The company Albafruit has just started the season of Moroccan grape imports. "This year, we are the first in Europe to offer seedless white grapes of the northern hemisphere from the new harvest,” explains Christophe Ochs, of Albafruit. “Egypt is late and has not started yet.”
Seedless white grapes of the Early Sweet variety start being marketed this week. “Then, the red and black grapes, and finally the white Victoria grapes will arrive to complete the range. In terms of taste, the black grapes of the Prima variety are exceptionally tasty this year in Morocco,” explains Christophe. The Moroccan grape season takes place much earlier than the French, Italian or Spanish productions. It will be finished by the end of July.
Moroccan grapes marketed by Albafruit
According to Christophe, the harvest is promising in terms of volume and quality. “I am also optimistic about prices, because we are lucky to be the first on the market with the new harvest, which always has a higher value.”
Development of seedless varieties
Generally speaking, the seedless varieties are always developing. “Many beautiful varieties are also being tested in Morocco and in France. For the French campaign, the goal is to develop late varieties, as the season goes from September to November.”
Two novelties for 2019
Albafruit is located in southwestern France. The company sells apples, kiwis, plums, melons and grapes. Albafruit also produces apples and kiwis on 140 hectares. “This year’s novelty is that we will produce Charentais melons, which will be marketed from the 15th of July until the end of September,” explains Christophe.
The Albafruit products are mainly French products. Off season, Albafruit imports melons and grapes from Morocco. “Another novelty this year is that we will import Envy apples from New-Zealand in the summer months, in order to be able to offer it all year round. We produce our own Envy apples in France.”
Regarding apples, Albafruit offers club varieties such the Jazz, Envy and Pink Lady, and traditional varieties like the Royal Gala or Braeburn. “We also produce organic apples, like the Juliet, Pixie and Story.”
The clients of Albafruit are mostly large European retailers and wholesalers. In order to meet their demand, Albafruit is certified Global GAP, BRC and IFS.
The Albafruit team at Fruit Logistica 2019. Left to right: Christophe Ochs, Éric Ségur, Dominique Monfraix and Laurent Martinet