A wait-and-see approach for the onion market

The early onions have produced good results and so have the semi-early ones. But after a period of boom, the market is now in the doldrums, waiting for the late onions, which account for more than half of the total production in Italy.

"Many seed companies have said in recent months that the onion acreage has decreased this year, and this should help normalize the market. There are some concerns about the size and quantities, but that will only become clear once the harvest is complete. Domestic demand for yellow onions is weak and the whole market is waiting. I have seen Spanish yellow and white onions for sale in Italy, among other things, which is quite unusual, especially at this time of year," said Matteo Zanarini.

Zanarini therefore encourages people to stay firm. The white and the red onion have achieved good results, so there is no need to worry about harvesting yellow onions.

Italian onions are always well appreciated abroad. Zanarini said he is selling them in France at more than fair prices, but not in large quantities, as there is a very competitive Spanish product. The white and the red ones are doing well, the yellow ones are having a harder time on the market.

"My view is positive, because the outlook for a good continuation of the season is favorable. With the right technology and preservation techniques, the late cycle will benefit the most. Our Italian growers are able to grow quality onions like no other, even in difficult conditions. Optimism is therefore in order," concluded Zanarini. 

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