Increased rainfall challenges harvest

Chinese kiki berries high in sugar and dry matter content this season

Kiwi berries, compared with other produce, are less commonly seen in the market. Planting of this fruit is very limited, especially in China, where production areas are mainly concentrated in Dandong, Liaoning, and Ya'an in Sichuan. In comparison, the planted-area in Dandong, Liaoning is larger.

Kiwi berries from Ya'an

Growing center in Ya'an

Under normal climatic conditions, the production season in Ya'an, Sichuan would kick off at the end of July, and the supply period would last through to the beginning of September. The production season this year was delayed by more than one week compared with previous years, mainly due to a prolonged drought suffered by this area in April, which affected pollination and delayed the flowering and fruit setting periods.

Kiwi berries from Ya'an

"Although the drought that occurred in April delayed the start of the season, it was beneficial to the quality of the fruit. The lower rainfall in the early season resulted in a higher percentage of dry-matter and sugar content in this season's crop. According to our tests, the average sugar content of the fruit this year has reached 18 degrees,” Mr. Fan Jinming of Chengdu Weinong Technology Co., Ltd. said.

Kiwi berries from Ya'an

"In the last two weeks, rainfall seen in Ya'an has intensified, which has hindered the ongoing harvest and posed greater challenges to the yield and quality of the product. In addition, the yield this year, in general, is not as high as last year. Despite these factors, we have effectively optimized our management and planting process this year, and the overall taste and quality of the fruit remain good."

Kiwi berries from Ya'an

“In addition to the harvest and post-harvest processing at the origin, links in the supply chain, including the final ripening treatment, are all important. This year we decided to continue the strategy of last year and work with third parties to store our fruit in local warehouses in Shanghai and Guangzhou, in order to better fulfill orders, control product quality, and improve ripening capabilities. In addition, our “Mei Mei” brand has gained access to Sam's Club which has grown rapidly in the past two years, and Costco, the world's second-largest retail supermarket giant."

Kiwi berries from Ya'an

More Info:

Contact: Fan Jinming, Head of the Mei Mei Team
Company: Chengdu Weinong Technology Co., Ltd.

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