Vegetables

Chinese leek prices rising significantly

Leek prices have increased significantly over the recent weeks. At the farmer’s market, leeks with leaves are marketed at around 2.5 yuan per half a kilo, and those with…

Bejo Ibérica remains open to new partners for the distribution of Redi

"We believe that the consumption of Redi will grow considerably in the coming years"

The launch of Redi took place in Spain and Portugal in the fall last year. Redi is a broccoli with purple shoots and tender stems that end in a small inflorescence. This new variety already has two producers in the Iberian Peninsula and it is expected to continue expanding. "Our producers have considerable…

Bayer will start testing two new tomato varieties that are resistant to ToBRFV in Mexico

The Bayer company has developed new tomato varieties that are resistant to the devastating Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) to help the sector face the international…

Producer Theo Münch on the upcoming chicory season

"In late October at the earliest there will be more German chicory"

By the end of the month, the first chicory roots will be cleared from the German fields. They then will be placed in a darkroom, to be further cultivated before they are being sold. "This year too, the chicory has suffered extremely during the persistent heat, so we expect rather modest yields. As…

Expansion of the acreage devoted to eggplant

Good demand and prices for the first peppers from Almeria

The pepper harvest has started recently in Almería; earlier than usual, because producers had planted earlier. As the days go by, the supply will gradually increase, although the volumes are still limited and won't become significant until the end of September or the beginning of October. For the time…

Tom Smolders becomes independent adviser under company name Aspavanza

"There is absolutely still opportunity to be found in the asparagus sector"

After more than 12 years of loyal service at Limgroup and Engels Techniek, the time was ripe for Ton Smolders to set up an independent company. Under the company name Aspavanza (a combination of asparagus and the Spanish Avanza which means progress), the experienced hand in the asparagus sector will…

Trends in post-lockdown

The ready-to-eat segment is declining in Italy but booming in northern Europe

"The request for ready-to-eat products in the period from March to July has significantly decreased by about 30%. On the other hand, the demand coming from Northern Europe, and in particular from Scandinavian countries, has been and remains high, to the point of contributing to 60% of our turnover.…

Spain

Extremadura's tomato production fell 20% due to the intense heat in July

According to Extremadura's Grouping of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acopaex), this season's tomato production will be 20% lower than the figures that were initially expected as…

Chinese garlic price goes up sooner than expected

The price of fresh Chinese ginger recently doubled, and the price of Chinese garlic is not far behind. The retail price of Chinese garlic continues to rise and already passed…

AU: Precision ag pays off with bumper celery crop

A Victorian vegetable farm is reaping the benefits from a trial of precision agriculture technologies to improve soil and crop health. In this edition, the Soil Wealth ICP team delve into some of the key findings from the project’s demonstration site at Koo Wee Rup. Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 (VG16078) is a…

lēf farms donates $250,000 in food to front-line workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, New Hampshire-based lēf farms continues to do its part by providing hard-working front-line healthcare workers across New Hampshire,…

Carrots and tomatoes may help reverse Alzheimer symptoms

Researchers at the University of Southern California, who have recently conducted a study on how diet can influence the development of Alzheimer's, are obtaining promising…

US backs off from tomato import ban from Xinjian, China

Last week it was announced the US was preparing orders to block imports of tomato products and cotton from China’s western region of Xinjiang. The reason relate to alleged…

"We are calling on young Aussies to take this opportunity to get the 'backpacker holiday experience' at home"

State governments invest heavily to attract Aussie workers to horticulture jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

Tasmanians are responding in droves to the recent agricultural jobs campaign, according to the State Government, which is encouraging the residents to roll the sleeves up and help vital primary industries. Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett says this is a great opportunity for…

"It is essential that Senasa resumes certifications in the field and packing facilities"

Peru's asparagus export falls by 15%

Peru's asparagus production decreased by 10 to 15% between January and July of this year compared to the same period of 2019, stated the general manager of Complejo…

British farmers grow pumpkin that weighs 1.1 ton

A British farmer in Hampshire took a picture with his 2-year old granddaughter Martha Syrett, and their enormous pumpkin. The 59-year old twin brothers Stuart and Ian Patton spent nearly 6 hours every day on this huge pumpkin. The pumpkin currently weighs 1,198 kg and is expected to set a new world…

Mickaël Bazile, SACFEL:

SACFEL: “A dynamic campaign for French summer vegetables”

The summer vegetable campaign is in full swing for the company SACFEL, located in the Lot-et-Garonne. According to Mickaël Bazile, sales representative at SACFEL, the season has been quite dynamic for the eggplants and bell peppers. “The demand has been high since the beginning of the campaign. We…

Wonky cauliflowers and broccoli help to power health snack revolution

The launch of a new cauliflower crisp is the latest in a line of healthier snacks, using what are known as ‘ugly’ vegetables. Clare Johnston discovered how demand for nutritious and eco-friendly food options is helping Scotland’s farmers build a sustainable future. Just seven years ago, as much as 40% of…

How will the market for dried Chinese pepper react to the disastrous market developments of fresh peppers?

