage"

First, it was the Violetti, a red, pointed cabbage. Now, there's a new concept on its way to European vegetable shelves - the savoy pointed cabbage. The Dutch company, Paul Leegwater, has the first of these cabbages available. TB&S is growing them on a trial basis in Portugal. This is a Portuguese…

Pressing competition from abroad

Fluctuating prices for Sicilian courgettes and peppers

"The fluctuating temperatures of the last few days are not helping the marketing of some products that are currently suffering, such as courgettes and, to some extent, peppers. To this rather exhausting trend we have to add the arrival of cheap foreign produce, so much so that we are struggling to sell…

Carrefour purchases 50% more artichokes in Spain

Carrefour will distribute 1,300 tons of artichokes in 2021, which means the company will purchase 50% more of its artichokes from within Spain. This growth is mainly due to…

First British asparagus arrives at Waitrose

Waitrose is the first UK supermarket to welcome new season British asparagus to its shelves – launching eight weeks ahead of the usual peak season. The bumper crop of British asparagus is grown by Sandy Booth on his farm in the New Forest, where the increased light levels and warmer temperatures…

Chinese farmers planted less garlic, but there is still plenty of garlic in storage

Overseas market demand for garlic declined because of the increasing shipping cost and the appreciation of the Chinese yuan. The Chinese garlic market is currently stable and there are only a few small price fluctuations. Mr. Zhang of Jining Greenstream Fruit and Vegetables Co., Ltd. recently talked…

Spain

Cucumber and eggplant prices rise as the supply falls in Andalusia

According to the latest weekly report on protected horticultural crops from the Andalusian Government's Prices and Markets Observatory, corresponding to week 6, cucumber and…

First red and yellow bell peppers available at Harvest House

"European retailers are eagerly awaiting first Dutch bell peppers again"

From this week, the first Dutch red and yellow bell peppers of the season are available at Harvest House. In the Netherlands, Peppers Unlimited first harvested green peppers. Now it's the red and yellow ones turn. Lighting means these products have reached the correct color and weight earlier than those…

Michel Lesage, Lesage Champignons, Belgium

"Rising vegetable consumption, popularity of meat replacers doing mushrooms good"

Belgium was hit by icy weather a fortnight ago. That stimulated mushroom consumption. Michel Lessage of Lesage Champignons has noticed that people aren't too keen to go outside when the temperature drops. "There was a small dip in demand. But, sales rose and we more than made up for this by the end of…

South African pumpkin season started earlier at French 888 Fruit Company

"Ramadan always benefits pumpkin consumption"

In 1998, Dutchman, Nico Schaft, took the first French pumpkin seeds to South Africa. Over the years, many followed his example. These weren't hybrid seeds, so propagation was easy. There were good and bad years. But Nico continued offering South African pumpkins. This year even earlier - 888 Fruit…

Gabriel Escobar, head of the Escobi Commercial Department:

"Zucchini consumption growing every year in households and the pandemic has driven it further"

The prices of zucchini, as well as those of eggplant, cucumber and other vegetables, soared after the storm and frosts recorded in January. At the moment, zucchini prices have returned to normal, although it is difficult to predict whether the average will turn out to be higher at the end of the season.…

Florette collected 3,500 tons of fresh vegetables in Soria during 2020

"All of our varieties come from fields that are close to the production centers"

In 2020 Florette collected more than 40,000 tons of fresh vegetables in Spain to produce nearly 200 million units of ready-to-eat fresh salads. Of that volume, nearly 3,500…

Stefan Fässler, Fässler Salate:

"We are on the road to producing vegetables CO2-free"

Stefan and Beatrice Fässler have been running a modern horticultural business in Romanshorn (Thurgau), Switzerland, since 1988. With today's greenhouses, they can heat a surface area five times larger with the same heating system than they could before. Also, in the past, the shading, energy screens (for…

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Murakami Farm Co

Japan opens super sprout factory

Murakami Farm Co., the largest producer of sprouts in Japan, based in Hiroshima, has announced the establishment of its tenth production factory, dubbed the super sprout factory and located in Yamanashi Prefecture. The completion of this structure makes it the largest, fully artificially lit type plant factory in Japan and…

More Americans are discovering vegetables due to pandemic

Some 70% of Americans have ‘discovered’ vegetables over the last year, with many sampling leafy greens and one in five trying cauliflower for the first time in their lives.…

"Old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits"

New Vitalis Organic Seeds tomato lineup:  Mixologist Collection

Vitalis Organic Seeds announces their newly developed breed of tomatoes in its Mixologist Collection, now available to growers in the United States. "Mixologist offers the perfect mix of old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits. Explore the myriad of reasons to enjoy the craft and quality…

