Willem de Boer (De Boer Westwoud) about the tough Dutch carrot season:

"Bad carrots being fought over, while the good ones go to the cows"

Many Dutch full soil products are well-priced this year. The carrot market is, however, still struggling at the moment. "Last year, it was the other way around," says Willem de Boer.

He is from a Dutch trading and processing company of the same name. The company is situated in Westwoud, North Holland. "The entire market is down, and nothing is happening. If we count everything up, we will be left with about 10.000 crates this season. That is going to cost us a fortune."

"Prices were too high at the start of the season. People also waited too long. The well-known Dutch idiom - the bad being fought over while the good goes to the cows - comes to mind."

"We had bad quality products for too long. Buyers went looking for alternatives. They have now found these in abundance. They no longer want to come to collect these last remaining carrots," Willem explains.

Prices are currently at around EUR0,25/0,26 for Class B carrots. "The larger ones are a little more expensive. That is, however, purely because they are not being rotated. A few are still being sold to Scandinavia and the Czech Republic in day trading. But Poland has stopped completely."  

"Granted, the season is, however, almost over. We usually stop at around 26 June. The beetroot market has not been great either. But that is more of a service product for us," concludes Willem.

For more information:
W. de Boer & Son
Willem de Boer
26 Oudijk
1617 KR Westwoud, NL
Mob: +31 (0) 612 438 991

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