Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Spanish stem and leaf mandarins ever-earlier on the market"

At Marni Fruit, Spanish Satsumas, with and without leaves, are currently making way for the first Clementines (Marisol). These are also with and without leaves. According to Erik-Jan Thur of this Dutch company, this week, there's slightly less demand for tangerines than in the past weeks. "I find that people are a bit more careful with their purchases."

Stem and leaf mandarin prices are between €11.50 and €12 for good, 75-82-90, sizes. The smaller ones go for €9 to €10. Leafless clementines sell for €9 to €11, depending on their size. "Certainly not super-high prices, but you want people to keep buying. There's ample supply."

According to the importer, it's a trend that leaf and stem mandarins arrive ever-earlier on the market. "These are popular among especially clients with an ethnic background. In the past, you hardly ever saw Satsumas that still had a leaf attached. Now, clients will accept these while they're still green. They know these mandarins will taste good,"  says Erik-Jan.

"Spanish oranges are sporadically being offered in the organic market. I'm only expecting our first shipment in late October. There aren't too many oranges on the market at the moment. So, I think sales will continue quite well. The first Spanish lemons are also on their way, and there's plenty. There's also an ample Turkish supply."

"The market was generally fairly good in August and September. Perhaps October, which is usually a good month, will make up for that. The big question is how the anti-corona rules will develop. That, after all, seems to have a major effect on consumer behavior," concludes Erik-Jan.

For more information:
Erik-Jan Thur
Marni Fruit 
52 Gebroken Meeldijk
2991 VD, Barendrecht, NL 
Tel: +31 (0) 180 697 996 
Fax: +31 (0) 180 697  990

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