Availability of some brassicas reduced due to weather-related growing conditions. Spanish broccoli, savoy cabbage and British cauliflower all affected.
The brassica category is facing various challenges across the market, from a second spell of frost and crop damage in the UK and Europe to size concessions for Savoy cabbage to maintain availability. To make matters worse, the colder-than-usual winter months have stopped crop growth and taken its toll on British cauliflower, savoy cabbage and Spanish broccoli, setting the UK season for an early end around mid-March. Buyers are already looking ahead to offset the loss by starting Spain's season earlier than planned. However, while forecasts look brighter this week, it's still being determined when we'll start seeing improvements. With so much uncertainty on their plate, growers must focus their efforts on strategies to mitigate some of these weather-related risks moving forward.