Richard Bevelander, de Groot fruit & vegetables:

"Good demand for Spanish oranges and lemons, persimmons losing some of their shine"

At de Groot fruit & vegetables in the Netherlands, the Spanish citrus season is in full swing. "We're now selling the last Clemenules from Spain. There were a lot fewer of them this season. We're switching to Spanish Tango mandarins and Moroccan Nadorcotts. That supply is already very plentiful," Richard Bevelander says.

"Orange sales are going well too. There are very few South African juicing oranges on the market. So, we're focusing on Salustianas from Spain. There are plenty of those. Lemon sales also continue to go well. I thought the hospitality lockdown would hit that market harder. But it's not too bad."

"We're able to generally maintain our sales well," says Richard. "Those to the hotel and catering industry are well down. But sales to markets and retailers are continuing as usual. It was a pity that Christmas and New Year fell on Saturdays. Otherwise, those are obviously good market days."

"We're rounding off the Spanish permission season this week. It was a challenging season. There was less supply because of mold pressure. And the quality wasn't always good. This fruit is also losing some of its shine," Richard concludes.

For more information:
Richard Bevelander
de Groot fruit & vegetables
Tel: +31 (0) 765 307 000


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