Retail promotions help build Michigan asparagus demand

Demand for Michigan asparagus continues to grow. Michigan supplies of asparagus have improved in the last few days due to the heat the state saw last week. “We see increases in our Michigan asparagus sales annually. Retailers have continued to promote it and excite customers into buying up the first spring…

Sabina Farms

Guyanese farm to reach out to multi-billion export market

Sabina Farms, a Guyanese company, is hoping to be able to enter the multi-billion dollar vegetable market in Guyana and abroad. Sabina Farms’ President David Aparisio said his…

Romanian Grup Serban Holding invests €3 million in vegetable packaging plant

Romanian agriculture entrepreneurial company Grup Serban Holding plans to invest €3 million in the development of its vegetable packaging facility. Grup Serban Holding…

Manu Dollinger, Dollinger Farm:

“Harvesting asparagus at night presents great advantages!”

It is in the Alsace region of France, in Hoerdt to be more precise - the asparagus capital - that the farm run by the Dollinger family for 5 generations has set up a store for the direct sales of its asparagus. The activities of the family farm have evolved over the years, but the asparagus remains the…

Similar plans in the books for vine crops

Oishii opens new product segment by introducing $20 berries

"We always want to start with best-in-class products and make them more available to the masses. We aren't here to mass produce a low-quality product," explains Hiroki Koga, co-founder, and CEO of Oishii. In 2018, Oishii took the world by storm when Hiroki and his co-founder Brendan Somerville brought…

Fable Food closes in on third fundraising round

Australian start-up Fable Food is close to securing up to $25 million in fresh funding, as the alternative meat sector continues to find favor with consumers everywhere. The…

Shane Halpin, Welgro Produce:

"At the end of the day, everyone has to pay a higher price for the gas”

Even in the Northernmost part of the European Union, growers are feeling the effects of the global energy and fertilizers crisis. We have seen how some greenhouses in the neighboring UK did not even plant because of skyrocketing gas prices. For Irish cucumber grower, Welgro Produce too, the season…

Bangalore: Vegetables enter the 'Rs 100 club'

It is now the vegetables turn in the Bangalore area to join the ‘Rs 100 club’. It is probably for the first time that many vegetables in the city are being priced over Rs 100.…

Vincent Eysseric - Coolibah Herbs

"It is very frustrating as we have the land, we have the water, we have the sun but no labor"

As we all try to settle back into some kind of 'normal' after lockdowns disrupted the flow of people and trade around the world, there are still many things that are not as they were before the pandemic. "At the height of the pandemic, Melbourne had one of the longest lockdowns in the world. We are still…

"Cauliflower season in Poland started without any delays"

The Polish cauliflower season is kicking off, and demand seems to be pretty strong from the start. As Poland hosts a lot of Ukrainian refugees, local demand is higher than usual and there is also sufficient interest internationally. According to Kornelia Lewikowska, purchasing manager for Polish vegetable…

Estonia: Tomato and cucumber production costs up

The production costs of Estonian tomatoes and cucumbers have increased by several dozen percent. The sale price of cucumbers, however, has been dropping, and initially, high…

Scott Woolford - Farm Fresh

"We are now on target and in our peak harvesting period”

The official start of the English asparagus season is St George’s Day, 23rd April but most growers have asparagus before that, weather permitting of course. Farm Fresh PO based in Kent, England, one of the biggest asparagus growers in the country, started the asparagus harvest at the end of March from…

CBP Officers foil attempt to smuggle 550+ pounds of narcotics in shipment of squash

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo crossing in San Diego found more than 550 pounds of methamphetamine and almost three pounds of cocaine…

Penn State

Internet-based precision irrigation system shows promise for fresh-market tomato

According to Penn State researchers, an "internet of things" -or IoT- system monitoring real-time data from soil-based sensors to activate an automated precision irrigation setup can conserve water and boost crop production. In a study involving fresh-market tomato production conducted at the Russell E.…

9th November 2022

UK Pea and Bean Industry Conference 2022 returns

The fourth British Pea and Bean Conference returns after a three-year hiatus. On 9th November 2022 the event will welcome back the industry and, for this year, will be trying…

Asparagus imports from Peru continue to climb

Peruvian fresh asparagus continues to enjoy a prominent place in the U.S. market. In 2021, U.S. imports from Peru increased nine percent over the previous year, according to USDA statistics. In 2021, U.S. imports from Peru increased nine percent over the previous year, according to USDA statistics, to…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"Greenhouse lettuce demand and prices fluctuate"

This season's Dutch greenhouse lettuce market has its ups and downs. "There have been good and not-so-good moments. The lettuce market has been far tougher in the last ten days. But other vegetable prices have dropped too," says Henk van Doorne, who also markets some fellow growers' lettuce. With his…