The market price of small peppers in northern China recently stopped falling and stabilized as the trade volume of peppers from refrigerated storage began to grow. The price…

Netherlands: Large price differences in peppers

Dutch bell pepper prices have been decent for weeks, but there is a big difference between the prices per size. Large sizes in particular currently yield high prices, but here the supply is limited. "For the rest of the season, the vast majority of the peppers will be a bit smaller," predicts Berry…

Delay of Spanish zucchini leads to shortages in European markets

The agricultural season started in Almería in early September, although the European markets are still short of zucchini at a time when the Spanish production should be…

Peter Hein (Bayerische Pilzbörse LLC) on the mushroom and sprout market in times of Corona

"We still only generate 70% of our normal revenues because there are no major events"

Sales of sprouts and mushrooms are still sluggish due to the corona crisis. "The low seems to have been overcome now, but we still achieve about 70 percent of our normal sales because there are no major events - such as trade fairs and the Oktoberfest -" says Peter Hein, Managing Director of Bayerische…

Katherine vegetable growers unite to plan ahead

Regional vegetable producers in Katherine, 320km southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory, recently had an opportunity to participate in a discussion about the challenges, problems, and opportunities they believe are at the forefront of their production systems. VegNET Regional Development Officer…

Salinas growers deal with heat, ash and air quality concerns

With more than 2.1 million acres of California with active wildfires burning on them, smoky, dark orange skies hang above the state, including over the entire Salinas Valley growing region. The concern for Salinas crops remains largely around ash. “The amount of ash falling this week is maybe 10 to 20…

Natalya Stepowaya

US pumpkin farmers report bumper crops

US pumpkin growers see a bumper crop this year and are reporting a surging interest in pumpkin patches from Americans seeking safe outdoor fun amid the pandemic. Good growing…

Natabua, Fiji

Bula Mushroom shows first returns

Bula Mushroom, Fiji’s new commercial mushroom farm, has harvested its first yield this week. Their crop will be bringing in a monthly revenue of around $1170. Their mushrooms are harvested every three weeks, and sell at $15 to $25 a kilogram. The farm is owned by Vinit Lal, his wife Chaya and their…

New Zealand:

Tomato shortage follows lockdown

Tomato prices rose 38 percent in August 2020 to a weighted average price of $13.65 per kilo, an all-time high, Stats NZ said today. A shortage of tomatoes due to COVID-19 uncertainty caused higher…

"We have a customer-focused business here, so we are looking after the client as best we can"

How direct-to-customer deliveries are driving sales for one Queensland company

The direct interaction with customers has helped a Queensland fresh produce delivery service build-up a strong local customer base through focusing on "top-class" satisfaction, according to its owner. Efresh supplies fresh produce to restaurants, foodservice and community facilities, including aged care…

Smuggled around in vegetable vans LakshmiPrasad lucky

India: Bengaluru police seizes 1,352 kgs of marijuana

In a big crackdown in Bengaluru, the police has seized 1,352 kg of marijuana in the state. Talking exclusively to Republic Media network, DCP west MN Anucheth said, “We found…

Good sales opportunities for Argentina, Chile and Peru

In Europe the lack of quality of garlic caused a decline in marketable volumes

In Europe the garlic harvest campaign started with serious problems related to quality, particularly in Spain, which is the largest producers of garlic in Europe and one of…

CRü, the new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw

The Almeria-based cooperative Cohorsan, member of the Unica Group, is producing CRü, a new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw. This cooperative is a leader in the…

First regional celery marketed at Düsseldorf wholesale market

"Cool weather always has a positive effect on the celery market"

The new celery harvest has started this week: A little later than usual, the first tuber vegetables with and without leaves arrived at the Düsseldorf wholesale market. "We still had leftover stock from the old harvest, which is why we harvested the first new crop a little later," explains Peter-Josef…

