The 2020 ginger year will be remembered as a special one. "Demand's been sky-high. Things were a little difficult in the summer. But the current market is good. Most of the Brazilian ginger is off the market. We, however, have plenty of ginger from Peru. That's fortunate because demand is rising in the run-up to the holiday season," says Gerry Li of Vision International. This Dutch company imports around 20,000 tons of ginger a year. These come in via Rida Trade Logistics' warehouse.
The first new Chinese ginger, conventional and organic varieties, arrived this week. "The ginger is fresh and of good quality." Gerry is satisfied with this. He expects a good market towards Christmas. "Prices are now between €34 and 40. I'll be putting them up even further this month."
"It's been an outstanding season for us. COVID-19 prevented many importers from doing business for a few weeks. That was in the spring. But our Chinese factory didn't stop for a moment," Gerry says. "Ginger's healthy properties mean its consumption has been very high. I think - even if there's a vaccine available - people will keep eating ginger."
"The number of ginger-producing countries is, however, rising sharply. So, in the future, a lot of supply will come onto the market from these places. That doesn't concern us. We're specialists and have a large network. We've built up a good reputation over the past decade. There's also good demand for garlic at the moment. Demand is always good towards Christmas. And prices have risen sharply since last week."
Vision Fresh imports turmeric, nashi pears, and sweet potatoes from China too. According to Gerry, sweet potatoes are going to become the next big thing. "We have orange-fleshed sweet potatoes with a nice elongated shape. But, above all, they taste unusually sweet. These Chinese sweet potatoes' season runs from September to January. And these 'honey' sweet potatoes have a Brix level of 16.4. So, we have high expectations of conquering Europe with this product," he concludes.