The sales of Dutch greenhouse strawberries are currently progressing very well, according to commercial director Ronald van Vossen of Angus Soft Fruits Europe from Ridderkerk, The Netherlands. Qualitatively, we have access to a strong product thanks to the sunny weather and cool nights. In addition, the supply is starting up nicely and we see no extremes in price formation."
"Initially, we anticipated some problems due to shortages of pickers, but these can still be easily overcome with the Dutch greenhouse strawberries, which we source from growers in the south and middle of the country," says Ronald. "The import of raspberries and blueberries from Morocco and Spain has been quite a mess.
"Morocco has set a curfew and Spain has had bad weather for weeks, which means very limited supply and high prices. For example, the price of a kilo of blueberries is now around 5- 6 euros, while 3 euros is a common price level during this period. But the volumes are limited and it is difficult to get everything planned from a transport perspective," Ronald continues.
According to him, there are no high prices for Dutch greenhouse blackberries. "We are transitioning from Mexican to the Dutch season and that traditionally starts quite high. From a price of around 12 and 14 dollars per box, you are suddenly at a level around 30 euros. As a result, demand suddenly comes to a standstill and prices are currently falling sharply," concludes Ronald.
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