Analysis of Chinese garlic market in 2020

Chinese garlic prices started low this year but have steadily increased. The overall surface area devoted to garlic plantation expanded and the production volume per hectare…

Chinese chili wholesale prices won't fall significantly in coming weeks

Prices of thin-skinned chilis from Hubei, Inner Mongolia, and Zhangbei on the market are relatively stable this year. Wholesale prices have been staying at 70-90 yuan per box…

Export price of Indian dried chilis to China increased

Recently, the export price of Indian dried chilis to China has increased. The main reason is that, on the one hand, India’s domestic stock is gradually decreasing. On the other hand, the economic recovery of major importing countries such as China is gaining momentum, especially the catering industry has…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

Strong domestic market, but lack of airfreight still causing problems for export

Grower, packer and shipper Qualipac has been growing vegetables in the state of Queensland since 1906, these days they have growing regions in South East Queensland, Southern Downs and the Darling Downs. With the closest air and sea ports to access the overseas markets in Brisbane, which are about 90km…

Head of the trade and public catering department of MART, Mikhail Zhigalo:

'Belarus is self-sufficient in vegetables'

According to Head of the trade and public catering department of the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade (MART), Mikhail Zhigalo, the Belarus vegetable production…

Garlic market has stabilized, but industry remains cautious

When China shut down as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020, the garlic market experienced some tumultuous effects. As China is the largest producer of garlic, an enormous shortage hit the markets across the world. Fortunately, the markets have now mostly…

Chinese vegetable prices declined by 9.51% on first day the Xinfadi Market fully opened again

The Xinfadi Market in Beijing fully opened again on September 6. On this first day the average price of vegetables dropped by 9.51%. The market was dominated by vegetables and…

Rusu Eugen Catalin

South Africa: Popular East London tomatoes reap their rewards

The East London tomato farms, which lie along a 60 km stretch between Kwelerha and Kidds Beach, constitute South Africa’s second biggest tomato production area. Still, there…

Viennese vegetable grower Karl Kasehs jr. on the current cucumber market

"Demand in the catering trade seems to be recovering at present"

Tons of lettuces and vegetables have always been produced for the local market in the vicinity of the Austrian capital Vienna and the family name Kasehs is firmly established in the regional vegetable growing industry: "80 percent of my family business is dedicated to vegetable production," says Karl…

High season for eggplant growers

Eggplant growers are in the best period of the year. “At this time of the year, from the end of August to mid-October, we have to earn our money. That happens every year,” says Dutch eggplant grower Ted Van Luijk. The price for eggplants showed a strong increase on the Belgian clock and last week went to 1.30 per kilo compared…

Bangladeshi carrot washing

The video below shows a group of growers from Bangladesh cleaning hundreds of fresh carrots by pushing them back and forward on a tarpaulin. This method is a traditional way of cleaning in the region. 

Piet van Liere (FlevoTrade Dronten):

"The total export volume of onions could be a major letdown this year"

"My father always said: Every day is a new page in the book of the onion trade. No two days are the same. And many things go differently than you pictured them. This year is no exception", says Piet van Liere of Flevotrade Dronten. In this interview he sums up the season from the growing season to the…

Carlos Miravet, of Benihort:

"We continue increasing the production of butternut squash as the demand grows"

The European consumer demand for butternut squash, which starts being harvested in eastern Spain in early September, is on the rise. In fact, the campaign has already started for the cooperative Behihort, based in the municipality of Benicarlo, in the Spanish province of Castellon, which offers an extensive…

"Honduran tomato exports to El Salvador amount to up to 200,000 dollars a day"

The tomato is one of Honduras' most profitable vegetable crops, as tomato exports to El Salvador can amount to up to $ 200,000 a day when the price of a box stands at around $…

Chinese cabbage prices much higher than last year

The price of Chinese cabbage has shown a significant rise in the last few days. The price is much higher than around this time last year. The main reason is the decline of the…

Indonesia: 100 tons of cabbage shipped to Taiwan

Last Thursday, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo oversaw the export of 100 tons of cabbage from Malang, East Java, to Taiwan. The export comprised four containers, each…

Study shows imports of 2019

Romania imports 25,000 to 96,000 tons of vegetable and fruit

A study conducted by agricultural cooperative Cooperativa Tara Mea in July 2020 shows Romania’s vegetable imports grew in 2019, including in the months of July and August,…

