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54% of the lettuce consumed in the EU is Spanish

In 2018, more than half of the lettuce consumed in the European Union (EU) came from Spain, which supplied 621.59 million kilos of the 1,152.39 million kilos of lettuce…

Harvest starting a week earlier due to early planting and forecast of high temperatures

Extremadura's tomato campaign to start on 25 July

The tomato harvest in the Spanish province of Badajoz will start approximately on July 25, which is one week earlier than in the 2018 campaign. According to the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), this early start is due both to an early planting in the spring and the…

China: Will garlic prices skyrocket again?

According to the Jinxiang Garlic Price Index, as of June 1, 2019, the monthly garlic price year-on-year index closed at 176.96 points, with an increase of 8.5%. The weekly…

Chinese broccoli suffers from low prices

The broccoli market is currently saturated, mainly due to the unusual temperatures in north and south China this year. This has caused broccoli from major producing areas…

China: Fresh corn prices expected to drop further

Corn prices have been dropping this week. There are a few factors that have contributed to this. First of all, supply volumes from different origins are ramping up. Last week,…

German scientists say Popeye might have been right:

“Chemical in spinach should be banned for athletes”

Scientists at the Freie Universität Berlin's Institute of Pharmacy have recommended that ecdysterone, a hormone found in spinach, be included in the list of prohibited substances for athletes. During a 10-week study, led by the university's Institute of Pharmacy, participants were split into four groups.…

Sjan van Gorsel, Reijnpack:

"Good prices for chicory; sales of red chicory not great"

The chicory sales have been considerable over the last few weeks. "Prices at the auctions are at a level around 2 Euro, so we can't complain about that," says Sjan van Gorsel of Reijnpack. "Most chicory that we product, goes to markets like Italy and Germany via exporters and those countries are in…

Pricing picking up on tomatoes

Supplies of tomatoes are good, though the market has been pushing up for the last four to five weeks. “We’re not sure what that’s from,” says Alex Duvall of Morro Bay, Ca.-based Vida Fresh Inc., who…

Spain: The sweet potato of Sanlucar de Barrameda, backed by Mercadona

The new sweet potato campaign of the Frusana cooperative, located in Sanlucar de Barrameda, will begin in August. Frusana has a total of 270 farmers who produce 24,000 tons of sweet potatoes. It devotes more than 500 hectares, of the 700 it has, to develop this tuber that has become fashionable since…

Spain: Good garlic season expected

The Albacete garlic season is expected to be good this season. The province has 9,500 hectares under cultivation this year, leading Spanish garlic production with an estimated…

Pink tomato campaign kicks off in Spanish municipality of Barbastro

The pink tomato season of Barbastro has just started and the tomatoes grown in protected conditions have already hit the shelves. The product will be available on a large…

Heavy rainfalls in the South currently not affecting market

Vegetable prices in China experience seasonal fall

Since the beginning of this year, vegetable prices, in general, have been falling. Tan He, an analyst from Zhuochuang Information believes that there are three main reasons…

Kick-off of the 2019 harvest

France: white garlic of Lomagne PGI

In Lomagne, the 2019 harvest has officially begun. The first plots of white garlic of Lomagne PGI were harvested on Wednesday, June 19th, under a blazing sun. The harvest will spread over a fortnight, if the weather allows it. The goal is to bring the harvest in as fast as possible in order to start the…

Romaine and leaf lettuces almost as popular as head lettuce

In 2017, 13.2 pounds per person of fresh head lettuce (iceberg, butter, Boston, and Bibb lettuces) were available for domestic consumption, according to ERS’s Food Availability data. Fresh head lettuce has declined 54 percent from its high of 28.6 pounds per person in 1989. In contrast, availability of…

Italy: Demand for improved flavour in asparagus

As the very end of the asparagus season for most people in the Northern Hemisphere is close, it's a great time to check up on the season. "Overall, it is thought that there are 8-10.000 hectares of asparagus production in Italy and this is split between green and white production. Green asparagus…

Pune, Maharashtra

Vegetable prices stabilise after reduced demand and steady supply

This weekend, prices of vegetables at the agricultural produce market committee (APMC), Pune, stabilised due to the arrival of the monsoon, according to officials. “The arrival of monsoon in Maharashtra finds reflection in the prices of vegetables at the wholesale market. Along with that, reduced demand…

Consumers being fooled

Chinese shiitake mushrooms labelled as New Zealand-grown

An increasing number of shiitake mushroom growers have switched to using imported Chinese growing 'logs' on which the fungi is grown. The reason is that these are cheaper than…

