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“The acreage continues to grow and the conical bell pepper market is far from saturated”

The bell pepper acreage in Almeria, which exceeds 13,000 hectares, continues to grow every year, to the exclusion of other crops, such as tomatoes. Although most planted peppers are bell-type ones, the growth rate is higher in the case of conical peppers, with over 20% per year.


“The bell pepper acreage and the annual production continue to grow, but consumption also continues to increase, as reflected by the steady rise in unit prices on supermarket shelves,” says Carlos Herrerías, Solanaceae Product Manager for Europe at Enza Zaden. “This tells us that the markets are still far from saturated, and if this happened with bell peppers, it would take much longer to happen in the case of conical peppers,” he says.

The seed house pioneered the introduction of Tribelli conical peppers in 3 colors and in different sizes, from mini peppers to longer ones. Since then, they have continued to develop new varieties in order to achieve full production cycles in all colors and sizes. “When we started with our Tribelli brand, the starting point was and has always been the taste. Peppers must reach a minimum number of Brix degrees to ensure a tasty product,” says Carlos Herrerías.

Obtaining conical peppers with greater resistance to lengthen the production cycle
One of their main goals now is to complete the production cycle so that the product can be available in Spain 365 days a year. To this end, adding greater resistance to diseases in peppers plays an increasingly important role.


“We tend to think that resistance to pathologies is something that is only interesting to the grower, but it is clear that with greater resistance, we will have a longer production cycle and a cleaner and more sustainable product, given the reduced need for the use of chemical treatments. In fact, disease resistance is a term that is mentioned more often now by buyers in supermarket chains,” says Carlos Herrerías. The company is developing varieties resistant to fungi or spotted virus in all colors.

More bell pepper formats in three colors to solve weight-related problems
In recent years, another of the main problems for bell pepper growers and marketers have had to deal with has been the mismatch between the weight of the product in the packages and the pre-established agreements with their customers.


“In theory, the grower can sell more kilos, because the pieces are higher and harvesting costs are optimized, but if the final price is reduced by the supermarket’s purchasing requirements, the producer ends up receiving less. Moreover, if the marketing company has agreed with its customer to supply packages of two pieces weighing 200 grams, for example, and it sends packages weighing 300 or 350 grams, it ends up losing money. We have made genetic improvements to address this problem, since, in most cases, the marketing companies are giving products away due to excess weight. The Prost, for example, is a long red cone pepper with LT resistance that has the perfect caliber for marketers. For this reason, we are also supplying different formats of conical peppers in three colors, because if we stick to one product format, we end up losing out. The more options, the better.”

For more information:
Carlos Herrerías
Enza Zaden España, S.L.
T: +34 950583388

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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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