"There's an old saying among carrot traders - wait until Berlin's over. But, that trade show's now been cancelled, so, I hope demand will begin sooner," says Willem de Boer of W. de Boer & Zn in the Netherlands. His company washes, sorts, weighs, cleans, packages, and exports carrots and red beets.
"We have nothing to do. Before Christmas, 40 to 50 loads were still going to Poland. Now we've had to make do with a single shipment to the Czech Republic. We harvested fewer carrots in the Netherlands this season. But so far, hardly any volume has gone either. The quality's also not great."
"European countries still seem to have too much local product available. Then it becomes difficult to export Dutch carrots. In Poland, carrots cost €0,10/kg, while ours cost €0,20. We simply can't compete with such low prices. Hopefully, the hospitality industry will re-open soon. This sector, especially abroad, usually buys a considerable amount, which creates the right mood. This is never the busiest period, but has to get going sometime," concludes Willem.