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Paul Verhoeckx: "Extreme shortages in the summer holidays"

Laseta closure felt on the Dutch mushroom market

The Dutch mushroom market is dealing with unusual shortages this summer. "Normally, there are too many everywhere. Everyone is 'throwing in' mushrooms. This year, however, everyone is careful with their mushrooms. It is very unusual for this time of year," says Paul Verhoeckx.

He explains the shortages are due to the Dutch mushroom traders, Laseta / Champworld, going belly up. "That removes a few hundred tons of mushrooms a week. That cultivation will return, in part, to the market but, at the moment, it has a massive influence on the volumes. We will have to wait and see how everything falls into place again," says the mushroom trader.

According to Paul, prices for smaller white mushrooms are at around €2 per kg. Higher prices have already been reached. There are fewer shortages in the special varieties. There is also, however, a good balance between supply and demand. "They are, fortunately, of good quality," he adds.

"Mushroom exports are going well. In recent weeks we received much demand from Norway. It was somewhat calmer on the domestic market. But that will change after the holidays. Especially as we approach autumn," Paul concludes.

For more information:
Verhoeckx & Zn.
25 Hoorzik
5331 KJ Kerkdriel, NL
Tel. +31 (0) 418 63 14 93
Fax +31 (0) 418 63 33 85

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