Italy: Good demand for cauliflowers at home and abroad

All seasonal vegetables - broccoli, cauliflowers and Roman cauliflowers - are doing well. "Up until a few days ago, prices were even better. Now, as higher volumes are available on the market, quotations have dropped a little," explains a producer.

As regards cauliflowers in particular, demand is good both on the domestic market and abroad. "Shipments to Germany and Scandinavia are rather regular, but demand seems to be good also in Eastern Europe."

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According to the producers, as this species is cultivated practically all over the world, the fact that demand increases in one country is a consequence of the lack of production in some other area. "For example, in Brittany, there was a 20-25% drop in production this year due to the weather and a smaller production area."

The situation appears to be stable on the domestic market. "I did notice a higher demand from the processing industry, though, probably due to the lack of foreign produce."

"The warm temperatures are causing a few problems - we are a week early. We will have to see how the cultivars yet to be harvested behave. If they are early too, there will be some overlaps until mid-December, so there may be a gap between late December/early January." The producer stresses it is still too early to make a forecast though.

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