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Figs and kumquats: exotics by DPG Fruits from Argentina

Figo (Portuguese), Fig (English), Higo (Spanish), Figue (French), Feige (German), Fico (Italian)
"Few fruits in the world has so a sweet and tasteful pulp like the figs. Delicious when eaten pure or when used to make sweets, jelly or cakes, the fruit has exotic taste" declares Mr. Javier Octtinger from DPG Fruits (Argentina)

Figs in fresh kind, can be purchased almost year round, thanks to the different productions zones in the world. From January to April from Argentina, Brazil and Chile, from May to September from Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Greece and Italy. 

"Now we are in the Argentinean season and we keep on shipping always by air to England, France, Spain and Canada. Of course, Argentina's domestic market is also as big as the foreign one", says Mr. Octtinger. He continues, "this year, we had uncertanty from two different reasons. First, the international crisis that frighten consumers from expensive fruits and devaluation of the Pound to 3/4 of it's 2007/2008 values. Second, there was a big drought in production zones, that kept the fruit green until a few water drops get the color to be harvest. "Both issues have been slowly solved". In December when the frighten pick is, Figs can hardly sell by 4 Pound the box, now when the crisis has been assumed, we manage to sell between 5 to 6 pounds a box. "Luckily, the sun continue shinning and rains started slowly, therefore we can ship four to five tons a week", says Mr. Octtinger.
"In my opinion", emphasizes Mr. Occtinger. "Yes, we have a crisis, a big one (here in Argentina we are customary) but after the first tremor, things are not getting better, but people feels more confident ant it helps to stop the fall with more spending. I think the worst/panic has passed".
Now in middle February, we can't fulfill our demands from UK and Canada.

We also export Kumquats from Argentina. On this product, Israel, Spain and Corcega are big suppliers during the North winter, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay are counter season suppliers. "There was a very difficult season for us, because we weren't allowed appling some specific fungicide due to a recent new rule from the EU. Then we have had a tough season last year, too much work wasted, for repacking and too many complains from our clients (...) The next season, from July to September, we will ship all by air in order to give our best quality (...) Our production Zone is Entre Rios, and we pack with FAMA, for the last 9 years." ends Mr. Octtinger
Javier Octtinger
DPG Fruits
+54 291 430 4957
Mob +54 9291 44 34 287

Publication date: 2/20/2009
Author: Jahir Lombana


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