The strawberry season is slowly starting in Scandinavia. 10 million trays of strawberries are expected to be supplied to the Norwegian retail trade throughout the season. "We hope for a long and good season after a cool spring and a long blossoming period," says Katrine Røed Meberg of branch organisation Norsk Gartnerforbund. "At the moment a pallet is processed daily at Coop in Rogaland and last week a start was made to the harvest in the cultivation tunnels in Vestfold, so that supermarket chains Rema and Meny now also have the first Norwegian strawberries on their shelves." The optimal weather conditions ensures a good spread and development of different varieties.
The strawberry season in Sweden is also well on its way. Jordbruksverket, The Swedish Agricultural Council, will carry out the necessary checks this summer to ensure the origin is clearly on the packaging. Many of the strawberries sold in the spring and the early summer are from countries like Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Croatia. If the origin of the strawberries isn't clear, research in the lab can show whether they were grown in Sweden.