The new year started with dominant Spanish shipments larger than Turkish peppers and in some cases low priced Moroccan peppers. Sales remained manageable thanks to the current school holidays and the cautious approach to catering. According to the BLE, in many places smaller stocks were formed due to both reduced demand and Spanish shipments, which to Hamburg for example, did not allow any mark-up. In Cologne, the picture was similar, as the week started with discounts on Spanish products. It took several days for prices to rise again.
Also in Cologne, traders offered attractive orange products from the Netherlands and red products from Belgium. In other markets, large shipments from Turkey completed the assortment. In Frankfurt, customers had to pay € 7-11 per 5kg box and € 0.60-0.79 per 400g foil bag.
Business was very calm after the start of the year. The availability was more than sufficient to meet the constant demand.
A leisurely pace in sales was observed. As the fruit leaves nothing to be desired organoleptically, distributors have rarely had to change their prices.
The line was dominated by Peruvian imports including Crimson Seedless and Thompson Seedless. Shipments from Namibia and South Africa did not go beyond Supplementary Status.
The Spanish Navelina dominated the blond oranges. Overall, the low temperatures increased the turnover rate, but after the holidays there was some customer saturation.
Overall, business was calm. Traders rarely had to change their prices.
On the one hand, there was sometimes too much of an assortment, so distributors had to lower their prices from time to time. In contrast, supply and demand were fairly aligned, so prices remained at their previous levels.
Demand was sufficiently met, as ripeners confidently adjusted their supply to relatively calm demand.
The French lots dominated the scene, more than the Italians. Demand had reduced a bit. He could be satisfied without any problem. However, stocks could not be avoided here and there.
Lettuce flowed in from Belgium, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Traders were often able to increase their prices because they did not always have enough goods to meet demand.
Spanish snake cucumbers dominated the scene. The supply was sometimes too low for the demand.
A wide range of products was available, with Turkey, Morocco and Spain setting the tone. The Dutch, Belgian and Italian offers followed in terms of importance.