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The Veneto radicchio season is doing better than in 2020

After a quite good season, the winter radicchio campaign is approaching its end with prices clearly more remunerative than last year. “We are currently supplying very high-quality products in terms of freshness and shelf-life. The winter campaign will continue for another month with all the references, until the next spring harvest,” explained producer Roberto Bolla.

The Bolla company, based in the Italian province of Verona, grows about 700 hectares of winter radicchio.

“Specifically, the long and semi-long radicchio references fetch quotations well above 1.80-1.90/kg, the variegated of Castelfranco close to €2/kg”. Round radicchio is in any case the most sought-after and during the Easter week the price reached quotations above €1.50/kg,” added Bolla.

“Sugarloaf chicory, continually requested from the fresh-cut industry, was also sold over 1.70 euros/kg. Late radicchio, after an unsuccessful winter, finally reached quotations close to 5 euros. I do not exclude that next week the prices of sugarloaf chicory and radicchio will undergo further increases”.

“The price increase can certainly be attributed primarily to the fresh-cut sector, mostly because at times like these round radicchio is more sought after than sugarloaf chicory.” Moreover, the production has been less abundant this year, unlike past seasons.

“I believe that year-by-year planning is key. All these increases are due to the lack of product and, after a disappointing 2020, many companies in the sector have reduced the farm area dedicated to radicchio. Many large or small farms that produce this vegetable have reduced their production by several hectares, which is impossible to accomplish for us, given our many customers.

“Besides our own production, we also supervise all of our producers, with the prices agreed upon between the parties. As previously mentioned, when working with the large-scale retail trade, planning is a must”.

The situation for the early radicchio

The radicchio grown under polytunnel in the province of Chioggia seems to be lower, in terms of surface and yield/hectare, than in past years. We are about to start with small quantities of round radicchio around 15 April and with long radicchio around April 25th. In order to obtain significant volumes we will have to wait for the beginning of May, with the hybrid varieties in open field.

For more information:
Bolla Ferdinando Srl
Via Perazzolo 13/b
37032 Monteforte D’Alpone (VR) – Italy
+39 045 7612025


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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