The Dutch asparagus season is in its last phase again. "The first plots are gradually falling away. I expect a lot of empty acreage by the end of next week," says ZON salesman, Rick Mengers. "Prices then usually rise too. That will hopefully bode well for late cultivation."
The recent asparagus market prices were somewhat disappointing. But the seller is not dissatisfied. "Assuming this is the most difficult period in this market, it is not that bad. Asparagus prices were sky-high in the first weeks of April. Growers who were then in full production could profit reasonably well. Now, double A asparagus are selling at auction for around €3,10," he explains. "Auction prices can, however, do an about-turn within a few days."
"In general, we see supermarkets are working harder now. That is because the hospitality industry has fallen away. At the same time, supply is lower because farmers have a shortage of workers. This year's market is, therefore, quite balanced," says Mengers. "There is also a reasonable overseas demand. Especially France and, periodically, Germany are often on the market. Exports are not closed like in other years."
"What strikes me further is that we have received a substantial volume of large asparagus here at auction. That is despite the talk that less of these were expected. That was due to the dry summer. Now, we must get through the last six weeks well. Then the Dutch asparagus season is over again," concludes Rick.