The day trade in greenhouse vegetables has been going very smoothly over the last few weeks. "The hope is now mainly focused on the lower temperatures, causing production to decline and there would normally be higher prices in January and February, but for the time being it is calm and prices across the board are not fantastic. Even the holidays have not really caused much of a stir in the trade. In fact, many more programs are planned in advance and it becomes more and more difficult in day trade," notes Valstar's Jim Westhoff.
According to the seller, cucumber sales have been going slowly all winter. "Actually the import cucumbers have been at a stable, but too low, level for weeks and the same goes for the aubergines and courgettes. Peppers, with a price between 4 and 6 Euro per box, have also been too low for weeks, but are now rising somewhat. Vine tomatoes were reasonably stable in price, but the Dutch growers are leading in this and the share of imports is not that large.The loose tomatoes from Morocco and Spain have also been too cheap for weeks, and in a good winter you can ask 9 to 10 Euro for a box for that, we have been wrestling around a price of 5/6 Euro for weeks now. Fortunately the nights are getting colder and it is hoped that this will reduce the supply somewhat."