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Club variety stores extremely well and quality remains stable

Germany: ‘Local Xenia pears expected to remain available for 6 weeks’

Despite the presence of foreign lots from South Europe and overseas, the domestic pear market is quite stable. Although some varieties in important growing areas such as the Lake Constance region have already been supplied, there is no question of a shortage of products at the fruit wholesale market of Eriskirch Josef Spanagel GmbH on Lake Constance. The exclusive club variety Xenia - which the fruit wholesale market has been selling for some years - is extremely storable and qualitatively stable.

The Xenia pears in the growing phase
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While the other varieties that the wholesaling distributes were already gone in December, the Xenia pears will still be available for about 6 more weeks. The sales were very good due to the weather and the prices were satisfactory, said both marketer Helmut Willauer and CEO Christine Büchele. “We distribute Xenia pears exclusively for the Lake Constance fruit region. The Xenia is also a variety that you can market until April, as it stores very well and has a relatively good shelf life in the consumer’s kitchen.”

Xenia pears have a relatively large diameter and are sweet tasting

The fruit wholesale market on Lake Constance is currently not registering any great competition from foreign goods, although products from Italy, Chile and South Africa are already present in large quantities. Willauer says the regional element is a great advantage: he is convinced that the German consumer first accesses local commodities, and only then will buy fruit from other areas in Germany, Europe and overseas. It is also a high quality premium product with a sweet taste: '' The optimal diameter is 75 to 90, and the large-size fruits of over 90 millimeters are sold in the urban wholesale markets.”

Triple quantities
Fruit wholesale market Eriskirch Josef Spanagel GmbH is a contract marketer of market community Bodenseeobst eG and specializes in the marketing of seasonal top, stone and berry fruit. Among other things, the company has an eight-lane sorting system for apples and pome fruit with water rides and a wide variety of packaging lines. Apart from the domestic clientele, the company also has customers on the other side of Lake Constance, in Switzerland and Austria. This year local producers harvested 'just’ 1,000 tonnes of Xenia pears due to weather conditions. In about 2-3 years, however, a total of 2,500 to 3,000 tons per season should be brought to the market.

One of the Josef Spanagel GmbH delivery vehicles
For more information:
Obstgroßmarkt Eriskirch - Josef Spanagel GmbH
Obst vom Bodensee-Weg 1
88097 Eriskirch, Deutschland
Telephone: +49 07541 - 97040

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