"The summer season was positive for Agricola Campidanese: quality was good and we have sold 18% more than last year. The last few months have been particularly warm in Sardinia, which pushed consumption. On a national and European level, we have recorded a slight drop between late July and August 20th, but now sales are sustained," explains Salvatore Lotta, sales manager of Agricola Campidanese, the cooperative which sells its produce under the 'L'Orto di Eleonora' brand.
"Despite the slight delay in harvesting due to the weather in spring, the fruit ripened in around 55 days. Last year, the melon and watermelon season ended in early October but, this year, considering the warm weather that has pushed demand, we will finish around mid September (15th)."
"Our catalog includes many products, but our most famous are the Eleonora and Gavina watermelons and the Mejores and Corallo melons. Corallo melons performed particularly well as demand was 5 times what we had available, even though we do grow them on 20 hectares.The variety suffered the high temperatures during setting, meaning fruits were not very big. Nonetheless, clients recognized its exceptional quality and feedback has been great for what concerns Brix level, crunchiness and flavor."
"We are now expecting to finish this season with no problems and are already thinking about next year. Current prices are as follows: Gavina 0.75-80 €/kg, Eleonora 0.55-70 €/kg, Corallo and Majores 0.75-90 €/kg. Our productions are not just plain watermelons and melons, they have their own identity."