"We currently source pomelos from China, but the right sizes are hard to come by right now, and due to the weather, the right calibers (9-10) are not available in sufficient quantities," says Dieter Hy, buyer at Peter Keuthmann GmbH & Co. KG from Berlin. The quality of the fruits was nevertheless satisfactory and no problems were reported.
"The price of pomelo is currently one piece per piece, at caliber 9-10." The sales of the fruit in Germany is generally rather small.
"We see that within food retail, more and more people banked on this product. However, sales are not increasing very much, at not least for us. I think many consumers just do not know what to do with the product The grapefruit is well known, but pomelos have a thicker shell and firm pulp which is less juicy; typical of the pomelo, but unfamiliar to the consumer."
"We have pomelos year-round in the program by default, but were unable to really see any sales increases over the years."
Hy expects that pomelos from China can be purchased from Keuthmann until March, although availability is rather low. Outside the Chinese season, pomelos are sourced from Vietnam, South Africa and in small quantities from Israel as well. Peter Keuthmann GmbH & Co. KG delivers mainly to market traders, but also to Horeca companies in the Berlin and Brandenburg areas.
For more information:
Peter Keuthmann GmbH & Co. KG
Beusselstraße 44 N-Q
Tel: +49 (0)30 39 40 99-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 39 40 99-250