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“We’re expecting good things from this new pink beefsteak tomato in Eastern European markets”

The Spanish greenhouse season started off somewhat roughly at Vicasol. “Prices weren’t good, especially for the early cucumbers. Many supermarkets will switch to Spanish products next week. We expect more of a recovery then,” says Stephan van Marrewijk. He has been working in this Spanish cooperative’s commercial department for 14 years.

Vicasol’s logistics center

“I’m optimistic about the new season. All the markets are opening again. Last year it was particularly difficult to sell non-Class I vegetables. But now we can serve those channels again. It might just become a nice season. That is if the weather holds and we have regular production. Last year, production and sales fluctuated considerably. This year, we’ve tried to spread the planting better.”

Also, Vicasol’s logistics center

“Our growers have planted fewer tomatoes but more bell peppers and eggplants. There’s also increased cultivation of the so-called specialties. These are distinctive in size, color, and flavor. The cucumber, eggplant, bell pepper, and zucchini seasons have begun. We’ll start with plum tomatoes in a week or two. The season for cherry truss and cocktail truss tomatoes has already begun, though,” says Stephan.


This year, Vicasol is introducing pink beefsteak tomatoes, also called raspberry tomatoes. “We have high expectations for these, especially in the Polish and Eastern European markets. And perhaps there will also be opportunities for this specialty in Dutch greengrocers.” Stephan says. For now, the ToBRFV virus is not having a major effect on Spanish production, but this virus is plaguing many European tomato farms. “We haven’t had any incidents yet. But the Spanish horticultural sector is on high alert, given the situation elsewhere in Europe,” he says.


“Our organic share is still on the rise. That’s particularly for bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplants. Less so for tomatoes, though. Vicasol now has 180 hectares of organic acreage. That’s ten percent of the total. Also, some of our acreage is PlanetProof certified. That is mainly for products sold to processors. And in recent years we’ve taken considerable steps towards sustainability. We’ve invested in things like solar panels, water recycling, and plastic reduction,” Stephan concludes.

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Stephan van Marrewijk
04738, Puebla de Vicar, Almería, Spain

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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