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Spotlight on mini cucumbers
Everyone benefits from Golden Emerald
35-523 RZ Pointed pepper now in yellow too
Windset Farms puts mini-cucumber in the spotlight
New: ‘Living lettuce displays’ offer fresher-thanfresh presentation
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Windset Farms puts mini-cucumber in the spotlight Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – when it comes to marketing its
Locally grown ‘greenback’
products, Windset Farms is not afraid of using social media. The Canadian company
tomatoes inspire Australia
even has its own chefs who prepare delicious recipes on TV using Windset fruit and vegetables. Windset’s efforts are helping to put the mini-cucumber on the map as a
‘Everyone benefits from
perfect ingredient for a healthier diet.
Golden Emerald melons’ Love my Salad ‘shares a healthy future’ in Spain
Succesful chain collaboration in Eastern Europe
Chain collaboration boosts sales in Tokyo
Adding value for customers
with Sensational Ingredients
Riverford takes local vegetables to the next level
Director of sales Jeff Madu and owners Steven Newell and John Newell (from left to right) built up an enthusiastic market for Picowell RZ from their base in British Columbia.
Responding to consumers on a worldwide scale
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They are undeniable eye-catchers:
convenient packs containing several
Windset Farms started started with
mini-cucumbers for when you’re on
Picowell RZ six years ago. “The product
the go and the logo clearly shows the
was new in Canada at that time. We
producer: Windset Farms. Maki Mukai,
built up a respectable market from our
Marketing Assistant, emphasises the
base in British Columbia and Picowell
role of such strong branding towards
is now also cultivated and sold in
the growing group of loyal customers.
Santa Maria (California) and
“While our packaging grabs shoppers’
Las Vegas (Nevada).
attention on the shelf, it’s also an
Yes, the mini-
important communication method:
it enables us to share information about the quality of our products, the healthy nutrients they contain and tasty serving suggestions. And that’s just on the outside, one bite of a crunchy mini-cucumber is enough to keep our customers coming back for more.”
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wholeheartedly accepted. Consumers
it is a very productive variety, which
appreciate its handy size which works
means happy growers. Rijk Zwaan always
well for smaller families and produces
provides expert technical advice along
minimum waste. Plus of course, this
with its varieties; we receive support
vegetable is a good fit with the growing
from an entire team. They listen to our
awareness of healthy eating, mini-
suggestions and are great at solving any
cucumbers are becoming popular for
problems. That is very reassuring, and
helps to keep our operation running
Crunchy bite “The quality has to be right every time.
smoothly. Together, we’re capable of supplying the tastiest, top-quality vegetables.”
Whenever someone buys our cucumbers, the taste and texture must be perfect. That’s why we’ve been opting for Rijk Zwaan varieties for years. Picowell has an attractive dark green exterior, excellent flavour and a crunchy bite. Moreover,
Friends in Freshness The Windset story started back in 1996 when the Newell family built a greenhouse in Abbotsford, Canada. And although the company has expanded significantly since then, its goal remains the same: to grow the best vegetables all year round using state-of-the-art technology combined with sustainable growing techniques. Another thing that remains unchanged is the importance of collaboration: the owners of Windset Farms believe that strong relationships form the company’s basis. Hence, they refer to all their partners as ‘Friends in Freshness’. From retailers, consumers and corporate chefs through to the people who work in the greenhouses, everyone plays a part in the success of Windset’s fresh produce. www.windsetfarms.com www.facebook.com/WindsetFarms
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Boost to lettuce sales
New: ‘Living lettuce displays’ offer fresher-than-fresh presentation A special lettuce deserves a unique display. John Bonner and Tim Ryan from Great Lakes Growers wanted a presentation format that recreated the greenhouse setting as closely as possible. In collaboration with retailers, they have developed a living lettuce display that allows shoppers to freshly pick their own head of Salanova® lettuce – without leaving the store.
The living lettuce display keeps lettuces ultra-fresh.
At least 65 supermarkets in the US states of Ohio,
Ultra-clean Salanova® lettuce
Pennsylvania and Michigan have already got a ‘living
“And let’s not forget how gorgeous this lettuce
lettuce display’. These ‘store-friendly’ displays keep
looks! The living displays enable shoppers to
the Salanova lettuces neat and tidy while they wait to
appreciate its pure and simple beauty. Growing
be purchased by shoppers – who, just like the retailers,
it involves no soil, just water (enriched with
are wildly enthusiastic. After all, lettuces don’t get
nutrients). We combine this with the attractive
much fresher than that. “We only supply to order,”
structure and vibrant colour of Rijk Zwaan’s
explains Bonner, head of growing at Great Lakes.
