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Norwegian Christmas tree producers issue shortage warning. Christmas-loving Europeans will have to hurry this year if they want to deck the halls with more than just holly. Last year’s harsh winter has taken its toll on Christmas trees. Approximately two million trees are produced annually, but there is now is a huge shortfall. “We already have waiting-lists. Not one day passes without two or three new enquiries,” Ragnhild Foss Alsvik, general manager of Rogland-based Norsk Juletreservice tells Nationen.

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Norwegian Christmas tree producers issue shortage warning

Published on Monday, 25th October, 2010 at 12:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Christmas-loving Europeans will have to hurry this year if they want to deck the halls with more than just holly. Last year’s harsh winter has taken its toll on Christmas trees.

Christmas tree place setting
Christmas tree place setting
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Approximately two million trees are produced annually, but there is now is a huge shortfall.

“We already have waiting-lists. Not one day passes without two or three new enquiries,” Ragnhild Foss Alsvik, general manager of Rogland-based Norsk Juletreservice tells Nationen.

30 percent of their stock goes for export. However, they have difficulty in keeping up with the market.

General Manager of Christmas tree producer’s union Norsk Pyntegrønt, Steinar Haugse, believes demand is much higher.

“We could easily have exported millions more if we had them,” he says.

It is expected 70,000 will be sent just to Denmark, Germany, the UK, Austria, and Switzerland.

Whilst Britain got the palm-offs in 2009, there are about 800,000 fewer Norwegian Christmas trees this year.

“Many sellers are obviously desperate. They have no idea where to get [them],” says Ragnhild Foss Alsvik.



Published on Monday, 25th October, 2010 at 12:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: christmas, tree, producers, growers, shortage, export, winter, demand, market, crisis, shortfall, .





  
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