"It is a madhouse." This is how Mike de Koster, from the packaging and sorting center WDK Onions, in Kwadendamme, summarises the current export of onions. "The demand is widespread, from Africa to Asia and Eastern Europe. Altogether we have a nice broad market. It would not surprise me if we break an export record in one of these weeks. The market for red onions has exploded completely, they are almost not for sale."
"The selling prices for yellow onions are currently on the rise and are around 20 to 21 cents. The advantage of this broad export is that we can move all sizes very well," says Mike. "The season started slowly in July, but since August onwards, demand coming from Brazil gave exports a boost and that demand was nicely followed up by Africa. It comes down to that the first half of the season was better than expected."
The onions also look good and healthy in terms of quality, according to the packager. "The onions that were harvested before the rain are more beautiful in terms of presentation, the onions harvested later, have had to endure more, which could be seen in the colour. All in all, we have a beautiful and healthy product to send around the world."
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