"At the moment demand is not large, but supply is small as well. The producers open the cells less quickly. Many growers work with Polish and Romanian employees, who go home for the holidays. That lasts till week 2 and then sorting will start.This year more so than in other years there was speculation about the pear market. This has mainly to do with the fact of the high prices of last season."
"As I can see now not much will change with regards to prices, there will be no big surprises. Towards next year there will be more product, but demand will also increase. If all goes well growers will have a better quality product beginning 2014 than they have now. There will be more than sufficient volume on the market and then I do not only talk about the Conference, but the other pear varieties on the world market, which will then be available."
Many small pears
Those of 55 are around 30 cents and that is still rather cheap. Going to the 60's, those are the really interesting sizes, the prices are between 53 and 55 cents. To 65 and 70 there is an additional 10 to 15 cents. Therefore very large differences. There are certainly markets for the smaller pears, but traders must actively look for these. I expect prices for sizes 60 to 70 to remain high, but that they will not increase a lot. We will undoubtedly be stuck with these prices for the remainder of the season."