BLE Market Report KW 49/19:

'Italian cauliflowers clearly more present than French shipments'

Italian cauliflowers clearly dominated the market over French shipments. Belgian products complemented the range, while local and Spanish products completed it. Availability had been limited overall. In some places it was barely enough to meet demand. As a result, prices climbed. Up to €14,- per 6-unit pack was to be paid for French articles in Frankfurt. In general, compared to the previous week, nothing significant had changed with regard to marketing. Sales were quiet and without any special highlights.

Red-coloured fruits were the focus of interest during St. Nicholas' Week. The switch to lots from CA warehouses is already underway and prices in some places are trending upwards.

The sales possibilities were limited, because in the Advent season the customers traditionally orient themselves more towards citrus fruits than pears. Therefore, it wasn't bad that the supply reduced somewhat.

Table grapes
The relevance of Italian batches was limited: Italia and Crimson Seedless were only more important in Munich. Meanwhile, Brazilian and Peruvian imports gained in importance.

The blonde oranges were dominated by Spanish Navelina ahead of Italian Navel. In the blood oranges Tarocco joined the already established Moro. Their quality was mostly convincing.

Small citrus fruits
St. Nicholas gave the sales wings and the closer Christmas comes, the more demand will probably intensify. The supply was sufficient to meet the friendly demand.

Spanish deliveries were more dominant than Turkish goods. Although the supply was somewhat limited, it was sufficient to satisfy interest.

Demand was obviously limited during St. Nicholas' Week. However, the traders had reacted with foresight, reducing the influx. This way, both the creation of stocks and discounts could usually be avoided.

Interest in lettuce was limited. Availability decreased.The quality was not always completely up to par, with unclean leaves being criticised here and there. Prices tended to go up a little.

Among cucumbers, Spanish goods dominated. Supply and demand more or less balanced each other out. As a result, most distributors were able to fix their prices at last week's levels.

As before, many countries were involved in the range. Although availability was limited, it was usually sufficient to meet demand.

Sweet peppers
Spanish goods dominated over Turkish ones. It was a rather uneventful week, with unspectacular sales. Due to diverging calibres, there was a wide price range.

Source: BLE

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