Vegetables

Football Australia secure fresh MiniRoos partnership with Qukes®

Football Australia is pleased to announce that Qukes® Baby Cucumbers, a lead brand and product of Perfection Fresh Australia, has become the newest partner of the MiniRoos grassroots program, as well as an official supplier of the Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.Over the next two years, Qukes® will…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna on Corona, Brexit and Filomena:

"Calm seems to have returned to the Spanish vegetable trade after absurd month"

"Last month was something else," sighs Kees Havenaar of the Spanish export company Frutas Luna from Almeria. He reviews a month in which the Corona virus, Brexit and Filomena threw quite the spanner in the works of the Spanish greengrocer. "Things seem to have settled down now." "It all started with the problems…

Luis Fernando Rubio, director of ANPCA and PROCECAM:

"We have been forced to stop the sowing of purple garlic in Castile-La Mancha"

2020 has ended up being not just the warmest year on record in Spain (with records since 1961), as recently published by the State Meteorological Agency, but also the warmest…

Weather extremes complicate harvest situation at BEHR AG's Spanish site

"Tight supply situation for iceberg lettuce and mini romaine"

The unpredicatable weather is currently putting extreme pressure on fruit and vegetable cultivation in Spain. Heavy snowfall, frost and heavy rain are also jeopardizing the second half of the season in the Spanish fields of the German vegetable group BEHR AG in the northern region of Murcia. Especially…

Chinese garlic seedlings suffer from frost during extreme winter weather

Overseas market demand for Chinese garlic has been in decline since December last year because of the rising shipping costs and the appreciation of the Chinese yuan. The garlic market is weak and distribution is slow. Exporters have slowed down their supply speed. Helen from Ju'nan County Green Valley…

Industry council launches immunity campaign

Consumer concern for immune health is on the rise and with the pandemic converging with peak cold and flu season, the Mushroom Council® has launched a “Feed Your Immune…

Ministry of Agriculture to cooperate with Amanah Waqf Funds Management Company

Oman: Agreement signed for increasing production of most popular vegetables

Yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources signed an agreement with the Amanah Waqf Funds Management Company, to initiate a project to produce 3,000…

Specialized Chinese New Year mushroom gift boxes launched

Farmmi, Inc., an agriculture products supplier in China, announced the Company's subsidiary, Zhejiang Forest Food Co., Ltd., has launched its specialized Chinese New Year…

A productive year and a quite good demand

It promises to be a good spring for the mushroom sector

"The year 2021 has not started badly for the mushroom sector and an increase in demand is expected by spring, close to the Easter vacations. Yields have been promising so far. The markets have had their ups and downs since last September, with prices lower than last year, due to the large supply, but we…

Tomato receives seal of approval "Taste of the year"

Spanish consumer award for Sweet Palermo... again

For the second year in a row, Spanish consumers have awarded Sweet Palermo, the dulce Italiano of Rijk Zwaan, with the "Taste of the Year" seal of approval. After putting forward only the red variety of Sweet Palermo as a contender for the award in 2020, for 2021 Rijk Zwaan submitted the entire range:…

Egyptian pumpkin season underway

“We’ve had an extraordinarily strong start to the pumpkin season”

Demand for pumpkins has increased steadily over the past few years, with consumers finding more ways to include pumpkins in their diet and recipes. The Egyptian pumpkin season is in full swing, and one exporter hopes to reach the Asian markets this year. This is a challenge, as these markets have very…

Despite foodservice closures, lettuce sees consistent demand

Lettuce is currently being grown and shipped from the Imperial Valley, Yuma and Coachella districts. For Coastline Family Farms, whose winter headquarters are in Brawley, CA, supplies are growing in the Imperial Valley and Yuma: “This includes our romaine, green leaf, red leaf, iceberg and butter…

Euro Gijbels and Verfru Europe react from Tarragona, Spain

“Since the weather in Spain has become extreme, the demand for our vegetables has doubled”

Euro Gijbels has a farm in Tarragona, Spain. There too, it's pretty cold. "We haven't had any snow, but it's been quite cold. Temperatures are around freezing point," says John Gijbels of Euro Gijbels. "The mountains have fortunately buffered us from some of the cold. So, our vegetables haven't died.…

Gines Navarro, from Agridemur:

"There will be a limited supply of lettuce throughout January"

Last week's rains, low temperatures, and frosts in Murcia have limited the supply and increased the prices of lettuce and leafy vegetables. "We started the year with temperatures that were lower than in Finland", stated Gines Navarro, from the sales department of the Murcian company Agridemur, which specializes…

