Herbs

Nicole Kiemle (Gärtnerei Kiemle) on the current herb market

"Closure of hospitality industry affects unusual herb varieties more than anything"

Over the years, freshly cut domestic herbs have gained a high status in the German specialized trade. Parsley, chives, basil, etc. are becoming more and more popular both in the wholesale and the retail trade. However, the current closure of the hospitality industry has a noticeable effect on wholesale…

Southeastern Grocers recalls fresh-cut basil sold at Winn-Dixie and others

Southeastern Grocers has issued a voluntary recall for its "SE Grocers Naturally Better Organic Fresh Cut Basil" following the detection of a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora. Image: Provided The company says the product was delivered through all of its distribution centers and sold in all its…

Company Ortoflorovivaistica F.lli Simonato

Organic herbs in plastic-free packaging

Fratelli Simonato started paying attention to organic cultivation and issues related to ecological sustainability more 20 years ago. This has led to the innovative solutions in the field of packaging. After BIO KEPOS 3, an entirely eco-friendly packaging, there is now also a totally plastic-free…

Ludan Fresh Supplies presents Sempreverde

Aromatic herbs in cardboard boxes

"We created our Sempreverde range due to the increasing interest in potted aromatic herbs and with the objective of optimizing the resources used while introducing containers other than vases. We are talking about basil and parsley plants placed in clever cardboard boxes. "The herbs destined for this…

Wageningen students in finals 4TU Impact Challenge

Grab a rosemary or basil plant from a vending machine as if it were a can of coke

Grab a rosemary or basil plant from a vending machine as if it were a can of coke or a candy bar. Wageningen masters’ students Nikolaos Alfieris and Orestis Spirou made it to the 4TU Impact Challenge with their FarmVent. The 4TU Impact Challenge is an innovation contest of the four technical universities…

Rasim Shateri (Gemex Handels LLC) on the current market situation:

"We only sell half the normal weekly requirement of rocket at this time"

Obviously, the second wave of the Corona pandemic is affecting the sales of Berlin fruit traders as well. After all, the fresh produce center there is considered the most important location for (super)regional gastronomy. The management of Gemex Handels LLC is well aware that it is precisely this sales…

Holiday herb mixes now available

With the start of the holiday season and Thanksgiving fast approaching, Jacobs Farm del Cabo’s holiday herb program is in full swing. In preparation, the company is now shipping its organic Poultry and Holiday Herb Mixes and their full line of fresh, organic, culinary herb packs. Jacobs Farm del Cabo’s organic herb mixes provide…

Simon Calder - Blackdown Growers

New look for Leampak herbs after 40 years

This week saw the launch of a new look for Leampak herbs which is an established brand of herbs from Blackdown Growers. The company has been supplying herbs to UK caterers for 50 years, their main speciality being in growing baby leaf salad. “We have been using the Leampak brand for over 40 years, so it…

Gaia Herbs revamps is Dutch branch and acquires Via Maris

Gaia Herbs Bv expands its reach in Europe by merging with German company

Gaia Herbs has had a subsidiary in the Netherlands since 2017 and it has now merged with Via Maris GmbH, one of the largest herb companies in Germany. Gaia has been a strong, stable herbs supplier in Europe for some time. It’s Dutch branch is very well located, logistically. Now, its ready for the next…

F.lli Napolitano

Eastern Europe and the Netherlands new commercial frontiers for rocket

"The first requests have come in from the Netherlands and Eastern Europe for packed unwashed rocket. They demand loose produce in various packaging solutions. We are proud that our rocket, which is hand-cut and hand-selected, is appreciated by emerging markets as well," reported Francesco Napolitano (in…

Kenyan herb growers hope to benefit from EU market access project

Retired school teacher Regina Nderitu owns a mint plantation. She is hoping for a bumper harvest of this herb which she has been growing for the last year. Two years ago she…

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Denmark: Fresh mint linked to Shigella outbreak

A Shigella outbreak in Denmark that has struck more than 40 people was probably caused by imported fresh mint. In August and September, 44 Danes became ill; 13 people were…

Renée Peeters, Vitacress Real:

"Vitalicious is our out-of-home market brand"

Vitacress Real recently introduced a new herb brand for certain European food professionals - Vitalicious. In this interview, brand manager, Renée Peeters, tells us more. More about the new label's positioningn and about how the coronavirus is affecting herb sales. "With Vitalicious, we aim to get more…

