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.
Highlights of the fruit market: september
Organise your purchasing of IQF apples or pears for 2019!
The apple and pear harvest of certain varieties is almost at its end.
Organise your purchasing for the coming period until harvest 2019 together with us. We are able to offer you a wide range of different varieties and cuts.
Besides dices and segments of apple and pear, we are able to offer you apple discs in different sizes to decorate your pie more efficiently.
Do you have interest in receiving more information?
Please feel free to contact us!
Grow together with us in organic fruits
We have been recently organic certified by Tüv Nord Integra for our distribution of IQF fruits and puree, but as well for our own starting production of dried fruit pieces (but more about that in one month on the exhibition IntraFood).
Of course, our main activity remains concentrated on conventional high quality IQF fruits.
That is why we would like to offer you or plums Stanley. The farmers are starting with their harvest and within a short time, we will be able to offer you plum whole fruits, half fruits, dices or segments of the harvest 2018.
Do you have interest in a conversation or do you want more information? Do not hesitate to contact us!