The chicory sales have been considerable over the last few weeks. "Prices at the auctions are at a level around 2 Euro, so we can't complain about that," says Sjan van Gorsel of Reijnpack. "Most chicory that we product, goes to markets like Italy and Germany via exporters and those countries are in demand."
"You notice that the supply at the auctions is a lot lower. It's harder to get an exact grasp on that. It's possible that the yield per square metre was lower or there might be less carrot available, which means that the growers are trying to spread the available supply over the year better," says Sjan.
Although chicory is traditionally more of a winter vegetable, Sjan expects a stable demand for the coming weeks too. "Chicory is increasingly eaten as a salad in the summer. France also has less chicory available in the summer. The Dutch market can profit from this."
Last year Reijnpack invested in the production, in which the oldest tractor was modernised and the packager can sort the chicory from the red chicory. Where last year the sales of red chicory reached a crescendo, Sjan says that this year the sales of the red variety are on the downside, as are the prices.