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Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

"Cautious drop in price of Spanish peppers sets in, tomatoes still 'insanely expensive'"

After bizarrely high prices for Spanish greenhouse vegetables last week, the prices of various vegetables have finally dropped a bit this week. "Carnival week tends to be quieter, but at least for peppers, a cautious drop has started," notes Philip van Geest of Van Geest International.

"The price of red peppers has dropped from a level around €27.50 to €23/24. The price of orange and yellow peppers has gone from 27/28 euros to 20/21 euros and will continue to fall. The price of green peppers is around 14/15 euros," Philip sums up. A fair price between 9.50 and 11 euros is now being made for aubergines."

Tomatoes, in particular, are still "insanely expensive", according to Philip. "For example, the price of cherry tomatoes is still around 16.50 euros for the 9x250g. The price of cherry vine tomatoes is around 17.50-20 euros for 3 kilos and the price of vine tomatoes is between 16 and 17 euros with some Turkish vine tomatoes for 12.50-13 euros as an alternative."

"And from Holland, the supply is very limited. Dutch cucumbers are on par with Spain at 15/16 euros. And the handful of Dutch aubergines that are available are selling for 13/14 euros. Furthermore, almost nothing of "new season" greenhouse vegetables is coming out of the Dutch greenhouses yet. The reason for this is the high energy prices that have resulted in up to 90% less exposed cultivation and the traditional crops simply being deployed later."

For more information:
Philip van Geest 
Van Geest International
Tel.: +31 (0) 174-514300

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