Jos Amelinckx, Amelinckx Asperges & Fruit:

"There's plenty of asparagus supply, but there was last year too"

Times are tough on the Belgian asparagus market at the moment. "The current prices simply aren't good," says Jos Amelinckx of Amelinckx Asparagus & Fruit. "Why? Who knows. There's plenty of supply, but last year there was too. That season went well; the current one's much worse." The grower cannot complain…

A delegation visited Sipo during Macfrut

A tour to get to know vegetables from Romagna

During Macfrut, 16 foreign buyers took part in a guided tour of the Sipo company - sales managers came from Poland, Lithuania, Great Britain, Denmark, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. "Our participation at Macfrut was a success beyond our expectations. Our company has been on the market for over…

If the U.S. cancels the tariffs imposed on China, how much will it affect China's garlic exports?

The combined effects of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have caused the prices in the U.S. to rise at their fastest pace since the early 1980s. President Biden said on May…

Products include onions, jalapeño peppers, beans, tomatoes and more

Mexico to suspend import duties on food staples to counter inflation

Mexico will waive import duties for one year on a range of household staples, most of them food-related, in a bid to curb inflation, the government said on Monday. Earlier…

Imperfectas: solutions to prevent the vegetable sorting from depending on physical appearance

"If you think about it, when you're going to eat a vegetable, who cares if it's a little crooked or scratched"

"Too big, too small, it lacks a bit of color, it has an unusual shape, it is deformed..." Nowadays, all of this leads to a fruit being sorted as second-rate, and this is also where Imperfectas® aims to provide value. This Almeria-based initiative seeks to provide solutions so that the sorting of…

Botswana officials claim vegetable import ban 'here to stay'

Agriculture minister Fidelis Molao says the vegetable import ban is not only ‘here to stay’, but will possibly be expanded to include more produce in the next two years.…

COAG Andalusia: "Farmers can't believe what's happening to them"

2,000 hectares of carrots in Andalusia await buyers

COAG Andalusia has warned that nearly 2,000 hectares of carrots for industry - mainly - are going to be lost in Andalusia's countryside due to a lack of buyers. "The farmers…

The Netherlands produces almost 7 times more cucumbers per square meter than Spain

The data shared by FAOSTAT on cucumber production in two major producing countries, Spain and the Netherlands, shows the difference in yield per area in the cultivation of…

3,500 Nigerian growers targeted for new hybrid tomato & cabbage tests

Some 3,500 Nigerian tomato farmers have been targeted for a new and improved hybrid tomato variety in two northern states. The hybrid tomato variety known as “Xaman,”…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Movement of Mexican asparagus crossing through Arizona, California and Texas expected to increase

The release of the latest Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what buyers were already feeling – almost everything costs more these days. The April index shows an 8.3% year-over-year increase from 2021. This increase hit different industries unevenly, with vegetables one of the few…

Grupo AN: "We will have trays of peeled Navarra PGI white asparagus available until mid-June"

"We expect to recover the sales figures of fresh white asparagus from 2019, and even exceed them by between 5 and 10%"

In late March, the Spanish region of Navarre started its white asparagus campaign. This product is highly appreciated in the market and its differentiated quality was recognized in 2003, almost two decades ago, when it received the PGI Espárrago de Navarra seal. In addition to the traditional canned…

Grewar Oosthuizen - Agri Gamtoos Farmers Association

Gamtoos Valley citrus campaign runs uninterrupted

In the Gamtoos Valley of the Eastern Cape, the Satsuma crop has been picked, and it is now followed by Novas, clementines and lemons. The area didn’t experience the same unrest as the nearby Sundays River Valley which lies to its east. The Cockscomb Mountain towers behind citrus orchards in the Gamtoos…

Rijk Zwaan highlights the importance of shared entrepreneurship in cucumber breeding

"You can plant the seed yourself, but true growth is achieved together"

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has been active in cucumbers since 1937, and partnerships have always been of paramount importance, ensuring continuous innovation and…

Tons of mushrooms are discarded as growers struggle to find laborers

As part of the producer group Waveney Mushrooms, Chris Haylock and his wife Laura run a business in Swainsthorpe in Norfolk, growing 20 tons of mushrooms per week. However,…

Ukraine: Growers increase price of early cabbage

Prices for cabbage of a new crop have risen sharply in Ukraine this week. According to the daily monitoring of the project, Ukrainian producers were forced to reduce the price…

Michigan growers hope for longer 2022 asparagus season

Michigan is kicking off its asparagus season and is optimistic for a full season compared to a shortened 2021 season due to adverse weather. “We’re finally receiving warmer weather this week from an otherwise cool spring leading into it. We started shipping yesterday in a small way with production out of…

