Cabbage growers in Quebec have warned of a price hike due to an unusually warm and dry summer.
“Cabbage prices will definitely be higher this winter,” said Alex Zenebisis of Eagle Export in Montreal.
“Shippers typically set prices at the beginning of winter based on inventory levels and we can expect this to be on the higher end this year.”
It’s the latter crop, used predominately for storage, that has suffered most in the dry conditions.
“The larger winter crop is sold in bags all the way through to July,” Zenebisis explained.
“The cabbages are all out of the ground by the first freeze and stored in bins. We usually have an overlap of the new crop cabbage and the stored crop but we don’t expect that this year as the stored cabbage supplies will be reduced.
“In recent years, the weather has become more erratic and we are seeing less of these overlaps,” Zenebisis concluded.
Leek, Cauliflower and Broccoli Shortage
“Leek prices on the free market have been at a high level for a while now, 5 to 6 times higher than last year,” says Kees Jansen of Dutch production and packing company Teelt- en Verpakkingsbedrijf Gebroeders Jansen.
“Due to the extreme weather circumstances there’s less supply than usual. Autumn and winter fields are about 2 to 3 weeks behind in growth.”
Like with leeks, cauliflower and broccoli supplies are down due to the heat stress too, resulting in a scattered harvest.
Growers usually only harvest twice a year, however the broccoli plants were unable to develop evenly this year meaning buds in the field are ranging from 2cm to 15cm — growers are now having to harvest up to five times in a year. Similar is true for cauliflower.
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