Theo Hatzivassiliadis of HANS KUFFER Fruchthandel Ltd:

"It is a very good grape year"

While frost and wet weather caused delays in Germany, the strawberry season has been over in Greece for about two weeks. "The quality of the goods has declined due to the fact that it was too warm in Greece," says Theo Hatzivassiliadis of Hans Kuffer Fruchthandel Ltd. "After all, the plants are set in September or October. At some point, they no longer produce a result, which is why Greece has stopped exporting to Germany for just under two weeks."

Photo: Theo Hatzivassiliadis/Hans Kuffer Fruchthandel

Few stone fruits
Things are also looking rather difficult for stone fruits, according to Hatzivassiliadis: "There are rather limited quantities of apricots at the moment. Demand in the German fresh markets is not too high either, although it is very good in the food retail sector and supermarkets. Nectarines and peaches have already started, although here as well, rather smaller quantities are to be expected. On the domestic markets in Greece itself, however, there are very, very good prices for apricots at the moment. Especially the cot varieties are doing very well, which are also very popular in France."

In turn, cherries from Greece are enjoying particular popularity in Germany. "Greek cherries continue to be very popular in Germany. The quality of the cherries is very good, so demand is high."

Seedless grapes as the next big seller
But it's not just cherries that are expected to do well in the German market. "The next hit will be seedless grapes. The harvest will start in about two weeks. Both the rosé and the light-colored seedless grapes are of very good quality. The good weather has contributed to this very much. It is a very good grape year for Greece in terms of quality," says Hatzivassiliadis.

On the other hand, the situation is worse for nectarines and kiwis. "The frost has almost destroyed the nectarine blossoms. It looks to be a similar situation for the kiwis; it's a bit of a disaster."

Photo by Theo Hatzivassiliadis/Hans Kuffer Fruchthandel

More information:
HANS KUFFER Fruchthandel GmbH
Theo Hatzivassiliadis
Großmarkthalle - Halle I
Stand: 5 & 6, 15 & 16
Lager: Halle 10, Tor 4
Schäftlarnstr. 10
81371 München
Tel: 089 / 74 11 83 90   or   089 / 77 41 75
Fax: 089 / 74 11 83 93   or   089 / 77 41 72

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