The Dutch red and white cabbage harvest is currently well underway. Kees Stoop of RoDeKo, expects this year's yields to be slightly lower than last year. RoDeKo is the Netherlands' red and Danish cabbage growers' association, "The cabbages are slightly smaller. Fortunately, we also have fewer quality problems. In any event, it's a bit drier during this year's harvest."
Kees says RoDeKo's growers didn't plant more cabbages than last year. The acreage in Poland has, however, expanded. "We hope it will be a better season than last year. But we're dependent on the supply abroad. Last year was an awful season. There was overproduction, so prices were terrible. In August and September, a lot of cabbage became cattle fodder. Hopefully, this year's sales will be better."
Asked about the main cabbage trend, Kees mentions the increase in cabbage processing machines. "These have to prove their worth in practice this year. It would solve the staff issue. Now there are four people on the line. If you used such a machine, you wouldn't need them anymore," he concludes.
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