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“Besides being flavorsome, tomatoes also need to be attractive and uniform”

Today’s consumers place ever-higher demands on the products they buy, and tomatoes are no exception. Besides being flavorsome, they also need to be attractive and uniform. With Gerdicia RZ, Rijk Zwaan has added a new tomato variety to its assortment that is aligned with consumers’ rising expectations while also meeting the needs of both growers and retailers.

Unique characteristics of Gerdicia RZ
Gerdicia RZ sets itself apart from other varieties thanks to its high production level and attractive appearance with deep red-colored fruits and flat trusses. Gerdicia RZ performs well on fruit weight too; a truss of six fruits will deliver an average fruit weight of 125-135 grams. This enables growers to achieve both a good total yield and high quality with this strong, generative, and balanced variety. No other tomato variety in this fruit weight category is capable of achieving the same high production level as Gerdicia RZ.

Highly suitable for retail
Besides being interesting for growers, Gerdicia RZ offers benefits for retailers too. Thanks to its flat and uniform trusses combined with its deep red-coloured fruits, Gerdicia RZ is a real eye-catcher on the shelf and it also lives up to consumers’ flavor expectations. It is known that in Germany shoppers associate smaller tomatoes with a better standard of tomato; Gerdicia RZ has a visibly smaller fruit size than the larger commodity varieties which gives the consumer the confidence that they are getting a better tasting, quality tomato.

Initial feedback on the Gerdicia RZ varieties
Last year, Gerdicia RZ was commercially produced in two greenhouses in the Netherlands and one in Denmark. “We’ve run trials in various countries and the feedback on this variety has been nothing but positive,” comments John Verbruggen, International Crop Specialist at Rijk Zwaan. “The results of the trials were so good in terms of both quality and production levels that we decided to expand this variety to more countries. Growers in several countries are now growing the variety in their entire greenhouses. They have described Gerdicia RZ as a labor-friendly variety with regard to both harvesting and packaging of the fruits, and they are impressed by the harvest performance.”

“An additional advantage for growers is the relatively short length of the plants,” continues John Verbruggen. “This tasty jointless tomato is easy to prune at six fruits and shows good performance under moderate and hot conditions. Gerdicia RZ can be grown both with and without artificial light, and is also suitable for organic production.”

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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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