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China: Heavy rains push up prices of stored ginger

Excessive rainfall in recent days reduced the supply volume of fresh ginger in Anqiu Market. Traders with stored ginger are optimistic about the market prospects of stored…

Spanish import season in full swing

Keeping a grip on short supply chain with own production

As soon as summer reaches its end in the low countries, the import of greenhouses vegetables from Spain always starts again. This year the start was calm and supply gradually got into its stride. Yet the import season appears to be starting earlier in recent years, although ‘the Spaniards’ also continue…

Spanish white celery harvest has begun

Sipo has started the harvest of white celery grown in Spain, specifically from the Murcia region, which will be available from Monday, December 3rd. It is picked from December to the beginning of April. The choice of Murcia for cultivation was made to guarantee a commercially viable product, something which in recent…

China: Adequate supply leads to a drop in ginger prices

In November, the price of Shandong ginger production continued to fall, and then stabilized and rebounded. Sales of turmeric were also slow, even though supply from the fields…

China: Sales increase for "sugar sweet potato"

“Our 'sugar sweet potato' comes from Yunnan Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture. The harvest season and sales season are August to December and October to February next year. The production season is running steadily this year. In general, the sales situation is still satisfactory,” said Hao Bo of…

California: Cold weather could affect broccoli supplies

Broccoli supplies look thin right now. “There seems to be lighter supplies compared to last year around this time,” says Gopal K. Gupta of Surrey, BC’s City Wide Produce. “California is lower in production. Colder weather has made it difficult to harvest in certain areas. Santa Maria/Salinas shippers scale back in…

China: Baby carrot market faces heavy competition

Baby carrots in China are growing in popularity yearly. It is not very common for Chinese people to eat raw vegetables, but they are getting more familiar with it. As Chun Wang from Directa Co.,Ltd. mentions: “China has raised the awareness of the benefits of consuming raw baby carrots, therefore the…

Canadian report: Meat eaters will pay less, veggie lovers more

According to Canada’s Food Price Report , meat eating Canadians will benefit from dropping prices for animal protein in 2019, while the growing legion of meat-free eaters will pay more for their vegetables. Some 40 per cent of British Columbians aged 35 and under follow some variation of a meat-free diet, which is…

JyE Fruit and Vegetables, Guatemala:

"The demand for our vegetables is growing internationally"

"From December onwards, we will have a greater availability of our most important products, which are colored minicarrots, radicchio and zucchini. We produce all year round, although in some periods the volumes are lower. In any case, we are certainly able to offer a stable supply," says Álex Reyes, of…

Frank Apotheker, Groothandel Apotheker AGF

"Luckily kale sales are on the rise again"

Kale is in fashion, even in the north of the Netherlands. Here, the trends tend to be a bit slower to arrive than in the Randstad. "Kale was threatening to become a bit of a forgotten vegetable. Fortunately, it is on the rise again", says Frank Apotheker of the company with the same name. He trades in fruit and vegetables…

André Noordhoek:

"Sprout market quieter than usual, but not for long"

Things are not going wild in the Brussels Sprouts market, says André Noordhoek. He is from the Dutch town of Bleiswijk. "It is calmer than other years around this time. If…

Italy: Chioggia chicory prices are not satisfactory

This is not a good time for the Chioggia chicory – or for the chicory in general, in fact. Giuseppe Boscolo Palo, president of the Consorzio di Tutela, confirms that and makes an analysis of the current market situation. “The offer is remarkable as the warmer than average temperatures did not help the…

Italian sweet potatoes have a better shelf-life and quality than Spanish ones

"There is strong Spanish competition for Italian sweet potatoes, although the latter have a better shelf-life, appearance and quality. In addition, there is also competition from Israel and the US. Cultivated areas are increasing in Puglia, but the product is gaining popularity all over the peninsula,"…

Italian specialty enjoys increasing consumption

"Monk's beard more popular in gastronomy"

During the winter months or during the pre-Christmas season, the demand for vegetable specialties is increasing. Monk's beard, or Barba di Frate is becoming more and more popular in the winter season as well. As a good component for numerous dishes and currently available in large quantities, the Italian…

Ramazan Gülnar, Paris Direkt GmbH:

"Consumption of organic shiitake and king trumpet mushrooms exploding"

The Christmas season is also traditionally the peak season for traders who specialize in mushrooms. Wholesaler Paris Direkt GmbH, headquartered in Münster, will aslo be having its peak season on the production floor. For Managing Director Ramazan Gülnar and his employees, however, the whole year is…

