• One of the longest periods with low prices in recent memory for the sector

    Zucchini oversupply prevails in Almeria and prices hit rock bottom

    Zucchini prices stand at an average of 20 cents per kilo in the auctions of Almeria, having fallen even to 12 cents in previous weeks. The prices of this product have thus stayed at below profitability levels for more than 50 days; one of the longest periods with such low prices for this vegetable in…

    Gert-Jan Kroon, chairman of Dutch growers association, RoDeKo:

    "Cold spring caused upturn in red and white cabbage market"

    In the Netherlands, cabbage sales have been tough for months. However, these improved drastically last month. "The month before, the situation was still bleak. It's looking much brighter now," says chairman Gert-Jan Kroon. He's the chairman of the RoDeKo growers association. It represents about 80% of…

    Mexican lettuce production increases by 4.5%

    The United States is the main export destination with a 98% shareMexico produced 539,000 tons of lettuce in 2020, i.e. 4.5% more than in the previous year. According to data…

    Asparagus still No. 1 open field vegetable in Germany

    Lower Saxony leads in asparagus cultivation

    In Germany, asparagus is grown on a total of over 22,500 hectares, and 117,000 tons of the vegetable were harvested last year. This makes asparagus the No. 1 open field vegetable in Germany in terms of cultivated area, according to DeStatis. The most significant asparagus growing areas are in Lower…

    Tomatoes and cucumbers drive up April food prices

    Rising prices for tomatoes and cucumbers were the main contributors to a 1.1 percent rise in food prices in April 2021, Stats NZ said. Fruit and vegetable prices rose 4.8 percent in April 2021. Tomato prices rose to a weighted average price of $6.34 per kilo, more than double the March month when they…

    The most powerful tomato family in the Canary Islands chooses to allocate its land to the tourism business

    Tomas Rodriguez Quintana started La Aldea's industrial tomato packaging business in 1950 with the purchase of 168 bushels. In 1966, the company exported 1.7 million kilos of…

    Asaja Almeria: "Trade agreements should be adapted to European production costs"

    The area devoted to tomatoes in Almeria fell by 16% in the last 9 years

    According to the data provided by Asaja Almeria, the Andalusian province has lost 16% of the surface destined to the production of tomatoes in greenhouses in the last 9 years,…

    Philippines starts okra exports to South Korea

    After being able to comply with the agreed requirements set by both countries, the Philippines has started exporting okra or ladies' fingers to South Korea for the 2021-2022…

    Patna, Bihar

    Seasonal veg prices drop 30-40% at wholesale markets

    Vegetable vendors at wholesale markets in Patna are seeing distressed sales due to the Covid-induced lockdown. Prices of seasonal vegetables have dropped by at least 30-40% at…

    Asparagus prices still high in Ukraine – drop may be imminent

    In Ukraine, the season of local asparagus is gradually gaining momentum; prices are still holding at relatively high levels. The current season of asparagus started about two…

    VerticalFarmDaily.com

    No nutrition needed for outdoor propagated chives

    When growing chives indoors, one might think of an indoor farm setting using hydroponics and all the well-known growing parameters around it. However, in Zeeland a province located in the South of the Netherlands, there’s a company that cultivates chives in quite a unique way.?? Open field growingAt Bevelander Growers,…

    The good price of peppers lengthens the end of the season in the Poniente Almeriense

    According to the report on the status of Andalusian crops corresponding to the period between April 26 and May 2, 2021, that was published by the General Secretariat of…

    California grower sees opportunities for celeriac

    Ever heard of celeriac? The root vegetable is slowly but steadily gaining popularity in the North American market. It all started a couple years ago with the request from the chef of a French two-star Michelin restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, who loves to cook with celeriac. However, he couldn’t…

    Navigating the transition on ginger growing regions

    Ginger supplies are transitioning between growing regions and good-quality ginger is more scarce currently. China: Kian Fattahi with Global Farms Enterprises in Los Angeles, CA says a few months ago, conventional ginger supplies saw a price drop into the low teens because of an oversupply on the market.…

    DNA markers that elicit resistance discovered

    Code for ToBRFV-resistant tomatoes cracked in Israel

    TomaTech announces a major advancement in the fight against the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), which has caused significant economic damage estimated as much as billions of USD in the last few years globally. Led by Assaf Eybishitz Ph.D., the company furthered the fight against this pandemic…

