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Olaf van Kooten, SamenMarkt:

"Smaller growers to benefit from a digital market"

Practicing trading without risk of losing large sums of money. This is possible in the Dutch online tomato game SamenMarkt, which has been developed by researchers from InHolland Delft, Delft University of Technology and Wageningen Economic Research. The goal of the researchers finally to finally arrive at.....

Russia: "Moscow region harvests more than 22,000 tons of vegetables"

Over 22 thousand tons of vegetables have been produced by the greenhouses of the Moscow region by May 11, 2018, informs the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.“As of today the greenhouses of the Moscow region have harvested more than 22 thousand tons of vegetables. Last.....

US: Controlled environment agriculture experiencing rapid growth

Technological advancements and consumer demand of fresh, local and year-round supplies of high-quality produce are growing the controlled environment agriculture industry across the U.S., according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division.CEA, a technology-based approach toward food.....
Romain Cools of Belgapom reacts to the possible Russian fries boycott

"Now that the capacity in Russia is increasing, Putin can keep playing his beloved game"

There might be a Russian boycott on European fries. In response, Romain Cools said closing the borders is purely a form of protectionism. He is from Belgapom, the Belgian potato trade and processing industry Association. "Russia has been trying to get their potato cultivation on track for years now. The.....

Dutch TV programme

"Vine-ripened tomatoes are a very neat sales gimmick"

Last week, the Dutch TV programme, 'Keuringsdienst van Waarde' ('Inspection Service of Value'), focused on the history of tomatoes-on-the-vine. According to this show's producers, these tomatoes are "a sales gimmick". Until the mid-nineties, there was no such thing as vine-ripened tomatoes. Tomatoes have.....

New Zealand supermarket sold out of cucumbers ahead of royal wedding

Cucumber sandwiches look likely to be a popular royal wedding snack for the people of New Zealand; a central Auckland supermarket sold out the vegetable last week. A Countdown spokeswoman said the Auckland Metro store had run out of cucumbers this afternoon and put it down to people stocking up for royal.....

Germany: Domestic cucumber supply currently dominates Title translation

Germany clearly dominated events in the cucumber business, more so than the Netherlands and Belgium. Supply was limited, but the demand could still be satisfied most of the time. Price quotations tended to rise frequently: in Berlin and Munich due to demand, in Frankfurt due to higher entry prices. In.....

Cooperative Vienna LGV focuses on regionality, innovation and cooperation

“Combining greenhouse veggies with other regional wares”

It was a successful year for the LGV vegetable cooperative in Vienna. Following the opening of the innovative "Gärtnergschäftl" business and the renewed cooperation with the friendly production company Seewinkler Sonnengemüse in Burgenland, a completely new brand was recently launched. From Andreas Melanzani.....

Trade mission and webinar Mexico and Guatemala

"Mexican horticulture thrives like never before"

More than a year ago, during the horticultural exhibition Expo Agrialimentaria in Irapuato, Mexico, people became nervous when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the US election. The future of Mexico was unclear due to possible import restrictions, the construction of the border wall and the 'America First'.....

CAN (ON): Growers lament high hydro rates, increased labour costs

Jeff VanRoboys laments the Ontario government's one-two punch that he says is hurting his cucumber harvesting business.The 40-year-old farmer and entrepreneur says his company — The Pickle Station, located about 300 kilometres west of Toronto — has been hit hard by sky-high hydro rates and a recent increase.....

Early finish in Florida from rain will see radish prices rise

The radish season in South Florida has seen an early end as rain has made harvesting the remainder of the crop difficult. Yields during the season were close to average, until recently when supplies have tapered off considerably."With all the rain in South Florida in recent weeks, we have had a difficult.....

Canada to expand agricultural market access in China

Canada and China are working to build a stronger relationship to create good, middle-class jobs and more opportunities for citizens in both countries. The two countries have agreed to increase collaboration on agriculture, including expanding market access, which is vital to achieving the Government of.....

Irish ag minister underlines importance of new employment permits

Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed T.D., has underlined the importance of a new pilot quota of employment permits for the agri-food sector. “This is a measured response to issues raised by the sector as the labour market tightens” the Minister said.He was referring to the.....

General mood does drop, but greenhouse vegetable growers are lucky

Mood among Flemish greenhouse vegetable growers increasingly positive

The mood among Flemish greenhouse vegetable growers has been increasingly positive over the last six months, show inquiries conducted for the Vlaamse Conjunctuurindex in the spring of 2018. The index increased from 82 to 87 on a scale of 100. A disappointing period in the last six months (index score 82) is.....

