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Miguel Gómez of FenixFood: "We are already organizing the next season of organic Butternut and Hokkaido pumpkins from Egypt"

"Pumpkin prices may continue to rise"

In the market, pumpkins currently reach prices "of up to 1.20 and 1.30 Euro per kilo," said Miguel Gómez, of FenixFood's sales department. "Due to different factors, such as high temperatures and a lack of water, which have affected the production, and perhaps also to high consumption, the European stock of pumpkins is currently low and, therefore, prices may continue to rise."

"At FenixFood, we will continue to produce organic pumpkins until October, but we are already organizing the next season of imported organic Butternut and Hokkaido pumpkins, which we grow in southern Egypt. We believe that this is going to be a good year for the pumpkin market, which is is why we have opted for counter-season production," said Miguel. 

"Our main market is Europe, especially France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, but we are open to working in other destinations with our different product lines."

Fenix Food has 38 years of experience in the production and marketing of organic products, in which it is specialized, under the direction of Miguel Gómez. "It is true that we are always learning new things in this kind of trade, but we believe that, although the situation is complicated, we must seek opportunities and, above all, offer customers safety, quality and regularity."

"We do not work only with pumpkins; our main product is the sweet potato, for which a very good campaign is expected this year, and which we also market all year round. Besides, we also work with avocados, citrus fruits, and other exotic products, such as pitahaya, loquat, guava, custard apple... Our goal is to open lines depending on what the market is demanding."

"For example, in 2020 we worked with organic grapefruit throughout the whole year, with a supply of Spanish fruit and imports from Mexico, and more recently, we have started a line of tiger nuts from Burkina Faso," says Miguel Gómez. "We can handle between 80 and 100 containers of tiger nuts per season, both organic and conventional."

"We are also importing cashew nuts from Burkina Faso. The campaign starts in November and lasts about 4-5 months. In that time, we plan to arrange the shipment of between 8 and 10 containers with both fresh products intended for consumption and products for the processing industry."

Another of FenixFood's services is the planning of sowings for its customers. "Our goal is to collaborate with large customers in the carrying out of sowings in countries such as Morocco, Egypt and, of course, Spain. We take care of everything; the customer only needs to give us the guidelines to follow regarding technical specifications of the products they will need. Egypt, specifically, is a country that is making great progress in the field of agriculture. Not only is it one of the largest citrus producers in the world (and only 5 days away from the European market), but it is also a country to be taken into account by more and more production companies, European or Israeli for example, and for the auxiliary industry."

New traceability and food safety software for importers
Imports play a key role in the global fresh produce market to ensure the correct supply of a chain that is extraordinarily complex, so traceability is essential, even more so for organic products, which are already subject to specific requirements and need to be closely monitored.

"We want to meet customer needs with new lines, but also with new developments. That is why, to guarantee quality and safety in the import of fresh produce, we are developing a traceability and food safety software that will be presented to the market soon, and which has already received very good reviews from the professionals to whom we have shown it in Europe, Mexico and the Dominican Republic," says Miguel.

For more information:
Vélez-Málaga, Malaga, Spain.
Tel.: +34 687 43 79 01

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