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Uwe Sakowski, Josef Stapf Großmarkt LLC:

"Demand for German table grapes is high in southern Germany"

It is peak season for grapes in Europe. Although Germany is traditionally more involved in wine growing, plots are also reserved for table grapes in southern Germany, which will end up in the assortment of Josef Stapf Großmarkt at the Frankfurter Frischezentrum. Managing Director Uwe Sakowski says: "We have been offering German Muscat grapes from Achern for a week, and production of the Muscat Blue variety -and its white counterparts- is increasing to the south of Mannheim." Also, the grape sales volumes in the south are much larger.

The company will have the grapes from Achern on offer for three more weeks. It is unsure why production does not meet demand, especially since German goods are priced at the same level as Italian ones. French Muscat grapes are traded at around € 3.30, which means they are more than 1 euro above the price of German and Italian products.

"The main volumes are currently coming from Italy and the inflow will continue for three months, starting in November with Namibia and South Africa. In the first few months of the new year we will source the grapes from South America, after which there is a short supply gap. This we will cover with goods from the USA and Mexico, after which Spain will reopen the European season in June/July. Demand is largely stable throughout the year," concludes Sakowski.

For more information:
Uwe Sakowski
Josef Stapf wholesale market GmbH
Freshness Center Frankfurt
Josef-Eicher-Straße 10
Letter box 089
60437 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: +49 (0) 69 400502200

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