Phytophthora rot – an emerging problem on UK asparagus

Symptoms of Phytophthora on asparagus were widespread in the UK for the first time in 2002. The disease is known to be a major production constraint in New Zealand and…

Gemüsebau Steiner relies on industry-specific ERP-solution from activeIT

"With traceNET-Production, processes can be planned and controlled effectively”

Gemüsebau Steiner is a family business founded in 2014 in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria, which specialises in natural, fresh and above all sustainable vegetable cultivation. Today, with over 200 employees, Gemüsebau Steiner and BIOhof Kirchweidach cultivate 32 hectares of land with tomatoes, peppers,…

Lahore, Pakistan Tahir Abbas

Vegetable prices up 20 percent as compared to last year’s monsoon period

In Lahore, the prices of vegetables saw a sharp increase due to overcharging and open violations of the officially notified price list. This was made possible because of the…

Pablo Lozano with Garland comments on exhibiting at a virtual trade show

Rethinking how to display product

“People know us, but we like to show new products and packaging at this show.” So says Juan Pablo Lozano, whose company, Miami, Fl.-based Garland, LLC., has attended the annual PMA Fresh Summit show for the last four years. And with this year’s show being held virtually October 13-15, Garland is…

Heinz Teh Chee Siong

US: Rise in prohibited chile pepper and tomato imports at El Paso bridges

The chile harvest season is in full swing and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they are seeing an increase of individuals trying to import various peppers and…

F.lli Napolitano

Thin spring onions much appreciated by European markets

"The spring onion campaign in the Nocerino-Sarnese area (Campania) is in full swing and the produce will be available all over Europe starting from late September. This year, there is an abundance of grades suitable for Eastern European countries as well as for Germany and Denmark," reports Gennaro Napolitano, sales…

More requests for courgettes and a doubling of the prices

"The courgette market seems to have steered towards a positive trend in the last few weeks, but only after having discarded 40% of production, due to a commercial crisis that…

Spain

Tomatoes losing ground again to peppers and zucchini in Almeria

The greenhouses of Almería are already finishing the transplant of seedlings for the new export horticultural campaign, in which tomatoes continue to lose ground, while other…

Syngenta launching new tomato varieties

Syngenta has launched the campaign Un País de Tomates 2.0 (Tomato country 2.0) to present the company's new tomato varieties. Rafael Salinas, Syngenta's Product Manager for…

Why did Chinese chili exports decrease in July?

China's dried chili exports in July 2020 were far from optimistic. Although the prices this year are significantly lower than last year, international demand has not…

Jean-Pierre Dalle, Santerleg:

“There will be a shortage of French endives in September”

This month, the volumes of endives cultivated in the north of France will be limited once again. “The number of plants (in the fields) per m² is at its lowest in five years!” explains Jean-Pierre Dalle of Santerleg. “The lack of merchandise is a disadvantage for the start of the season, but an advantage…

"You don't have to embellish my produce, it stands for itself - both visually and taste-wise."

The popularity of heirloom vegetables growing in Western Australian thanks to a passionate grower

A passion for growing great tasting produce has led one Western Australian producer to create his own “mini-industry” of heirloom vegetables. Warren Grange, in Manjimup, south of Perth, was formed in 2011 with the purpose of growing rarely seen and unusual vegetables. Initially, Rick Scoones and his then…

South Texas: Nearly $1 million worth of cocaine found in bell peppers

On Tuesday, drug enforcement agents from Nueces County, the Robstown Police Department and Jim Wells County stopped an 18 wheeler truck south of Robstown. Officers asked to search the truck and the driver agreed. When a sniffer dog alerted the agents that something that was inside the trailer, they began…

Koppert recommends adapting biological control to the needs of each farm

Greater incidence of thrips at the start of the pepper campaign in Almería

The start of the 2020/21 pepper campaign in the greenhouses of Almería has been marked by a significant growth in the presence of viruses transmitted by thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis). In some cases, the rebound of this pest since the beginning of the new crop cycle has been favored by bad practices…

Sulfur compounds as indicators of off-odour formation in packaged rocket

Italian scientists at Research Centre for Food and Nutrition of Rome have developed a non-destructive method for the off-odour characteristic of packaged rocket. A…

Caparrós Group Станислав Ведмидь

Vicente del Bosque will be the ambassador of the Lobello cherry plum tomato

The Caparrós Group has signed Vicente del Bosque as an ambassador for its Lobello cherry plum tomato. Vicente del Bosque, the former coach of the Spanish soccer team that won…