Salanova varieties. The convenience aspect of
“Retailers are assured that the lettuces they receive
the Salanova lettuce makes our product even
from us have been picked that very same morning.
more appealing: with just one cut, the lettuce
They go straight into the living display, rootball and all.
separates into countless tiny leaves, ready for
Ultra-fresh in the store and ultra-fresh into consumers’
use! It’s just as easy as opening a salad bag,
homes. Providing the Salanova is refrigerated
but with the added advantage that our fresh
immediately, it stays fresh for two weeks. A living
Salanova tastes much better. It’s deliciously
lettuce like this really can’t be beaten on shelf life.”
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Collaboration with retailers
once, we have to rely on the retailers
“To be honest, it’s a win-win situation,
themselves – the ball is in their court,
retailers enjoy a huge boost to lettuce
but we’ve developed the living display
sales while consumers can buy fresh,
concept in close collaboration with
locally grown lettuce all year round. The
our retail customers; hopefully they
living lettuce displays also reduce the
are just as proud of the program as we
need for packaging, which is good for
are and they will keep the display trays
the environment. Our greatest challenge
clean and remove any lettuces that are
lies in maintaining the displays: the
past their best. We’re now working on
living displays need to be kept clean,
fine-tuning the display. After all, it’s a
otherwise all the benefits are lost.
tricky business, presenting fresh lettuce
Since we can’t be in all the stores at
The ball is in the retailers’ court now, say John Bonner (left) and Tim Ryan (right) from Great Lakes Growers.
Great Lakes Growers produces, sells and markets top-quality lettuces and herbs in the North East of the USA. All products are grown hydroponically in greenhouses. In addition to investing in technology and automation, Great Lakes has also developed various in-store displays and food service packaging. The company makes no secret of its ambition to become market leader in the eastern United States. With an astute marketing strategy and a pioneering approach, ‘the sky’s the limit’. Great Lakes intends to continue on its path to growth until the company can meet all the market requirements, in terms of both capacity and product innovations, and collaboration agreements with equally impassioned chain partners are indispensable to its approach. Rijk Zwaan’s unique Salanova® teamed with Great Lakes’ living lettuce display is guaranteed to deliver mutual success.
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Locally grown ‘greenback’ tomatoes inspire Australia As its name suggests, the Mediterranean salad tomato – a type of beef tomato – has been a firm favourite in countries such as Spain for many decades. Rijk Zwaan recently introduced this traditional speciality in Australia too, where it was a welcome surprise to communities with Mediterranean roots. They were delighted to finally be able to enjoy the well-balanced, sweet/sour flavour of ‘greenback’ tomatoes once again.
The Australian launch of the Montenegro RZ variety is a Sensational Flavours initiative by Frances Tolson, Rijk Zwaan Chain Manager located in Sydney. The products in that segment excel in terms of taste, as does the beef tomato. Its firm and juicy bite combined with its aromatic flavour – a perfect balance of sweet and sour – make this product ideal for salads. Plus, with its green exterior and its flesh flaming first pink then red, Montenegro really catches the eye.
Sydney Produce Market®
Brothers Charlie, Joe and Wally Boustani (from left to right) sell Montenegro RZ at the Sydney Produce Market.
According to Frances, this ‘greenback’ tomato reminds many Australians from Mediterranean
it caters primarily to professional buyers from
backgrounds of picking and eating tomatoes straight
supermarkets, restaurants, greengrocers, exporters
from the vine in their childhood. “Montenegro gives
and processors. Charlie: “We haven’t seen such
us a fresh and locally grown seasonal product that
a large (180 to 220 grams) and tasty tomato for
brings these sweet-tasting memories alive.” Frances invited chefs and vegetable distributors to rediscover the good-old tomato taste. “This tomato
years. The storeowners love it, especially because Montenegro remains so firm, even when it turns red.” In the meantime, the product has also been picked up by several restaurants in Sydney. Stephen Seckold, Executive Chef at the Flying Fish
gives them something new
Restaurant in Pyrmont, describes the ‘greenback’
to inspire their customers
tomato as “a real find”. And Sally of Lucio’s Italian
with.” Wholesaler Charlie
restaurant in Paddington uses them too: “We serve
Boustani from Boustani
the beef tomato as a side dish, and we’ve had
Brothers Sydney was
nothing but positive feedback!”
immediately enthusiastic, and sells Montenegro from his stand at the Sydney Produce Market®. He also provides point-of-sale materials to interested parties and coordinates in-store demonstrations of Rijk Zwaan’s ‘greenback’ tomato.
