"The winter lemon season has started with Interdonato, which constitutes the first winter blossoming and boasts the PGI mark. We also started commercializing Primofiore di Sicilia a few weeks ago to meet the increasing demand for Italian lemons. At the moment, however, ripening is slightly late compared to previous years, as the weather is too mild," reports Valentina Sanna from La Costiera.
"There are interesting quantities of Primofiore available, the only negative note is the fact that there is little produce with a yellow color, so we are forced to proceed with artificial ripening. Feedback is great though. We work with both traditional Primofiore, requested mostly in cardboard crates by the foreign markets, and with organic ones, for which we have developed a new packaging and which is mainly sold in 500 gram nets."
La Costiera is always ready to satisfy requests, developing new packaging solutions for the different markets and product destinations.
"This year, there seems to be a lot of interest from both the domestic and foreign markets. Demand is lively and the various retail chains have started to plan their lemon campaigns on an annual basis."
"Next week, we will start with Pgi lemons from Syracuse. They are in demand with Italian retailers, so we hope they will be welcomed well."
The commercialization of bergamot oranges and citrons is under way. The former are available in mini 3 kg packs, while the latter are sold in 9 kg cardboard boxes. Quality is excellent this year, with a deep green color and a high content of essential oils. The citron campaign started slightly late, however, as the weather meant initial grades were really small.
Years ago, La Costiera widened its assortment to include organic and traditional clementines and Navel oranges. This year, the number of suppliers of organic oranges has increased in order to guarantee ongoing supplies.
Finally, for safety reasons linked to the ongoing pandemic situation, La Costiera will not be attending Fruit Logistica in Berlin.