Taiwan-based Xinbei Fruit and Vegetable Company said the recent supply of Wendan pomelos for the local market is lower due to climate impact on the production areas in Yingjing this year. In addition, a large part of the crop has been exported. As a result, wholesale prices soared by 80% compared with last year, and vegetable prices also increased slightly by about 2%.
Affected by the global extreme weather and the typhoon, southern production areas saw continuous rainfall that damaged flowering. In addition, large volumes of pomelos have been exported, resulting in lower overall supply locally. Compared with the Mid-Autumn Festival last year, the trading volume has decreased sharply, while wholesale prices rose from 10 yuan per kilogram to 18 yuan, up 80%.
Some insiders say that in recent years, due to the rapid development of online shopping and home delivery, part of the crop is pre-ordered before ripeness is reached. Quality seen recently in the fruit and vegetable markets is uneven. The market volume of top-grade products is very small, and great differences can be seen in quality and prices, where high-priced premium products drive up the average price.
Source: China Times