Top fruit continues to gain ground in the market as the stone fruit supply falls. New apple varieties stand out, such as the Verde Doncella, which has arrived this week at the Lonja del Ebro and is sold for 65 cents per kilo. Prices for the remaining apple varieties have remained stable, ranging between the 35 cents of the Golden and the 60 of the Extra category Fuji. In this same market, pears have been sold for between 40 and 70 cents per kilo.
According to the Organization of Fruit Producers of the Netherlands (NFO), the acreage devoted to pear cultivation is declining in the European Union. In 2011, there were almost 130,000 hectares of pears, while in 2018 that figure had dropped to 116,000 hectares.
This development has been observed mainly in Spain and Poland, but also in Italy. However, the acreage is also gradually expanding in Belgium and the Netherlands. The average yield in the EU is 18 tons of pears per hectare. In the Netherlands, this year's estimate more than doubles that, with almost 38 tons per hectare.
National average prices
According to the Weekly Report of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for week 40 (from September 30 to October 6), the trends in the stone fruit market have reversed compared to the previous week. The average price of plums has fallen slightly (-1%), and peaches rises have become significantly more expensive (+8.03%), largely due to the gradual reduction in Lleida's volume. Looking at the national average, prices are lower than they usually are at this stage of the campaign.
As for top fruit, the average price at origin of Golden apples continues to rise (+4.62%), and Blanquilla pears have also seen their prices go up this week (+2.87%).