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"Europe: "A decent pepper season was really needed"
It is almost the end of the season for the Belgian and Dutch bell peppers. BelOrta expects to have some bell pepper supplies for several weeks. "A maximum of two weeks and then it's all over," says Bruno Vuerinckx, the auction's pepper specialist. In October bell peppers have fared rather better than previous years.
This autumn Spain was a few weeks late on the market due to technical cultivation problems. The Dutch growers have benefited from this. In previous years there was a weak price formation in October, now it remains at a satisfactory level. The red bell pepper for example is sold for around 1.80 euros.
Especially in the beginning of the season the prices were very high. Here there was also less supply and it ran along with promotional campaigns in Germany which drove the prices up. All in all it's been a satisfactory season for pepper growers. This was badly needed. The previous years were much less. "The pointed bell pepper has done well also. This variety has a greater market stability than the ordinary bell pepper. The price did not fall extremely this season during the supply peak."
BelOrta sold about 16 million kg, of which 8 million kg were red bell peppers. This number ensures that bell peppers are in the top five of fruit and vegetables from BelOrta.