Spain: Monterosa Tomato Collection, the same tomato with three different colors and flavors

This year, the Monterosa company will present a new concept in the tomato segment: the Monterosa Tomato Collection; a pack of three tomatoes of three different colors and…

Ko Hooijmans, union branch Mushrooms LTO-Netherlands:

“The Netherlands destroyed prices in Europe”

A year ago, Ko Hooijmans, chairperson of the union branch Mushrooms of LTO-Netherlands, let out a cry of dismay in the media, complaining that the mushroom sector was under a…

China: Ginger prices steadily increasing

The vegetable prices are generally rising this year, with prices of popular vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes both 50% higher than before. Vegetables that didn’t do…

Long asparagus season in NRW ends this weekend

The asparagus harvest in NRW is on the home straight after an average season with an early start. Only until next weekend, the white or green bars are harvested. On Johannistag, June 24, it is New Year's Eve for asparagus. On this day, asparagus farmers traditionally end their harvest, says the Chamber…

Caulipower to roll out frozen chicken tenders this fall

Caulipower, the California-based maker of frozen cauliflower crust pizzas, cauliflower tortillas and SweetPotaToasts, is rolling out frozen chicken tenders this fall. The company said its new product is baked, not fried. Since launching in 2017, Caulipower has leveraged its vegetable focus into a…

“Already a lot of local and foreign interest”

Dutch abbGrowers might sell 50% of its shares to overseas growers

abbGrowers is one of the largest blueberry traders and importers in the Netherlands and Western Europe. This Dutch company is considering selling half its stock to overseas growers. Fred Douven This sale will ensure that abbGrowers remains in the hands of farmers. This is according to the company's…

Ginger prices keep rising due to multiple factors

Weifang City in Shandong Province is one of the main ginger production areas in China. Recently, prices have increased significantly. In the past few days, the price of ginger…

Cultivation no longer economical because of minimum wage

Hainich-Konserven go forward without regional cucumbers

For the first time in decades, no cucumbers are grown and harvested in the fields around the Vogtei this year. The Hainich fruit and vegetable company is one of the last large…

Insight into sustainable bean cultivation in Ethiopia

"Our values regard​​ing cultivation focus on principles of sustainability"

Since this year, ElbeFruit UG has been importing legumes from Ethiopia in addition to Guatemala and Egypt. The management of the young and innovative company was on site in May, inquiring about the local conditions. Sales Manager Edgar Günther shared his experience exclusively with FreshPlaza. Like the…

Grosbusch: Towards a greener future

Concerned about the environment, the family company Grosbusch SARL, a specialist in the import and distribution of fruit and vegetables in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region, is committed to reducing the use of plastic in its packaging as much as possible. After more than 6 months of work and…

China: Fall in price of Bird's Eye Chillis

Prices of bird's eye chillis are dropping this week, as reported by the Henan Wanbang International Market. There are several factors that have contributed to this price drop.…

Market turns around in a week

"After low point in tomato market, good weeks coming"

In recent weeks the tomato market was characterised by low prices. Since the end of April, the prices have been falling, but this has now stabilised and there seem to be a…

Prices of new season garlic crop still rising

“Prices of new garlic have continued to rise, and have risen to 800-1000 RMB/ton in the past two days. It’s difficult to predict how the prices will develop, but it is likely…

China: Ginger market - analysis and overview

Recently, the prices of ginger have fluctuated violently. They began to rise continuously from early June, while drops and rises alternated in the previous period. Initially,…

Pumpkins and sweet melons ready for the market

“Pumpkins and sweet melons are now ready for the market,” said Mr. Meng from the Changle Longhai Fruit and Vegetable Specialized Cooperative in Weifang City, Shandong Province. The cooperative specializes in the cultivation and marketing of various melons. Their main varieties include imported Beibei…

Winter squash finds demand in new products

Production on California winter squash is starting up in about two weeks. “It will be spaghetti, acorn, butternut and kabocha squash,” says Dennis Peterson of Riverbend Fresh LLC in Kerman, Ca. He notes that the crop looks to be on time despite the unusual weather California has seen recently. “It…

"Vegetables are the new sneakers" should stimulate vegetable consumption

"With this vegetable campaign we want to reach young people between 20 and 30 years"

The German producer organizations for fruit and vegetables, united in the BVEO (Federal Association of Producer Organizations Fruit and Vegetables e.V.), in terms of…