State government under pressure to allow seasonal workers into Australia

Victoria growers forced to dump $150,000 worth of celery due to labor shortage

Growers in Victoria's Lindenow Valley have had to dump $150,000 worth of celery crops. They were simply unable to harvest the vegetables due to a drastic shortage of seasonal…

Prices of lettuce, broccoli, courgettes, peppers and aubergines increasing due to supply problems

Storm Filomena caused €8.4 million worth of damage to crops in Murcia Region

Although Murcia missed the worst of Storm Filomena, there was still significant damage caused to leaf crops, particularly in the 'Alto Guadalentin" area. This region suffered…

Kenya specialist Stella Rasmussen on the current situation

"Closure of gastronomy sector and high air freight charges affect Kenyan fruit exports"

The Kenyan export industry was brought to a substantial standstill in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Due to the lack of air freight capacity and correspondingly high freight charges, there were extraordinary price increases and a tight supply situation. The closure of catering outlets in many European…

Chinese tomato market may be lower than last year during Chinese New Year

Tomato and chilli, two everyday vegetables in China, are seeing a big difference in their market prices. Compared with the farm gate prices of 3-6 yuan per half a kilo that…

Rien Paans, Verfru Europe:

"Spanish open ground vegetables looks totally different from two weeks ago"

"If you compare to two weeks ago, we are in a totally different world," says Rien Paans of Verfru Europe from Tarragona, who, together with his son Arthur, focuses on supplying Spanish open ground vegetables to customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. L,Aldea, Tarragona  Here on the coast we didn't get snow,…

The highlight of this period is on La Rosa di Padova

Radicchio: The international market is stronger than the domestic one

The colored variety of radicchio is always the one that receives the most interest and curiosity. Despite the pandemic, the results are encouraging for the La Rosa farm, located in Monselice (Padua) and specialized in the production and marketing of radicchio. This is the season of La Rosa di Padova. La Rosa…

PGI Alcachofa de Tudela expects production to drop this campaign due to the snow storm

"This situation has caused the loss of the harvest, at least until March"

The snow that covered the artichoke fields of the Navarran region of La Ribera last weekend will inevitably mark the course of this campaign. The president of the Protected…

Hot-water treatment works against chilling injury symptoms in fresh tomatoes

Reducing the negative effects of chilling injury (CI) in tomatoes after harvest is fundamental to ensure good quality and to minimize losses. CI is a postharvest disorder…

Cambodian vegetable production at 716,000 tons in 2020

As the government efforts to shore up the agricultural sector in these times of Covid-19 have been quite successful, Cambodia’s vegetable production for the domestic market…

N. Ireland company angry as port hold-ups threaten lettuce, courgette and pepper supply

A County Down food company -the largest processor of lettuce on the island of Ireland- has lashed out at the UK government as hold-ups at ports threaten to stop its supply of…

Vegetables in question not mass produced, especially with export-quality

“Egypt will not be able to significantly contribute to solve the Spanish vegetable shortage”

The shortages of Spanish vegetables has led to a steep increase of prices for cucumbers, cauliflowers and zucchinis, among other produce. When looking at alternative suppliers…

"We're starting the export season to the North American region"

BDA/Dorot Farm, a grower group of fresh and sweet carrots from Israel, is starting the new export season to the North American region. Dorot Farm supplies jumbo carrots to the markets, foodservice industry and ‘fresh and cut’ companies as well as, cello carrots in 1lb, 2lb, 3lb and 5lb bags to the major…

Greenhouse and polyhouse cultivation pays off

Nigerian cucumber market shows high demand

Cucumber farming is a booming agricultural subsector in Nigeria. The demand for cucumbers is high and it shows no signs of decreasing, although different varieties are being…

Vegetable prices up in Singapore due to floods in Malaysia

The prices of vegetables are going up at wet markets in Singapore, with some prices doubling as compared to the prices of a few weeks ago. Market vendors said poor weather…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas lauds Congressional letter

With billions of dollars at stake, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas commends Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Schweikert (R-AZ) and…

Strong supply and demand on organic tomatoes

Organic tomatoes currently have strong volumes and are hitting peak supply in the coming weeks. “We continue to deepen and expand our supply and expect strong volume through Q1,” says Aaron Brookes, director of sales and marketing for Jacobs Farm del Cabo based in Pescadero, CA. The grower produces its del…

"2020 wasn't a good year for Bulgarian vegetable farming"

The year 2020 proved to be unfavorable for Bulgarian vegetable cultivation. That's according to data from the Dutch National Statistical Institute. Overall output will fall by…

