Roberto Bortolotti, "We cannot expect courgettes to be sold at the same price as in summer"

Fair prices for seasonal vegetables

"Monday, 18 January, was an amazing day for the quantities sold at the wholesale market in Bologna," said Roberto Bortolotti, operator at Bologna's fruit and vegetable market, Caab.

"There is a lot of supply from central and southern Italy, despite the drop in temperatures. Winter vegetables are very much in demand and prices are good, in line with expectations. That's nice for the growers and other players in the sector, who are seeing their work well rewarded."

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On Tuesday, 19 January, Bortolotti noticed a setback, with sales many times lower than the day before. "Regarding winter vegetables, we are noticing that broccoli are being sold at a price ranging from €0.80 to €1.20 per kilo. This can be attributed to the different types of quality."

With regard to cauliflower, the quality is uniform. "The price varies between €0.80 and €1.00 per kilo. The crop is excellent and the demand is good. Black cabbage is also doing well with prices fluctuating between €1.00 and €2.00 per kilo."

"In the case of courgettes, we are observing that there is very little supply and the prices are high. That's how it works in the market. But it is not mandatory to have zucchini on the table 365 days a year. The light green courgettes have a price of about €3.00 per kilo and the dark green courgettes, of which the supply is slightly larger, have a price of between €1.50 and €2.00 per kilo. The winter vegetables have the best price/quality ratio at this time of the year and with these temperatures."

Roberto Bortolotti
C/O De Luca e Campitiello
Via Paolo Canali, 1
40127 Bologna
Phone.: +39 051 2861261

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