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Spain: Apple market to remain quiet for at least 2 months

Apple production is generally good in Girona, where they expect to harvest 79 million kilos, almost the same volume as a year ago, with a slight 2% drop.

"The market is quiet at the moment and there is still stock from the previous campaign, which we expect to be sold out in about two months. The prices of the apples sold to large distributors are similar to those recorded in the same dates last season," explain sources of the PGI Poma de Girona.

The lowest prices are paid for Golden apples, and given that it is a campaign with lower yields, producers are not expected to make much of a profit from this variety.

It is still early to know how the market will react, because the apples of Italy and France have yet to be harvested. "It remains to be seen how the frosts have affected their quality," they point out.

"The production will be somewhat higher than expected in the case of the Gala variety, since the weather conditions have been good, except for some occasional frost. For the Golden variety, prospects point to a reduction, with more medium and small calibres. The American red apple harvest will be more normal, as will be those of the Granny Smith and Fuji, with great quality and good calibres." In any case, the quality of the Pink Lady stands out the most, "and with barely any losses."

"We have hardly faced any problems and hail has not been harmful, as more than 70% of the production is protected by anti-hail meshes," they affirm.

Publication date: 9/12/2017
Author: Joel Pitarch Diago
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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