New 5 year low

China: Winter vegetable prices like a roller coaster ride

As the temperature gradually decreases, the price of vegetables usually rises, however, in November this year, the price of vegetables in the north fell sharply to hit a new…

Zucchini strengthens as squash season develops

Supplies of squash look to be good, particularly with zucchini. “Throughout October and November, supplies were strong. There are some operations in the Hermosillo Mexico region that are starting to see a decline of production,” says Guillermo Martinez of Wilson Produce, LLC in Nogales, Ariz. “But we’ll continue to…

North Korea: Citizens shun state-grown cabbages during kimchi season

Sources in Pyongyang claim that North Koreans are buying privately grown napa cabbages for kimchi-making season because they are unhappy with the quality of cabbages from…

Bumper cabbage crop in Taiwan - first shipment arrives in Hong Kong

Taiwanese cabbage enjoyed an abundant harvest in the fourth quarter this year. The first shipment arrived in Hong Kong and is already on offer in supermarkets and convenience stores. The Agricultural Committee organized "Special Overseas Promotional Activities" because the harvest of Taiwanese cabbage…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

“Dutch radish market completely changed in two weeks”

While the last two months were bad on the radish market with a large supply and low prices, the market situation has completely changed in the past two weeks. “Radish grew rapidly everywhere in recent months because of the high temperatures and the large amount of sunshine in September and October. But…

North American carrot supplies tightening

Canadian carrot growers are reporting a slight drop in volume, mostly due to the warmer than average summer. As a result, there is increasing pressure on overall supply in the North American market, with other regions such as Georgia and Florida unlikely to provide any short term relief. Reports are that…

Florida grower anticipating good leafy green season

Branch: A Family of Farms is in the midst of what they see as a promising season of leafy green production out of their Belle Glade and South Bay, Florida farms. The region and its crops were spared by Hurricane Michael in early October which allowed Branch to offer its full offering of leafy greens to customers without…

Ian McLachlan - RK Drysdales

UK: Sprouts smaller but good supply

As we head towards Christmas the UK’s huge demand for Brussels sprouts must be met. The Brits eat more than a billion each year, with around a third of that consumed at…

"Shortages of all Spanish tomatoes with exception of cherry plums"

The Spanish tomato market is currently plagued by delays. Ger Kingma, Hagé International: "Not surprisingly, because the weather is bad in Spain, and rain is forecast for the coming days, and that delays the tomatoes. And when it is not raining, the humidity is still high, which is not beneficial for the…

Market information Flandria

Belgium: Head lettuce price doubled, now most expensive variety

A higher supply of leeks translated into slightly decreasing prices for the consumer. Because the weather has been warmer than usual, demand was lower. The supply of carrot…

Marcel van der Pluijm starts Feeling Fresh

Marcel van der Pluijm recently founded the company, Feeling Fresh. "I actually considered taking this step a few times over the last ten years. But there was always a reason not to do it. This year, I turned 48." "It became time to follow my dream before I would regret never doing so at a later stage. After years of…

Sebastián Aguilar, of Campo de Lorca: "The volumes will recover in December"

Spain: Unusual increase in the demand for broccoli

The Spanish broccoli export campaign has had an unstable start in terms of production due to the rains of September and October, as the production concentrates in the Region of Murcia. In general, however, the season is expected to be more regular than in the previous year, without any notable production…

Spain: Autumn asparagus could be profitable in Huelva

Producers in Lucena del Puerto are familiar with asparagus cultivation. About 25 years ago, it was one of the crops that were harvested in the fields of this county town.…

"Export price of organic ginger is basically the same as last year"

"This year, China's organic ginger export season is ongoing. The current export price of organic ginger to the European market is about 1,500 US dollars, basically the same as last year." Jason, sales manager at Tailai Foods Co., Ltd., said in an interview with the Freshplaza. “The reason why the export price is so stable is mainly because…

Focusing on the health benefits of Micro Leaves

A statement was released today, stating a directed focus on the health benefits on Micro Leaves by the company 2BFresh. Dr. Uri Mayer Chissick (Ph.D), says: "Most of us know that various…

Italy: Year-round production of celery allows international marketing

Angelo Lorusso is the CEO of the AgriLorusso cooperative which can count on 10 different partners. He said, “Currently, we are harvesting, but there are several issues: fog, heavy and persistent rains, humidity – which weakens crops thus facilitating plant diseases. We keep on working and do not give up,…

Dirk Vanparys, Bejo Zaden Belgium:

