Market prospect and opportunities for February 2015 (weeks 6 to 9 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products at the LAVA auctions is applicable for weeks 6 to 9 inclusive and was drawn up on 9 January. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. Auction prices are compared against prices in the same period last year. In February, winter leeks, chicory, celeriac and sprouts and all types of cabbage are good opportunities.

Leeks
Delivery: supplies continue to be high in weeks 6 to 9, at between 2 and 2.5 million kg per week.
Price: in December, leek prices were at the same level as in December 2013, and the average auction prices across 2014 remained lower than across 2013.

Chicory
Delivery: from week 6 until week 9, the volume fluctuates between 1.2 and 1.4 million kg per week. Supplies remain stable until week 11.
Price: both the auction price in December and the average auction prices across 2014 are comparable to those in 2013.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: weeks 6 to 9 see a drop, and the number of units supplied still fluctuates between 1.5 and 1.8 million per week.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in December were higher than in December 2013. Across the whole year, the average prices were lower than in 2013.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 6 to 9 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 December than in December 2013. The average auction prices in 2014 were lower than in the whole of 2013.

Red cabbage
Delivery: supplies dry up and hover between 60,000 and 80,000 units per week in weeks 6 to 9.
Price: prices at auction in December were comparable to those in the same period in 2013, and the average prices across 2014 are noticeably lower than in the twelve months of 2013.

White cabbage
Delivery: the volume shrinks to between 100,000 and 150,000 units per week in weeks 6 to 9.
Price: the auction price for white cabbage was lower than in December 2013, and the same applies to the average price for 2014 compared to 2013.

Green cabbage
Delivery: the volume shrinks noticeably in weeks 6 to 9, with 75,000 heads per week still available.
Price: growers were earning a price at auction in December that was higher than at the same point in 2013. The average prices at auction across the whole year remained below the average prices in 2013.

Celeriac
Delivery: the trade can count on 150,000 to 250,000 heads per week in weeks 6 to 9.
Price: December auction prices for celeriac were much lower than in December 2013. For the twelve months of 2014, the average price is comparable to the price in 2013.

Sprouts
Delivery: in weeks 6 to 8, the producers are supplying between 150,000 and 200,000 kg per week. Week 9 sees the supply drop to 100,000 kg.
Price: in December, auction prices were lower than in December 2013. The average prices across the twelve months of 2014 are slightly lower than in 2013 as a whole.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 6 to 9, the LAVA auctions are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 heads per week.
Price: auction prices in December were slightly higher than in December 2013, and the same also applies to the average price across the twelve months of 2014 compared to 2013.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: the supply is expected to be very limited to between 80,000 and 150,000 kg per week in weeks 6 to 9.
Price: in December, producers were earning a lower price at auction than in December 2013. The average price for the whole of 2014 is higher than in the twelve months of 2013.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in weeks 6 to 9, the LAVA auctions are expecting a limited supply of 250,000 to 350,000 kg per week.
Price: in December, the price fetched by cluster tomatoes at auction fell to a lower level than in December 2013, although the average price across 2014 was higher.

Cucumbers
Delivery: after a quiet start in week 4, the volume now increases rapidly: 400,000 units per week in week 6, and by week 9 the volume will increase to 1.5 million units per 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 weeks 9 and 10, the new crop is available, with 30,000 kg per week.

Aubergines
Delivery: the new aubergine season starts around week 7-8 with 50,000 kg per week.

Asparagus
Delivery: the early crop is expected around week 8-9, with 8,000 kg (production under glass).

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