Vegetables

José Manuel Escobar, of LQA Thinking Organic: "When prices rise like this, consumption suffers"

Shortages of organic zucchini and cucumber in the markets continues to drive prices up

The delays in organic zucchini and cucumber plantations in Almeria and the early end of the production in central and northern Europe have led to supply shortages in the markets and skyrocketing prices for these products. "For the 2022/2023 campaign, the area planted with zucchini has been reduced by between…

Cologne cabbage producer Bernhard Huckelmann on the current season

"Given the current energy crisis, expeditious marketing would be particularly beneficial this year"

In the farming community of Meschenich on Cologne's southern edge, the Huckelmann couple cultivate high-quality open ground vegetables for the regional sales market year-round. Seasonally, mainly white and red cabbage, as well as savoy cabbage and the increasingly popular cabbage florets, now grow and…

Pakistan vegetable prices go through the roof

The retail price of high-demand vegetables (tomatoes and onions) has surged in the open market, annoying the public at large that, perhaps, is passing through the worst…

US tomato prices will probably go up due to Hurricane Ian

Last Wednesday, Hurricane Ian created a path of destruction through southwest Florida, claiming at least 100 lives and ravaging the primary winter growing region for…

More ginger available this year due to diminished demand from Eastern Europe

Supplies of both conventional and organic ginger have been steady and increased throughout this year, though it’s not necessarily more acreage that’s been added. “Supply is up 30 percent this year due to the Eastern European problems. Global shipments to those countries have diminished thus increasing…

Tomato prices in Uzbekistan still at record levels

Prices for round red tomatoes in Uzbekistan remain at a record high. While in July and August, the average wholesale prices were two times higher than last year’s levels, over…

Habaneros grown in Kyoto Prefecture are being shipped out

Habanero peppers are not just grown in Central and South America anymore; they are also cultivated in Kyotamba, Kyoto Prefecture. From there, a shipment of this year’s crop is…

North of England:

James Hall & Co. Ltd pumpkins have arrived in SPAR stores this week

Pumpkins grown on the Lancashire suppliers T&E Forshaw family farm in Tarleton have arrived on the shelves of James Hall & Co. Ltd supplied SPAR stores this week. James Hall &…

Vegetable prices are up in India as rain affects supply

In India, rising vegetable prices are jeopardising the common man’s budget. There is definitively a supply crunch, which has been caused by heavy rain. Apple, pomegranate and…

In the 2021/22 campaign, Spain broke its historical cucumber export volume, value, and price records

According to data from Hortoinfo, between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022, Spain exported 698.31 million kilos of cucumber for 835.53 million euros and an average price of…

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Albanian vegetable imports increased by almost 46%

While many Albanian growers complain that their products are being sold below cost, retail centres seem to be fully stocked with by imported products.  According to official data…

David Morange, France Champignon - Bonduelle Group:

“The inflationary context forces us to review the way we manage our companies”

“Given the cost structure for mushrooms, production prices are heavily impacted by the increases in the cost of energy, packaging, transport and labor,” explains David Morange, director of operations at Bonduelle, which acquired France Champignon in 2021. “The abnormal inflationary context forces us to…

Indian exporters seek Goods and Services Tax extension on export ocean freight

Indian exporters have sought an extension of previously granted exemption from Goods and Services Tax (GST) on export freight. In a letter to finance minister Nirmala…

Dutch vegetable and pulses company HAK to shut down entire production for six weeks

HAK is one of the largest vegetable brands in Northern Europe. Now the company seems set to shut down the entire production for six weeks due to high energy costs. Managing…

Iran: New duties on tomato and onion exports

The Iranian Agriculture Ministry has set new duties on the export of tomatoes and onions. The measure has been taken to regulate the domestic market and prevent a price…

Julien Crémer, Sud ImpEx:

“Our wild mushrooms are the flagship product of the season”

Sud ImpEx offers a wide range of fresh products and the company is also specialized in the supply, selection and distribution of wild mushrooms. “We work with different mushroom collection points in France and abroad. The most well-known are located in the Drôme, Lozère and Vosges departments,” explains…

Enza Zaden, Vitalis have fruitful Summer Field Days

This summer, hardy vegetable varieties had the chance to shine. "Lettuce is very popular when it's extremely hot, so that's exactly when you have to have it," begin Bert Hendrikse and Fokke Hoeksma, Enza Zaden representatives. Bert Hendrikse and Fokke Hoeksma both represent Enza Zaden. This Dutch…

Looye Honing tomatoes for green grocers

“Good tastes like more”

