Italy: Start of apricot season with same price as last year

Although weather conditions and the demand are, in most cases, the main factors driving prices, for Italian apricots there have been no changes compared to the previous season. "At the moment, 4 Euro are paid for a kilo of this fruit, exactly the same as last year, with it being also the highest price we got," states Luigi Catalano, manager at Gala Fruit. However, it should be noted that, at the other extreme, the minimum price paid for the fruit was 0.80 Euro per kilo. "It is still too early to know how everything will end; we have to take many factors into account throughout the campaign," explains Catalano. However, they expect the average price to fluctuate between 1.50 and 2 Euro.

Many different countries demand Italian apricots, depending mainly on their own production. Switzerland and the UK are the biggest customers, while the demand from France and Spain depends on their own campaigns, since they are great producers and their seasons overlap with the Italian. As an advantage, "we could say that we have a wide range of varieties for sale, such as the Aurora, Magic Cot, Sweet Cot, Mogador and Pellecchia," affirms Catalano. This, along with the many producing regions (Sicily, Campania, Piomonte, Emilia Romagna and Verona), makes it possible to guarantee the supply of fruit to the customers during the entire season.

For more information: 
Luigi Catalano 
Gala Fruit
C/o Ortomercato Milano | Pad. D Via Cesare Lombroso 54 
20137 ­ Milano, Italy 
Tel.: +39 3351282385

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