Not as many onions are being exported now as in the autumn. Gerard Vos of Vos Onions from Veen, the Netherlands, is, however, not dissatisfied with the current market situation.
"I think it is going well. The demand is good for February. We are not achieving the autumn export numbers. But I do not find it to be disappointing," says Gerard.
"There is still quite a broad demand. Central America and the Far East are buying quite well. There is also still some demand from Africa."
"We are, however, still only waiting for demand from Europe. Many European countries are currently still self-sufficient. One advantage is that this year's onions are of good quality," explains Vos.
Vos Onions opened its doors in the Bagijnhof business park more than ten years ago. This site is located in Veen, in the Dutch province of Brabant. The company sorts and packages onions for a fixed group of exporters. They buy most of their onions, via brokers, on the free market.
"It is, however, difficult to earn well at the moment. Farmers have a lot of faith in the market, which is, of course, their full right. The market has been doing well up to now. But, the current exports are too low for the current sorting capacity. Prices are between €0.17 and €0.22, depending on the onions' sizes. These are on the rise again. But it is not possible to estimate how the market will further develop," concludes the packer.