Polish lemon prices have remained at a very low level since January. Traders offer these citrus fruits in large wholesale at 3.00-5.50 zlotys/kg ($0.81-1.49/kg) depending on the country of origin, packaging, and quality of the products offered. The offer of lemons on the Polish market at this time is represented from two countries: Turkey and Spain. Turkish lemons are usually cheaper than Spanish ones.
The low prices for lemons in the current season are the result of the increased supply of these citrus fruits on the Polish market. The USDA estimates that the EU’s 2020/21 lemons will be harvested at 1.6 million tons, which is approximately 160,000 tons greater than a year earlier. It is important to note that the estimated growth in consumption of lemons is approximately 150,000 tons with a decrease in imports by about 30,000 tons. However, processing of lemons will be greatly reduced, according to USDA estimates, by 150,000 tons as a result of the pandemic and the closure of the hospitality industry.
Today, lemon purchases are much lower than during the first wave of the pandemic, which also puts pressure on prices in the citrus segment.
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