Spanish navelinas dominated the market for blond oranges. They were supplemented by Italian and Greek deliveries. The first Salustiana from Spain arrived, but according to BLE these ultimately only had a supplementary nature. South African Midknight and Valencia Late were still available, most of which were sold for juicing. Their prices did not change significantly, as long as the organoleptic properties remained convincing. The prices of Spanish products remained mostly constant as well, as supply and demand were sufficiently balanced.
Due to the onset of the Advent season and the colder weather, sales options improved here and there. The first Turkish and Moroccan imports are expected in week 49. In addition to expensive Australian batches, there were also a few Italian Tarocco blood oranges, although their coloring in Munich still left something to be desired. Customers were waiting for Moro of the same origin.
The range of goods had not changed significantly: As usual at this time of the season, mainly domestic fruit was available, accompanied by Italian and French shipments. There were also small quantities of Dutch, Belgian and Polish consignments.
Italian and Dutch offerings formed the basis of the assortment. Domestic and Turkish products supplemented the range, while Belgian and Spanish products rounded it off. Demand was limited due to the uncomfortable weather. There were no significant price changes.
Peruvian batches had now displaced Italian ones from the top of the range. The presence of European products continued to decline; prices rose in some places due to volume issues and the increased availability of goods in winter packs.
The low temperatures, the bad weather and the beginning of Advent brought momentum to the trade: sales options improved noticeably. This meant that the Spanish clementines that were available primarily could be sold quickly. In this sector, Italian and Moroccan fruits complemented the range.
Spanish Primofiori dominated, Turkish Meyer lemons and Enterdonato complemented the market, in some places with generous quantities. Due to the cold weather, trading was more lively than in recent weeks.
Supply and demand were sufficiently balanced. Traders therefore rarely had reason to change their previous prices. Only Cologne and Munich reported increasing prices for first rate brands.
Italian, domestic, Belgian and Dutch goods were available in calibers 6 and 8. Spanish, French, Polish and Turkish only provided caliber 6 goods. Overall, availability was limited and the Central European season was nearing its end.
Belgian deliveries of lettuces predominated. In terms of importance, Italian and French batches followed. Domestic and Dutch products now only supplemented the market. In the case of iceberg lettuce, Spanish lettuces, which were mostly the only ones available, were only supplemented by Turkish imports in Berlin.
When it came to cucumbers, Spanish shipments were predominant. Goods from all other sources were only available selectively and not on all days; local goods had withdrawn from the trade. Relatively cheap Moroccan and Turkish imports were able to gain some market share.
Cherry tomatoes mainly came from Italy and the Netherlands, with Spanish supplies completing the scene. The presence of panicle products from Turkey and especially the Netherlands had been limited, while the importance of Belgian and Spanish offerings had expanded somewhat.
Spanish deliveries now firmly formed the basis of the offer, with Turkish and Moroccan imports following in importance. The formerly dominant Dutch and Belgian offerings only played a minor role, if at all, and had already disappeared from the market in some places.