Spanish cauliflower dropped in February 2021 - following earlier spike

Between the 6th January and 10th February 2021, the Mintec price for Spanish cauliflower fell by 80% to EUR 0.5/kg, due to easing weather conditions, following storm Filomena.…

Export of Peruvian asparagus is expected to increase by 16% in 2021

The 2021 harvest of Peruvian asparagus is estimated at 370,000 tonnes. This is an increase of 5% compared to the previous season. In 2019, the asparagus harvest amounted to 367,000 tonnes. In 2020 yields fell 4% year-on-year due to a labour shortage during the harvest season, a result of the strict…

Frans Sinke, Staay Food Group, the Netherlands:

"Plenty of spinach available from our Spanish farm"

There's plenty of spinach available from Ad van der Staaij's field's in Tarragona, Spain. The season started well in November. But in January, the supply in Northern Spain came to an abrupt halt. That was after heavy rain and hail destroyed the crop. Ad shifted gears quickly and paid the proper attention…

In February, Almeria's tomato prices were the worst they've been in the last decade

The tomato from the greenhouses of Almeria is not going through its best moment. This season is a reflection of the difficult situation that this crop is facing due to the…

Norwegian tomato production increased last year

Norwegian tomato production increased last year by 660,000 kilos, which corresponds to an increase of just over 5 percent. Nearly 13,300 tonnes of tomatoes were produced in…

Qatar: Sales of local vegetables up 60% in three years

There has been a significant increase in the volume of sales of local produce through ‘Qatar Farms’ and ‘Premium Qatari Vegetables’ marketing programmes; sales soared by more…

Mushroom farming increases in Zimbabwe

Mushroom farming is gaining popularity at a time when the coronavirus pandemic in Zimbabwe has left many people jobless. More and more people are turning their backyards into…

Punjab: ‘Mushroom King’ grows 200 tons using organic compost

Sanjeev Singh from Punjab started growing mushrooms from organic compost in 1992, eventually growing hundreds of tons of the produce, which earned him the title ‘Mushroom King…

John van Lieshout, Valstar, the Netherlands:

"First cucumbers harvested from the new greenhouse"

The first greenhouse cucumbers of the season were harvested in the Netherlands yesterday. "We started with traditional cultivation three weeks ago already. But as of yesterday, our high-wire cultivated cucumbers are also available.  They're 100% 'On the Way to PlanetProof' too," says John van Lieshout of Valstar.…

Hot water circulating in 15 hectares of tunnels beneath the ground

Italian organic asparagus grown with the help of underfloor heating

"The idea is essentially the same as with underfloor heating. Thanks to a series of pipes, warm water circulates around 45 to 50 centimetres under the ground, which makes the asparagus in the greenhouse grow much earlier." Italy's Orto Veneto is about to start harvesting the Primo Asparago, which is…

Cuadraspania launches fresh ready-to-eat violet artichoke hearts

"In two weeks, we lost 50% of the artichoke production"

The artichoke campaign goes on in southeastern Spain following the impact on the productions of the exceptional low temperatures that were recorded in January due to storm Filomena, which caused significant losses. “This year, the season started well, with a good and early production and with really good…

Good moment for mushrooms

The market is responding well and there is demand from wholesalers, so the season seems positive for most producer companies. Giampaolo Evangelisti from Fungo Cesena stresses that "wholesale markets are responding well and demand is lively. Prices are practically the same as they always are, as mushrooms never fluctuate a lot."…

Vegetable prices also down in Telangana

Arrival of first crop forces vegetable prices down in Tamil Nadu

With 420 trucks arriving at Koyambedu (Chennai) daily, the prices of all vegetables have decreased by about 20 per cent. This trend is expected to continue until March 10,…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Carrot grower Alan Bartlett & Sons to quit crop in June

The carrot grower and processor Alan Bartlett & Sons from Cambridgeshire has made the “extremely difficult decision” to close its business in June this year, which will affect…

Start of the cucumber harvest in Knoblauchsland

"Cucumber prices will inevitably rise due to CO2 tax"

In the Franconian Knoblauchsland, this year's cucumber harvest is almost getting started. Vegetable farmer Willi Sippel is in the process of harvesting the first domestic greenhouse vegetables of the year. Just in time for the rising temperatures, these vegetables are now seeing good demand on the…

Horticulture Statistics Handbook

Value growth in key fruit sectors helps push Australian horticulture value over $15billion

Continued growth in the apple and berry sectors has helped the Australian horticulture industry pass the $15billion value milestone, according to the latest data in the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook. Hort Innovation Analyst Brendan O'Keeffe says although production volume had decreased by…

