In April, Spanish strawberries are usually in the middle of their production and start competing with European productions that begin to appear in European markets, especially in Germany, where Spain sends most of the 80% of its production designated for export.
It is at this time when Spanish strawberry prices begin to fall. This year, the prices of Spanish origin began to decrease in week 14, on the first of April. The most striking thing is that prices fell so much that the Spanish strawberry, 94% of which is grown in the province of Huelva, is now behind than that of Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Holland. The differences are significant and range from 59% to 24% less in value.
The latest report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Junta de Andalucía indicates that the average value of the Spanish strawberry in Germany in week 14 of this year was 2.2 € / kilo, a value that is 24% lower than the Italian strawberry, 39% lower than the Portuguese strawberry, and 60% lower than the Dutch strawberry.
The month of April didn't start well for Spanish producers as the price continues to mark a consecutive decline, which indicates a dangerous downward trend. In the previous weeks Spanish strawberries in the German markets were sold for 2.63 € / kilo and € 2.7 / kilo, that is 30% higher than in the first week of April.
Moreover, these prices are one euro below the value that this red fruit had achieved in the same period last year.
The German data comes from Germany's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food.