The unpredicatable weather is currently putting extreme pressure on fruit and vegetable cultivation in Spain. Heavy snowfall, frost and heavy rain are also jeopardizing the second half of the season in the Spanish fields of the German vegetable group BEHR AG in the northern region of Murcia. Especially for iceberg lettuce as well as mini romaine lettuce, the supply situation will soon become tighter due to weather conditions, confirms the management. Growth has slowed down considerably: this applies to all crops, including kohlrabi.
Frost damage in BEHR AG's fields in northern Spain. The exact yield losses are difficult to estimate at present.
The record-breaking sub-zero temperatures for southern Europe, as well as heavy rain, have meant that the fields of the Spanish subsidiary BEHR Iberia are partially impassable. "Meanwhile, there has already been significant frost damage to leaf lettuce. In addition, we are also struggling with more difficult conditions in logistics: the traffic jams on the highway caused by snowfall are also hampering our trucks. They arrive late in Germany. This in turn has a negative impact on product quality," Birger Exner reports.
In line with current developments, the first bottlenecks are appearing on the market. Exner: "Especially for iceberg lettuce and mini romaine, the supply situation will become noticeably tighter in the coming weeks. Accordingly, prices are rising, especially since Italy is also bringing less quantity to the market due to the weather." For Spanish cabbage vegetables - such as broccoli - on the other hand, the situation could ease somewhat. The high price is slowing down sales.
Corona: stable sales figures in food retailing
In parallel with the current weather problems, the Corona issue is still omnipresent, he said. But regardless of the tightened measures at the company's northern German headquarters in Seevetal, market activity in food retailing now seems to have stabilized to some extent. "Sales figures are stable. Increased purchases as in the first lockdown, however, we are not seeing."