Feedback from an Italian operator based in Spain

Drop in prices for Spanish stone fruit, the weather is not encouraging consumption

At the moment, summer fruits arriving from the southern areas of Spain and Murcia are entering the markets with regularity, despite the consistent rainfall that is expected to continue into next week.

So far, many apricots have been seen on the Spanish market stalls, minus peaches and nectarines. The quality is not heterogeneous, and the sizes are still small. The maximum size is 24 for peaches and nectarines, at the moment. The best batches of apricots mark a price range between 3.00 and 3.50 €/kg. Extra quality peaches quote a price of 2.50 €/kg, and then decrease according to the different quality categories," said Giuseppe Iacovazzo, an Italian operator based in Spain, who pointed out that the prices of summer fruit are dropping, as the climate does not encourage consumption. "It's been cold, the campaign hasn't taken off yet."

"As for vegetables, 7-10 days ago eggplants were registering cheap quotations, ranging between 0.30-0.40 €/kg. Now the trend is upward for eggplants, which are worth €0.90-1.00 for the best product, while the trend for courgettes downward."

(Photo provided by Giuseppe Iacovazzo)

Finally, with regard to the foreign product that is arriving on Spanish and Italian markets, Iacovazzo said that: "All the Moroccan watermelons that are traveling now will be on the shelves competing with the Spanish and Italian products. Egyptian grapes and Icerberg lettuce are also starting to arrive more regularly, and the latest clementines, which are highly sought after at the moment, are also arriving from Egypt."

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