Italy: Open field vegetables overtake greenhouse vegetables

It's open field vegetable time on the Italian market. 

"In general, there have been drops in the entire sector. Sales are doing well at the moment just because there is little greenhouse produce left," explains Angelo Russo, president of Eurofruit. It's the moment of open field vegetables, which will then leave room to greenhouse ones again starting from late October.

"The most popular products are tomatoes, peppers and aubergines, especially from Calabria and Sicily. Prices have been good lately as there is little produce on the market and because things have livened up after the holidays."

"Sales are still a little slow, but the market should should re-start over the next few days. The market though is not being regular, we cannot say anything for sure.

Bad weather also meant sales prices increased lately. Though Italy is preferring open field vegetables at the moment, this does not mean that greenhouse ones have disappeared - the few left are doing well abroad, with demand increasing for bunch and cherry tomatoes, selling respectively at around €1 and €1.50/1.60/kg.

For further info:
Eurofrut spa
Via Paolo Canali, 1
c/o Caab – Centro Agro Alimentare Bologna
Tel: (+39) 051 2861326
Fax: (+39) 051 2861345

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