Cutting in water extends leeks’ shelf life

After the necessary tests were done last season, Van den Elzen Vegetable Processors have this year, started cutting all their leeks in water. “The results in the preservation of leeks is encouraging. There is less spoilage on the cut surfaces. If supermarkets can keep their leeks in the shop for a day longer as a result of water cutting, it means more profit”, says Gijs van den Oever.

This week, the company from Uden started harvesting the new summer leek crop from a cultivation area of more than 200 hectares. “The new harvest is good quality and we have not encountered any shoot problems. There is, however, very warm weather ahead, so we must be aware of how things develop”, says Gijs.

It is not essential for Van den Elzen to be the first on the market with new leeks. “We want to begin and end the season with good leeks with nice thick shafts. That is more important than starting early because then there are less poor quality stored leeks.”

Leek prices have dropped significantly recently. “There is supply from Portugal, Spain and France on the market. The weather also does not lend itself to their consumption. With 35 degrees, people sit on the terrace and swim, they don’t eat much leeks”, the seller says. “Yet, there is still demand from surrounding countries. What the next few weeks hold is very dependent on the weather.”

Bekijk onze andere nieuwsberichten

GEGE machinebouw ontwikkelt unieke machines, voor alle verwerkers, wereldwijd.

Interns at GEGE machinebouw

Our youth, our future! Today we are putting our (former) interns in the spotlight. After 6…

Read more

New: extensive machine line for green beans

Our green bean line handles the bean feeding and packing process around the weigher. The complete…

Read more

Water jet cutting of tapas rolls

GEGE machinebouw develops machines for cutting tapas rolls with the water jet cutter. The water jet…

Read more

Innovative sorting system for strawberry plants designed

Strawberry plant propagators face quite some challenges nowadays. Reducing labour is one, and our systems help…

Read more

New strawberry tray developed

Together with Beekenkamp Verpakkingen B.V. and Kraege Beerenpflanzen, we have developed a strawberry tray that contributes to making…

Read more

GEGE machinebouw is expanding and renewing

More news again. GEGE machinebouw is expanding and renewing. GEGE machinebouw develops unique machines for the…

Read more
Contact us