Roel De Winter, ORCA, Belgium

"Good chicory year sadly ends with low prices"

“The year, 2020, was an excellent year for chicory. COVID-19 greatly increased the demand for this product. We got good prices for a good while. But, the year didn't end well," says Roel De Winter of ORCA in Belgium. “More than a week ago, prices dropped dramatically to €0,60/kg. That's very low.…

OP Platinum

Increasing prices for Sicilian vegetables

It has been a fluctuating season for Sicilian vegetables, though things have been improving between the end of the past year and the first ten days of January 2021, especially for zucchini and round eggplants.  Giovanni Astuto FreshPlaza talked about it with Giovanni Astuto, president of OP Platinum in Ragusa,…

Working on ‘Carrot cement’

Root vegetables and ash could make concrete more sustainable

Concrete, being the universal building material of choice for countless structures, also has a huge environmental footprint mostly due to carbon dioxide emissions from the…

Rwanda pepper growers struggle to find market

Currently, Rwandan pepper growers are finding it hard to enter new markets for their products. Although RwandaFresh Brand regularly reports on exports of fresh products from…

Danish company launches new package solution

Bottom of fresh herbs bag becomes growing pot

Danish based growing company Grow Up FARM is launching a new product, named Eat-Grow-Repeat: small pea plants that grow in hemp in a bag. Refrigerated and bagged, the pea sprouts keep fresh for a week. "Rip off the upper section of the bag, and the bottom of the bag is now the pot," they explain. "Place…

Marina Iblea relies on quality and added services

Year 2021 brings new challenges to the tomato and vegetable market

"With the exception of the first lockdown, 2020 was by no means an exciting year, and indeed ended rather sluggishly. On the other hand, 2021 didn't start under the best auspices. Generally speaking, the festive season did not boost the markets as much as we hoped. We have to deal with the dynamics of…

More home cooking leads to boost in herb demand

Supplies of cooking herbs are ample—enough so to meet the increased demand retailers have seen recently. With consumer demand for herbs surging, Milas Russell, general manager with North Shore Greenhouses Inc. in Thermal, CA says the company’s worked to keep retailers in need stocked with product as well…

O.P. Principe di Puglia

Low prices and difficult sales for organic cabbage, artichoke and fennel

"Broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, beets, artichokes, fennel and celery are the products from organic horticulture which we are currently marketing. We supply most of these crops to European countries, with some orders for Russia and other non-EU countries, but sales are not exciting at all, with prices…

Sicilian artichoke campaign heading towards collapse

"For more than two weeks now, the commercial situation for artichokes has totally collapsed. We have hit rock-bottom prices, of only €0,12 cents per head. These are quotations that are expected to be seen only in April, when artichokes have reached the end of the season cycle, and the product is destined…

Bangladesh: Cabbage export to Singapore are a relief to Jashore farmers

Late last year, Jashore farmers had been worrying about the drop in cabbage prices. However, a recent initiative to export this vegetable to Singapore is now giving them hope…

State government’s pro-farmer policies seem to yield results

Chillies and tomatoes exported from Ghazipur

Despite the current pandemic, the pro-farmer policies of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seem to be yielding results. Even in these difficult times, Ghazipur…

Food waste: beauty is in the eye of the beholder

In Europe, around 30% of all fruit and vegetables are discarded each year just because of their appearance. The team behind Portugal’s FLAW4LIFE project has successfully…

Kenyan vegetable growers expect economic boom due to schools reopening

Vegetable growers in Nyamache Sub County -Kisii County- say they are overjoyed by the schools’ reopening because they can now supply their sukuma wiki (kale) and cabbages.…

Malaysia: More than 48,000 people evacuated due to floods

More than 48,000 people from six Malaysian states have been sheltering in some 400 relief centres on Friday. These people were there to escape the rising floodwaters as monsoon rain continued to come down. The number of evacuees have more than doubled from 20,575 people reported on Wednesday morning.…

Switzerland: Aldi and Migros recall salads containing listeria

Aldi and Migros are recalling several ready-made salads due to the presence of listeria. The two distributors recommend Thursday not to consume these products. Aldi has recalled three salads across Switzerland as a precaution. The presence of listeria was detected during internal analyses of certain…

Op Primo Sole

We have not lost our enthusiasm thanks to Dolce Lucano

Working on projects and introducing ideas made the pandemic period less difficult for Op Primo Sole in Montescaglioso (Matera, Basilicata). "2020 has not been easy for us, but we managed to achieve at least part of what we had planned. The coronavirus only managed to slow us down but did not dampen our…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Spain's winter weather causes skyhigh vegetable prices”

