Although the Piel de Sapo melon type is very popular in Spain, it is virtually unknown anywhere else. The conventional Piel de Sapo can easily weigh up to 3 kilos, which tends to make it too big for consumers
in Northern Europe. Hence, mainly the smaller fruits from the final
harvest of the season are exported to Northern Europe, but they are
not as tasty. In response to this, Rijk Zwaan has applied smart
cross-breeding techniques to develop a genetically smaller
Piel de Sapo. It offers the same, deliciously sweet flavour in a
compact format, which is allowing a growing number
of consumers both within Spain and beyond
to discover the delights of this tasty melon.
Consumers appreciate the ease of a bag of pre-cut lettuce, but also the freshness of a whole head. That’s why Rijk Zwaan developed Salanova. Just one slice of the knife is enough to remove the core and cause the lettuce to separate into an abundance
of tasty baby-sized lettuce leaves. This makes Salanova the ideal combination of freshness and convenience. Furthermore,
the Salanova range is continually being extended with
new lettuce types, thus enabling consumers to
prepare and serve tasty mixed salads
in the blink of an eye.
Carrots for babies
Carrots are an important ingredient in baby nutrition, which is why Rijk Zwaan develops carrot varieties specifically for manufacturers of baby and infant food products. Out of all the selection criteria, the nitrate content is particularly key in this industry; babies are especially susceptible to the effects of nitrate so ingestion should be avoided wherever possible. Needless to say, other selection criteria include the colour and flavour of the varieties to
ensure that Rijk Zwaan supplies the perfect basic
ingredients for baby food which is both
tasty and healthy.
One of the biggest challenges when breeding spinach is to develop effective resistances against mildew. Since this disease mutates regularly, it always manages to overcome the existing resistances in the end. Thankfully, our state-of-the-art R&D techniques mean that we are becoming increasingly fast at developing new resistances in response. By consistently introducing new varieties with an up-to-date resistance pattern, we ensure continuity in crop cultivation.
And that in turn means a constant supply of
healthy spinach for consumers.
Consumers in the Western world eat a relatively high proportion of unhealthy snacks. Rijk Zwaan is keen to offer consumers a high-quality and healthy alternative and one thing that helps is to make vegetables even more appealing, tastier and easier to handle. That was Rijk Zwaan’s starting point when developing the snack cucumber. The result is a smaller and hence
handier cucumber measuring between 9 and 11 cm
with a fresh green colour and crunchy bite the ideal
healthy snack, especially for children.
As a plant breeding company, Rijk Zwaan stands at the very start of the food chain. This is a great place to be, because it means we have the chance to develop vegetable varieties that are closely aligned with what consumers want.