The tropical temperatures in Belgium mean there is still a high demand for summer fruit at Bouvry in Brugge. “We are selling some early apple varieties, such as Delbare. We also have new Conference and Durendo pears already. But, with this weather, our clients take mainly stone and soft fruit, melons, and grapes," says Christoph Bouvry of Bouvry wholesalers.
“We have had a good stone fruit season. The quality was very good this year. We are very pleased with the supply too. The French nectarine season will last a week or two longer. The Spanish season will still last a month. So, there might still be a few good days."
“We are also selling some grapes. These are, however, not yet of top quality. September has always been grape month, so the quality will quickly improve drastically. Currently, we have the Italia and Victoria varieties in our assortment”, says Christoph.
The trader has seen an increase in the demand for seedless varieties. He is, however, not afraid that the pitted types will disappear. "There are pitted varieties, like the Muscat, that are extremely popular. That is why I do not think they will disappear."
“Summer is a top time for fruit sales. High temperatures increase fruit sales. There is also an enormous supply at the moment. When the weather turns colder, the demand for top fruit will increase. We will have to wait and see what kind of season we will get."
"But, it looks a lot more positive than last season. Pear sizes are large, and people are expecting better quality. It remains interesting to see what effect the high temperatures will have on storage. But I do not think it will be too bad," Bouvry concludes.