Favourite ingredient The Sydney Produce Market® is Australia’s largest
Montenegro is especially suited for the growers who wish to focus on supplying locally. This variety has a particularly extensive resistance pattern enabling it to be grown both traditionally and organically. Growers can of course rely on technical support from Rijk Zwaan. “Thanks to our collaboration with growers, wholesalers and retail, we have been able to introduce a fantastic new and tasty product in Australia that has great potential for the future”, concludes Frances enthusiastically.
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Successful collaboration between Thai growers, supermarkets and Rijk Zwaan
‘Everyone benefits from Golden Emerald melons’ Nice and sweet with a distinctive aroma, that’s how consumers in Thailand prefer their melons – which is why Rijk Zwaan developed Golden Emerald especially for that South-East Asian market. And to ensure that it ends up in as many consumers’ homes as possible, chain manager Apinun Uppabunlung arranged for food retailers TOPS and Makro to meet enthusiastic growers.
Horti Asia 2013 in Bangkok was the ideal opportunity for growers and supermarket representatives to catch up with each other, so Rijk Zwaan organised a meeting there. Apinun Uppabunlung could not have chosen a better venue because the three-day horticulture fair saw over 150 kilograms of Golden Emerald sliced for demonstrations and tasting sessions. Convinced by the melons themselves and backed up by positive visitor responses, the retailers and growers agreed to work together to sell the tasty Golden Emerald through as many stores as possible.
Quality product Six months after the initial meeting, Mr Somnuk
In-store demonstrations introduce Thai shoppers to the golden-yellow melons.
Yoddamnern, Vice President Buying Produce at Central Food Retail Company Ltd., is proud of
downey mildew, which is very important for us. This
what has already been achieved. “Golden Emerald
means a higher yield, and hence higher revenue.
is a high-quality product that excels in terms of
Also, the retailers pay a good price, a typical
sweetness, flavour and shelf life. It’s a wonderful
example of a win-win situation.
addition to the wide melon range at TOPS Supermarket, and a good example of a successful chain project. We’ve collaborated with Rijk Zwaan
previously on the supply of Salanova. The concept
Thanks to the collaboration between growers
is unchanged: Rijk Zwaan looks for producers,
and supermarkets, the final link in the chain – the
supports the growing activities and, for Golden
consumers – can now enjoy Rijk Zwaan’s latest
Emerald, also provides some of the promotional
innovation. As with many new products, the golden-
yellow melon is being introduced to Thai shoppers
Central Food Retail (TOPS) owns 103 stores in
through in-store demonstrations. Its green flesh and
Bangkok alone and a further 114 outside the city.
the small kernel certainly attract attention. But then
Grocery chain Makro also sells Golden Emerald, and
what? With a brix value of between
Big C Superstore may be joining them in the future
13 and 17, tasting equals buying
as well. The Thai melon producers face a sizable
– again and again! Rijk Zwaan
is now hoping to extend the cultivation and consumption
One of those producers is Mr. Samak Sornchai.
of Golden Emerald to other
Rijk Zwaan is no stranger to him either. “We were
already growing their watermelons and now Golden Emerald too. It’s a nice variety to work with: a plant with strength and vitality that is resistant to Februrary | 2014
Love my Salad ‘shares a healthy future’ in Spain At the Fruit Attraction show in Madrid the 5 a Day organisation invited exhibitors to help address the declining consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables – even though we know they are tasty and healthy. Love my Salad, the social salad network initiated by Rijk Zwaan, was ready for the challenge and set out to inspire the visitors.
Love my Salad – the social salad network
are to prepare and enjoy.
In order to appeal to younger visitors and inspire
promoted on Facebook,
them with new and unusual recipe ideas, Love
Twitter and the blogs.
my Salad invited along four well-known Spanish
This cross-media approach helped to achieve two
culinary bloggers who were each challenged to
objectives: putting fresh vegetables in the spotlight
devise a special salad and prepare it on the Love my
(where they belong) and generating extra exposure
Salad stand where visitors could taste and discover
for the Love my Salad initiative.
