The Dutch onion market is quiet at the moment, says Tim van Haandel of Mulder Onions. "Last week, exports went reasonably well. But now, customers are holding back. That's partly due to the shipping delays and container problems. So, this week's much quieter, order-wise."
So, 2020's export figures seem a long way off. "Considering what went out in October, November, and December last year, we shouldn't expect to achieve that again. We need all markets for that, and that's currently not happening."
"Sales are spread fairly wide. African destinations like Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Mauritania are always in the mix," says Tim.
"The United Kingdom is a regular customer for us. And further afield, Indonesia is, luckily, back on the market. We also export to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. In that sense, exports are broad, just not in large volumes at once."
"Prices have been stable for weeks now. Mid-sizes are selling for €0.16 to €0.17 per bale. Supers are going for €0.17 and triplets for between €0.17 and €0.18. Given grower prices, bale price should be a little higher," concludes Tim, who characterizes the onions' quality as inconstant. "Fortunately, most batches are of good quality. But there are inferior batches. Then you have to be alert, especially when exporting to distant destinations."