The vegetable seeds subsidiary of BASF is introducing new and original types of lettuce and bringing new concepts to supermarket shelves that put an emphasis on the flavour, colour and culinary uses of lettuces
Nunhems® continues to innovate in the lettuce segment to meet consumer demands
Surinver intends to open up new European and international markets
Spotlight on lettuce at MedFEL 2016
Taking place April 26-28 at the Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Centre) in Perpignan, MedFEL 2016 will shine the spotlight on lettuces.
An international business gathering of the fruit and vegetable sector, MedFEL is France's most important fruit and vegetable event and is organised by the Sud de France Développement and Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council.
Innovation transforms the lettuce landscape
Nothing beats the freshness of fresh lettuce, and fresh-cut bagged lettuce has gained considerable ground in recent years. However, the pinking on the edges poses a problem. In response to this, the breeders at Rijk Zwaan – who are continually working on innovations and improvements to existing products – set out in search of a nature-based solution. They developed a research method and tested the extent of discolouration in hundreds of lettuce heads. And then they had a breakthrough: the researchers found a plant with no discolouration even after three days.
Japan plans fully robotic lettuce farm by 2017
Kyoto-based firm Spread plans to open what has been dubbed the world’s first fully robotic farm.
Capable of supplying 30,000 heads of lettuce a day, the company says its 4,800m2 'large-scale vegetable factory’ will be “fully automated from seeding to harvest.” This complete automation of the cultivation process will slash labour costs in half, it said in a press release.
Spain exporting more fruit, less tomatoes and lettuce
Fruca: 50,000 tons of melons and 110 million heads of lettuce
The Murcian group is maintaining its melon crop plans for the spring, with the aim of exporting about 50,000 tons. Meanwhile, it continues to diversify its supply, which includes 15,000 tons of Galia melons, 12,000 of the yellow variety, 7,000 Cantaloupe and 2,000 Charentais. Their piel de sapo melon exports come to just 2,000 tons of highly selected and half-size melons, between 1 and 2 kg per piece, and with more than 12º Brix. Their sole destination is Northern Europe.
Peregrín has new 16,000 m2 facilities
Peregrín, the Agrarian Transformation Society (SAT in Spanish) based in Pulpí (Almería) that grows and sells horticultural products, has opened a new facility with 16,000 m2 of covered area. With this, the company plans to diversify its activity into other lines of business and to add new products to its range. After undertaking a major investment, the company now has modern infrastructures that enable it to continue to increase its production capacity, incorporating the latest technology throughout the building in the areas of handling, packaging, sales and offices.