Exotic fruit is becoming increasingly popular both in retail and in the H&R sector and Due Erre import Export, operating at MAAP Padua, is one of the most specialized businesses. Davide and Renato Ferraresso discussed the market with FreshPlaza.
"Things usually slow down in summer as consumers prefer domestic fruit, but they pick up in the fall - pineapples, avocados and limes are among the most popular."
Davide and Renato Ferraresso
Davide reports that "while avocados were practically unknown a few years ago, meaning there were no particular demands when it came to flavor, we are now expected to always find the best produce available. It is a good challenge, as pleasing our customers is our main goal."
Exotic fruit display at the Due Erre stall at MAAP
Avocado consumption is constantly on the up. "I believe that, over the next few years, the Hass variety will become the most popular. We mainly import from Peru, Mexico, South Africa and Israel. In order for consumer feedback to be good, avocados must be sold at the right ripening stage. Those who purchase them are not familiar with the characteristics of the fruit and the time it takes for them to ripen, so it is essential to make them ripen in cells and place them on the market when they are practically ready."
As for limes, Ferraresso reports that their popularity increases in the summer, though demand remains lively in winter as well. Brazil and Mexico are the main producers and price varies depending on seasonality and the weather in producer countries.
Italian mangoes ripened on trees
When it comes to mangoes, there is produce from Brazil coming in by air, the Spanish one from Malaga and the Italian one, which is slowly gaining popularity. "The longer we manage to make the fruits ripen on trees, the better the organoleptic quality. This is why we are positive Italian productions can grow."