All the activities were
delicious fresh vegetables and see how easy they A healthy lifestyle based on eating more fruit and vegetables is a great match with Rijk Zwaan’s ‘Sharing a healthy future’ campaign, so it made perfect sense for the company to participate with Love my Salad. The World Health Organisation (WHO) encourages people to consume at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables every day. Content manager Yolanda Granados and community manager Silvia Cicioni delivered a master stroke. “Traditionally the Spanish eat lots of fresh vegetables and healthy ingredients such as olive oil. Unfortunately, however, the American fast-food culture is becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation and for this reason, we presented hyper-modern and ultra-tasty salads. You could say ‘salads 2.0’! Cool salads, freshly made on the stand.”
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@OrielosKitchen makes calcium-rich salads
Chef Orielo: “Love my Salad offers me a unique opportunity to promote my vision of fresh vegetables and healthy eating.” When Love my Salad asked blogger Chef Orielo to prepare a special salad for the Fruit Attraction event, he didn’t hesitate. “A unique opportunity to promote my vision of fresh
Fruit Attraction Madrid
vegetables and healthy eating,” he says enthusiastically. “Love
Fruit Attraction is Spain’s leading fruit and vegetable
my Salad is a meeting place for everyone who strives to lead
exhibition. Although the event has only been running
a happy and healthy lifestyle. You can ask questions about
for five years, it has already grown into a vibrant and
products and share experiences or recipes. It’s perfect.”
contemporary meeting place for everyone involved in
the Spanish horticultural sector. From 16-19 October 2013 producers, dealers and representatives from
“Lactose-free recipes are my speciality and I share one of
the processing industry once again travelled to
my salads each month on the Love My Salad website where I
Madrid to see the latest innovations and meet each
hope to inspire readers on how to use lactose-free ingredients.
other. Love my Salad shared the fun and vitality with its
For the show, I created a new modern salad combining
original 2.0 tasting salads on the stand in the ‘5 al dia’
spinach, baby red Salanova®lettuce leaves, caramelised
cherry tomatoes, toasted Mediterranean crusty bread and a vinaigrette of pistachio and anchovy. All the ingredients are rich in calcium, which is important for people who are lactose intolerant since they cannot eat dairy products” said chef Orielo. “On behalf of the other three chef bloggers @garbancita, @elcocinerofiel and @futurobloguero.we were proud to be involved in Fruit Attraction. It was a fantastic experience, really fun, and we all enjoyed being able to contribute to a positive campaign.”
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Successful chain collaboration in Eastern Europe How do you get a fresh product through the right store and onto
consumer plates every day? The answer: chain collaboration. There
Through previous collaborative projects, Rijk
is growing interest in long-term relationships of this kind, including
Zwaan had built a good relationship with local
in Hungary where Rijk Zwaan chain manager Kamill Tóth recently
wholesaler Metro C&C, an innovative organisation
put grower Jaszvega in contact with wholesaler Metro. And through
that was happy to partner with pioneering growers
on-pack QR codes, consumers are now becoming more closely
such as Jaszvega. Step by step they worked
together to enhance the fresh produce range in stores. Tóth: “In Summer Metro stocks up to 18 different lettuce types, not only thanks to our wide diversity of varieties but also because of the growers’ technical advancements. They now grow crops in the open field in heated greenhouses and in unheated tunnels. By expanding its production facilities Jaszvega can now supply fresh products in the winter too.”
QR code “It’s great to see all the companies involved working together towards a common goal: providing consumers with as fresh a product as possible. Quality requirements, preferences and availability – everything is discussed before the season starts. In April we added something new to Jaszvega’s lettuces: a QR code. Scanning this code takes consumers directly to the Love My Salad website where they can find more information In addition to traditional butter lettuce, Borbély Sándor (left) and Kovács Róbert (right) from Jaszvega grow various special lettuce types.
about the product – currently in Hungarian and Entrepreneurs Borbely Sandor and Kovacs Robert
perhaps later in English too. The lettuces also carry
started out in 2005 with two hectares of butter
a ‘Grown in Hungary’ label. I’m in no doubt that
lettuce in the Hungarian town of Jaszfenyszaru
such initiatives encourage consumers to buy and
and just eight years later they had evolved into
eat more fresh produce – and we achieve that by
a horticultural giant with 15 hectares of lettuce
specialities. Undeterred by the locals’ conservative eating habits, they introduced products such as iceberg lettuce, lollo, oak leaf, cos, Salanova®,
Kamill Tóth from Rijk Zwaan (right) put Borbély Sándor and Kovács Róbert in contact with Metro. This collaboration resulted in a considerable increase in the number of different lettuce types on the retailer’s shelves.
