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Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Tasmania has provided ideal growing conditions for onions so far. Field Fresh’s early onions in Hagley are going well, planted in the first week of May they will be ready for lifting just after Christmas.

These will be set for export mid to late February.

The winter this year was mild and it has not been nearly as wet as in the past few years, the company says all crops are doing well.

The crop sown in July are also doing well and the red onions are looking good, FieldFresh plan to lift these at the end of the year, for export in February.

For more information:
Delabie Luc
Field Fresh Tasmania
P: +32 56 37 31 23 
E: [email protected]

Publication date: 12/19/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Tasmania has provided ideal growing conditions for onions so far. Field Fresh’s early onions in Hagley are going well, planted in the first week of May they will be ready for lifting just after Christmas.

These will be set for export mid to late February.

The winter this year was mild and it has not been nearly as wet as in the past few years, the company says all crops are doing well.

The crop sown in July are also doing well and the red onions are looking good, FieldFresh plan to lift these at the end of the year, for export in February.

For more information:
Delabie Luc
Field Fresh Tasmania
P: +32 56 37 31 23 
E: [email protected]

Publication date: 12/19/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK: High prices for spring onions

First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions

The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty.

“This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop,” said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit’s UK office. “We will receive the first container of spring onions from Egypt today, coming in at Felixstowe, next week will see more containers arriving.”

Zouggari said that normally arrivals from Egypt would start mid November, but have been pushed forward due the the short supply from elsewhere. He said prices would be much higher than normal until the middle of next week when bigger volumes start to arrive in the UK.

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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UK market pushes Spanish onions away

“Challenge to increase efficiency and adapt to market’s needs”
UK market pushes Spanish onions away

How can a small firm find a place within such a competitive market? According to Fermín Utrilla, of Allium Integral, the key is in differentiation and the search for niche markets.

“I tried to differentiate myself by looking for markets where the big companies did not arrive; that is how I developed red onion microbulbs to cover niche markets in the UK and extra early grano type microbulbs in Spain, which allow you to enter the market one month in advance. The key is to use the varieties and growing techniques, adapting to situations and specific market demands. Small firms like ours have a better capacity to adapt to changing markets, as big companies are generally occupied handling larger volumes.”

Fermín Utrilla is an agronomist with plenty of experience as a consultant at horticultural companies in the processes of production, processing, packing, preservation and implantation of quality management systems. Such businesses fell as a result of the recession, which led him to found Allium Integral 4 years ago; a firm devoted to the production, processing and selling of onions from Albacete, Spain’s largest production area.

Allium Integral produces red and Grano type yellow onions, with its own varieties created through hybridisation and later breeding of microbulbs.

“Our techniques for the creation and development of varieties through microbulbs are so interesting for onion producers that we felt compelled to open our own onion seed company as an associated firm to Allium Integral.”


The result of such work includes the red variety Red Emperor, which usually enters the market in August. “Our production from microbulbs can be harvested now, in late June. This way we can fill the gap that there was in the British market between the end of New Zealand’s red onion season and the start of the European campaign,” explains Fermín Utrilla.

“This, however, was only interesting until they allowed Egypt to enter Europe with rock bottom prices, and from there onwards the niche was no more,” he explains. “European supermarkets have double standards in the purchase of their products, demanding all sorts of quality and good agricultural practice certificates to EU producers, but nothing at all to third countries like Morocco, Turkey or Egypt, which offer prices against which nobody can compete.”


As for Grano type onions, European trends, according to Fermín, are increasingly more price-oriented. “Demand is so fragile that, even in a context of low supply, prices rise up to a certain point, and from there onwards they do not slow down gradually, as they used to, but they plunge.”

“The one factor that European producers can take advantage of is the decadent situation of Southern Hemisphere onion imports. The off-season supply from countries like New Zealand, Argentina and Chile keeps falling as a result of the high logistic costs. This is not felt as much in products with more value added, but the price differences are still noteworthy. For this reason, a country like Argentina exports most of its production to Brazil.”


The main market for Allium Integral is still the UK, where the program “Local for Local” has pushed Spanish onions away from supermarkets. “Spanish onions have always held a good position and superior prices in the Premium segment, for their mild flavour and characteristics that make them suitable for fresh consumption, unlike British onions, whose quality is much inferior.”

This, however, has been changing in recent years and supermarkets are replacing Spanish onions with the British counterpart, selling them at the same price as the former, which could be considered consumer fraud.”

For this reason, Fermín is finding more interesting markets to be able to adapt. “We have started in Algeria, which we find quite interesting, as they do not demand such high quality standards as the UK, allowing us to offer lower prices. Brazil is another interesting market for smaller calibres.”

“I believe the only way to survive nowadays is to adapt to the new market demands, which require us to reduce costs in order to reduce prices. For this it is necessary to be greatly efficient in all processes to obtain a quality that equals the cost,” concludes Fermín Utrilla.


For more information about Allium Integral:
Fermín Utrilla
T: +34 967245160
M: +34 670333363
[email protected]

Publication date: 6/25/2013


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“Many companies are already switching over to Egyptian red onions”

Next week, first grapes from Egypt at Kohl Fruit Trading
“Many companies are already switching over to Egyptian red onions”

Two weeks ago, the company Kohl Fruit Trading, from Bleiswijk, started selling the first red onions from Egypt. “The good crop and weather conditions have resulted in a good harvest. Calibres are smaller, but the volumes and quality are fine,” says Geoffrey Kohl. The importer says that prices have started at a good level. “Traditionally, consumers switch over to Egyptian onions as soon as the Dutch produce no longer meets the necessary quality standards; a switch which many have already made.”

