The Dutch cauliflower is, by no means, a roaring success. "It's generally a tough open field year. The weather was challenging. For example, here in North Holland, there was significant flooding in June. That caused considerable damage," says Ton Slagter of P.N. Slagter.
"Also, current prices are dismal. At the moment, many countries are self-sufficient. That means there's very little drama at day trade. Present prices are between €0.25 and €0.40. So, certainly not much. It's pointless to compare with last year when cauliflower prices were great."
"That's also why there are five percent more cauliflowers in the Netherlands. There's now too much supply, and buyers have the upper hand. If there's a shortage, growers have the power. That's just how it goes," says Ton.
"Quality-wise, there are no problems. It's currently nice, dry weather. And we're harvesting weighty cauliflower. That's not the problem. However, supplies will decrease considerably over the next fortnight."
"Nevertheless, I don't foresee an immediate revival. We still need to sell 30-40% of the cauliflower. And fall usually doesn't lift the year to a good level. It could well end up being a moderate year at the bottom", concludes the cauliflower grower.