BLE Market report KW 48/18:

Small citrus fruits: Demand increased and quality improved

Regarding Clementines, Spain dominated events. Italy sent a few batches, Greece and Portugal not so much. Moroccan items completed the range, which, however, did was not too convincing with regard to size, taste or appearance and therefore could not be completely marketed. Regarding Satsumas, Turkish imports rounded off the Spanish supplies. Mandarins had already left the trade.

Sales generally accelerated as, on the one hand, demand increased and, on the other hand, the quality of the products improved. However, as a result of widespread availability, distributors often had to lower their prices. In Hamburg, meanwhile, offers in nets became more expensive. Here, 1.5 kg jute bags generated a lot of attention. In Berlin, in the clementine segment, huge amounts of returns from food retailing at €0.25 per kg nets had a great impact on the sales.

Apples
Supplies were plentiful. Overall, demand was quite positive. Small red fruits were quite popular for decoration purposes, thanks to their low prices.

Pears
Italy was predominant in this segment, with its Santa Maria and Abate Fetel. In general, there was a quiet trade. Availability and demand were somewhat balanced out. Therefore, sales were steady and the prices hardly moved.

Table grapes
Brazilian and Peruvian inflows intensified immensely. Their quality was convincing and the customers liked thee batches from the southern hemisphere.

Oranges
Spain clearly dominated the events with its Navelina. Demand generally increased as a result of the autumn weather. However, traders could not use this to increase their prices as the supply grew too strong.

Lemons
Deliveries of the Spanish Primofiori and Turkish Enterdonato had not shifted significantly compared to the previous week. Marketing accelerated locally, based on the cooler weather.

Bananas
The markets were sufficiently supplied. Depending on the location, the assortments were large or small, with many individual brands of different origins. As a rule, there was a rather quiet but continuous demand.

Cauliflower
Here, business showed some movement: supply from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands appeared to be narrowing, while the importance of the Italian and French lots increased noticeably.

Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce came almost exclusively from Spain; only sporadically, there were still some native batches. The supply grew and in some markets prices then crumbled.

Cucumbers
Spain and Greece dominated here. The not very pronounced demand could be satisfied with ease. At times, sellers were forced to lower their prices if they wanted to avoid creating large stocks.

Tomatoes
With Spain, Belgium, Italy, Morocco and the Netherlands, a large number of countries stood at the basis of the assortment. Supplies increased and were enough to meet demand. Demand improved selectively.

Sweet peppers
Spain now seemed to dominate events. The prices of the Spanish, Dutch and Belgian goods often attracted attention, which was based on limited availability.


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