    Indian capsicum exporters focus on domestic market due to pandemic

    “We’ll have to wait for the right time to start exporting again”

    Indian fruit trader Triangle Farms has a focus on colored capsicum, and is working on exporting their produce again once the pandemic is under control, says Mohan Urs, COO of the company: “Triangle Farms’ aim is to supply colored capsicum 365 days per year to our customers. Our infrastructure is designed…

    Kenyan growers export less than a ton of bananas - despite South Korea deal

    In May 2015, Kenya initiated a bilateral agreement to ease access to the South Korean market for various products from Kenya, a move that saw the country allowed to export…

    Moroccan tomato exports to France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands increase, while exports to Russia fall

    Morocco exported a total of 596.72 million kilos of tomatoes in 2020, i.e. 13.68% more than five years earlier, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo. In this period, the…

    France: Solarenn cooperative ever more committed to sustainable development

    For its 73rd anniversary, Solarenn, the fifth largest French operator on the tomato market, reveals its innovations for 2021. The cooperative based in Saint-Armel (Ille-et-Villaine) and created in 1948 brings together 27 producers and 65 hectares of greenhouses. It is one of the oldest fruit and…

    FOL race 1 is a critical issue for lettuce production in Norway

    Lettuce is produced in Norway both in field and greenhouses. In Norway, greenhouse lettuce is one of the most important vegetables grown year-round. In winter 2018, wilting symptoms were observed on soil-grown lettuce of the cultivar Frillice in a greenhouse in southeast Norway (Buskerud county).…

    Martine Lisseveld, Reijnpack, the Netherlands

    "Hoping chicory demand will pick up when COVID-19 rules eased in Italy next week, "

    The European chicory market was remarkably quiet last week. "At first, we thought it was because of Workers Day. That's on May 1 in Italy. Italy's by far our most important sales country. But demand remained limited throughout the week. Demand did pick up yesterday," says Martine Lisseveld-Reijngoudt of…

    Pieter de Ruiter (4Fruit Company):

    "Dutch iceberg lettuce season begins, last Spanish products go for unprecedented prices"

    The Spanish fruit season is currently well underway. "Temperatures are rising again. Then there's automatically more demand for stone fruit and melons. Wednesday was a bit quiet. But things were already going a lot better yesterday," says Pieter de Ruiter of 4Fruit Company in the Netherlands. "Watermelons,…

    Ukraine: Cabbage three times more expensive than last year

    Prices for last year’s cabbage in Ukraine continue to go up, say analysts of the APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits project. The main reason for the rise in prices seems to be…

    Ireland: €700 incentive for Cork broccoli soup study participants

    A €700 incentive is being offered to people willing to drink a special ‘super broccoli’ soup once a week for six months. This is part of a major study to see if the vegetable…

    Kenyan banana and broccoli farmers urged to pursue Korean purchase deal

    Kenyan growers of bananas and broccoli have been advised to seize opportunities in the South Korean market, after a sales deal was struck by the two nations. Trade PS Johnson…

    "Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes" to bring additional value to grower, supermarket and consumer"

    As of this week, the first 'Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes' are available at Dutch supermarket chain DEEN. After a period of successful experimentation, grower Duijvestijn is harvesting the special tomatoes this year for the large-scale introduction. "Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes stand out because of the…

    Due to possible health risk

    Guan’s Mushroom Co recalls Enoki Mushroom

    Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 100g/3.5- ounce & 200g/7-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with?Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,…

    Focusing on high quality to obtain maximum economic results

    "We have always focused on high quality in order to obtain the maximum economic result from our productions. This is why we opted for plum tomatoes," reports Giuseppe Ottone, sole administrator of a company located in Macconi (RG), a stone's throw from the sea. Above: Giuseppe Ottone runs the company…

    AeroFarms

    AeroFarms launches new brand identity

    “We are excited to roll out the new look of our namesake brand"

    AeroFarms recently launched its new brand identity for AeroFarms and the rebranding of its Dream Greens? retail brand to AeroFarms. Uniting its mission and activities under one fresh, powerful identify that celebrates its leadership for indoor vertical farming and a brighter future for all. “Now more…

    Philip van Geest, Van Geest International, the Netherlands

    "Easing of COVID-19 rules means renewed UK demand, Brexit paperwork hassle still a sore point"

