From this week, the first Dutch red and yellow bell peppers of the season are available at Harvest House. In the Netherlands, Peppers Unlimited first harvested green peppers. Now it's the red and yellow ones turn. Lighting means these products have reached the correct color and weight earlier than those not cultivated under lights. Grower Wilbert van den Bosch is delighted with how these peppers are growing. The greenhouse was thoroughly cleaned during the winter. And the plants had sufficient time to acclimatize to their new environment.
Greens acreage declining, oranges' expanding a little
"Several lit cultivation farmers' production will get underway next week. After that, the non-lit crops will get started. In week 10, the first orange bell peppers will be harvested. Then the color range of block peppers will be complete again," says Harvest House salesman Marco Bergman. "Bell peppers' total acreage has increased slightly for the coming season. Considering the colors, there's a decrease in green peppers and a small increase in the orange variety. All in all, it's a nice mix. We can provide people with delicious, sustainable, and, of course, very healthy vegetables."
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"Spanish block pepper supplies will start dwindling soon. There are also more and more quality problems, especially in the yellow and orange varieties. Spain's weather is also very volatile. That's caused the plants to suffer quite a bit. They're less protected against the weather changes there. European retailers are therefore already eagerly awaiting the first Dutch bell peppers," explains Marco.
Very confident about a good season
"The world currently finds itself in the same boat as last year where COVID-19's concerned. So, we're expecting a robust demand from the retail sector. That's as long as restaurants, and other shops stay closed. Air travel is still limited and expensive. It remains to be seen how this will develop."
"And how it influences demand from distant destinations. Last year, demand from particularly European retailers more than compensated for the (partial) lack of distant destinations. It was an excellent year for bell pepper sales for everyone. So, we have every confidence in a good season for this year too," concludes Marco.