High demand leads to shortage of chives and basil

The demand for herbs is high between November and February. “The season is in full swing with a constant and stable speed of sales,” explains Georg Steinkeller of the company Herbafrucht in Munich. “The prices are quite stable. But that is normal in the herbs’ market. Unlike the fruit and vegetable trade, the prices are fairly constant.”

Georg Steinkeller of the company Herbafrucht

The wholesaler imports his herbs mainly from Israel and India. "Recently, there was an unexpectedly surge in demand,” explains Georg Steinkeller, “The trade wasn’t prepared for that.” The increased demand caused shortages, mainly in chives and basil. “While all other herbs were available, the supply of chives and basil is low at the moment,” says the wholesaler.

Loss of crops
Not only the high demand but also the weather conditions played a role in the shortages, according to the expert. “The last two weeks the low temperature has lead to a loss of crops in Germany. This caused an earlier end to the season.”

Increased demand
Around Christmas the wholesaler expects an extra increase in the demand. “Just like all the other products the demand for herbs will increase around Christmas. Apart from that the herb trade is a very stable and regular market. At the moment there are no large fluctuations, neither up nor down."

Georg Steinkeller
Herbafrucht GmbH
Großmarkt München
Tel. +49 (0)8065 - 906 190 2

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