Market prospect and opportunities for February 2016 (weeks 5 to 8 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 5 to 8 inclusive and was drawn up on 8 January. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. Auction prices are compared against prices in the same period in 2014. February is a great month for promotional deals with leeks, chicory, sprouts and all kinds of cabbages.

Leeks
Delivery: supplies of Flandria leeks remain stable at around 2.5 million kg per week.
Price: in December, leek prices were higher than in December 2014, and across the whole of 2015, too, producers were earning higher average prices.

Chicory
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 8, the volume increases from 1.3 million kg/week to 1.4 million kg/week.
Price: the auction price in December was much lower than in December 2014. Across the whole of 2015, though, prices are higher than in the corresponding period in 2014.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 9, the producers will be supplying between 1.5 and 1.8 million heads/week.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in December were much lower than in December 2014. The average price over the year retains the 2014 level.

Multicolor lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 9, the auctions are expecting between 150,000 and 200,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in December was lower than December 2014, and the average price was comparable to 2014.

Lollo bionda
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 8, the trade can expect between 100,000 and 150,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in December was much lower, but the average was higher than in 2014.

Lollo rossa
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 8, the volume expected is 25,000 heads/week.
Price: the auction price in December was much lower, but the average was still higher than in 2104.

Red/green oak leaf
Delivery (red): supplies fluctuate around 25,000 heads/week in weeks 5 to 9.
Delivery (green): supplies of 30,000 heads/week are expected in weeks 5 to 8.
Price: the auction price in December was much lower, but the average was still higher than in 2104.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: in week 5, the trade can expect supplies of 30,000 to 50,000 kg/week, rising to between 40,000 and 60,000 kg/week by weeks 6 to 8.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching much lower auction prices in December, but on average, the price was a little higher than the average in 2014.

Red cabbage
Delivery: the volume available in weeks 5 to 8 remains steady at about 100,000 to 150,000 units/week.
Price: auction prices in December were higher than in the same period in 2014, and on average across 2015, average prices were comparable to those in 2014.

White cabbage
Delivery: supplies remain at about the same level, with 150,000 to 180,000 units/week in week 5. In weeks 6 to 8, the volume increases to between 200,000 and 300,000 units/week.
Price: auction prices for white cabbage were far higher than in December 2014, and the same applies to the average price.

Green cabbage
Delivery: the same volume in week 5: 100,000 to 120,000 units and a decrease to 75,000 units/week in weeks 6-8.
Price: growers were earning a lower price at auction in December. However, the average price was higher than across 2014.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: weeks 5 to 8 are expected to yield 20,000 to 30,000 units/week.

Celeriac
Delivery: the supply at the auctions increases to between 150,000 and 250,000 heads/week in weeks 5-8.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in December were higher than in December 2014. However, the average price across 2015 was lower than in 2014.

Sprouts
Delivery: the LAVA auctions expect 150,000 to 200,000 kg/week in weeks 4-6 and about 150,000 kg in weeks 7-9.
Price: in December, growers were earning lower prices than in December 2014; the average price is comparable to 2014.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: in weeks 5 to 8, the supplies from cultivation under lamps are very limited, at between 300,000 and 400,000 kg/week. From week 10 onwards, production increases with the traditional crops.
Price: in December, producers were earning higher prices; across the whole of 2015, average auction prices are slightly higher than in the same period in 2014.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in week 4, the volume of autumn and illuminated crops fluctuates around 1 million kg. Between weeks 5 and 9, it drops to about 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.
Price: in December, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were noticeably higher than in December 2014, and slightly higher on average.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the new season gets underway in week 4, with a volume of 100,000 to 200,000 units/week. It increases swiftly to 400,000 units/week and by week 8, it rises to 1 million units/week.

Aubergines
Delivery: the new season starts around week 7-8 with very small quantities.

Asparagus
Delivery: the first harvest from the greenhouses is expected in week 8 or 9 with 8,000 kg/week.

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 5 to 8.

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