The French apple harvest was less abundant than expected. “All varieties are affected by a lack of volumes, but some, like the Golden and Grey Canada, were more impacted than others,” explains Benoit Carreau of SICA Gerfruit. “We are fortunate to have young orchards coming in production this year, which compensate for the low yields. If we look at the total quantity, there is no big shortage.”
Overall, the apple producers are disappointed with the yields per hectare, but on the other hand, they are very satisfied with the quality. “The weather conditions have been very positive for the fruit to ripen. The taste quality is excellent. Our customers are also very satisfied and we’ve already received some good feedback for the Gala and the Jazz.”
SICA Gerfruit started marketing the new harvest three weeks ago. “For the moment, the demand is quite good, both on the French and export market. The demand is high from the United Kingdom, as well as Germany and the Benelux. Everybody is starting to realize that the harvest is lower than expected. We are confident that this will have a positive effect on prices, which will hopefully help producers get a good remuneration.”
Developing the Swing Bio
For the second year in a row, SICA Gerfruit will market the Swing apple, a variety produced exclusively organically. “We are expecting a harvest of 1,600 tons this year. Last year, we obtained 500 tons. The taste and visual quality is already looking good.” The marketing of the Swing Bio will start at the beginning of November and continue until July 2021.