The demand for yellow, organic onions has been very quiet so far. But there is increasing demand from the Netherlands' neighboring countries. That is according to Jan Franje of Franje Onions. "In markets like Germany, Austria, and France, local organic onions are running out. They then buy from the Netherlands. This week we also started with the first organic red onions from Egypt."
"Before May, there was still limited demand for conventional onions. The dry air means there are many onions with bad skin quality. There are good batches, but skin quality is a real problem this year. I hear that onions are going to Brazil. I have, however, had no demand from there. I think it is very risky to send bald onions to that destination."
The onion packer says the dry weather is also a major concern. "I hope it rains soon. We have now had about 10mm in total. On light fields with a good structure, the onions are growing nicely. But there are plots with heavier soil. There, I wonder if it will succeed between the clods," says Jan.
The anti-coronavirus rules are not yet limiting the work at Franje Onions much. "We have, of course, taken measures. However, the advantage of a small club is that you easily keep 1.5m apart. Work continues as normal here. Many people are talking about the crisis. But, I currently notice it more on weekends than at work."