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Christmas in Milan:

Peppers and artichokes are performing well, but oranges and grapes are not

Milan is one of the biggest cities in Italy. Therefore, its fruit and vegetable wholesale market is a landmark on a national level – regardless of the structural and managerial issues.

The wholesaler Salvatore Musso said to FreshPlaza, “Some produce is going great, others less great but still well: artichokes have high prices, as there is not much production. In Sardinia, the weather damaged 50% of the crop. In Sicily, the situation is definitely better and farmers can benefit from good prices. In some cases, Sardinian artichokes are sold for 1 euro per piece.”

With regard to the pepper, the market is quite constant and the price is of 1.50 euros/kg for quality produce. The wholesaler added, “The quality of Italian peppers is way higher than Spanish peppers’. However, exporting is cheaper for Spain. In any case, I work extremely well with Sicilian producers. Prices are not particularly exciting, but they are not bad at all. Also, leafy vegetables can rely on a constant trend, not bad or good.”

Yet, there is some bad news, “Although Christmas is approaching and the temperatures are colder, orange and clementine are not going well. Red-oranges are actually performing well, but the rest is quite disappointing. In both of the cases, the Spanish produce represents quite an obstacle for national productions”.


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