The supply of citrus fruits from the Mediterranean region is currently going full speed ahead, in the area of organic goods as well. "About four weeks ago, the first organic clementines arrived from Spain. There are increased quantities of oranges as well now," says a purchasing agent from Naturkost Schramm LLC, a company based in Appenweier.
Citrus prices above last year's levels
The company is one of the largest suppliers of organic fruit and vegetables on the German market and sources about 95 percent of its citrus fruits from Spain. "In addition, we stock grapefruits from Corsica and Demeter oranges from Morocco."
Spanish clementines of the Clemenules and Basol varieties are now abundantly available.
Despite Corona, supply and demand on today's citrus market are roughly balanced out. "There is a slightly higher demand because there is still an increased demand for vitamin C-rich products. But in March-April, the Corona crisis obviously played a more prominent role, not in the least because of the shortage of workers."
The relatively relaxed market situation in the citrus sector is also reflected in the price situation. Both clementines and oranges are generally traded at fixed prices. "We do not calculate an additional price premium for our SIVISIO label. Nevertheless, our average price for citrus fruits is slightly above last year's levels."
Naturkost Schramm has been working with its proprietary label 'Sivisio' for several years. The label is particularly well received in the classic health food trade.
In contrast to citrus fruits, the market situation in the vegetable segment is currently somewhat tighter. "Two weeks ago, there was a shortage of cucumbers. A that point, it was hard for us to get any supplies at all."
Demeter on the advance
Naturkost Schramm serves both the specialized classical health food trade and the organic retail trade in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, supplying high-quality organic products. The wide range of products includes all modern organic labels, whether it be Naturland, Bioland or Demeter. "The latter has enjoyed a rapidly increasing popularity in recent years, even though we, as Naturkost Schramm, do not focus on it. What is more important to us is a 'good organic product' with a strong focus on social and environmental issues."