    Trade between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom has been boosted a bit. That's according to Philip van Geest of Van Geest International (VGI). That's thanks to the lifting of (local) lockdowns. The UK's small and medium-sized businesses and hospitality sector are also reopening. "There's an obvious…

    New products from Yuksel Seeds

    ToBRFV-resistant tomato varieties and short cucumbers for planting in spring and summer

    The seed house Yuksel Seeds has obtained tomato varieties resistant to the rugose virus (ToBRFV), a contagious plant virus that spreads easily by mechanical transmission and makes tomatoes unmarketable. Although its incidence is not yet as devastating as in other countries, this is undoubtedly great news…

    Huge over supply of butternut squash on UK market

    Butternut squash is in huge oversupply in the UK at the moment, with big volumes coming in from both South Africa and Brazil. “The reason for the oversupply is that last year…

    Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

    New food technology brings vegetables centre stage

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is enabling New Zealand to tap into the growing market for plant-based products, where vegetables feature as a 'centre of the plate'…

    University of Sheffield

    University of Sheffield research to counter effects of droughts

    Pod Yield Project: UK scientists develop climate-resilient bean crop

    Scientists in the UK have developed beans that may be able to use up to 40 percent less water. This would make them a more reliable food crop during droughts. The project was executed in response to ongoing concerns in Latin America, where beans and other legumes provide high-quality nutrition in the…

    “The United Kingdom buys about 90 to 95% of India’s exported baby corn”

    The export of baby corn from India is going well. The product is available year round, but May and June can be tricky months in terms of water shortages. Luckily there were good rains last season, meaning sufficient water has been stored. The coronavirus could impact the season, as air freight prices…

    Plantains, vegetables, pepper vines and coconut palms affected

    Rain and wind causes widespread damage to Wayanad district crops

    Wayanad is an Indian district in the north-east of Kerala state. Widespread damage to crops has been reported due to heavy summer rains and wind that have lashed the district…

    Sipo

    Online platform to purchase vegetables destined to wholesalers, shop-owners and operators

    Sipo has launched its new on-line shop to make its vegetables available to shops, restaurants, wholesales and distributors in Italy and Europe. Just access?www.sipo.it, go to the Shop page, select the various vegetables and proceed with the purchase by registering on the portal.? Massimiliano Ceccarini, manager…

    Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve:

    "As soon as there are too many tomatoes on the Dutch market, it immediately declines"

    Tomato sales aren't easy at the moment. "Especially the small varieties, like cherry and vine cherry tomatoes, are really struggling," says Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve in…

    In France the price for asparagus is ranging between €6.00 and €8.00 per kilo

    According to Christian Befve, an international asparagus expert, the price of asparagus in France is very good. "The growers are satisfied, as producer prices fluctuate between €6.00 and €8.00 per kilo for conventional asparagus, and between €8.00 and €12.00 for organic asparagus." Street vendor in France.…

    Valencian producers in Cullera make the first cuts in open field pumpkin crops in Spain

    La Unio de Llauradors stated that the town of Cullera (Ribera Baixa) was starting to make the first cuts in open field pumpkin crops in the Valencian territory and in all of Spain this week. This year, and for the second year in a row as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, people have been unable to…

    Encouraging UK and Ireland to eat more fungi

    Made with Mushrooms reveals partnership with Melissa Hemsley

    The UK and Ireland Mushrooms Producers is launching a new campaign to support their Made With Mushrooms platform, which inspires the nation to cook new and flavourful food that highlights the versatility of mushrooms in recipes. Today, the company has announced its first collaboration with the…

    WEBER Verpackungen presents natural packaging for lettuces

    "Bloom guard is the ideal packaging to protect and market lettuce"

    WEBER Verpackungen is a traditional German manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions for the horticultural industry. At its site in Wickede, in the middle of NRW, WEBER produces flexible packaging made of paper and material composites for flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables. Through its bloom…

    Penn State College of Medicine & Pennsylvania State University research

    Could consuming mushrooms reduce risk of cancer?