“We’re seeing demand for yellow carrots increasing”

Bejo Zaden Belgium was at the Interpom | Primeurs with one of the new carrot varieties, Istanbul. “The Istanbul variety isn’t sensitive to getting a green top where the leaves start,” says Dirk Vanparys of Bejo Zaden Belgium. “Because of this, a larger part of the carrot can be used and harvest losses…

Sergio Trevisan, manager of the Mazzoni Divisione Fresco

Carrots: the situation in the different markets and production areas

In 2017-2018, the balance between supply and demand which characterised the carrot market – both in Italy and Europe – facilitated an acceptable stability for the campaign prices. During this 2018, we are witnessing a supply drop, in contrast with 2016-2017. This is caused by the reduced surfaces and by…

Daniel Schumacher, Schumacher Gemüse:

"About 10-15 percent harvest loss for kale"

Kale has always been one of the classic winter crops, especially in northern Germany. But in the south there are some suppliers as well and harvesting started about 2 weeks ago. ''Kale was going okay so far: it is not top yields, but they also not nearly as bad as those of red and white cabbage. There…

Franz Allofs on the cooperation with Meijers Planten and the trademark protection for Walbecker Asparagus

A collaboration that results in delicious asparagus

Asparagus farm Allofs from Geldern-Walbeck is a traditional farm and for many years it has been both cultivating and breeding young asparagus plants. The breeding was so successful that it has now exceeded the capacity of the farm. Senior partner Franz Allofs and his son decided to cooperate with Dutch…

China: Early winter veg prices the lowest in five years

According to new data from the Xinfadi market, the early season vegetable prices have hit a five year low,  even worse than in 2014. The emergence of this low price is actually…

China: Record low for price of garlic from cold storage

After the surface area devoted to garlic plantation greatly expanded last year, the garlic production volume massively increased this year. Fortunately, for garlic farmers,…

Nigeria: Tomato prices rise in Kano

Vegetables sellers in Kano state have expressed concern over price rises of tomatoes and other perishables’ prices. Chairman of tomatoes sellers in the market, Alhaji Muhammad…

Intent on stabilising falling prices

Taiwan: I-Mei Foods to purchase 150 tons of cabbage

On December 1 st , Taiwan’s food giant I-Mei Foods announced that it plans to purchase 150 tons of cabbage at a price of NT$12.5 (€0.36) per kilogram. The hope is that this…

60% of tomatoes on Bulgarian market are imported

Bulgaria will continue to be a net importer of tomatoes due to the country's low production and the expected lack of significant developments in the medium term. This was…

China: "We'll support more sustainable growing in the future"

“The most important goal of our company is to produce kiwi fruits that are safe for customers to eat, especially children who are our main target group. This does not only mean we look at the food safety, but also at the ripeness of the fruit. We want to make it more convenient and safe for small…

Multiple US regions falling short on cabbage volume

Cabbage growers in New York have wrapped up harvest for the year and have just commenced shipping from storage. For these growers, they enjoyed a fairly stable and good season, which is in contrast to most other regions that experienced various challenges. Eric Hansen of Hansen Farms in Upstate New York…

Central Market of Buenos Aires

Argentina: Declining trend in offer of asparagus

During the year 2017, the offer of asparagus in the Central market of Buenos Aires was 234 tons, which is 34,5% less than the year before. As you can see  in the graph below the supply is in a declining trend over the years. The months with the biggest volumes available were September, October and November.…

300 kg of Japanese sweet potatoes detained for absence of radiation certificate

60 boxes of sweet potatoes, weighing 300 kg, were detained by Hong Kong customs officers. The shipment was imported from the Chiba prefecture in Japan. The Food Safety Center…

"Hainan Qianxi cherry tomatoes begin to enter the market"

"This year's harvest of Qianxi cherry tomatoes from Hainan have already begun to enter the market in November. The production season is estimated to last until March. The overall production volume reached 500 thousand tons, which is more or less the same as last year." This is according to Hainan fruit…

Fresh garbanzo beans from North America available year round

Fresh garbanzo beans might not be the first item you come across in the produce department, however they are available year round. Currently, the Mexican growing season has just started, taking over for the winter months from California. Califresh, based in Sanger California, is one of a handful of…

Romaine removed from shelves due to E. coli

Iceberg lettuce prices soar as much as 168% in United States

According to USDA data, after an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce took the popular salad green off the shelves, prices for other types of lettuce soared. In a weeks’ time, the cost of a 24-piece carton of iceberg lettuces rose anywhere from 168 percent to 119 percent. On Nov. 19, iceberg lettuce sold for…

