Cold weather sends vegetable prices soaring

Tomato prices have more than tripled since the storms two weeks ago, while cucumber prices have more than doubled.

One of the results of the winter storms that struck Israel two weeks ago is being felt in the price of vegetables. Prices of some vegetables have soared by several hundred percent, and there is a shortage of some vegetables in stores and markets.

The price of tomatoes at wholesalers today was NIS 8.40 per kilogram compared with just NIS 2.50 three weeks ago - a rise of 236%. Cucumber prices have risen by 122% from NIS 3.50 per kilogram to NIS 7.80 today.

The largest price rise has been recorded by eggplants (aubergines) which have soared five-fold from NIS 1.50 per kilogram before the storm to NIS 8.50 per kilogram - a rise of 466%. Zucchini has more than tripled in price from NIS 4 per kilogram to NIS 13 while lettuce has doubled from NIS 18 for eight units to NIS 16. Cauliflower has risen 218% in price to NIS 7 from NIS 2.2.

Retailers says that there are severe shortages in zucchini, eggplants, and cauliflower and less serious shortages in tomatoes, cucumbers and red cabbage.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on December 25, 2013

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