"Very bad" is how Richard Kruijer of the Dutch brokerage firm, Tuindersbelang, describes the current cabbage market. He says the hospitality industry lockdown has left a significant mark on red and white cabbage sales. "Many restaurants normally buy their cabbage via the wholesale markets. Most of these establishments are now closed."
"We've been dealing with COVID-19 measures for about a year now. Lots of people were hoarding in the first week. Prices shot up, but that was short-lived. A week later, prices fell again. Now, especially white cabbage has been moderately priced for a long time. It's even below cost price. White cabbages are now selling for between €0.12 and €0.18. Red cabbage prices are slightly higher, at €0.20 to €0.25."
"Many European countries still have local production available. We're Europe's storage warehouse. So we simply have to wait until these countries run out of stock. You never know what will happen. An unwilling market's advantage is that everyone releases their cabbage more easily, even abroad. A cold spring and warm summer might revive consumption and prices. But I think, with these terrible prices, European acreage downsizing is inevitable," Richard concludes.