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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…

Ralph Coenen, Vitacress Real

“Dutch retail sales skyrocketed, but specialty herbs were replowed”

On the one hand, the Dutch company, Vitacress Real, recently had to ‘put a freeze’ on certain products. That was for specialty herbs, edible flowers, and other niche products. On the other, it saw a sharp rise in retail sales for herbs such as basil, parsley, and chives. “Along with toilet paper and…

Piet van Vugt, Van Vugt Kruiden, the Netherlands

“I’d rather throw a little away than have nothing to offer”

Last year Piet van Vugt moved his herbs to the new location in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. At that time, the newly built, gas-free, one-hectare greenhouse, and 0.6-hectare piece of adjacent land were still empty. A year later, when we visited Piet again, the greenhouse was mostly empty again. Edible flower…

Berjelle van Namen, Van Namen Specialities

Is vertical farming the future of herb cultivation?

Berjelle van Namen’s roots lie primarily in mushroom cultivation. His father, Johan, has a farm on the banks of the Maas river in the Netherlands. Yet, a few years ago, Berjelle decided to add herb cultivation. Not in a greenhouse or in full soil; in a converted mushroom cultivation cell. The room is illuminated…

Wilco Heemskerk, Fresh Organic Choice

“Organic herbs aren't the only thing that interests us; so does the social aspect”

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 a…

More room for robust, tasty herbs

At Buysman Kruiden, they’re dedicated to cultivating potted herbs of the highest quality. The herbs have lots of space, and the company uses innovative, sustainable methods. In this way, this Dutch family business distinguishes itself in the herb sector. These herbs are slightly more expensive than cut…

Coriander prices in China rising each day

The price of coriander before August 13th stayed at around 10 yuan/kg. Since then, prices have continued to increase at a rate of 2 yuan per kilogram each day, reaching 20…

Matt Prestwich - R&G Fresh

Herb and ingredient supplier gets a ‘fresh’ new look, expands product line

Fresh herbs and ingredients supplier, R&G FRESH (previously known as R&G Herbs), has undertaken a major rebrand to reflect the company’s evolution. Founded in 1958 by Richard and Gloria Stevens, R&G Herbs started out in their back garden, where they grew herbs and sold them from a stall in Covent Garden.…

"Basil production from Colombia is quite unique"

Since 2017 Verbos Business Development and Nvest have been involved in bridging the gap between Colombia and the Netherlands. They are involved in matchmaking, market research…

Building year-round availability for Indian Okra and Culantro

While demand for Indian okra has softened somewhat, pricing is staying relatively even for the unique vegetable. Indian okra is a dark green variety of okra that tends to stay tender even at the larger sizes, unlike the more common Clemson variety found in North America. “We import the special hybrid…

Stephen McCormack - McCormack Farms

McCormack has first commercial crop of Irish basil

Consumers look more and more for locally produced produce and retailers are keen to promote it on the shelves. Irish baby leaf and herb grower McCormack changed from growing vegetables to growing produce which would normally have been imported back in 2000, buoyed by the fact that Ireland was going…

Sipo invests in increasingly sought after products

A wider range of aromatic herbs, available all year round

25 gram packs with dedicated and eco-sustainable packaging, more products available and all year round supply: Sipo focuses on aromatic herbs, with a range of 28 varieties, to satisfy all types of customers. Aromatic herbs. "For the new packaging - explains Massimiliano Ceccarini, CEO of Sipo and Lorenzo…


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