The market for Spanish avocados has been picking up in recent weeks, says sales manager Kennet Meyer of Natural Tropic. "The advantage is that we have no quality problems and that means that the sale is good. Competition from overseas product is always there, but we do not complain about sales."
Prices are around € 15.50-16 for the thicker sizes (12-20) and also the small sizes (28-30-32) do remarkably well with a price level between €2.25 and € 2.50. "I do expect the Spanish season to end on time.
In previous years, we sometimes touched on May, but I think it would come to an end in mid-April, "says Kenneth.
This week there is a slight dip in the price due to delayed arrivals of containers on the market, but Kenneth expects this to pick up soon.
"It does seem that the fluctuations in the avocado market are becoming more intense. If there is less supply on the market, then prices rise or they could also go down just as fast. That will also happen when Peru, Kenya and South Africa come on the market with more volumes. "
Sales of cherimoyas are currently a bit more difficult at Natural Tropic at the moment, because a lot of production is yet not ready for harvesting. "We have a lot less volume than normal and cannot meet all orders. I expect that this market will not return to normal until March," says Kenneth. "On the other hand, we have a reasonable volume of kumquats. We do see that the peak in demand for this product is really around Christmas and New Year's Eve. "
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