"We started commercializing persimmons around ten days ago and things are going well. I am talking about the Tipo variety. Compared to 2018, we have estimated a 20-25% drop in production," explained general manager Sandro Zani and sales manager Raffaele Bucella.
Grades are slightly smaller but quality is excellent thanks to the weather, which also means harvesting is proceeding without many problems.
Left to right: Raffaele Bucella and Sandro Zani
"The market is lively and consumption is good. I would say consumption has been rather constant over the past few years. We supply the domestic big retail chain and also have clients in Austria and Switzerland."
Things are changing when it comes to packaging: supermarket chains are assessing alternatives to plastic. Granfrutta Zani employs solutions derived from recycled packaging. "Persimmons must be protected and the most popular solutions are the ones containing 2 or 4 fruits."
Over the past few years, persimmon cultivation has been profitable even in negative years. "The crop does not need hefty investments and management costs are low, as orchards only need one thinning and one or two interventions against flies. Harvesting is usually carried out once."
Once harvested, persimmons are transferred to the processing facility, where Zani grades and sorts them immediately. They are stocked in warehouses and, 3-4 days before they are sold, they are placed in detanning units.
Granfrutta Zani will attend Fruit Attraction Madrid, hall 10 stand 02.