The first raspberries are available again at the Dutch Raspberry Nursery Devlieghere in Veldegem. "We started this year a week later than last year, because we have not stoked much to give the plants another week of rest," says Filip Devlieghere. “The supply is still relatively small, but we expect volumes to reasonably increase in a few weeks. The raspberries come out of the greenhouse until July, after which we switch to the raspberries under the rain covers.
From September we will doing a second picking round in the greenhouse.”
“The demand for Belgian raspberries is currently very good, despite the fact that the catering industry is not yet open. We are getting more and more demand from restaurants and caterers where people can pick up food, but our own home sales are also doing very well at the moment, ”says Filip. “We are so far satisfied with the quality of the raspberries. The first raspberries are traditionally smaller in size, but will be nicely larger in a few weeks time.”
“Last year we had a good season in terms of pricing until the beginning of October, but after that it went downhill quickly. In mid-November we even stopped picking for the wholesaler, because competition from abroad increased and the quality was sometimes somewhat less. We were picking for our regular customers at that time. For this year, we hope that the restaurants and market vendors will be able to restart soon,” concludes Devlieghere.
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