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Rhodes Abell – Refrigeration Specialists

A new standard for blueberry refrigeration

Refrigeration Specialists are based in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, from where they have done significant refrigeration and postharvest design and consulting work in Southern Africa including banana rooms in Mozambique and forced cooling and storage of various products including avocado, litchi, citrus and…

Marcel Schers, Xfresh

“Covid-19 forced us to reorient our herb sourcing”

Fresh herbs are now indispensable in many households. This product group is a definite keeper in many kitchens. But how's the herb market developing? What are the sustainability and transport trends? Marcel Schers of Xfresh, in the Netherlands, gives more insight into several topics. Breeder Jaganath,…

Scandinavian countries have discovered Sicilian aromatic herbs

Mountain air and unspoiled soil are essential to cultivate high-quality aromatic herbs in the same environments where they grow spontaneously. Concetto Dinatale "We just sow plants using geometry where they would grow anyway. We reorganize nature in tidy rows of oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, bay and…

Willem Kea, Greenfresh:

"We're only going to compete for quality, no longer for price"

Dutch herb specialist, Greenfresh, has always focused strongly on cultivation in Eastern Africa. Kenya is their top country of origin, supplemented by Tanzania and Uganda. The limited airfreight capacity hasn't made things easy recently. That's resulted in sharp price increases. This was a turning point…

“Corona helped us to reach a new breakthrough”

During the corona crisis, it's a challenge for growers to sell not only a quality product, but also to be uncompromised with regards to food safety. “Being fresh herbs exporters ourselves allows us to follow our vision to control our product development and marketing from the seed to the customer site. In…

Sustainability innovation at METRO labels:

New pre-cut herb packaging saves more than 100 tons of plastic

METRO Germany is now focusing on more sustainable proprietary packaging throughout Germany. From now on, all pre-cut herbs under the METRO Chef brand will be available, featuring less plastic or no plastic at all. This means that METRO avoids more than 100 tons of plastic waste every year. The changeover…

Tom Amery - The Watercress Company

“Currently our watercress sales are just ahead of where they were last year"

Each year there is more and more evidence to back up the claims of watercress to be a superfood. It has been known for some time that watercress is very good for you, but it takes time to get the scientific evidence together. Tom Amery from The Watercress Company said that in the last 12 months they have…

Hauptstadt Basil now only in recycled paper

Herbs, sold entirely in paper instead of plastic

REWE and ECF Farmsystems are testing new forms of product packaging. The capital city basil produced in Berlin is now packed 100% plastic-free. Both the funnel-shaped plastic bag (sleeve) and the plastic pot are dispensed with. Instead, their Hauptstadt Basil will be packed exclusively in recycled paper.…

First herb allotments will be available in five branches from the end of May

ALDI SÜD and Infarm grow fresh herbs in their stores

Mint, basil, coriander and other fresh herbs now thrive in ALDI SÜD stores. Customers can buy the plants freshly harvested from so-called indoor farms. This is made possible by an exclusive cooperation with Infarm from Berlin, the world's fastest-growing farming network. The first herb allotments will be…


Kenya: Herb growers notice blow to exports due to COVID-19

For many farmers in Kenya, a bout of prolonged rain and flooding, that the East African nation has experienced since March, can wipe out a whole season of crops. But for herb…

Special crop cultivation in times of Corona:

"Demand for Bavarian rhubarb and chard is booming"

Regional seasonal vegetables - such as open field lettuce, radish and kohlrabi - are traditionally very popular at this time of year in the southern German Knoblauchsland. Especially during the current crisis period, regional seasonal products are very popular with consumers. But the same applies to so-called…

Ahmed Bouklata (Kräuter Express) on the market situation for herbs

"The restaurant business still has a long way to go"

The herb market has only felt the direct consequences of the Corona crisis to a limited extent. Nevertheless, the precautionary measures and social distancing rules will continue to affect sales of potted and semi-harvested herbs in the catering trade to a certain extent even after the crisis, says Ahmed…

Alexandre Van Deun, Urban Harvest

“You must be able to sell vertically-farmed goods at competitive prices”

Two years ago, business partners, Alexandre Van Deun and Olivier Paulus, opened one of the very first vertical farms for herbs in Brussels, Belgium. Now, the complete classic herb assortment is grown. Not only for local retailers like Delhaize and Aveve, but also for catering companies and restaurants.…

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