Dennis van Tricht, AGF-Direct:

"Broccoli in particular suffered from water damage"

The wettest place this month was Noord-Holland. "Last week there was up to 180 mm of rain in some places," says Dennis van Tricht of AGF-Direct, which has an office on the wholesale market in Zwaagdijk, the cradle of the open ground vegetable trade.

"Broccoli in particular suffered from the heavy rainfall and this will last for at least another week. The cauliflower is slightly better defended. As far as quality is concerned we have good heavy cabbage and there is certainly enough to cut until week 44," Dennis continues. "But the growers have to be able to get onto the land and that was a bit of a problem on some plots in recent days. There is also some milling required here and there."

Cauliflower field at grower PBA de Wit

AGF-Direct focuses fully on the Benelux market. "Besides the set contracts with supermarkets there is a good demand for cauliflower and broccoli from exporters at the moment. There is little product available for the day to day trade, so you can sell what is left for a good price. Those good prices compensate for the drop-out a little," concludes Dennis.

For more information:
Dennis van Tricht
AGF Direct
Groothandelsmarkt 2
1681 NN, Zwaagdijk
Tel: 0031 (0) 85-3032632

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