This season's Italian grape market is developing very positively. "The quality is good, as are prices. So far, we absolutely can't complain," says Bertus Schipper of the Dutch company, Zoutewelle. "Prices have been good for a long while now."
"There are sufficient standard quality grapes. But, there are somewhat fewer of extra-good quality. That's resulted in prices for 7kg Italian grapes to reach around €13.50 to €14. That's great for this time of year."
Zoutewelle focuses mainly on Italian pitted grapes. Here, the Italia, Palieri, and Red Globe are the most important varieties. "I hope we'll be able to reach Christmas again with these grapes. The European supply is limited too," says Bertus.
"Spain is having a moderate season in terms of volumes and quality. So is Greece. As a result, Brazil's first seedless grapes arrived on the market early. We expect the first seedless grapes from Brazil in two weeks."
"For now, there's plenty of room for Italian grapes. We're introducing new packaging, under our Lino label, this month. We're curious to see our clients reactions," Bertus concludes.