In the mushroom trade, the momentum has been taken out of the sale a little. "The regular programs for the supermarkets are running normally, with the actions as outliers, but the day trading is currently very quiet and sales are somewhat disappointing," notes sales manager Diederick Knijnenburg of Oakfield Champignons.
"I find it difficult to judge whether the Coronavirus has anything to do with it. We do see that people in Germany are hoarding a bit and then they end up with canned vegetables and products with a longer shelf life than our fresh mushrooms. As productions are currently good, there is just a little too much trade left over," Diederick notes. "The demand from French supermarkets is stable, but it is also very quiet from wholesalers there."
Prices of the white mushrooms are around 5 euros for 3 kilos. After some offers in German supermarkets, the brown mushrooms have revived somewhat to a level around 5.50 euros. We expected fewer mushrooms to be available. That was the case until three weeks ago, but after Berlin and Carnival, sales continued to muddle through."
"This applies to the white and brown mushrooms as well as the oyster mushrooms. The exotic mushrooms, which we only supply in an organic version, are doing well," the sales manager continues. "Now there are some actions planned left and right in both the Netherlands and abroad, so the market should be imminent."