Domestic apple supply to the Chinese market is extremely limited. The main reason for this situation is extreme weather. The apple production areas suffered from frost and snowfall last year in the period when apple trees blossomed. While the supply volume is limited, the demand continues to grow, and the price is soaring as a result. Mr. Steve Leung of Alfa Fruit Packers Limited shared his view on the current conditions in the apple industry: "The apple production volume looks to be alright this year, but it is still too early to discuss concrete numbers. The actual situation will only become clear once harvest season begins. We expect the next harvest to begin in about 3 months. Extreme weather conditions in the next 3 months can severely impact the apple production volume. Excessive rainfall in particular can damage the growth of apples."
The current apple market is quite different from last year. This is true for the domestic market as well as the international market. Alfa Fruit Packers is a large-scale company specialized in the production, processing, retail, and export of apples. "We exported our apples to several new markets this year, including Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. However, we do not export to the USA, Canada, or Australia, because consumers in those markets are unwilling to pay extra for the superior quality of Fuji apples that have been covered in protective pouches during the growing season. In the past, we also exported large volumes of apples to India, but that has come to a halt. The government of India still has not removed the ban on apple import from China. We hope that the gates to India will open again for Chinese apple traders. According to news reports the two governments are working hard to resume apple trade."
"Furthermore, many Chinese apple exporters are selling apples in the domestic market because the domestic retail price is much higher than the price of Chinese apples in the international market. As for the apple reserves, the volume of apples entered into storage last year is practically exhausted. We export our last apples next month. All we can do now is wait for the start of the next apple production season. We do hope the apple production volume will turn out much better this year."
Contact person: Steve Leung
Company name: Alfa Fruit Packers Limited
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