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Kees Oskam, Trading Company Jan Oskam:

"Between 10 and 20 January there is always life in the top fruit trade"

It is currently very busy in the hard fruit trade. But according to Kees Oskam of Trading company Jan Oskam, this is an annual phenomenon. "Between 10 and 20 January there is always life in the trade. That was already the case 25 years ago and will be like that again next year. Even in the worst years there is plenty of life in the market."

"Many sorters choose to stand still after the holidays, whether or not forced by Polish employees who go home. Then they take a look at how the market develops and the demand bursts loose. The good intentions at the start of the New Year certainly also play a role in this," says Kees. According to him, the interest in pears is even greater than with apples.

"In general there is a broad demand. Italy is fully involved
Doyenné du Comice and France for Doyenné du Comice and Conference pears. Germany at a higher price level, actually knew it from the start of the season. That somewhat surprised me", the exporter notes. He expects that there will continue to be continuity in sales. "The quality of the fruit is widely appreciated and, moreover, the stocks elsewhere in Europe are not overly large. We have noticed this since the start of the season."

"There is no immediate rebound in prices, but I would be disappointed if we were unable to maintain this price level. In the last quarter of 2019, there was a good clearance. In particular, the rough sorting of Conference pears is well demanded. The middle segment ( 55/60) just a little more difficult to sell," Kees concludes.

Trading company Jan Oskam is present as exhibitor at Fruit Logistica: Hall 3.2, stand B-010

For more information:

Trading company Jan Oskam
Kees Oskam
M: +31 (0)6 533 71003

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