Spain

Tomato campaign in Vegas Altas marked by up to 20% losses

The tomato campaign in Las Vegas Altas, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, which will last until about September 20 with the harvest of the late plantations, has been…

Jultud

North Queensland first: asparagus grown at Sellheim

In 2017, Black River Produce growers Jon and Anthony Caleo first planted a trial asparagus crop over two hectares on their watermelon and pumpkin farm at Sellheim. They…

August 31 report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service - USDA

2019-2020 US agaricus mushroom volume of sales totaled 796 mln pounds

In 2019-2020, the US agaricus mushroom volume of sales totaled 796 million pounds, down 2 percent from the 2018-2019 season. Pennsylvania accounted for 66 percent of the total…

David Figueredo, of La Unión Corp:

"We are starting the cucumber campaign with over 3,500 hectares already under contract"

Almeria's 2020/2021 vegetable campaign is starting this week in an exceptional situation due to the health crisis, which has forced companies to be very cautious with their activities and to take extreme precautions, introducing new safety measures throughout the entire production process. La Unión…

Michael Schmidt (Gemüsebau Schmidt) on the current season

"This year's bean prices just below last year's level"

The German bean campaign is currently in full swing. Every week, tons of domestic beans are brought onto the market. But the current heat wave has also been causing problems for bean producers, says Michael Schmidt, owner of the vegetable farm of the same name in Lampertheim. Mechanical bean harvesting This…

Demand for gourmet tomatoes high despite the cooler Queensland growing challenges

The current COVID-19 restrictions have driven an increase in demand for gourmet tomatoes, according to a leading Australian producer. Kapiris Bros Managing Director, Harry Kapiris attributes strong sales to the fact that the gourmet tomato is the most versatile variety, and can be applied to all food…

Arbikie Distillery’s ‘climate-positive’ Nàdar vodka

Scottish distillery unveils vodka made from peas

An experimental distillery in Arbroath, Angus, has created a sustainable vodka that it claims saves more than 1.5kg of carbon dioxide emissions per bottle by selecting the…

Inmaculada Duarte on the Romanian tomato market

“Both farmers and food distributors should focus on the productive and nutritional value of tomatoes”

The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables of Romania and the product is still gaining ground. One producer is working on new varieties, tailored to the Romanian consumer. They have noticed the traditional means of selling produce is still the most effective one for the market in Romania. According…

Rudolf Mulderij

White cabbage prices on the rise in Ukraine

This week, white cabbage prices have started to rise in Ukraine, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. Market participants link this increase to the start of the…

Virtual trade show lets exhibitor pack in content

“We’re at the show because we want to stay in front of our customers and support the produce industry. The pandemic has changed how we’re creating and growing those relationships,” says Anthony Otto of Magic Sun in Richmond, VA. So is the thinking behind Magic Sun’s participation in the PMA Fresh Summit…

Jim Westhoff (Valstar):

"Tomato market dramatic, cucumbers recover and pepper sales not bad at all"

According to Jim Westhoff of Valstar, the Dutch greenhouse vegetable season has been going pretty slow in recent months. "It is just very quiet. Many destination countries have local produce available, so the demand must mainly come from the German and English markets. Normally Spain is quite a good…

Confagricoltura asks to intervene urgently

Sales continue to drop in the fresh cut industry

The drop in sales of packed salads and, overall, of fresh cut vegetables, started with the lockdown, when consumers were planning their shopping ahead and directed their…

Edgar Günther (ElbeFruit) on the market situation for pulses

"After a short break, we will get the peak season in October"

Current legumes sales are somewhat a quiet due to the holidays. The supply of Zimbabwean batches will soon be running out, the first shipments from Guatemala have already been loaded. "Starting from KW 40, at the beginning of the Kenyan campaign, we will get into the main season as normal, forecasts…

kumarjiv chumber

India's most expensive mushroom costs Rs 30,000 per kg

The Guchchi is a wild mushroom that is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and is priced at around Rs 30,000 per kg (€330). The mushroom grows in conifer forests across…

Susanne R. Knobloch, Monaghan Mushrooms LLC:

"There is so much 'added value' in mushrooms"

Monaghan Mushrooms is now a brand new member of the Bund deutscher Champignons- und Kulturpilzanbauer. Here is an interview with Susanne R. Knobloch, Senior Commercial Manager for the DACH region at the company. Susanne R. Knobloch: "The German mushroom industry has had to face various challenges in…

