Sweet potatoes are a very trendy product!
Sweet potatoes becomes a very trendy product. Nevertheless Covid-19 it's consumption is rising. Especially fashionable restaurants are discovering this sweet potato. But also almost all retailers are selling now sweet potatoes and private consumers start using them more and more.
These potatoes were originally coming from Spain and Egypt, but nowadays sweet potatoes have multiple origins like the US, France, Portugal, ... All origins have a good quality and there are mostly no old or spoiled stocks. Besides it's unique taste, it's popularity is so high because of the excellent repuation as a potato with high health properties!
Peru's blueberry volumes are up!
Peru sees it's volumes on blueberry go up. Even during the pandemic it's demand stays steady.
Blueberries are produced whole year around, but commercially it's the most interesting from July till December.
The climate in Peru is perfect for growing blueberries and it has the right standards for exporting them. They are grown through the whole country and over the last 3 years sales went up by 10%. Main export markets are China and Europe but companies are starting now also alliances with the US, the largest importer of Peruvian fruit in general. The market is growing every year as consumers are becoming more known with its nutritional benefits as well as its great flavor!
Global production of banana keeps rising!
The global production of banana is still rising and it grows every year more and more.
In 2019 there was an export volume from the Phillipines and Ecuador of 20 million tons, which was 5% more than in 2018. These 2 countries are the biggest producers of banana. But India starts to become a big exporter as well. Consumption is the highest in Europe and the US and they estimate a global export reaching 28 million tons in the next 10 years. The last few years a big increase in consumption was noticed in Russia. An estimated global production of 129 million tons is expected in the year 2029.
Prices for East-European raspberries are sky high!
East-European raspberries, mainly with a Polish or Serbian origin, are very expensive this year.
Due to late rain and hail 30 to 40% of crop is destroyed. Raspberries are fragile fruits and mostly fields there have no protection for heavy weather conditions. This results in prices who are for the season 2020-2021 extreme high. Well known varieties like Willamette and Meeker from Serbia as well as Polka/Polana from Poland have now prices reaching 30% more than last year. As we follow closely the market, independant farmers are deciding more and more to stop growing raspberries or fruits in general.
Belgian apples and pears suffering from sun damage.
Belgium experienced very dry weather this year with high temperatures.
That caused a lot of sun damage on the crop of apples. Also a few pear varieties were affected hard. The sun didn't only hit the crop of apples but also late spring frost damage effected the apples. This resulted in misshaped apples which were not removed. Growers seem to be rather pessimistic for the coming harvest.
Although pears also had issues with the weather, they seems to do better. They are a lot them and very important, from a good size. Especially in the beginning of the season, people prefer bigger sized pears.
The actual season which is almost finished was good for belgian growers. The prices they received were good, mainly in the second part of the season.
Crop of red fruits from East-Europe
This time of year is important for red fruits harvested in Eastern Europe countries like Poland, Serbia and Hungary.
Due to weather conditions especially cherries, currants, strawberries and raspberries seems to be heading a difficult year. The quantities will be lower than usual resulting in high prices. Serbia for example is one of the leading countries in harvesting raspberries and the situation is very unstable at the moment. Cherries from Poland are estimated to become approx. 15% more expensive and in Hungary they expect to have 40% less fruit that can be harvested due to late frost.
Because of the unstable weather more and more farmers and cooperatives are quitting to grow red fruits and they look for growing other fruits or even vegetables with less risks of losing income. That's why countries like China are gaining more and more marketshare in Europe also. For 2020 they expect a grow of 15% in comparison with last year.
Turkey as an alternative for Spain and Italy?
Turkey will be this year again gaining on marketshare at the expense of Spain and Italy. Due to the Covid-19 virus Spain and Italy have difficulties to find harvest workers. Turkey has been for several years an alternative for fruit harvested in the Mediterrean region, but the virus seems to give them an extra advantage. At the beginning of the crisis Turkey had a lot of difficulties with the extra logistical capacity, but it seems the biggest issues are behind. Soon the first Turkish cherries will arrive followed by figs, grapes and pomegranates. On the other hand they expect bigger consequences of the virus in Turkey still to come in the second half of the year. But in the meantime it seems Turkey will have also this year a growth in their export volumes on fruit.
Plum crop in Turkey and Spain
Plum season is starting soon and crop seems normal in Turkey, but less in Spain. In Turkey the expect to have a comparable amount of tons as last year. The Corona virus doesn't impact really the Turkish market of plums as they mainly work for industry and retail.
2019 was very good for plum crop in Spain with low prices. For this year they will expect a lower quantity as some plantations were damaged of hail storms. Winter was rather soft and the season looked again promising but unfortunately the weather conditions were not good in early spring! Besides the weather there were also less plantations as farmers decided to uproot plantations for growing other fruits. Last year's low pricing made certain farmers decide to stop producing plums.
Production of Citrus fruit is expanding in Turkey
As the end of December is getting close, so is the start of the Clementine mandarin season in Turkey. For the next couple of months the citrus, which is growing in popularity every year, will be the focus of the Turkish fruit exporters. A shortage in mandarins in Morocco, Egypt and Spain will lead to a promising season for Turkey. Every year the Clementine variety grows in popularity and thus more and more growers have been expanding their orchards over the past three years. Last year the total mandarin production in Turkey came down to about 1,650,000 tons. When only taking the Clementine variety into account, total production was about 350,000 to 400,000 tons, which is 5% more than the year before.
The Turkish clementines are being sent to different markets. Russia, Ukraine and Iraq are very common markets for Turkish mandarins. However, the Balkan and European countries have become very important markets for the citrus fruit over the past few years. Therefore the growers have been focusing their marketing in the West and Central European markets. This means that we will see more and more Turkish citrus fruit in our stores.
New harvest strawberries Morocco and Egypt
In less than a month, Egypt and Morocco will start the harvest of strawberries. It looks like this season will be similar to last year’s season. The weather was very good and the quality of the strawberries high. The advantage is that Egypt and Morocco can answer the needs in Western Europe, between the harvest seasons in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. In this period the demand is still high, which leads to a major competition between Morocco and Egypt.
Next to this, we also see the rising popularity of the Greek strawberries. Thanks to their great taste and quality, the Greek strawberries are becoming more and more popular amongst the wholesalers. In addition, the majority of the strawberries, consist of the medium sized to large strawberries, which gives them an advantage. If there should become a shortage in the other markets, the Greek strawberries, will definitely become a great alternative.