Many Dinajpur growers leave the summer vegetable on fields and markets to avoid further loss

Bangladesh: Price fall worries tomato farmers

Summer tomato growers in the district are incurring heavy loss as prices of the vegetable have fallen alarmingly at the local wholesale markets.Growers and traders at the wholesale markets said ample production, absence of storage facilities and traffic congestion on the highways are among the reasons for.....

Russia lifts sanctions on all Turkish tomato exporters

Russia has lifted sanctions on Turkish tomato exporters, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on April 27, citing Turkey's Economy Ministry. Russia's decision will completely pave the way for Turkey's tomato export to Russia, the ministry said in a statement. The move came after a meeting held between officials.....

Pakistan: Experts stress establishment of crop specific centres

Last week, during a three-day International Horticulture Conference, experts suggested that crop specific centres of excellence should be established under the China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).They pressed for a cohesive effort to address the interactive horticulture investment plans and for a more.....

Ethiopia: Horticulture sector on the right track to hit GTP II targets

Horticulture is one of the sub sectors of agriculture that received due attention in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (II). As stated in the plan, the development of horticulture plays two crucial roles in the economy: earning foreign currency and creating job opportunities.Regarding foreign.....

Canada: latest greenhouse tomato statistics

In the latest greenhouse tomato statistics from the Canadian statistics service released this past week, some interesting numbers were published. The total area at the end of 2017 was 633 hectares. The production was 278 mT. The average price was C$ 2.00. The "farm gate value" growers received was C$ 557.....

Australia: $1 million chemical grants boost for industry

Australian horticulture Research and Development Corporation, Hort Innovation, today announced it successfully secured more than $1 million in assistance grants under the Federal Government’s Access to Industry Uses of Agricultural and Veterinary (Agvet) Chemicals programme.Hort Innovation chief executive.....

Why does a cucumber cost almost 3 euros in Greenland?

Many Danes are shocked when they visit a supermarket in Greenland for the first time. They will discover that a punnet of cherry tomatoes can cost EUR 5. A cucumber can cost almost EUR 3. Greenland is the most expensive Scandinavian country. It has the highest cost of living. This is not because Greenlanders.....

Henk Gerichhausen cultivated tomatoes in China for more than a year:

"I mainly taught the Chinese how to look at plants"

Dutch grower Henk Gerichhausen spent more than a year travelling between the Netherlands and China in order to share his knowledge about tomato cultivation. Greenhouse horticulture is developing at a fast pace in the country. "The most modern greenhouses are being built in rapid succession," he says......

Annemieke Hendriks wrote a German book on tomatoes

"Misconceptions on fresh produce industry remain stubborn”

Some German and Austrian consumers still have funny ideas about tomatoes, Annemieke Hendriks discovered, and with her new book she hopes to spread more tomato awareness. When Annemieke released her Dutch book ‘The Tomato and the Bizarre World of Fresh Food’ in December 2016, the plans for a German-language.....

Turkey: Watermelon harvest about to start in greenhouses

The growers in Aksu district of Antalya is one of the most important areas for greenhouse production in Turkey and the growers are getting prepared for the first harvest of watermelons. As the weather was warmer throughout the entire year than usual compared to previous years, the watermelons will be.....

Dutch demo greenhouse in Myanmar

A Dutch consortium has built a 3,000 m² greenhouse in Myanmar, where Dutch systems and solutions for horticulture are demonstrated. The greenhouse is located in Heho, in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar. At this location, growers from the region receive training from Dutch horticultural experts. This.....

FMCG Opleidingen visits Edeka Zurheide Crown in Düsseldorf

Is more assortment the future?

Is more assortment the future? Participants of our courses have asked us this question more than once. The answer isn’t as simple as 1-2-3, because we think this is much dependent on the type of shopper and the formula positioning, say Gert Bloemendal and Edwin Vels of FMCG Opleidingen in their newsletter......

North America: Fine weather resulting in strong tomato volumes

There are plenty of tomatoes in the market right now. Ideal weather in all growing regions has meant that production has strengthened. There have also been a few transitions with some regions starting and some finishing up. It has all culminated in a challenging month for tomato producers."We are seeing the.....

Nigeria: Why shortage of tomatoes persists in rainy season

Over the years, tomato production in Nigeria has been largely done through irrigation in most states of the north. Only a few could afford to grow the widely consumed fruit in greenhouses during the rain-fed season.Kadawa irrigation valley in Kano State is home to the largest number of dry season producers......

