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Fresh herbs demand amid instabilities concerning possible restrictions or relief

The Dutch based establishment, Europe Retail Packing B.V, has been experiencing, alongside the entire fresh produce industry, the immense obstacles created by Covid19’s social restrictions and lockdowns. “It goes without saying that there is an overall decline in sales inflicted by these restrictions. Anyone claiming otherwise or anyone thinking it will simply fade away by itself is, to say the least, a bit detached from reality”, stated by Omer Kamp of ERP.

Since March of 2020 to this day forth, the majority of the European Hospitality Sector remains closed and/or under vast limitations. Consequently and for obvious reasons, most of the orders received are either designated for the major retailers or for filling in last minute orders made possible between the gaps from one lockdown to another. Raymond van der Burgh of ERP continues by stating that the problem extends further due to the fact that agricultural products do not abide to the same rules as our elected politicians do. As opposed to governments making swift and sudden decisions concerning lockdowns and/or restrictions, farms require a lot more time for preparations before any yield can be seen.

On average and without taking into consideration supply delays and / or weather conditions, it takes about 35 to 45 days minimum to replenish yield at a Fresh Herb Field. “This is a reminder of the time it takes to plant additional fields to cover sudden increases in demand. Furthermore, what if the market opens up, due to Easter, by only 10%? Well, there will then be problems with supply, that’s for sure” stated by Joella Steenbergen of ERP.

Aside from that and from the Retailers’ perspective, there is a noticeable and undisputed growth in demand for packed products and packed herbs in particular. No formal study has been published as to explain this behavioural change but, common sense has it that consumers simply find it easier to purchase packed herbs and feel more at ease knowing the product hasn’t been exposed to excessive human touch.

Van der Burgh claims: “Just as the name implies ERP is a specialist in the packaging of all lines and all herbs. With multiple sites cumulating 22,000 M2 for packing and another 20,000 M2 for storage and over 60 different packaging machines, the company has adjusted itself and now offers a solution to what could later turn into the industry’s future challenges: Managing a stable supply chain and Maximizing the extent of the services offered. Our pledge remains to continue and offer Same Day Packaging Solutions and Same Day Availabilities of all herbs.”

The fresh herb industry has reached a crossroad whereby it must choose a turn or hit the wall. In our case, it appears that the turn has to be towards consolidations, steady supply, immediate service and most importantly, preparing for the day after.” Joella Steenbergen concluded.

For more information:
Europe Retail Packing B.V.
Tel: +31 174282510
Tel2: +972 54-6512199

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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
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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