Despite the smaller harvest, the shortage of stone fruit at the European level has been beneficial for the producers of Pyrénées-Orientales who were able to sell their stocks at very high prices.
As a reminder, one out of two peaches produced in France comes from the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, representing nearly 100,000 tons per year. “Because of the frost, the production is down by 20% overall this year in the department, but we are doing better than the rest of Europe,” explains Jean-François Not, president of the Ille Fruits cooperative.
The shortage of stone fruit on the European market led to a rise in prices. “We had never experienced such a season, with high prices throughout the harvest. The fruits were very well valued. Before packing, the raw harvest was around 1 euro [1.18 USD] per kg,” explained Jean-François Not on French radio France Bleu Roussillon.
A harvest affected by the sanitary context
“The sanitary context was even more marked than last year.” Entire chains had to be stopped after some employees tested positive.