“Christmas was different from other years. But we can't complain," says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods Belgium. “We had good festive sales. Some products did better than others. There were fewer parties, so we sold fewer luxury products. The more common products compensated well for this loss, though."…

Ramazan Gülnar (Paris Direct) on the exceptional year that was 2020

"Thanks to restructuring, we were able to increase our sales even in the year of Corona"

The year 2020 was a challenging year for the international mushroom industry also. Tighter border controls made wild mushroom imports more difficult, and the elimination of catering and Christmas markets had a catastrophic effect on demand for mushrooms. Nevertheless, Ramazan Gülnar - head of the…

Matthias Bartels (FreshField) on the current cabbage market

"Low prices, constant sales and a sluggish export market"

The marketing of cabbages continues at full speed in the Dithmarschen region. Sales in the food retail sector have been particularly good in the run-up to Christmas, but prices have been very low for months. Exports to the Eastern European region are also hardly taking place, says Matthias Bartels, sales…

Chinese export of edible fungi greatly declined due to Covid-19 pandemic

Most of the edible fungi-related expositions and activities were either canceled or delayed last year because of the outbreak of Covid-19. Now that the situation in China is improving, some of these activities have been put back on the agenda. The China Edible Fungi Association will organize the "third…

Cambodian chilli exports up 27% in 2020

The Cambodian government’s policy to boost productivity performance in the agricultural sector has improved the nation’s exports markedly, with shipments of fresh chilli…

Thomas Bos, Thomasol:

"Cold front causes Spanish greenhouse and open field vegetable prices to shoot up"

The ongoing cold front in Italy has now hit Spain too. It has caused a sudden shortage in the Spanish vegetable sector. "The nights are at around freezing point here in Alicante. In Almeria, it's 2-3°C at night. Then production comes to a standstill," says Thomas Bos of Thomasol. This farm supplies…

"Even in a corona year, the Netherlands was still a global fresh fruit and vegetable player"

In 2020, the Netherlands proved it again - this country is a global fresh fruit and vegetable player. Overseas sales of these products rose by six percent, to €12,9 billion. This growth is mainly due to imported fruit. This often makes its way into Europe via the port of Rotterdam. And it's resold, along…

Corona update week 1:

No shelf space for kalettes, trouble over mandatory Corona testing and exceptional sales growth in food retailing

The second wave of the Corona virus and the subsequent lockdown measures continue to keep Germany and neighboring countries on tenterhooks. The first months of 2021 will still be temporarily dominated by the pandemic. Here are today's most significant developments regarding Corona with reference to the…

Nice growth of the Sylvain & CO brand on the Swiss market

"Authentic, practical offering of Fresh Convenience for everyday needs"

Young, fresh, innovative and committed - that is the guiding principle of Swiss fresh food brand Sylvain & CO. The label, which was created in 2012, has been part of the internationally active Eisberg Group for two years and has been run by an overarching management team together with Eisberg Switzerland…

New Grab-N-Go bags for hot peppers see popularity in niche markets

This year, importer Delina Fresh has been seeing an interesting growth in the Latin and Oriental markets in the United States. The company imports a wide variety of products from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil and the Dominican Republic and has year-round programs for all of their products. The…

23 states chose potatoes

Survey finds out which vegetables are most beloved in each state

The team at Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co. decided to do conduct a survey to discover the vegetable preferences of Americans in each state. The team surveyed over 4,500 Americans and found that the preferences of Americans run span across a wide variety of vegetables. "Americans showed up in support of a variety…

Kenyan vegetable export earnings dropped to US220 mln in 2020

In 2020, Kenya's vegetable exports have dropped to 24 billion shillings (about US$220 million) as compared to US$248 million the year before. CEO of the Fresh Produce…

Shane Talling - Veg-UK

“We are not seeing any problems yet”

The UK and Europe are now just a few days into the new Brexit era and things in the trade are still calm, there have been a few reports of orders being delayed by a day, but…

TomaTech breeders

ToBRFV resistant varieties available for planting season

TomaTech announces the launch of its range of commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant varieties, available immediately for this coming season.   Intermediate resistance to ToBRFV (symptomless) vs non-resistant (displays symptoms) High Tech leads the wayOver the last 3 years, the TomaTech R&D…

Both a radish and a root vegetable – the watermelon radish

Who has heard of the watermelon radish? The people who have, love that it’s a radish and a root vegetable; it is derived from the heirloom Chinese Daikon radish. The…

