The end of the harvest is in sight for one Polish apple exporter. As the harvest was a bit delayed, so was the start of their trading. However, they’re now ready to kick off the season at 100% capacity. The company states they’ve had a record harvest when it comes to Royal Gala this season.
According to Mateusz Wajnert, head of sales for Polish apple exporter Galster, their harvest season will finally come to an end: “We’re on the final lap in Galster with our harvest and it wasn’t an easy harvesting season for us. We had a problem with the number of employees, and on top of that the labor has cost us a lot more than it did in the previous season. However, we’re finally seeing that our harvesting will conclude successfully. The apples have been picked on time and are in good quality, which is the most important thing. In terms of volumes, we’ve harvested the amount that we expected beforehand. We will be able to fill our control atmosphere cold-stores with multiple varieties of apples, that our customers will need over the course of the season. For example, we will have the biggest volumes of Royal Gala in our company’s history.”
Wajnert states that their trading also started a bit later due to the delay in harvest. However, they’re now communicating the fact that they’re ready to get started to their clients. “As the harvest of the Polish apples was slightly delayed, so was the start of the trading season. At this moment we’re slowly giving the green light to our customers, as we are ready to start packing the apples for them. I think that at the beginning of the season the price was underestimated because of infrastructure deficiencies of control atmosphere cold-stores and in some cases because of quality. We are in a good mind that in the next few months prices will be more satisfying for us.”
Galster has made an effort to get back in touch with their clients after a long period of online contact, Wajnert explains. “Our existing customers will always be important to us. In the last few months, we’ve traveled to visit them and speak about their expectations for the current season. We’ve been in Netherlands and Spain already, and in November we will travel to Dubai to meet more of our clients. However, we do see room for expansion when it comes to clients and we’re speaking to some potential companies to see how we can cooperate. The plan is also to start with our own brand this season, many of our customers have expressed their interest in this new brand.”