The garlic season in Egypt will face a volume decline of up to 50%. According to Mr. Anthony Mina, CEO of E2M, this decrease is normal and follows the cycle of decreasing volumes that occurs every two years.
Anthony explains, "January and February are the most critical months for garlic production in Egypt in terms of weather conditions. So far, the conditions are optimal and we expect good quality produce. However, after two years of excessive production, volumes will decrease this year because many producers have suffered losses and reduced their acreage." According to the producer, the political situation in Eastern Europe is also contributing to this decrease.
E2M has anticipated this decrease in supply by planting its own crops. Anthony adds, "When we had just started our garlic export business in 2015, we were buying from packing stations and later directly from producers. Today, we have our own garlic plantings to control our volumes and ensure a steady supply." The company exported its first container of garlic to Melbourne, Australia, in 2015. Since then, it has maintained a presence in Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Taiwan, where E2M is the top garlic exporter.
The producer also controls its supply by investing in equipment: "We acquired the first garlic grading and sorting machine in Egypt, and even imported these machines to resell to other exporters in Egypt. Our business is driven by quality and offering the right sizes for our market, rather than quantity."
E2M offers other products such as citrus fruits, pomegranates, onions, potatoes, grapes, strawberries, dates, etc.
"As far as our garlic business is concerned, we will continue to fulfill our contracts in the countries where we are already present, and we plan to explore other markets in Europe and Africa. We have suitable sizes for each market in both red and white garlic varieties," Anthony concludes.
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