China: Price of organic cauliflower continues its upward trend

As the weather grows colder, so does the vegetable market. Vegetable prices were quite depressed last week and some vegetable prices have reached rock bottom. The price of…

California Napa cabbage slightly behind growing schedule

Supplies of Napa cabbage from California look even. “It’s been unseasonably cool here so the plants are a little behind. But quality wise, it’s one of the better years on these commodities,” says Jack Vessey of Vessey & Co., Inc. in Holtville, Ca. “Here in the desert, this year we have a normal climate unlike previous…

North Rhine-Westphalia is a leader in carrot production

Carrot acreage increased by 1,336 hectares year-on-year

Now the temperatures are dropping, the appetite for hearty root vegetable s grows. Colorful carrots, hearty parsnips and root parsley are providing a welcome change in the…

2019 market is not optimistic

Garlic market forecast: prices continue to run low

This year's garlic price has fallen drastically, with a low price of 0.3 yuan to 0.5 yuan. Will next year's garlic market be any better? At present, the overall price situation is relatively stable, and there is no sign of it rising. Although the current garlic price has rebounded slightly compared to…

China: Yellow ginger purchase season extended

The fresh ginger harvest season takes place every year in November. What the farmers worry about most is not the price, but lack of manpower for harvest. There are several reasons for this situation: Fresh ginger 1. Excessive production capacity, insufficient demand We generally only eat from a small part of the fresh vegetable market. The majority…

Pak choi wholesale price drops 80%

China: Vegetable prices sink to new low

The vegetable market seems quite depressed this year. Celery and cabbage only cost around 0.2-0.3 yuan [0.03-0.04 USD], and the price of pak choi has fallen below 0.1 yuan [0.01 USD]. The market has been like this for quite some time. Pak choi The overall market conditions of vegetables are quite stable. This is mainly because temperatures dropped in…

“The export price of garlic has stabilized after short term rise”

“This year, the export price of garlic has remained relatively stable after a brief but small increase in mid-to-late October. Overall, the quality of garlic this season was good, and was not affected by pests and diseases during the production process. This is according to Annie Chen of the Jining…

Harvesting turnips in the snow and mud

Growers braved Winter Storm Bruce in Michigan last weekend as workers continued harvesting turnips. Despite six inches of snow falling from a blizzard the previous night, the workers were out there gathering some of the remaining turnips before freezing weather put a halt to harvesting, likely for the…

Statement on the Tomato Suspension Agreement

"Enforcement of US antidumping laws needed to stop decline of US tomato industry"

Below is a statement from the Florida Tomato Exchange. "Earlier this month the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) requested that the Department of Commerce terminate the Tomato Suspension Agreement with…

Microgreens provide budding Aussie businesses with fast-turnaround crops and ready market

Microgreens are proving to be increasingly popular in upmarket Australian eateries, which is how growing micro was what got Adam Tutt thinking big. The young vegetable farmer near Bowraville on the New South Wales north coast left the family farm and set up his own business. "I travelled overseas and had a look…

Scottish farmer harvests billions of Brussels sprouts for Christmas rush

Farmer Jim Kirk has twelve fields in West Lothian where he grows his massive amount of Brussels sprouts. The fields, which are between 160 to 170 acres, supply billions of sprouts which are then shipped to the UK and European market. Jim’s business is proving to be a huge success, after starting out as a…

Fresh Aussie vegetable exports are increasing

Demand for fresh Australian vegetables is continuing to rise, but carrots are the leading traded commodity in both value and volume, according to AUSVEG. The vegetable industry is on…

University of Exeter & AHDB Horticulture research:

“Wildflowers and bees boost courgette crop by 39%”

The effectiveness of pollinators and wildflowers has been highlighted in a new study which shows that crop yields of courgette increased by 39% with their help. That additional yield could have been worth £3.6 million to the 2017 courgette crop, with pollination services valued around £3,400 a hectare. Results from…

In light of E. coli scare:

Canadian farmer recommends P.E.I. leafy greens

The ongoing romaine lettuce contamination scare in Canada has at least one local farmer encouraging Islanders to seek out local produce. “The more … we can know about where our food comes from, [the more] we can feel confident that it’s safe, more nutritious, fresher and - of course - we can support our…

Truffle genomes unlock secret of how its aromas are made

An international consortium has sequenced the genomes of several prized species of truffle, including the Alba white truffle, the summer or Burgundy truffle and the desert…

