Spain’s 2020 onion crop is down by about 40%, due in part to a 14% smaller production area. High temperatures have led to smaller sizes. The lack of larger sizes is likely to increase prices for these in-demand calibres. Meanwhile, as the catering sector recovers with the opening of schools, demand in Spain is starting to recover.
The Netherlands’ crop is expected to be lacking in quality due to poor growing conditions, including a very dry spring. Dutch onions are currently being exported to West Africa and the Far East.
India’s ban on onions exports in September was good news for its rival producers, with demand rising for Dutch, Spanish, Egyptian, Turkish and Chinese onions in Asia and the Middle East.