However, the drastic reduction in this year's cherry harvest in Poland (64% drop compared to last year and a 62% reduction compared to the last 5 years, according to the Polish CSO) has resulted in a reduction of the frozen fruit production and its export volume.
Most of these frozen cherries were sold to the EU (over 4 thousand tonnes). Exports to this group of countries remained stable compared to the previous year. Sales to third countries, the most of which were made to Belarus, were considerably lower. Approximately 880 kilos of fruit were consumed there, i.e. 57% less than in July 2016.
It is worth noting that the importance of Belarus as a buyer of frozen cherries in Poland has increased significantly since the introduction of the Russian embargo on EU food in 2014. While in 2011/12-2013/14 the country accounted for about 0.3-0.4% of Polish frozen cherry exports in terms of volume, in the seasons 2014/15-2016/17 this share has reached around 18-31%.