This year the pomelo volume decreased in some main production areas in China. This mostly had to do with the warm and dry weather during the first part of the season when the pomelo fruits were still growing. Because of the drought, the volume declined and the season also started a bit later. Currently most pomelo sales are coming to an end.
Vickie Lin from Bona Industry talked about her season this year: “This season we've had smaller crops. When I look back at the season I estimate it is down around 50%, which is much more than expected, we expected around 30% less in the early season.”
“The export demand is more or less the same as last year, but the domestic market is currently more quiet. We export mainly to Europe, Russia and Canada. The quality standard is the same for all of them, the only difference is in the size of the demand. In Europe they prefer the smaller sizes, while in Russia and Canada they require larger sized pomelos. Price development is about the same as in other years. We started with a high price and this went down step by step the longer the season went on and it only started to increase again toward the end of the season.”
This year there are a lot of different fruits with a bumper harvest. Therefore the volume on the market is much bigger than last year, which was a year with a lot of shortages. This year the fruit market is not too hot. Because of the high output there is a lot of choice for buyers, which affects the price and is a lower price than last year.
Vickie Lin continued: “The domestic market demand for pomelo is not high, we have a few quantities left for Chinese New Year. As there are many different fruit options at Chinese New Year, the competition is quite fierce. Furthermore, we just left a small portion of our stock for Chinese New Year, because we also need to make sure the taste is still perfect. The closer to the end of the season, the harder it is to guarantee a good taste. So we only select fruit that meets our high standards."
For this new year Vickie Lin mentioned their new plans: “We will keep concentrating on our management of the growers, in respect of plant protection programs, to ensure the safety of the fruit and strengthen the quality control to have more tasty fruit delivered to consumers. Furthermore, our mandarin season will also start soon for export, so we will continue export mandarin in 2020.”
To further expand their presence in Europe and other markets, Xiamen Bona Industry Co., Ltd. will participate in Fruit Logistica in Berlin. They will be present in hall 5.2 with booth number B-03.
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