Market and harvest report

The end of the year is traditionally the time to look back and review the year’s production. Most of the crops in our production units have now been harvested, with the exception of some winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and black salsify.

Spinach: We had a moderate spinach harvest, with rather low production volumes. Ardo is able to make up the deficit to some extent, thanks to production areas in the south of Europe.

Cauliflower: The summer harvest shrank to half the normal level and was topped up from the autumn harvest, which was normal. Lower volumes were available everywhere. Winter production in Brittany (FR) will be critical for the
availability of European cauliflowers.

Baby carrots: Initially we had to deal with a difficult and late harvest of baby carrots. The autumn production then returned to normal.

Garden peas: For garden peas we saw a 25% reduction in the harvest. Southern Europe was spared of the poor yields.

Beans: Across Europe as a whole we had a drop in production volumes of 20%. It was mainly French beans that were affected, and to a lesser extent cut beans.

Broccoli: Harvests were late for broccoli. Until November the supply was difficult, but it returned to normal in December.

Peppers: Throughout 2016, the market for peppers was stable. However, volumes were low for the industry and prices were high.

Sweetcorn: There were less whole and half cobs available worldwide due to increased demand.

Leeks: For leeks, the late harvest yielded limited volumes, especially of the whiter varieties.

Root vegetables: For red cabbage, white cabbage, Savoy cabbage and curly kale, the results were as planned.

Herbs: In 2016, the harvesting season for herbs was a challenge for Ardo Le Moustoir (FR) and Ardo Eye (UK) because of the temperamental weather, with a very wet spring and large fluctuations in temperature. Parsley and oregano suffered the most from this. This resulted in yields that were lower than expected and various gaps in the harvests. Ardo La Garde Adhémar (FR) had another good basil season and was able to produce the planned volumes. In the area of quality, and organoleptic quality in particular, we have had a normal year.

Conclusions 2016
As far as crops and production are concerned, we have come through a very capricious year with insufficient yields. We saw insufficient yields. In addition, it will be a real challenge to bridge the period to the new harvest in 2017.

Forecast for 2017
2016 was characterised by low yields and poor harvests. The resulting lower income for our growers will lead to a demand for higher prices for ingredients.

Market trend 2016-2017
In 2016 Ardo again saw a clear rise in sales volumes and turnover across the whole range, and our innovations did really well. For 2017 we are planning to continue with this trend, which will be driven mainly by health and convenience. The fresh-frozen vegetables, fruit and herb segments are set to do well in the market over the next years thanks to this trend. Ardo will also be making an important contribution to building up these trends.

Edition December 2016