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Healthy food is expensive!

It is one of the many excuses that people come up with to walk out of the supermarket with a cart full of unhealthy groceries. Another frequently heard excuse is: "Healthy food takes longer to prepare" or "Healthy food tastes less good". In this blog we want to show you that healthy food does not have to be more expensive.

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An unique collaboration for the very best quality of tomatoes

I wish I  could let you taste these delicious cherry tomatoes from the Golden Taste brand. At first they look like all other cherry tomatoes, but this flavour is really different from what you are used to. The difference is mainly related to the very high brix* levels, aroma and the sweet and spicy taste.

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Have a happy Easter

Have yourself an eye catcher on the dining table this year! Brighten up your Easter brunch with a large bowl of EASTER PUNCH, decorate each guest's own glass with parts of orange, strawberry or pineapple.

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Ethylene gas doesn't sound natural, but it is!

When I heard about the use of ethylene gas in the ripening of fruits and vegetables, I initially thought of an artificial gas. It doesn't sound very bio, but nothing could be further from the truth. You cannot find more natural gasses such as ethylene. I found out after a good conversation with our Quality Controllers. If you also want to know more about this interesting natural phenomenon, please read on quickly.

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How is a quality capsicum grown?

We would like to take you into the world of a capsicum growing process, to highlight the flush during this process. What is a flush? How do flushes affect quality and weight?

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Whatever happened to rhubarb?

For me, rhubarb is strongly associated with my childhood. My grandmother used to make her own rhubarb compote and we would mix it through our yoghurt – delicious! In this day and age, I hardly ever hear anyone saying that they’ve eaten rhubarb. So I thought it’s time to learn more about it, and above all to find out: whatever happened to rhubarb?!

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How to assess the quality of fruit and vegetables?

BE Fresh has got a special Quality Control Team. All fruit and vegetables coming in our warehouse are checked and inspected for quality. All Quality Controllers have followed detailed product training courses and know exactly how  to inspect the product. In addition to the knowledge they also use various measuring instruments to determine the quality. Please take a look at the daily equipment of our Quality Controllers.

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The dilemma of air freight weights

Moving a skid full of fruit and vegetables from A to B by air freight. That may seem like an easy task, but it involves a lot more thinking than you might expect on forehand. It actually is a big puzzle with lots of commercial interests. We will try to explain this to you.

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Good intentions for the rest of your lives

Like every year, many people are making a tradition to start exercising, eat healthy, quit smoking, etc in the new year. Everyone really wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In one way or another, January 1 is a good time for many of us.

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6 tips: How do you eat healthy during the holidays? Includes 2 smart desserts!

Many people will celebrate holidays this December. Each in their own way, but we all have one thing in common; Christmas and New Year's Eve is all about food, especially a lot (and often unhealthy) food!
When you're living a healthy lifestyle, holiday dinners can be a challenge to resist temptation. With some clever tricks it is really possible to start the dinner in a responsible and healthy way, even during the holidays.

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The cultivation of green asparagus

During the public Holidays green asparagus are really wanted as dish. In many different ways asparagus are then served; asparagus au gratin, green asparagus in puff pastry wrapped in Parma ham and many other ways. Other options, what do you think of grilling this seasoning green asparagus in summer time?

We wanted to know more about the green asparagus itself, so we contacted our main supplier for green asparagus.

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Impressive cranberry harvest

Ripe cranberries are harvested from September to early November. This is done in two different ways; dry and wet harvesting. 95% of the cranberries are harvested the wet way.

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You (probably) did not know this about yellow frisée - curly endive

Yellow frisée is extremely popular among our customers, thousands of packages are shipped to 26 different countries every week. Why is yellow frisée that popular? Interviews with our supplier, customer and online research have resulted in fun and interesting facts and we are more than happy to share these with you.

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Are you familiar with the world of the wild mushroom?

