Calm has returned to the Dutch onion exporting sector. "I find it difficult to predict how the market will develop. Everyone is saying that many onions have been shipped and expecting the demand to return, but for the time being, things are not easy. Within Europe, many countries still have enough of their own productions available. After all, it is only January," says Jan Franje, of Franje Onions.
"Moreover, those neighboring countries are currently cheaper than us. Information is provided about our onions, but the price makes it difficult to do a lot of trade. Onions are being sold, but not the volumes you would desire. The prices here range between 20 and 24 cents, which is a problem for some countries. Countries like Spain have a demand for large sizes, but the price remains a problem. And we would rather not drop it."
"The export of red onions is also difficult. However, at the moment, the biggest problem for the onion sector is fusarium. Almost all batches have to deal with it. There are lots where the fusarium is easy to sort out, but also others where nothing can be done about it."