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Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

"EU: Supply French cauliflower looking good"

The supply of French cauliflower is a lot lower than last season. "At the moment we have 5 million units less than last season," says Theo Kampschoer from Kampexport International. "Currently, there are few 6s harvested. Growers don't want to let the cauliflower grow, preferring to cut 8s due to the high prices which are being paid. The 8s are better because they are harvested early, snow white and green in the leaves."

"At the moment the 6s cost 1.60 Euro each and the 8s fell to 1.20 Euro each. There is much demand from Italy for the 8s and the 6s go more to the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany," says the exporter. "The quality of the cauliflower is good, when you find the right lots."

In 2011 there were about 142 million heads of cauliflower
planted in Brittany. For 2012 the forecast is around 135 million units, in 2013 a planting of 130 million units is forecast. "We expect the next few weeks if the clear weather continues, a supply of about 4 million units per week," says Theo.

The exporter expects the French cauliflower market will run well in the meantime. "Italy has many problems because of heavy rainfall. There is almost no domestic supply, causing lot of cauliflower to be purchased in Brittany. Spain also has had lots of rain and even frost and floods. Consequently, the supply is very low and there are the usual quality problems. In addition, there is also too little broccoli this year. Therefore, the prospects for the French cauliflower is good. I hope that the prices will become more attractive."

For more information:
Kampexport International

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