New appreciation for Kyoto’s heirloom vegetables

Vegetables unique to the Kyoto area are often called Kyo-yasai. One factor that makes Kyo-yasai unique is their size. They are usually quite large. Many are much larger than…

Ismael Segura, CEO of Ecoinver:

"The greatest competitive advantage lies in varietal aspects"

The tomato segment offers a wide range of varieties and specialties that provide not only diversification, but also added value to this vegetable, one of the most consumed and produced in the world and the one that generates the greatest value worldwide, according to FAO data. “What retailers are looking…

UPA-UCE Extremadura denounced Conesa continued to refuse to raise prices to producers

"The attitude of the region's largest tomato industry is unacceptable"

UPA-UCE Extremadura denounced that Conesa, the largest industry dedicated to the tomato sector, continued to refuse to raise prices to producers, further punishing a sector…

Price of Chinese chillies plummets in various areas

The chili market has been rising since the second half of last year. Recently, however, the price of certain varieties has plummeted in some areas, especially thin-skinned…

Heavy squash supplies cause pricing to dip

Squash supplies are abundant right now which in part is triggering a depressed market. “We had some bad weather in Florida. It got very cold for awhile and that slowed the crop’s maturity down. Then there was some bloom drop which diminished production and harvest,” says Neil Mazal of East Coast Farms &…

Spring Brussels sprout crop from Mexico underway now

Food trends come and go, but Brussels sprouts are here to stay. Not only do these cruciferous vegetables play nice with other tasty foods, but they are low in calories and full of health benefits. Brussels sprouts are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber and vitamins, especially Vitamins K and C. Oscar…

Russian growers raise carrot prices due to good demand

According to APK-Inform, Russian farmers managed to increase the price of carrots this week. Major market participants commented that due to the cold weather and the transport…

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Researchers turn to vegetables and juices as alternatives to road salt

While road salt is highly effective at de-icing surfaces and very necessary during harsh winters, it places a heavy burden on freshwater ecosystems. Several studies -dating…

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute

Mardi presents new technologies for improved banana & chilli production

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) has developed the Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR) and TrichoSHIELD technologies. These should improve…

Richard Kruijer (Tuindersbelang): "Market has been dismal for a long time"

Hospitality lockdown hits Dutch cabbage exports hard

"Very bad" is how Richard Kruijer of the Dutch brokerage firm, Tuindersbelang, describes the current cabbage market. He says the hospitality industry lockdown has left a significant mark on red and white cabbage sales. "Many restaurants normally buy their cabbage via the wholesale markets. Most of these…

Kalettes and caulilini also in the public eye

Is broccolini going to be the new kale?

Is broccolini the new kale? For a while, kale was the must-eat food that was on every shopping list. The trendy green crossed over from being a healthy superfood to a grocery…

BASF enlarges its lettuce portfolio with more resistant varieties to cover the entire cycle

Between 15 and 19 February, BASF is holding a new Lettuce & Spinach Demo Field event at its facility in La Palma in Cartagena (Murcia) to showcase its new varieties and…

Turkey: Pepper exports increased by 55% over the past five years

Comtrade has stated that exports of Turkish peppers increased by 35.38% in 2020 when compared to the previous year amounting to 150,710 tons and increased by 54.87% over the…

Domestic green bean production contends with cold fronts

Supplies of green beans are steady though they are building as domestic production gets going. Supplies of green beans are coming out of Mexico and Florida. Currently, Tony Martinez of Primo Trading Services LLC in McAllen, TX notes that Primo is receiving supplies out of Mexico where the Gulf and Pacific…

Marcello Sbrighi from Coviro

What is new for asparagus and strawberries

Coviro is a nursery located in Cervia (Ravenna) with over 40 years of experience in the production and sale of strawberry plants and asparagus root tubers. FreshPlaza talked about what is new for the company with sales manager Marcello Sbrighi. Marcello Sbrighi "The winter months are the most intense and…

"These first productions in Lleida are a new milestone in the domestication of truffle cultivation"

Within the framework of the INNOVATRUF project, the Center for Forest Science and Technology of Catalonia (CTFC) and the University of Lleida (UdL) have managed to produce…

Sodium isoascorbate works against fresh-cut mushrooms browning

Scientists at Dalian Minzu University (China) have found that sodium isoascorbate inhibits the browning of fresh-cut mushrooms. From investigation on the effect of sodium…

New organic white kale variety launches

Baldor Specialty Foods has introduced a new sweet-flavored produce item: organic casper baby kale. The kale has a sweet taste and crispy texture and is a variety of deco kale…

California company adds 2lb vegetable packs to retail lineup

2020 was the year of learning to enjoy cooking at home and 2021 will be the year of perfecting at home meals. Gold Coast Packing is offering the solution for cooking at home fatigue. Their new 2lb items offer a larger pack of fresh vegetables giving consumers the versatility of cooking from home with…

