BLE market report week 42:

'Dutch and Belgian tomatoes constantly formed the basis of the range'

The basis of the tomato range was constantly formed by Dutch and Belgian offers, although their presence was limited overall. Meanwhile, the importance of Spanish, Turkish and Moroccan imports grew. Italy participated exclusively with cherry tomatoes. Rare domestic batches hardly generated any attention. Overall, the quality was generally convincing. If this was not the case, a wide price range was established, for example in Frankfurt, where Turkish TOVs cost between €5.90 and €8.50 per 5 kg.

Demand was sometimes friendly, sometimes rather restrained. The majority of the prices tended to go upwards. Especially Belgian meat tomatoes became immensely more expensive: in Frankfurt up to €20,- per 7 kg crates. In Hamburg, customers also had to dig deeper into their pockets for cherry tomatoes. Only in Munich did the distributors temporarily lower the upper price limits.

The availability was sufficiently adjusted to the accommodation possibilities. In some cases, the sellers lowered their receivables a little to speed up the handling.

Italy made its mark with Abate Fetel and Santa Maria and complemented the event with Williams Christ. The quality was generally convincing. Overall, the demand, which had risen locally, could be met without difficulties.

Table grapes
Although supply was limited, it was sufficient to meet demand. No uniform price trend was discernible.

Small-fruited citrus fruits
Clementines originated primarily from Spain: Besides Oronules, Clemenrubi were now also available. Satsumas from Spain, Turkey and Italy also often had to complain about color and aroma.

Spanish supplies dominated over those from Turkish and South African goods. The supply was not insufficient. The high prices of the previous week stayed in place.

The autumn weather frequently intensified demand. Sufficient quantities came in from the ripening plants to meet this demand. Prices often remained at a fairly constant level.

Germany dominated the market here. The cool weather stimulated demand in various ways and sometimes prices tended to rise.

With iceberg salad, the presence of domestic offers was obviously and very clearly limited. but not always successful. Nevertheless, the prices remained more or less constant, merely fluctuating within the usual ranges.

Spanish snake cucumbers set the tone, while domestic ones played second fiddle. Dutch and Belgian deliveries rounded off the range.

Sweet peppers
Spain shaped the market here. The Netherlands followed suit. Spanish articles saw a wide price range, depending on coloration, size and condition.

Source: BLE 

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