prices lower than in 2012
Increase in French tomato production
Also for the area a change can be noticed from the east to the (middle) west of France with -1%/2012 and -17%/average last five years in the south-east, +4%/2012 in Bretagne (+7%/five year average) and 1%/2012 (+33% average last five years) in Pays de Loire. In Aquitaine the open ground production decreased by a quarter and the glasshouse cultivation by -8%, but the losses are partly compensated by an increase of 7% by heat installations.
Difficult selling season
Nevertheless the 2013 season is regarded as a difficult year because of the cold and wet spring. Supplies remained low till July as a result, but after that 20% more than in the same month of 2012. In the middle of August, however, sales decreased again because of the competition with the cultivation of tomatoes by consumers themselves and also the mild weather in September was favourable for this tomato cultivation. Prices, which were lower than in 2012 but were equal to the average of the last five years, were at the lowest level in this period and increased again in October. In November most of the tomatoes on the shelves came from Spain and Morocco.
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