The demand for citrus fruits traditionally increases around the Christmas season. Mainly the Sicilian oranges were popular, followed by clementines, says Nicolo Sparacino, CEO of Biofruit Trading. "Demand was high, especially in southern Germany."
The harvest of Navelinas began in October and the Washington Navels arrived at the end of November. Sparacino is particularly convinced of the quality of the fruit this year: "We had a good mix of rain and plenty of sun, the calibers are big and there were hardly any problems with the peels - it is the best quality we've seen over the last ten years."
While in other years, the larger sizes are in short supply, this year their availability is very good, which in turn affects the industry. "We only have a small amount of industrial goods, and we only supply high-quality goods for processing, so prices are quite high."
The delicatessen is also close to the heart for the company, explains Sparacino: "The fruit trade is all well and good, but unfortunately it is not too much fun.Our business gives us the opportunity to make contact with our customers - it is about fun and love, and a way to learn new things."