The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is reaching its final stages. “In the production of bell pepper, a lot of greenhouses have already been emptied, and most growers have already finished with loose tomatoes as well. Some might go on for another week or two. The Dutch aubergine season will last a few more days, and practically everything will then have been cut,” says Philip van Geest of Van Geest International.
According to the trader, the sales of green bell pepper is difficult because of the large supply of “green colours.” These quickly become variegated and are sold at minimum prices. “The prices of red bell peppers are now rising a bit, but the numbers aren’t excessive, this is partly caused by the cold weather in Spain last week.”
“The trade in loose tomatoes is fairly stable, and supply from Spain and Morocco is now getting in its stride a bit more. The Dutch vine tomatoes aren’t doing great, and these are simply relatively cheap,” Philip continues. “All in all, day trade is going fairly well without any real peaks, although that could change.”
“The rain in Morocco has affected the bean production, and Italy has also had incredibly bad weather with rain and flooding. This means there’s less product from Southern Europe, resulting in cucumbers and iceberg lettuce, among other products, becoming more expensive, and these are now quite pricey,” Philip concludes.