Market prospect and opportunities for April 2016 (weeks 14 to 17 inclusive)

This market prospect for the main Flandria products is applicable for weeks 14 to 17 inclusive and was drawn up on 4 March. Forecasts are based on expected deliveries until that date. March is a great month for promotional deals with leeks, chicory and cabbage lettuce.

Loose tomatoes
Delivery: production increases every week, hitting about 1.5 million kg by week 14. Within a couple of weeks, the volume increases sharply, reaching a peak of between 2.5 and 3 million kg per week by week 17.
Price: in February, producers were earning lower prices than last February, and the same applies to the average prices.

Cluster tomatoes
Delivery: in week 14, the LAVA auctions expect to see supplies increase to 1 million kg/week. Production increases further week by week, and in weeks 15-16 the figure has already risen to between 1.5 and 2 million kg/week. In week 17, the figure rises to between 2.5 and 2.8 million kg/week.
Price: in February, auction prices for cluster tomatoes were lower than in February 2015, and the same applies to the average prices.

Cabbage lettuce
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 17, production remains stable at 2.5 million heads per week.
Price: auction prices for cabbage lettuce in February were lower than in February 2015, and the average price this year is also lower than last year.
We see the same pricing trend for the alternative lettuce varieties.

Multicolor lettuce
Delivery: in week 14, the auctions are expecting 300,000 heads/week. In weeks 16-17, the volume rises to between 400,000 and 500,000 heads/week.

Lollo bionda
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 17, the trade can expect supplies of 250,000 heads/week.

Lollo rossa
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 17, the volume increases to an expected 150,000 heads/week.

Red/green oak leaf
Delivery: supplies of red oak leaf will reach some 120,000 heads/week in weeks 14 to 17. In the case of green oak leaf, we still expect 100,000 heads/week in weeks 14-17.

Leeks
Delivery: production of Flandria leeks remains stable at 2 million kg/week in week 14. Week 17 marks a turning point: the volume declines and there will be between 1 and 1.5 million kg/week.
Price: in February, leek prices were lower than in February 2015. Across the two months of 2016, the average price is comparable to that in the same period last year.

Chicory
Delivery: supplies in week 14 still stand at just above 1 million kg. The volume drops off in the next few weeks to 800,000 kg per week in week 17.
Price: the auction price in February and the average price across two months were lower than last year.

Cucumbers
Delivery: the volume increases swiftly: by week 14, production rises to 4 million units/week. By week 15 it has climbed to between 4.5 and 5 million units/week. Week 17 sees supplies reaching a peak of some 6 million units/week.
Price: the price earned by producers in February was much lower than in February 2015, and the same applies to average prices.

Aubergines
Delivery: production of 200,000 kg is expected in week 14. By week 16, the volume increases to 300,000 kg/week. An initial peak is expected around weeks 17/18 to 23. In that period, the producers will be supplying between 300,000 and 350,000 kg/week.
Price: lower prices for February, and the same applies to average prices.

Peppers
Delivery:
Green peppers: the supply fluctuates around 250,000 kg/week around week 13. Production increases gradually in weeks 14-15, to between 300,000 and 350,000 kg/week. A small wave of production at between 350,000 and 400,000 kg/week follows in week 17.
Red peppers: the LAVA auctions expect 400,000 to 500,000 kg/week in week 14. This is followed by an initial small peak around week 17 at between 500,000 and 700,000 kg/week.
Yellow peppers: the growers supply some 150,000 to 200,000 kg/week in week 14. Here again, an initial small peak around week 16-17 of some 300,000 kg/week.

Courgettes
Delivery: courgettes grown under glass are available in weeks 14-15 with 150,000 to 200,000 units/week. The following weeks see supplies increase until they reach their first little peak in weeks 17-19 (depending on the weather) at 500,000 units/week.

Asparagus
Delivery: some 40,000 kg/week is already expected from the greenhouses in week 14. Production increases to 70,000 kg/week by week 15 and between 60,000 and 100,000 kg/week in week 16 with the switch to harvest under polytunnels.

Lamb's lettuce
Delivery: the trade can expect supplies of 50,000 kg/week in weeks 14 to 17.
Price: lamb's lettuce was fetching much lower auction prices in February than in February 2015, and the same applies to the average price.

Red cabbage
Delivery: the volume available in weeks 14 to 17 is about 70,000 units/week.
Price: auction prices in February were higher than in February last year, and the average price is also higher than in 2015.

White cabbage
Delivery: supplies increase further, to between 200,000 and 300,000 units/week in weeks 14-17.
Price: auction prices for white cabbage in February were higher than in February 2015, and the average price across the year is also higher.

Celeriac
Delivery: the supply at the auctions decreases slightly to between 150,000 and 250,000 heads/week in weeks 14-17.
Price: auction prices for celeriac in February were higher than in February 2015, and the same also applies to the average price across two months compared to 2015.

Savoy cabbage
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 15, the LAVA auctions are expecting a limited supply of between 20,000 and 30,000 heads/week. In week 17, the volume is low at 5,000-10,000 heads/week.

Chinese leaves
Delivery: in weeks 14 to 17, supplies will stand at between 20,000 and 30,000 units/week.

Green celery
Delivery: there is minimal production under glass in weeks 16-17, at 5,000 units/week.

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