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BLE report Week 19:

'Moroccan TOVs are disappearing from the market'

TOVs as well as round tomatoes primarily originated from the Netherlands and Belgium, followed by Spain, with supplies from Morocco no longer playing a significant role according to BLE. The popular cherry tomatoes were mainly sourced from Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium, and were also frequently purchased due to favorable tariffs.

Market shares of TOVs.

Market shares of cherry tomatoes.

For beefsteak tomatoes, Belgian offers were mostly available, with a few Dutch and Moroccan imports arriving sporadically. Domestic products were not as common yet, but had overall gained in significance and thus occasionally became more affordable. In general, deliveries from the Netherlands and Belgium had significantly expanded. However, interest could not always keep up. Consequently, prices tended mostly downwards, which in turn increased the subsequent turnover speed. Price increases were quite rare: For instance, in Berlin, prices for Dutch and domestic cherry tomatoes rose slightly.

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European goods, particularly from Germany and then Italy, dominated the scene. Shipments from France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland supplemented. Availability had slightly restricted, but was sufficient to meet demand. Imports from overseas were gaining relevance.

South African Abate Fetel, Packham's Triumph, and Forelle dominated; Cape Rose/Cheeky and Williams Christ supplemented the scene. Chilean and Argentine Abate Fetel played a relatively important role. The presence of Chilean Forelle expanded.

Indian Thompson Seedless dominated the marketing before Chilean and South African Crimson Seedless. The South African season was nearing its end, which was slightly evident from the weakening presence and declining quality.

Domestic batches dominated, followed in importance by Dutch ones. Deliveries had evidently expanded and initially exceeded interest. Thus, prices fell. However, on some markets, valuations tended upwards again from Thursday.

Besides the dominating Spanish Primofiori and Verna, Turkish Lama were mainly accessible. The Verna gradually replaced the ending Primofiori in many places. In Frankfurt, untreated Italian products in 11-kg wooden crates also appeared.

Supply was adequately adjusted to demand, so interest could be easily satisfied. The marketing proceeded smoothly. Regarding prices, hardly any changes were observed.

Domestic and Belgian deliveries dominated over Italian, Dutch, and Spanish ones. Shipments from Poland and France arrived only sporadically. Overall, availability was still quite scarce.

For iceberg lettuce, the presence of Spanish offers was reduced in line with the season. Domestic batches, on the other hand, gained in importance. In the sector of mixed salads, domestic produce dominated, which could generally be sold at constant valuations.

The offer of cucumbers consisted of domestic, Dutch, and Belgian shipments. The turnover proceeded smoothly. However, due to a somewhat reduced supply, quotations often tended upwards.

Bell peppers
Dutch batches predominated over Turkish and Belgian ones. The presence of formerly dominating Spanish products was greatly limited. Domestic offers were only available to a limited extent and were accordingly expensive: In Frankfurt, customers had to pay between 3.60 and 5.00 EUR per kg, while in Munich, customers could purchase all color categories for 3.50 EUR per kilo.

The season was in full swing and the availability of domestic offers further expanded. Demand could not always keep up. Therefore, traders often had to reduce their demands slightly, despite the midweek holiday.

Source: BLE

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