Spanish citrus sales are currently going very well for this Dutch company. "We've just started with the first Navelina oranges. They're rather small, just like the mandarins. That makes it difficult for us. It's precisely the larger sizes our clients prefer," says Richard Bevelander of De Groot van Dommele. This wholesaler carries the mandarins under the Marie Jose, Nummer5, Hartenboer, and Jugosas house brands.
"There's sufficient fruit on the trees in Spain. Most of it is, however, small. Because of this, the large sizes are selling well. But the small sizes are a little more difficult." Richard is optimistic about the rest of the season. "The quality is good, and with Sinterklaas approaching, there'll be enough demand again."
"We're also selling the last of the South African oranges at the moment. We have ample supply for our program clients until year's end. But, sales did suffer from the hospitality industry lockdown, as did that of lemons, grapefruit, and limes. Kaki sales aren't what they should be, either. Everyone was optimistic, but, for now, sales are still very tough."
"In contrast, there's much demand for all kinds of vegetables. We can meet these very well. Many products are in the transition phase to the Spanish season. It's not that there are shortages; trade is simply running very smoothly. That's whether you're talking about Dutch trade like cauliflower and leek or Spanish greenhouse vegetables," concludes Richard.