VBT figures week 18

Cucumber pricing remains difficult, including organic

The cucumber price continues to hover at low levels. In week 18, the average price dropped slightly again after a small rebound of the average price in week 17. With an average price of 12.7 euro cents a piece, the price is still below the five-year average at VBT.

Lettuce prices, also a salad vegetable that benefits from nice weather and therefore extra consumer demand, are rising. Prices rose, especially for special types of lettuce. The average price for heads of lettuce is also rising. Here, however, the unit price of 24 euro cents is below the five-year average.

The current average price for organic cucumbers also shot well above the five-year average in week 18. The price came to 58.3 euro cents per piece. 60 euro cents was the average around this time in the past five years.

Average prices for tomatoes, both loose and truss, have been falling for several weeks but are still above the five-year average. In week 18, average prices came to 1.23 euros for a kilo of loose tomatoes and over 1.25 euros for a kilo of vine tomatoes. For vine tomatoes, this means a price drop from a week earlier of just under 50 euro cents.

The average pepper price at the Federation of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives is above the five-year average at over 1.83 euros. Orange was the best paid at 2.34 euros. The median price for a green rose to 1.87 euros. The price for red peppers dropped slightly below the five-year average to over 1.92 euros. Towards June, a price drop is common.

The median price for strawberries edged up again last week. On average, a kilo in week 18 was just under 4.44 euros. The price for Elsanta was just below this at 4.39 euros, the price for Sonsation rounded off at 4.77 euros.

The above charts come from the agricultural figures page of the Flemish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The figures page has now been up and running for two years. With the figures website, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries wants to ensure better knowledge of agriculture and fisheries among citizen-consumers on the one hand and greater transparency of market and price data for farmers on the other.

All figures can be checked here: www.vlaanderen.be/landbouwcijfers. The VBT median prices for vegetables for week 18 can be checked here. Those for fruit here.

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