Walter Gubbels on the consequences of the Corona virus for the asparagus market:

"Shortage of cutters is a problem, but demand and prices skyrocket"

Stagnated catering does not result in stalled sales on the asparagus market. "Sales find their way to wholesale and retail. There is also a lot of demand coming from Germany. Everyone is calling each other to find out, who has asparagus. I therefore expect that sales will find their way this season. Although not in the catering industry, more people take asparagus from the supermarket and greengrocer to eat at home", notes Greenery grower Walter Gubbels from Helvoirt.

Market prices this morning were between 14 and 16 euros at the Greenery. Due to the night frost, the supply is smaller. The shortage of cutters is also evident. "We have a number of permanent Polish workers, all of whom have agreed to come over the week after Easter.
All employees have requested the necessary declarations to work, so I am expecting them all, "says Gubbels.

"So we are fairly staffed, but I don't expect to be able to harvest everything. We will have to leave a small portion, I estimate. We have to take that for granted," Walter continues. "There are also many voices from Germany that companies cannot get enough harvest workers. If so, good demand may well arise from Germany."

For more information:

Gubbels Asparagus
Nieuwkuijkseweg 7
5268 LH Helvoirt
The Netherlands
T:+31 (0)651 89 0889 

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