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Average price of cut flowers sold in auctions in the Netherlands 2018-2020

The usually booming flower market in the Netherlands was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis in 2020. As flower markets were forced to close due to the lockdown in the spring of 2020 and the expected international demand for cut flowers was not met, flower auctions suffered from record-low sales figures and prices. In March and April of 2020, the average price of cut flowers sold in auctions in the Netherlands dropped below 20 eurocents, which was the lowest price since July 2013.

Impact of COVID-19 on the flower market


The lowering of the prices of cut flowers at flower auctions was the direct result from a decrease in demand. Flower auctions (such as Royal Floraholland, which is the biggest in the world) were forced to limit the supply of Dutch flower growers because of decreased international demand. Dutch flower auctions typically serve an international market, which was disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The closing of European borders and the complete lockdowns in major export markets such as Italy and France meant that flowers could not be sold, and were thus put on sale for dumping prices.

Annual developments in flower prices


The average price of cut flowers at flower auctions is typically the lowest in April and July, and the highest at the end of each calendar year. The revenue of cut flower sales peaks in spring, which is the time during which flower growers in the Netherlands reach the height of their production capacity. Flower market experts questioned whether the coronavirus would have long-lasting effects on Dutch flower auctions. Many flower growers were expected to struggle with the sudden loss of income during the high season. Additionally, the uncertain prospects for the global economy might lead to a decrease in demand for one of the Netherlands’ most famous export products.

Average price of cut flowers sold in auctions in the Netherlands from May 2018 to August 2020

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Source

Release date

October 2020

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

May 2018 to August 2020

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