Spain and the Netherlands experience concurrent peaks in production

In the past weeks, there has been a notable surge in cherry tomato supply across Europe. Spain’s campaign is at its peak, and simultaneously, the continent’s productions under artificial light, predominantly led by the Netherlands, are also achieving elevated levels.
Traditionally, there is a customary decrease in the demand for cherry tomatoes, and generally, all foods, post-Christmas. However, this year presents additional challenges as the peak in Spanish production coincides with an intensified production phase in the Netherlands. Moreover, the Netherlands has expanded its acreage dedicated to artificial light cultivation from 150 hectares last year to 500, as highlighted by David Vicario, an agricultural engineer and the commercial director of Cualin Quality.“Fortunately, Cualin Quality stands apart in this scenario. We specialize in vine cherry tomatoes and operate advanced, heated greenhouses, providing us with a robust position during the winter campaign. Our production, characterized by a consistent yield, allows us to effectively balance supply and demand, offering an extended shelf life. Additionally, this campaign marks the introduction of the highest-quality varieties, completely resistant to the rugose virus. All these factors contribute to our confidence in navigating the winter campaign successfully.”
David notes, “The optimal weather conditions in Almeria, including favorable temperatures and abundant sunlight hours, create an ideal environment for producing tomatoes with the perfect color and superior organoleptic characteristics. In fact, it’s these very conditions that have established this region as the residence of the top Spanish tomato producers.”
The current downward price trend, driven by high supply from various sources, is expected to continue until a balance is restored. The unseasonably warm weather, accelerating tomato ripening and growth, is prolonging the production peaks. The situation is likely to persist until colder, more winter-like weather, possibly extending into the first or second week of February in Spain.



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