The Sicilian Victoria and Black Magic grapes keep being exported towards the Baltic and Scandinavian countries, but with little demand from customers.
"Foreign retailers informed us that the trend in grape consumption is not as consistent as usual. We hope that this trend will be steered, before the Apulian grapes reach maturity, as we will start commercializing in about 10 days" - explained Claudio D'Alba of the Plantis Group, a company specialized in the sale of Italian fruit and vegetables overseas.
"The situation is different for stone fruits from Basilicata and Apulia. There is a lot of interest in peaches, nectarines and apricots, which are references that, starting this year, will also be sold on the Swedish market. The shortage of product in the other producing countries has led to a greater interest and appreciation for the Italian supply, simultaneously leading to a significant increase in prices in recent weeks."
"The vegetable campaign has just come to an end and it was an exceptional year. We had never sold as many volumes of fennel, parsley, broccoli and spring onions as we did this year.
"For the new carrots, on the other hand, we are still about ten days away and close to an end. Although the prices were not exciting, they remained constant over the two months of harvesting, and we have succeeded on obtaining great results on the business front, especially in the Baltic countries, with 1200 tons of carrots exported."