Herbs

Xpol sells herbs and vegetable branch to Xfresh

On the 1st of January, Xpol sold their vegetables and herb branch to Xfresh, a new company set up by Marcel Schers and a few new agri business partners. Xpol will again focus…

Drying process improves the nutraceutic value of perilla leaves

Fresh leaves of Perilla frutescens (perilla) are used as a culinary herb in East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Perilla is an annual short-day plant that…

Swedish herb grower Spisa Smaker focuses on sustainability

“Our new packaging aims to eliminate plastic in favor of paper”

On November 1st, 2019, new sustainable herb packaging was released in Swedish ICA stores. Spisa Smaker, a greenhouse herb growing company with the goal of providing locally produced herbs year-round, constructed the packaging to eliminate plastic in favor of paper in three aspects. The plants are no…

Flooding in Kenya challenges herb market during busiest time of year

“We have never seen rain like this before in these areas"

Weather issues in Africa causes challenges for the herb market right during their busiest time of the year. Saul Isaacs is from Agriver, an Israeli company that works with growers in both Israel and Africa. Saul explains why he has been working with growers in Kenya and Ethiopia alongside the growers in…

Half the crops could be lost

Flooding puts Kenyan herb season in danger

The Kenyan herbs are in a bit of trouble. Due to heavy rains and cold conditions, a lot of the crops could be lost. According to one Kenyan exporter, the situation will last for a while as more rain and cloudy weather is expected. According to Evergreen Crops general manager Mr Arun Singh the situation…

“Excellent quality,” says Gaia Herbs’ Avinoam Zarfin

Israeli grower has 15 ha of basil

Sharon Adiv grows basil for Gaia Herbs in Israel. He grows various kinds including red basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, and organic basil. “I have 15 hectares of basil,” he says. Sharon’s basil is grown as covered cultivation, which is better for pest control. The region where he farms is good for growing…

Parsley harvest started in southern Turkey despite little rain

Producers in Arsuz, Hatay, a city located in southern Turkey, have started to harvest parsley after a dry season. Arsuz Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Serkan Yilmaz said: "This year, the rains that we expected came rather late. Due to this, producers had a difficult time. We hope that…

Viva Agriculture New Trends, New markets

Amos Betzer has extensive knowledge of the Israeli agricultural export sector. In 1999, he joined one of the very first private Israeli exporters of cut flowers and foliage. He created this company’s fruit and vegetables division. Ten years later, he left this company and founded his own business, Viva…

Böttcher Gartenbau also offers regionality in winter

German winter chives: produced fresh daily

Most German pre-cut herb cultures will inevitably disappear from the market by November at the latest. Not so with Böttcher Gartenbau : The herb expert with its seat in Bürstadt in south Hessen offers year German chives from its own greenhouse all year round. "When the open-air season ends in late…

Violet from The Growers - From Field to Client LTD

“We believe we will succeed”

A couple of years ago, seven Israeli fresh herb growers decided to join forces. Thus, The Growers - From Field to Client Ltd was born. The growers all own shares in the company. “The growers decided to this after Agrexco’s collapse,” says Violet. Agrexco, Israel’s largest exporter of agricultural produce, went under in 2011. “The…

Visiting herb producer Johannes Dick: "Everyone has to fight for their survival"

"Producer cooperatives are acting less and less in the interest of producers"

Producers in Germany and across Europe face increasingly stringent consumer policies and criticism. At the same time, trade is exerting pressure on prices, and so in many places vegetable growers have had to give up their businesses. For others the existential crisis is still pressing. It is important to…

John Van Laethem, Van Laethem

"Next year we will have twice the volume of zero residue herbs"

Herbs are still a hot item. This is why the folks at the Belgian company, Van Laethem, see an ever-increasing rise in demand. This increase has resulted in a nice boost in revenue. "We have an enormous range that we expand yearly," says John Van Laethem of this company of the same name. “This year, we…

Cucumber flavoured leaves

Koppert Cress launches Cuzco Leaves

Koppert Cress presents Cuzco Leaves, a cucumber-flavored leaf. According to the company, when used raw, it is a visually appealing ingredient. The stem can have too strong a taste, so only (parts of) the leaves can be used. The leaf can be used in cocktails, with fatty fish, tuna tartare, steak tartare and…


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