Berries Market Overview
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
France: Raspberries from Portugal and Spain
Since April, the raspberries sold on the French market have mostly been supplied by Spain and Portugal. The raspberries of Portuguese origin are especially popular because of their taste and large size. The first three weeks of the season were difficult for traders. The situation is now better. The prices are good and not extremely high. The French harvest will also start soon.
Belgium: The situation is mostly bad for redcurrants Soft fruit has had a hard time because of the corona crisis, since a large part of the production goes to the catering industry and market vendors, says a Belgian trader. The market vendors are now allowed to return to the markets, and the catering industry will reopen early next week. Redcurrants have suffered the most, since about 80 percent of them go to the catering industry. A lot of raspberries, strawberries and blackberries also end up regularly in the catering industry, but they are often bought by retailers, because the weather has been good in recent weeks. The soft fruit supply on the market is sufficient to meet the demand, but there is absolutely no oversupply. As a result, prices are at a normal level for the time of year.
Italy: Similar prices for raspberries and blackberries and oversupply of redcurrant The Sicilian raspberry season has come to an end. Production continues in Calabria, Basilicata and Venice and will soon start in Trentino-South Tyrol. The quality is good due to the temperature differences between day and night, but a smaller volume is expected compared to 2019. Despite competition from Spain and Morocco, the demand has also been good, so prices have been better than last year. Blackberries are grown in the same regions as the raspberries. The production is not as great as last year's and there is a strong demand, but also fierce competition, and the average price is the same as in 2019. The situation is very different for redcurrant. The market is nervous. When the crisis started, many importers filled their warehouses with redcurrants from Chile; however, the demand fell and now there is too much supply on the market, while the domestic season in Venice and Mantua is also starting again.
In Campania, the market trends are favorable for blackberries and raspberries. For the rest, Europe mostly demands raspberries, while the domestic market is mostly interested in blackberries. The competition from Morocco was strong last year, with a large volume at favorable prices. Redcurrant is mainly bought by the catering industry. In Sicily, some growers have specialized themselves in extending the seasons, making them last until June. Also, the harvest there is usually carried out twice a year. Blackberry and raspberry prices have not changed much during the lockdown, with average prices of around 13-14 Euro / kg (on the Verona market).
Spain: Stronger competition from Portugal and Morocco The Spanish raspberry season started a little earlier than usual this year. Prices are under pressure and the demand is low due to the large volumes from Spain, Morocco and Portugal. According to Spanish exporters, competition from Morocco and Portugal is stronger this year. Moreover, there is less room for the Spanish production due to the start of the season in Germany, France and the UK.
At the end of the season, Morocco is there for Spain until July. Then there is no longer any place for the Spanish production on the market, and that also applies to neighboring Portugal. The coronavirus crisis has led to fewer staff being available at the destinations for Spanish raspberries, so quality testing and repackaging have not been carried out at the usual level.
The consumption of blackberries is still rising slightly every year; however, apart from one grower, nobody is able to offer the right varieties that the market wants in the autumn and winter months. In Huelva, the seasonal peak is therefore still reached in April. This year, the blackberry harvest started a little later and the volumes all came on the market at the same time. The demand is still low, mainly due to unbalanced volumes from Spain, Morocco and Portugal.
The Netherlands: Stable raspberry market, unpredictable blackberry market
The Dutch soft and small fruit season is currently underway. According to a soft fruit trader, there is currently very good demand for Dutch raspberries, with stable and good pricing. As for blackberries, the market is more unpredictable and the pricing is erratic. In recent weeks, the demand has been good for the redcurrants, which were hit hardest in this category due to the lack or limited presence of the food service, and prices have been more stable. According to the trader, more and more countries will have soft fruit in production in the coming weeks, so it is currently unclear how the supply and demand will develop.
Germany: Early start of raspberry season and small supply The first tunnel raspberries from domestic producers hit the German shelves around May 25. Normally, the first German raspberries are not available until early June, according to a wholesaler. "Sales are good, but the supply is still very small. Trading prices are therefore also on the high side, which is partly due to the measures against the coronavirus and the increased production costs due to staff shortages, etc." According to the trader, the dry weather in large parts of Germany could also be a problem for domestic soft fruit.
In addition to German products, Portuguese and Dutch goods are also available. "For blackberries, for example, we still fully depend on the Dutch greenhouse production. It is currently difficult to predict when the first German blackberries will be picked."
Soft fruit grown domestically has been gaining ground in Germany in recent years. A striking aspect of this is the relocation of traditional open ground crops to so-called tunnels, especially in the case of raspberries. This means that the entire production can be cultivated with stable quality, regardless of the weather. Open ground fields are therefore increasingly exploited as 'Selbstpflückfeld', where consumers have the chance to pick the raspberries themselves.
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Sources : Freshplazza.