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Italy: Nice weather pushes courgette production but affects prices

Courgette prices are decreasing because of good weather, strangely enough. "Volumes and prices vary a lot depending on the weather," explains Nino Leonardi from Leonardi snc.

To understand what happened, we must go back to week 41: "rain and hail affected production and prices increased." At the time, most of the production came from Sicily, so prices in Verona, "varied between 90 cents and €1.10-1.20/kg. Demand from Europe was also good, as the prices of Spanish produce were higher."

The situation changed completely in week 42, because the weather stabilised. "35-36°C were reached in Ragusa and the same happened in Latina and Sabaudia. This increased production and a bigger supply combined with low consumption led to a drop in prices. Last week, prices went from 70 cents to €1/kg tops."

"The same happened in Spain. Once their prices dropped, Europe started getting supplied from them once again, so foreign demand for Italian courgettes froze," concludes Leonardi.

Leonardi Salvatore snc
Via Sommacampagna, 63
Verona (VR) c/o mercato ortofrutticolo
Tel.: (+39) 045 953787
Fax: (+39) 045 8622324

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