After a difficult Indian and Egyptian grape season due to the Corona crisis, the Italian grape season is flourishing this year. "We really needed this," says Lucien de Wit of LuBa Fresh. "Last year we already had to close the Italian grape season in mid-October due to quality problems, but this year we expect to continue until the second week of December."
Red Globe from Sicily in long-life packaging
"The consumption of Italian grapes is very good this year. Our sales are about 30/40% higher, which is certainly due to the good quality. The flavour is also very good. There are varieties such as Sugarone and Autumn Giant that hardly touch the sides, "says Lucien. LuBa Fresh has now switched to the long life packaging, which means that the grapes have a longer shelf life.
Crimson Seedless from La Pernice
"If you have to mention a disadvantage this year, it is that the red, seedless grapes, such as the Crimson, are having a lot of difficulties with colour after the warm weather in Italy. There are therefore many rosé-coloured grapes available. The well-coloured ones are there, but very expensive," says Lucien. This week he also started offering the blue Big Perlon grapes with seed.
Big Perlon from Sicily in long life packaging
"The price of the better quality white grapes with seeds is between 12 and 14 euros, the Red Globe is sold between 10 and 12 euros. White, seedless grapes are sold for a kilo price of 2.25-2.50 Euro. The dark-coloured red Crimson is heading towards 2.75-3 Euro per kilo and the price of the more rosé-coloured grapes is around 1.75-2 Euro. "
Autumn Giant from Bertoli Fruit