30 Sep 2016
Vegetable Market ReportHorticulture
Market Report – May 2016
Summary: Following a difficult winter, vegetable growers have had a difficult spring, struggling to sow crops and the subsequent poor growth due to wet and cool conditions. Protected crop salad growers have also had a late start to the year due to the weather. Current farm gate prices only cover the costs of production if yield and quality are perfect however; they make no allowances for the normal vagaries of vegetable production. This is very evident in relation to scallions where we are now down to two growers remaining.
Reports for root crop, brassica sectors:
- Very difficult harvesting conditions which resulted in 30% losses, worse in the south west.
- Carrots in particular suffered from disease due to wet and mild conditions and the Irish supply was restricted.
- Retailers reluctant to increase farm gate prices despite labour cost increase etc.
- Irish losing out due to continued promotions which are being topped up with imports.
- Complete disconnect between Irish availability and promotions.
- High disease levels due to conditions and no opportunity to spray.
- Demand good due to reduced acreages.
- Brassicas in very short supply due to wet cold spring.
- Many acres of cauliflowers and Brussel sprouts ploughed in with one grower ceasing business.
- Despite higher prices abroad there is a blanket refusal to increase farm gate prices and many growers debating their future.
Protected crops and salads
- Very poor start to season, similar to last year due to cold and wet. Iceberg lettuce and scallions badly affected.
- More produce imported as a result.
- Tomatoes, cucumber off to a slow start.
Wholesale Market Prices Dublin (Year on Year monthly Comparisons)
|Parsnip €/ 5kg||6.00||6.50||6.00||6.50||5.75||7.00||5.50||6.50||5.75||6.50||5.75||6..50|
|Cabbage York €/10’s||5.00||5.50||5.00||5.50||5.00||5.00||5.00||5.00||5.50||7.00||5.50||6.00|
|Butthd Lettuce €/12||4.50||5.00||4.75||5.00||4.75||5.00||4.75||5.00||4.75||5.00||4.75||5.00|
- Higher prices year on year.
- Reduced area domestically and international.
- Cold wet spring across Europe.
- Euro vs sterling has ranged from 74p to 81p since Christmas now at 78p. Brexit debate having an influence.
Supermarket Support for Irish lines
Percentage availability of 20 Irish Lines from Jan 2016 – May 2016
- Lidl still lagging the other supermarkets on stocking Irish.
- Lidl continue to be a bigger player in fresh produce which is affecting margins.
- Some lines such as those outside the 20 lines above like onions and peppers only stocked by the main three.
- Growers not specifically growing for Lidl on some lines only supplying surpluses.