The tomato market is currently very mediocre with kilo prices between 15 and 25 cent. “There’s a lot of product on the market, and demand isn’t optimal,” says Philip van Geest of Van Geest International. “Aubergines might be selling like hot cakes, but prices aren’t great either, their price level is between 40 and 60 cent per kilo, while there’s little or no Spanish product on the market. Ramadan might be playing a part in this, because a large group of people observe ramadan.”
“Bell peppers are doing fair to well, prices for red are between 1 and 1.80 euro. The yellow bell peppers were at a low level around 70 cent, but that has now recovered to 1.30 euro again. The situation is similar for orange bell peppers. Green was very expensive in the preseason, but prices have now normalised to a level of 1 to 1.10 euro. Cucumber sales are stable at a mediocre level at the moment, around 20 to 30 cent per piece. That market was much lower before as well, but I can’t really see a direct cause for the cucumbers becoming more expensive either.”
“All in all, the average prices weren’t great, and the tomato growers in particular are getting a rough deal. Markets are full of cheap product and (mostly) Dutch exporters – particularly those with their own growers or too much product – continue flooding these markets, so that it’s not easy for the market to improve,” the trader continues. “The UK is an island in this case, so surpluses are causing enormous pressure on prices right away. I don’t think a recovery will soon happen, considering the summer holidays are about to start,” Philip concludes.