In recent weeks, the bell pepper market was very difficult, particularly the period preceding the holiday period. “Compared to that period – when demand was good even when supply was high – supply’s now quite a bit lower, while demand is also lower outside of the retail programmes,” says Marco Bergman of Harvest House. “In this period, ‘producing’ countries can definitely notice they’re not alone in the world, but that countries like Poland and Hungary also have a lot of local outdoor production. This is mostly true for red and green bell peppers in the outdoor regions, yellow and orange bell peppers have less competition.”
“Regarding prices, that puts pressure on the entire market experience during this period. We’ve naturally known that for years, but it’s always a setback for us as bell pepper growers. Other than that, we’ve noticed that we won’t be expecting a lot of bell peppers from our own soil in the coming few weeks. The end of the holiday period in Europe and the decreasing supply could lead to better pricing than in the past period. That would be particularly welcome for red and orange bell peppers this season, which has been mostly characterised by ups and downs in supply pattern,” Marco concludes.