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China: Too many watermelons driving down prices

Currently, the weather is hot, and watermelons are flooding the market. With large volumes from various areas hitting the shelves at the same time, the prices have been dropping rapidly, and some regions have even experienced poor sales. Every year, after the end of June, watermelons become available in large volumes, and a surplus in supply is always likely to occur.

In addition to large volumes, the drop in watermelon prices also has a lot to do with the quality of the fruit. In June this year, the increased rainfall in the south has resulted in floods. As a result many watermelons were rejected by traders, and the quality and sales were affected.

Some insiders said that the supplies at the moment are either the first batch or the second batch of this season’s crop. The drop in prices was mainly brought about by the large volumes coinciding with weakening demand.

Currently, watermelons from various origins are available. In addition to watermelons from Hainan and Yunnan, who hit the market first, watermelons from Shandong, Zhejiang, Shanghai, and Dongtai are also becoming available, and the supply is sufficient. From middle and late June onward, the Jiangnan region experienced heavy rainfall and cool temperatures, which has led to slow sales and continuously dropping prices.

Source: Sannong China


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