Market prospect and opportunities for March 2015 (weeks 10 to 13 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products at the LAVA auctions is applicable for weeks 10 to 13 inclusive and was drawn up on 10 February. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. Auction prices are compared against prices in the same period last year. In March, winter leeks, celeriac, sprouts and all types of cabbage are good opportunities.

Leeks
Delivery: the volume continues to be high in week 10, with 2 million kg available. In weeks 12 and 13, producers will be supplying between 1.4 and 1.8 million kg per week.
Price: in January, leek prices were a little higher than in January 2014.

Chicory
Delivery: in weeks 10 and 11, the volume fluctuates around 1.2 million kg per week. Supplies fall slightly to just over one million kg in weeks 12-13.
Price: the auction price in January this year was higher than in 2014.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: week 10 is expected to see a rise in production, with between 2 and 2.2 million heads per week. This trend continues, giving 2.5 million heads by week 11. Week 13 sees a peak of 3 million heads.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in January were higher than in January 2014.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 10 to 13 inclusive, the trade can expect supplies of between 40,000 and 60,000 kg per week.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching much higher auction prices in January than in January 2014.

Red cabbage
Delivery: supplies dry up and hover between 50,000 and 70,000 units per week in weeks 10 to 13.
Price: auction prices in January were lower than in the same period in 2014.

White cabbage
Delivery: between 150,000 and 180,000 units per week are expected in weeks 10 to 13.
Price: the auction price for white cabbage was slightly higher than in January 2014.

Green cabbage
Delivery: the volume shrinks noticeably in weeks 10 to 13, with 20,000 to 40,000 heads per week available.
Price: growers were earning a price at auction in January that was noticeably higher than at the same point in 2014.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 10 to 13, the LAVA auctions are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 heads per week.
Price: auction prices in January were comparable to those in January 2014.

Celeriac
Delivery: the trade can count on 150,000 to 250,000 heads per week in weeks 10 to 13.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in January were lower than in January 2014.

Sprouts
Delivery: in weeks 10 to 11, the producers are still supplying 50,000 kg per week. Weeks 12 and 13 see the supply drop to 10,000 kg.
Price: in January, auction prices were comparable to those in January 2014.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: the supply is on the increase, with as much as 200,000 kg being expected in week 10, and production rising to 500,000 kg by week 12 and 800,000 kg by week 13.
Price: in January, producers were earning auction prices comparable to January 2014.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in week 10, the LAVA auctions are already expecting 200,000 kg, and the volume is set to rise to 800,000 kg in week 13.
Price: in January, auction prices for cluster tomatoes remained at the same level as in January 2014.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume now increases rapidly: 1.5 million units per week in week 10, and by week 13 the volume will increase to between 2.5 and 3 million units/week.

Peppers
Supplies of green peppers begin around week 8. Production runs in waves, with peaks and troughs. Red, yellow and orange peppers do not start to become available for several weeks.
Green: from week 10, the new crop is available, with 30,000 kg per week. The volume increases and by week 13, the producers are supplying 180,000 to 220,000 kg per week. Red: the new season starts around week 12-13 with 100,000 kg/week. The volume increases to 250,000 kg by week 13.
Yellow: the first yellow peppers are expected around week 11. Weeks 13-14 are expected to see substantial supplies amounting to between 100,000 and 120,000 kg/week.
Orange: the orange pepper season is expected to start around week 12-13, with 15,000 to 20,000 kg/week.

Aubergines
Delivery: production in week 10 stands at around 50,000 to 80,000 kg, and subsequent weeks see an increase to 200,000 kg/week by week 13.

Asparagus
Delivery: by week 10, the volume is expected to have increased to 15,000 kg, and is likely to continue to increase, reaching 20,000 kg by week 11. In weeks 12 to 14, the LAVA auctions are already expecting 40,000 kg/week (exclusively produced under glass).

Courgettes
Delivery: the early crop is expected from week 10, and supplies will increase gradually to some 80,000 units/week in week 13 (exclusively produced under glass).

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