endive, frisée and radicchio. The young growers had high ambitions but knew that they could not achieve them alone. After all, to change deeply rooted eating habits you need support from food wholesalers. And to produce such a wide assortment, technical knowledge of varieties is crucial. Rijk Zwaan acted as facilitator: Jörg Werner, business development manager and Kamill Tóth, chain manager for Hungary, saw the opportunities and set up a chain project.
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Chain collaboration boosts sales in Tokyo The traditional Japanese cuisine, called ‘Washoku’, was recently placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. One thing that makes this cuisine so special is its focus on vegetables – the diversity of vegetable-based dishes is enormous! Therefore, the unique and tasty Salanova® is right at home in Japan, and the collaboration between Shinjuku Vegeful, Agri Green and Rijk Zwaan has resulted in Salanova being launched there very successfully.
In Japan, over 70 percent of all vegetable
their clients are enthusiastic about this
products are sold through wholesalers.
leafy product and such feedback helps
One of the major players in Tokyo is
Shinjuku Vegeful to stay informed about
Shinjuku Vegeful, and they have been
customer requirements and consumer
very enthusiastic about Salanova ever
reactions to new products.
since its launch in 2010.
Shinjuku Vegeful Co. Ltd. Shinjuku Vegeful is the result of a merger between two wholesalers,
Thanks to the chain collaboration
Tokyo Shinjuku Seika and Tokyo
Since 2010, Yoshio Yunoki, Rijk Zwaan’s
outlined above, Japanese consumers
Yodobashi Seika, in 2005. Since
Chain Manager for Japan, and Fumio
are increasingly able to find Salanova on
then, the company has been based
Kitamura of Sumika Agrotech, Rijk
the shelves in mid-sized supermarkets
at Tokyo’s Yodobashi Wholesale
Zwaan’s Salanova distribution partner
and greengrocer stores. The fresh lettuce
Market. Shinjuku Vegeful employs
in Japan, have been working together
is also used by many restaurants, such
262 people and generates annual
with grower Agri Green. This company is
as the oyster bar chain called ‘Jack
revenues of approximately USD60
among the biggest hydroponic growers in
Pot’ which is especially popular among
million through the sale of fresh and
Japan and a preferred supplier of spinach
Tokyo’s young female inhabitants. Here,
processed fruit and vegetables.
to wholesaler Shinjuku Vegeful. Yoshio:
the chefs make the most of the various
The Salanova® varieties sold by
“Agri Green was already cultivating
shapes and colours available to produce
Shinjuku Vegeful are all sourced
Salanova, and was particularly impressed
delicious creations. In addition to
from grower Agri Green. The listed
by the uniqueness of this convenience
Salanova’s versatility, they notice that it
varieties include Cook RZ, Exact RZ,
lettuce. Also, thanks to its high-tech
helps to reduce waste. Thanks to the ‘one
Bellagon RZ and Triplex RZ.
cultivation methods, the company
cut, ready’ principle, plus the product’s
always produces high-quality lettuce.”
shelf life both as a whole head and when
Therefore, the launch of Salanova
cut, less lettuce is thrown away.
through Shinjuku Vegeful was a logical step for both parties. The grower ensured supply of a top-quality product and Rijk Zwaan provided promotional material to introduce it to Japanese consumers.
Wholesaler A recipe for success! When asked about Salanova’s benefits, Shinjuku Vegeful mentions its attractively shaped leaves and colour, delicious flavour and long shelf life. The wholesaler now sells the lettuce through distributors to retailers and food-service customers, mostly in Tokyo. The distributors report that February | 2014
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Adding value for customers with Sensational Ingredients Make a point of visiting the Rijk Zwaan stand at Fruit Logistica 2014 to discover Sensational Ingredients for yourself. This is a line of varieties with higher levels of components such as vitamin C or folic acid, for instance, or specific ingredients of interest to the food colourings industry. These varieties enable you to create and launch added-value products.
