Currently there is a good supply of sweet potatoes in the UK and Europe; old season USA production, new season Spanish production and of course Egyptian product are all available with varying quality and prices.
“Egypt is a real player in the sweet potato market now, with quality production of Beauregard variety available from the right growers,” according to Ian Crispin, Commercial Director at Pacific Produce Ltd. “It is still a real mixed bag regarding the quality of arrivals, that varies from exporter to exporter, but there are some good quality suppliers out there now, and gone are the days of poor quality Californian varieties that Egypt was known for in the past.”
Both Spain and the new season USA production will be looking for good prices for their sweet potatoes, as they enter the marketplace in the coming days and weeks, so Egypt has had to up its game to provide viable competition.
Pacific Produce import sweet potatoes from Honduras for 9-10 months of the year and are looking forward to their new arrivals in late December or early January, but in the meantime, and after experimenting with a number of Egyptian exporters in the previous two or three years, they believe they have found the right partner, with the right quality, to complement their Honduran supply.
“Demand is a little difficult to measure at the moment as the market is over supplied and there is a lot of competition for orders, but sales always pick up as Autumn progresses, and with the right partners we can continue to supply our loyal customer base with premium product.”
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