The Spanish kiwifruit production has been reduced by between 6 and 8% this season compared to the previous one. The marketing of the kiwifruit from Galicia and Asturias, the main producing areas in Spain, started in December, with an abundance of large sizes.
"This year there is a shortage of small sizes, which have become more expensive and are sold for similar prices to those of medium-sized kiwis," says Pedro Varela, from the commercial department of TC Fruits. "The sale of small kiwis is usually focused on supermarket chains, which sell them in tubs, and there are also exports to African countries, although the supply is limited this year," he says.
According to the commercial agent of this Galician company, kiwifruit sales are lively and prices are good. “This season there isn't a lot of second class or substandard fruit. Also, we are noticing less competition from Italian and Greek kiwis, of which the harvest appears to have also been reduced. Imports are more expensive this year and that is giving more room to Spanish kiwis,” he says. TC Fruits distributes its kiwifruits mainly in Spain, with exports going also to Europe and some African countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic burst out at the end of last year's kiwifruit campaign, leading to an overwhelming demand for kiwis, which are known for their high vitamin C content. "It was crazy. The demand and prices went considerably up and it was impossible to meet all orders. Now the demand remains more or less stable and at a good level. Our kiwifruit season will finish earlier due to the slight drop in the production and the good sales. We hope to finish the campaign between the end of March and mid-April.”