BLE Market report KW 44 / 18:

'Supply of pears falling somewhat, but demand could be met'

All in all, the German pear trade was rather low-key. Italy dominated with its Abate Fetel, Santa Maria and Williams Christ. Supply was limited, but sufficient to meet the demand. The Santa Maria became more expensive, and had an appealing quality. In Frankfurt, Abate Fetel prices rose a little. From the interior came primarily Alexander Lucas and Conference, as well as Boscs pears.

Source: BLE

Concords also appeared in Frankfurt, and they were quickly marketed. Supply was sufficient to satisfy the low demand. Prices mostly remained stable. Only smaller fruits saw a drop in prices sometimes. The Netherlands mainly sent Conference and Gute Luise pears. Prices of the Turkish Santa Maria and Devici did not change significantly. Spanish Abate Fetels and Belgian Conferences rounded off the range of goods.

Apples
Germany determined the events and provided Elstar, Boskoop and Jonagold in particular. The business slowed down a bit; the holidays apparently limited the accommodation possibilities.

Pears
Overall, an event-less situation prevailed. Italy dominated with Abate Fetels, Santa Marias and Williams Christs. Supply was limited, but sufficient to meet the demand.

Table grapes
Italian deliveries characterized events. In general, the demand was rather weak and could be covered without difficulty. Prices mostly remained at previous levels.

Small citrus fruits
Above all, the availability of the Spanish supplies intensified massively. Demand could not always keep up.

Lemons
Spain was marketing more than Turkey. Argentina and South Africa rounded of the offers, as did Greece. Trade was uneven.

Bananas
Sales were rather quiet. Regional and local holidays caused a certain deceleration. Attempts to adjust prices accordingly, mostly succeeded.

Cauliflower
Germany dominated events here, more so than Belgium. The initial rather tepid demand was satisfied without any problems. When demand later picked up, did this not present marketers with any problems.

Lettuce
The presence of regional ice berg lettuce was limited. In contrast with this, Spanish and Dutch supplies kept on coming. Demand could not always keep pace, so that occasionally prices dropped.

Cucumbers
Spain ruled here, with the Netherlands and Belgium following behind. Germany apparently lost in importance, Greece supplemented the range. Supply was limited, so prices rose.

Tomatoes
Although the availability of Dutch, Belgian and Spanish products diminished, it was certainly sufficient to meet demand. Local tomatoes left something to be desired in terms of their coloration.

Sweet peppers
Spain dominated, the Netherlands and Turkey followed. Supply was limited. However, it was enough to satisfy the demand completely. In Cologne, sales faltered and stocks couldn't be sold out completely, which however did not change the prices much.


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