Jan Zweemer, Van Meir Onions & Potatoes:

"Onion export is just taking place"

On the onion market it has become a lot quieter after the large exports during the first half of the season. "Now that we are missing Senegal and Ivory Coast as a market, we must have it largely from Europe and they are not yet ready to completely fill up. Some batches are going to countries such as Poland, Italy or the Czech Republic, but no large volumes. "Good onions are going to Malaysia, especially in sizes 60/80", says onion seller Jan Zweemer of Van Meir Onions & Potatoes from Steenbergen, The Netherlands.

"The trend of the past two years seems to be that the volumes are a lot lower than the period before Christmas. So we will just have to touch on the brakes a little and no one knows how long that will last," the seller continues. "Because of this you notice a bit of pressure on the price. If there is an order, everyone wants it. That's just how it works."

According to the seller, the onion supply is of good quality. "The advantage with our pool is that we have a good view of all the cells and the batches that had to go before Christmas have already left. It is important to be more critical of this, because buyers from Poland, for example, have become more critical in recent years, also in terms of colour."

For more information:

Van Meir Onions & Potatoes 
Jan Zweemer
T: +31 (0)167 54 22 20

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