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Greenhouse vegetable growers await an average year after a gloomy start

The Economics Bureau of the ING expects an average year for Dutch greenhouse vegetable growers. “After a dark start of the year for greenhouse vegetable growers, the sun is finally starting to shine again. The backlog in production has been caught up with, the quality is good, as is the demand and the.....

George Baker between the grapes

Sing along with the vegetable edition of Little Green Bag

Tum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.... Once it's in your head, you will hardly get it out and start singing along. Now there's another reason to sing a long with the song Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. The band fell for the commercial possibilities and allowed Dutch retailer Lidl to.....

Balancing attraction and transaction in the fruit and veg department

A relaxing shopping trip in the weekend or a quick stop at the discounter store, for some essentials? Various supermarket concepts attract various shoppers, by focusing on experience or functionality, for example. It is important to create a balance between attraction – the way the products are presented –.....

Carrefour’s 'Black Market' - 7 months after launch

Last month, we wrote a piece on France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, highlighting the fact that the agricultural seeds market is covered by European legislation, in effect banning no fewer than two million varieties of France-grown seeds. Ninety percent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died.....

Prison terms demanded for fraud in Westland tomato trade

Trust in the Westland tomato trade is of great importance, and according to the Public Prosecution Office, this trust was seriously misused by a commercial employee of a producer organization. Against this former employee and two joint defendants, the Public Prosecution Office last week demanded imprisonment.....

Consumers still hesitate to buy fresh produce online

In a recent survey, the reasons people generally gave for online grocery shopping reflect larger e-commerce trends. People are looking for good deals, they want to save time or they want to avoid the hassle of brick-and-mortar stores.Still, consumers typically turn to friends and family when looking for.....

Wendy's is moving all of its tomato production to greenhouses

Wendy’s Co. says it wants to make sure no one finds a mushy tomato on one of its burgers anymore.To do so, the chain is shifting its tomato production to vine-ripened tomatoes grown in greenhouses from those plucked from fields. The change comes as the use of fresh ingredients is becoming an increasingly.....

Germany: Discounter expands healthy fruit & vegetable brand program

Exclusive private labels for great prices - at NORMA, this certainly goes for its fruit & vegetable range. Now the Nuremberg discounter has extended its Fresh selection further; it has put its fruit & vegetable brand program on six attractive pillars: For a healthy vitamin kick there are the NORMA.....

Twice as much fruit and vegetables in the average AH shop

We call it "our garden", says Said Belhassan, the Fresh Unit Manager at Albert Heijn (AH). He is referring to the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the renovated AH shop in Genderenplein in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp. It was opened on Wednesday. Here, the philosophy behind the biggest of the changes - a.....

Different store concepts all find their niche in Vancouver

Photo report CPMA retail tour

Traditionally, in the week of the CPMA trade show, a retail tour is organized in the hosting city. On April 24, the popular and sold-out event took participants to three different retail concepts that all serve a niche in the city of Vancouver.Two trolley buses departed the convention centre at 8:00 am in.....

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"Customers can harvest lettuce in the supermarket"

Consumers seem to prefer convenience and pre-packaging. There is, however, a growing counter-movement. Starting this week, Albert Heijn Gelderlandplein in Amsterdam boasts a harvest stand. It has an assortment of lettuce with their roots still attached. "It looks like a large lettuce bouquet", says Michiel.....

Direct laser marking on the fruit is gaining in importance

Germany: Netto Marken-Discount now also labels BioBio cucumbers

The Netto Marken-Discount is expanding its "Smart Labeling" approach. In addition to ginger of their own "BioBio" label, customers can also buy "BioBio" cucumbers with the natural product label from around 4,200 net stores across Germany as of Monday April 30, 2018. In the case of "smart labeling", the.....