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Spain: Lack of large calibres marks the lemon campaign

The Primofiori lemon campaign has started with a slightly greater production volume than last year, but with very different calibres, as the lack of rainfall has taken a toll on the fruit's sizes. There is a predominance of small calibres in the market and prices have been directly affected by this. The price of size 5 lemons has dropped quicker, as there is more availability in the market.

However, the price of large calibres, although already in a downward trend, is staying higher for longer. "There are fewer large Primofiori lemons on the market because growers have been harvesting slower than usual," explains Vanessa, head of Miss Tonic. Everything will depend on how long it takes to rain.

In any case, "we have no reason to worry about Primofiori lemon volumes in general because there is enough supply to meet the market demand," says the representative of Miss Tonic. This Murcia-based company expects its production of Primofiori and Verna lemons to reach 1,000 tonnes, with about 600 tonnes corresponding to the former.

Countries like Germany or Belgium will absorb most of this production, between 60 and 70%, followed by France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy or Poland. "We export 100% of our production and we mostly compete against Turkey, although this year they have been suffering water shortage issues just like us."

For more information: 
Miss Tonic SL
Tel.: +34 695580011

Publication date: 11/14/2017
Author: Mara Aguilera
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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