"As far as we're concerned, the vegetable campaign is moving at a steady pace. The quality of the crops is excellent and prices are medium-high. After a fairly good start in September and a following stagnant period regarding sales at the beginning of November, there has been an increase in demand and consequently in prices for the last month and a half," explained Claudio D'Alba of Plantis Group, an Apulian company that exports fruit and vegetables.
"We are seeing a 20% increase in sales prices compared to last year. Unlike the 2018/19 campaign, where prices were very low due to the harsh weather conditions, there are no major problems with snow and frost, at least for the moment, as the current season is averagely dry and mild, with no disastrous weather events. All these factors have not only meant less stress in the field, and consequently no additional costs for the farms, but also a good quality product, with inevitably higher prices".
"The Plantis Group catalogue for vegetables is comprehensive. Some of the main references include parsley (smooth and curly), dill, chard, celery, lettuce (cos, gentilina, red and golden), fennel, chicory, savoy cabbage, kohlrabi and spring onions. Our greatest strength is in arranging composite platforms to accommodate those customers who request 4-5 items in the same pallet. Great part of our products are sold in Scandinavia, both in the large-scale retail and wholesale markets, but also in Poland, Czech Republic, Baltic countries and other European Union countries".
"The campaign has a long way to go: we plan to finish at the very beginning of June. The outlook is interesting and after 2-3 years of severe crisis, prices seem to be more appealing to producers. What makes it interesting is the reduction of products with quality defects. This means that the customer is satisfied and the product is, on average, good".
"One of the latest bits of news from Plantis Group is the launch of the new website - plantistube.com - that connects the user immediately to our youtube channel. By scanning the label, the client can see the harvesting process of grapes, herbs and vegetables".