In the Netherlands, it is hard for consumers to avoid Looye Honing tomatoes. TV commercials and social media are making them increasingly well-known and popular. Three-kilogram Looye Honing TOVs is a greengrocer product. "We allow only the most flavorful, nicest-looking tomatoes to enter stores as Looye Honing Tomatoes," begins…

Baby Plant: A grafted plant is always more reliable

"The Kaizen method allows us to improve the percentage of plant utilization and the success of graft attachment"

Kaizen is the brand with which Babyplant SL nursery identifies its family of grafted plants such as tomato, eggplant, cucumber, pepper, melon, and watermelon. "Kaizen is also a working methodology inspired by the company's commitment to the continuous improvement of all the processes included from sowing…

Lesage Champignons buys out Champi-Fresh

"Takeover means we can spread the risk in these very tough times"

Lesage Champignons has taken over all Champi-Fresh's business activities. In these tough times for mushroom cultivation, this Belgian company saw enough advantages to make the move. "It also allows us to spread some of our risks," begins Michel Lesage. "The acquisition came about when, in the summer, Champi-Fresh…

Helien Verhagen, East4Fresh-Color2Food:

"Huge demand for new Portuguese sweet potato crop"

At East4Fresh-Color2Food in the Netherlands, harvesting the first conventional sweet potatoes has kicked off the new Portuguese sweet potato season. Helien Verhagen expects a surprising season, as there were 25 to 40% less planting in both Spain and Egypt. The current dollar exchange rate also does not…

TomaTech-Nirit appoints Julia Parry as new VP Business Development & Downstream

There is a buzz of excitement around Tomatech-Nirit. The recent merger of the two tomato-focused breeding companies (TomaTech and Nirit) clearly pointed to the emergence of a new world order in tomato varietal development. And today, the company announced the appointment of Julia Parry as VP of Business…

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Family behind James Bond franchise claims to have named ‘broccoli’

Currently, the world-famous James Bond films are produced by Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson. It was Broccoli's father, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who was the original producing co-founder of the franchise. So far, so good. But while many might assume that the Broccoli family was…

Holiday Brussels sprouts supplies could be short this year

Brussels sprouts are in the midst of transitioning back to one of their key growing regions, Washington. “It’s the shift from growing them wherever you can to where they should be grown for the fall/winter crop. Sprouts are geographically specific. While the market will always take a certain amount…

"Fresh garlic from China is being entered into the EU as if it were frozen"

The Spanish garlic sector is asking for help in the face of the fraudulent entry of Chinese garlic into the EU

A delegation from the National Garlic Sector of Asaja, chaired by Miguel del Pino, and also from the National Garlic Table, of which Del Pino is vice-president, has met in…

Centro Seia

Tomato brown and other viruses - better safe than sorry

If we were to sum up the commitment of Centro Seia, a company boasting thirty years of experience in nursery gardening for intensive vegetable cultivation, we could say that safety comes first! Andrea Caruso In November 2021, Centro Seia set up a molecular diagnostics laboratory for phytopathological…

Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos Continental:

“Vegetable import season off to an uncertain start”

Earlier this year, Fortuna Frutos Continental and Fortuna Frutos International moved to a new location in R&M Forwarding's warehouse in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. According to Gert-Jan Slobbe, that was an improvement in several respects. "The new premises meets all the latest standards, and we're on…

Zanarini assures Italian and European customers of continuity of supply

Red beets in ready-to-eat products

  Italy's Zanarini is perfectly capable of supplying raw red beets uninterruptedly to the country's main processing plants. "But for several years we have also started to supply European companies through real delivery programs. We can handle the increasing demand thanks to a good and long-term cooperation with…

'Customers were already paying higher prices for tomatoes'

Amid soaring food inflation, tomato prices have stayed relatively steady

Since the start of 2022, tomato prices in the US have dropped 2% from $1.93 per pound to $1.89 per pound in August. Meanwhile, the food prices index rose 7% in that same…

Halil Sarikoc, Managing Director of Ambrosia Frucht Ltd, on the special program with a German food retail chain:

"Marketing 200 truckloads of TOVs during the winter season"

Currently, Ambrosia Frucht Ltd offers peaches from the northwest of Turkey, for example from the Bursa region, Managing Director Halil Sarikoc tells us. "We buy the peaches directly from the growers. Other stone fruits are also available for the summer season, but figs for the European market are also…

Legumes and vegetables are a growing opportunity for Taranaki region

Crops such as sweetcorn, kumara (sweet potato) and garlic could one day become a common sight on Taranaki farms. Economic development agency Venture Taranaki is exploring the…

Dutch tomato sales to the EU fell by 24.67% this season while Moroccan and Spanish sales increased by 17.84% and 3.56%

