BLE newsletter week 42 2015

Lettuce: Belgium and the Netherlands set the tone

Lettuce
The German production of lettuce slowed down. That didn’t cause any problems since the supply of Belgian and Dutch lettuces were abundant. Customers quickly zoomed in on these lettuces. The price of the imported influenced the trade, and the German lettuces had to adjust although some prices remained stable. The fluctuations were mostly caused by changing circumstances. The iceberg lettuce was mostly German and the stable quality meant constant prices. The prices fell in the middle of the week due to the increased lettuce supply from Spain. At the end of the week a 10-pack sold for 8 Euro comparable to the other competitors. The supply of Dutch lettuce increased too. The availability of mixed salad gradually decreased, and the offer of German salad was completed with some Belgian import. Due to the limited availability the prices went up. In view of the water damages price reductions couldn’t always be avoided. The offer of endives was completed with some Belgian imports and the demand for endives and as well as lamb’s lettuce increased gradually.

Apples
The German apples dominated the trade and the quality was good. The supply increased and therefore sometimes the prices had to be lowered, to avoid surplus.

Pears
Overall the trade was constant and calm, the demand could be met without any problems. Although the supply increased the prices mostly remained on the same level.

Grapes
Italy dominated the trade with an abundance of varieties. Overall the availability increased, and since the demand increased as well traders could ask higher prices.

Plums
The season is at its end and the supply was low. The demand however could, due to the small supply, not always be fulfilled.

Kiwis 
Usually the trade is determined by New Zealand, ahead of Italy. The increased supply was sufficient to meet the demand.

Lemons
Because of the decreased availability of South African and Argentinian lemons the importance of the Turkish and Spanish lemon supply increased.

Bananas
The supply matched the demand and therefore the prices barely changed.

Cauliflower
The German cauliflowers still dominated the trade, however the supply is clearly decreasing. French and Belgian cauliflowers increasingly complete the offer.

Cucumbers
The German season is coming to an end but due to a lack of possibilities at the current market the prices fluctuated. 

Tomatoes 
The beefsteak tomatoes mainly came from Belgium, and in some areas from the Netherlands or Poland. Due to sufficient demand in most cases the prices remained constant or even rose. 

Bell peppers
Dutch peppers dominated the trade, ahead of Spain. The prices fluctuated as usual.

Onions 
The Spanish onions were sold at fairly constant prices, but even with the current demand the prices sometimes had to be decreased.


Source: BLE


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