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Gerard Korse, DC Tolpoort:

“Scarce supply of cauliflower and broccoli; sales of chicory surprisingly good during warm weather”

The supply of broccoli and cauliflower is scarce at the moment, according to Gerard Korse of distribution and packing centre Tolpoort from Hoogkarspel, the Netherlands. “This week and next week we won’t have a lot of cauliflower and broccoli yet, but supply will starts increasing from September.”

“Traditionally, less is planted for this period because of the lower demand during the summer holidays, but the warm weather resulted in a delay in setting, particularly in cauliflower, and the effects of that can now be noticed,” Gerard says. “At the same time, the weather is now good for consumption, because it’s a bit cooler. That’s causing shortages on the market.”

Prices of both broccoli and cauliflower are therefore good. “If there’s one per cent too much, prices are lower. When there’s a shortage of one per cent, prices rise. That’s just the way it is,” Gerard soberly continues. “Fortunately, we can serve our regular customers fairly well, although you can notice supply is scarce throughout Europe. The UK also has a scarcer supply of cauliflower and broccoli.”

“At the same time, the sales of chicory are fairly stable. Because other outdoor vegetables are more expensive, prices of chicory can be seen to recover a bit as well. It was falling behind that of broccoli and cauliflower for a while, but it’s now headed in the right direction. Besides, it’s positive that a considerable volume of chicory was sold during those warm weeks. Apparently, quite a few chicory salads were eaten when the weather was warm!”

For more information: 
Gerard Korse 
DC Tolpoort
Tolweg 7 
1616 AT Hoogkarspel, the Netherlands 
T: +31 228 56 57 80

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