Selling prices for greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine are declining, despite their very limited supply from local plants, EastFruit project analysts report. According to the producers, they are forced to reduce prices due to the rather low trading activity. In addition, the quality of cucumbers is rapidly deteriorating, contributing to a price decline in the segment.
As a result, cucumbers from local plants have fallen in price on the Ukrainian market by an average of 17% since the beginning of the week. Today, the greenhouses are selling cucumbers at 50-65 UAH/kg ($1.76-2.29/kg). For comparison: the maximum prices were up to UAH 80/kg ($2.82/kg) last week.
The main sales channels for local greenhouse complexes today are retail chains. At the same time, representatives of retail chains and wholesale companies also largely reduced the volume of cucumber purchases this week, referring to low demand from the end consumer.
However, despite a significant reduction, current prices for greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine are on average 1.5 times higher than in the same period last year. Market operators note that their supply from local plants is very small, and imports are unstable. The majority of Ukrainian greenhouse plants plan to start selling cucumbers of a new turnover in the end of February.
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