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Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

French peaches and nectarines: relatively high consumption level for the season

“The consumption of French peaches and nectarines has been good throughout the season, thanks to their excellent quality and the fabulous weather. This high consumption level has therefore resulted in a very fluid market,” explains Raphaël Martinez.

The storms in the south of France on August 17th-19th have caused some quality problems (wilting and bruising) on the products that were on the market last week. However, everything seems to be back to normal now. “The quality is good again and sugar levels are high. Consumption is still relatively high for the season.”

“The last week of August usually marks a delicate period for everyone. It is not necessarily a good period for consumption as consumers are more preoccupied with back-to-school purchases rather than summer fruit. But this year, the consumption of peaches and nectarines is still high, and retailers are playing along with various promotional actions.” This level of consumption should last until the end of the season, according to Raphaël Martinez, with prices that are “still interesting for the producers.”

According to the latest estimates, the remaining volumes, consisting of mostly yellow and white nectarines, should amount to 10,000 tons. The yellow and white peaches are used to complete the offer. There is a notably higher proportion of caliber B than usual.

Regarding the French apricots, the season is coming to an end. The very last shipments will take place this week with the Far varieties (Farlis, Fardao and Farclo).

For more information: 
Raphaël Martinez
AOP Pêches et Abricots de France

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