Just a few more weeks before the Brazilian melon season crosses the finish line and comes to an end. Costa Rica will then take over the supply again. Commercial manager Aad van der Kleij of Staay-Hispa takes stock: “All in all, given the situation, it has been a reasonable season in which the pre-programmed volumes found their way to retail. In the final stretch of the Brazilian season we are now seeing a revival in both demand and prices."
Own cultivation of Costa Rica melons in the starting blocks
"Our Costa Rican branch SFG Dulce is in the starting blocks for the upcoming season. The prospects are good and the fields are optimal. Fortunately, the two hurricanes that swept Central America recently did not cause any significant damage to the fields in the four production areas where SFG Dulce has its cultivation companies ", says Aad.
"With our own branch in Costa Rica, Staay Food Group can clearly distinguish itself. In addition to growing under our own management, all logistical operations are also arranged internally and we have all the expertise required in the chain. All melons are also packaged and shipped under the private label DULCE. This naturally guarantees full traceability. Moreover, all our melons bear the Rainforest Alliance mark of quality."
"Due to the worldwide developments, the forecasts regarding export volumes from Costa Rica are lower this year than in previous years. In addition to the usual varieties Water, Yellow and Galia / Cantaloupe, Piel de Sapo melons will also be available this year," Aad concludes.
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