"The demand for apricots is great, as long as they are good and of the right size."

Although weather conditions are not typical for this time of the year, apricots are certainly in demand at the market. "It is a strange season. The bad weather not only impacted the yield of the early varieties, it also disrupted the production plans of growers and caused many growers to lose heart," said Francesca Gallicchio, director of Italy's Gallicchio Frutta. "There is a high demand for apricots from wholesalers, as long as the fruit looks nice and has the right size, on average between 45 and 55 mm."

Mogador apricots

The enthusiasm is palpable, from the north to the south of Italy. The operators are looking for a good quality product, but that is not proving to be enough, as the demand is exceeding the supply. "We started delivering Mogador apricots a few days ago to the Italian wholesale markets of Pescara, Rimini and Padua, as well as to some supermarket chains," continued Gallicchio.

"We currently ship 6-7 pallets per day. We could certainly do a lot more, but we really need to make a big selection at the field first and then during the processing stage. Prices have definitely increased compared to last season; in some cases, we are even talking about price increases of 60 percent. Often the prices demanded by the producers are not in line with quality standards."

Gallicchio Frutta informed us that in about a week they will also start commercializing peaches and nectarines.

For more information:
Gallicchio Frutta
Via Piemonte n. 36/b
75020 Scanzano Jonico (MT)
335 5872063 (Antonio)
334 8121776 (Francesca)

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