BLE Week 37 report :

'Native plums predominated'

Local offerings dominated the market: Hauszwetschge, Presenta and Top were flanked by Fellenberg, Cacaks Fruchtbare and Ortenauer. Varieties like Stanley, President and Elena were only complementary. Stanley from Moldova, Northern Macedonia, Romania and Serbia as well as Hauszwetschge and Presenta from Poland rounded off the range. The wide range of products was somewhat limited in scope: According to the BLE, the end of the season is already foreseeable. The quality of the fruit was not always convincing.

The prices did not develop uniformly. While Eastern European imports became more expensive in Frankfurt and Berlin, they only generated sufficient demand in Hamburg due to their low prices. In Cologne, prices for the entire range rose slightly: Here, a wide price range was established for domestic plums, which was due to quality variations.

The assortment was dominated by domestic offerings. Elstar, Delbarestivale and Jonagold played a leading role. The presence of Pinova, Boskoop and Braeburn expanded. Rubinette also made an increased appearance, but was not consistently convincing in terms of its organoleptic properties. In Frankfurt, first Topaz cost €1.70 per kg.

Italian and Turkish Santa Maria as well as domestic and Italian Williams Christ formed the basis of a wide-ranging offer. The relevance of Italian Abate Fetel expanded; they were usually quite expensive at the start of the season. Deliveries from the Netherlands increased. In contrast, domestic Williams Christ and Clapps Liebling lost importance.

Table grapes
Italian batches dominated the scene: Thompson Seedless, Italia, Michelle Palieri and Victoria predominated. The first Regina arrived in Frankfurt. From Turkey came Sultana, Crimson Seedless, Black Magic and meanwhile Red Globe. Greece primarily sent over Thompson Seedless and Crimson Seedless.

South African shipments dominated the scene here. Imports from Argentina, Uruguay and Spain had at most a supplementary character. The cooled weather had a positive effect on the sales. However, this was not fundamentally reflected in the prices.

Prices frequently increased: In Munich, demand had improved noticeably after the end of the summer holidays. In Berlin, the assortment was too paltry, so that the demand could not be satisfied. In Cologne, almost the entire supply increased in price.

Domestic batches predominated, with Belgian and Dutch supplementing the action. Availability narrowed a bit. Sales, meanwhile, improved. As a result, prices often picked up. In Frankfurt, Belgian imports only became more expensive towards the weekend, as only then were larger calibers available.

In the case of lettuce, prices varied widely. In Berlin, Belgian offers became cheaper as a result of increased volumes, and their price was in line with that of domestic batches. In Frankfurt, German products rose in price to between €5 and €6 per 6-unit box. For iceberg lettuce, retailers were often able to increase their prices: Reduced deliveries as well as increased demand were the triggers for this.

In Hamburg, the presence of domestic, Dutch and Belgian cucumbers narrowed. The resulting gap could not be fully filled by Spanish batches. So, prices trended upward. In Cologne, prices fluctuated daily, but were ultimately above the level of the previous week.

The dominant Belgian and Dutch deliveries had limited in unison. Demand could no longer be consistently met. Marketers were therefore able to increase their calls, in some cases quite substantially. The price increases then attracted Polish, Turkish and Italian imports, which were able to gain some market share.

Sweet peppers
Dutch, Polish and Turkish shipments formed the basis of the product range. Spanish and Belgian deliveries complemented the action. Domestic batches were quite high-priced and only appeared in Frankfurt and Hamburg. Trade was very uneven there.

Source: BLE 

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