The Netherlands consolidates as the EU's main supplier, with 948,654 tons

Prospects for summer tomato campaign in the EU

In its latest published report, the tomato working group, part of the "Group of Civil Dialogue for Horticulture and Olive Oil" of the European Commission, has offered its prospects for the summer campaign, predicting a stabilization of the acreage in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain and a slight…

The quota amounts to 285,000 tons

Morocco has used up the quota to export tomatoes to the EU

The agreement for the export of tomatoes signed between the EU and Morocco established a maximum export quota, set at 285,000 tons. According to the information published by the General Directorate of Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission, in this tomato export season, which started on…

California sweet corn production moves into Central Valley

The corn season in the western United States is about to complete its transition from the Imperial Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. Now that consistently hot temperatures have settled in the south, growers in the Central Valley will be producing corn for the next four months. This marks the end of the…

UK food industry warned of vegetable shortages after heavy rainfall in Lincolnshire

The UK Brassica Growers Association is warning of a potential shortage of supplies to customers following extremely high levels of rainfall in the important growing county of…

First report of Pseudomonas cichorii on sweet basil in New Jersey

An estimated 200 hectares of basil varieties are grown annually for fresh and wholesale markets in New Jersey. In July of 2018, leaf spot disease symptoms were observed on…

Buying greens more costly in Malaysia

As vegetables prices went up last month, these remain expensive - except for local red chillies that saw a small drop in price. Vegetable seller Ah Wee said local fresh red…

Ohio sweet corn might see gaps in supply

The Midwest sweet corn season is almost there and this is the time of year when fresh produce markets are stocked with locally grown vegetables. However, local Ohio sweet corn…

Veggiecraft Farms offers Cauliflower Pasta

Veggiecraft Farms has created a gluten-free cauliflower penne, as well as spaghetti pastas, master-crafted in Italy. They are using three ethically-sourced ingredients and integrating a full serving of vegetables into each serving. The products are vegan, kosher, gluten free and non-GMO verified. Based…

Tufts University study

“Eat more leafy greens to maintain mobility at older age”

Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University suggest that low levels of circulating vitamin K are linked to increased risk…

RedStar tomatoes will soon be on Dutch shelves as an Albert Heijn house brand

Until recently, RedStar sold very few tomatoes in the Netherlands. That is, however, about to change, according to the Dutch newspaper, the Financieel Dagblad . These TOVs…

Luc Berden: "Scarcity due to 2018 drought"

Tight celeriac market

"Celeriac is scarce right now," says Luc Berden of Tuinbouwbedrijf Berden BV in Venlo. Berden is specialised in celeriac and supplies his own home grown celeriac all year round. Berden BV grows celeriac in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. "2018 was a difficult season. Due to the dry weather the yield everywhere were smaller,…

Downcast mood among asparagus farmers:

VSSE: Production costs rising, prices stagnating

Compared to last year, the asparagus season was a more mediocre, quieter season for most growers. Due to the weather, there were no surpluses and on cooler days the demand could be quite low. Overall, the price levels were low on average and production costs continued to rise. An ongoing issue has been…

Soon to be found in 100 Japanese drug stores

Check your intake of greens with ‘Veggie meter’

For those who doubt they are getting enough vegetables in their diet, there is a drug store operator will introduce a fingertip-reading device that tells you. Kirindo Holdings Co.'s "Veggie meter," which was produced and developed by a US firm, is being sold in Japan by Tokyo-based trading company Altech…

Price of fresh Chinese ginger continues to rise, trade remains vigorous

Various fresh ginger markets in Shandong recently responded to rising temperatures with increased trade activity. Although fresh ginger already entered the seasonal slow…

Gapping coming on California colored peppers

Colored peppers will see a gap in supplies out of California. “With red and yellow peppers, the Coachella Valley is close to done and the San Joaquin Valley is still about three weeks away so there will be a gap in supply between the two growing areas,” says Lori Hickey of Baloian Farms in Fresno, Ca.…

Arjan Biesheuvel: "Good harvest in the south; I am worried about that of North Holland"

Dutch garlic season begins

The Dutch garlic season has started at Best of Four again. "Next week, the first fresh Dutch garlic will go out to clients again, " says grower, Arjan Biesheuvel. He is from cultivation company of the same name in Slootdorp, the Netherlands. The first crop of garlic is, however, from the south. There, Biesheuvel grows the…

