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Patrick Stoffels, Gaia Herbs:

"Herb market switching from European to Israeli and Kenyan products"

European herbs are, once again, slowly making way for African and Israeli products. "We had a good European season. The heat did destroy some products. This has resulted in high demand for herbs from Kenya and Israel. There was limited availability of, especially, chives. The demand for Kenyan herbs is, therefore, enormous", says Patrick Stoffels. Patrick is based at Gaia Herbs's European sales office in Poeldijk, the Netherlands.

"The herb's prospects look good. We have had a reasonable supply from Morocco. Now, we are seeing products like Israeli chives and tarragon becoming available again", continues Patrick. "The overall trend in the herb market looks promising. You see that more and more people are using fresh herbs at home."

Gaia is mainly focused on herb production. However, they do also have exotic fruits in their assortment. "The sales of these exotics are also going well. We have begun with the yellow and red pitahaya season. There is also an abundance of Limequats, Buddha's fingers, and pomegranates", he says.

"We started the Israeli (Autumn Honey) fig season on Monday. Besides our Kenyan and Isreali products, we also sell sweet potatoes from Spain", concludes Patrick.

For more information:
Gaia Herbs BV
131 ABC Westland
2685 DB Poeldijk
Tel: +31 (0) 850 498 540
Mob: +31 (0) 630 038 482

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