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Speculators in the garlic sector

Chinese garlic has been fairly expensive lately. The cause could be the small harvest, but a more likely suspect is the speculative market. According to traders, there’s some heavy speculation going on. Rumours abound on the size of the harvest, as some claim that most of it is stored away to push up prices. Another rumour says the market will turn, and an overflow of garlic will inflate the market.

In other words, it’s impossible to tell how the market will turn out this year. Spanish garlic is much cheaper than the Chinese, but that might change when Spain runs out. This will likely affect the Chinese market.

Many traders let Chinese produce pass them by because of the price, some of them having reverted to Spanish crop. Others say that, due to differences in both taste and quality, there’s no comparing the two countries.

How it will all turn out remains to be seen.


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