In the last week of April, the first strawberries from local greenhouses arrived on the Moldovan market. As these have been small trial batches, their wholesale price has not been confirmed.
However, the wholesale price for strawberries will most likely be higher than at the beginning of last year’s season when they were sold at about 65 MDL/kg ($ 3.63/kg). It is worth considering that last year, the first local strawberries arrived on the Moldovan market approximately three weeks earlier than this year. Their price fluctuated in the range of 80-90 MDL/kg ($ 4.49-5.05/kg). In 2021, producers seem determined to compete for customers and higher prices.
The season of active sales of new harvest strawberries on the Moldovan market started with a low price at the beginning of the second week of March. Wholesale supermarket chains bought imported strawberries at 70-75 MDL/kg ($ 4.0-4.2/kg), i.e. about 25-30% cheaper than at the beginning of the 2020 season. At that time, retail prices did not exceed 100-110 MDL/kg ($ 5.71-6.28/kg), which is two times lower than the retail price at the beginning of March last year.