Good 'flow' in cucumber market does not make up for whole year

The cucumber market has achieved good prices in recent weeks and this may continue. The big question is whether it can compensate for the coronavirus losses, according to traders Bruno Vuerinckx, Nick Rietveld, and a Belgian grower. “Cucumbers were among the biggest victims of the corona crisis,” said…

Winter vegetable transplants have started in southern Italy

Transplants of winter vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli and fennel) have started in early August in southern Italy and will end in September. Last year was not a good one for cauliflower except for the last period, when quotations were high and demand was excessive compared to the low supplies available.…

Start of the autumn mushroom season in Swiss wholesale

"We hope for more arrivals starting in the second half of September"

The supply of wild mushrooms has arrived in the autumn season. Smaller quantities of porcini mushrooms, black chanterelles, porcini and Caesar's mushrooms are already available at specialized wholesalers. At the moment only limited quantities are available, but larger volumes are expected to arrive from…

Almeria: Verticillium wilt on Eggplants

In autumn 2018, diseased eggplant plants (cvs. Thelma, Amalia, Monarca, and Cristal) were observed in various greenhouses in the Almería province, Spain, where eggplant is a significant crop (around 2,500 ha). The first symptoms developed 30 to 45 days after transplanting, on 5 to 15% of plants. Affected…

India's most expensive agri product might be a mushroom

The most expensive vegetable in India -which is sold only in the month of Sawan- is available only in two states: Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. The most important thing is that its name is different in both places. The name of this vegetable is Khukdi and its price is Rs 1200 per kg (€13.20). This…

Slow market for tomatoes predicted

Supplies of tomatoes in North America are increasing as areas of production are coming on. Diana García with Agros Produce LLC in Queretaro, México notes that along with U.S. local production, greenhouse production is seeing its first harvests of tomatoes. “During the past few weeks, tomato supplies were…

Spain

Asparagus beginning to be grown in the fields of Alcalá la Real

The diversification of the agricultural production in the Jaen region of Sierra Sur, traditionally devoted to the cultivation of olive trees, has resulted in asparagus being…

Refrigerated warehouses in China begin to export garlic in bulk

The summer harvest of Chinese garlic is already finished. The season did not last as long as in previous years. Looking back on this season, however, the export conditions turned out alright. The price fluctuated, but the overall export volume is larger than last year. Overseas purchases continue…

PMA webinar event

How consumer flavor preferences drive breeding technology

On Thursday, August 27th, PMA hosted a free webinar that focused on understanding consumer tastes and preferences and how these drive plant-breeding technologies. The webinar featured speakers from different levels of the supply chain to provide an overview of the process: Dr. Chow-Ming Lee, who is the…

Church Brothers Farms launches Green Giant fresh items

Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh® brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato. The Sweet Baby vegetable line includes sweet…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Iraqi region of Kurdistan stops importing tomatoes to protect local production

The Ministry of Agriculture in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has announced its decision to stop importing tomatoes in order to protect the local production, following the…

Thijmen Tiersma

Domestic tomatoes gaining ground on imports in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, the market shares of domestic and imported tomatoes show that despite the predominance of imported vegetables, the demand for domestic tomatoes is on the rise.…

Rick van de Ven, ZON:

"Price of iceberg lettuce on the rise after difficult months"

The sale of Dutch iceberg lettuce has been quite difficult in recent months, but has now found its way up again. "It wasn't that we weren't able to sell it, but the prices were simply at a very low level. Now the supply is lower and there is also a bit more demand," says product manager Rick van de Ven…

Netherlands: Heat failure no threat for good radish year

The radish cultivation in the Netherlands has shown a reduced yield in recent weeks due to the heat wave in August. The effect is limited though. Radish growers Jongfresh and Daily Fresh Radish speak of a "positive year" despite the coronavirus. “Due to the coronavirus, the sale of radishes this year was…

Spain is the leading producer of tomatoes for fresh consumption, followed by the Netherlands

The Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission has published the latest data on tomato production, trade and prices in the EU on its periodic dashboard. As stated in the document, the average European prices registered by the Commission in the main producing countries (Spain, Italy,…

Matt Hayes:

'Researchers help inform cassava breeding worldwide'

"Scientists in Cornell’s NextGen Cassava project have uncovered new details regarding cassava’s genetic architecture that may help breeders more easily pinpoint traits for one of Africa’s most vital crops. Their findings are reported in a study published July 31 in Plant Molecular Biology. The scientists…

