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New salad line celebrates the unsung heroes of the veggie world

The consumer demand for healthy and convenient food options has been on the rise over the years, and with the onset of the pandemic – which was quickly followed by meal fatigue – the demand is higher than ever. Ark Foods is looking to fill the demand with their new salad line: Clean Label Salads.

Melanie Baker, Senior Brand and Communications Manager at Ark Foods, explains: “While spending hours tending to a sourdough was a coveted activity in the spring of 2020, as we mark a year spent at home, the cooking fatigue is real and preparing healthy, nutritious food falls under that. Offering a line of plant-based salads packed with protein and clean ingredients meets the needs of our customers at this particular moment. You can still eat healthy at home, but without any extra effort.”

Celebrating the unsung heroes of the veggie world
The new Clean Label Salads have four unique options: Cashew Kale Caesar, Crunchy Kale Ranch, Ginger Sesame Greens, and Bright Pesto Greens. What makes them unique is the incorporation of more ‘unconventional’ vegetables. “At Ark Foods, we celebrate the unsung heroes of the veggie world each and every day, from our beloved Shishito pepper, to farming a Purple Bell Pepper that stands out from the red, green and yellow varieties people are used to. Our team took that same approach to heart when deciding which veggies would get the spotlight in our Clean Label Salads,” Baker explains.

Holding true to their motto of celebrating the unsung veggie heroes, the salads incorporate unique vegetables that customers likely haven’t seen in a store-bought salad before. Baker says: “The Cashew Kale Caesar features watermelon radish and toasted chickpeas, the Crunchy Kale Ranch has sun-dried tomatoes, shredded Brussels sprouts and crunchy pepitas. The Ginger Sesame Greens has vibrant rainbow carrots and fresh daikon, and the Bright Pesto Greens has sun-dried tomatoes and golden beets.

Available now in select cities
The vegetables that are part of Ark Foods’ core line-up are grown by the company themselves, but with the expansion of products incorporated into the Clean Label Salads, they have also begun working with trusted supply partners. “Our specialty peppers, squash, and tomatoes are all grown up and down the east coast and come from our farms. With our Clean Label Salads, the priority was to bring more veggies into the mix, while getting them into the hands of more people at an affordable price point. This means we source veggies seasonally from trusted partners who farm high quality, fresh produce in diverse regions across the country,” says Baker.

The Clean Label Salads have started to be released in select cities and retailers, Baker shares. “Right now, you can find us in Pete’s Fresh Market in Chicago, Fridge No More in Brooklyn, and we’ll soon be hitting the shelves at Giant Martins and Whole Foods Market in select regions, including Florida and the Southwest,” she concludes.

For more information:
Melanie Baker
Ark Foods
Tel: +1 (203) 969-4160

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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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