Sensational Ingredients is the sixth product line for Rijk Zwaan, complementing Sensational Flavours and Sensational Snacks plus the more accountrelated product lines of Convenience, Organic and Industry. With Sensational Ingredients we want to highlight varieties that score particularly well in terms of certain substances focused around three areas: 1. Taste – for example sweetness in melons thanks to sugars (glucose, fructose) and Brix, bitterness of endive thanks to sesquiterpene lactones and spiciness of chilli peppers thanks to capsaicin 2. Industrial applications – dry matter percentage of white cabbage for dehydrating (e.g. soups), betanin in beetroot, carotenoids in carrots 3. Nutrition – vitamins, minerals, folic acid, etc.
Rijk Zwaan pays extra attention to analysing food components during the breeding and selection process. Varieties and crops with significantly higher levels of certain substances are included in the Sensational Ingredients product line. Two examples are:
We share our biochemical analysis data with our
In addition to its characteristic flavour, beetroot
partners as a way of initiating dialogue about the
contains a substance which also makes it interesting
market interest and the importance of certain food
to the processing industry: betanin, which can be used
components. We then discuss how these products
as a colouring in products such as sauces, jams or jelly
should be positioned, labelled and promoted plus
and is even used as ink. Rijk Zwaan’s new-generation
which other aspects should be analysed to ensure a
beetroot varieties have a significantly higher betanin
successful market launch.
content than today’s standard variety. With our Monti RZ (oval) and Belushi RZ (round) we offer suitable alternatives for the processing industry and the fresh market, respectively.
Lycopene in tomato Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in the world, full of flavour and health. Next to Vitamin C, tomatoes are also rich in the anti-oxidant lycopene, that give the fruits their red colour. Being aware of the positive aspects of lycopene, Rijk Zwaan always measures the content with all of its varieties, sometimes giving extraordinary results. Lyterno RZ has a lycopene content, which is almost twice as much as the average tomato. 12
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Riverford takes local vegetables to the next level Riverford Farm’s vegetable boxes are hugely popular in the United Kingdom. The concept is as simple as it is effective: subscribers are sent a varied assortment of organic products at regular intervals. Sales currently stand at 40,000 boxes a week! The emphasis is on British products, all year round – and Rijk Zwaan’s varieties play a key role in making that possible.
is now even a Riverford farm in France to ensure an adequate supply all year round. The boxes offer a wider choice of products too, with various dairy and meat products available in addition to vegetables.
‘Right plant, right place’ 25 years ago, Guy Watson from Riverford Farm in
Guy Watson is not afraid of sourcing fruit and
Devon started regularly supplying fresh vegetables
vegetables elsewhere since he is not necessarily tied
to a group of friends. Their enthusiastic reactions
to local products. Instead the growers prefer to look
set the farmer thinking. What if he could supply
for the best (i.e. most sustainable) production site
locally grown produce regionally? His idea was a
in line with the ‘right plant, right place’ principle.
success. Consumers appreciate the ‘field freshness’
However, ‘home grown’ is of course preferable,
plus they support the underlying ideas: fewer food
which is why Riverford is constantly looking for
miles and ‘buying British’.
ways of reinforcing and expanding its range of local products. An annual visit to Rijk Zwaan’s demo fields
The Riverford vegetable boxes were so successful
has become part of that search. Together with Rijk
that Guy Watson could no longer cope on his own
Zwaan’s Product Development Specialist, Martin
which led to South Devon Organic Producers Ltd.
Kyte, and Account Manager Organics, Heleen Bos, the
being established in 1997: a group of enthusiastic
growers select varieties that can cope with the British
growers primarily focused on arable crops such as
climate, and that meet customer needs. Because at
potatoes, carrots, cabbages, leeks, peas and beans.
the end of the day it’s all about strong connections
The company currently comprises nine producers
between vegetables, growers and consumers.
Riverfords’ boxes strengthen the ties between vegetables, growers and consumers.
