“After the recent extreme demand for ginger, things have died down a little now. However, that doesn't mean prices are dropping. On the contrary, ginger prices are very high. These high prices are expected to continue until January or February 2021," says Sophie Ye of KX Food in Belgium. "The high prices apply to Chinese, Peruvian, and Brazilian ginger. It's a result of the high demand at the beginning of the year and waiting for the new crop."
Contrary to the start of 2020, supplies are running smoothly. KX Food receives new containers of ginger every week. "We're delighted with the ginger's quality. We've noticed that the demand for ginger is no longer as extreme as it was at the start of the corona crisis. Ginger is very healthy and keeps your resistance up. But, of course, it doesn't prevent COVID-19. Demand is normal for this time of year."
“Besides ginger, we've also received sweet chestnuts from China. These are always very popular in autumn and around the holidays. The supply is going well, and prices are at a normal level for chestnuts. Our purple sweet potatoes are doing well too. Purple food is very healthy, so the demand for purple sweet potatoes is growing. We have purple sweet potatoes all year round," concludes Sophie.