The crop's greenhouse cultivation is gradually expanding

Spain: "The market is demanding more zucchini"

"After years without growing zucchini, this week, if nothing unexpected happens, we will start harvesting it again." The company for which Ana Ibáñez works, Agrorizao, is not the only one that is now adding this vegetable to its product range, or which has chosen to increase its production. "The market…

December a challenging month for Mexico asparagus growers

Mexico asparagus growers are entering a tricky time of the year. During December and into January, supplies of asparagus from Baja tend to be more unstable due to unpredictable weather. Rain and cold weather can quickly diminish production, and right at a time when demand is increasing in the lead up to…

Peter Wijnen, Frankort&Koning:

“Leek sales continue to do well”

“The mood on the leek market is fortunately much more positive than it has been in recent years. Prices have been stable for a long time, and are now dropping to a level around 50 cents. Last year during this period, we had average prices around 20 cents,” says Peter Wijnen of Frankort&Koning. “All in all, we’re not…

Demand for sprouts remains unvaried in autumn

As reported by Andrea Faedi from Vivo, while preferences change in autumn, the demand of sprouts and microgreens remains the same. "The important thing is to mix up the types of sprouts. For example, legume sprouts are very popular at the moment." The same goes for microgreens, which Vivo started to grow…

Syngenta gathers in one place the main players of the courgette supply chain

Italy: the present and the future of the courgette

In Sicily, Syngenta organised “A day about the present and the future of courgettes in Italy” with the participation of producers, technicians, retailers and nursery farmers. During the day, many topics were discussed such as varietal innovations, plant diseases, genetic research and consumption trends.   Visiting…

Spain: Virus-resistant tomato thanks to genetic study

A Valencian tomato variety that is mostly known for its flavor and low acidity, the "Tomaca de Penjar d'Alcalà de Xivert", will improve its resistance to the tomato mosaic…

The Netherlands is Europe's largest importer and marketer of ginger

Europe has become a much more interesting market for exporters of dried ginger (kion), as the demand is expected to continue increasing in the following years (at least until 2020) with relatively stable prices. This is the opinion of the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries…

First batches of Turkish tomatoes arrive in Ukraine

The first batch of tomatoes produced in Turkey has arrived at the Ukrainian market, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. As predicted earlier, the price paid for…

Bangladesh: GM eggplant can reduce pesticide use

The first replicated field trials comparing genetically modified eggplant varieties with their non-GM counterparts in Bangladesh have confirmed that the Bt gene confers almost…

'Growers Garden', fighting food waste

Scottish broccoli business visited by Adam Henson

A collective of farmers from the East of Scotland, known as Growers Garden, has had a visit from agricultural celebrity Adam Henson. Henson's visit came as part of his role as Bank of Scotland Farming Ambassador, supporting 'ethical practice and innovation' in Scottish agriculture. Growers Garden is a prime example of…

Through ‘Root Zone Temperature Optimisation’

Israeli agri-tech 'Roots' grows monster vegetables

Israeli agri-tech company Roots just completed a successful pilot scheme growing giant vegetables. The star of this scheme were a row of chives that Roots coaxed up to an…

Mumbai's tomato prices hit season's lowest due to increased supply

Tomato prices on plummeted to their lowest in the current season last Wednesday, to Rs2-3 a kg (some €0.04) in Nashik’s wholesale market Agricultural Produce Market Committee.…

Limited supply and high pricing on domestic bell peppers

The domestic bell pepper market is in a bit of flux following seasonal weather events in a variety of regions. “Demand for bell peppers exceeds supply right now,” says Neil Mazal of East Coast Farms & Vegetables in Wellington, Fl. He points to a number of regions whose unusual weather circumstances have affected supply. “At this…

Positive start for South Florida green bean season

South Florida has just started its green bean season and growers are saying that all is well so far. Beginning in November, the season is expected to last until the end of…

Production and trade in rocket salad, Vreugdenhil Vegetables:

“We actually just rolled up and joined in on the growth of the market”

Originally it’s a Mediterranean vegetable that has been grown there since the Middle Ages: rocket salad. Yet this vegetable, also called arugula or garden rocket, now also grows in the Netherlands. In greenhouses, but also in supermarkets increasingly often, where the narrow, dark green, indented leaves…

The export market has decreased

Peru: Half of Arequipa's garlic spoils because it can't be sold

There was an overproduction of garlic in the region in this campaign. Before the product was sold for three soles a kilo, now producers have to sell it for one sol per kilo,…

China: Price of bok choy drops to lowest point in 5 years

The wholesale price of bok choy in the Xinfadi Market is currently between 0.2 and 0.25 yuan [0.03-0.04 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is a decrease of 18.18% in comparison with the…

China: Why prices increase as fresh ginger enters market in bulk?

