"The biggest issue in onions, however, is the quality. There are a lot of good supplies, but also a lot that you see decreasing in quality week by week. This makes the supply huge. Growers haven't had faith in the market since the start of the season and are wondering whether to save their onions for spring, considering the quality problems and the end of the old season. Because we can really only sell the mass of smaller sizes to Africa, and this export will decrease considerably from January, it is causing a very large available supply at the moment," continues the exporter.
"The decline of the price for the farmer is therefore a logical consequence in my view. The question is how it will relate to the bale price. So far, they are doing quite well with a level around 11-12 cents for the mediums and 14 cents for the coarse onions. However, I'm not ruling out the development of some price pressure, considering the overcapacity in the Dutch packaging stations and the desire for work that comes with it," says Martijn. "The market for red onions looks slightly better. They also seem to be of better quality and the coarse, red onions are particularly well paid for."