Depending on the producers, the harvest of traditional shallots started somewhere between the end of June and mid-July with shallots that were hand-picked bulb by bulb. The harvest will end mid-August with hand-picking and drying in the fields. The rainy weather at the beginning of the season affected the volumes, but the quality of the shallots is expected to be good after a shortage in May and June. “The weather conditions at the end of June made the beginning of the harvest complicated, causing a small shortage of products in May and June. There will be more volumes of traditional shallots for the 2021/2022 season but we hope that the nice weather in July will help us obtain a quality that meets the expectations of our clients,” explains Gérard Quillévéré, manager of Pouliquen.
Given the lack of volumes on the market at the beginning of the season, the demand was relatively high. “The demand was really high in early July and then subsided between July 14th and August 15th. But we’ve had a lot of competition from Turkey on the European markets.
As for prices at the beginning of the season, they are quite normal after a very special end of season.”
Located in Bretagne, the Pouliquen Group is one of the key actors on the traditional shallot market in France, Germany and Italy. In 2020, the company sold about 10,000 tons of shallots and pink onions. Shallot sales represent 50% of the company’s total revenue.
Besides the alliums, Pouliquen also markets other references of the Prince de Bretagne range including cabbage, artichokes, tomatoes and ancient vegetables in about 20 European countries and in Large Export. Exports represent 70% of the company’s revenue. “Our local roots enable us to meet our clients’ expectations while respecting the work of our producers. We also rely on our certifications (IFS, GlobalGap, Ecocert…) which prove our willingness to ensure food safety to our clients, as well as the respect of procedures. We also have prospects of developing organic products in collaboration with the producers of Prince de Bretagne, as well as a desire to make progress in the respect of our CSR commitments.”
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