Herbs

High prices for herbs in Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia

Prices for herbs in Georgia have reached an unusually high level in January and February 2021. According to Georgian growers, the issue is not about the supply, but about the…

Belgian Bio-Planet now sells vertically-farmed coriander too

Just under a year ago, Bio-Planet first introduced its basil to the market. This came from this Belgian store's self-developed vertical farm. "This cultivation method differs from conventional farming. It requires less water and space and fewer nutrients. That results in herbs with tiny ecological…

GBZ Papenburg member Petra Haake:

"I am very happy to be able to grow fresh herbs here in the north"

Petra Haake's (r) greenhouses in Papenburg smell of oregano, mint, basil and other fresh kitchen herbs. She runs one of 50 family businesses that have joined together to form the Papenburg Gartenbauzentrale. According to the Landvolk-Pressedienst, the nurseries there cultivate about 90 million pots of herbs a year on 170 hectares in the open and 100 ha under glass, offeri…

Ricardo Angel of La Corsaria:

“We use Weber Vacuum Cooling to extend shelf-life of our herbs”

While perishability is in the nature of fresh produce, some products are more perishable than others and therefore require extra attention and innovation to ensure that its shelf-life is as long as possible, and that the product arrives to the customer with the best quality achievable. This is something…

SAIS Sementi:

"Aroma is still the hallmark of a quality basil"

The market for fresh herbs is increasing at a fast pace, gaining markets as consumers become more interested in a healthy food experience. In Germany, the largest market in Europe for imported fresh herbs, the import value increased with 42% from 2015 to 2019. The most popular fresh herb in Europe is basil,…

Because of potential health risk

Shenandoah Growers issues limited, voluntary recall of specific imported organic basil

Shenandoah Growers, Inc (Harrisonburg, VA) out of an abundance of caution, has issued a limited, voluntary recall of approximately 3240 units of branded fresh cut, packaged…

Vincent Eysseric - Coolibah Herbs

“The most difficult thing last year was knowing what to plant"

Last year’s lockdowns in Australia affected many fresh produce companies as the food service sector shut down, things are back to normal now with restaurants operating at 100%. “We lost around 50-60% of our business to the food service, but we still supplied those businesses which were open for take…

Stephen McCormack - McCormack Family Farms

Successful first basil crop and lessons learned in 2020

In July 2020 Irish grower McCormack Family Farms had their first commercial crop of basil, the season went better than expected with a good supply right through until almost the end of October. “It was a big undertaking for us. This year we put in a 0.5 hectare crop and we cut the basil four times until…

Paul and Brent Verhoeckx, the Netherlands

"COVID-19 boosted mushroom and top fruit sales"

Mushroom and top fruit trading are in the Verhoeckx's genes. Dad, Paul, does mushroom sales while one son, Brent, is responsible for fruit sales. His brother, Rick, and sister, Danique, also work at this Dutch company. We visited this family business, where last year's COVID-19 outbreak brought in extra…

Meal kits and home cooking help move herbs

Both supply and demand of cooking herbs is strong and it looks to stay that way for the near future. Herb supplies should see strong production through to summer. “The weather is starting to turn a little bit, at least where herbs are being grown, and now we’re coming into the strongest part of the…

Expands product portfolio with full line of fresh cut organic herbs

Organto finalizes acquisition of Fresh Organic Choice BV

Organto Foods Inc., a provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced that it has finalized definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the…

Urban Farming using LEDs from Fluence by OSRAM

Year-round under-glass herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin

ECF Farmsystems uses innovative LED lighting solutions from Fluence for todays herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin. An innovative urban farm, ECF Farm Berlin (ECF Farmsystems) uses techniques for greenhouse and vertical cultivation of basil. The farm also uses aquaponics to naturally fertilize the…

Jorne Leemans, Taste Up, Belgium

“Despite the hospitality sector being closed, herb demand's not disappointing"

At Taste Up in Belgium, they can feel Christmas approaching. "The demand for herbs has been noticeably increasing since the end of last week," says Jorne Leemans. "Sales peaked at the start of this week. These will slow down a little over the next few days until after Christmas. Then it will pick up…

Jacqueline Monden, De Kruidenaer, the Netherlands

"Cautious non-European herb farming could lead to shortages"

In Europe, the closure of the hospitality sector has greatly affected fresh herb sales. This is evident to Jacqueline Monden. She and Christ Monden run De Kruidenaer herb farm in the Netherlands. "Hospitality businesses can't open their doors to the public over Christmas. The only alternatives are…

Fresh wasabi, grown in England

As an exotics specialist, Bud Holland already boasts a wide assortment of unusual products. However, this Dutch company is always on the lookout for unique, new items to add to their range. They have had fresh wasabi, grown in England, on offer for about six or seven years already. "This British farm has been cultivating watercress…

Closed ecosystem in a designer cabinet

Agrilution brings herb gardens into the home with their "Plantcube"

It will always be spring in your kitchen. That is what the "Plantcube" from Agrilution promises; a fully automated greenhouse that enables vertical farming even on a small scale. Maximilian Lössl, Co-Founder and CEO, spoke about the first experiments in his parents' basement, the new features of the…

Uzbekistan: Exports cause jump in domestic prices of herbs and plums

Wholesale prices of fruits and vegetables rose significantly in Uzbekistan as of the end of the first week of November 2020, as compared to the same period of last year. The sharpest rise in prices was noted for herbs, plums, and sweet green peppers. Basil was the leader of the top five horticulture…

California herb grower experiences surging sales

While COVID-19 continues to change the landscape of consumer behavior, including holiday traditions and family gatherings, data suggests the herb category is surging in sales during this season. North Shore Culinary Grade Potted is the #1 brand in America, selling 34 percent more than the second-ranked…


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