Andalusian vegetable prices increased thanks to the low temperatures in the region and the arrival of Christmas

Low temperatures in the provinces of Almería and Granada have slowed down horticultural production. This slowdown, and the proximity of the Christmas demand peak, has led to a new rise in the prices of Andalusian vegetables, as reported by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía in its latest report on protected horticultural products.

Pepper prices in the field increase
The price of all the pepper varieties that were analyzed, except the red and green California pepper, increased at origin over the past week. The offer of red and yellow California-type peppers had the biggest increase in the marketers this week (10-15%).

Red Lamuyo is the most sought-after variety and the one with the highest price increase compared to last week (+ 11%), reacting to a significant decrease in the volume sold (-30%).

It should be noted that the absence of significant production volumes in other locations makes Andalusia, and specifically Almeria, the main supplier of pepper to the European Union in this period.

Tomato prices increased
The prices of all the tomato varieties analyzed increased. The branch and grooved varieties were the most valued in this period. The branch tomato reaches its highest price this week, approaching an average price of 1.13 euro/kg.

The round tomato is the least valued of the commercial types that were analyzed, however, it registers the highest price in three seasons and its price was 26% higher than last week.

It should be noted that the Central European production ended earlier this season than in previous seasons. The sharp drop in temperatures throughout Europe since mid-November made it necessary to use artificial resources to increase the brightness and temperature in the greenhouses which, due to the high energy costs, did not make the maintenance of these plantations profitable.

Cucumber: the highest price of the campaign
This week, the Almeria-type cucumber achieved the highest price of the season. Its average price increased by 11%, over the previous week.

Zucchini achieved record prices
According to the Junta de Andalucía, zucchini achieved record price in the month of December due to its reduced supply. Zucchini prices were 25% higher than in the previous week. The limited supply of this product, the scant international competition, and the interest of the large European distribution lead to historical prices during this month of December.

Aubergine prices increased by 45%
Aubergine prices increased significantly, as the average price paid to farmers was 45% higher than last week.


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