Even though the final strawberry production volume of the 2020/2021 campaign -which ended on June 14- is still unknown, Freshuelva has anticipated that it could be 8% higher than in the previous campaign, amounting to nearly 250,000 tons.
Rafael Dominguez, the manager of Freshuelva stressed that, in terms of marketing, the months of April and May were above the prospects of last year because the frosts in Europe favored Huelva's strawberry delaying the production in some countries, such as Germany or the United Kingdom, and reducing French production.
This prolonged the campaign in Huelva, which has resulted in higher tonnage and more exports, he stated. "Germany is the first country to receive strawberries from Huelva and we have been exported our product there for a longer period of time because of their production delays. We supplied strawberries to this country until a little over a week ago, which is something important," he stressed.
Dominguez said that prices in April had been above the average and that prices in May had been acceptable. As a result, even though the final numbers are still unknown, they believe the balance will be positive, he said.
The manager of Freshuelva recalled that during the first part of the campaign and up until March 15, they were well below in terms of volume and turnover because the tonnage had fallen a lot. However, he said, the strong part of the campaign begins in mid-March and lasts until the end of May, a period of time that concentrates almost 75% of the production volume and marketed.
Regarding Brexit, Dominguez said they hadn't had any incidents in the export of strawberries and berries from Huelva to the United Kingdom so far, as there were no retentions for administrative and bureaucratic issues, no tariffs, nor the need for phytosanitary certificates to export this product there. However, he said, in October measures will be toughened.
Finally, he stressed that there are still milling companies operating, although at a more limited level because there are associates who are still collecting for wholesalers and supermarkets.