Italy: Good festive period at the Lusia fresh produce market

The first part of December was characterised by mild temperatures and continued with very cold days and prolonged frost. This of course caused problems for harvesting and drastically reduced the quantities of produce available on the market.

Quotations were rather low during the first part of the month, while they increased with the cold weather and the festivities.

After starting slowly, demand was rather lively for all products and very much active for all those leaf products available in limited quantities.

Commercialisation was fluid and actually dynamic during the festivities.

Garlic prices dropped for both the bunch and braided produce due to the lower quality available.

The price of beetroots, white chicory, carrots and puntarellas increased considerably due to constant demand. Quality was always good despite the weather.

Cauliflower prices were higher than December 2016 and the excellent quality helped sales.

Cabbage didn't do very well due to the large volumes available - quotations were 10/15 eurocents lower per kg compared to December 2016.

Fennel did well due to the excellent quality. Prices were good while quantities were slightly lower than last year.

Demand for lettuce was constant and therefore prices were on the up. Quantities were stable while there was an increase for gentile and romaine.

Demand for leek was slow and therefore quotations dropped. Commercialised volumes were lower than December 2016, though quality and processing were excellent.


Leek

Commercialised quantities and quotations were stable for parsley.

The volumes of radicchio dropped slightly, while quotations were higher compared to last year.

Quotations of celery increased due to the good demand and availability was in line for the period.

Pumpkin quality was good and prices were higher than last year. 

December was a positive month for fruit: the situation was dynamic for kiwis, apples and pears, which favoured quotations. Quality was excellent.

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