Whereas the chicory market sometimes shows a downward trend in the second half of January, there is currently strong demand. That is what Gijs van Dongen from Nature's Gold says. "That demand seems to be mainly driven by the shortages in our neighbouring countries, where production seems to be a lot lower."
"It is always difficult to estimate what influences the price, but it now seems that the damage caused by carrot lice and leaf miners in Belgium and France means less production per square meter. All draw trays and chicory cells are full during this period. So the only thing that can cause a lower production is the production per square meter. Fewer trays is not an issue this time, everyone is full, "says Gijs.
"This results in solid prices for the time of year. The main grading is sold around € 1.30 and the rough sorted product around € 1.
These are not extreme prices yet, but fortunately it is well above cost price and that is sometimes different at this time of the year," concludes Gijs, who supplies his chicory to the Belgian BelOrta auction.
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