The autumn weather in mid-August ensured a hefty damper for all summer lovers in the Netherlands. However, the sauerkraut market produced a good start to the season. "It's very busy at this moment", says Gerrie Groot of Sauerkraut factory G. Kramer & Sons. "In times like these, we take care of the mood and that I enjoy."
The harsh autumn weather was a cause for a lot of demand, but on the white cabbage they are still running short. "We entered the new season with an empty sauerkraut factory. This was due to the drought of the last season in Europe," explains Gerrie. "We see scarcity everywhere. Like last year, many cabbage growers have suffered due to the drought. This was a little less of a problem for us with the white cabbage plot, because we are located in the polder landscape, we keep water longer than elsewhere. We haven't experienced much of a cabbage shortage as we can meet our contract cultivation. However, this is not true for everyone. At the Anuga in Cologne we heard many people complaining that they were getting 80/90 percent of their contract cultivation. We don't buy in extra as it is too expensive."
According to Gerrie, the deficit is also certain in countries such as Germany and further eastern Europe. "You notice the price pattern; In August it was already very high. Now the cabbages are coming off of the fields, so then it is slightly lower, but still good."
The harvesting of the white cabbage causes a lot of hustle, but the shortage of staff everywhere does not help. There is no time to process the cabbage. "On the export side, it is therefore also very passive. Our sauerkraut customers are worldwide. Through exporters, the cans of sauerkraut will soon go out to various countries, Australia, Japan and Suriname included."
"Last year, the season was very exciting. We have to wait and see how it will be this season. The fact that mid-August has started with early autumn weather has been very beneficial for us," concludes Gerrie.
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