The cherimoya campaign started 15 days ago with huge production losses as a result of the hailstorms that took place in late August, which spoiled over 5 million kilos in the area of Almuñecar. "Some areas have lost 100% of the production and others can only sell second class produce due to the damages," explains Félix Rodríguez Antequera, manager of the company FeroFruit Almuñecar S.L., based in Granada and with 20 years' experience in the production and sales of tropical products.
"This year there will be a lack of quality fruit, especially during November and December, as well as of larger calibres. In fact, several warehouses that collaborate with supermarket chains have been forced to suspend their supply deals," explains the entrepreneur, who believes that this situation will take a toll on prices.
Spanish avocado harvest kicks off
The first Spanish avocados of the season, of the Bacon variety, have already entered the market, although right now there is still enough supply of Peruvian and South African Hass and "it is hard to obtain satisfactory prices."
Additionally, just like in the case of cherimoyas, calibres are smaller this season. "This makes them more difficult to sell, as the countries demanding the Bacon variety seek larger calibres."
Between 25% and 50% lower mango production
Spain's mango production has suffered a huge decline this season, between 25% and 50%, as a result of heavy rains fallen during the flowering period. "At the moment we are about to finish with the Osteen variety, whose prices are high, and with the current financial crisis, sales take a huge toll," he points out.
Nevertheless, bad weather is not the only enemy, as fruit theft in the plantations is becoming increasingly more common.