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Week 35 import market review
New American black grapes entering the Chinese market
This week, the supply on the imported citrus market has increased for both oranges and tangerines. The price, however, has been fluctuating. On the imported grape market, the supply of American grapes has also grown. Compared to the winter, when there is a large supply of Chinese grapes, the market is more challenging in summer. Simultaneously, blueberries from the North and South have entered the Chinese market as well.
In week 35, the southern citrus production areas are gradually entering the late stage, while the production quantity is reaching its peak. There were large quantities of South African oranges last Thursday, for example. While the price remains high, the sales speed has slowed down. Last week, the Chinese market has also welcomed Australian Honey Murcott mandarins from the brand PH2. Because their quantity is increasing, the price is also changing. The price of the 19 kg packages, for example, has dropped from over 500 yuan to 400-420 yuan. After this large drop in price of Peruvian mandarins, when the amount of green skinned mandarins decreases, and the taste improves, the price will also rise again to 160-180 yuan, reaching a new seasonal peak in price.
Popular Australian 2PH mandarins
In the past few years, the price for American grapes has made a breakthrough. The Chinese import has also decreased. Through the improvement of growth technologies, however, the American grape production is growing year after year, and China is still an essential export market. China mostly imports seedless black grapes. Apart from the traditional Midnight Beauty grapes, newer breeds of black grapes, such as Sweet Sapphire and Sable Seedless, are also starting to try out the Chinese market. Sable Seedless grapes are especially popular in China with their taste, similar to lychees, and their rose like smell. IFG - NINETEEN is a breed of red grapes, but, because of the same lychee taste and rose smell, they started to sell this week with a high price of over 600 yuan. They are very popular among high end fruit chain stores and online traders.
On the imported blueberry market, in the past two weeks, Canadian and Peruvian blueberries are reaching their late stage. Imported blueberries are transported both through air and over sea. That is why the differences in quality are rather big. The prices are also very unstable. Good, firm and sweet blueberries are priced at 200 yuan, but average blueberries only sold for under 100 yuan. In comparison, Canadian blueberries are sweeter, but they do not look as good as Peruvian blueberries. These are bigger, and even though they do not taste as sweet, they are firmer. They are sold for approximately 200 yuan.
Large Peruvian blueberries compared to normal ones
Coin sized Peruvian blueberries
Publication date: 9/11/2017
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