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BLE market report KW 50:

'Domestic Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop at the forefront'

As per usual at this time of the year, Germany continuously dominated the apple scene. The assortment included many varieties: Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop in the first line, Braeburn and Pinova in the second and Idared and Cripps Pink in the second. North German Rubens and Glockenapfel also appeared in Frankfurt. Wellant lost importance and disappeared locally from marketing. The quality of the domestic products was not consistently convincing, as the condition of some cultivars had already deteriorated. Red Delicious and Granny Smith mainly came from Italy. France sent mainly Granny Smith and Pink Lady.

The Netherlands played only a small role with Elstar and Boskoop. Polish shipments arrived only in Berlin. In general, the demand was all right. It could be satisfied without any problems, especially when it was weather-induced and restricted anyway. Nevertheless, some prices tended to go upwards. This was based on limited deliveries. In the majority, however, the valuations remained at their previous level.

Italian Williams Christ, Abate Fetel and Santa Maria formed the basis of the product range. Demand was rather subdued, but there was a sufficient supply. That meant prices changed only rarely.

Table grapes
The quality left a lot to be desired from time to time. that meant the sales were not going very smooth. Nevertheless, prices did not move substantially.

Spanish Navelinas towered over everything. All in all, business was rather friendly due to the Christmas season and the unpleasant weather. Prices did not change significantly.

Small citrus fruits
Spanish clementines shaped the events. Thanks to the autumnal weather, sales generally were quite good, even though it slowed down a little after St. Nicholas Week.

As a rule, supply and demand harmonized with each other and distributors seldom saw any reason to change their appeals. Spanish primofiori dominated, Turkish enterdonato completed.

With the focus on citrus fruits and pome fruits, trading was predominantly quiet during the season. The inflow from the ripeners was usually sufficiently adjusted to the unagitated transhipment possibilities.

Italian deliveries dominated over French deliveries. Demand did not keep pace with the increase in shipments. As a result, prices often tended to fall.

Ice berg lettuce came in exclusively from Spain. Although availability expanded, prices rose. In a number of cases, qualitatively limited offers with discounts had to be submitted.

Regarding cucumbers, marketers could access primarily Spanish and Greek batches, both in plastic film and without plastic. The Netherlands and Belgium completed the range, which generally expanded.

Overall, the prices tended upward, because of the autumn weather. There were not too many discounts.

Sweet peppers
Spain dominated the market, more so than Turkey. Prices generally climbed, as supply was slightly restricted. Until the weekend, the sellers then lowered their claims from time to time as the inflows intensified.

Source: BLE

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