    Preventable risk factors such as smoking, excess body weight, poor nutrition and excess sun exposure are associated with many forms of cancer. Free radicals, which form in the…

    Ukraine: Asparagus season delayed, but forecast to be a success

    In Ukraine, the start of the season of asparagus will shift due to the cold spring this year. “The asparagus season in 2020 in Ukraine began in mid-April, but in 2021 the…

    Nepal: Vegetable prices jump despite stable wholesale rates in Kathmandu Valley

    Prices of fresh produce shot up right after prohibitory orders were issued in the Kathmandu Valley last week. At that time, the Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer…

    The latest novelties of La Grande Bellezza Italiana

    Brassicas, over 100 hectares for an Italian branded product

    The Italian company La Grande Bellezza Italiana is investing also in brassicas. There are more than 100 hectares in Apulia, including cauliflower and broccoli, cultivated in collaboration with some specialized producers. "We decided to invest together with the growers so that even the risks would be…

    Antonia María Piernas, president of +Brócoli:

    "In just a few years, per capita consumption could even double in Spain"

    The acreage devoted to broccoli cultivation in Spain has expanded significantly in recent years, turning the country into the main producer of this vegetable in Europe. Its peak production period goes from autumn to spring, although it is increasingly contributing to summer supply programs, both for the…

    Cold snap delays East German asparagus harvest

    "The first Altmark outdoors asparagus will arrive next week"

    Thanks to modern heating methods, asparagus has already been cut at the Pl?tz estate in the heart of the Altmark region (Saxony-Anhalt) since March 18. But the cold weather and the recent night frosts are making themselves felt at the asparagus farm of the Heinl family as well. "We will only bring the…

    Carrot industry in the conversion phase

    "Import season starts with quality goods and stable prices"

    The German carrot industry is currently in the process of switching from alternative stock to imported carrots. Similar to previous years, the first lots from Spain hit the…

    Three new organic salad kits launched

    May is national salad month and Braga Fresh is introducing three new Josie’s Organics premium salad kits:? Lemon Herb, Rustic Tomato and Spring Blush. “The Braga team focused on creating three very different organic salad kit offerings by using unique components such as shaved fennel and newer baby green varieties…

    California potatoes and US-grown asparagus kick off

    Progressive Produce is beginning to ship its strongest supply of potatoes and asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada. Organic yellow and red potatoes are available now through the end of July. Organic russets will start mid-June through early August. Conventional red and gold potatoes…

    Producing healthy and flavorful tomatoes

    "We have always grown tomatoes however, over the years, we realized we needed to specialize more to keep up with the times and improve the quality of our produce. The facts proved us right," explains Salvatore? Ficicchia who, together with his brothers Dario and Alessandro, runs a company in the Gela area…

    Asparagus supplies and pricing shifting

    With Mexico wrapping up its key asparagus growing region while foodservice outlets are opening back up in the U.S., the market on asparagus is in a state of change. James Paul of Greg Paul Produce Sales Inc. in Stockton, CA notes that Caborca, Mexico, the main producing region of asparagus for the past…

    Start of the open field harvest in the Lower Rhine region

    "Despite the cold, we expect normal vegetable and lettuce yields"

    This year's vegetable harvest is now getting started in the vegetable fields of the Lower Rhine region. "Tomorrow, Saturday, we will cut the first lettuce of this year's season," says Heinz Stoffers, vegetable producer and owner of the Krefeld-based vegetable farm of the same name. Despite the…

    Corona-related shift in demand at Oldenburg wholesale market

    "There will again be an overabundance of cucumbers this year"

    The ongoing Corona crisis is making itself felt at both the large and smaller fresh produce centers in Germany. This is also the case at Oldenburg's wholesale market: "There are still a lot of walk-in customers, especially weekly market traders and operators of regional farm stores are increasingly…

    Asparagus season is in full swing for Sopley farmer

    As the asparagus season is in full swing, Sopley farmer Dan Tanner and his team are busy harvesting these popular spring vegetables, ready to sell in his shop. Dan has been…

    J. Antonio Gómez, president of Espárrago de Granada:

    "It's hard, telling our customers that we don't have enough asparagus"

    The green asparagus season is underway in Granada, the main producing area in Spain. The harvest kicked off in mid-March, about 3 weeks later than in the previous year, when there was an exceptionally early start. So far, the supply has been limited and the demand high, and prices are quite good.? "We are…

    "We need the support of our community"

    Canada greenhouse grower goes viral with tomato deal

    Queues for up to 2 hours, people driving up to six hours to buy tomatoes. That's what happened this week at the Ontario greenhouse company Platinum Produce. For only 5 CAD per flat, they sold over 21 skids of surplus tomatoes on their curbside. A great success, but more is going on there. “The costs of…

    Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

    "No surpluses on asparagus market this season"

    More demand than supply, that is the story of this asparagus season in a nutshell. "You can see that the relatively cold temperatures with nights below 10 degrees considerably temper production. In terms of supply, we are always just behind the times. This is not bad for sales, because we have not yet…

    Northeast weather leads to solid demand for Florida corn

    Supplies of Florida corn look to be down this season. “As an industry, we are still down 20 percent because of extremely cold temperatures during plantings--including a hard freeze in early February,” says Bert Barnes, account manager and corn commodity manager for Duda Farm Fresh Foods. Barnes says to…

    The tomato brown spot virus could break out in Norwegian horticulture

    A new virus threatens Norwegian tomatoes

    Tomato growers in several countries have in recent years had problems with this new tomato virus, which was first found in Israel in 2014. "The virus is called Tomato brown…

    Miyanda Maimbo - Tanaka Farm

    "We produce a wide variety from sweet peppers, leafy greens, different types of lettuce, spring onion and many more"

    Tanaka Farm in Zimbabwe are probably best known for their seed production but they also supply vegetables to locals and retailers, mainly from their trial plots. "90% of our business is seedling production and we sell the vegetables from our trials as they are always in demand," explains Miyanda Maimbo.…

    Australian vegetable industry preparing to renew its Strategic Investment Plan for the next five years

    As the vegetable industry looks to renew its Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), Australia's peak horticulture research and development body says it is pleasing to see that the majority of outcomes from the existing plan had been achieved. In 2021, Hort Innovation is engaging with vegetable growers and…

    British tomato growers ready to meet increased demand following Brexit

    Currently, UK growers produce only 20% of the total tomato volume consumed in Britain each year. According to Dr. Philip Morley, technical officer with the British Tomato Growers Association, British tomato growers are very upbeat about the future of the domestic industry and are ready to meet demand…

    Kamarino

    Fully compostable packaging for sustainable tomatoes

    Kamarino is the eco-friendly ethical brand developed by Azienda Agricola Dorilli dedicated to sweet and crunchy tomatoes, grown in Sicily and placed in fully compostable packets. Three tomato varieties - cherry tomatoes, red salad tomatoes and Marzanino tomatoes - are cultivated on the Ragusa coast,…

    City of Hope - Phase 2 trials

    Mushroom tablets might slow prostate cancer

    Scientists are investigating if City of Hope's natural supplement derived from white button mushroom could lower prostate-specific antigen levels, an indicator of prostate…

    Kati Finell

    "Good asparagus volumes on the way - we just need a bit of sunshine"

    Asparagus growers in England have started cutting small amounts of asparagus. There are very small volumes coming from the outside crop, according to Julian Mead from Fiveways Fruit Farm in Colchester. “It has been a slow start to the season due to the cold nights,” explains Julian. “Last week we had…

    Dutch wholesaler and Belgian cooperative introduce new TOV packaging

    Dutch wholesaler De Groot Fruit & Vegetables will begin selling Cuisinesse TOVs today. Tomeco grows these flavor tomatoes in Belgium for Co?peratie Hoogstraten. De Groot and Co?peratie Hoogstraten have developed new, co-branded packaging. That's to market these vine tomatoes. De Groot will sell these…

    Wild mushroom crop behind in the Northwest

    Specialty mushroom supplies are good but that's not the case with wild mushrooms. Joe Salvo of Ponderosa Mushrooms in Maple Ridge, BC says specialty mushrooms such as King Oyster, Shiitaki and Maitake are seeing good supplies, largely because there’s still a lack of foodservice demand. "The restaurant…

    Rijk Zwaan spinach variety scores well in Stemphylium vesicarium research

    Dutch spinach makes an impression in Washington State University study

    In the space of just a few years, the fungus Stemphylium – and in particular Stemphylium vesicarium – has become one of the biggest challenges for spinach growers worldwide.…

    Pricing and demand picked up on Mexican eggplant

    The Mexican growing season on eggplant is beginning to wind down. “The eggplant season started out a little oversupplied. Growing conditions were very favorable this year compared to last year. But eventually production found its equilibrium,” says Mark Cassius of Modern Veg Farms LLC in Rio Rico, AZ.…