Cauliflowers from Val Venosta now available

Val Venosta is not just an area famous for its apples, as there is another product that represents 95% of the valley's vegetable production. We are talking about cauliflowers, the most popular of mountain vegetables which also grows in summer thanks to the beneficial effects of the area's unique…

Fermín Aldaz, commercial and marketing director of Florette Ibérica:

"The key is not to compete, but to promote habits"

"Fresh ready-to-eat products are perceived by the consumer as a healthy convenience with high added value. It is clearly a niche market. Even in times of crisis, their sales increase," says Fermín Aldaz, commercial and marketing director of Florette Ibérica. With a 50% market share, which puts it ahead…

Miguel Campelo, of Campelo:

"The future of Spanish garlic is in our hands"

"Chinese competition is the reason why garlic prices are sinking in the international markets. Asia and America, the main consumers, buy from the Chinese market. Spanish garlic, with higher production costs, is inevitably more expensive. This limited profit margin is making Spanish producers fearful,…

Czech Republic:

Vegetables are noticeably more expensive

Food in the Czech Republic is becoming more and more expensive. The price increase for vegetables is particularly high, as the statistics office announced on Wednesday. Onions are now three times more expensive than in the Czech Republic in the previous year. The prices are also rising for other…

Both ends of the supply chain wait and see

China: Garlic prices still rising, but future rates are difficult to predict

The new harvest season of Chinese garlic recently entered its final phase. New and old garlic are available at the same time. Still, the garlic price is rising. The price of…

China: Celery enters market in large volumes, price falls below 1 yuan

The price of celery showed a downward trend in the first half of June. Prices were around 0.5-1.2 yuan [0.07-0.17 USD] per 0.5 kg at the end of May, but dropped to 0.4-0.8…

Guatemala snap pea supplies strained

Snap pea volumes from Guatemala are softening due to increased rainfall in the region. Some suppliers are turning to Peruvian product which they are importing to help cover the next month or two while the rainy season continues in Central America. But volumes remain light out of Peru as well, so snap pea…

Indonesia's Cabya - The Javanese long pepper

In any Indonesian kitchen, chili pepper is a staple ingredient. However, this plant really isn’t native to Indonesia at all. A plant that is, is the Javanese long pepper ( Piper retrofractum Vahl ), locally known as cabya. The standard chili peppers we know and love today are members of the plant genus…

Johan Kant, Kalisa Trading:

“We can expect a great harvest for onions, potatoes and carrots this year”

“As a result of the high prices, we sent very few onions to our African clientele this year. The purchasing prices were very high, and profit margins are therefore much too small, which is why we didn’t do it this year,”says Johan Kant of Kalisa Trading. The trader expects the onions to remain expensive…

Fields already flooded and waterlogged

Met office forecast more rain for Lincolnshire

Heavy rain caused serious flooding in Lincolnshire after two months worth of rain fell in two days. The worst affected ares in Wainsfleet where around 600 people have been evacuated from their homes. One vegetable producer close by said they have been lucky and only 10% of the potato crop and 5% of the…

Preserved garlic is about to leave the market

Price of Chinese garlic in Jinxiang Market continues to rise

The price of preserved garlic showed a downward trend last week, but the overall average price of garlic still showed a slight rise. Fresh garlic is in the process of being…

More availability of Brazilian ginger

Supplies of imported ginger from Brazil continue to grow. “The situation this year for Brazilian ginger is good. We have our own farms over there and we’ve increased our production. Overall, the production increased from last year to this year by 15-20 percent,” says Frederico Stuhr of Pommer Fresh Foods…

Efko: Austrian cucumber harvest is approaching

About 4,500 tons of cucumbers to be harvested until August

The 14th of June is all about a crisp crisp green vegetable: the cucumber. To coincide with this special day, efko Frischfrucht and Delikatessen GmbH starts the annual harvest of the popular vegetables. Around 4,500 tons of cucumbers will be harvested by hand in the fields of 13 efko cucumber on an area…

China: “Garlic prices continue to rise"

The circumstances for Chinese garlic this year are very different from other years. After Chinese New Year everyone expected that the garlic prices would come down, however the opposite happened. Since that time, the price has not fallen anymore but has only grown, as Mr. Ross from Rizhao Lvtuo Food Co.,…

Domestic demand is rising at a rapid pace

Poland discovers asparagus

Asparagus is one of the most popular vegetables in Germany and the Germans are regarded as asparagus lovers. The Poles were not interested in these vegetables until recently. Only very few Poles knew…

