"Stocks of Abate are 20% lower than last year. Sales are supported by a good quality and shelf-life, and prices are increasing slightly. The campaign will continue until mid-April for produce destined to be exported and until late April on the domestic market," explains an operator.
Volumes of Williams pears are 24% lower than 2015. "Sales depend on the grade - they are good for 55/75 grades, while they are slower for 75 mm+."
Kaiser are also experiencing a 24% drop. "European consumers are less interested in this variety. Only 70+ grades are required. Commercialisation will continue until late April."
The commercialisation of Conference pears hasn't started yet, but stocks of Decana are 38% lower than last year and grades 75+ are doing well.