Small tomatoes on the rise

"Size matters, but taste is king"

The number of tomato varieties in supermarkets is increasing, but the tomatoes themselves seem to be getting smaller. Where does the urge for an increasingly smaller tomato come from? Three tomato specialists give an update on flavor and size. The Tomberry, the world's smallest tomatoWeightAccording to Jan.....
Johan Vrijland (JNV Produce) doesn't expect any excitement in the coming weeks

"British retailers and processors often use Spanish products to the very last package"

Spanish greenhouse vegetables were on the market for longer than expected this season. This made for a difficult situation in the Dutch export market. "In the United Kingdom (UK), they hold on to Spanish products for longer. Retailers in other European supermarkets switch over to Dutch products more easily",.....

EU Council of Ministers of Agriculture discusses commercial practices

Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel of Poland participated in the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council in Luxembourg.Minister K. Jurgiel at the AGRIFISH meetingAs regards the agricultural issues, the most important point of the debate was the presentation by the European Commission of a proposal for.....

India: Water problems force growers to switch to horticulture crops

A transition from agriculture to horticulture is happening in the districts of Tamil Nadu, with the rains being the cause. Vegetables, fruits and flowers are now favoured by farmers, where paddy and sugarcane ruled earlier. In the past two years, horticulture increased by 16.7 percent.Due to the erratic.....

"Investing in agriculture vital for Syria’s future"

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged countries attending an international pledging conference for Syria to invest in agriculture as an engine of stabilization and recovery."Despite significant setbacks, agriculture continues to sustain almost half of the food supply in.....

UK: Underground-grown salad mixes come to Waitrose

Growing Underground has announced its launch into Waitrose. To start Waitrose are stocking two of their five salad mixes: Italian and English.Italian Mix – A blend of fresh pea shoots, subtle garlic chives and punchy rocket. This mix picks up on the famous flavours of Italy, with a hint of wild garlic and.....

In fresh-food retailing, quality matters more than price

A McKinsey&Company survey of 23,000 European shoppers reveals specific ways grocers can win in fresh fruits and vegetables, boosting sales by as much as 10 percent even in a flat market.Quality over priceIf you’re a fresh-food retailer in Europe, your apples and bananas better be top-notch. European.....

Turkey: Permission to export tomatoes to Russia is granted

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Plants Health Supervision Service has lifted some restrictions regarding Turkish exports of tomatoes to Russia which allowed 2 tomato growers in Salihli to start exporting again.Food, Agriculture and Livestock Salihli County Manager Ali Demir: “The inspection of the.....

Ireland: Teagasc supporting Smart Futures Programme

Teagasc is partnering with the Smart Futures programme to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Teagasc speakers are participating in a series of talks at Institutes of Technology (IT) around the country commencing Wednesday 25 April, in Athlone IT and Carlow IT.Speaking about.....

Turkish pepper growers in Mersin face debt crisis

The Mersin Chamber of Agriculture Chairman Cengiz Gokcel: “The peppers are sold at 0.40 USD per kg and this is the period when pepper production, and all the other greenhouse vegetables, peak. However the prices are too low for the growers and the growers are suffering because of it. Even though the quality.....

US (NC): Recent storms may impact North Carolina strawberry crops

The recent storms, moving through eastern North Carolina, could have lasting impacts on strawberry crops. The strawberry season hits its peak between mid-April and May, and farmers say fluctuating temperatures and heavy rainfall are known to be the determining factor in the success of crops.Now is the.....

US (CA): Lettuce production completes transition to Salinas

The production of lettuce is now maintaining steady volume after weather events several weeks ago caused some disruption to the market. Supplies have since stabilized and production has now fully transitioned out of the desert regions and into the northern California growing districts."We have recently.....

Phil Hogan:

"Protecting small farmers my top priority in EU budget negotiations"

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is "protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe's food production and rural communities".Ahead of a Citizens' Dialogue with 400 farmers in.....

Starting signal for tomatoes and peppers from Germany

As soon as spring arrives, producer cooperative Landgard brings the first fresh German summer vegetables to the table: these days, the harvest of tomatoes and peppers from protected German cultivation is really picking up speed. "Just in time for the grill, the aromatic tomatoes and crunchy peppers from our.....

US: Higher income households spend more on vegetables

ERS researchers used household-level data from Information Resources Inc. to investigate how food spending patterns differ by household income and age of the household food shopper.The researchers found that as per person income rises, households spend a larger portion of their at-home food expenditures on.....

European tomato market a mixed bag

EU average tomato prices in March were 19% below the reference period average (5 preceding years). That indicator is very different among Member States: 27% above average in IT, 23% below average in ES, 6% under average in the NL and 5% below average in FR.There is, therefore, a dual situation at MS level:.....

