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Andreas Frey, Managing Director of Gemüsebau Frey Ltd:

Good demand and medium price levels for Palatinate spring onions

In week 10, Gemüsebau Frey from Karlsruhe began selling the first spring onions from the Palatinate. "Palatinate produce has always been our mainstay," Managing Director Andreas Frey informs us. "We have very good volumes, which coincides with an equally extremely good demand. The price is at a medium level." Furthermore, Frey can also offer spring onions from Baden-Württemberg. The company sells its goods within a radius of 300 km. "We currently do not run a forwarding business. In this area, cooperatives are likely to be closer to the action."

Qualitatively, the supply would not differ greatly from the first spring onions on the market. "Once we're in the middle of the season, we can definitely give our growers different quality characteristics and sell onions in different sizes accordingly," Frey said. The spring onions are all covered outdoor produce. Customers include food retailers, the food service industry and weekly market traders.

Market situation expected to improve
"The bottom line is that last year we were primarily concerned with increased tolls and energy costs. Nevertheless, we expect the market situation to improve this year, as prices are at least slowly easing again. This will ease the situation noticeably." He added that in order to reduce spoilage rates, the company has also focused significantly on quality and supply chain issues. Any quality claims were also discussed intensively with suppliers, especially with regard to imported goods. "With imported goods, you can't react immediately on a daily basis. Sometimes two to three days have to be bridged for the time being before you can act accordingly."

He assesses the mood on the Karlsruhe wholesale market as rather modest, which is not least due to the restrained purchasing power. On the one hand, wholesale prices are at a less satisfactory level overall, he said, while on the other hand, fewer premium goods are being purchased. "The companies that still pay attention to quality will continue to find their customers. The resellers will also find their clientele. However, all farms that are in the intermediate range will struggle."

For more information:
Andreas Frey
Gemüsebau Frey GmbH
Waldhof 1
76889 Kapsweyer
Tel.: +49 6340 / 20 5
Fax: +49 6340 / 91 92 12

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