Market prospect and opportunities for April 2015 (weeks 14 to 18 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 14 to 18 inclusive and was drawn up on 4 March. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. Auction prices are compared against prices in the same period last year. Cabbage lettuce remains an interesting product for promotional campaigns, along with typical spring vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers and, for Easter, even asparagus.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: as much as 1 million kg is expected in week 14, and production is set to rise to 1.5 million kg by weeks 15 to 16. In the following couple of weeks, supplies will increase sharply, and by week 18, 2.5 to 3 million kg per week is expected.
Price: in February, producers were earning auction prices comparable to February 2014.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in week 14, the LAVA auctions are expecting 1 million kg, and the volume is set to rise to between 1.5 and 2 million kg in weeks 15-16. By week 18 the figure is expected to rise to between 2.5 and 3 million kg.
Price: in February, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were a little lower than in February 2014.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: top supplies expected in week 14 (Easter), with 3.5 million heads, followed by a drop to 2.5 million heads by week 16. This trend persists, with week 18 yielding between 1.5 and 2 million heads.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in February were comparable to those in February 2014.

Leeks
Delivery: the volume decreases in week 14, to between 1 and 1.5 million kg. A further drop in supplies. In weeks 17 and 18, production declines to between 0.8 and 1 million kg per week.
Price: in February, leek prices were higher than in February 2014.

Chicory
Delivery: in weeks 14 and 15, the volume remains just over 1 million kg per week. In weeks 17-18, production falls to between 800,000 and 1 million kg.
Price: the auction price in February this year was higher than in 2014.

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 14, the volume starts to increase, reaching 250,000 kg per week. A further increase in production follows in weeks 16-18, with between 250,000 and 300,000 kg/week.
Red: around week 14, suppliers are already delivering 250,000 to 300,000 kg/week. The first small peak occurs in weeks 17-18, at between 500,000 and 700,000 kg/week.
Yellow: the first yellow peppers are expected around week 12. Weeks 13-14 are expected to see substantial supplies amounting to between 100,000 and 150,000 kg/week. The first small peak is expected around weeks 16-17, at 200,000 kg/week, and by week 18 the figure will have risen to 400,000 kg.
Orange: the orange pepper season is expected to start around week 12-13, with 15,000 to 20,000 kg/week.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume is increasing rapidly: 3.5 million units per week in weeks 14-15 and by week 18 the volume will be hovering between 3.5 and 4 million units/week.
Price: the auction price in February this year was higher than that in February 2014.

Aubergines
Delivery: production in week 14 stands at around 200,000 kg per week, and subsequent weeks see an increase to 300,000 kg/week by week 16, with a first peak expected around week 18, at 350,000 kg/week.

Courgettes (greenhouse)
Delivery: the early crop is expected from weeks 14-15, with 100,000 to 150,000 units per week. The supply will gradually increase, reaching its first peak in weeks 17 to 19 at 500,000 units/week (depending on the weather).

Asparagus
Delivery: by week 14, production (under glass) will already be 40,000 kg, and is likely to continue to increase, reaching 70,000 kg by week 15. In week 16, there is a switch to harvest from polytunnels. In that week, the LAVA auctions are expecting between 60,000 and 100,000 kg/week. From week 18 onwards, the outdoor crop comes on stream, yielding 150,000 to 200,000 kg.

Cauliflower
Delivery: by late April/early May - depending on the weather - the outdoor cauliflower season will start.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 18 inclusive, the trade can expect supplies of 50,000 kg per week.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching much higher auction prices in February than in February 2014.

Red cabbage
Delivery: supplies dry up and hover between 50,000 and 70,000 units per week in weeks 14 to 18.
Price: auction prices in February were much lower than in the same period in 2014.

White cabbage
Delivery: between 150,000 and 200,000 units per week are expected in weeks 14 to 18.
Price: the auction price for white cabbage was slightly higher than in February 2014.

Green cabbage
Delivery: the volume shrinks noticeably in weeks 14 to 15, with 10,000 to 15,000 heads per week available. In weeks 17-18, the supply falls even further, to between 5,000 and 10,000 heads per week.
Price: growers were earning a price at auction in February that was noticeably higher than at the same point in 2014.
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Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 18, the LAVA auctions are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 heads per week.
Price: auction prices in February climbed higher than those in February 2014.

Celeriac
Delivery: the trade can count on 150,000 to 250,000 heads per week in weeks 14 to 18.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in February were much lower than in February 2014.

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