“Despite the ongoing crisis and continuously rising prices and costs, Westfalen Frischedienst from Hamm can look forward to a good demand for peppers and, above all, an adequate supply,” said Murat Günes last week.
Quality of Polish peppers comparable to Spanish peppers
“During the season, we mainly buy bell peppers from the Netherlands, and out of season mainly from Spain. This year, however, we are also offering bell peppers from Poland as a test. While we had bad experiences with Polish bell peppers two or three years ago, the quality even compares well with the Spanish peppers this year, which is why we will be offering the peppers from Poland both this and next week,” says Murat.
Dutch peppers 150 percent more expensive than Polish peppers
So far there have been no shortages. In the Netherlands there have been no problems with the quantity, but the prices have risen sharply. “The price difference between Dutch and Polish peppers is 150 percent. We are talking about class I sweet peppers from Poland. Of course, the Netherlands offers more different varieties, such as pointed peppers, striped peppers, etc., but for daily use or mass production, Poland can certainly quantities,” Murat knows.
“Last year, some growers from the Netherlands stopped the season earlier,” says Murat. It is not yet known when they will stop this year. “In general, the Dutch season starts at the beginning of April, if you want good quality at a good price. The season usually ends by the end of September. During this time we also occasionally offer Polish peppers because of the favorable prices. Spain then covers the rest of the offer.”
Six price adjustments for mushrooms this year
Nevertheless, Murat is also affected by the ongoing drought and crisis. Murat: “Tuber vegetables, onions and potatoes will become very scarce in the coming weeks. We are already paying prices that are normally only paid at the end of the season, while the season has only just started. This is of course related to the ongoing drought. and high transport and energy costs. This also applies to the entire range. For example, for mushrooms, for which we usually charge annual or even biennial prices, we have already had to adjust the prices six times this year. We will probably already have the next adjustment should be implemented in mid-September.”
“Fortunately, as a supplier with a complete range, we also offer dried products, dairy products and meat products. But the prices of all products have risen: for example, meat has increased by up to 100 percent since February, processed chicken meat even by up to 200 percent. are currently up to 80 percent more expensive. Restaurant owners are the major buyers of our goods, of course they cannot change their menus every week. The price situation is similar in supermarkets, because if the price rises, it naturally rises in all supermarkets.” However, there is still constant demand for all products. Murat expects prices to stabilize in the new year, although a price cut is not in sight.
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For more information:
Westfalen Frischdienst GmbH
Gallberger Road 35
DE-59063 Hamm, Germany
Phone: +49 2381 904 99 10