“Currently, the potato market is relatively balanced,” says Gerald Lemaire of Lucas Lemaire, a company specializing in potatoes and onions. “We have a good supply and a fairly regular demand in several countries.”
Lucas Lemaire sells in many countries. “Spain remains our first customer. In the fresh market, we supply Mercadona supermarkets through different operators. This company imports top-notch products with a certain ethic. They have found their products in France, at home and elsewhere, and help support the market. ”
Italy is the second largest importer. “Then there is Portugal and all the Eastern countries. They are opportunistic customers, willing to pay a higher price to obtain a certain quality. Lucas Lemaire is also exporting to the Middle East and Germany, which this year suffered a significant drop in yield.
According to Gerald, the number of importing countries is the source of tension in the European market.