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Newsletter September

Newsletter September

Raspberry season

The biggest global raspberry producers are: Russia, Mexico, Serbia and the United States. Poland takes 5th place with 9% in 2019. At the same time Poland is the leader among EU countries (51% share of production (2020 data)). Poland exports between 7-23 % of its fresh raspberry harvest and 41-73 % of frozen (based on the last 8 year overview).

This year raspberries season in Poland started 2 weeks later mainly due to bad weather conditions with prices 46% more expensive than at the beginning of last year’s season. Eventhough at the midd season the quantities increased, still the demand was higher than the supply so prices remained high. At the same time, over in Serbia, the raspberry season was in full swing – with high prices partially driven by demand for IQF fruit. However, temperatures were very high – reaching close to 40°C – which is causing fruits such as raspberries and sour cherries to stop ripening and occasionally dry up. Now close to the end of the season, it looks that it will finish like it started with extremely high prices based on lower quantities.

Newsletter August

Newsletter August

Raspberries are also difficult in 2021.

The crop of raspberries seems to be every year more and more complicated which of course result in higher prices.

In 2021, the demand for fresh market is very high in East-Europe as well and the available quantities are low. There is not much space for frozen raspberries. Especially frozen raspberries from Poland and Serbia are difficult to find. The industry is looking for alternative varieties and countries to source from.

It's the first time that Fruit Layer is offering it's customers raspberries from Bulgaria, and more specifically the Heritage variety. Prices for these raspberries are lower as the traditional Polana (from Poland) or Willamette (from Serbia) variety. On the other hand, the available quantities are not as high as in the other countries as cultivation of raspberries happens in Bulgaria on a smaller scale. 

Reason for the low quanitites of raspberries in Poland or Serbia are late hailstorms which were destroying a part of this fragile fruits.  

Newsletter May

Newsletter May

War between retailers is boosting sales at low prices.

Sales in banana's is high as retailers keeping prices very low. The high consumption is noted in all Europe and especially in Spain were there is generally a high consumption of banana's. Also retailers in Spain are fighting hard. Aldi is trying to expand a lot in Spain and Lidl don't want to stay behind. Mercadona also fights for their market share so the circle is round. 

Also outside Spain retailers are using banana's in their fruit section for triggering customers. It seems that consumption will stay high the next period and that we will not pay more for them.

Newsletter April

Newsletter April

Though times for mango.

The market for mango is very unpredictable. And so are the prices. India, a big supplier for mango is suffering hard from the pandemic and there is a big oversupply.

For Western Europe prices seems quite stable while in South Europe there seems to be having poor demands. Italy has a low consumption and outside Europe it seems demand is relatively high. It looks like there will be a lot of trading in this fine fruit!

Newsletter March

Newsletter March

Season is very good for melons.

After a bad year in 2020, South American farmers are expecting a very good 2021. 

The quality is very high and the stocks are higher than last year. Main producing countries like Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala give all positive signs. The farmers need a good season again. Although the season started bit later than normal, big quantities should arrive starting week 14 till 18. The demand is high, but normally the available quantities will meet the demands. Last years there is an increase of demand from Europa and Asia. 

The only problem they now face is the lack of available containers to ship the fruits around the world and the actual high container prices. That will be surely a difficult challenge.

Newsletter February

Newsletter February

Popular apple varieties in high demand.

The global apple market notices a growing popularity on certain apple varieties.

Especially popular varieties like Jonagold are in high demand and prices go up. Although new varieties of apples are coming up almost every day there seems to be a tradition on certain varieties which always have a stable market. Countries like Azerbeidjan, Poland, Ukrain see the interest in certain varieties and 'branding' their own apples. This could lead in the near future to more competition on the market. While their apples are now a lot of times used in industrial environments like juice manufacturers they realise there could be more opportunities with their apples.

It looks like their will be the coming years more "A" grade apples available and less for industrial purposes. This moving trend makes it hard for jam and juice producers but also for pastry bakers to find their apples and processed apples in the coming years. From the other hand apples from not as convenient countries are more and more offered to foreign markets. While Iran, India and Russia had always quite a big production of apples it is not well known in Western Europe and experts believe these origins of apples will have to be looked at for our industry.

Newsletter January

Newsletter January

Bulgarian fruits for sale at Fruit Layer.

As we informed you before, we started in November with an office in Bulgaria. 

In the meantime we started several cooperations with Bulgarian companies in order to offer our customers also rather unknown varieties of red fruits from Bulgarian origin. Mainly we can offer now Lulin raspberries (Bulgarian variety for Heritage raspberries), strawberries (Senga sengana), sour cherries (Oblacinska) and plums (Stanley). Bulgaria is also a big producer for sweet cherry and apricot. Let us know what you are looking for or if you want to have samples of Bulgarian fruits.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Newsletter December

Newsletter December

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!

Newsletter November

Newsletter November

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!

Newsletter October

Newsletter October

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.