You love them or you hate them, mushrooms. Please continue reading when you always have a box of white mushrooms in your shopping cart. Do you not like mushrooms? Please continue reading too, because there is a very tasteful world full of mushrooms that you probably didn't know about.

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Change of the tomato season (Holland - Spain)

Tomatoes are available all year round, but in the ‘land of tomatoes’ a seasonal change is happening every year in October and early March. The traditional tomato cultivation ends in the Netherlands in October and continues in countries such as Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Italy from then, and of course the other way around in March. How does this seasonal change work and how does this affect availability and quality?

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Why would you want to become Vegan? Or why not?

Vegan is an increasingly popular lifestyle, according to which an estimated 75 million of the world's population lives. Others are curious and there are those who don't want to know about it. There are many questions, but also many misunderstandings about being Vegan. Did you knew that November 1 is the perfect day to learn more about a vegan lifestyle? During World Vegan Day, seminars, debates and workshops are organized. Perfect moment to ask your burning question.

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Don't just eat pumpkins during Halloween!

It's that time of year again, pumpkins are popping up everywhere. Because it is almost Halloween, they appear in the streets, but also in the supermarkets and restaurants. On the other hand, pumpkins are also delicious and especially responsible to eat throughout the whole year.

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Growing lettuce on water? Yes, we can!

The most modern and innovative method of growing lettuce is on water! Growing the lettuce plants in open ground is no longer necessary. The lettuce also receives all the right nutrients through the water. How? We will explain that cultivation process to you in detail.

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Preservation of the cold chain during travelling with huge temperature differences

Our fruit and vegetables will be on customers plates from New York to Japan. Our high quality products must be preserved throughout the journey, from field to fork. We call this the cold chain. An important part of this cold chain is the packaging material for pallets, I would like to tell you more about that.

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Harvesting of the Agria potato has started

Did you know that there is a difference in early, medium early and late potato varieties? This indicates the number of growing days that the varieties need to grow into high-quality potatoes. The early to medium early varieties grow quickly, but have less yield in numbers. Late varieties take longer to grow, but the output is higher and also the shelf life is longer.

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Baby spinach; grow a winter crop in the hot summers of Italy. We asked our grower how?

Baby spinach is also in high demand in the summer, while it is a real winter crop. Baby spinach often does not germinate above 22°C. But during the hot Italian summers, especially in July and August, the mercury can even linger at 28 to 30 degrees at night. You can imagine how difficult it is to provide the same production during the hot seasons.

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Why does the weight of lettuce fluctuates?

A normal head of lettuce weighs 300 grams. What is the reason that the weight of a head of lettuce drops to 220 to 230 grams at certain times of the year? We hear this questions on a regular basis. The answer to this question has everything to do with the big, yellow sun and our nature.

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Why are herbs difficult to obtain?

In some months it is difficult to obtain certain herbs. This has everything to do with the natural growth process of herbs. Let us explain. For herbs, it is spring from mid-April to late June. The best time for perennial crops like thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and sage to reproduce by producing flowers. During this process, all energy goes to the flower and the energy supply of the plant is negligible. Result: quality and shelf life sometimes is below acceptable level, causing lower supply you are used to.

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How to boost your immune system?

Keep yourself resistant in these difficult times by keeping your immune system strong and healthy. How do you do that?

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Is there a good alternative to the Maris Piper?

A while ago, a customer asked us for the Maris Piper. It's a very popular variety in the UK, where it’s grown, but we prefer to source our potatoes as locally as possible. That’s why we mainly work with Aardappelhandel Kouters, because they choose farmers here in West Brabant or Zeeland, and occasionally just over the border in Belgium. So we took the liberty of offering the customer an alternative instead: Agria.

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‘Things need to change! Let’s take a different approach’

Monday 19 April 2010 – that’s the exact day that BE Fresh Produce was founded by Ard and Hans Bergwerff. The company is the realisation of their long-held dream: to start their own fresh produce company with a mission.

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