The weather conditions at the start of the 2017 production year were erratic to say the least, resulting in significantly lower yields from the early vegetable varieties.
- The planned volumes of spinach were not fully achieved.
- We recorded pea yields down by 20%, especially in Central and Northern Europe. Production in Southern Europe was relatively normal.
- The broad beans were more problematic. Only 50% of them could be harvested.
- Same situation with sugar snap peas, where we harvested only half the crop.
Fortunately, the rain in August has allowed the late summer and autumn harvests to get back on track. The bean harvests have been in full swing since the end of August. The yields are decent so far. We are waiting to see the September weather conditions and hope to be able to achieve all the planned volumes. Early night frosts could still have a negative effect on the final results. The other autumn and winter vegetables are still in the growth phase. Here we are also waiting to see how growth will progress.
Fruit harvests have suffered damage worldwide due to harsh weather conditions. This is putting global availability at risk and pushing prices upwards. Strawberries and cherries are particularly
Meanwhile, our production of herbs in France and the United Kingdom are now running at full speed. Here we are also expecting lower production volumes of some herb varieties. More info on this after the end of the harvest.
The demand for fresh-frozen vegetables, fruit and herbs continues to increase. The European market is growing annually by about 2%. Exports outside of Europe are also rising steadily. This positive trend is thanks to our new markets and innovations, as well as convenience and consistent quality. Challenges we enjoy meeting.