Gijs van den Oever, Van den Elzen Groentenverwerking:

Nothing better for leeks than a cold winter

The leek market has rebounded after two dramatically bad years. Right now the price of leeks is fluctuating between 40 and 50 cents, "The art is in ensuring that the rebound remains. So far we've had more lows than highs, so there are still some holes to fill," says salesman Gijs van den Oever from Van den Elzen Groentenverwerking.

Gijs van den Oever and Paul van den Elzen

The company, which is located in Uden, The Netherlands, has more than 494 acres and sells leeks individually, packaged and pre-cut, "We sell to supermarkets, restaurant, market traders and vegetable processors. Via exporters our leeks also go to Japan, the U.S., Poland, Italy, and other countries. The wide distribution suits us. If one channel is full we can always go elsewhere," explains Gijs. 

According to Gijs, the quality of the leeks is good, "There are a lot less leeks in Europe. Hopefully this will lead to a better market situation, because nothing good can come from getting the same prices we were getting in recent years," says Gijs. "Sales are down this week because of the holiday, but it will get better soon. Of course we are hoping for some real cold weather, because there is nothing better for leeks than the winter!"

For more information:
Van den Elzen Groenteverwerking
Duifhuizerweg 21
5406 TB Uden
Tel: +31(0)413-782 999
Mob: +31(0)6-27050202 (Gijs)
Mob: +31(0)6-54795196 (Paul)

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