China: Looking back on the Orri mandarin sales season of 2019/20

The Chinese sales season of fresh Orri mandarins entered the final stage around the first of May. The 2019/20 sales season is almost over. Many citrus fruit varieties enter the Chinese market around Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020], such as Shatang tangerines, Orri mandarins, and Navel oranges.

The outbreak of COVID-19, shortly after Spring Festival, impacted these varieties in different ways. The Orri mandarin, however, is a late-season citrus fruit and therefore did not suffer as much from the pandemic as other early-season citrus fruits. Distribution was relatively smooth. Furthermore, the weather conditions in Orri mandarin production areas were quite good this year, which stimulated Orri mandarin sales.

The Orri mandarins entered the market relatively early in comparison with the sales season of 2018/19. The market price in the period leading up to Spring Festival was slightly higher than around the same time last year. Although the price was slightly higher during the peak period of the sales season, the usual price increase during the later stage did not occur this year.

The price of top-quality fresh Orri mandarins was around 3.5-4 yuan [0.50-0.57 USD] in the last week of April. Last year the price reached 5 yuan [0.71 USD] per 0.5 kg around this time of year because the overall supply volume was quite small. In some places in Yunnan the price even reached 6 yuan [0.85 USD] per 0.5 kg. The price was relatively stable this year and did not show significant fluctuations.

The price of Orri mandarins did not even show a significant rise in the period leading up to the May 1st holiday. Only now does the price show a slight increase. The price is between 5-6 yuan [0.71-0.85 USD] per 0.5 kg. The supply volume is still quite large. The wholesale price of Orri mandarins reached 8 yuan [1.13 USD] per 0.5 kg around May 1st last year, but this year the market is quite average.


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