Funds will support genomics research for $3 billion crop

Seed industry grants $5 million for research into downy mildew on lettuce

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3 billion industry each year. The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center,…

Willem de Boer, W. de Boer & Zn, the Netherlands:

"We're currently exporting very few carrots"

"There's an old saying among carrot traders - wait until Berlin's over. But, that trade show's now been cancelled, so, I hope demand will begin sooner," says Willem de Boer of W. de Boer & Zn in the Netherlands. His company washes, sorts, weighs, cleans, packages, and exports carrots and red beets. "We have…

Artichoke, leafy vegetables, zucchini, broccoli, and cauliflower affected

Frosts in Murcia will reduce the supply of vegetables in the coming weeks

2021 has started with a drastic drop in temperatures in much of Spain, which is expected to continue throughout the week. Since the early hours of Monday, frosts have been recorded in Murcia and the south of Alicante, notably affecting crops such as artichokes, leafy vegetables, brassicas or zucchini,…

Lobello cherry plum tomato wins Flavor of the Year award in Spain for the third consecutive year

The Lobello plum cherry tomato, produced and marketed by Caparrós Nature, has received the Flavor of the Year award for the third consecutive year in 2021. This award is…

AHDB

The importance of collaboration for a sustainable future

Cambs Farms Growers Ltd is part of the G’s Growers Group. It is a family-owned business in East Anglia, growing salad and vegetables, with over 60 years’ experience. Rob Parker is the leafy crops manager, and responsible for over 1,000 ha of their iceberg and little gem crop in the UK, as well as the…

South Mill Champs expands mushroom processing capabilities with acquisition of The Mushroom Company

South Mill Champs, one of the largest high-quality mushroom growers in North America, has acquired The Mushroom Company based in Cambridge, MD.The Mushroom Company is one of…

Yuksel Catalog

New tomato, pepper, cucumber, and eggplant varieties

Yuksel Seeds presents new innovations to its extensive catalog of varieties, with a strong focus on pear tomatoes, a segment in which its Marcus F1 variety is well-known thanks to its excellent flavor and productivity. Yuksel Seeds has practically all types of tomato as well as important varieties of…

Chinese red chilli prices rising to 40 yuan per kilo

Chilli prices on the market have soared recently, reaching as high as 40 yuan per kilo for red chilis. It is widely believed in the industry that the imbalance between supply…

Caused by pandemic

Japan: Growers struggle with vegetable oversupply & tumbling prices

Japan's third wave of COVID-19 infections has subdued traditional end-of-year activities. This means consumption is down and prices for farm produce have tumbled due to…

The United States simplifies the entry of cucurbits from Panama

The National Director of Plant Health of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Olegh Aguilar, stated that the United States had eased the requirements for the entry of…

Murcia is Spain's leading lettuce exporter

Lettuce is the third most exported vegetable by Spain. In 2019, exports were worth 721 million Euro, while between January and October of last year their value totaled 530…

Marco Ortega, commercial director of Kion Export: "We have increased planting by 15% for 2021"

The boom in the global demand for organic ginger is strengthening Peru as a supplier

Peru has been gaining ground in the global ginger market in recent years and become the world's fourth largest exporter of this vegetable, whose demand has experienced a strong rebound in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and the rising consumption of healthy food. One of the players in the ginger sector that…

Chipotle launches cauliflower rice nationwide

Yesterday, Chipotle Mexican Grill began offering a cauliflower rice option. The rice substitute is made with grilled cauliflower, cilantro, lime and salt and will be available…

Luc Bruneel and Leen Matthé, Belgium's Coöperatie Hoogstraten

"Cooperative came to mean something last year"

“It was hectic in the run-up to Christmas. Yet, even in the week before Christmas, we could deliver many products. We always have to wait and see how big the demand is. But last year, it was especially difficult to predict. Unpredictability is one of the words we can use to describe last year," says Luc…

British Corona strain affects vegetable exports out of Nashik

A more infectious strain of Covid-19, that was detected in the UK recently, has adversely affected the export of fresh vegetables from Nashik to London in December 2020.…

Bhutanese unhappy with vegetable price hikes during lockdown

Since December 24, 192 tons of imported vegetables have reached Thimphu in addition to 16 tons of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and more than 6,000 bundles of leafy…

More companies from Azerbaijan allowed to export tomatoes to Russian Federation

Russia's phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted the ban on the imports of tomatoes grown in Azerbaijan for 15 more enterprises. The decision has been in force from…

Russia to ban imports of several Moroccan agricultural products

Last week, the head of Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergei Dankvert, stated that Russia will ban tomato and pepper…

How do shoppers buy fresh tomatoes?