Will Teeuwen, Teboza:

"This year, asparagus demand is noticeably good from Dutch retailers, but lacking in Germany"

In the Netherlands, the good weather is currently making for a substantial asparagus supply on the market. "This beautiful spring weather is benefitting asparagus consumption too. There's even more enthusiasm than in other years for this product, especially at Dutch retailers," says Will Teeuwen of…

250 visitors to Food Trend Event Willem Dijk AGF

After a long time without being able to meet customers physically due to the coronavirus pandemic, Willem Dijk AGF recently organized a Food Trend Event for its customers. Under a radiant sun, about fifteen suppliers presented their new products to the public, from ginger shots to barbecue vegetables. Among…

South African company to invest in tomatoes, flowers and peppers

The Plateau State government and South African company Wellington and White have agreed to invest in agribusiness in the state. This was disclosed when governor Simon Bako…

"Export will begin at the end of the month"

"New garlic is harvested and air-dried"

The new garlic harvest has already started. In some areas the farmers have already begun to air-dry the garlic. The garlic bulbs are quite large this season. The percentage of 5.5cm+ garlic is rather high. The weather in Shandong has recently been dry, which is excellent for the post-harvest air-drying…

Asparagus season in Georgia: Prices have stabilized

The asparagus season in Georgia is in full swing, and only now prices have stabilized. The season started in mid-April with unusually high prices. According to local growers,…

Vegetable grower puts education at the forefront

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., continues to emphasize education for  students, media and influencers as a pillar of the company’s marketing efforts. Remaining true to the company’s purpose of fueling health and happiness through foods that matter, experiencing a vegetable…

Price of imported peppers from India rose significantly

Affected by the sluggish demand, pepper trading in China is not active. At the same time, the price of Indian peppers did not fall but increased significantly. What positive…

Increase in transport costs for foreign squash

The squash campaign is being made difficult by the increases in transport costs, despite the fact that sales are lively.  "Logistic costs have increased by at least 70%, but the final price is pushed downwards and we are forced to sell in line with how much the market is willing to pay," explains Giuseppe…

Markus Kössig, Managing Director of Stefan Maus Ltd, on peppers from Spain and the Netherlands:

"The quality of Dutch goods has steadily improved and is almost better than the others"

Stefan Maus Ltd from Oberau in Bavaria offers, among other things, zucchini from Italy, as well as broccoli, eggplant and peppers from Spain and the Netherlands. In terms of total quantity, zucchini and peppers are sold the most. "Per week, we sell between 600-800kg of peppers from Spain and from the…

Grower announces transition as co-founders retire

Prime Time International, grower and marketer of colored bell peppers, asparagus and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, announces the retirement of founders and managing partners Carl Sam Maggio and Mark Nickerson. “Carl Sam, Mark and the late Chuck Hodges founded our company in 1992 and are true…

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Recall of Green Box Ltd Cendawan Enoki Mushroom batch due to presence of Listeria monocytogenes

A batch of Green Box Limited Cendawan Enoki Mushroom is being recalled due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Details are as follows: Green Box Limited Cendawan Enoki Mushroom; pack 100g Batch: G11202226; Item Code: C007 Country Of Origin: China Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

Severe wet weather hampers vegetable production in South East Queensland

Earlier this year wet weather events in South East Queensland created quite some havoc with many farms being affected due to severe wet weather conditions. Severe wet weather…

Pierre Sweep, A&P Sweep:

"I foresee a good connection to the new celeriac season"

"The celeriac season began with good prices for the new crop. And it continues to run well, both price and volume-wise. Though, prices did drop only to around €0.25 in the fall. It was somewhat frustrating that it remained at this level until early March. Those prices didn't reflect the additional costs…

Alain Cottebrune, La Verdura, asparagus producer:

“Direct sales help value the entire production”

Alain Cottebrune produces asparagus in the Saire valley (Normandy). Today, the direct sale of farm products has gained in popularity, but when Alain Cottebrune created his first store in 1992, he was one of the precursors of these types of sales. “I think that direct sales allow us to have contact with…

Good weather means ample radish supplies

Radish supplies nationally are strong right now. Todd Miedema, marketing director for Hudsonville, Michigan-based Miedema Produce, Inc. (which also has operations in Arizona to help supply radishes year-round), says that right now, winter radishes are coming out of both Florida and Arizona. California…

Production is expected to reach two and a half million kilos

Barbastro's first pink tomatoes will hit the markets in June

Barbastro is expected to start marketing its pink tomatoes in mid-June. According to the Brand Association, the region is expected to produce two million million kilos of Pink…

The country is looking to export them to the USA and Japan

Spain will produce 44,000 tons of green asparagus this year, a thousand more than in 2021