The EU's tomato imports have fallen by 2.55% this year, from 2,670.34 million kilos in the 2020/2021 campaign to 2,602.13 million kilos in 2021/2022, according to data…

Corne Roks, Fresh2You:

"Our Moroccan dwarf bean season begins on Monday"

The Moroccan season has started at the Dutch company Fresh2You. Early this week, they harvested their first dwarf beans of the season. “On Monday, October 3, we'll deliver the first of our own-grown Moroccan dwarf beans. It connects very well with the Dutch season. The recent turbulent weather means Dutch…

Growing the Australian vegetable industry

The Australian vegetable industry has grown significantly by taking advantage of changes in consumer incomes and tastes. ABARES Executive Director, Dr Jared Greenville said…

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"Local hothouse tomatoes cooked by Trudeau’s carbon tax" says opposition leader

Mexican tomato growers are eating the lunch of a long-time greenhouse tomato producer in Manotick thanks to Trudeau’s carbon tax, according to Official Opposition leader Pierre Poilievre. “It is at times more expensive to buy a Manotick tomato in Manotick than a Mexican tomato in Manotick,” Poilievre…

Amidst Hurricane Ian, Colombian bell peppers arrived in the US for the first time

Colombia just exported nine thousand kilos of bell peppers to the United States for the first time ever. This shipment, which arrived at the Miami Port Wednesday afternoon, despite the strong winds and surges from Hurricane Ian, goes to Central Florida, where it will reach out to customers around the…

Céline Vezian, technical and quality manager at Top Alliance

France: Short garlic campaign due to lack of volumes

The garlic campaign has been rather difficult this year. The harvests started slightly earlier, in June, but seemed “normal” at first. Then, the appearance of waxy breakdown on the garlic caused significant damage to the production. “Initially, the harvest of purple and white garlic looked promising, but…

Vegetable producer and direct marketer Karl-Heinz Holthus:

"Increased appreciation for peas and beans as regional superfoods"

Healthy eating is obviously in vogue, and so are locally grown legumes. "I see an increased appreciation for peas and beans because they are finding favor as a regional superfood, particularly among the younger generation. Peas in particular are establishing themselves as a top seller during the summer…

Karnataka farmers worried as Goa wants to cut vegetable imports from Belagavi

Farmers from Kamataka are in a bind after the Goa government said it would cultivate its own vegetables and fruits in order to be self-reliant. On September 27, Goa Chief…

Asalettin Toklu, Bella Frutta Ltd Hanover:

"In some cases, Dutch eggplant prices have doubled"

Due to rising energy and transport costs, prices in the greenhouse vegetable sector have gone up several times in recent months. "However, we are still finding it difficult to pass on these increased procurement costs one-to-one to our customers and ultimately to the consumer," confirms Asalettin Toklu,…

New data highlights families are purchasing fewer vegetables

Simply Veg campaign launched to support families through cost-of-living crisis

Veg Power, the not-for-profit alliance to increase vegetable consumption across the UK, launched a new campaign ‘Simply Veg’ today to support parents and carers to get more…

Sakata

Purple Magic, the market's first full purple broccoli, will compete for the Innovation Awards at Fruit Attraction

"Sakata Seed Ibérica will participate in Fruit Attraction 2022 where it will showcase its novelties and important advances for distribution, consumers, farmers, and the planet. One of these novelties is the Purple Magic broccoli, the latest addition to its broccoli catalog together with Leónidas, which…

Europe’s fifth largest cabbage producer

Romania produced 600,550 tons of cabbage in 2020

Statistics of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization show that Romania produced 600,550 tons of cabbage in 2020, making it the third largest producer in the…

Produce supplier partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Farm Direct Supply (FDS), a global supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, has partnered with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF), one of the leading breast cancer organizations that has helped women for over 30+ years. Starting October 1st, Farm Direct Supply will switch out its staple…

After bad weather affected domestic supplies

South Korea welcomes kimchi from China

China-produced kimchi has become a major support for South Korea after bad weather hit the domestic cabbage crop there. Cabbage output in South Korea shrunk to two-thirds of…

Organic carrot production in Minnesota expanding

Carrot production in Minnesota is growing--particularly organic carrot production. “This is our second year of organics. Last year we started on a small scale to feel out the market and get a better understanding of the growing process and how it would go for us here,” said Matthew Wulf of Fresha based…

A demand backed up by France, Italy, and Portugal

In Brussels, the Spanish garlic sector will demand that large retailers pay producers better

A delegation from Asaja's National Garlic Sector, chaired by Miguel del Pino, and from the National Garlic Table, of which Del Pino is vice-president, will meet with leaders…

Sergio Narváez, commercial director for garlic and carrots at Los Rancheros:

"Cheaper Egyptian garlic has gained ground on Spanish garlic in the Brazilian market, but also on Mexican garlic"

Mexico is one of the world's largest exporters of garlic. In 2020, according to figures shared by the FAO statistical agency, it ranked seventh in the list of main global exporters, after shipping more than 15,800 tons. Between 2015 and 2019, it had ranked ninth in that same list, according to…

Garlic specialist Jörg Sturmberg, JERSA Ltd:

"Medium-sized Spanish garlic sufficiently available, but large-sized produce rare and sought after"

The marketing of Spanish dried garlic is rapidly picking up speed. Meanwhile, batches from France, China, the Netherlands as well as from Germany are hitting the market. Jörg Sturmberg, garlic specialist and managing director of JERSA Fruchtimport in Bergisch Gladbach, talks about the current situation…

Rob Banken, Banken Champignons:

"Fresh mushroom surcharge a must to prevent market shortages"

The current high cost prices are causing a lot of turmoil in the Dutch mushroom sector. High energy prices and labor costs weigh especially heavily on growers. At present, their cost price…

Nacho Domenech, from Agromark: "Anyone who wants to get Spanish brassicas will have to pay what they are worth"

"The area planted with cauliflower for the 2022/2023 campaign decreased by a third and the area planted with broccoli also fell"

The dire results of the 2021/2022 cauliflower campaign have discouraged Murcia and Alicante farmers from planting this product for the coming season, which will begin in a few weeks. The area used for broccoli will also be significantly reduced due to the lack of water and arable land. "According to…

"This season there will be far fewer sweet potatoes on the market"

The Spanish sweet potato season is starting in the south, and according to Manuel Ayllón, this year's campaign is marked by an overall reduction in the production. "This season, Hortícola Flora has reduced the acreage devoted to organic sweet potato cultivation by 30%, and we expect to produce between…

More yield on California garlic this season

Yields are good for the 2022-2023 garlic crop out of California. “We just finished harvesting the garlic crop. While those yields were good, the quality was, in some areas, not as good because in the Southern part of the state we didn’t get quite enough cold weather. We had a variation in the maturity of…

Product is emerging as a new cash crop

Jammu and Kashmir mushroom production at all-time high

Mushroom production is at an all-time high across Jammu and Kashmir in the past two years. In effect, it is emerging as a new cash crop in the union territory. “We are one of…

Fresh Direct:

US East Coast: "CEA products are becoming the top search on our website"

"In the case of indoor farming, FreshDirect, as an online grocer, has the advantage of already working with short supply chains, which fits nicely into CEA principles. Currently, the typical produce chain involves growing food, sending it to a warehouse, then to another warehouse in another country, and…

Texas pumpkin farms struggle with inflation and drought

As fertilizer, seed and labor prices have all gone up drastically this year, some Texas farmers are worried. Tim Gee, co-owner of Amarillo-based Gee Family Farms: “My…

Tomato rot still worries Solano County farmers after September rains

The heavy showers seen across the Sacramento region over the past several days are local tomato growers. There has simply been too much rain, which has led farms to pause the…

New Zealand: Is it ready for cauliflower ice cream?

This summer, Mrinali Kumar’s cauliflower ice cream Kinda, produced from vegetables destined to be discarded, will go on sale in New Zealand. Kumar is a finalist in the…

After Twitter backlash

Qantas announces increased vegetarian options and fresh fruit on domestic flights

After customer was angered by its move to a “one size fits all” menu, Qantas has announced that it would increase vegetarian options and fresh fruit on domestic flights. The…

Bund Deutscher Champignon- und Kulturpilzanbauer (BDC)

Energy crisis hits cultured mushroom industry hard

The energy-intensive production of mushrooms is currently particularly affected by the impact of the Ukraine war on the procurement of electricity and gas for food production, according to the BDC. This became clear once again at an extraordinary meeting of the Advisory Board of the Federation of German…

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds Innovation Centre Open Days on 12th and 13th October

The Syngenta Vegetable Seeds Innovation Centre Open Days will take place on 12th & 13th October, at Surfleet in Lincolnshire. All growers, agronomists and vegetable industry specialists are welcome to attend this showcase of the company’s new varieties and exciting technologies. The Vegetable Seeds…

Texas A&M AgriLife research to improve organic spinach production

Despite the greatly increasing consumer interest for organic spinach in the U.S. and worldwide, production is not keeping pace with demand. To help overcome some of the challenges facing organic spinach production, Vijay Joshi, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant systems physiologist at the Texas…

Summer heat lowers European tomato production by 14%

It has been a sunny but scorching summer in Europe. That affected the tomato market. High temperatures led to a 14% drop in production. That is according to a September report…

Lisa Niklas of the Bavarian. Pilze & Waldfrüchte Uwe Niklas Ltd on the porcini season:

Good autumn harvest of fresh porcini mushrooms

Pilze & Waldfrüchte Uwe Niklas Ltd is enjoying a very good porcini season, Lisa Niklas informs us. In contrast to the last two years, this year the company can access an excellent harvest from the Balkans. "We had hoped for a good autumn harvest, especially since the product currently serves not only the…

"The cultivated area for garlic is 20 per cent lower than last year"

Due to the unprofitable garlic season last year, acreage has been lowered by a significant amount this year. On top of that, growers and exporters are doing what they can to lower the costs, as higher prices for garlic could reduce demand. Mai Yassin, export manager at Stars of Export, says Egypt will…

Jordanian tomato farmers suffer losses due to low demand and high operational costs

Tomato farmers in Jordan are losing tens of thousands of dinars annually. They claim they are suffering from low prices in the local market and difficulty exporting to…

Innomy generates €1.3 million to make mushroom-based alt-protein

Bilbao-based foodtech startup Innomy has raised €1.3 million to develop alt-protein sources based on the humble mushroom. The company is now ready to scale up its tech and…

Too much precipitation may also ruin some Bay Area strawberries

Rains may negatively impact this year's Californian tomato harvest

Many farmers across California are in the middle of tomato harvesting right now. Frustratingly, after a long period of drought concerns, recent rains are now causing a…

Pending West Coast strikes could severely impact garlic industry

It’s a complicated year in the garlic industry. “Like everyone else, we’re dealing with supply chain issues and more recently pending strikes in the US,” says Jim Provost with I Love Produce. Just last week, a railway strike was diverted lastminute as Biden’s administration secured a tentative deal. The…

Consumers are buying more frozen vegetables because they are a healthy cheaper option

Consumers are buying more frozen vegetables when they go shopping because they are a cheaper healthy option in the face of the general increase in prices. Despite also being affected by the increases, this product category has become an increasingly interesting alternative for consumers, as it is cheaper…

Carlos Glindemann, commercial director of Agro Red&Green:

"I predict a vegetable season with more volumes and many price oscillations"

The Spanish autumn/winter vegetable season is already underway with the first volumes, although the supply is still limited. This year there have been changes in the distribution of the planted area in Almeria, where tomatoes are expanding again, and zucchini is losing ground. In general, there could be…

Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna):

"Everyone's expecting a top Spanish tomato and cucumber year, but who can be sure?"

"Last week, when I visited my Dutch clients, their huge interest in tomatoes soon became evident, which I'd expected. Many customers are looking in Spain themselves, too, because few Dutch tomatoes will be available during the winter season," Kees Havenaar of the Spanish company Frutas Luna tells us. "We…

Niels Zuurbier, Ursem-Zuurbier:

"Dutch iceberg lettuce market has improved, despite large supply"

The start of this year's Dutch iceberg lettuce season was nothing special. "The market situation was difficult then, but in the last six weeks, prices have picked up quite a bit. They're now at around €8/box," says Niels Zuurbier of the Ursem-Zuurbier cultivation company. He is also chairman of the…

EU tomato production forecast to decline to 16.5m tons in 2022

According to the European Commission’s short term agricultural outlook, EU tomato production is forecast to decline to 16.5m tons in 2022, down 9% YoY. Processing tomato…

CPEC plan to revamp agriculture

China will assist Pakistan in setting up contract-farms growing high-yield chilis

A little-known but significant part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement is boosting agricultural trade between the two countries. It has been a…

Down to the very last sliver: "We use everything, wasting nothing"

"Baby carrots are a good example of how products that would otherwise be discarded find a new purpose. In fact, we use absolutely everything; nothing is wasted," Sander Bos, Sales Manager at the Dutch company vanRijsingencarrotconcepts tells us. Baby carrots are the brainchild of an American grower who couldn't…

Frozen shiitake logs potential for local markets

Growers can harvest first fresh shiitake flush within 15 days

Imperial Garden Biotech supplies the global specialty mushroom and shiitake market with frozen shiitake logs that can be used for growing fresh shiitakes locally. In this article, Harrison Feng, the company’s director, shares some practical information on how to start and maintain a shiitake farm.…

Delayed Almeria vegetable harvest and the low supply in the Netherlands keep prices high

The harvest of the first greenhouse vegetables of the 2022/2023 season in Almeria is already underway, with high prices for all products due to the supply shortages of Spanish products and products from other European exporting countries. Heat waves have caused fruit-setting problems and delays in the…

Danny Deen, Denimpex:

"New Chinese garlic crop eagerly sought in the EU, but still too much old stock"

"The talk of COVID has died down in the EU," says Danny Deen from the Dutch company, Denimpex. "Now, energy prices, inflation, nitrogen, and rising labor and freight costs are causing alarm. But in China, COVID-19 is still negatively affecting the economy. There are still many areas in lockdown. They…

Drastic reduction in garlic availability in western Sicily

The harvesting season of Sicilian garlic mostly ended in late June. Between sowing and the first harvesting operations, the season lasts approximately 6-7 months (December-June). Given the natural shelf-life of the product, the sales period varies depending on demand: the livelier the demand, the shorter…

Bushel Boy Farms launches year-round, greenhouse cucumbers in Midwest

Bushel Boy Farms, a producer of fresh, local, greenhouse-grown produce year-round in the Upper Midwest, now grows cucumbers at its Owatonna greenhouse. The first harvest will hit shelves at major retailers throughout the Twin Cities in October. Bushel Boy Farms is the first company in Minnesota to…

Tomato prices rise again in in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

The earlier tomato prices hovering between Rs 30-40 per kg in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, have now gone up to Rs 80 per kg. About three months ago, tomato prices in the same…

K-Fresh Fresh Produce brand Enoki Mushroom recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

The K-Fresh Fresh Produce brand Enoki Mushroom is being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product has been sold in British Columbia and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. If you think you became sick from consuming a…

Massachusetts summer drought leads to good pumpkin crop

This summer’s drought conditions in Massachusetts have led to a signature autumn pumpkin crop. The dry conditions were ideal for growing pumpkins, which are about to be…

NZ asparagus growers work to overcome flooding troubles as harvesting season begins

The New Zealand asparagus harvesting season has just begun, but some fields are still partly underwater from recent flooding. Cam Lewis of Horowhenua's Tendertips Asparagus…

SCV Majesty variety

Zimbabwe: Seedco introduces new cabbage variety in Matabeleland region

Seed manufacturer SeedCo Zimbabwe has launched a new cabbage seed variety (SCV Majesty) in the Matabeleland region. The launch coincided with a field day event held at its…

Rwandan: Afri Foods sources its crops from smallholder farmers and co-operatives

Sakina Usengimana is the founder of Afri Foods, a horticultural company headquartered in Rwanda. The company exports crops such as chili, avocado, eggplant and passion fruit…

Antoine Cheminant, tomato producer:

Stickers to protest: the pacifist actions of disillusioned French tomato producers

The French tomato market has been in crisis since mid-July, with a large production and a notable lack of consumption. Tomato producers have decided to carry out actions in supermarkets throughout France in order to protest against tomato imports from Morocco. “The month of August was really catastrophic…

Yellow bell pepper variety back in the picture as greenhouses go colder: "It needs slightly less warmth"

With the current high energy prices, growers are doing their utmost to farm as energy-efficiently as possible. Breeding companies, too, are focusing on this. Every year, they…

Scanning and checking each Brussels sprout:

"Even inferior batches have some value"

Three years ago in the Netherlands, TechNature developed the SproutCam, an optical Brussels sprout grader. Since then, this grader has found a home at about 30 local and overseas producers. "Unique to our technology is that it combines image and defect recognition. As a result, even inferior batches gain…

Kimchi supply hit by cabbage shortage

South Korea: Minister promises price stabilization measures ahead of kimchi-making season

South Korean Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho has announced plans to inject additional volumes of napa cabbage into the market ahead of the upcoming kimchi-making season, also…

Mexican squash season kicks off

SunFed Perfect Squash from Sonora is underway and the grower-shipper has kicked off its late fall crop. Harvest began last week which was about 10 days behind schedule due to a longer than typical monsoon season. The season begins in Hermosillo, Mexico where it will stay for approximately six weeks. Then production moves to…

In 2021, the United States, Germany, and France accounted for 38% of the world's tomato imports

In 2021, the world imported 8,327.57 million kilos of tomatoes for 8,860.02 million euros and an average price of 1.06 €/kg. The United States led imports with a volume of…

Yoann Morin, BioBreizh:

“We plan to harvest 430 tons of organic squash this year”

The French region of Brittany has not been spared by the drought and the predictions are mixed for this year’s squash season. “For the moment, the producers have not reported any impact on calibers yet. Only the volumes are lower than expected since nearly a third of the flowers fell due to the lack of…

Panda supermarket launched small packs of vegetable and doubled the sales

Foodpanda took the lead in launching the Panda Supermarket in 2019, actively building its own warehouses in all metropolitan areas across Taiwan. As of 2022, there are 36 warehouses in Taiwan, with a population coverage rate of 70%. The number of items increased from 3,000 products last year to 5,000.…

Cucumber prices Ukraine up due to cold and rainy weather

This week, prices for greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine have gone up sharply. Due to the rainy and cold weather, cucumber deliveries from Ukrainian farms of all categories have…

Co. Meath, Ireland

Meade Farm Group invests €1.7 mln to expand carrot production

Fresh produce company Meade Farm Group, headquartered in Braystown, Co. Meath, has completed a €1.7 million investment in its carrot production facility. The business has been…

César Ortiz, Agrofesa:

“In Mexico we will provide our workers and their families – 400 people – with their daily meal needs”

“In Mexico we will provide our workers and their families – 400 people – with their daily meal needs,” says César Ortiz, CEO of Agrofesa, based in the North-West of Mexico. With a reasonable table grape season behind their backs, Agrofesa are now focusing on organic and conventional fruit and vegetable…

Farmers say worst is still to come

UK potato prices up 60%

The prices of basic foods including vegetables and potatoes have increased by up to 60% in local supermarkets in Britain over the last six months. According to a recent report, a standard 2.5kg bag of white potatoes in both Sainsbury’s and Tesco are now an eye-watering 61 or 62% more expensive than in April respectively, and…

Lior Carmeli, Breedx:

“100% seed-free fruit and vegetables, grown from seeds has been the ultimate challenge!”

Tomatoes with unique tastes and shapes, seedless snack peppers propagated from seeds, and small-fruited melons, all with exceptionally high yields, continue to be delivered by Breedx based in Israel. According to Lior Carmeli, Breedx CEO: "Our aim is to have the complete color range of mini pepper…

Bowery Farming expands product offerings with ready-to-eat salad kits

Bowery announces the launch of salad kits, expanding product offerings into the ready-to-eat category. With the introduction of three salad kit flavors featuring forkable greens, bold flavor, and crunchy toppings from pepitas to parm crisps, Bowery is elevating the grab-and-go salad experience. “At…

Three lines: snacks, dehydrated vegetables and creams

With Cavoloso! brassicas are even more appealing

"Enhancing brassicas to be more appealing, especially to children, is the mission of our startup Cavoloso!" said Antonio Vagnoni, Valentina Visciglio and Francesca Biondi at Sana 2022. The project, born in late 2019 and officially presented at the Taste show in Florence in March 2022, has developed upon…

CRI-CSIR engages Ghanaian stakeholders on new pepper variety

The Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CRI-CSIR) has rolled out a demand-led breeding project to introduce a new pepper variety…

CSIR encourages indigenous leafy vegetables cultivation in Ghana

The Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is attempting to upscale the cultivation and usage of…

New Jersey grows the most eggplants in the world

Being tropical plants, eggplants are very sensitive to cold weather, even more so than their cousin, the tomato. For this reason, eggplants are typically grown as annuals.…

New pest could decimate Trinidad tomato crops

A new pest, called the tomato leaf miner, has been spotted in parts of Trinidad. It could potentially destroy tomato, pepper, and melongene crops. According to an entomologist…

Energy costs will restrict Finnish tomato and cucumber crops this winter

The high price of electricity is already posing a challenge to the viability of Finnish commercial greenhouses. But, according to the nation's Glasshouse Growers' Association,…

MTP, the new cutter from PND, Fruit Processing Machinery in Italy

Cherry tomatoes cut in halves and quarters for the fresh-cut sector

Ready-to-eat salads have been a sought-after item for many years now, and with the more multicolored references, the more inviting they appear, the more they entice purchases. Increasingly fast-paced and dynamic lifestyles, on the other hand, support the demand for products that meet the needs of people…

Namibia reports record tomato exports to South Africa

According to a recently released report by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), Namibia's tomato exports to South Africa reached a record high in July. The report stated that,…

Isaac Petrás, of Bolets Petrás:

“Politics should never affect the sale of wild mushrooms”

Ahead of the start of autumn, this year's wild mushroom season has already begun in the Catalan Pyrenees -almost a month earlier than last year. Although it has been a very dry year, the latest rains have facilitated the growth of the first Boletus and Lactarius deliciosus of the season, said Isaac…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"There may well be a gap in the tomato supply"

How will the drastic cut in lit cultivation affect Dutch greenhouse vegetable supplies next summer? "I foresee quite a few challenges," responds Pieter de Ruiter. "With…

Paul Delbeke, Districhamp

"Erratic energy prices make Belgian mushroom cultivation hugely challenging"

Belgian mushroom growers are having a tough time at the moment. "The main issue is that no one knows exactly what things will cost next, or even this month. Energy prices fluctuate so much that no one knows where they stand. Add to that, things like compost, casing soil, personnel, and packaging price…

Some restaurants may serve products with little or no lettuce

South Korea: McDonald's again hard-pressed to secure ingredients

McDonald's Korea is struggling once again to secure sufficient amounts of lettuce for its burgers. On Tuesday, McDonald's Korea posted a notification on its website saying:…

Mushrooms are an emerging cash crop across Jammu &Kashmir

As a result of the J&K Agriculture Department’s efforts, mushroom production is at its all-time high. Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (National Agriculture Development…

Kim Barfoot-Brace - Barfoots

"We’re expecting small pumpkins and squashes despite irrigating our crops significantly"

The first pumpkins will be on the UK shelves towards the end of September. The pumpkin harvest starts in September at Barfoots on the south coast of England. Kim Barfoot-Brace said that it will be a difficult year because of the unprecedented weather conditions. "Pumpkins in the UK are generally dry…

Offering your children vegetables at breakfast can help them live healthier

Consuming vegetables is important for the health and development of children. Several economically-developed countries have implemented public health strategies that promote…

Fear of more price increases

Pune: Vegetables more expensive due to rains

The quality of fruits and vegetables available in Pune has been affected due to rain and the demand for vegetables has increased. The price of fruits and vegetables has…

The United States greenlights genetically modified purple tomatoes

After a decade of development, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently authorized the cultivation and marketing of purple tomatoes in the country starting…

Ronald Gielleit (Top Fresh Handel) about European carrot market:

"Soon there will be increased pressure from growers wanting to sell off-land to avoid high cooling costs"

The Europe-wide drought and the parsnip yellow fleck virus impact are already causing shortages on the carrot market. "It remains to be seen how supplies will develop in the coming weeks," says Ronald Gielleit of the Dutch company, Top Fresh Handel. "Last week, it rained again all over Europe. That's too…

Massachusetts

Drought forces farm to prioritize apples over pumpkins

Around Natick, Massachusetts, local apple orchards and pumpkin patches are ready for the fall rush, but they are still feeling the consequences of the summer drought.  In some cases,…

September 9th, Terra Botanica

France: Fleuron d’Anjou celebrates 60 years!

On September 9th, nearly 300 people came together at the Terra Botanica park to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Fleuron d’Anjou. Bruno Gautier, president of the cooperative, took the opportunity to reaffirm the values of the founders of Pont de Céaise, original name of the cooperative.  © Fleuron d'Anjou  He…

The careful business of harvesting celery root

Local celery root season is in full swing for Babé Farms. Harvesting out of the Santa Maria Valley in California, Babé’s Matt Hiltner says that harvesting the vegetable takes a lot of precision, attention to detail, and, as seen here, a very sharp knife. Demand for celery has been steady so far this season,…

Inspections of Mexican chile imports intensify at New Mexico border

The New Mexican green chile season is in full swing, but growers and exporters in Mexico are just as busy. Inevitably, this is causing a crunch at the international border.…

Rijk Zwaan shares cucumber innovations in Canada

On 7 September, Rijk Zwaan organized a Customer Appreciation Event in Leamington, Canada, based around the theme: ‘All about cucumbers.’ During the event, a panel of cucumber experts shared an interesting peek behind the scenes at various parts of the cucumber cycle. The event was attended by around 100…

New Zealand

Lettuce shortage returns after some bad weather

Extreme weather is to blame for salads being absent from supermarket shelves in New Zealand again. Recent rains hampered growing business Leaderbrand's ability to harvest and…

Rijk Zwaan shares cucumber innovations in Canada

On 7 September, Rijk Zwaan organised a Customer Appreciation Event in Leamington, Canada, based around the theme: ‘All about cucumbers’. During the event, a panel of cucumber experts shared an interesting peek behind the scenes in various parts of the cucumber cycle. The event was attended by around 100…

Georg Thalhammer on marketing domestic organic pumpkins

"After a bumpy start, the pumpkin market seems to be picking up a bit"

The first half of the season for the domestic organic pumpkin campaign has been particularly sluggish this year. "The quality of the marketable produce has generally been satisfactory, yet the quantity is still lacking. Furthermore, we have had tremendous viral problems, particularly in the important…

KwaZulu-Natal

Arson suspected in blaze that devastated Denny Mushroom’s warehouse

Denny is SA’s largest producer of fresh mushrooms and operates from three plants in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Some sources are speculating that a handful of workers, dissatisfied with the 7% annual pay increase that was accepted by the majority of their Denny Mushrooms colleagues, chose to…


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