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Low demand in Europe for Italian table grapes

"The 2019 table grape campaign is in full swing, yet the market wasn't as lively as last year already at the start of the season, especially when it comes to the international market. The situation seems stagnant all over Europe," reports a producer from Taranto specializing in exports of fresh fruits and vegetables all over the world. 

"Demand is slow, probably also due to the stone fruit campaign, which was satisfactory and advantageous for traders. Prices were low for producers despite the good quality. This in turn led to uninteresting sales and prices for the following product, i.e. table grapes."

"Greece and Spain are doing well on the market. The former has abundant volumes available that can meet market demands especially from Eastern Europe at low prices. The latter is doing well with seedless grapes, so Italy had to make do with a smaller share of the market." 

"Moldova and other Eastern European countries that already have their own small production saw an increase of volumes available and prices remained low. This of course has meant we found it more difficult to place our own grapes."

"Quality and quantities are good this year. The relatively dry season in the south helped maintain quality excellent. Volumes are similar to last year (albeit slightly lower), though demand is very slow." 

"At the moment,prices are similar to last year. Seeded grapes (Victoria and Italia) sell at €0.80-1.15/kg. The same goes for Red Globe and Palieri. Demand for seedless grapes is slow."

"There are still two months to go, so we are hoping that things will improve."

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