Market prospect and opportunities for May 2016 (weeks 18 to 22 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 18 to 22 inclusive and was drawn up on 8 April. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. May is a great month for promotional deals with tomatoes, cucumbers and asparagus.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: production continues to increase, hitting about 3 to 3.2 million kg by weeks 18-20. The volume increases sharply, reaching a peak of between 3.5 and 4 million kg per week by weeks 22-23.
Price: in March, producers were earning prices comparable to those in March 2015, although the average price for 2016 is a little lower than in the same period in 2105.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in weeks 18-20, the LAVA auctions expect to see supplies increase to 3 million kg/week. Production increases further week by week, and in weeks 22-23 the figure will have risen to between 3.5 and 4 million kg/week.
Price: in March, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were a little lower than in March 2015, and the average price was considerably lower.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 18 to 20, supplies drop to between 1.5 and 2 million heads per week. In week 23, the supplies continue to fall, reaching 1.3 million heads/week.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in March were comparable to those in March 2015; but the average price this year is significantly lower than last year.
We see the same trend for the alternative lettuce varieties.

Leeks
Delivery: in week 18, the LAVA auctions expect to see supplies of 1.5 million kg. The volume continues to fall, arriving at 1 million kg/week by week 22.
Price: in March, leek prices were higher than in March 2015. Across the three months of 2016, the average price is comparable to that in the same period last year.

Chicory
Delivery: the volume drops off in week 18 to 800,000 kg, continuing to fall in the subsequent weeks, reaching 600,000 kg by week 22.
Price: the auction price in March was comparable to March 2015, but the average price across three months was lower than last year.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume increases swiftly: in weeks 18-23, production rises to between 5 and 6 million units/week.
Price: the price earned by producers in March was lower than in March 2015, and the same applied to average prices.

Aubergines
Delivery: the first big peak is expected around weeks 18 to 23, with between 350,000 and 450,000 kg/week.
Price: comparable prices for March, but the average prices are somewhat lower than in the first three months of 2015.

Peppers
Delivery of green peppers: a wave of production is expected in weeks 18-22 at between 300,000 and 400,000 kg/week.
Price: the price in March was higher than in March 2015.
Delivery of red peppers: the LAVA auctions expect 800,000 to 900,000 kg/week in weeks 18-23.
Price: red pepper growers were earning higher prices in March than in March last year.
Delivery of yellow peppers: the growers supply between 350,000 to 400,000 kg/week in weeks 18-23.
Price: yellow pepper prices in March were lower than in March 2015.

Courgettes
Delivery: production of courgettes under glass rockets, reaching 800,000 to 1 million units/week in weeks 18-19. In weeks 22-23, production increases to a peak of 1.2 to 1.5 million units/week.
Price: in March, far lower prices than in 2015, and the same also applies to the average price this year.

Asparagus
Delivery: large quantities are expected in weeks 18-21, with a peak of 200,000 to 250,000 kg/week. After this, production decreases, reaching between 150,000 and 200,000 kg/week by weeks 22-23.
Price: asparagus prices in March were somewhat higher than in 2015, and the trend is the same for the average price in 2016.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: the trade can expect supplies of between 30,000 and 40,000 kg/week in weeks 18 to 23.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching higher auction prices in March than in March 2015; so far in 2016, the average prices are lower than the average in 2015 over the same period.

Cauliflower
Delivery: cauliflower production starts in early May. Top supplies are usually in May (late May or early June, depending on the weather). The expected peak supplies should occur in week 21 with 500,000 units. Some 2 weeks later (week 23), the volume falls to half that level. It is difficult to forecast the course of the production. However, it is clear that there will be no early spring.

White cabbage
Delivery: supplies remain at the same level of between 150,000 and 200,000 units/week in weeks 19-23.
Price: auction prices for white cabbage in March were the same as in March 2015, but the average price across 2016 is slightly higher.

Red cabbage
Delivery: the volume available in weeks 19 to 23 is between 40,000 and 50,000 units/week.
Price: auction prices in March were far higher than in March last year, and the average price is also far higher than in 2015.

Celeriac
Delivery: the supply at the auctions remains stable at between 150,000 and 250,000 heads/week in weeks 19-23.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in March were higher than in March 2015, and the same also applies to the average price across three months compared to 2015.

Savoy cabbage
Delivery: in weeks 18 to 20, the LAVA auctions are expecting a very limited supply of 5,000 heads/week. The new harvest then comes on stream, and supplies increase to between 5,000 and 10,000 heads/week in weeks 21 to 23.
Price: the auction price in March was lower than in March 2015, and the average prices were also lower than in the same period last year.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 19 to 23, supplies will stand at between 20,000 and 30,000 units/week.

Green celery
Delivery: as from week 20, the volume increases significantly to 50,000 units, and the subsequent weeks will see supplies hit 150,000 units/week.

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