Currently, Spain markets its green asparagus in European supermarkets and fruit and vegetable shops and it is beginning to export them to new non-EU destinations such as Saudi…

Successful campaign for South Tyrolean asparagus Terlaner Spargel

"High quality goods and great sales in the hotel and catering industry"

After a somewhat delayed start to the season due to cooler circumstances, the nice weather and rising temperatures of recent weeks have enabled a high-quality asparagus…

Mana Farms

Peter Pane focuses on indoor farming

"Growing lettuce directly in the restaurant itself is an absolute megatrend"

Peter Pane likes it crunchy: The popular burger grill chain is the first German system gastronomer to roll out its indoor farming concept. After a test phase in Lübeck, the Leipzig location is now enjoying freshly harvested greens. Together with start-up Mana Farms, Peter Pane is integrating its…

“Turkey must increase their export regions and volumes for the export of garlic”

The Turkish garlic season has only just started, and the production of garlic in Turkey is increasing, says Tumen Tarim’s export manager Kerem Baltu.“The new season for Turkish garlic has just started since the first week of May. This year, Turkey expects to have a total volume of 100,000 tons, which is…

Zulkuf Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radijs:

"The radish market no longer has peaks and troughs"

"The season has begun well, despite the recent warm weather," says Zoef Yilmaz of Yilmaz Radijs in the Netherlands. "The chilly evenings and sunny afternoons make for good-quality radishes." "Market demand has been good so far and is running proportionally to the quantity we grow. In recent years, the…

Christian Gimperlein, Bio-Maintalkresse, on the current season

"With outside temperatures rising, the restaurant business is noticeably picking up"

Cress traditionally enjoys a rapid increase in demand around the Easter holidays. But this year, Easter business was a little bit below average, reported Christian Gimperlein, co-managing director of the specialized grower Bio-Maintalkresse in Albertshofen. "Easter sales were not as good as in other…

Only 15% of the usual volume is offered to the market

Prices for mushrooms in Ukraine have reached unprecedented levels

Prices for mushrooms in Ukraine have reached unprecedented levels. Now producers give a mushroom to the buyers at the prices of 75-80 UAH (2,3-2,5 euro) per kilogram, and at retail the price for a mushroom reaches 115 UAH \ kg (3,7 euro\kg). The second grade and open mushroom are sold from farms at…

Australian Mushrooms calls on food professionals to help solve nutritional problems

Australian Mushrooms has teamed up with Nutrition Research Australia (NRAUS) in a new nutrition education program, calling on food industry professionals to help uncover ways…

Greenhouse tomatoes and bananas

Citronex shows facilities in two videos

Citronex is a producer of tomatoes and a distributor of bananas in Poland. The company has uploaded two videos explaining the way they work with both fruits, and what their capabilities are. The company employs over 2,500 people. Take a look at their facilities in the videos below.    

Moroccan fresh produce aims to set new standards in exports

Fresh produce from Morocco benefits from the country’s strategic geographical position, as well as multiple competitive advantages, and many of the country's products have…

The Spanish-Italian-French Garlic Committee is concerned about new bans on active substances

The Spanish-Italian-French Garlic Committee held a meeting in the production area of the violet garlic from Cadours PDO, in France, to continue its work in defense of this…

Gut Plätz GmbH & Co KG

Klaus Heinl, Royal Spargel Gut Plätz & Co.:

"Asparagus sales rather restrained so far"

Asparagus sales in eastern Germany have so far been rather subdued. At Gut Plätz in the Altmark region of northern Saxony-Anhalt, the first asparagus from heated cultivation was already cut on March 18. Due to weather conditions, the first, unheated field-grown asparagus could only be harvested this…

Prices for local and imported tomatoes are dropping in Ukraine

Prices for local and imported tomatoes in Ukraine remained at fairly high levels throughout April. High selling prices for tomatoes this season are explained by a combination…

Uzbekistan saw record volume of beetroot exports in April 2022

A little more than a month has passed since Uzbek exports of beetroots of the new crop started, and the results of the first month of the season indicate a successful start.…

Jose Mathey, Blampin Fruits:

Ornithogalum pyrenaicum: the wild asparagus loved by the British!

