Production and sorting companies finish work earlier due to bad pear market

“The market for pears is currently very bad. Prices are low, as is demand. There’s not really any clear reason for the low demand,” one Belgian trader says. “Fortunately, quite a few production and sorting companies are finishing earlier and sending their staff home. The sooner less product is on the market, the quicker the market will recover.”

In recent weeks, the volume of pears on the market was fairly high, but according to the trader, the volume will rapidly decrease as we head towards the end of the year. “We’re expecting the new year to be better than the past period. It’s just been a few bad weeks.”

The quality of the pears, and Conference in particular, has been good this year. “Sizes are a bit smaller, but quality and flavour are fine. We’ve seen Conference being a pear that’s been much in demand for years, and I don’t expect this pear will lose share to club varieties, for example.”


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