Price of Chinese vegetables comes down

Data from the Beijing Xinfadi Market shows that the price of vegetables declined in the last week of May. The price decreased by 19.28% in comparison with the same period last…

Chinese pepper market experiences sudden fluctuations

The prices of several Chinese pepper varieties have shown a mild increase since October last year. This month, however, the price suddenly soared. The price of Heaven Facing…

"Ginger market trade is vigorous"

"Price of fresh Chinese ginger continues to climb"

This year the market conditions for fresh ginger are very different from previous years. This is particularly true for the price. The main reason for this development is the…

The crop's export accounts for 10.8% of Spain's total exports

Pepper cultivation is gaining ground in the Spanish Region of Murcia

Pepper cultivation is becoming increasingly important in the Region of Murcia. According to the president of the Alhóndigas department of Proexport, Mariano Zapata, the possibility of creating a department specific to this crop is being discussed. "Up until May, we have been harvesting fairly good…

Hot temperatures herald end of Coachella eggplant season

With hot temperatures arriving in the Coachella region, this signals the end of the eggplant season in the area. Growers have enjoyed excellent conditions during May, providing a quality crop with good coloring and decent volumes, leaving a positive mark. With temperatures now well over 100 degrees…

Seven Tinkerbell colors & hottest Dutch chilli draw attention at Eminent Seeds Open Day

Eminent Seeds recently organized an open day. It was held from 11 to 13 June in the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Here visitors were told about the company's exclusive products. These are tomato, bell pepper and chilli varieties that distinguish themselves in size, shape, color, and…

Full programming makes this smaller show attractive

It’s an all-around draw that brings one vegetable grower/packer/shipper to Monterey, Ca. for the annual Organic Produce Summit. “We find that going to a 100 percent organic show provides us the best opportunity to meet our existing and potential new customers,” says Dominic Etcheberria of JBJ…

Vegetable prices at the Bologna market

The price of fresh garlic started off well three weeks ago, but then dropped day after day," reports Roberto Bortolotti, vegetable expert for De Luca - Campitiello, a company operating at Caab in Bologna. "The produce from Veneto is of high quality and it is packed in bunches. It is an excellent product…

Willem de Boer (De Boer Westwoud) about the tough Dutch carrot season:

"Bad carrots being fought over, while the good ones go to the cows"

Many Dutch full soil products are well-priced this year. The carrot market is, however, still struggling at the moment. "Last year, it was the other way around," says Willem de Boer. He is from a Dutch trading and processing company of the same name. The company is situated in Westwoud, North Holland.…

Competition from non-EU crops causes price crisis

Tomato acreage in Almeria and Murcia has been reduced by 10,000 hectares

The producer organization of the Bajo Almanzora area in the Levante Almeriense, SAT Tomasol, has decided not to produce tomatoes this season due to various factors that have…

Turkey: Tomatoes top fresh produce exports from the Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean Exporters' Association (BAIB) exported 157 million 494 thousand USD worth of fresh fruits and vegetables in the first four months of the year. Tomatoes were the top export product with a share of 61 million 547 thousand USD. The association exported 130 million 438 thousand USD…

Some historic highs

Czech Republic: Vegetable prices continue to rise

The prices of basic commodities in Czech shops continue to rise. According to data released by the Czech Statistics Office, consumer prices in May increased by 0.6 percent compared to April, driven mainly by higher prices of food, specifically fruit and vegetables. The prices of vegetables in May…

Expanded tomato line on display at upcoming organic show

For one organic grower, this year’s Organic Produce Summit is a chance to show visitors the full extent of what its company has to offer. A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. plans to feature its expanded line of products which include Persian cucumbers, ginger, broccoli, organic turmeric out of…

Red Leaf Lettuce - Health benefits & nutritional value

Salad eaters are prone to mixing up the different kinds of lettuces, beefing up veggies with iceberg, green leaf, romaine and red lettuces, among others. Of those, romaine lettuce was in the spotlight early last year when one batch was the source of an E. coli contamination that affected 172 people in…

Asparagus sector draws a first interim balance

Relatively good conditions, production volumes partly below average

In Germany, this year's asparagus harvest will be finished in just over 2 weeks. Shortly before the end of the season, growers and marketers now make up a preliminary balance. After the difficult year 2018, the market was able to recover in most growing areas. Mittelmark: Producers are satisfied After a…