The price of fresh ginger has been high in Chongqing this year and shows no sign of dropping. Fresh ginger currently enters the market in large volumes and the "ginger cycle"…

"Chinese garlic still leads in global markets due to relatively low price"

"The global market price of garlic has shown a constant rising trend over the last few years. Many farmers outside China expanded the surface area devoted to garlic plantation because of the relatively large profit margins. This development is clearly visible in Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Argentina, and…

Trade volume between Qatar and Australia to grow

According to the Ambassador of Australia to Qatar, Dr Axel Wabenhorst, trade volumes of vegetables between Qatar and Australia will continue to grow. The ambassador also noted that a…

Observations from an entrepreneur

Pumpkins: tough year but the situation is improving

Carmine Cavallaro is the owner of the Cavallaro Zucche company, which is specialised in the production and marketing of pumpkins. He shared with us some observations regarding the current campaign. It is not a good period for the pumpkin campaign. “This year, we had many difficulties for the farming of this vegetable…

Italy: Fennel is selling well - but the prices disappoint

Marco Babbi works for the Cagliari/Babbi company, specialising in fennel with the Finò brand. He observes that sales are going fine and the market is reactive. However, there were some problems during the production phase because of the high temperatures – which lasted until halfway through November.…

China: Price of organic cauliflower at low point

The price of organic cauliflower showed a downward trend last week in comparison with the week before. The main reason for this development is excessive market supply of…

China: Price of peppers drops at Xinfadi Market

The wholesale price of peppers in the Xinfadi Market is currently between 1 and 2.4 yuan [0.14-0.35 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is a price decrease of 24.44% in comparison with…

Import market in Sweden is surprisingly quiet

Where one might expect Sweden to be very active in terms of importing produce for the holidays, the market is actually surprisingly quiet at the moment, according to Henrik Petersson of Hembergs. Although regular produce is still being brought into the country, Sweden is actually still producing fruit…

Algeria: prices continue to soar

For several weeks, Algeria has seen the price of fruit and vegetables increase by 40 to 50% between wholesale and retail. For example, a tomato is sold on the wholesale market for 110 DA and sold by…

Martin Oudenes, Roveg:

"Good quality of US sweet potatoes surprised me, considering the weather"

The North American sweet potato season started at Dutch produce wholesaler, Roveg, two weeks ago. "The cultivation had its share of rain, so we started cautiously. You can, after all, only get off to a good start once. However, I am pleasantly surprised by this product's quality", says Roveg's Martin…

Spain: Huelva betting on asparagus for crop diversification

A couple of days ago, the president of the Provincial Council of Huelva, Ignacio Caraballo, opened a Conference dedicated to asparagus cultivation in the province of Huelva.…

Mexico: Tomato exports to the USA are in danger

Mexican tomato exporters fear that Florida producers in the United States may curb the suspension agreement that allows them to send tomatoes to that market without tariffs,…

Supplying own salads and sandwiches

Japan: Seven-Eleven to set up LED lettuce growing facility

Seven-Eleven in Japan will turn to an indoor farm to grow vegetables for its salads and sandwiches. The aim is to reduce weather-related supply risks. The roughly 6 billion yen ($53.3 million) plant factory will be built on a Sagamihara site in Kanagawa Prefecture. Featuring a light-emitting-diode lighting system, the…

Growing guide 'Mushroom Signals' gets a Chinese release

During the 12th Chinese Mushroom days in Zhangzhou, the first copy of ‘Mushroom Signals’ Chinese edition was presented to Professor Li Yu of Jilin Agricultural University by author Mark den Ouden. Author Mark den Ouden is an international advisor/trainer and son of a mushroom grower. The book will be…

Turkey: Tomato prices start to rise again

The price of tomatoes has started to rise again in Antalya, the center for tomato production in Turkey. In the wholesale market, tomato prices had dropped below 0.60 USD per kg, however now they have again risen to above 0.70 USD per kg. Tomato prices had increased by 35.2 % in September and that was the product with…

Israeli bell pepper producer eyeballing niche markets

The capsicum season started in Israel about a month ago. “So far, it is going in the same direction as last year”, says Eyal Sahar, CEO and founder of the Israeli growers' association, Gilad Desert Produce. He is also a bell pepper farmer. “Our main market is Russia, Canada and the U.S , Europe and UK..…