TomatoesNZ commissioned a Nielsen Homescan research report in August to understand fresh tomato consumers and shopper purchase dynamics. This information has been instrumental in informing domestic market promotion this summer. Key findings:5.6% value growth for tomatoes in the previous year, with…

Frank Mosterd, Gilad Produce:

"Mini cucumbers under the brand Cuckies from February"

"As Gilad, we are always looking at how we can expand and broaden our range. Last September we were able to do that with our own grower of mini cucumbers", says Frank Mosterd. "This product fits very well in the range we carry and we actually thought it could be given some extra attention." From February…

Dammis vna der Staaij, Staay Food Group:

"Keep going and take your chance!"

The year 2020 is almost over. We asked Dammis van der Staaij of the Staay Food Group about the impact of the Corona year and the biggest challenges for the next five years. An interview about Brexit, Corona, root ball lettuce and red Conference pears. The greatest impact on Staay-Van Rijn in Venlo"We…

Pol Dendauw, Calsa

“The Belgian market's quiet, but vegetable prices are normal”

“There are no true Christmas sales this year. The demand for winter and greenhouse vegetables is calm, and the market's quiet. Nevertheless, most products' prices are normal,"…

The price of Argentine garlic #1 sizes is expected to increase

Forecasts for Argentina's garlic industry are promising. Demand is expected to increase in the holiday season. In 2021, the foodservice industry is expected to recover thanks…

James Lonsdale – SPAR Rural Hub Initiative

GlobalG.A.P enables small-scale Limpopo farmers to compete with commercial farmers

This year, despite Covid, saw the culmination of four years of advancement through the three levels of a localG.A.P programme (specially customized for South African retailer SPAR’s rural hub initiative) to full Global G.A.P accreditation for the small-scale rural farmers who form the retailer's rural…

India: Drop in vegetable prices to continue until late January

Due to great yields of vegetables across Maharashtra and neighbouring Karnataka, prices of almost all vegetables come down significantly in Pune. Traders in the city’s…

UK demand for Indian vegetables to drop by 15-20%

With restaurants and hotels closed due to the ongoing lockdowns, Indian vegetable exporters expect demand from the UK to fall 15 to 20 per cent. Exporters said India exports…

The benefits of vacuum cooling in mushrooms

In the past few years more and more systems have been installed at mushroom farms using vacuum cooling as a rapid cooling method for mushrooms. Having the correct cooling processes in place is important in the handling of any fresh produce but for mushrooms it can be even more critical. While consumer…

How to choose the best packaging for a product?

It is the inside that counts, one often says. Although appropriate packaging can give fruit and vegetables an enormous boost. Is your decision based on sustainability, longer shelf life or clever marketing? Prominent wants to stimulate a conscious decision and discusses the added value of great…

Chinese garlic export suffers from rising shipping cost

Rising shipping costs are one of the main concerns for importers and exporters in the international market. The worsening Covid-19 pandemic is already a disaster for importers and exporters, and its impact on transport costs makes the situation even worse. Christmas and New Year's are traditionally peak…

"There is a significant demand from private consumers" Amadalvarez

Almeria's Raf tomato successfully escapes the impact of the pandemic

The Raf tomato, one of the most representative tomato varieties in the greenhouses of Almería, is successfully weathering the coronavirus crisis. "Prices fell sharply at…

Othman El Abadi, Force Sud:

"Little demand for lettuce"

"In general terms, this is being a tough time for lettuce marketers," says Othman El Abadi, of Force Sud. The company supplies organic lettuce. “Although we had hoped for better results, organic lettuce hasn't done badly. We perfectly understand why there is hardly any demand for (conventional) lettuce at the moment."  The health crisis…

Ger Kingma, Hagé International, the Netherlands:

"Moroccan tomatoes gaining ground at the expense of Spanish ones"

In the Dutch imported tomato market, Spanish products are increasingly losing ground to those from Morocco. That's according to Hagé International's Ger Kingma. "There are…

Finò

Fennel quantities increase by 20%

As reported by owners Marco Babbi and Vittorio Caligari, Finò confirms the growth it had hoped for at the start of the year despite the heavy market of the last month and registers a 20% increase in quantities processed compared to 2019. "We knew that the new facility would improve flows and efficiency, but…

Dan Duda retires from family-owned company after 40 years

Dan Duda, CEO and former president of Duda Farm Fresh Foods, will retire from the six-generation family-owned company effective December 31, 2020 after 40 years. Dan’s brother…

