The effects of heat and drought on the harvested quantities led to declining availability and sharply rising prices. Broccoli was previously available at seasonal prices in largely demand-oriented quantities. However, this has changed significantly, with the supply availability from German cultivation drastically reduced and scarcity becoming more and more widespread in the markets. Larger sales programmes in food retail are struggling, and prices are soaring at every level.
A rapid change to the increasingly scarce supply shortage is not to be expected for the time being. Imports are not able to close the supply gap in the short run as similar situations are being experienced in other Central, Western and Southern European countries.