Kohl Fruit delivers the onions to a wide range of European customers. According to Geoffrey, there are no plans for an acreage expansion. “Red onions are traditionally a very big crop in Egypt and I do not see an immediate need for expansion.” There are, according to Geoffrey, numerous agents and producers on the market that claim to be the largest in the country; “that’s why I regularly travel there to see what is going on behind the scenes. We have been working together with most of our suppliers for years and thus we already know what to expect.”

Next week, Kohl Fruit Trading will also receive the first batches of Egyptian grapes, starting with the white seedless and quickly followed by the red seedless. “There have been a lot of Indian grapes for a long time on the market, but their season is coming to an end and there certainly is market demand for Egyptian grapes,” concludes Geoffrey.


For more information:
Geoffry Kohl
Kohl Fruit Trading B.V.
Klappolder 191
2665 MP Bleiswijk, The Netherlands
Tel: 010-26 63 25 5
[email protected]
www.kftrading.nl

Publication date: 5/26/2014


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Vidalia onions featured in Applebee’s new farm-to-table menu item

The Vidalia Onion Committee and Applebee’s have partnered to bring consumers a unique summer dish that boasts Georgia pride and farm-fresh flavor with the introduction of the new Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin, part of Applebee’s new summer menu.

Applebee’s is offering this promotional menu item, which features a seven-ounce sirloin topped with a grilled Vidalia onion slice and served with garlicky spinach, smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes and a Hawaiian-style barbecue sauce, through Aug. 17.caplbApplebee’s will offer a new Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin as part of its summer menu. The dish will feature a seven-ounce sirloin topped with a grilled Vidalia onion slice and served with garlicky spinach, smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes and a Hawaiian-style barbecue sauce.

The Kansas City, MO-based, 2,000-unit casual-dining brand of DineEquity Inc. estimated it will use as many as 23,000 pounds of onions per week during peak times this summer.

To launch the new dish, Applebee’s hosted a press conference at its restaurant in Dunwoody, GA, near the very first Applebee’s location in Decatur, GA. The restaurant was aptly named “VidaliaBees” for the day on April 25 as it accepted the ceremonial first Vidalia onion from representatives of the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Applebee’s Executive Chef Michael Slavin and brand representatives showcased the recipe.

“We are thrilled to provide our unique, sweet Vidalia’s to Applebee’s,” Susan Waters, executive director of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said in a press release. “This flavorful dish provides a great opportunity to educate consumers on the seasonality and versatility of Vidalia onions.”

The Vidalia onion was named Georgia’s official state vegetable in 1990. Applebee’s has a special connection to Georgia, as Bill and T.J. Palmer opened the original T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs in Atlanta in 1980.

“Forget the polar vortex, and bring on summer fun,” Peter Czizek, Applebee’s vice president of culinary and menu strategy, added in the press release. “Our new menu is full of authentic flavors, and we can’t wait for our guests to taste how Vidalia onions take our steaks to the next level.”

Applebee’s is promoting the new menu item with a national television ad campaign combined with public relations and social media outreach.

The Vidalia Onion Committee and representatives from Applebee’s also introduced the Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin to food bloggers during a luncheon event on April 26 as part of a weekend field tour in Vidalia, Georgia. The committee will continue to promote the Applebee’s menu item on their social media platforms as well.

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Vidalia onions featured in Applebee’s new farm-to-table menu item

The Vidalia Onion Committee and Applebee’s have partnered to bring consumers a unique summer dish that boasts Georgia pride and farm-fresh flavor with the introduction of the new Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin, part of Applebee’s new summer menu.

Applebee’s is offering this promotional menu item, which features a seven-ounce sirloin topped with a grilled Vidalia onion slice and served with garlicky spinach, smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes and a Hawaiian-style barbecue sauce, through Aug. 17.caplbApplebee’s will offer a new Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin as part of its summer menu. The dish will feature a seven-ounce sirloin topped with a grilled Vidalia onion slice and served with garlicky spinach, smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes and a Hawaiian-style barbecue sauce.

The Kansas City, MO-based, 2,000-unit casual-dining brand of DineEquity Inc. estimated it will use as many as 23,000 pounds of onions per week during peak times this summer.

To launch the new dish, Applebee’s hosted a press conference at its restaurant in Dunwoody, GA, near the very first Applebee’s location in Decatur, GA. The restaurant was aptly named “VidaliaBees” for the day on April 25 as it accepted the ceremonial first Vidalia onion from representatives of the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Applebee’s Executive Chef Michael Slavin and brand representatives showcased the recipe.

“We are thrilled to provide our unique, sweet Vidalia’s to Applebee’s,” Susan Waters, executive director of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said in a press release. “This flavorful dish provides a great opportunity to educate consumers on the seasonality and versatility of Vidalia onions.”

The Vidalia onion was named Georgia’s official state vegetable in 1990. Applebee’s has a special connection to Georgia, as Bill and T.J. Palmer opened the original T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs in Atlanta in 1980.

“Forget the polar vortex, and bring on summer fun,” Peter Czizek, Applebee’s vice president of culinary and menu strategy, added in the press release. “Our new menu is full of authentic flavors, and we can’t wait for our guests to taste how Vidalia onions take our steaks to the next level.”

Applebee’s is promoting the new menu item with a national television ad campaign combined with public relations and social media outreach.

The Vidalia Onion Committee and representatives from Applebee’s also introduced the Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin to food bloggers during a luncheon event on April 26 as part of a weekend field tour in Vidalia, Georgia. The committee will continue to promote the Applebee’s menu item on their social media platforms as well.

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