Award for high-tech production hall of Kernser Edelpilze GmbH

EBP AG wins Swiss Building Award for sustainable construction

In the canton of Obwalden (Central Switzerland), a new building for the production of mushrooms was built in 2016 on behalf of Kernser Edelpilze GmbH. The energy and indoor climate concept is an important key to success for substrate and noble mushroom cultivation. The production should be CO2-neutral.…

The rains and the winds have devastated the harvest

Dominican Republic: Damage to plantain and cassava plantations in El Cibao

The recent heavy rain and gusts of wind registered in El Cibao have affected plantain and cassava plantations in the region. According to data provided by the Northcentral…

Great nutritional contribution, low caloric content

Mexico produces 110,000 tons of cauliflower a year

Mexico's main cauliflower producing states are Guanajuato, Puebla, and Hidalgo, which produce more than 110 thousand tons of this vegetable a year, according to data from the…

Good quality, large sizes and high prices

Good prospects for the garlic campaign in Spain

After two years of campaigns with problems and low prices, the sector's optimism has been restored by the early garlic season in the La Mancha region of Las Pedroñeras. The…

Fernando Veiga, of Horsal:

Padron peppers in Spanish region of Galicia threatened by TSWV

The current Padrón pepper campaign in Galicia is threatened by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). "Our cooperative will lose just over 10% of the Padrón pepper production, but for some of our partners, the situation is truly tragic, since they have lost almost their entire production," says Fernando…

Qatar: Mahaseel vegetables arrive at Al Meera

Locally-produced vegetables from Mahaseel, the marketing arm of Hassad Food, are now available in Al Meera stores. Mahaseel, which was established by Hassad with the aim of supporting the private agricultural sector in achieving self-sufficiency, aims to contribute to said self-sufficiency in the…

Ghana’s vegetable subsector in sorry state

In Ghana, the once lucrative business of harvesting vegetables for the export market is apparently losing its lustre. This is due to a combination of factors, the main ones…

VBT annual report

Strawberry turnover higher than tomatoes at Belgian auctions

The strawberry has knocked the tomato from the throne in the auctions connected to Verbond Belgische Veilingen (VBT). As far as turnover is concerned the strawberry has become the main product and has left the tomato behind. In the year 2018, strawberry sales represented a value of 152.5 million Euro.…

Microbiological quality of vegetables in focus

Cucumbers, carrots and mushrooms good, mixed salads and sprouts problematic

In a three-year research project, the Max Rubner Institute has examined the microbiological quality of fresh, plant-based products. It has now presented its report. It focused…

Earlham Institute’s AirSurf-Lettuce platform

Innovative lettuce imaging UK

Earlham Institute researchers have created a machine learning platform to categorise lettuce crops using computer vision and aerial images. The platform, called AirSurf-Lettuce, is capable of scoring iceberg lettuces with high accuracy of greater than 98 per cent, according to the study. The researchers conducted field trials…

Pumpkins and squash: alternatives to deal with weather damage

The pumpkin and squash campaign has been rather satisfactory so far. In some cases, the foreign produce exceeded expectations, also in terms of quality. Lunga di Napoli squash are late due to the unusual weather during May, but producers need to be ready for all kinds of situations, just like La Zucca…

Market share rising slightly nevertheless

Imported volumes of Brussels sprouts somewhat declining

The imported volumes for Brussels sprouts have declined slightly since 2014. In 2014, total volumes exceeded 30,000 tonnes, and by 2018, volumes were approximately 24,000 tonnes. Compared to 2016 and 2017, however, this was a slight upturn in imports, according to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and…

Column Frits van der Meulen (KCB)

"Good feeling among Dutch products"

At Pentecost, there is usually a peak in the supply of Dutch glasshouse vegetables. This year, things are, however, a little different. There is less volume than last season.…

"Product innovation is key to our visibility in the Chinese pumpkin market"

"Chinese consumers are starting to pay more attention to pumpkins and the market is gradually growing. People are increasingly aware of their nutritional value, which is the main reason this market is growing. Furthermore, the Chinese growers worked hard to improve the product quality, which is another…

Supplies and pricing reliable on domestic broccoli

Supplies of broccoli out of California are looking consistent again. “It always gets a little rough during the transition from Yuma, Ariz. back to Salinas, Ca.,” says Victor Wilcox with First Quality Produce in Fresno, Ca. “But now that it’s back in Salinas Valley, it should be—barring any major weather…

Growing demand for Turkish black carrots

Producers in Hatay, a southern Turkish city, have started to harvest black carrots. This year the field of production doubled its size and the orders were already made before the harvest. In Hatay's Kırıkhan district, besides yellow carrots, farmers produce black carrots that are used in the food…

