At the start of the Corona crisis, increased demand and limited arrivals led to huge demand and high prices for Chinese ginger. "We are now in the aftermath, there is a lot of ginger on the market and prices have fallen sharply," says Adry Mostert, who started working in the sales department of Rida Trade from Poeldijk last month.
Adry Mostert and Evgeni Sluzki from Rida Trade
"A few months ago, a box of ginger was being sold for an easy 60 Euro. At the moment we are back at a level around 20 Euro. The sales of ginger are always a bit lower in the summer months, but the market is now picking up again. Remarkably, ginger is currently very expensive in China and as a result little is shipped to the Netherlands. We do currently have a supply of Peruvian and Brazilian ginger," says the seller.
Rida Trade is also sourcing Nashi pears from China at the moment and the first shipment of purple-fleshed sweet potatoes arrived last week. As well as this, the Poeldijk company has turmeric from Peru in its range. "These are not products that every importer has, but this allows us to distinguish ourselves well on the market and to serve specific customers."
"The sweet potatoes are different from the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes from North America and Egypt. Nashi pears were extremely popular during the peak of the Corona pandemic. A lesser harvest is now expected, so prices are likely to increase somewhat in the near future", Adry suspects.
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