There are smiles all around on this year's Dutch asparagus market. "It all looks very positive," says Rick Mengers of ZON. "Production's really getting going now. But we're not expecting any major supply peaks. Mini-tunnel cultivation's coming to an end this and next week. That's a lot less acreage, then. So, we're entering the final stretch of conventional cultivation."
"Auction prices were a little lower yesterday. AA asparagus was going for about €5.50. That's, however, a very realistic general picture. Prices have been good all season. Some big promotions are being planned for Whitsun weekend again. So supplies should diminish reasonably smoothly. I don't think we'll see anything very crazy this season."
"Sales are mainly focused on retailers, and those are going well. From tomorrow, the terraces' opening hours have been extended again. If more diners can be served, that might boost sales to the hospitality industry. Exports are also going well. France and Germany are particularly strong markets. That's for Violotte and white Triple/Double-A asparagus. All in all, the cake's divided very nicely," concludes the asparagus buyer.