The Spanish stone fruit season is currently in full swing. "We have not seen any surpluses throughout the season," says Paul van Groningen of Greenfood Iberica, who takes care of purchasing the Spanish range for the Scandinavian parent organisation and also purchases fruit and vegetables throughout Spain for other customers in northwest Europe.
"Due to weather influences in winter, lack of cold, bad weather later in the flowering season and hail storms recently, there is much less fruit than in other years. This results in fairly high prices. Over the last few weeks and also the coming weeks the available fruit has been quite thick," says Paul. "As a result, we have some shortages for the smaller packages. "
"We have practically nothing available in platterinas this year. In the coming week I see shortages emerging in nectarines, peaches and good apricots, but paraguayos are available as normal for the time being," continues the Dutchman, who has lived and worked in Spain for several years. "Furthermore, we are currently mainly working with the melons and watermelons and we are busy preparing for the coming winter season, which is for us traditionally the main season."
Lettuce varieties, cabbage varieties, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers are our main products, in addition to the citrus package, of which we have high expectations next season. At the end of last season we opened a branch in Valencia from which our two citrus specialists work. It couldn't be closer to the source," Paul concludes.