VBT figures week 18

Free fall of greenhouse vegetable prices stopped, pepper prices still low

After two weeks of steeply declining greenhouse vegetable prices, the fall stopped last week, and the prices at the auctions of the Verbond van Belgische Tuinbouwcoöperaties (Federation of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives) are cautiously rising again. Only the pepper prices are still lagging behind.

In week 18, an average of just over 1.01 euros was paid for a kilo of red peppers. The average price for yellow peppers was just over 87 euro cents. Green peppers sold for just over 1.62 euros per kilo. The prices of red and yellow (but also orange, with an average price of 1.29 euros) are below the five-year averages. Across the board, including green, the average price does not reach the five-year average either.

Pepper prices per kilo

For cucumber and tomato, the average prices fell below the five-year averages last week, but the price has cautiously found its way back up again. With a unit price of 27 euro cents and a bit, the average price for week 18 was at the five-year average.

Cucumber prices per kilo

For both loose and vine tomatoes, the average price for week 18 is slightly above the five-year average and the prices of the past two years, but the volumes are still lower than in previous years. For vine tomatoes, the volume was just under 20% in week 18, and for loose tomatoes, it was over 10%.

Tomato prices per kilo

The kilo price for aubergines also went up a little last week, as did that for green courgettes.

Lettuce prices per head

Lettuce prices, which initially escaped the pressure but dropped considerably last week, lost ground again. For field lettuce, the average price in week 18 is below the five-year average. The price of lamb's lettuce has been below the five-year average for almost the entire year. Only in weeks 17 and 18 did the price just exceed it.

Field lettuce prices per kilo

The average price for multicolored lettuce is also just above the five-year average, after having recorded a huge peak in week 16.

Price of multicolored lettuce per kilo

Finally, the strawberry prices rose in week 18. Across the board, the price of a kilo rose by almost one euro. This resulted in an average price of just over 3.22 euros. With an average price of 3.51 euros per kilo, the Sonsation variety is the best paid.

Strawberry prices per kilo

View all average prices for fruit and vegetables here.

Graphs via Flemish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Agricultural figures

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