Parallel to the German plums, especially in the East, a large number of Polish drupes are currently appearing on the market. "Although there are plenty of German plums on the market, the Polish ones are quite attractive in terms of price. The price of Polish fruits is 20 percent below German prices during the season. In addition, we have long-term relationships with our certified suppliers in Poland, "says Michael Stahlberg, buyer and seller of the Ciaciuch citrus fruit trade based in Wittstock / Dosse (Brandenburg).
The Polish drupes are currently well received by the Brandenburg wholesale customers, Stahlberg also confirms. "We primarily supply resellers, restaurateurs and bulk consumers. Specifically regarding plums we have come to realize that our customers not necessarily demand domestically produced goods. The relatively limited acreage for plums in our region could also be a reason for that."
The Ciaciuch citrus fruit trade primarily distributes the Dabrowicka plum variety, a medium-firm fruit that is also suitable for processing, if needed. Despite the importance of the Polish plums, sales remained quite constant in recent years. "In general, however, we see that the demand for Polish fresh produce - whether it be apples or blueberries - is quite large. On the Berlin wholesale market, depending on the season, different volumes of goods from Poland are traded."
Currently, berry fruits are also being sourced from Poland. In terms of taste and price, this product certainly competes with German products.
Blueberries: a priority for regional produce
A lot of soft fruit from Poland is arriving in the warehouse of the wholesaler company, especially at this time of year. "At the moment, besides the plums, we will buy Polish blueberries and strawberries. There is great demand for these, and the blueberries in particular."