AU: Entry deadline looming for Gippsland’s Excellence In Agribusiness Awards

Gippsland agribusinesses have got until the end of this week to enter the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Awards Program Coordinator Kate Gunn has already received a good number of entries across the nine categories, but there’s still plenty of time to grow that…

Pierre Sweep:

"High prices and short supply on the celeriac market"

Like many other open ground vegetables the celeriac has been making good prices this year. "Between 70 and 80 cents is being paid to the grower," says Pierre Sweep of A&P Sweep from Zevenbergen. The high prices aren't restricting the sales so far, according to the trader. "There are no holds on it.…

Celery available throughout the year at SIPO

Celery may seem like a simple product, yet, if one is able to diversify the supply, it acquires a higher value in the eye of consumers. This is precisely the objective of SIPO, one of the leading Italian specialists in the segment. Wrapped celery under the Sapori del Mio Orto and Verdure di Romagna…

Spain: Safety device to protect the garlic of Las Pedroñeras already in place

The garlic harvest in the Spanish municipality of Las Pedroñeras, southwest of the province of Cuenca, is in full swing. Thousands of day laborers come to this municipality…

Liberian farmers launching Cassava Project

About 28 local farmers in Liberia’s Maryland County have launched a cassava project, that will be implemented under the Youth Opportunity Project (YOP). The Coordinator of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) Willie Torgbor said the project is part of the third phase of YOP which was…

Ukraine returns 38 tons of tomatoes back to Turkey

Ukraine returned 38 tons of tomatoes back to Turkey on the grounds that they contained "unhealthy substances". According to the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and…

Michel den Ouden, Purple Pride:

"High Dutch production means challenges for aubergine sales"

Aubergine sales are not going smoothly this year. "Prices have been under pressure for weeks. Spain has also made their season longer than last year. Dutch production is high too," says Dutch company, Purple Pride's, Commercial Manager, Michel den Ouden. "The Spanish season has since ended. Most clients…

Snacking tomatoes for the consumers of the future

Fifteen children had a tomato party this week. Syngenta Seeds was the organiser. It was all about snacking tomatoes. And there was plenty of snacking. It's great to be able to eat as many tomatoes as you want and the children had a lot of fun. View the photo report here Before they were set free in the…

Fungo Cesena introduces fresh hand-sliced mushrooms

Fungo Cesena has introduced hand-sliced portobello mushrooms in a special packaging for a premium range, perfect for summer. Hand-sliced portobello mushrooms "Our range includes a lot of products but we wanted to add another premium one. Sliced mushrooms are increasingly in demand, and we have decided to…

India: Orange cucumber is Vitamin A powerhouse

A team of agricultural scientists have found that orange-fleshed cucumber varieties from north-eastern regions of India are four to five times richer in carotenoid content…

Edypro and Tecnova anticipate the challenges of the future for agriculture

Study on new tomato production techniques to deal with climate change

Anticipating the challenges that the agricultural sector will have to face worldwide as a result of climate change, the Tecnova Foundation's Experimental Center, working in partnership with Edypro and Tecnova, has launched a project at European level for the development of new tomato production…

Romeo Ceroni, etter & berno AG:

"The kohlrabi is true messenger of Spring"

"The kohlrabi is a true messenger of Spring, and in Seeland the season has just started for real, but we still have the vegetables in our assortment all year round - if we can not get them from Switzerland, we source them from Italy, Spain, Germany or the Netherlands," says Romeo Ceroni of etter &…

Rollercoasting prices for Chinese 'Heaven Facing' and 'Beauty' peppers

The Chinese market price of peppers rapidly rose within a single month. The fastest-rising prices include the prices of Heaven Facing peppers and Beauty peppers. These two…

Zimbabwe: Horticulture targets 10% export contribution

Zimbabwe's horticulture sector is set to contribute 10 percent of the country’s total export earnings in the near future riding on anticipated rise in demand from new markets…

Qatar takes on boycott with greenhouses and vegetables

The small but wealthy country of Qatar has been under a trade and transport boycott by Saudi Arabia and its allies since June 2017. Qatar is the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter but a net importer of nearly everything else. This event forced it to retool an economy once heavily reliant on…

How will rising temperatures affect the price of Chinese vegetables?

