In the name of sustainability, Spain will be the only European country to adopt stupid steps, which have already been turned down by some countries and postponed by others, such as our neighbour Italy. I am referring to the fact that fruit and vegetables in formats of less than one and a half kilos cannot be packaged in plastic.
Profile of the month
We are at the iconic Veles i Vents de la Marina building in Valencia. Bavaria, the sailing catamaran belonging to the professional entrepreneur Carlos Ledó (Valencia, 1974) is moored in front of us.
At the same time as small producers and operators of limited volumes are disappearing, the producers who are best placed and can serve all year long are growing. And in many cases, they do so accompanied by investment funds.
The World Citrus Association, along with CIRAD have published the world citrus fruit production statistics for the 21/22 campaign
These plant protection methods are developed using natural substances in a controlled application against this pest.
Cañamás Hermanos, one of the Spanish companies that is best-known for its categorical commitment to brand value, will continue being true to its philosophy in spite of the moments of economic uncertainty
Process automation encourages the reduction of production costs with a swift amortisation.
In Andalusia, as in the rest of Spain, the campaign is sharing common factors: the lack of volume, even with good prices, is putting the profits on the line.
The Valencian citrus fruit growing sector continues to become more concentrated with the announcement of the merging of Bollo and The Natural Fruit Company, a company partly owned by the investment funds Fremman and GPF Capital.
Koppert is presenting two innovative biological solutions suitable for conventional and eco farming.
brassicas and leaf
Top Seeds continues promoting its broccoli development programme, backed by its Japanese parent company.
Bayer is getting ahead of the revolution being implanted in the fields with varieties such as Andersia, with a raised head for mechanised harvesting .
The company is maintaining its sales and continues to put the emphasis on innovation in a year complicated by inflation and adverse weather conditions.
Leónidas, an autumn variety ideal for export, has now been added to Purple Magic.
That fact is confirmed by sources at Enza Zaden, which is adding new references such as Moncayo (E40W716) for the autumn segment, and Lhotse (E40W741) in late cycle for mid-winter.
Efficiency is becoming an increasingly determining factor for business survival, and at Rijk Zwaan they are offering materials that are ‘machinable’ for transplanting and harvesting.
Lettuce productions from south-eastern Spain are experiencing an unusual situation, with two simultaneous factors marking the current campaign .
Interview with Juan Marín, General Manager of Campo de Lorca/Cricket.
The company has added a new beefsteak tomato to its range.
Yield and sustainability. These are the centre points of Bayer’s new developments in the Lamuyo pepper segment.
Vegetables by Bayer is taking a further step in the line of Liga Super Root Non Stop with the Prime Presentation of the first material from its new generation of cucumbers.
Syngenta’s latest development arrives with a complete package of resistances, including intermediate resistance to the dreaded New Delhi virus.
The successor of HM.CLAUSE’s Valverde F1 variety offers resistance to aphids and powdery mildew and earlier ripening.
Aware that the flavour parameter is the most in demand by end consumers, the seed company continues researching to keep this element at the highest level in all its varieties.
The Spanish consultancy company, with over 35 years of experience in strategy, marketing and communication for the Spanish agrifood sector, has started up an innovative campaign for promoting apple eating. With the message “Look after yourself as apples look after you” the campaign will promote healthy habits amongst their target group: young people.
Completely focused on the large distribution sector, Miquel Roig, Manager of Fructícola Empordà, insists that what makes the company he manages stand out is its service.
In the spring, the Catalan company will launch its first automated preparation line.
Passing on the increase in production costs to the end prices in an economic situation marked by inflation, which is translated into an important increase
Offering support to elite athletes when they leave competitive sport or help for their work and social reinsertion are some outstanding issues that need to be answered.
The new segment of extra-sweet apples, made up of the varieties Luiza, Venice and Isadora, is starting its first sales campaign.
The significant experience of Josep María Cornell, Manager of Girona Fruits, makes him think that joint production-distribution work would be more advantageous.
Club apples are no longer a guarantee of success. This is one of the main conclusions reached by European experts at the Pomatec congress held in December in the town of Torroella de Montgrí.
The main harvesting robot manufacturers are speeding up their times to present the market with the ideal model, which could replace harvesting by hand. The sector is expectant, but there are still many technical loose-ends to be outlined.
This method means a commitment to supply maximum quality kiwis throughout the entire year.
PSB Producción Vegetal is a plant breeder, established in Murcia, specialising in variety innovation and stone fruit production.
Euphorbia pulcherrima, more commonly known as the Poinsettia, plays a starring role at Christmas, and its presence in many households marks the start of the festivities.
Solisplant adapts to the changes in the sector and is trying to surprise consumers with new Poinsettia proposals during the Christmas season. This year they will produce 312,000 units.