Alban Descamps, En’Diva:

“The endive market is very competitive in terms of prices”

“The French endive production was generous this year which inevitably brings prices down,” explains Alban Descamps of En’Diva. But the generous production is not the only reason for the low prices. “At the moment, French endives are very much in competition with Dutch and Belgian endives which sell at very low prices.” 

The presence of other origins on the French market at very low prices is challenging, but for Alban, the main problem is the presence of Belgium and the Netherlands on the export market. “They leave almost no room for us to work. Our exports to Germany and Italy, where France traditionally exports to, are particularly affected.”

Globally, the demand for endives is good but not sufficient compared to the production. And the market is never stable. “Last week, the demand was high. This week, the market is much calmer.”

Concern over shortage of labor
Alban adds that En’Diva will calmly continue to do what it has always done, which is to produce and sell the endives of its 8 member producers. “The sanitary crisis remains a source of concern for the endive sector. There is always the fear of a shortage of labor. Although we are getting used to it now, the situation is tiring for everyone.”

Alban Descamps at Fruit Logistica 2020

For more information:
Alban Descamps
Z.I. Artoipôle
34, allée de Grande Bretagne
62118 Monchy Le Preux
Phone: +33 (0)3 21 15 23 30
Fax: +33 (0)3 21 15 23 39   


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