Published on January 14, 2022 in Fresh Plaza
Henk Vlaeminck van Van Dijk Foods:
"Seedless grapes more popular every year"
Peruvian grapes are currently selling particularly well at Van Dijk Foods in Belgium. “There’s a nice supply of good quality Peruvian grapes,” says the company’s Henk Vlaeminck. “They’re selling extremely well. That’s despite the higher prices, partly caused by container transport costs. These larger, plumper grapes are still outperforming the varieties from South Africa.”
According to Henk, ease of use plays an important role in this. “These days, youngsters are growing up with seedless grapes. Parents are increasingly aware of seeds’ choking hazard.”
“So, they give their kids seedless grapes. When they’re older, they then prefer these. So, from generation to generation, use shifts more and more in that direction.”
Aside from grapes, the company also imports lots of Spanish vegetables and herbs. “Here, we certainly don’t have any complaints either,” Vlaeminck adds. “Of course, the COVID-19 restrictions don’t make it any easier. We take it week to week, but we’re generally satisfied.”
“Sales were good between Christmas and New Year. That trend is continuing. There have been bad weather and transport issues in Spain. The vegetables are, therefore, slightly pricier. Nonetheless, everything keeps selling. We’re looking forward to April. Then we can again add beautiful Spanish stone fruit to our assortment,” concludes Henk with satisfaction.
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