Mateusz Wajnert, head of sales for Polish apple exporter Galster is currently in Vietnam to speak to several companies about their new apple season: “Our expectations for the new season are similar to previous seasons. We’re planning to do good work with all our old customers, as well as looking for new challenges. Our apples industry it’s a kind of business that requires you to take steps forward all the time in order not to fall behind the pack. As proof of my words, I’m currently in Vietnam to visit our clients and set everything up for the new season.”
The season is looking to have normal sizes for the season, which is good for the exporter. However, Wajnert emphasizes that the increasing costs of energy will have great impact on storing apples in cold stores for an extended amount of time will prove to be rather expensive this year.
“I think that the sizes will be normal, as they were in the previous season. are rather the same like in previous season. Our customers are expecting sizes between 70-80 mm and we are doing our best to produce apples like that in our orchards. We have many inquiries from many countries. We are still in touch with our old customers and speaking about the possibilities for the new season. But at the moment these are just conversations. The priority is to pick the apples from the trees and we will see what happens next. That being said, we do look to the new season with optimism, although we are slightly afraid of the situation with energy costs. Storing the apples in cold stores for long periods of time will certainly be very expensive this season.”
Galster sees the Asian market as one with a lot of potential, despite the increased freight costs: “Asia and Vietnam specifically are very interesting markets. We have experience working with Vietnam market before Covid hit the world. This market felt the negative effects of Covid very hard, right now we are trying to get back into this market. We need to remember that cost of freight before Covid and right now have at least doubled. But since there is still a demand for Polish apples, we were more than happy to conduct a couple of meetings here, and we’re optimistic about cooperating with these companies.” Wajnert concludes.