Dutch bell pepper supplies started very calmly. It also seems they will not reach their peak very quickly either. This is according to Marco Bergman of Harvest House.
"The demand, of course, varied greatly. That is, after all the regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were put in place. It went from a reasonably balanced market to an enormous demand market. That occurred due to the need to keep up with all the panic buying. We all read about this. Then the market was very sticky for a few days to a week. Some retailers had bought 'too much' of this product. They took a little longer to sell these products in their stores. Longer than they, and we, anticipated, in any case," reflects Marco.
"We see that retailers seem to be judging consumer demand better now. This is creating more calm again. The stopping and starting has become a stable jog. Now we will see what Easter celebrations will bring. That is beside the effect of the coronavirus. We will see what the possible retailer needs related to this time of year entails."
"Of course, bell pepper supplies from other countries like Spain still play a role too. And above all, what needs the organizations and cooperatives in countries that produce bell peppers can meet. There are the wildest stories to tell about that too. But, for us, we must organize things well here. We must not depend on what others can or cannot do," concludes Marco.