Freshuelva has reported that the 2021/2022 campaign ended with a total production of 270,120 tons of strawberries, i.e., 4% less than in the previous campaign.
At the same time, according to the statistical data provided by the associated companies, the average sales price increased by 2.80%. However, this wasn't enough to compensate producers for the extraordinary increase in production costs, which has reduced the profitability of their crops.
The adverse weather conditions have again marked a strawberry season that began with a small amount of fruit due to the cold in December and January. The fruit's quality, taste, coloration, and resistance were great throughout the campaign. In addition, a good part of the production had to be allocated to the industry because of the high temperatures there were in the last weeks of the campaign, reducing fresh sales but reaching the final consumer with a very acceptable product.
In addition to the increase in costs and climatic adversity, the sector also faced complications in marketing resulting from the national transport strike that took place in March, precisely at a high point in the strawberry season.
This year, the season did not last long in June because the temperatures at the end of April and May were higher than in previous years and favored the entry into the market of the productions of the European countries that compete with the Spanish strawberry at the end of the campaign.
Raspberry production stood at 49,990 tons, i.e., 7.5% more than in the previous season. Likewise, its average sales price increased by 1.5%. Raspberry demand and prices remained very stable throughout the campaign. In addition, practically all varieties had high quality.
Blueberry production stood at 59,100 tons, i.e. 20.2% more than in the previous year and the largest increase in production among berries. However, the average selling price decreased by 18%.
Finally, blackberry production remained at 2,000 tons, a similar volume to the one achieved in the previous season. Its average price, however, decreased by 6%.