“The tomato market has been completely upended. At the end of February, a kg of TOVs was selling for under a euro. That price almost doubled to between €1.80 and €2," says Peter Parms of Rotom Tomatoes in Belgium. "These prices are normalizing now. They should continue to fall gradually. That's because the large local productions are slowly getting started."
Cherry vine, snack, and cocktail tomatoes are selling for sky-high prices too. "There's a huge shortage of these specialties on the market. There was a gap in the supply from Spain. That was due to the last few months terrible weather there. That caused shortages everywhere. The prices are almost double. And tomatoes are being bought from everywhere possible to fill the programs. As a result, there are hardly any of these three kinds of tomatoes on the open market."
“Belgian tomatoes quality is currently excellent. So there's a huge demand for them. We're still busy with the lit-cultivated tomatoes. We're, however, slowly switching to the non-lit cultivation season. The first bell peppers and aubergines are already on the market. And we expect large volumes of tomatoes in mid-April. But the market is extremely unpredictable. It has many ups and downs. The COVID-19 pandemic has just added to that," concludes Peter.