It has been an uneven season for Sardinian artichokes. "However, on the whole, it has been quite positive. We expect to finish the campaign around 20 May, with the Tema variety in its second flowering. We are still recording very good product quality. This year we have acquired new customers and artichoke hearts have also been exported to Germany. For next year, we hope to renew this relationship," said Andrea Manca, sales manager and shareholder at Agro Mediterranea Distribuzione, an Italian company specialized in supplying fruit and vegetable products to the large-scale retail trade. The company is part of Agro Mediterranea Group.
Tema artichoke in a 4-piece tray. Photo provided by Andrea Manca - Agro Mediterranea Group
"In addition to the coronavirus-related crisis that is still underway, it has also been a fluctuating season with regard to the weather. In any case, we were able to achieve a good quality, which rewarded us in several distribution channels. The last frosts have created a moment of limited availability of product and despite the small quantities, we did not leave any of our customers without our artichokes. Therefore, we had to pay more attention to the processing phase of the product, but nobody was disappointed", continued Manca.
Fresh artichokes in a 25-piece box. Photo provided by Andrea Manca - Agro Mediterranea Group
Green asparagus on the rise Although the asparagus season in Italy was once again abnormal, for Agro Mediterranea it turned out to be quite positive, especially for the green product, which grew in terms of cultivated areas this year.
"We finished last week with the last batches of product. There was a very favorable average price, which generated good compensation for our producers. Excellent quality."
Green asparagus. Photo provided by Andrea Manca - Agro Mediterranea Group
From mid-June, the company will begin the melon campaign.