Italian fruit associations forecast the stone fruit harvest in Italy to be at an all-time low this year. Trade experts claim that Italian traders are now even interested in cherries from Uzbekistan, realizing that a big shortage on the domestic market might occur.
According to preliminary estimates, Italy will lose around a third of the harvest this season. This means that Italy could have the necessity to import more than 50,000 tons of cherries, compared to the usual 10-14,000 tons, according to EastFruit.
Turkish cherry exporters, who lost the access to the important Chinese cherry market, are likely to benefit the most from the situation. In addition, Turkey continues to increase the volume of cherries production, which means it will look forward to new opportunities in Italy.
On the other hand, it is most likely that there will be fewer tourists than usual this summer in Italy. Although, it is also possible that there will be more of them compared to 2020. Tourists come to the country after cherries from Turkey run out, thus, this can also be an opportunity for exporters of cherries from Eastern Europe, primarily from Moldova and Ukraine.