Italy: November at the Lusia fresh produce market
The weather was particularly mild in November, favouring ripening and hastening harvesting.
Many businesses have actually finished harvesting the winter production, which used to happen around mid December. It's been years since the last time something like this occurred.
This has led to an increase in the volume collected, which overall was 5% higher than quantities commercialised in November 2016.
Unfortunately, prices have remained low: this negative trend was due to the higher vegetable concentration in the facility and destination markets but, most of all, it can be attributed to the slow demand.
Garlic recorded a drop in both volumes and quotations. Negotiations were rather slow. Both bunches and braids were available.
Beetroot, chard and chicory quotations have dropped as the mild temperatures did not favour consumption. There was also a modest increase in exchanges.
Negotiations for carrots were dynamic for the produce both with and without leaves and quotations were higher than in November 2016. Even lower-quality batches were sold.
The puntarellas available were not enough to meet demand, meaning prices were positive. Colour and grades were both good.
Cauliflower quantities increased and demand was not able to absorb them completely. Prices dropped to an average quotation of 20/30 eurocents/kg.
The situation was heavy for cabbage too, as productions increased leading to low prices.
The price of fennel was more stable compared to 2016 despite the higher availability. Quality and processing were good.
Lettuce was penalised by the abundant quantities available. Prices were continuously decreasing due to the fact that demand required less produce than was collected. Only Brazilian spinach recorded a good increase in sales prices. The quotations of endive dropped and demand for PGI salad was also slow.
After a good period, sweet potatoes hit a wall as negotiations ended with dropping values and volumes.
Quotations for leeks also dropped, mainly due to the abundant quantities available in destination markets. Quality was always excellent.
The same goes for parsley, as demand did not always absorb the volumes available.Variegato di Lusia radicchio
Radicchio quantities and quotations dropped in November. There were few exchanges and at a low price.
As regards green celery, although there wasn't a lot of it available, demand didn't show particular interest. It was instead good for white celery, and prices were better than last year. Quality was excellent for both.
Spinach didn't do well despite the lower volumes as there wasn't a lot of interest for it.
Pumpkin quantities were slightly lower than 2016 but demand wasn't lively and prices dropped.
Courgette average prices were stable despite the higher quantities available. Quality was generally good.
Apple production did not meet demand, so prices skyrocketed. However, kiwi prices dropped as demand wasn't good despite the high quality.
Publication date: 12/5/2017
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