US (FL): Good bell pepper supplies meet slow demand

The supply of Florida peppers continues to be good which makes the lack of demand for the commodity challenging. “Demand is fair to poor for bell peppers,” says Jay Johnson of JGL Produce Co. Inc. in Immokalee, Fl. “There’s been a lot of cold weather in the Northeast and that’s been holding demand back. Any.....
Starting April 24

Russia allows tomato imports from five more Turkish firms

As stated by Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor last Monday, Russia will allow tomato imports from five more Turkish firms, starting from April 24.Source: reuters.com

China: Production of Qianxi cherry tomatoes trebles

Cherry tomatoes have been on the market for a while and the price has experienced great fluctuations. Hainan Qianxi cherry tomatoes are a relatively new variety but this year the production volume trebled. How will the price develop?Qianxi cherry tomato plantations have expanded rapidly in recent years, and.....

Thuringia:

Three quarters of German vegetables under glass are tomatoes

According to the Thuringian State Statistics Office, a total of 11,300 tonnes of vegetables were harvested in 2017 in the Thüringer greenhouses. This was 400 tons or 4 percent more than in 2016. The greenhouse acreage was 37 hectares, 2 hectares or 5 percent below last year’s levels. Nearly three quarters of.....

Paraguay: Domestic tomato production doesn't cover demand

The national tomato production currently covers 60% to 70% of local consumption, according to reports from the Commercialization Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. The rest of the offer would be of contraband tomatoes.In addition, the suspension of the issuance of Afidi (Phytosanitary.....
First-in-Fresh

Belgium: Carrefour partners exclusively with Greenyard

Greenyard has announced that Greenyard Fresh and Carrefour Belgium have signed a new cooperation deal. This was done on 18 April under the name of 'First-In-Fresh'. This further strengthens the long-standing partnership between these two companies. The new collaboration involves the logistic bundling of.....

Canada: Researcher warns cannabis bubble might burst

In the past year, plans have been unveiled to fully or partially convert greenhouse operations near Strathroy, Exeter, Petrolia and Leamington to marijuana production.For the operators, it’s part of a scramble to get in the market for both medical marijuana and soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana that.....

Jan Willem Tolhoek, Veiling Zaltbommel:

“Demand for strawberries larger than supply in the Netherlands”

The weather has an unmistakeable effect on the soft fruit market this year. “The complete soft fruit supply currently comes from the greenhouses. We had a relatively cold spring, and that resulted in an extremely fickle pricing. In early spring there’s illuminated production of Dutch product, and this finds.....
Fresh produce exports earnings up 11% in 2017

Horticulture nets Kenya €2.48 billion

The value of horticulture production rose 41 percent last year compared with 2017 on account of good prices. Market data from the Horticulture Department indicates overall sales rose from Sh216 billion in 2016 to Sh305 billion last year (€1.75 to 2.48 bln).The total value of horticultural produce exported in.....

Specialized trading company is constantly looking for new growing options

Germany: Hungarian-grown Turkish pepper varieties

Sweet peppers are currently sourced predominantly from Morocco, Spain and Turkey, as well as from greenhouses in the Netherlands and Belgium. At the moment, the Apimex GmbH mainly sells Moroccan sweet peppers, but starting in June, it will focus increasingly on Hungarian products. The fertile soil in the.....

Photo report: Take a look inside Chinese greenhouses

Jiuquan is known for droughts and the barren sands of the Gobi Desert. The local government has come up with measures to help growers, including building greenhouses and introducing organic soilless cultivation. Locally sourced plant and animal waste is used in place of soil and fertilizer in the soilless.....

Future of CAP: Equality throughout the chain

Food supply chains differ in size and number of operators but are rarely to the advantage of the farmers. Their negotiating power is usually weaker than bigger elements of the chain, such as retailers, and this can result in the value throughout the supply chain not being adequately distributed.What is being.....

Morocco, Spain's main supplier of fruit & vegetables

According to the sectoral organization Fepex, Morocco consolidated its position as Spain's main supplier of fruit and vegetables. From January to October, 2017, Moroccan exports to Spain were worth 462.3 million euros.These imports from Morocco increased by 36% over the same period of 2016.In terms of.....

number of growers decreased by 85 percent

Ten farms accounting for 10 percent of Dutch greenhouse vegetable area

The number of greenhouse vegetable growers in the Netherlands decreased by 85 percent between 1980 and 2017. At the same time, the average cultivation area in use by the remaining growers increased sevenfold. In 2017, the ten largest farms specialising in greenhouse vegetable production accounted for nearly 10.....

