“Despite the high prices of Chinese garlic in the 2019 season, the rising prices of stored garlic have driven the export of frozen garlic cloves,” Manager Jiang, the head of Huaguang Group, shared.
"Frozen garlic cloves are one of our main export-oriented frozen products. They are mainly supplied to processing plants in Europe. As frozen products can be stored for a longer period of time and are easy to use, many catering companies use frozen garlic cloves instead of storage garlic in their ingredients. The high price of storage garlic in the Chinese market this year has affected the price of frozen products to a certain extent, at 1500 US dollars ton presently, slightly higher than the same period of previous years,” Jiang said.
“For exporters of Chinese garlic cloves, due to higher garlic prices this season, many customers in Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East chose to import cheaper storage garlic from Iran, Egypt or Spain, which has had a certain impact on the volume of storage garlic exports."
“Over recent years, the European market has been very strict on the quality inspection of imported frozen vegetables from China, and are requiring more and more certifications. We currently have GLOBAL GAP, BRC, SEDEX and SMETA certifications. Most of our customers in Europe import regular products, while a small number demand organic products. Our annual export volume to Europe has been stable at about 3000 tons. The UK, the Netherlands, and Germany offer high prices for imported frozen vegetables, but in terms of order volume, our customers in the European market are mainly old customers, and the number of new customers has not increased significantly,” the manager said.
In addition to frozen garlic cloves, Huaguang Group also offers minced garlic, frozen garlic, frozen asparagus, and frozen okra. The company will participate in Fruit Logistica taking place from February 5-7 in Berlin at Hall 5.2 / Stand C-12. "We have participated in the show for many years. This year we hope to meet more new customers and promote more products to more markets in addition to maintaining relationships with our old customers.”