Davis Worldwide are winding down their Southern Hemisphere kiwifruit season with the last few arrivals on the water, the last one should arrive at the beginning of October.
“The season has been good, with good quality fruit,” explains Mark Wright, Senior Commercial Manager at Davis Worldwide. “Sizing was challenging with less big sizes around. From our understanding some of the Chilean Exporters decided to open their cold stores to get more big sizes on the market which also meant additional smaller sizes which flooded the market. We moved around 8 more containers than normal to help other importers in the UK and NL who became overloaded with fruit in addition to the 30 which we imported directed as Davis Worldwide and Nature South UK.”
“We found some extra orders this season, possibly down to better prices due to the volume of fruit on the market.”
Davis Worldwide has a year-round supply of kiwifruit and are looking forward to the start of the Greek season in early November.
Late Canadian cherries are now on the market which according to Mark are good quality, big fruit with good shelf life.
“We primarily target the Middle Eastern markets at this time with fruit of +28mm which is going for around 15 Euros per kg. We did some UK cherries last year for export, but sadly have not done any this year. The main reason here was that there was an increased volume of cherries on the market from Belgium and Turkey at the same time so customers preferred to take advantage of the price saving this season, as the UK fruit carries a premium price.”
“Looking further forward the Southern Hemisphere stone fruit and cherry season which is right around the corner with our Chilean partners already quoting their process trying to get ahead of the market, this is quite unusual as normally we see this happing in late Sept / mid October. We will be starting this season in late December with arrivals from South Africa and Chile.”
Davis has been importing top fruit from the Balkan Peninsula for a couple of years. “It is not that well known but they offer a fantastic product, many growers are looking for opportunities outside of their domestic markets and we are keen to help. They have invested in good varieties, we are then helping them understand the right certifications needed for the UK market.”
“As a business we are always looking for a point of difference. Whilst our people represent that POD we need our customers and suppliers to reflect that too. New countries of origin and products are part of our business development remit and our efforts have yielded some reward.”