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BLE Market Report: "The strawberry season is definitely over"

Strawberries
The season is definitely over. Availability had decreased noticeably. In addition to manageable domestic supply there were minor Belgian and northern Italian sales. Locally there was some inflow from the Netherlands, which generated prices of up to € 2.70 per 500g punnet. Demand was significantly reduced. It was becoming increasingly difficult to sell off lots altogether. Frequent promotions could generate more sales, but failed to do so most of the time. Therefore, supply started building up again and again, which inevitably caused further price reductions. Only occasionally demand improved on a day to day basis. Traders, however, kept away from higher prices, so as not to slow down sales. In Munich, the Oktoberfest brought a little movement in the otherwise quiet market.

Apples
German Elstar, Tenroy, Boskoop and Jonagold clearly dominated events. In general, marketing was unsatisfactory. This led to lower prices, connected to overly extensive ranges.

Pears
Italian produce prevailed here. Overall, availability was sufficient to meet demand. Demand was not very strong, and only picked up slightly a couple of times compared to the week before.

Table grapes
Above all, the popular seedless varieties were ordered. Their quality was good and marketers confirmed their previous prices.

Peaches and nectarines
Parallel to availability, demand was limited as well. Spanish fruit dominated over Italian produce.

Plums
Germany ruled the landscape here, with Presenta and Hauszwetschge and rounded it all off with Top and Hanita. There were more and more problems regarding shelf life. Domestic batches in particular had problems here, which had a negative impact on the demand.

Lemons
Turkish growers expanded their sphere of influence; the South African and Argentine batches lost in importance. Spanish Vernas supplemented the market, as well as batches from Israel and Greece.

Bananas
In general, supply corresponded well to demand. Usually, prices remained stable as a result.

Cauliflower
Regional produce was central. There were satisfactory sales and an increased demand at local levels, so prices mostly remained at previous levels. Now and then there were some price hikes.

Lettuce
First Spanish iceberg lettuces arrived in Frankfurt. This sector was dominated by Germany. Supply expanded further, exceeding demand. Therefore, prices dropped noticeably at some markets.

Cucumbers
Germany shaped the events, the Netherlands and Belgium complemented almost equally. In view of the increased favorable Spanish competition, the prices for Central European products were reduced in some places.

Tomatoes
A wide range of products was available: the Netherlands and Belgium evidently dominated the market. The autumnal weather caused a rising demand on the one hand, and it slowed down the turnover on the other hand.

Sweet peppers
As a result of stronger Spanish competition, Dutch batches were going for lower prices, sometimes quite considerably lower. Either the prices drops occurred at the start of the week, or the came in successively, from on day to the next.


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