It’s about that time where the good quality and dark red colored pomegranates from India are in season. Demand for these specific fruits is always solid due to its unique taste and an aroma, which could lead to a price increase over the next few weeks. Overall the season has been satisfying, with one exporter stating they’ve received a lot of follow-up enquiries from trial-shipments that were made last season.
According to Amit Kalya, CEO of Indian fruit exporter Kalya Exports, it won’t be long until the good quality pomegranates will arrive on the market: “Pomegranates from India are available almost year-round. We supply pomegranates from Maharashtra state, the current season has started already and we expect to have darker color fruit soon as the weather is getting colder. The rainy season has already started, which means the temperature will drop soon. We’ll able to supply until July. The available quantity to export is less this year as compared to last but so far, the season has been pretty normal and quiet. Covid pandemic restrictions are in place to protect our workers, so we did not start the season aggressively. Also, the required Dark red skincolored fruit and their arils were not available in good quantity until end of the May due to the summer heat. The season should be a lot busier from now until July. The quantity is less, but quality is better this season ”
Kalya states that trial-shipments that were made last year have resulted in quite a few follow-up enquiries this season. “At the moment, the demand for Indian pomegranate is good, both in the traditional markets as well the new markets in Asia and North America. We see repetitive enquiries all around. Indian pomegranates have a special aromatic taste, soft seeds and juicy arils, which makes them unique in the international market.This year we see more enquiries coming up from new markets which received some trial shipments last season. These clients like the quality very much, hence the good flow of follow-up enquiries.”
“The prices are at a normal level as of now, however considering the higher demand for these fruits, we expect their price to be a little higher than the regular prices this season.We’re trying new methods of packing the fruit, which will help to increase the shelf life of the fruit and we would be able to ship them for the markets which require longer transit time. Apart from pomegranates, we also do some small volumes of Indian mangoes and sweet corn for different markets.”Kalya concludes.
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