David López

"Spain: "Satsumas are mature and ready for harvest"

The Okitsu Satsuma variety has been marketed since 25 September, sold both with leaf and leafless.

"Now is the right moment for Satsumas, because they have reached the ideal degree of maturity, with a Brix level between 13 and 14º. We harvest it and after just two days in the chamber they acquire their natural colour, yellowish orange," explains David López, from Asunción López S.L.U.

David says that it is necessary to start working with Satsumas as soon as they are mature; however, some exporters begin too soon, before they are ready, because they want to be first right after the stone fruit season.

"Some harvest the fruit before it reaches optimal market conditions. Importers buy the fruit and it reaches the consumer still tangy in flavour," explains David. "Because of this, consumers tend to wait for 15 to 20 days before buying it again, causing prices to fall, which severely damages the market."

Satsumas are characterised by having plenty of juice, "it melts in your mouth," says the exporter.

Asunción López is negotiating the terms to start exporting citrus to Peru, a country where demand is growing thanks to an increase in the average purchasing power of the citizens. This way, they would fill the gap in the Peruvian citrus market between November and May.

"The negotiations with Peru have been settled, but it is being difficult to obtain answers from Spain's Ministry of Agriculture to authorise the operations." 

For more information:
David López: +34627542499
Antonio López: +34669478121
La Barraca de Aguas Vivas, Valencia (España).
TEL: +34962589146
FAX: :+34962588806

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