Organic grower unveils newly renovated greenhouses in Mexico

Wholesum, Fairtrade-certified grower and shipper of organic produce, inaugurated its newly renovated tomato greenhouses at Wholesum Farms Pacific. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 9th in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The event consisted of a virtual live stream on the company’s…

CDC and FDA declare third E. coli outbreak over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that the third outbreak of pathogenic E. coli…

Olam Americas, Inc. strikes deal with Mizkan America

Olam Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Olam International Ltd., has agreed to acquire the US-based chile pepper business (CPB) of Mizkan America, Inc. for $108.5 million.…

January-October 2020

China's fresh and chilled garlic exports increase by 32.31%

China exported a total of 1.72 million tons of fresh and chilled garlic from January to October of this year, i.e. 32.31% more than the 1.30 million tons it shipped in the…

Spain

Cucumber and zucchini prices at origin fall again in Almeria

Looking at the prices published daily by Hortoinfo, and calculating an average of the different prices for each vegetable in the auctions of the province of Almería, it…

SunFed starts harvesting in Sinaloa

Volumes of Mexican colored bell peppers to increase in January

The Mexican bell pepper season kicked off on time this year. Felix Peralta, Director of Integrated Logistics at SunFed shares: “Our bell peppers are grown in Sinaloa, in the Culiacan area, and the harvest started on December 15th, which is about the usual timing for the season to start.” SunFed grows…

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South Africa: Low sweet potato volumes support prices

Sweet potato volumes are usually lower on the fresh produce markets of South Africa; this year it is lower than usual. Last week AMTrends reported that available volumes on the market had more than halved compared to a year ago while prices rose by 87%. A Johannesburg market agent says they are currently…

Tomato cultivation in the desert

South of Dakhla, in Morocco, the Agida farm is developing an unusual model of greenhouse cultivation. It is an Economic Interest Group (GIE) created in 2017 on the initiative of the Agricultural…

Saudi Customs impose 15 percent customs duty on imported vegetables

After a decision of the Council of Ministers to make amendments in the customs regulations in a way that protects and encourages local industries and agricultural products,…

Pakistan: SCA intends to scale up protests against onion & tomato imports

The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) is a provincial farmer lobby group. It has given a 6-day deadline to the government to ban the import of tomatoes and onions and allow…

New salad features plant-based meat

FiveStar Gourmet Foods is partnering with Beyond Meat® to bring salad protein choices to consumers by introducing the Simply Fresh Taco Salad made with Beyond Meat. The 7.5-oz…

New mechanical harvester to pick white asparagus

White asparagus is a delicacy variety, larger and sweeter than the familiar green kind. However, its underground growth habit poses several harvesting problems. Firstly, white asparagus is harvested selectively, meaning that only a portion of the crop is taken, and the plant continues growing for further…

UK: Trailers full of vegetables and bleach catch fire in Milford

Four tractor-trailers were damaged and one firefighter was taken to the hospital last Thursday after a fire at a truck stop near I-95. Fire officials said one of the trailers was loaded with boxed vegetables, and another contained 4,000 pounds of bleach. A post on the Milford Fire Department Facebook…

Limited supply leads to skyrocketing prices for Russian greenhouse tomatoes

Greenhouse companies in the Russian Federation continue to increase prices for tomatoes. Their decision is based on a noticeable reduction in the supply of greenhouse tomatoes…

Sebastián Aguilar, commercial director of Campo de Lorca:

The most repeated statement in the broccoli and cauliflower sector: "Sales have stopped"

The demand for Spanish broccoli and cauliflower for export is stagnant at a time in which there is usually a significant rebound in sales. "The most repeated statement in the sector is: 'sales have stopped’," says Sebastián Aguilar, commercial director of the Murcian company Campo de Lorca. “Since the…

Demand on tomatoes could strengthen pre-Christmas

Supplies of tomatoes right now are ample. “Currently the market shows a big offer of volume considering the volumes that are coming from Mexico, United States and Canada. We estimate that there’s 20-25 percent more volume right now compared to 2019 in total from all three countries,” says Armando Herrera…

Thijs de Jong, Pumpkings, the Netherlands

“Pumpkin profits from healthy market image”

This year, pumpkins seemed to have benefited from people's rising demand for healthier products. That makes it a true 'corona-proof' item. So says Thijs de Jong, who co-owns the Dutch company, Pumpkings, with Bastiaan Blok. Eight years ago, Thijs and Bastiaan started farming on a 2,000m2 plot. Back then,…

