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Robert Vogel, AGF Direct:

"Chicory is expected to remain scarce throughout the year."

After a slight dip in February in the chicory market, the market has rebounded in recent weeks. "And the expectation is that chicory will remain scarce throughout the year. Undoubtedly, there will be periods when the price dips, but on average, chicory will remain expensive this year," expects Robert Vogel, field vegetable specialist from AGF-Direct.

Fa Spruit, chicory growers from AGF-Direct.

"Prices are currently at a level around 1.60-1.70 euros at the grower's, which is very decent. The availability of chicory remains very uncertain. Several growers indicate that they will run out of chicory roots by mid-year or will have to spread their supply throughout the rest of the year," says Robert. "With red chicory, we see the same trend, although I find the pricing of red chicory harder to understand. In fact, I don't get it at all."

The market for imported cauliflower is not exciting, according to Robert. "Actually, it has been a bit of a problem for months. The regular channels are functioning, but there's not much extra sales. Gradually, we are seeing a bit more winter cauliflower coming to the market, and I expect larger quantities of it in a week or so. We do not deal with imported broccoli, so we have to wait until week 23 for the Dutch season to kick off again."

As Easter approaches, there's not really an increase in sales for these field vegetables. Only products like colored carrots and beets are selling a bit better. However, we are seeing that many products are facing storage problems, as not all vegetables have been easily harvested. After all, many products have been standing in water."

For more information:
Robert Vogel
AGF Direct
+31 (0)85 30 32 633
[email protected]

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