According to a recent report by the National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service, in January, Argentine apple sales to the domestic market decreased by 22% over the previous year and 3% compared to the same month of the 2017-2020 period, totaling 14,901 tons.
In the first month of 2021, the domestic market concentrated 75% of all apple sales; exports accounted for 13%, and the remaining 12% was destined for the industry.
According to different market operators, the low levels of stock stored in the cold rooms had an impact on the final supply of this product in January. “Sales are fluid, but this is due to the lack of merchandise. Prices remain high pending a greater supply. A box of quality apples was sold in January for over 4,500 pesos. Today, that same box is already below 4,000 pesos,” stated a marketer from Buenos Aires' Central Market who also said prices would continue their downward trend in the coming months.
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of the Argentine Republic (INDEC), in January the value of the red apple stood at 201 pesos per kilo, i.e. 8.6% higher than in the previous month (December 2020) and 170% higher than in January of 2020.
Pear sales increased
According to Senasa data, 8,836 tons of pears were sold in January, a volume that is 12% higher than in the same month of 2020 and 21% higher than the average in the 2017-2020 period. The increase in sales was important, but the values at their destination are not entirely positive.
The stocks of pears had the opposite effect on the market than the stock of apples. According to data from Rio Negro's Ministry of Fruit Production, at the end of December of last year, there were about 3,100 tons of pears in the cold chambers, a higher volume than the 800 tons stored in the same month of 2019.