Les asperges vertes du Pérou arrivent en Europe par bateau

Robert Kraaijeveld (Nature’s Pride): « Sales to Eastern Europe grew this year »

« Weekly green asparagus arrivals by boat from Peru »

The Peruvian green asparagus season is currently excellent. That is according to Robert Kraaijeveld of Nature’s Pride in the Netherlands. « Demand is stable. That’s mainly because there’s plenty of supply to the hospitality and foodservice industries again. »

Programs and planning
« Product availability isn’t an issue yet. The green asparagus cultivation area in Peru is shrinking somewhat. However, we have long-term partnerships with dedicated growers. So, we have no problems with availability. But air freight from Peru has changed since the pandemic. That’s in terms of capacity, reliability, and rates. »

Nature’s Pride receives weekly shipments of green asparagus by boat. « The quality is good. We want to optimize and scale up this transportation method even further. We’re, therefore, testing different techniques and packaging, » Robert continues.

Will interest in local production mean less interest for the overseas variety? « Asparagus don’t thrive just everywhere, and cultivation is labor-intensive. »

« This makes full EU production impossible at the moment, » Is Kraaijeveld’s answer. « Also, don’t forget that asparagus farming in Peru provides employment for thousands of people. In Ica alone, it’s 25,000 families. »

Growth in Eastern Europe
Nature’s Pride sells most of its green asparagus in the Netherlands. They also do a lot of trade with Scandinavian and German clients. « Also, this year, sales to Eastern Europe grew, » Robert concludes.

For more information:
Robert Kraaijeveld
Nature’s Pride
611 Honderdland
2676 LV, Maasdijk, NL
Tel: +31 (0) 174 219 108


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