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US: Grape tomatoes continue to push category growth

For Richmond, VA-based Magic Sun Farms, a hydroponic tomato grower with growing operations in Mexico, grape tomatoes and other snacking varieties seem to be taking the lead in growth in the category, and the grower is looking to expand production on grape tomatoes and cocktails. Magic Sun also grows beefsteak tomatoes, tomatoes on the vine (TOVs), and bell peppers.


“Supplies of beefsteak and TOVs are similar to last year at this time – there’ve been some ups and downs with cold weather and darker days slowing tomato volume slightly compared to last year, but, overall, it’s nothing unexpected and we’re able to supply tomatoes and increase our total volume significantly with the addition of bell peppers this year,” says Tommy Tran of Magic Sun.

The winter push
Meanwhile, demand for tomatoes is consistent. “We’ve seen good demand and we’re moving a lot more tomatoes with the winter and holiday season coming up,” Tran says. “Overall, if anything, demand for tomatoes is slowly increasing, with grape tomatoes taking the lead – there’s a big market for grape tomatoes.”


While grape tomatoes have helped grow the category, particularly as a snack choice, Tran says that pre-packaged salads and salad kits are also a growing option for grape tomatoes. “They’re increasing in popularity and we’re finding a lot of clients are looking for products that can sit in their kits,” he says.

As for pricing on tomatoes, Tran notes an expected pre-Thanksgiving rush boosted the market and overall prices are higher than last year.

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Tommy Tran
Magic Sun Farms
Tel: +1 (804) 916-1781 

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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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