Price-wise, most Dutch greenhouse vegetables got off to a good start this year. This, however, did not continue, partly due to COVID-19. Price formations are reverting to their usual annual 'patterns'. That is according to René Boots of ABAB Accountants and Advisors' analysis.
In 2020, cucumbers and tomatoes had a dismal first half. But, this year, their prices were slightly higher. For tomatoes, this was more pronounced in July and August. The preceding dark weather had resulted in reduced supply.
Cucumbers' July/August prices were pretty similar to 2020 and 2019. Prices between farms did, however, differ in the first half of 2021. That depended on how (un)favorable the crop rotation was. For September, it remains to be seen whether the sector can match 2020's (very) good prices.
Bell pepper prices progressed reasonably in the first six months of this year. That was after an excellent start. This was just about the same in July and August as in previous years. The coming months will still be essential if returns are to be realized in 2021.
Of all the fruit-vegetables, eggplants performed worst. Prices have begun to recover in the second half of the year. The question is if that can still provide a decent return.
Greenhouse strawberries had a great spring crop, just as in 2020. So, they started another year off well. ABAB notes that, for other soft fruits, raspberries started off well. However, prices then fell somewhat. Blackberries could still recover.