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Seckin Yildirim (Or-Pa Ltd) on the start of the season:

"European citrus season gets off to a slightly slower start this year"

In the citrus fruit sector, overseas batches are now increasingly being replaced by products from the northern hemisphere. The supply of -mainly Spanish- citrus fruits is increasing at the Munich wholesale market as well, but at a much slower rate than in other years, said Seckin Yildirim, site manager of Or-Pa Ltd, at the Munich wholesale market.

Site manager Seckin Yildirim is available for Or-Pa's customers every day at the wholesale market stand.

Overseas citrus is still offered in Munich's central wholesale market hall, Yildirim stated. "Nadorcott, Tango and Orri from the southern hemisphere are slowly running out, but are still available. Normally, there is always a small gap in the marketing of lemons at the change of season, but this year we have continuously had sufficient supply. At the moment, we have Spanish as well as Turkish lemons, with the Turkish product being a tad cheaper."

The first satsumas from Spain have been on offer for about three weeks. Yildirim: "But the supply is still quite manageable with a relatively high demand. From the gut I have anyway the feeling that the European citrus campaign compared to other years a little slower to roll."

Spanish early mandarins

Stable and high price level
In general, the fruit wholesaler sees a high price level in today's wholesale market. "Dutch as well as Belgian tomatoes were offered at 2 euros/kg until a few days ago. Last year at this time we were at around 1.50 euros/kg." Meanwhile, the impact of the Corona crisis is still being felt - for example, on the transport side. "We have only slightly felt the increased freight costs, but all the more noticeable are the delays in delivery due to border controls, especially at the Turkish-Bulgarian border," says Yildirim.

Despite everything, the fruit trader is quite content. "We were able to achieve a considerable increase in sales in the first Corona year. This year, the market has stabilized gradually, but we still expect a slight increase compared to the multi-year average."

For more information:
OR-PA Handels Ltd
Seckin Yildirim
Schäftlarnstraße 10
81371 München, Deutschland
Tel: +49 89 64962580
Fax: +49 89 64962589

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