Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

"We rarely see such high prices for watermelon for such a long time"

The Spanish melon season has been underway for a while now. Availability is limited across the board and the prices are high. Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit sums it up. "With Galia melons, we traditionally wait for melons from Murcia because those from Almeria do not meet our quality requirements. As an alternative, we therefore have Galias from Morocco. These are GlobalGap certified, which is not a given in Morocco. "

Cantaloupe melons are outrageously expensive, according to the importer. "Prices go up to 2.25 Euro per kilo. These are really high prices, but there is almost nothing available. The yellow melons are also good at the price, especially the thick sizes are almost Other than that, sales of Piel de Sapo melons are going well. More and more are becoming available and prices are between 0.90 and 1 Euro. "

The watermelon market is currently in a unique situation. "We could not give them away three weeks ago, now the market has completely turned around with prices around 1.30 / 1.40 euros. Now that there is less planting in Almeria and there is also the necessary virus pressure, the market is empty and there are shortages throughout. Such a long period with these prices is really unique. For the growers in Almeria this may be the best season ever," says Jacob.

"We'll receive another three weeks or so of watermelons from Almeria, after which we switch to Murcia. Then the supply problems will be a thing of the past. After Murcia, the Brazilian season is already around the corner. Nobody knows how that will go, but since the Corona virus has severely affected the region, the necessary problems will also arise there," concludes Jacob.

For more information:
Jacob Aktalan
MG Fruit 
Trade center ZHZ 49-60
2991 LD Barendrecht
Tel: 0031 (0) 180-745470

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