US (VT): Growers persevere through cold, wet spring

With unseasonably frigid spring weather and high winds whipping through the region, Vermont farmers are having to adjust to the seasonal changes affecting their crops.“If you’re going to be a farmer, you gotta be resilient,” said Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm in Westminster. “It’s what separates the.....

UK: Herb growers face economic challenges

Issues raised by Brexit may not be the biggest challenges for the British herb industry going forwards, according to British Herb Chairman Mathew Prestwich. Mathew, who works for R&G (Fresh Herbs), is in his second stint in the post.He has written to members and says: “I have mentioned to Council on many.....

Cape Town fresh vegetable supplier

South Africa: Saving the Philippi Horticultural Area

As if the water crisis wasn’t bad enough‚ Cape Town risks running out of cheap fresh vegetables unless it protects a 1‚900-hectare vegetable patch nestled in suburbia. That’s the message from a nine-month study into the viability of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA)‚ a massive stretch of farmlands being.....

Turkey: Free electricity for 7,500 growers in Antalya

Speaking at an Agriculture Summit, Antalya mayor Menderes Turel highlighted the importance of local agricultural producers: “The municipality of Antalya has become one of the most important partners of the agricultural sector since 2014. This was only possible through the legislation of municipality law......

Sweetpoint uses CuliQueen to focus on consumer convenience:

"Consumer behavior is changing drastically"

At SweetPoint, the Dutch season for the pointed pepper has started. Since 1996, SweetPoint has been active in the world of sweet pointed peppers, and the growers are the ones who are always looking for developments in the market regarding peppers and pointed peppers in particular. Within the cooperation with.....

Swiss consumers want sustainability and regional goods

The Swiss attach great importance to sustainably produced products that are regionally produced. This is the conclusion of the "Trusted Brands 2018" survey by Reader's Digest. The environmental demands are pronounced, says Reader's Digest in a press release. 74 percent of respondents want significantly more.....

Bicoloured pepper in Chinese supermarket

As Dutch tulips are about to blossom, a few varieties of Holland's sweet peppers have already made it to Weihai, a coastal city in Shandong, China. It is reported that these peppers, which are cultivated by the largest cooperative of growers in the Netherlands — Harvest House, were shipped to China by air in.....

Australian horticulture receives $5M export boost

To help open up more market opportunities domestically and internationally, Hort Innovation has launched a $5M effort with researchers, industry and regulators to strengthen evidence of pest control measures.The four-year national project, funded by Hort Innovation and research partners and led by CSIRO,.....

South Korea to create 4,300 jobs in smart farm industry

The South Korean government has announced plans to create 4,300 jobs in the smart agriculture industry by 2022.Training courses will be available from next year and will last for 20 months, with plans to create 600 professionals by 2022.In addition, young farmers who complete the courses will be given.....
Marco Bergman of Harvest House:

"Difficult start to Dutch bell pepper season due to large domestic and Spanish production"

The Dutch bell pepper season gotoff to a disastrous start this year. "We have had a lot of our own and Spanish products on the market for a while. This is making things difficult. Many retailers keep buying from Spanish suppliers. The day trade in countries like Poland and the Czech Republic continue to.....

Koppert Cress and Stanislav Batura-Venzelev start partnership

In February 2018, a license agreement was signed between Koppert Cress and Stanislav Batura-Venzelev in Minsk in the Republic of Belarus. According to their agreement, Stanislav will grow various types of cress (microgreens) and ’specialties’. All these products will be offered under the brand Koppert Cress,.....

European Commission to ban unfair trade practices in food supply chain

The European Commission proposes to ban the more damaging unfair trading practices in the food supply chain to ensure fairer treat­ment for small and medium sized food and farming businesses. In addition, the proposal includes effective enforcement provisions: sanctions can be imposed by national authorities.....

Concentration organic operations made visible

The number and share of U.S. farms that are certified organic varies across regions and commodities produced. Data from USDA's organic regulatory program show that organic farm production and food-handling operations are concentrated in California (the country's top fruit and vegetable producer), the.....

Domestic lettuce starts the move from Florida to California

The Florida lettuce season is winding down as the industry transitions to sourcing lettuces from the West Coast. “My growers are reporting a drop in volume in production,” says Edmund Moy of Maximum Foods LLC in Miami, Fl., noting Florida lettuce generally includes mainly iceberg and some romaine hearts......

opportunities in India

"Greenhouse construction in its infancy"

India is the second largest producer of vegetables in the world. The country has over 1.3 billion inhabitants who mainly eat following a vegetarian nutritional pattern. The production of vegetables is very important, thus making India a promising market for greenhouse suppliers. "Currently the technology is.....