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BLE report Week 17:

"Belgian, Dutch, and domestic cucumbers formed the basis"

Belgian, Dutch, and domestic cucumbers formed the basis of the offerings. According to the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), their availability had visibly expanded. Business proceeded in a relatively calm manner. Demand could be satisfied without any difficulties. In Hamburg, promotional campaigns by the retail sector caused problems in selling the goods locally. Overall, prices remained at their low levels, aside from minor fluctuations. Only Frankfurt reported significant price reductions for products from the Netherlands and Belgium. Spanish goods appeared in marginal quantities in Berlin, but they hardly had any influence on the market.

For mini cucumbers, Dutch and domestic batches were primarily available, followed by Spanish goods. Belgian lots only appeared in Cologne. Since deliveries had generally increased, traders could not always avoid offering discounts. However, stable prices were not at all rare.

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Domestic batches continued to shape the scene and were generally of good quality. Distributors were therefore rarely forced to modify their prices for dominant varieties such as Elstar, Braeburn, and Jonagold.

South African imports were dominated by Abate Fetel and Packham's Triumph. However, Forelle pears had significantly gained in relevance; they were increasingly offered in 12.5‑kg packaging and complemented the scene along with Cheeky/Cape Rose.

Shipments from South Africa dominated over those from India and Chile. Deliveries from Peru were purely complementary. Demand was somewhat weak at times, forcing traders to offer discounts occasionally.

Dutch and Greek batches prevailed, but domestic offers had noticeably expanded and gained in significance. Spanish, Italian, and Belgian batches complemented. Overall, availability had expanded, but the organoleptic properties of the products did not always convince.

The season for Spanish Primofiori was coming to an end. However, higher quality and thus more expensive Verna from the same origin were ready to fill a possible gap in supply. Therefore, prices tended to rise at certain points.

Normally, supply and demand balanced each other out sufficiently, so there were no significant changes in prices. In Berlin, however, numerous offers were already too ripe, so they had to be sold off as real bargains.

Domestic, Belgian, and Dutch offers formed the basis of the supply. Italian and French batches followed in terms of significance, while Spanish played only a minor role in Frankfurt. Availability had tightened and was not always sufficient to satisfy demand.

Iceberg lettuces came exclusively from Spain. Availability was limited. The demand, on the other hand, was quite positive. Thus, prices shifted upward, sometimes quite significantly. Customers in Hamburg and Cologne, for example, had to pay up to €16 for a 10-box.

Dutch, Belgian, and Spanish offers predominated. Far fewer volumes came in from Italy. Moroccan and Turkish imports were restricted and disappeared from the market at certain points. Domestic fruits were rare and still entirely missing in Hamburg.

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Business was firmly in the hands of Dutch shipments. Turkey mainly participated with green, Spain with red goods in the marketing. Belgium and Germany contributed relatively few quantities to the assortment. The Spanish season was heading into the final stretch.

Domestic batches apparently dominated the scene. Deliveries from the Netherlands, Greece, and Poland complemented in the white and violet segments, shipments from Italy and Spain for the green spears. Although availability had generally expanded, it was not always sufficient to fully satisfy the demand.

Source: BLE

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