Snowflake Mushroom

"It has been quite a journey for us to bring a new product onto the market but chefs absolutely love it"

Australia's demand for specialised and exotic mushroom varieties are growing significantly, according to a Victorian-based grower. King Oyster Mushrooms recently took out a gold medal in the Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards 2020 – the country’s most prestigious food industry event, for its…

Consumer preference for microgreens

Microgreens are tender immature greens of wild species, herbs, grains, or vegetables, harvested upon the emergence of the first pair of true leaves. Microgreens are analogous in size to sprouts but are eaten without the roots and require additional days to thrive and acquire larger, colored, and…

Dennis van de Weerd, Van de Weerd Pompoenen

Dutch pumpkin harvest in full swing, sales still quiet

A few of the first Dutch organic pumpkins were already harvested a few weeks ago. Since then, growers have, however, had to get all hands on deck. The storage warehouses are again filling up with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes - from orange Hokkaido pumpkins to butternut squashes. Dennis van de Weerd…

Cucumber prices in China skyrocketing

Cucumber-producing areas in northern China have been experiencing frequent rainfall. In Shandong, due to continuous rainfall, cucumber prices on the market have risen from…

Frey Farms

Official start of the pumpkin season announced

In celebration of the release of founding farmer Sarah Frey’s book, The Growing Season, Frey Farms announces the official start of the pumpkin season. Frey is entering a new growing season now as Frey Farms, gears up for a first – a pumpkin harvest during a global pandemic. Dubbed the “Pumpkin Queen,”…

Durham, North Carolina

Pairwise: US food tech start-up is close to marketing leafy greens

At Pairwise, a food tech company in Durham that uses gene-editing tools to accelerate innovation in fruits and vegetables, they have something in the works that they hope will…

Gatwick Airport

UK: Millions of pounds of cocaine found in vegetable shipments

More than £4 million worth of cocaine was found on freight flights from Kingston, Jamaica. According to the Home Office, all drugs were confiscated by Border Force officials in a series of seizures in August. “Some 22kg of cocaine was seized on 11 August, estimated to be worth £1.8 million. A further…

Ishtvan Rishko

US: Persistent dry conditions for Michigan crops

Persistent dry conditions in Michigan are causing crop conditions to deteriorate all over the State.  According to USDA reports that non-irrigated specialty crops are water-stressed.…

Antonio Ripolles, from Donsol:

"We are the first to export Tomberry to Hong Kong and Singapore by air"

Donsol, the Spanish capital company based in Slovakia which has Tomberry plantations in this country and in the Czech Republic, managed this summer to export this product to the markets of Hong Kong and Singapore for the first time. “Tomberry is the commercial brand of the tomato berry concept, from the Dutch…

Spain

What will happen this year with the thousands of tons of tomatoes for the Tomatina?

Every last Wednesday of August, the Valencian municipality of Buñol hosts a unique festival in which more than 20,000 people throw 145,000 kilos of tomatoes to each other in…

Export price of Chinese garlic is 25% lower than last August

Product quality of Chinese garlic from Jinxiang is better than last year

The price of Chinese garlic from the warehouses of Jinxiang continued to drop in the period between February and May, as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 around the Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. Garlic farmers and traders did not have high hopes for the price of fresh garlic. The…

Slim supplies on North America field cucumbers

Field cucumber supplies are currently tight. “Michigan volume is off quite a bit and Canada is also on the lighter side,” says Joe Marino with Sun Valley Orchards, LLC in…

California

Strong sales expected for bumper pumpkin crop

Van Groningen & Sons announced that they are looking forward to their upcoming pumpkin season. Carolyn Burtis says: "With the year that we have all had, we could all use something to look forward to. For us at Van Groningen & Sons, that is the pumpkin season. The change of weather, the busyness of the…

The Australian-based seed company making niche vegetable varieties available to more growers

A major Australian wholesale vegetable seed supplier says it is making itself more available to vegetable growers by increasing its online presence and reducing minimum pack sizes on a select seed range to cater for a wider range of clients.     Fairbank's Selected Seed Co. National Sales Manager, George Jelbart says the company…

Ert.gr

Giant 8kg-mushroom found in Greece

A giant mushroom was found by a resident of Argos Orestikos in western Macedonia. The rare mushroom, weighing more than 8kg, was found by local Michalis Lalos, when he visited the region. He simply stumbled across the mushroom and collected it. In total, the mushroom weighs 8kg and 150 grams. Michael…