Although a member of the asparagaceae family, the only characteristic this ornithogalum pyrenaicum shares with the traditional asparagus is its slender silhouette. This wild plant, well known among the older generation, grows in wooded areas and along rivers. Blampin Fruits, a wholesaler on the Rungis…

1.176 tons of virus-infected peppers from China not allowed into Transbaikalia

On May 2, when inspecting two batches of peppers from China, specialists of the department for supervision in the field of plant quarantine at the state border of the Russian…

Barry Michiels, Gebroeders Michiels:

"Warm weather doing greenhouse vegetable demand good"

"The good weather forecast is contributing to the rising demand for greenhouse vegetables," says Barry Michiels of Gebroeders Michiels in Belgium. "Prices have been dismal for the past fortnight but are now gradually increasing." The exporter, who mostly has customers on the German wholesale markets, admits…

Fresh Express celebrates National Salad Month

Fresh Express® is celebrating National Salad Month with a series of promotional activities throughout the month of May, anchored by an online and social contest that provides…

Organic lettuce heading back to Salinas

Organic lettuces are transitioning from Yuma, Arizona, back to Salinas, California, at the moment. Organic lettuce is transitioning back to Salinas from Yuma.  “In general, lettuce seems to be in good supply and widely available. Chard supply is tight while spinach and arugula are very difficult to get right…

Mom-approved snack boards for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, so what are some ways you can make the day a special one for Mom? How about creating a snack board customized to her taste for a delicious way to celebrate the day? Village Farms would like to share some of its favorite snack board ideas featuring all the greenhouse-grown…

Enza Zaden already has a complete portfolio of varieties with high resistance to tomato brown rugose virus

"Only high resistance can stop the spread of ToBRFV"

In 2020, Enza Zaden announced that it had discovered the gene for high resistance to the devastating tomato brown rugose virus. Two years later, the seed company already has a complete portfolio of different types of highly resistant tomato varieties. This was the message that stood out the most at the…

Lidl brochure annoys and worries customers

Discounter offers cucumbers for €4.65 per kg

Cucumbers are a popular feature in many salads or as a raw food. However, in the current brochure of the discounter Lidl, they are offered for the steep price of 4.65 euros…

Karen Neill - Denhead Farms

“Every year we grow a bit more asparagus"

The Scottish asparagus season is well underway in Coupar Angus, Perthshire. Denhead Farms planted the first asparagus plants 4 years ago, unfortunately their first commercial crop coincided with the first lockdown due to Covid, so things had to get put on hold. “Every year we grow a bit more asparagus,”…

The majority of artichoke producers in Spain held a meeting in Tudela, Navarre

Artichoke producers from the Region of Murcia, as well as from the Vega Baja del Segura, in Alicante; Benicarlo, in Castellon; El Prat de Llobregat, in Barcelona, and Tudela, in Navarra, met last weekend in a historic event for the sector on the occasion of the First Congress of the White Artichoke of…

Martin Bolhuis (Tuindersbelang): "Red cabbage getting especially good prices"

"We're now exporting cabbage to Ukraine again"

Ukraine sets the pace for Dutch cabbage exports. So when the conflict there began, that suddenly ground to a halt. However, according to Martin Bolhuis of Tuindersbelang in the Netherlands, Ukraine is buying again. Tuindersbelang organizes central sales for some 60 cabbage growers. "The rest of the…

Niels van den Berg, Rungis:

"After the last two asparagus seasons, marked by COVID-19, we're busier than ever"

Every year, everyone at Dutch hospitality supplier, Rungis, looks forward to the local asparagus season. "The product isn't available locally for part of the year, so guests eagerly anticipate the asparagus season. They seem happy to be served green asparagus, year-round, but with white asparagus, it's…

Olivier Hirel, Perle du Nord

France: new brand for vegetables from Hauts-de-France

From September 2022, the group of cooperatives Perle Union (as well as endive producers under the Perle du Nord brand) will launch “Maraîchers des Hauts-de-France”, the brand under which the group will sell its 35,000 tons of fruit and vegetables. This wide range includes over 30 different varieties…

Malawi

Inosselia-Greenbelt greenhouse farm exports cherry tomatoes to DRC

Inosselia Agro and Greenbelt Authority (GBA) greenhouse-based vegetable farm, which is near Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, last week exported its first…

Arie Havelaar, Sawari Fresh International:

"Garlic prices dipping slightly, while ginger prices are rising"

"Garlic prices are dipping slightly," says Arie Havelaar of Sawari Fresh International, a Dutch garlic and ginger specialist. "That could be because of the somewhat lower freight rates. However, garlic's current biggest shortcoming is that Spain still has too much product." Mostly Spanish and Chinese garlic"Spain…

Biennial Asparagus Conference 2022 takes place on Wednesday, 6 July 2022

The Asparagus Growers Association is pleased to announce the 2022 Biennial Asparagus Conference will be held on Wednesday 6 July 2022 at Willow Farm, Coningsby in Lincolnshire…

White mushrooms and Portobello show neuroprotective effects

Researchers confirm that the consumption of mushrooms helps to prevent neurodegenerative diseases

Researchers from CIBIR, the Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja, and CTICH, the Technological Research Center of La Rioja's Mushroom, have evaluated the neuroprotective…

Thomas Bos (Thomasol):

"Precipitation, rising costs make for very challenging Spanish season"

