The onion season fizzled out at the Dutch company, Handelsmaatschappij van Langevelde. "After the last price increase, buyers in our markets were far less interested. Very little is going to Africa. France is still taking a bit. I hear from colleagues that there is still some demand from Eastern Europe. But we do not serve that market," says sales manager, Rene Tiggelman.
This is the last season this trading company will combine trade with small packaging activities. "From next season, we will stop packing our own onions. We will continue purely as a trader. Gourmet showed interest and is taking over our small packaging activities. Of our business, 90% consists of trade anyway. That will continue as is."
René reflects on an onion season that everyone can be satisfied with. "Prices were generally not too low. The end was just a bit unusual. It turns out there were fewer onion stocks, so prices skyrocketed. Prices are still at the €0.28 mark. We will have to see how the new season goes," the sales manager says. "Fortunately, we got some rain, but the fear is that the dry weather will set in. We do not want the same scenario as two years ago."
"Our potato exports went reasonably well. Africa kept taking fixed volumes. The European demand was just low due to the coronavirus troubles. French clients who usually take two loads per week are now taking four pallets. The lifting of the measures is boosting sales. Last week we had already sold quite a lot more potatoes than the previous week," concludes René.