BLE Market Report KW 15/2019:

Germany: 'France was dominating Italy in cauliflower supply'

France was dominating Italy regarding cauliflowers. The inflow had been limited, but sufficient to meet the demand. Demand was not particularly strong, so limited the availability did not generally affect the prices. These developed differently: they moved up in Munich and Cologne, which noticeably reduced marketing options.

In Frankfurt, Italian imports increased during the week; since they had a wide range of quality, the pricing was quite difficult there. In Hamburg, supplies from Italy were scarce as a result of heavy rains in the growing areas, yet the French competition did not encounter increased demand and so prices had to be lowered. In Frankfurt and Cologne, Spanish and Belgian batches completed the range with very small quantities.

Imports from overseas were more present. The deliveries from the southern hemisphere, however, usually generated little interest, as customers focused more on European articles.

The offer was more diversified: New additions were Chilean Forelle, Argentine Anjous and South African Flamingos. South Africa prevailed here, with numerous varieties.

Table grapes
South Africa dominated the scene with a wide range. Demand was limited on the one hand due to the holidays, on the other hand it also expanded a little because of the spring weather.

Even if ample supplies were available, the season was clearly coming to an end. Demand was limited. From time to time, blood oranges were hardly available anymore.

Spanish Primofiori were now unrivalled, as Turkey had left the business. A not very pronounced demand could be satisfied easily.

On the one hand prices fell, despite a manageable supply. On the other hand, ripeners only send in the quantities needed.

Ice lettuce came in exclusively from Spain. Supply was enough to satisfy demand, that was limited locally. The prices showed a mixed picture, as they fell off, but occasionally also went up somewhat.

Shipments of cucumbers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were very abundant; they far exceeded sales possibilities. This meant that marketers could not avoid lowering their prices.

The Netherlands and Belgium shaped the scene. Italian and Spanish supplies were limited. The presence of domestic produce, however, grew. In principle, Morocco only entered the markets with round tomatoes.

Sweet peppers
Increased Dutch inflows easily filled the gap created by the lack of Spanish products, so that demand could be fullfilled at all times.

German stems formed the basis of a very rich assortment. Demand did not really get going; low temperatures and the holidays sometimes worked against the distributors.


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