Those seeking the Spanish sun during the May vacation this year will likely be sorely disappointed. "The weather's been terrible here again this week," says Thomas Bos, who moved from the Netherlands to Alicante in 2003. His company, Thomasol, has been directly linking buyers elsewhere in Europe with…

Vidyanath Gururajan - HarvestEye

“If growers know how much of their crop is within the marketable range, they can set a better price for the produce"

Crop sizes can be unpredictable, and growers never really know what they have got until it is being sorted and packed, this makes marketing the crop challenging. There is a new technology on the market which can help growers to market their crops. HarvestEye can precisely measure the size of root crops…

Washington State fresh asparagus harvest hits stores this week

Washington State’s family farmers and packers are readying for the 2022 season with their fresh, vibrant asparagus available at regional supermarkets, farmers markets and…

How much can Florida growers take?

Recent events on two commodities have drawn even more attention to a pressing issue for East Coast growers, but how much pressure is too much? The first one is green peppers. The crop had seen some damage following the freeze in the late winter that occurred in both Georgia and Northern and Central…

Javier Trujillo, president of Cosafra:

"Green asparagus prices have been good so far, but they won't suffice to make up for the volume shortages"

The weather conditions have taken a heavy toll on Granada's asparagus this year. "We estimate that we are going to see a drop in the production of approximately 40%, mainly as a result of the dry weather during the winter and the weather conditions in March, which are also to blame for a considerable…

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

"Pressure from other origins drive Dutch bell pepper prices to historic low"

The Dutch bell pepper season got off to a moderate start regarding yields. "To date, this season's prices have been historically low," says Marco Bergman of Harvest House. "Prices have been under enormous pressure, especially in the last three weeks. There are, obviously, several reasons for this." The…

OP Albani will be exhibiting at Macfrut 2022

Half a century of experience in the cultivation and marketing of fruit and vegetables

Thanks to more than half a century of experience in the fruit and vegetable sector, the Albani family founded a growers' association in 2016, which currently includes around 60 Sicilian cultivation companies. "We have always believed in the collaboration between cultivation companies," said Salvatore Albani,…

In the Netherlands, Compliment's local open field season begins

"Bimi broccoli: a hip, versatile vegetable"

The Dutch season has begun at open field vegetable farm, Compliment. "Last week, we started harvesting mini romaine and bok choy, and Shanghai bok choy. Next week we'll begin with the regular bok choy and iceberg lettuce, then move on to celeriac and Bimi broccoli in late May. It's celery's turn in…

New Zealand brand Wattie's sees bumper tomato crop

Heinz Wattie's Limited (Wattie's) is a well-known New Zealand-based food producer of frozen and packaged fruit, vegetables, sauces, and more. The company has had a bumper…

Low prices and slow demand for asparagus

The mild temperatures and sunny days of the past two weeks have led to a surplus of asparagus, followed by their depreciation on the national market. In addition, demand is dropping, also due to the lower purchasing power of families. This trend does not only concern the domestic market, but the European…

The garlic sector is working with different laboratories to try to uncover any fraud regarding the origin of garlic

The garlic sector calls on Brussels to end China's 'dumping'

The garlic sector has asked Brussels to end dumping from China and to control the frozen garlic, which is brought out of quota and at low tariffs without actually being frozen, as they are brought in containers at -4°C and are sold as fresh garlic. This, according to the president of the garlic sector of…

Preston-based vegetable wholesaler Huntapac Produce receives funds for expansion

Preston-based vegetable wholesaler, Huntapac Produce, has received financial backing from Lombard, part of the NatWest Group. The £800,000 funding has enabled a fourth-generation Lancashire business to continue with its expansion plans. It led to the purchase of two new Prinoth Panther dumpers, used in…

Mathilde Jakobsen, Fresh.Land:

“The fruit still hangs on the tree when customers order it from Fresh.Land”

Fresh.Land, the disruptor of the fruit and vegetable value chain,  allows consumers in Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands, to order fruit that still hangs on the tree, directly from farmers. According to Mathilde Jakobsen, founder of Fresh.Land, their model, “eliminates artificial ripening, cold-storage and surface…

Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Pakistan: Price of tomatoes increases in twin cities

As the festival of Eidul Fitr neared, traders continued enjoying the benefits of a free-market economy in their favor, with prices of tomatoes increasing by around Rs10 on a…

Demand gaining again on organic heirloom tomatoes

Demand is starting to come back again for organic heirloom tomatoes just as the Mexican season is winding down. Alejandro Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. based in Nogales, Arizona says its organic heirloom tomatoes have approximately three weeks left of production in the Valle de Guadalupe region…

Serge Zeppieri, Grosbusch:

“Mass retailers are looking for novelty”