    Plantis Group

    Mixed pallets are a favorite during the pandemic

    "The pandemic has definitely created problems over the past 14 months, not only when it comes to logistics, but also because orders have been cancelled and supplies have been unreliable. However, thanks to a well-structured network capable of exporting to 30 different countries (both within and outside…

    Spring frosts have slowed down the volumes

    Slow but steady progress for Altedo Igp asparagus

    The Italian Asparago di Altedo IGP (PGI Green Asparagus of Altedo) started with little success because of the spring frosts. The low temperatures first damaged and then slowed down the production, after a promising start. "Until the frosts arrived, we were off to a very good start, with an excellent…

    Malaysia

    Johor inspectors seize nearly 28 tons of mislabeled carrots

    The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has seized about 27.9 tons of carrots worth RM75,800 (€15.600) at the Tanjung Pelepas Port. Johor Maqis…

    Vegetable compound might reduce diabetes-related kidney damage

    New research conducted suggests a compound that gives some cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste could help to reverse diabetes-associated kidney problems. Experts…

    Demand for exotic mushrooms a lot better than in 2020

    “Steadier demand from our customers than this time last year.”

    The exotic mushrooms are selling rather well. One exporter has tripled its volumes compared to the same period last year. However, the current year is still filled with challenges despite the steady demand. One of these challenges concerns the prices, however there is light at the end of the tunnel.…

    Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

    Dutch sweet pepper season really takes off"

    At Harvest House, the Dutch sweet pepper season has really taken off. "We had a reasonable supply right away. And a good price formation for our Dutch sweet pepper growers. The demand for Dutch peppers has indeed been excellent from the start of production," says Marco Bergman. "We took advantage of the…

    Spain achieved a new aubergine export record in 2020

    In 2020, Spain exported a record volume of aubergines for a record value. According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service, the country exported…

    Oregon asparagus farm TikTok video goes viral

    Being faced with labor shortage during the asparagus season, Oregon produce company Owyhee Produce decided to make a video on the popular video-sharing app TikTok. The idea was to create awareness about the subject of labor shortage in the agricultural industry and what it means for a produce company…

    Queensland: Bicolour sweet corn trials give great results

    Sweet corn varieties are being trialed in Queensland; these could turn out bring some color into the market. The company behind the trials of the Cabo and Sovereign varieties,…

    Six pests threaten Moroccan eggplant exports to US

    Ahead of a possible partnership between the US and Morocco, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service APHIS has released a report assessing the risk of pests in…

    Dutch cucumbers possibly involved in UK E. coli outbreak

    An outbreak of E. coli O157 in the United Kingdom - that affected 36 people - has been linked to a fast food product containing imported cucumbers. After investigations into…

    Nacho Doménech, CEO of Agromarkt:

    "I always said, and still say, that more broccoli has been planted than could actually be sold"

    The weather is a determining factor in the development of the fruit and vegetable campaigns, as it defines the growth rate of the products and affects their quality. This year, broccoli has been affected by the temperature fluctuations and weather events that have marked the winter campaign. "The…

    Johan Vrijland, JNV Produce:

    "Good demand from the UK for Dutch bell peppers, dramatic cucumber market"

    This year's transition to Dutch greenhouse vegetables has been very smooth. "Contracts usually begin in week 18. But Spain left earlier because of quality and availability reasons. So, some buyers wanted to switch to Dutch products three weeks ago already," says JNV Produce's Johan Vrijland. "The UK…

    In 2020, Germany purchased fewer peppers from Almeria and more Turkish peppers

    In 2020, Germany purchased fewer peppers from Almeria and more peppers from Turkey. According to the data prepared by Hortoinfo from the statistical services Estacom and…

    Saudi vegetable traders accuse consumers over price increases

    Saudi Arabian vegetable traders and wholesalers have blamed consumers for the price rises during the first days of Ramadan, as they say there has been a wave of…

    FDA

    Posing possible health risk

    Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. recalls Enoki mushrooms

    Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea) because it has the potential to be contaminated with?Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,…

    China: Influencer sells 300,000 tomatoes in e-commerce

    Feel like selling 300,000 TOVs within 4 minutes? You might want to consider hiring an influencer to do so. That's how the Chinese greenhouse growers of Haisheng managed to do it.? The growers collaborated with e-commerce channel HeMa and Weiya, an influencer with over 100 million followers. She's promoted the…

    22nd China International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo showcases 300 new vegetable varieties

    On April 20, 2021, the 22nd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo/2021 China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Seed Industry Expo opened its doors in Weifang, Shandong. The exhibition showcases the latest scientific and technological achievements of vegetables, seeds and…

    Ángel Izquierdo, manager of Soltir: "Large calibers abound; there is little to be packed in flowpacks"

    Murcia should have 30% more peppers than what is currently available

    In April, the Region of Murcia has taken over from Almeria in the national production of peppers in Spain. However, the delay caused by the weather at the start of the Murcian harvest has coincided with a considerable reduction in the volumes harvested in Almeria's long-cycle plantations, putting…

    Red bell pepper making a difference this year

    Over the past few years, a trend has been rewarding greenhouse bell pepper growers, especially when it comes to the most popular varieties on the market. This is particularly true for "half oblong" types, grown mainly in Sicily for the Italian market. Angelo Scollo FreshPlaza talked about it with Angelo…

    5,000 producers in Poniente Granada produce more than half of the national green asparagus production

    Green asparagus began to be cultivated in the Granada municipality of Huétor Tájar in the 1930s and it wasn't really consumed outside the locality until the 1960s when a bus…

    Start of the season at the Vienna wholesale market

    "Turkish sweet corn comes onto a virtually empty market"

    Sweet corn has always been considered the barbecue garnish par excellence: the vegetable therefore sees great demand, especially in summer. The first batches from Turkey have already been in circulation at the Vienna wholesale market since this week, Baris Sahin, stand manager of Petrik & Sahin OG and…

    Foodservice demand for hot peppers picking up

    Hot pepper demand is slowly rebuilding as restaurants and other foodservice outlets begin reopening. “As of March, our numbers started getting better and climbing weekly,” says Ely Trujillo with Superior Growers LLC of Las Vegas, NV. “When we first started, the pandemic everything slowed down. There was…

    Massive upscale planned for Tomberry tomato brand after successful launch in Australia

    The company that brought "the world’s smallest tomatoes” to Australia says the demand is so high for the product that the company has had to significantly upscale. The unique brand was launched into the Australian market last year, and Oliver Draganovic from Edison says they have experienced incredible…

    National Asparagus Day in the UK

    Saying ‘thanks for all your efforts’ to the NHS

    Today is National Asparagus Day! This year, to thank the NHS for everything they have done in these trying times, the first-cut round of asparagus are delivered to the…

    Norfolk County, Canada

    Cold snap freezes early asparagus

    In Norfolk County, low temperatures have interrupted an unusually early asparagus harvest. Marc Wall, co-owner of Sandy Shore Farms near Fairground: “Three weeks ago, it…

    Agriculture Ministry addresses vegetable supply concerns in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has stated that the nation’s imported vegetable volume is limited to products grown solely in cold regions, with some…

    Covid situation takes a toll on Indian vegetable trade

    The spread of COVID-19 has taken a toll on Indian wholesale vegetable trade, as many farmers are unable to realise even the transport costs. “We are procuring just 50 % of the…

    New Penn State study

    Higher mushroom consumption said to be associated with lower risk of cancer

    Next time you make a salad, you might want to consider adding mushrooms to it. That’s because higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer, according…

    Basil with Selenium: Orto Ricci in collaboration with Agronova and SAIS

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    Mr. Akarca, Elite Foods

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    Christian Gimperlein on the current marketing of organic cresses

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    German authorities discover high levels of pesticides on imported Moroccan beans

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    Only a small proportion comes from domestic cultivation

    Switzerland: Consumption of green asparagus far ahead

    Some 740 grams of green asparagus were eaten per capita in Switzerland in 2020. The figure for white asparagus was slightly lower, at 530 grams per capita. Although the domestic share of asparagus has been rising slightly since 2000, it still accounts for a small proportion of these volumes. It should be…

    Massive exports of tomatoes:

    Morocco panned by the European Commission

    The European Commission has estimated that Moroccan exports of tomatoes exceed the tariff quota concluded under the agreement between Morocco and the European Union. The…

    Due to recent Phnom Penh Covid outbreak

    Vietnam halts vegetable exports to Cambodia at Kandal’s Chrey Thom checkpoint

    Vietnamese border authorities have announced they will temporarily ban exporting vegetable to Cambodia at Kandal’s Chey Thom checkpoint. This is being done to prevent the…

    Mohana market - Jaipur, Rajasthan

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    Aldi concludes rhubarb deal with Hammonds Produce

    Aldi has expanded its partnership with fresh fruit and vegetable grower Hammonds Produce from Nottinghamshire. A new agreement will see Hammonds become Aldi’s sole supplier of…

    The World Food Innovation Awards names the Monterosa tomato as the best natural and organic product

    The Monterosa tomato specialty from Semillas Fito has been awarded as the best natural and organic product at the World Food Innovation Awards. These awards, organized by FoodBev Media in collaboration with IFE, have celebrated innovation and excellence in the global food industry for more than ten years…

    Guan’s Mushroom Co recalls Enoki Mushrooms due to possible health risks

    Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or…

    Prices strengthening on Brussels sprouts

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    In the Netherlands, Gubbels farm wins best asparagus for the third time

    "Limited supply, good prices for asparagus"

    "The asparagus season's looking great," says Walter Gubbels. He and his brother run the Gubbels nursery. This is a 45-hectare farm in the Netherlands. The asparagus grower has good reason to be satisfied. The nursery has won the tastiest asparagus prize awarded by the local Asparagus Society. The farm…

    Mexico's asparagus production grows by 10.4%

    Mexico is the world's third-largest producer of asparagus. In 2020, Mexico produced a total of 301,000 tons of asparagus, i.e. 10.4% more than in the previous year. According…

    The UK has bought 37.5% fewer tomatoes from Spain and 66.83% more from Morocco in the last 5 years

    British imports of Moroccan tomatoes on the rise

    Between 2016 and 2020, the United Kingdom has decreased its imports of Spanish tomatoes by 37.5%, from 144.72 million kilos in 2016 to 90.44 million in 2020. Meanwhile, the…

    France: New vegetable tray for Les Crudettes

    Les Crudettes is launching a new vegetable tray -“La Ferme à Jules” - with carrots, cauliflower, radish and a yoghurt-chive sauce. The packaging is made of wood from French forests and 50% less plastic. Les Crudettes is located in the Loire Valley and Provence. The company processes and distributes…

    Tight supply situation

    Spanish broccoli prices at highest level in over a year

    The Mintec price of Spanish broccoli doubled to €2 per kg in the three months leading up to 7th April. These price hikes are largely attributed to tight supplies. Spain is…

    Dominican Republic: First export of carrots to Puerto Rico

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    Church Brothers adds to sales team and promotes staff

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    Gold Standard artichoke promotion launches

    Ocean Mist Farms is launching its annual spring promotion elevating the health and nutrition of its Gold Standard artichokes. The company is building on the 24,762,290 consumer impressions achieved with the Gold Standard promotion over the last two years, proving there is an audience ready for artichoke…

    Bright vegetable varieties attract consumers in spring

    With spring in play and foodservice businesses reopening again across the country, what does this mean for spring vegetable demand? Popular spring vegetable items include petite baby mixed lettuce, rainbow carrots, specialty radishes and more.? At Babé Farms, Inc. in Santa Maria, CA, it’s in good production…

    Salad line wins best new product award at CPMA

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    American Mushroom Institute awarded $40,000 in state grant funding

    An important program to promote the nutritional, culinary, and health benefits of Pennsylvania-grown mushrooms will receive $40,000 in state grant funding through the…

    As a result of colder weather

    Uzbekistan might increase exports of early cabbage to Ukraine, Belarus and Russia

    Of the open field cultures in Uzbekistan, early cabbage, together with early potatoes and onions, is one of the first fresh vegetable crops harvested. In 2021, it arrived on…

    Haryana state

    Vegetables more expensive in Gurugram due to transport cost hikes

    The prices of almost all vegetables, including ladies finger, peas and beans, as well as fruits like bananas and oranges have driven up prices drastically in Gurugram, over…

    "We're already seeing a lot of demand for fresh Alphonso mangoes"

    More than 40 per cent of the world’s mangoes come from India and the region has at least 1,000 varieties. And when it comes to Alphonso Mangoes, they certainly take the crown for being the King of Kings or the “Maharaja” of fruits. Alphonso is the most sought after and premium variety of mango across the…

    Current cabbage trends are worrisome

    Russian vegetable producers to be disappointed once more?

    Russian vegetable producers already were disappointed with the current onion prices. Now, they are also looking with unease at the current trends in the cabbage segment. Most…


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