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.
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.
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.
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.