Shortage of tomatoes in US market

There is great pressure on tomato supplies in the US market at the moment due to a number of factors. One of these is the transition of seasons, with several growing regions finishing up for the season, while others are either suffering from cold weather or they simply haven't started yet. Florida is…

Tonny Hooijmans, Oke Trading:

“Proper sales peaks are seen less and less”

The mushroom trade has been doing well for some months, according to Tonny Hooijmans of Oke Trading from Velddriel, the Netherlands. “Due to changeable quality of the compost, supply is five to ten per cent lower, but demand is fairly good. Prices for white mushrooms are at a level around 1.50 euro.…

Ayecue lauches new range of organic mushrooms

"Fresh mushroom market has great potential for growth in Spain"

Ayecue, the fresh division of the Riberebro group, has managed to increase the supply of fresh mushrooms with a new range of organic mushrooms, which features the most consumed varieties in Spain, such as white mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. "About a month ago, we started…

China: Potato demand remains weak

Sannong Zhongguo reported that leaf vegetables entered the market in large volumes between the end of October and now. Potatoes gradually turn from "low price vegetables" into…

Green Sky, Mexico

“Persian cucumber demanded by Europe”

“The export of Persian cucumbers is new for us as a company. We started to receive demand from Europe, so we started the export to London, UK. It has been a well-known product in Mexico for years, but now we have clients who are interested in oriental vegetables as well”, explains Arturo Hernandez Campos…

Russia: White cabbage prices up by an average of 20%

Since the beginning of this week, the price of white cabbage in Russia has grown by an average of 20%, according to analysts of APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits, citing price…

High prices for cucumbers and aubergines

Roberto Bologna, a leading producer from Igea Marina, reports that there is little produce available and whatever there is costs more than the period average, meaning it's a good time for Italian cucumbers and aubergines. Cucumbers produced in Romagna "I grow the produce in greenhouses until late autumn and prices are very good…

The first stage, increasing the cultivation of okra

Mexico wants to increase vegetable exports to China

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) held a working meeting with entrepreneurs from the People's Republic of China and…

Snack tomatoes of the 'Rivolo' variety from Bavarian greenhouse more and more present

Mini cherry vine tomatoes at Penny in new Best Moments packaging

The popular mini cherry vine tomatoes of Bavarian vegetable farm Steiner GmbH und Co. KG . have already been on offer for about 2-3 weeks, in a brand new packaging. Under the brand Best Moments, these fine greenhouse products of the Rivolo variety are offered in practical 200-gram cardboard trays at…

Tomato suspension agreement between US Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers remains in effect

While earlier this week the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) asked the US Department of Commerce to withdraw from the agreement, eliminate the reference prices and resume the…

Italy: Outlook for the courgette campaign

Carmelo Calabrese is an agronomist and the president of the OP Fonteverde di Ispica, “The courgette campaign in South-Eastern Sicily has just begun and it is characterised by two things: good prices due to a shortage of produce from Central Italy and a widespread fear of the New Delhi virus”. Calabrese, “The season is at the…

Michigan grower welcomes average year for turnips

In a year where many commodity growers are reporting up or down yields or severe weather-affected crops, turnips out of Michigan are enjoying a steady-as-she-goes year. “It’s a pretty typical season for us,” says Jordan Bremer of Victory Farm Sales LLC in Hudsonville, Mi. “The volume of our crop is similar to last…

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

“Difficult start to Breton cauliflower season”

The start of the French cauliflower season is difficult this year, according to vegetable exporter Theo Kampschoer from Brittany. “Because of the warm weather, the growers from the Netherlands and Belgium are still harvesting, so a lot of cauliflower is available in Northern Europe. The advantage is that…

Italy: Sardinian spiny artichoke campaign has started

Giovanni Pess is the owner of the company that bears his name, located in the Sardinia region. It is a business that produces large quantities of vegetables, but it is specialised in the Sardinian spiny artichoke, “For more than 40 years, we have been farming artichokes, to the point that today the…

Cuba will resume hot pepper exports

The state newspaper Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba, announced that the country would resume its exports of hot pepper as soon as December. The Horticultural Company Wilfredo Peña, which already has a contract to deliver about 300 kilograms of this product to a foreign client, will be…

Market Report Austria KW 46/2018

Balanced potato and onion market, below average carrot harvest

The situation on the Austrian table potato market has remained virtually unchanged for weeks. A manageable supply, is contrasted with a seasonally easy but steady domestic…