Three-quarters of Dutch vegetables leave the country

Currently, fruit and vegetable supplies are essential. That's because people are demanding healthy products. Belgian and Dutch farmers produce mainly vegetables. Every year, In Belgium, they grow about 1,7 million tons of vegetables. In the Netherlands, it's 5 million, of which 1,5 million are onions.…

Enrique Parias, of La Joya de la Corona: "We are probably the only producers in Spain"

Spanish production of baby leeks and carrots makes its way into the European markets

The baby leek and carrot campaign has already started in Spain, where their production is very limited. In fact, there are very few companies devoted to this kind of crops, the demand for which has been growing in recent years in the United Kingdom and north-central Europe. "There are two ways to obtain baby…

The EC forecasts Spanish tomato production will decrease by 20% between 2020 and 2030

According to data from the EU's Agricultural Outlook Report for 2020-2030, which was recently published by the European Commission, Europe's apple production is expected to…

Munich wholesale B. Hornburger LLC on the current market situation

"Alternatives in the hospitality industry are just drops in the ocean"

The so-called 'potato road' at Munich's Sendling wholesale market is normally very busy at this time of year. Just before Christmas, traditionally tons of potatoes and onions are handled here. But at the moment it is very quiet at the ramps on the outside area due to Corona, says Rudolf Lamprecht,…

“The Qatari vegetable cultivation sector has been heavily developed over the past few years”

The local vegetable production in Qatar has come a long way over the past few years. Next to quality and competitiveness, it has resulted in less imports of vegetables during the local production season. Popular items are cucumbers, eggplants and tomatoes, as well as potatoes. Laurent Hausknecht, country…

US total fresh-market vegetable shipments and prices, 2000-20

According to recent US total fresh-market vegetable shipments and price data, the 2020 price index stands at roughly 140 percent of 2011, with shipments coming in at about 540 million CWT. Source: ers.usda.gov

Costa rebrands mushroom range

Australian mushroom industry votes to keep levy

The Australian mushroom industry has voted to maintain the current statutory levy, but not without recognising the need for changes. The results of a ballot, held over the…

Mycotech lab introduces sustainable sneakers made from mycelium

Indonesian mushroom products

Mycotech lab is an Indonesian biotech startup that has been involved in developing a leather-like material made from mushroom mycelium, called mylea™️. Earlier, it introduced the world’s first mushroom watch and now, the company has now collaborated with a variety of fashion brands to create the ‘bro.do x mylea better shoes‘…

Mike Glas, Glas Groenten, the Netherlands

"Brussels sprouts market improves, kale's selling steadily, and celeriac's doing unusually well"

Dutch open field vegetable trading is going quite well at the moment. These include Brussel sprouts and curly leaf kale. "Sprout sales were a bit down for a fortnight. But the market's picking up again now. There's quite a bit of export supply of other products on the market. Supermarkets are, however,…

Graffiti aubergines now only available via The Greenery

Next season, Van Luijk will be the only Dutch aubergine nursery that will grow the special graffiti aubergine. In the coming years, Van Luijk will increasingly specialize in non-standard aubergines. These will be produced in a three-hectare greenhouse. This farmer's been a member of the Coforta…

The group is currently working to complete the sequencing of the broccoli genome

CEBAS-CSIC and the +Broccoli Association join forces to create a scientific committee on this vegetable

+Brócoli, the Spanish association for the promotion of broccoli, and the Institute of Soil Science and Applied Life Sciences CEBAS-CSIC have established a scientific committee after many years of cooperation. The objective of this new advisory body is to provide technical support in the dissemination of…

The Government guarantees aid to export Canarian tomatoes and cucumbers to the United Kingdom

The Regional Minister of Agriculture of the Canary Islands, Alicia Vanoostende stated that, despite the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, exporters would…

Uwe Niklas LLC sees abundant supply of goods for overseas mushrooms

"Quality chanterelles and porcini mushrooms available in good volumes"

This year, great volumes of fresh chanterelles and porcini mushrooms are available for the holidays. "Even though, or especially in a year when consumers can not visit restaurants and short-term Christmas shopping is not possible, they want to treat themselves to something good in terms of food," says a…

Chinese market demand for dried pepper from India is growing

India is one of the largest suppliers of peppers in the world. Everybody knows that the hottest peppers come from India. And the country contains more than 45% of the surface area devoted to pepper plantation in the world. Indian peppers are hotter and contain more red pigment than peppers from other…

Port of Subic Bay

Philippines’ Customs impound misdeclared agri goods

At the Port of Subic, the Bureau of Customs seized 17 containers of agricultural goods such as carrots and broccoli from China worth P9.3 million (€158,000). Instead of the…


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