Indonesian mangosteen enters its new harvest season in August. The relaxation of covid-19 measures significantly boosted the domestic and export sales of mangosteen.
Frozen Fruits is a fruit grower and exporter in Indonesia. The company has 3,600 hectares of mangosteen production field in Tasikmalaya and Banyuwangi. Stevan Budi, the managing director of the company introduces, “In Indonesia, the period of August until January is the peak season for mangosteen. The changes of weather did not have much impact on the quality of the fruits, only the production yield slightly decreased compared with the previous year. But in general, the production of the current season is much better than the previous season.”
When talking about domestic sales, Stevan tells us: “The majority of our products are sold to Indonesian local supermarkets. The covid-19 measures are now considerably eased here, which gives a big boost to our sales. Especially in the harvest period, the market demand increases and we can sell products at a better price.”
Besides the domestic market, Frozen Fruits also exports the fruits to other Asian regions such as China, Hongkong and Taiwan. “This month, market demand has been rising and we've received more orders from overseas markets. Higher demand also pulls the price up. At the moment, the FOB price is around $ 11.84/box (10kg),” Stevan said.
“China is one of the biggest markets for us. We've received many new orders from China since the season started. Chinese importers also import large volumes of mangosteen from Thailand. Compared to mangosteen from Thailand, Indonesian mangosteens are slightly cheaper and different in taste.”
“We have seen the cost of sea freight slightly decline in the past few months, but the price difference is not significant. In general, the cost is still quite high compared to the cost price before the outbreak of Covid-19.” Stevan said.
Besides fresh mangosteen, the company also exports fresh pineapples and frozen pineapples.