The season for grapes from overseas is in full swing, and this is very noticeable for ABC Fresh Ltd from Hamburg. "We were able to react very flexibly to various problems because we were able to offer grapes from different origins and thus avoid gaps." Due to Corona, there is still uncertainty and there are some logistics challenges. Delays and lack of capacity will also determine the market. However, the season was mostly positive.
Season from October to July
For the company, grapes from Peru and Brazil started the season, followed by goods from South Africa and Namibia. "This week the first grapes from India have been shipped, after which we can offer them from week 7. From the end of February, grapes from Chile will also be loaded. Then in May we will receive the first shipments from Egypt. This means that from October to July we will provide overseas grapes in our range."
Peruvian grapes proved to be quality goods. The goods from Namibia were affected by rainy weather and delivery delays. However, for the most part, the company could be satisfied with the quality. "We have a wide variety of varieties and have had a lot of success especially with Sweet Globe, Ivory, Sugar Crisp, Cotton Candy and Candy Heart. We're noticing that a certain percentage of our customers are no longer asking for just white and red seedless grapes, but explicitly for specific varieties."
10-15 containers per week
Currently, the company imports between 10-15 containers of grapes per week. Its customers include food retailers, restaurants and fresh-cut operations. The products are sold throughout Europe, through branches in the Netherlands and Italy. Despite the increased costs, prices are at last year's levels and could not be raised. Logistics costs and production costs have increased noticeably. So the fact that we continue to offer the goods at the same price is relatively critical."
ABC Fresh is also a major importer of pomegranates from Peru. The first shiploads will arrive next week. They will be offered from week 6 to week 27.