Whether in a smoothie for ‘on the go’, snack tomatoes in a business meeting or an 80/20 meal at a top-class restaurant... Bauke van Lenteren, Manager Convenience at vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan, has noticed that fresh vegetables are becoming an increasingly important ingredient in the growing foodservice market.
Fresh vegetables continue to gain ground in foodservice market
EU expands project to encourage schoolchildren to consumer fresh produce
The European Commission’s project to ensure children have access to fresh fruits and vegetables continues to expand. In 2018/19, the Commission assigned €145.6 million for the scheme. In 2017/18, 20.2 million secondary, primary and pre-school children participated in the programme, which saw over 255 million kilos of fresh fruits and vegetables distributed to schools. Germany had the largest number of participants, followed by Poland, Romania and the UK.
Fresh Fruit: 120,000 tons of citrus fruit shipped and to all continents
The number two Moroccan group reports good growth of about 25% for its exports this season, with up to over 120,000 tons exported. ‘Small fruit’ such as clementines and tangerines account for about 70% of the volume.
“In 5 years, the production potential of our members will grow by 35-40% thanks to new plantations,” said the group’s commercial director, Mbarek Blileg. Fresh Fruit’s members are: GPA, SKS, Priagrus, M’Brouka, Agrumar Souss and Coop Zaouia.