Gertrude Snoei

Chinese cabbage prices continue to rise in Poland

The price of Chinese cabbage continues to rise in Poland, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. The project experts believe that the reason for this rise is a…

Production Incentive Programme Jure Gasparic

Jamaica to reap 3,000 tons of hot pepper

Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries says that, under the ministry's Production Incentive Programme (PIP), the nation is expected to reap 3,000…

Boy de Nijs

Carrot prices fall by 20% in Poland

Carrot prices in Poland continue to fall rapidly. Last week, according to data from the daily monitoring of the EastFruit project, these root crops became about 21% cheaper on…

Belgium: Hot August days disastrous for lettuce yield

The recent hot days will be disastrous for the lettuce yields during the next two weeks, says Johan Desmet, who grows various types of lettuce in a 5-hectare hydroponic greenhouse in Izegem, Flanders. Colleague lettuce grower Geert Van Hulle also encountered problems. Desmet estimates his loss of income at…

USDA Tomato Annual Mexico

Smaller area and bad weather tempers Mexican tomato harvest

The adverse weather conditions during the harvest in Sinaloa, the main Mexican state where tomatoes are grown, plus the supply and demand challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, have resulted in slightly lower expected production and trade in Mexican tomatoes . However, spring / summer supply from…

Market price of Chinese garlic grows stronger

Even towards the end of August the Chinese garlic market is still as active as ever. Garlic from supplies other than warehouses has been popular the entire season and the…

Tough ginger market now seeing improvement

Ginger is one of the products that has seen many different effects due to the pandemic: highs and lows, shortages and oversupplies. Añawi’s Peruvian organic ginger season runs from May through March, and they’ve seen both the high and the low. Alonso Salcedo shares: “From December through February there…

Sales of fresh sweetcorn up 30% at Waitrose

'Sweetcorn is making a comeback this year with sales of fresh sweetcorn up 30% at Waitrose, as the nation looks to lead a healthier lifestyle and brighten up its plates with…

Acreage down in California heirloom tomato crops

Heirloom tomato supplies out of California are ramping up. JC Myers of Fresh Alliance, LLC in Carmel, CA notes that its Swank Farms organic crop in Hollister, CA is in production on more than 20 varieties in the field. Consumer and chef favourites, notes Myers, are the Berkeley Tie Dye, Cherokee Purple,…

Danny Deen, Denimpex:

"Stocks of good quality garlic considerably lower than in last five years"

The summer harvest of Chinese garlic is now over and so is the Spanish garlic. "The garlic is now in the cold stores and the total output will be less for Europe this season, given that the high quality requirements set by Europe will simply not be available," says Danny Deen of Denimpex. "Spain has a loss…

Spain

Salamanca has a 'sea of carrots' this season

This season, the Spanish province of Salamanca has a 'sea of ​​carrots' in an area equivalent to 34 football fields between the towns of Valverdón and Almenara de Tormes. It…

Ljupco

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts associated with less extensive blood vessel disease in older women

New research has shown that broccoli and Brussels sprouts could be the most beneficial when it comes to preventing advanced blood vessel disease. The research, published in…

Tal Dagul, Agrifood

‘In Europe, small retail packaging will define the Medjoul season’

The coronavirus pandemic has boosted the global trend towards healthy eating. “There has been a health revolution worldwide in the past years. People from all walks of life have come to understand that dates are a healthy snack,” says Agrifood’s Tal Dagul. “There has been a massive increase in organic…

The Italian 'Rucola della Piana del Sele' will be PGI

By the end of the year, the Italian 'Rucola della Piana del Sele' will be a candidate to become the next Campania product with the PGI brand.  The application for registration was…

Israel and the United Arab Emirates work together to grow berries and tomatoes in the desert

The Israeli company Arieli Capital and a regional council from the Negev desert in Israel are in talks with officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote…

Gertrude Snoei

War on vegetable prices in Poland

From the beginning of May to the end of July this year, the average price of vegetables in Poland has been 1.8% higher than in the same period last year. According to Michał…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Russian greenhouse complex introduces new eggplant variety

The Ivanisovo greenhouse complex in the city of Elektrostal, Russia, has started the production of a new variety of eggplant, as reported by the press service of the Ministry…


© FreshPlaza.com 2020

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber