Market prospect and opportunities for March 2016 (weeks 9 to 13 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 9 to 13 inclusive and was drawn up on 5 February. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. March is a great month for promotional deals with leeks, chicory and cabbage lettuce.

Leeks
Delivery: production of Flandria leeks remains stable at around 2.5 million kg in week 9. This is followed by a slight decrease, although there will still be 2 million kg/week in weeks 12-13.
Price: in January, leek prices were comparable to those in January 2015.

Chicory
Delivery: supplies remain stable at 1.2 million kg/week until week 11. The volume then drops to just over 1 million kg per week in weeks 12-13.
Price: the auction price in January was much lower than in January 2015.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: in week 9, the producers will be supplying between 1.5 and 1.8 million heads/week. Around week 11, the volume increases to 2 million kg. One week later (Easter), Flandria cabbage lettuce reaches a peak of 3 million heads per week. After Easter, the production is back at 2.5 million heads.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in January were much lower than in January 2015.

Multicolor lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 9 to 13, the auctions are expecting between 150,000 and 200,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in January was lower than in January 2015.

Lollo bionda
Delivery: in weeks 9 to 13, the trade can expect between 100,000 and 150,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in January was much lower than in January 2015.

Lollo rossa
Delivery: in weeks 9 to 13, the volume expected is 25,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in January was much lower than in January 2015.

Red/green oak leaf
Delivery (red): supplies fluctuate around 25,000 heads/week in weeks 9 to 13.
Delivery (green): supplies of 30,000 heads/week are expected in weeks 9 to 13.
Price: the auction price in January was much lower than in January 2015.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: the trade can expect supplies of 50,000 kg/week in weeks 9 to 13.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching much lower auction prices in January than in January 2015.

Red cabbage
Delivery: the volume available in week 9 is about 80,000 units/week. Supplies then begin to taper off, reaching 50,000 by week 13.
Price: auction prices in January were higher than in the same period in 2015.

White cabbage
Delivery: supplies decrease to between 180,000 and 250,000 units/week in weeks 9-13.
Price: auction prices for white cabbage in January were higher than in January 2015.

Celeriac
Delivery: the supply at the auctions increases to between 200,000 and 250,000 heads/week in weeks 9-13.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in January were higher than in January 2015.

Sprouts
Delivery: the LAVA auctions expect 150,000 kg/week in week 9. After that, production decreases sharply to between 50,000 and 100,000 kg in weeks 10 and 11; by weeks 12 and 13 the figure will be 20,000 kg.
Price: in January, growers were earning prices comparable to January 2015.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: in week 9, the production really starts to increase, with 350,000 kg. Around week 12, production hits 500,000 kg/week. By week 13, the LAVA auctions are expecting about 1 million kg/week.
Price: in January, producers were earning much lower prices than last January.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in week 9, the volume of autumn and illuminated crops fluctuates around 600,000 to 750,000 kg/week. The supply of cluster tomatoes increases again around week 12. This is when the harvest of the traditional crops begins. By week 13, the figure has already risen to 1 million kg/week.
Price: in January, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were much lower than in January 2015.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume increases swiftly: 1.5 million units/week by week 9. It continues upwards to reach 3 million units in week 11, and by week 13 it has climbed to 4 million units/week.

Peppers
Delivery: green peppers are earlier than yellow and red: around week 8. Production comes in waves.
Green peppers: the new production is available from weeks 8-10. By about week 13, the trade can already expect 250,000 kg/week.
Red peppers: the new season starts around week 11. There will be a first small peak around week 13 with 200,000 to 300,000 kg.
Yellow peppers: expected to start around week 12. In week 13, there is 150,000 kg available.

Aubergines
Delivery: 120,000 kg in week 11. Production will be fluctuating around 200,000 kg/week in week 13.

Cauliflower grown under glass
Delivery: supplies of this early crop are expected to amount to between 10,000 and 15,000 heads/week in weeks 9 to 13.

Courgettes
Delivery: courgettes grown under glass are available from week 11. By week 13, there will be 80,000 units supplied.

Asparagus
Delivery: the first harvest from the greenhouses is expected in week 9. Production increases slowly to 20,000 kg/week by week 11 and 40,000 kg/week in weeks 12-14.

 

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