The Egyptian garlic season already sees strong demand this season, despite only smaller sizes being available at the moment. Last year provided one Egyptian exporter with the opportunity to enter new markets in North America. It’s the company’s hope that the strong season from last year will carry over to the new one.
Ahmed Adel, CEO of Global Veg Egy, has high hopes for the coming garlic season in Egypt, thanks to a strong season last year: “The current season has a lot to do with the previous season as well. Last year, there was a very strong demand for Egyptian garlic, due to the pandemic starting. This included both green and dry garlic, which helped our company to enter new markets for the main time, like the United States and Canada, alongside our already existing main markets Europe, Taiwan, Brazil and Australia. However, during this time we, as the rest of the world, faced a lot of problems in terms of logistics. The coronavirus caused delays in scheduled dates for both air and sea transport.”
Since the season has started strong, it’s expected that prices will remain on a higher level for the season, Adel explains: “This year, it seems like the trend of strong demand will continue from the beginning of the fresh garlic season. Customers didn’t wait for big sizes, we’ve already started the small sizes of 35+. This has ensured the price level stayed similar to the prices of last year, which is positive for us. Garlic is currently only being shipped via airfreight, so only Europe and Russia can pay for these higher prices of transport, specifically the Netherlands and Germany. France will start soon as well, but they prefer larger sizes.”
It’s not just demand that causes these prices, as acreage in Egypt for garlic has increased as well, leading to higher prices for garlic seeds. “I expect this upcoming year to be promising for the Egyptian garlic, as consumers consider it like natural antibiotics. This year we’ve seen higher acreage with garlic planted than last year, which caused garlic seeds to be higher in price as well. This, in combination with the strong demand could mean prices for garlic will be higher this year as well. As Global Veg Egy. we do the entire process ourselves, from planting to harvest, to preparing, packing and finally the export of the produce. We always offer affordable prices for our customers with the quality they need.” Adel concludes.
Global Veg Egy (German contact)
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