The prices of Chinese vegetables used in the Japanese catering industry are rising. The wholesale price of green onions in the Tokyo market in March rose to 2.4 times the previous year (the average price of the past 5 years), carrots rose 40%, and onions rose 20%.
The report pointed out that due to the cold wave at the end of 2020, the supply of vegetables has dropped sharply, and the new crown epidemic has also caused a stagnation in logistics. If Japanese food and beverage demand recovers as the emergency declaration is lifted, the sense of shortage of vegetables may increase.
According to reports, about 20% of the vegetables circulating in Japan are imported, and about half of them are made in China. In terms of green onions, onions and carrots, more than 90% are produced in China. Vegetables produced in China are cheaper than those produced in Japan, and commercial demand is stable.
According to reports, data released by the Japan Fruit and Vegetable Information Center showed that the price of imported green onions in March (from China) was 375 yen (about 22.48 RMB) per kilogram. The price has reached 2.4 times that of previous years, which is about 4 times that of 2020 when the Japanese domestic green onions are harvested. Set a record high price since 2004.