EGYPT – There an anticipated demand for Egyptian onions fueled by an interest developed by Dutch importers during the just concluded Fruit Logistica trade show at Berlin, Freeland reveals.

Freeland, a Netherlands based trading company specialized in field scale vegetables, is carefully monitoring the open-field vegetable season, facing varying demand dynamics and navigating challenges in the global market.

According to Jordi van den Bosch, a representative from Freeland, Dutch onion exports are witnessing stable prices, yet the demand is not surging at this moment owing to this shift.

“We’re gearing up for a strong season with a significant volume of Egyptian onions, available in various sizes, including the organic variant. We have the flexibility to facilitate direct shipments from Egypt if required,” explained Jordi.

The Egyptian scallion season at Freeland is ending with positive outcomes with this year’s sales showing promising and satisfactory prices alongside a consistent supply.

“As we await the commencement of the German season, we are vigilant, considering the usual early claims may not align with the actual start. Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition between seasons,” outlined Jordi.

In response to inquiries for carrots, Freeland is strategically sourcing from Egypt, overcoming the reluctance to export Dutch carrots due to prevailing circumstances.

The impact of wet weather on leek supply is also noted, with reports of manual harvesting in the Netherlands potentially leading to increased prices.

Furthermore, Jordi provides insights into the cauliflower market dynamics, stating how Spanish cauliflower is competitively priced, while French cauliflower carries a slightly higher tag.

The recent protest actions have not directly affected us, but our customers cite concerns about loading due to uncertainties regarding timely arrivals.

Reflecting on the pumpkin season, Jordi describes it as relatively calm, with limited import availability. However, Freeland is actively engaged in cultivation trials across various countries, exploring possibilities for the future.

The decision to reduce focus on sweet potatoes is discussed, with Jordi highlighting the market’s tendency to flood when conditions are favorable, leading to challenges with less common sizes.

Freeland Organics, the organic branch of the company, plays a pivotal role in contributing to the organic sector.

Jordi emphasizes their commitment to expanding their organic offerings, with a notable addition being Egyptian organic onions this year. He views the organic sector as a resilient force, acknowledging its gradual growth trajectory.

In conclusion, Jordi van den Bosch encapsulates Freeland’s strategic approach amidst the evolving market dynamics.

He states, “Our organic sector serves as a reliable engine for sustained growth. While immediate surges may not be evident, we believe in the enduring potential of the organic market.” Freeland continues to adapt and innovate, navigating the intricacies of the open-field vegetable industry.

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