It is, by no means, crazy on the Spanish greenhouse vegetable market at the moment, says Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna in the Netherlands. "Trade has been completely dead for the last two weeks. Only red peppers and mini cucumbers were popular, but the other sales were moderate to poor. Dutch growers still had peppers until ten days ago, and the last of those are now off the market, so prices improved a little this week, but other sales are stagnating again. Peppers and mini cucumbers sales, too, are becoming tougher, although these products are still pricier," says Kees.
Will Spanish growers profit from the high gas prices facing those in the Netherlands? That is hard to say, he says. The prices are, however, leading to reduced lit cultivation. "Cucumber and, perhaps, eggplant growers could benefit. I think it will only start benefitting them in the spring when the peppers color more slowly or are planted later," Kees concludes.