This year’s weather has particularly impacted the frozen and canned vegetable sector, where field losses have resulted in reduced and irregular deliveries of fresh vegetables to the processing factories, leading to increased production costs and less products processed, according to the European Association of Fruit and Vegetables Processors (PROFEL).
2018 is the third year in a row that the sector has faced serious weather-related issues, exposing the vulnerability of European vegetable growers and processors to changing European weather patterns.
“Significant reductions in field yields are reported for peas, ranging from 20 up to 50%. For beans (green beans, yellow beans and flageolets), the situation is equally concerning and losses of up to 50% are reported today. In certain production regions in the South of Europe, the first harvest of beans has also been affected by heavy storms (floods and hail). For onions losses are reported between 15 and 50%; courgettes and spinach are also affected. In many regions the sowing of second crops: spinach, beans or cauliflower, is simply not possible due to the drought,” according to a press release from PROFEL.
With no significant rain forecast for the coming week, the scenario is likely to become more serious as every week passes.