farming 530 acres between them. On its own 200 acres Riverford focuses mainly on spinach, lettuce, onions and various crops in polytunnels and there
Riverford grows Salanova® For the past two years Rijk Zwaan’s Product Development Specialist Martin Kyte has been accompanying Riverfords’ growers on their annual visit to the Rijk Zwaan UK demo site at Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset. “We purposefully spent more time looking at the rows of Salanova. The sheer diversity of types and varieties plus the convenience aspect mean that this lettuce is a great fit with Riverfords’ objectives. The company agreed and Riverford planted a total of 10,000 Descartes RZ, Klee RZ and Seurat RZ plants in polytunnels in Autumn 2013. The harvest started in week 51, and the Salanova leaves are being used in Riverfords’ Winter babyleaf mixes.” Other Rijk Zwaan varieties used by Riverford are mini-cucumbers Khassib RZ, cherry tomatoes Sassari RZ and Cheramy RZ, cos lettuce Victorinus RZ and Quintus RZ, green batavia Emocion RZ, and red batavia Novelski RZ, Louxal RZ, Mohican RZ, Duplex RZ and Redial RZ. Februrary | 2014
Responding to consumers on Italy embraces sweet endive Today’s consumers like sweetness so
make consumers forget the bitter taste
Rijk Zwaan’s new, sweet endive types
traditionally associated with endive.
are a sure-fire success.
These new types can be eaten raw, either
Growers, processors and dealers
in salads or on their own, an innovation
alike are all enthusiastic about Avral
full of potential! This endive enables us
RZ and Timehal RZ. These product
to provide the market with a high-quality
launches, which are intended for
and flavoursome leafy vegetable all year
growing in Summer and Spring/Autumn
respectively are suitable for open field production in Italy. Chain manager Paride explains the benefits of this product line: “The heads have a very upright growth habit and a bright green
Paride Zamagna, chain project manager Italy
colour while the leaves are nicely curled with a fine vein structure. Importantly, the colour extends well into the head meaning that processors have plenty of material to work with – and hence a high net yield. Avral and Timehal will
‘Palermo’ pepper now available in yellow too It’s finally possible: a pack containing a
we might even extend cultivation to
red pointed pepper and now a yellow
other countries. With 35-523 RZ we hope
one too. With the 35-523 RZ, Rijk Zwaan
to reach as big an audience as with
has introduced the yellow counterpart
Palermo, which is why we’re aiming
of the successful Palermo. And just
at both local and foreign markets.
like the red Palermo, this type excels
Thanks to its attractive yellow colour,
in terms of flavour, which makes this
firmness and sweet taste, I have high
pepper particularly suitable for salads.
expectations. It’s the missing link in
Plus it’s a tasty dish when stuffed too,
‘traffic light’ packs!”
believes Alberto Cuadrado Salmerón, Chain Project Manager in Spain. “With this newcomer, we’re initially focusing on winter greenhouse production in
Alberto Cuadrado Salmerón, chain project manager Spain
Spain. The first tests went well and we hope to roll out the variety on a larger commercial scale next year. Who knows,
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a worldwide scale ‘The convenient watermelon’ Watermelons are simply delicious –
colours, good watermelons on both the
but often too big for today’s generally
inside and outside, that are nice and
smaller families. It is of course possible
delicious with a crispy bite. We’ve also
to slice just a couple of wedges as
incorporated benefits for growers: the
needed, but the rest quickly deteriorates
selected varieties excel in uniformity and
in terms of flavour and shelf life. That’s
why Rijk Zwaan has developed a more conveniently sized watermelon. “With our Sandissima® line, we are responding to a clear consumer need,” says David Herzog, Crop Coordinator for watermelons. “We are launching a range of varieties, some produce
David Herzog, crop coordinator rootstock/watermelon
watermelons weighing 2 to 3 kilograms while the others produce fruits of 3 to 4 kilograms, with different attractive skin
Cubelli® is conquering the world Have you seen them yet? The blocky
their customers. The Cubelli family
Cubelli® tomatoes. Thanks to their
currently comprises three varieties,
authentic shape, these tomatoes are
namely 15, 20 and 50 grams, all with a
very appealing to consumers and Rijk
deep-red colour and good flavour. Feel
Zwaan marketing specialist Johan Vis
free to see and taste them for yourself in
often hears words such as “attractive”
our Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul,
and “luxurious” used to describe
where numerous tempting varieties
them. “These blocky tomatoes stay
will once again be on display from April
upright well, making them ideal for
use in various culinary creations – with mozzarella and parsley as tapas for instance or baked in the oven with a little olive oil and sea salt. With so many uses,
Johan Vis, marketing specialist fruit crops
Cubelli is a great fit with the convenience trend: tasty yet easy. Of course, we help growers to highlight this versatility to
Cubelli® February | 2014
Rijk Zwaan’s unique Salanova® lettuce and Great Lakes’ living lettuce display are guaranteed to deliver mutual success.
John Bonner and Tim Ryan from Great Lakes
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