The Spanish summer fruit season has started again. “Last week, we started shipping nectarines and peaches, which is fairly early for the time of year. Growers are positive about the quality and expected volumes,” says Paul van Groningen of Green Food Iberica, which takes care of buying the Spanish assortment for the Scandinavian umbrella organisation, and which also buys fruit and vegetables from all over Spain for other buyers in Northwestern Europe.
Nectarines are still scarce, larger volumes are expected from week 18. Peaches are more widely available. “We’ll soon receive the first paraguayo peaches, and these volumes will be larger from week 18/19. We also expect apricots from week 18/19. Cherries will arrive a week later,” continues Paul, who has worked in Spain for a year now.
“Last week, we also started shipping watermelons. These were enthusiastically received by our customers, and repeat purchases did the rest. Quality is excellent and the fruit is wonderfully sweet. The biggest volume in watermelons are the stripy seedless and micro-seed melons. We have mini-watermelons available again as well. Sales of these are rising,” Paul says.
“The watermelon growers are positive about the season as well. Quality is excellent. Last year, there were some problems, particularly at the start of the season, regarding cracked or hollow flesh. We don’t have these problems this year. We have high hopes. The first Galia melons have now also been shipped, Cantaloupe and YHD will soon follow.”
Complete range of organic stone fruit and melons
“Besides summer fruit from conventional productions, we also offer a complete range of organic stone fruit and melons. This organic season has now started as well. Sales are still rising,” Paul explains. “Besides, we supply lesser-known products, such as Nispero, also known as Loquat. This product’s season has started now, too.”
“As part of the Green Food Group, we export a lot to the Scandinavian countries. Additionally, sales to Germany, Austria, the UK, the Netherlands and France are steadily increasing. Our clientele consists of cutting companies, wholesalers and supermarket chains. With our extensive summer fruit range, we’re ready for the coming season. All we need now is sunshine,” Paul concludes.