The intense rainy weather in May and June had a big impact on many Argentinian lemon growers, which resulted in less yield and a delay in supply. “But this did not have serious effects on our business. We had early-season lemons. Our season lasted from March until now. Our products are in good condition and quality is high. We've already sold more than 300 containers of lemons from Argentina.” Said Mr Juan Gonzalex-Pita at Salix Fruits.
Argentina is the biggest grower of lemons in the world. The country is able to supply over 20 million boxes of lemons every year, and this figure remains relatively stable over time. “Though the production volume is relatively small compared with previous years, we do not see a big change in market price. For us, demand and supply are quite balanced.” Mr Gonzalex-Pita said.
SalixFruits is a trading company based in the USA. Lemons are among their main products. “We are one of the very few lemon traders in the market that can supply products whole year-round. Besides, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain are also our main import regions. This way, we are able to have a stable amount of supply all year-round to our customers worldwide. Furthermore, in case there are unsatisfying weather conditions or if the yield decreases in one region, we can still minimize the risk of short supply and guarantee that a sufficient volume of products are delivered to our customers in good quality.”
In addition to lemons, SalixFruits is also a worldwide importer and exporter of apples, mandarins, grapefruits, grapes and pears. “With the mission ‘to supply products year-round from different countries with the highest quality’, our business has been growing steadily since 2013, with a 30% growth rate. Apart from traditional distribution channels, we are also working on e-commerce, which is expected to launch in 2020.” Says Mr Gonzalex-Pita.
This is the fourth year SalixFruits attends Asia Fruit Logistica, at Hall3/booth I36. “This is a nice event for us to hang out and we always enjoy having some drinks with our cooperators after the exhibition. This year, we expect to meet more growers, customers and colleagues at the show, and introduce our brand to more visitors.”
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