The Polish apple season is still ongoing, and one exporter states they’ve had a very satisfying season so far. They still have good quality apples in their cold stores and will be able to continue supplying their clients for at least a few weeks. For the next season, the frost in Poland hasn’t had a real effect on the apples, but there could still be devastating frosts in the future, once the trees have flowered.
Freezing weather hit multiple European countries last week, and Poland wasn’t skipped by this weather. Fortunately, the apple trees were not flowering just yet, so damages will be negligible, says Mateusz Wajnert, head of sales for Polish appl exporter Galster: “As the frosts hit Poland, we’ve been carefully researching the situation in our orchards for the past two days, as well as the orchards of growers we’re friends with. At this moment, I can say that any potential losses are either not visible at all or very minimal. The most dangerous times of frost are still ahead of us, when the trees are flowering. So, for now the situation looks good, but this could change next month.”
Some Polish exporters have already finished their season, but Galster is still going in full swing. In fact, Wajnert claims they still have good volumes of high quality apples available in storage. “For us, the season isn’t over yet. We’re still loading apples to our clients, especially in the European market. Our customers are satisfied that we can guarantee them volumes with good quality at this point in the season. I’m convinced that we’ll still be in the game for the next few weeks, as we know that we still have a solid amount of good quality apples in our cold stores with a controlled atmosphere.”
The season itself has been really positive for Galster. According to Wajnert, they’ve managed to enter several new markets this year. “Up until now the season has been good for us. Our apples have been shipped to many countries around the world, and we’ve managed to entered a few new markets as well. The most important thing for us is that our old customers stay with us for every season as of a few years ago. This shows us that we’re heading in the right direction. We’re trying to look ahead for the future, so for example, we’ve already planted a new orchard with Gala Royal behind my officer. I can see the orchard from my window right now. We’ll be trying to follow the changing expectations of the market.”
Despite the current season not being over just yet, Galster is already preparing for next season. One aspect is developing their very own brand: “We have a couple of goals for next season. We want to continue the work we’ve done with our old customers. We have priorities for some of markets where we would like to work more, and we will try to increase our chances with the help of our brand that we’re developing. Our friendly growers can’t be forgotten either, as they are a very important piece in this puzzle. We have our own orchards, but to grow our business we need to assist our growers in order to get a good production of apples and always give them good advice.” Wajnerts concludes.