According to the report on protected horticultural crops from the Andalusian Government Price and Market Observatory, last week, Andalusian vegetable product prices in general decreased. Aubergine prices plummeted by nearly 30% and cucumber prices fell by 20%. Meanwhile, the average price of pepper increased by 10%.
According to the report, the final stretch of Almeria's pepper campaign began with an increase in supply, especially of the red California and Lamuyo peppers.
“There is a limited offer of California yellow calibers suitable for packaging in tricolor format. As a result, their prices have increased above the rest of the commercial varieties. The availability of green California has decreased this week, as producers have opted to wait for the ripening of red or yellow peppers to obtain better quotations. In addition, the Netherlands won't start its pepper campaign until the end of March or April. Thus, international competition is limited in this period so it's easy for the commercial varieties destined for export to register quotations close to and even greater than 1 €/kg," the report states.
That is the case with the California peppers. Red and yellow California average prices stood at 1.03 €/kg and 1.23 €/kg, i.e. 7 and 10% more than in the previous week, respectively, while the price of green California peppers increased by 46% and stood at 0.98 €/kg. The only commercial pepper that experienced a decrease in prices over the last week was the Italian pepper, although its price still remained above the euro.
Tomato, on the other hand, records a decrease in its prices at origin after two months of uninterrupted rise. Round, smooth, and bouquet tomato prices decreased by 10 to 15% over the previous week, while the pear and ribbed tomato prices stabilized.
The new spring plantations that will increase the supply of tomatoes in Almeria are not expected to enter production until April, the report stated.