Production areas in the north gradually take over from the south as temperatures rise and rainfall in the north increases. Some vegetables were previously delayed because of…

New baby cauliflower product to debut at United Fresh

Mann Packing Co., Inc. (“Mann’s”) announced that it will debut its new Caulilini® baby cauliflower 10-ounce retail pack at the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2019 Convention & Expo in Chicago, June 10-12. Additionally, Mann’s Nourish Bowls® Breakfast line, the Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble,…

The cluster tomatoes are marketed in Italy with the "Cuori Rossi" brand

Dutch cluster tomato imports remain stable

The cluster tomatoes grown in hydroponic greenhouses represents almost half of the imports from the Netherlands into Italy. Approximately 51,406 tons were imported in 2018. One of the Italian companies which maintains one of the longest and most professional relations with the Netherlands is Cherry…

First grown in greenhouses, but now planted outdoors

Plenty of early Norwegian cabbage available

The Norwegian production season had a good start. The Norwegian climate with long days and cold nights works miracles for vegetables like cabbage. As a result, the early…

Hungarian greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers may be cheaper this year

Despite this year's smaller production area, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Product Board (FruitVeb) has predicted that producers will obtain between 5 and 10 percent more…

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“All imported potatoes arriving in Belgium have been sold in advance”

“The imported potato season is in full swing. Spain, Portugal and Sicily are now in production. Cyrpus had a lower yield than normal this year, and the Israeli season has now finished. Demand and supply are well-balanced, everything arriving on the market has been sold in advance. As a result, prices are…

Robert Vogel, AGF Direct:

“Smooth cauliflower sales on empty Dutch market, broccoli volumes keep us waiting a while longer”

The Dutch cauliflower season calmly started about two to three weeks ago. “The start was a bit later than we expected, but volumes are now good,” says Robert Vogel of AGF Direct from Zwaagdijk. The sales of cauliflower are better than expected. “Spanish and French cauliflower are no longer available, so…

Chinese ginger price grows stronger

According to Jiang7.com, traders with storage space began to make their voices heard in the ginger market from the end of April onward. The price of ginger began to rise last…

Chinese market price of round white cabbages drops

The price of round white cabbages recently dropped. Data from the Xinfadi Market shows that the current wholesale price of round white cabbages is around 0.45-0.5 yuan…

Needs more power, but uses far less water than in Southern Europe

Finnish tomatoes environmental footprint halved in 15 years

Glasshouse horticulture in Finland is becoming increasingly environmentally friendly. Growers are now switching to more sustainable energy sources. This is according to…

Steady price increase for Chinese garlic in Jinxiang Market, Shandong

The price of preserved garlic in the Jinxiang Market showed an upward trend last week. The harvest of late-season garlic finished last weekend. As the harvest of fresh garlic…

Cold storage is hot item in US real estate investment

Thanks to new food delivery services such as Peapod by Giant, Amazon Fresh and Blue Apron, cold storage warehouses and distribution centers are suddenly in high demand. Spencer Levy, senior economic advisor for CBRE research: “It is very niche. About 2% or 3% of all goods on groceries are bought online,…

Sustainability at the forefront for Canadian greenhouse grower

Ontario-based greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms said it has been increasingly looking towards growing and shipping its produce more sustainably. The company sees this as a critical step moving forward and believes more consumers are also looking to companies to demonstrate these values. A big part of…

Thuringian producer and marketer Sprötauer Champignons GmbH:

"In the medium term we will only deliver regionally instead of nationwide"

About a month ago, Sprötauer Champignons from the Thuringian town of Sprötau joined the Bund Deutscher Champignon-und Kulturpilzanbauer (BDC). The trademark of the long-established company is the cultivation and marketing of brown and white mushrooms. Following the takeover last year, the Ley family is…

French tomato crisis: several tons of goods destroyed

Although tomatoes are the most consumed vegetable in France, they are currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis. "We've been throwing away more than 100 tons a week for…

Matt Hiltner with Babé Farms

"Chefs of high-end restaurants love frisée"

Supplies of frisée, a curly-leaved member of the chicory family, look to be strong right now. “We have a plentiful supply of baby frisée as well as our signature, gourmet “Blonde” frisée, which are entirely yellow heads of ultra-blanched frisée. We expect strong supplies of both to continue through the…

Poland: Cauliflower season off to a great start

The cauliflower season in Poland is underway and thanks to the great summer-like weather at the moment, the season is looking very promising. There were some worries earlier though, when heavy rains hit the country. For Polish vegetable exporter Green Best, the cauliflower season started without delay,…


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