For the week of Easter, Grosbusch set up displays at its retail clients, including the Leclerc supermarket of Hauconcourt (northeastern France). Serge Zeppieri, operations manager at Grosbusch, speaks about the many advantages of such a service.  “Those displays are what differentiate us from the competition. Each…

Christian Mählmann, Mählmann Gemüsebau & Co., is ready for the new season:

"The focus is on growth"

Mählmann Gemüsebau & Co. from Oldenburger Münsterland is one of Germany's largest vegetable producers and has been active in the vegetable sector since 1983. The marketing of the entire range of vegetables is in the hands of the Erzeugergroßmarkt Langförden-Oldenburg eG (ELO) from Vechta-Langförden. Close cooperation between…

The new website www.bernardi1953.it

Residuo Zero has received excellent feedback from distributors and canteens

A new season is about to start, and Agricola Bernardi will be taking part in Macfrut with a Zero Residue line. "We are actually ready with artichokes and we will soon be ready with fennels, but we are also field-testing an expansion of the range to include legumes such as peas, broad beans and borlotti…

Tozer Seeds' expansion to North America

"Innovation has continued to drive us since our inception in 1944"

Breeding company Tozer Seeds is the largest independent and family-owned vegetable breeding company in the U.K. They can reflect on a total of 78 years in the industry. In a small town just southwest of London, Tozer was founded on the fundamental principles of great people, exceptional plant breeding,…

Searson start at Pfalzmarkt with Harry Eicher, Hans-Jörg Friedrich and Christian Deyerling

"We will devote more time to lettuces with root balls, i.e. hydroponics"

At the start of this year's fresh vegetable season, Pfalzmarkt eG invited visitors to the fields of Pfalzmarkt producer Harry Eicher. In addition to Eicher, Pfalzmarkt board member Hans-Jörg Friedrich and supervisory board chairman Christian Deyerling commented on the current season, new trends and the…

Producer and trader Franz Ulrich on the current mushroom market

"German king trumpet mushroom benefits from changing eating habits"

The cultivated mushrooms business is fluctuating wildly at the moment, Bavarian producer and marketer Franz Ulrich tells us. "The Easter business was roughly similar to pre-pandemic times. After the holidays, however, sales in food retailing plummeted," says the mushroom merchant. In general, sales and…

Jesús Lucas Rodríguez, of Unica Fresh:

"This is the first time that we start a new leek campaign with low demand"

This week, the new leek campaign has started in the Spanish province of Cadiz, the earliest area in Europe and the main producer during the spring months. The start of the campaign has been slower than usual due to a lagging demand, given the large stocks of old leeks still available in the markets.…

Plant-based snack foods increasingly popular

Consumers are more and more moving toward a healthier lifestyle and this includes shifting to better-for-you products and a focus on individual wellness needs. No matter the…

The Spiny Artichoke of Sardinia is seeking out a niche on foreign markets

The Consortium for the Protection of the Sardinian Spiny Artichoke with Designation of Origin was originally launched by 12 companies from three producing areas (the valley of Coghinas, Oristano and Serramanna). Over the years more partners have joined and today the consortium counts 27 growers and 9…

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Artist uses mushroom’s bioelectricity to create track that went viral

The power of mushroom bioelectricity has been harnessed to create a viral modular synth track. Tarun Nayar, a biologist who is also formally trained in Indian classical music,…

University of Belize to lead tomato research with Resilient Rural Belize program

А ѕtudу bу аgrісulturе ехреrtѕ аttасhеd tо UВ, іnсludіng Zое Rоbеrѕоn Zеtіnа, Іnа Іrіѕ Ѕаnсhеz, Dr. Gеrаrdо Аldаnа, аnd Frаnсіѕсо Тzul, wіll address a “Реrfоrmаnсе Еvаluаtіоn…

South African tomatoes at half the price compared to one year ago

Prices for tomatoes in South Africa have declined by half over the past year, with a kilogram now costing under R10 as large volumes of the fruit are currently available. Last…

Garlic exports hit record high in March

In March, the storage garlic showed a trend of recovering indistinctly, but the price increase was not obvious, and the market was still oscillating at a low level throughout…

The updated Coviro catalogues can be picked up at Macfrut, stand D1 - 198

New varieties for asparagus and strawberries

Coviro Azienda Vivaistica based in the Italian province of Ravenna, in Cervia, which is specialized in the production of strawberry and asparagus plants, is about to introduce two new varieties in both segments for the upcoming Macfrut event. "We have several new products that we will be presenting at…

Mexico is the world's second-biggest exporter of broccoli and cauliflower

Mexico positioned itself as the world's second-biggest exporter of broccoli and cauliflower, with a 19.2% share of the world market, only behind Spain. From 2016 to 2020,…

