Europe getting ready for difficult year with zucchini

European operators are concerned about the zucchini's price dynamics after the arrival of the first cold snap. They believe that meeting the chain's programs will be complicated.

Zucchini prices continue on the rise and, this week, reference prices at the vegetable's origins have remained above 1.30 Euro on average. European operators believe that this season's zucchini campaign will be complex.

One of the reasons they are nervous is the impact of the New Delhi virus, which is especially visible when there are high temperatures, as was the case throughout the autumn, which has conditioned the 2013-2014 campaign. Another reason is the arrival of the cold weather in Southern Spain, which has caused an abrupt reduction in the supply of zucchini and affected prices.

The French, the German and the Dutch are being witness to this spike in prices and operators have pointed out "we have more problems than usual with the zucchini because of the impact of the New Delhi plague."

However, Spanish producers have said that the impact of the plague will be automatically reduced in cold weather and that there will be an increase in the supply of zucchini in the coming weeks, unless there is another cold snap.

Zucchini producers know that the campaign will be complicated because of the incidence of the New Delhi virus and the impact of the cold weather that will make it difficult for them to fulfil commitments and programs, while the reference price at the auctions maintain their upward momentum.


Source: fyh


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