Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos:

"Satisfactory Canary tomato season, dramatic cucumber season"

The Canary tomato season has reached its last phase at Fortuna Frutos. "We will certainly continue until week 20/21," expects Gert-Jan Slobbe. "We have sufficient supply of good quality loose and plum tomatoes available to supply the European retail and processing industry until mid May. The prices are at a stable level. If those in the Netherlands don't get too nervous, I expect we will be able to maintain a reasonable price level until Easter."

The Canary season started well in November. The Dutch season finished earlier and there were few import tomatoes on the market. December was reasonable, January was acceptable, February was difficult and March was more reasonable. All in all we're reasonably satisfied," says Gert-Jan. This isn't the case for the cucumber season, of which Fortuna Frutos received the last shipment last Monday. "We have seen extremely low cucumber prices across the board this winter."

Although the number of sales offices for the Canary vegetables has almost reduced to two now, Gert-Jan predicts a good future for the Canary products. "Because the Canary Islands have less fluctuation between day and night temperatures, they supply a more than stable quality product compared to for instance Morocco or mainland Spain."

For more information:

Gert-Jan Slobbe
Fortuna Frutos
Tel: +31(0)180-751410

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