The Tasmanian onion harvest is going well, a very warm spring set the crop up nicely. “We are having a cool summer and the crop is coming along well with good volumes and sizing. Yield should be about normal too,” said Jim Ertler from Premium Fresh.
Jim said the markets are a bit soft at the moment for both domestic and export.
“On the Australian market demand outside retail is not great and supply is strong. Although we are not in lockdown there have been regional shutdowns and the restaurant trade is not completely back to normal. South East and South Australia are also having a cool summer which is giving good quality and yields so prices are more reflective of oversupply than lack of demand."
On the export markets it is a similar story, some retail sales are strong but people are reluctant to order as they know supply is strong. All of the markets are very cautious just now and speciality lines have been affected by lockdowns in Europe.
"Having said that, there are some areas which may assist in strengthening prices, shortages on the subcontinent and potential issues with storage onions in Europe."