According to a report published by the EastFruit consultant, Ukraine exported a record volume of frozen vegetables despite having a shortage of raw materials and facing an unfavorable economic context due to the exchange rate of its currency, the Grivna, and the competition from Poland. During the first four months of the 2019/20 season (August - November 2019), the country exported 4,000 tons of frozen vegetables, i.e. 14% more than in the same period of the previous season. Export revenues amounted to a record $ 4.9 million dollars.
As the document highlights, in November the country exported 1.5 thousand tons of frozen vegetables, 31% more than in the same month of the previous year and 52% more than in October. The main raw materials for vegetable freezing companies are broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, peas, and sweet corn.
In recent years, Ukraine has actively developed the production of frozen onions for export to EU countries. Last season, some freezing companies even imported onions from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to peel, freeze, and export them. Almost all companies peel the onions manually.
According to analysts, this business has good prospects. Poland, for example, exports more than 500,000 tons of frozen vegetables a year worth more than 350 million dollars, including chips. The world leader in this category is Belgium, which exports more than 1.3 million tons of frozen vegetables and potatoes. Other leading exporters of frozen vegetables are China, Spain, and Poland.