Market prospect and opportunities for May 2015 (weeks 19 to 22 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 19 to 22 inclusive and was drawn up on 8 April. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. Auction prices are compared against prices in the same period last year. Chicory and cabbage lettuce remain interesting products for promotional campaigns, but don't forget those typical spring vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and even asparagus.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: supplies of loose Flandria tomatoes continue to increase sharply, and by weeks 19 and 20, 2.8 to 3.2 million kg per week is expected. Production continues to rise consistently, hitting 3.5 to 4 million kg in weeks 22-23.
Price: in March, producers were earning lower prices, but across 2015 as a whole, auction prices are comparable to those in the same period in 2014.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: the volume of cluster tomatoes also increases steadily. In weeks 19-20, the LAVA auctions are expecting 3 million kg per week, and the volume is set to rise to between 4 and 4.5 million kg per week in weeks 22-23.
Price: in March, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were comparable to those in March 2014, and for the first thirteen weeks of the year, the average price was also comparable to the corresponding period in 2014.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: the supplies gradually peter out: from 2.5 million heads after Easter to between 1.5 and 2 million heads in weeks 19 and 20. This trend persists, with week 23 still yielding 1.5 million heads.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in March were higher than in March 2014, and the same applies to the average price across the first thirteen weeks of this year.

Peppers
Production runs in waves, with peaks and troughs.
Green: a wave of production occurs in weeks 19-22, with between 300,000 and 350,000 kg/week. Auction prices so far are comparable to those at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Red: in weeks 19 to 23, a peak continues. Producers are already supplying 700,000 to 800,000 kg/week.
Yellow: around weeks 19 to 23, supplies increase to between 300,000 and 400,000 kg/week. At the beginning of the season, auction prices for red and yellow were noticeably higher than at the start of the season last year.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume is increasing rapidly: 3.5 to 4.5 million units per week in weeks 19-23.
Price: the auction price in March this year was much higher than that in March 2014. The average price across 2015 was also higher than the average price in the same period in 2014.

Aubergines
Delivery: the first big peak is expected around weeks 18-23, at 350,000 to 400,000 kg/week.
Price: slightly higher for March, and the thirteen weeks of 2015 also show slightly higher prices compared to the same period last year.

Asparagus
Delivery: May is the month for Flandria asparagus par excellence. From week 18, outdoor production will be available, with 200,000 to 250,000 kg/week in weeks 18-21. In weeks 22 and 23, production fluctuates between 150,000 and 200,000 kg/week.
Price: in March, the prices were comparable. However, the last week of March sees prices climbing above the auction price in March 2014.

Cauliflower
Delivery: depending on the weather, the outdoor cauliflower season starts in early May. Around weeks 19-22, top levels of supplies are expected, with 500,000 heads/week. By two weeks later, this figures has halved. The course of the production is difficult to estimate.

Courgettes (greenhouse)
Delivery: depending on the weather, supplies in weeks 18-19 may already climb to between 700,000 and 900,000 units per week. A peak of 1.2 million units/week is reached in weeks 22 to 23.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 19 to 23 inclusive, the trade can expect supplies of 40,000 kg per week.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching auction prices in March that were comparable to those in March 2014, and on average across the thirteen weeks of 2015, the prices are much higher.

Leeks
Delivery: the volume decreases rapidly. In week 19 there is still 1 million kg, but after this, the volume practically halves, with week 22 still yielding 600,000 kg. in week 23, the producers are still supplying 500,000 kg.
Price: in March, leek prices were higher than in March 2014, and across the whole of 2015, too, producers were earning higher average prices.

Chicory
Delivery: in the weeks ahead, the volume declines from 800,000 to 1 million kg in week 19 to 800,000 kg in week 22. This reduction continues, with weeks 23-26 still yielding between 600,000 and 800,000 kg per week.
Price: the auction price in March this year was higher than in 2014, and across the whole of 2015, too, prices are higher than in the corresponding period last year.

Red cabbage
Delivery: supplies dry up and hover between 40,000 and 50,000 units per week in weeks 19 to 23.
Price: auction prices in March were much lower than in the same period in 2014, and for the thirteen weeks of 2015, much lower than in the corresponding period last year.

White cabbage
Delivery: between 200,000 and 300,000 units per week are expected in weeks 19 to 23.
Price: auction prices for white cabbage were higher than in March 2014, and the same applies to the average price.

Green cabbage
Delivery: the supply is still low in weeks 19 to 23, at 5,000 to 10,000 heads per week.
Price: growers were earning a price at auction in March that was noticeably higher than at the same point in 2014, and the same applies to the average price across 2015.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 19 to 23, the LAVA auctions are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 heads per week.
Price: auction prices in March climbed slightly above those in March 2014, and the same applies to the average price across the thirteen weeks of 2015.

Celeriac
Delivery: the trade can count on 150,000 to 250,000 heads per week in weeks 19 to 23.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in March were much lower than in March 2014, and the average price, too was lower than in the corresponding period last year.

Green celery
Delivery: the trade can count on 50,000 heads in week 20. After this, the volume increases, reaching some 150,000 heads/week in weeks 21-23.

Broccoli
Delivery: the first supplies are expected from week 21. Producers are supplying between 20,000 and 40,000 kg in weeks 21-23.

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