The retail prices for quality dessert apples in Ukraine began to rise in May, but wholesale prices remained low. In fact, only retail and small-scale trading was able to raise prices, and this was only because the quality of the apple began to decline sharply, which means that the percentage of culling also increased. Farmers, on the other hand, preferred not to raise the prices of large wholesale batches of apples, trying to quickly sell off the stocks so far.
According to EastFruit analysts , along with the rise in retail prices, apple consumption also fell, as the market already actively sold strawberries (strawberries) of the new crop - both imported from Ukrainian greenhouses. Yes, and other types of berries were imported more actively, as usual. At the same time, colder than usual weather in May, as well as high prices for vegetables, supported apple consumption. However, the average wholesale price for an apple was so low that it still did not cover the producers for the costs of growing, harvesting and storing them.
“The Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA) became the first organization that began to evaluate the reserves of apples in fruit storage facilities in Ukraine. These estimates show that as of the beginning of May, at least 80-85 thousand tons of apples were still in the refrigerators of farmers and traders. This is an unprecedented volume of apple reserves for Ukraine in this period, since a year earlier, no more than 40 thousand tons of apple remained in storage at that date, which was also a record,” says Katerina Zvereva, Development Director for UAPA .