France: Cucumber prices are up

With the rise in energy costs, cucumber prices have increased, much like other products.  Producers are worried about these higher prices. With 1.50€  [1.60 USD] for a French cucumber, consumers could easily…

Egypt has its eyes on Brazilian market for the export of garlic

“The customs taxes for Brazil are only 13 per cent of the garlic price”

The Egyptian garlic season is in full swing and the Brazilian market could play a major role this season. One exporters states that the low customs taxes on Egyptian garlic will be the game-winner for their season. Mohamed Shaaban, general manager of Garlico Egypt, states the earlier predictions of a…

Michael Bong, GM of Bergerhof/Bong tomatoes, on the strawberry season:

"There could be an oversupply in the coming week"

The farm of Michael Bong from Bergheim-Rheidt-Hüchelhoven started harvesting asparagus in week 14. "The harvest volumes are increasing from week to week," Bong told us. The experienced farmer also grows strawberries, peppers, rhubarb, and tomatoes, which he markets directly from his farm and sells to regional…

Boosting the nutritional bounty of carrots and onions

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking to beef up your salad. Not with complementary slices of tender chicken, steak or other meat but rather new, improved…

Snow and freezing push back Oregon asparagus season

Snow and cold temperatures have pushed back the start of the Oregon asparagus season. “There’s just more wintery weather than we normally see at this time of year. We do get freezing occasionally but it’s not usually combined with those cold temperatures,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee…

Last year’s white cabbage cheaper in Ukraine

In Ukraine, prices for last year’s white cabbage have begun to decline. The reason for the reduction was the decrease in trade and purchasing on the part of wholesale…

High tomato costs impede set-up of processing units in Solan

The unavailability of low-cost tomatoes has become a hurdle in the setting up of processing units in Solan, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Baldev Bhandari, chairman, HP…

The cold and unstable spring weather complicates the start of the white asparagus campaign in Tudela de Duero

The last winter was the second-driest winter of the last 40 years in Spain. According to data from the State Meteorological Agency, it only rained 45% of the average rainfall…

NZ government funds $5 million for eco boiler at capsicum farm

A government fund dedicated to projects that reduce emissions has paid $5 million towards a “biomass boiler” at a massive capsicum farm. The funding for the boiler, which will…

“Eat them to defeat them” campaign has resulted in UK veg sales worth £92 million

Veg Power and ITV announced that Eat Them to Defeat Them, the campaign to encourage children to eat vegetables, has resulted in vegetable sales nationwide of £92 million. In…

Vegetable smuggling increasing in Botswana

The ban on importation of various vegetable varieties into Botswana from South Africa and other veggie-export countries is keeping the police on their toes. Meanwhile,…

Bertrand Guivarch, Priméale France:

“We were able to supply our clients with good quantities of asparagus for the week of Easter”

Easter is a key period for the asparagus campaign. Bertrand Guivarch, sales director for vegetables at Priméale France, gives an update on the current season. “We harvested our first asparagus at the beginning of March, with insignificant volumes in week 10. Wholesalers, Cash&Carry and some discount…

"There's always slightly less asparagus demand in the week after Easter, but it's picking up again"

In Belgium, the asparagus high season officially began last week when the first asparagus was harvested in asparagus grower Leon Henckens's fields. "Asparagus had been on the market for a while, of course, and the Easter demand was excellent," says Benny Cuypers of BelOrta. "That always drops slightly in…

Morrisons apologizes as lettuce shelves were seen empty

Supermarket chain Morrisons has apologized as one of its stores was recently pictured with large empty sections it its meat and poultry aisle as well as in fresh fruit and…

T Fresh Company of City of Industry is recalling its 7.5oz Yes! Enoki Mushrooms

T Fresh Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling its 7.5oz (200g) enoki mushrooms, Lot #6021053 grown in China, because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness. Lot #6021053 was distributed from California and Texas to…

Making specialty mushrooms more accessible

The specialty mushroom category is quite different from its sister category, the white button mushroom. “Specialty mushroom trends have grown over the past few years but there are very few suppliers throughout the country,” says Aurora Porter, Vice President of Sales for Smallhold based in Brooklyn, New…

Portuguese researchers create 100% vegetable egg

Portuguese researchers have created a non-egg egg. The new, totally home-grown product has been created from soy and other plant extracts. Researcher Daniel Abegão of CFER…

Transna Trading Group builds new $5 million dollar pineapple packhouse

New UK market and new crop for Dominican pineapple producer

The opening up of a new export market in the UK, building a new $5 million dollar pineapple packhouse facility and growing new crops. This is how Angel Leguisamon, CEO of the tropical fruit producer Transna Trading Group, based in the island nation of the Dominican Republic, responded when the produce…


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