Specialized trade sees opportunities in the organic sector

"Few consumers still grate horseradish themselves"

This year's horseradish harvest started last week (CW 45). In many places there were crop failures due to the dry summer. In Poland, almost the entire harvest had failed, said a specialized wholesale business in a Freshplaza interview. In Poland, there is little irrigated cultivation and so growers knew…

Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

“Prices of cucumbers and iceberg lettuce rising, minimum prices for green bell pepper”

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is reaching its final stages. “In the production of bell pepper, a lot of greenhouses have already been emptied, and most growers have already finished with loose tomatoes as well. Some might go on for another week or two. The Dutch aubergine season will last a few…

China: Winter stock of Chinese cabbage enters the market

The winter stock of Chinese cabbage recently entered the market. The product quality is not bad this year, and the price is quite low. The market price of the winter stock of…

Gaëlle Juton, Prince de Bretagne:

"Consumption of cauliflower is growing in France”

The beginning of the cauliflower season was rather complicated. "Normally, growers progressively start the season between mid-October and mid-November, but this year our growers started harvests a little earlier and in a concentrated manner in mid-October, given the weather conditions," says Gaëlle Juton…

Green beans gear up for Thanksgiving

Green beans supply out of California is on the edge of tightening up. “We’re only growing green beans out of Thermal, Ca. right now. We just finished up in the San Joaquin valley but it…

Spain: COAG proposes contracts to set fixed vegetable prices

The fruit and vegetable campaign in Almeria has had a good start in terms of prices, with the exception of loose tomatoes, which are still being sold for about 60 cents. The…

Spain: Almeria taking advantage of Morocco's lower zucchini production

This season, the supply of Moroccan zucchini in European supermarkets is expected to be lower, according to the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia. At…

"Jade cherry tomatoes enter harvest season, sales volume is stable"

The Jade cherry tomato is a product variety imported from Taiwan by the Farmer Friend Cultivation Co.Ltd. This cherry tomato variety is well-suited for both glasshouse and…

Celery supplies good ahead of Thanksgiving rush

Supplies of celery on the West Coast are good as the seasons transition from north to south. Salinas is still in production for about three more weeks but the southern regions…

Victorian veg makes a comeback

Making their way exclusively into selected shops are Victorian favourites salsify and Fenland celery - specially grown in the Fens for sale in the Victorian Christmas markets in London. Fenland celery was extremely…

Brussels sprouts see sharp increase in demand pre-Thanksgiving

Imported Brussels sprouts are arriving with decent supplies, though as Thanksgiving nears, that’s changing shortly. “We’re bringing in Brussels sprouts from Guatemala and so far, so good. Everything is fine coming in and there’s no shortage or anything like that,” says Pedro Rodriguez with Panamerican Farms, Inc. in…

This is how you do it:

Convincing your Christmas guests to eat sprouts

As sprout season is in full swing, Liz Connor finds reasons to pile more of these nutrient powerhouses onto your dinner plate this winter. They're the divisive festive…

Italy: Lower quantities and higher prices for courgettes

The temperature changes over the past few weeks have stressed light and dark courgette plants, meaning there are problems in the production of these vegetables in the Fondi area. "Volumes are much lower than in the past campaign, and things will continue to be so for a few weeks," explains Michele Conti from OP Copla. Prices are…

Peru: Inauguration of asparagus processing plant in La Libertad

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Gustavo Mostajo, inaugurated on Saturday, November 10, the asparagus processing plant of the Association of Agricultural Producers of Los Molinos de Cajanleque, in the province of Ascope, La Libertad. The Minister said that this asparagus processing plant would modernize the…

Thanks to good weather

Japan: Prices down for home-grown matsutake

Domestic Japanese matsutake mushrooms have become more affordable due to a good harvest, with wholesale prices halving in some areas. Transaction volumes for the Japan-grown…

Sales conditions are difficult

China: Tomato price in Xinfadi Market drops by more than 20%

The price of tomatoes finally came down. Data from the Xinfadi Market in Beijing shows that the current price of tomatoes is between 1.2 and 2.7 yuan [0.17-0.39 USD] per 0.5…

"Green beans from Yunnan enter market in bulk"

Green beans are a common vegetable on many a table. They are widely produced in Hebei, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, and Jiangsu. The overall supply volume is therefore abundant. "This year's green bean production season officially began in the last week of October and will continue until late March next year. The retail conditions…


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