Steve Tsakoumakis - Kapiris Bros

“As environmental changes and pressures evolve, we look toward the future and continue to research and invest"

The growing season for tomatoes in South Australia has not been without its challenges with very high temperatures which made it necessary to increase irrigation, but nevertheless have ensured a good quality of supply. “The growing season in South Australia has been prosperous, particularly taking into…

Huge increase in Qatari vegetables’ sales during 2020

Compared to previous years, the Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms programmes have achieved significant sales during the year 2020. The sales of Premium Qatari…

Butternut squash from Ukraine sells well in Europe and Middle East

For several years, Ukraine has been actively developing exports of its fresh butternut squash, mainly supplying this product to the most demanding of the possible markets: the UK. Despite Brexit, in 2020 Ukraine was able to sharply increase butternut squash exports once again and set a new export record…

'Teens' grown in fully automated system

"New lettuce concept meets demand for greater convenience for grower and consumer alike"

The Teens concept was introduced last year to respond to the customers’ demand for convenience. The lettuce leaves that could be turned into a salad in no time at all, the Teens concept attracted the attention not just amongst customers. "Just like babyleaf, Teens can be grown in a fully automated…

Giuseppe Licitra of Marina Iblea

"Horticulture 20 or 30 years ago didn't have to deal with the problems we are struggling with today"

"After a start of the year marked by a recovery, which was actually quite brief for some vegetables like courgettes and eggplants, we are now seeing a general downturn, which also includes date tomatoes. However tomatoes are maintaining good quotations," said Giuseppe Licitra, administrator of the…

Jesús Abenza, commercial director of Alimer (Murcia, Spain):

"We thought that growth in broccoli consumption in Europe could be peaking"

The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in Spain has recorded a considerable increase since the start of the pandemic. According to the latest data from the Food Consumption Panel of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the month of November 2020, it has grown by more than 10%…

Mendoza, Argentina

Aylin, an early white garlic developed for the international market

INTA La Consulta (Mendoza) have presented a new variety of white garlic that stands out because of its early harvest, which would allow producers to enter the market 30 to 40…

Coachella Valley artichoke production season kicks off

Ocean Mist Farms, grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., launches the Coachella artichoke production season with the 3rd annual Peace, Love & Artichokes winter promotion. This multifaceted campaign, which launched February 15th and lasts through March 15, includes email marketing to a…

Qatar Ministry sells 3,752 tons of vegetables through farms programmes in January

The Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has stated that the ‘Qatar Farms Programme' and ‘Premium Qatar Farms Programme' have helped sell over 3,752 tons of…

Namibia Agronomic Board steers to local beetroot, carrot and cabbage procurement

The Namibia Agronomic Board has prohibited carrot, butternut, beetroot, cabbage and English cucumber imports for February. Effectively, no retailer or purchasing agent may…

Northwest US: 2020 vegetable production was mixed bag

The US Northwest saw a mixed bag last year when looking at vegetable production numbers. NASS has stated that onion production in Idaho was valued at $68.3 million, up 4% from…

Rik Decadt, REO Veiling:

"Growers have worked very hard to guarantee the supply of vegetables"

At REO Veiling, the supply of open ground vegetables is currently going well, despite cold temperatures this week. According to production director Rik Decadt, growers responded en masse to the approaching frost last weekend. “On Saturday and Sunday, when it wasn't freezing too hard, the growers started…

Turkey increases pepper exports by 35% in 2020, despite accumulating 111 pesticide alerts

Turkish pepper exports in 2020 increased by 35.38% over the previous year, totaling 150.71 million kilos, and by 54.87% over the last five years, according to Hortoinfo based…

Gartenfrisch Jung on Portuguese cultivation and the convenience market

"Demand shifts from To Go items to bags of salad"

While many German producers are trying to protect their crops from frost and snow, harvesting is already underway in Coruche, Portugal. At the site of the German vegetable processor Gartenfrisch Jung, tons of lettuce have been cut for convenience goods production since November. But Corona and the…

Unifrutti expands into vegetable business

Sustainable vegetables of excellence, produced in greenhouses by Dimifruit enrich Unifrutti Group's offering in Europe, which is becoming increasingly diversified. Unifrutti starts 2021 focusing on diversification, finalising the acquisition of Dimifruit in Almeria. The European operation is part of a…

Solidaridad South and South-East Asia in partnership with embassy of the Netherlands

Southwest Bangladesh: Jashore cabbages exported abroad

Thousands of Jashore cabbage  growers are now getting good prices for their produce thanks to a project called Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Linkages (SaFaL). Solidaridad…


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