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BLE report Week 8:

'Low availability of Dutch and Belgian tomatoes'

In the case of TOVS, Turkish and Spanish deliveries predominated, with Italian tomatoes making up the bulk. Cherry tomatoes came primarily from Italy and Spain, while Turkey and Spain set the tone for beef tomatoes. Round tomatoes came in mainly from Morocco, Turkey, and Spain. Due to the low availability, the Dutch and Belgian shipments were rather small for this time of the season. According to the BLE, they generally had only a supplementary character. In addition, Spanish lots continued to have limited availability. As a result, Turkish shipments benefited the most. However, the coloration of the Turkish and Moroccan batches was not always convincing.

Market shares for TOVs

Demand was mixed, sometimes intensifying, sometimes weakening. However, it could be adequately satisfied everywhere. Prices mostly showed an upward trend, lowered prices were the exception. This was mostly due to increased purchase requirements, which sellers passed on to customers.

As in previous weeks, domestic Elstar, Boskoop, and Jona-gold apples dominated the market. Braeburn and Tenroy followed in terms of importance, while Wellant and Pinova strengthened their presence.

The European season turned into its home stretch: The relevance of Italian, Dutch, Belgian, and domestic batches decreased. Volume-induced traders were quite able to raise their prices somewhat.

Table grapes
South African batches predominated. Shipments from Peru and Namibia had more of a supplementary character. Availability was easily enough to satisfy the interest. This was not particularly strong.

Spanish blond oranges predominated: Lane Late, Navelate, and Navel, along with Salustiana, formed the base of the range. Egyptian Valencia Late gained importance noticeably.

Small citrus
The season was steadily coming to an end, as could be seen from weaker demand on the one hand and reduced availability on the other.

Spanish and Turkish deliveries dominated the scene. In addition, there were very small quantities of Greek and Italian products. Supply had expanded slightly.

Trade was unanimously quite slow. Availability was generally sufficient to meet demand. Locally, sales had improved somewhat.

Availability had expanded greatly, with the presence of French lots, in particular, growing noticeably. Demand could hardly keep pace with this.

Overall, business was quiet. Demand could generally be met without any major effort. Iceberg lettuces came in from Spain primarily. Their presence had expanded noticeably. Turkish imports also gained in importance.

Spanish batches dominated the market for cucumbers, and their presence increased once again. Deliveries from the Netherlands and Belgium had also increased.

Sweet peppers
Availability had expanded. Demand was quite weak in view of the high prices of the previous weeks. Nevertheless, prices often had to be raised again initially as a result of increased incoming demands.

Source: BLE 

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