Tholen – While there is often overlap between Spanish, Dutch and Belgian varieties of fruit vegetables in September, the cards are played very differently this season. “We see that productions are significantly lower in the Netherlands. At the same time, the heat in Spain this summer had a big impact on productions, but also on the coarseness of peppers, for example,” says Henri Schackmann of Freshclusive.
“Therefore, Spanish suppliers are expecting good demand at the beginning of the season. Deliveries to European distribution centers have also started much earlier. They have their hands full with regular projects for supermarkets, and not much more. Day trading”, notes Henry. “Spain will pay extra attention to see which customers can provide continuity this season. With some products they will be on the market from eleven months to the whole year, and because of the situation in the Netherlands and Belgium, they are choosing customers. This year.”
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“September is usually a difficult month for Spain to get cucumbers to market. Prices are higher this year than last year. We had a good month exporting Spanish cucumbers to the US and Canada in September. Very different price level than what we are used to. The current Euro/Dollar exchange rate makes exports to dollar countries extra. Makes it interesting. But the availability of air cargo is beneficial for exports. During lockdowns, there is no cargo space. There is no passenger flights available. Fares are very favorable this year. This has already led to a good export flow of cucumbers and we are optimistic about the pepper season,” says Henry.
“Dutch pepper supply is declining faster than we’ve seen in other years. In Spain, the volumes didn’t really go through in August because of the bad setup, so prices are higher. Dutch tomato supply, especially some of the trusses. Spain has grown more tomatoes after years of decline, but in reality they’re always at the end of October. , coming to market in early November. So prices are in good shape. You can clearly see Morocco at work. In the distance, especially in the loose, cherry and plum tomato sections.”
“Zucchini has been under-planted in Spain. We have seen stable prices of 13/14 euros in recent weeks. Prices are now down somewhat, but demand is still good. Spanish and Dutch eggplants will also be a constraint. This year. Now the second half of the season is generally good for Dutch eggplant prices, and Prices are also very good this year,” sums up Henry.
“However, it’s an exciting time to see how European retail will fill the shelves. Personally, I expect supermarkets to take a closer look at what notes they keep or don’t keep on the shelves. Pay more attention to the basics and so-called bargains. Who knows, so to speak.” .but I’m also very curious about what the winter will be like,” concludes Henry.
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