"The colour of the cress gives it a playful character"

'Koppert Cress has welcomed Kyona Mustard Cress to its collection. It has a mild mustard flavour with notes of cauliflower. The colour of the cress gives it a playful character.' 'Kyona Mustard Cress goes well with hearty meats and fish, such as beef tenderloin or skate wing. It also combines well with…

Peruvian ginger: there's more to it than food miles

FreshPlaza received comment on the article "Sicilian ginger will soon be headed for European markets", from Peruvian company OrganicSur, who say they felt compelled to go deeper into this topic, hoping to provide readers with some useful insights. "We are witnessing several attempts to cultivate ginger…

South African niche veg exporter opens a Kenyan office for basic veg & herb supply

"Covid-19 has caused us to look at the future challenges from a completely different perspective and plan our way forward accordingly”

For many years Afrex South Africa has specialized in marketing niche and high value products to the food service industry but the Corona crisis has changed that: since April 2020, they have begun marketing more basic products that are used in the food service industry, like fresh cut herbs, avocados,…

"Our customers love fresh herbs and new flavours, so we keep growing our range based on consumer demand"

More New Zealanders set to have access to premium herbs thanks to new online and delivery service

New Zealand's coronavirus restrictions have led to one of the country's leading herb producers to make their range available to more consumers, through the creation of an online store. Superb Herb Sales and Marketing Manager Brigitte Hannett says they can courier all herbs nationwide overnight, and so…

An innovative cold-drying system ensures the best possible preservation

Tasty dried herbs from Sicily

"The production of aromatic herbs that keep their organoleptic properties at their best, just like freshly harvested, is now possible, and we have fully succeeded in doing this, thanks to technology". This was expressed by Luciano Internicola (photo), speaking of the Aromathica brand, which is owned by a non-profit organization…

Charles Cavallini, Alpilles Primeurs:

“The demand for organic herbs is high”

The farm Alpilles Primeurs, located in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, is a producer of potted aromatic plants. The company only offers organic herbs. “The demand for organic herbs keeps growing, at the expense of the demand for conventional herbs. To make things easier, we chose to convert our entire farm to organic,”…

Jesús Gómez, director of Agromediterránea: "Now people are cooking more at home and experimenting more"

New consumer trends are boosting the demand for aromatic herbs

Aromatic herb sales are growing, not only because consumers are going out less and cooking more at home since the pandemic started, but also because they are increasingly experimenting with new recipes from different countries, reports Jesús Gómez, Director of Agromediterránea. "During the lockdown, the retail…

Agrieuropa

Interesting prospects for parsley

"This year, we dedicated 40 hectares more of protected crops to the cultivation of dark zucchini and kohlrabi. For the first time ever, we also planted some parsley as a test, as we are curious to see how it will do on the domestic and foreign markets. Parsley is a niche product, but there are…

Wilco Heemskerk, Fresh Organic Choice:

"Organic herbs aren't the only important thing; the social aspect is too”

Herb growers, in general, are increasingly looking for zero residue products for that market. For Wilco Heemskerk of the Dutch company, Fresh Organic Choice, there's, however, only one thing that matters - 100% organic herbs, delivered throughout the year. "Our sourcing and strength are designed in such…

Anthony Lepage, Les Herbes du Roussillon:

Beginning of the dried herb season in France

The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of the dried herb season at Les Herbes du Roussillon, producer of aromatic herbs in Argelès-sur-Mer. According to Anthony Lepage, head of business development at the company, the situation on the market is very positive. “French aromatic herbs are very popular in…

Waitrose: Surge in popularity for fresh herbs

Waitrose has reported a surge in the popularity of fresh herbs, including both pre-cut and potted options, with sales of the range up 16% year on year, as shoppers look to add…

Twelve Kenyan counties to gain from Sh500 million project

Kenya’s four-year Market Access Upgrade (Markup) project seeks to boost food security and address supply and market access constraints in several agricultural value chains.…

Exclusive herb brand for food professionals: Vitalicious

Vitacress Real has launched its own brand called Vitalicious. This brand focuses entirely on premium quality, fresh herbs, and natural flavorings. These are destined for the foodservice market: wholesalers, and the hospitality and catering industries. The Vitalicious recipe: Truly OriginalThe Vitalicious…


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