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"The quality of Chilean peaches and plums is good, but the purchasing power of the market is insufficient"

After the Spring Festival, imported peaches and plums have been on the market one after another, becoming the most important import category after cherries. Among them, Chilean prunes and nectarines account for a large proportion. "In recent years, the sales of Chilean peaches and plums in the Chinese market have generally been satisfactory, and the number of arrivals has increased year by year." Mr. Leo Sun, foreign trade manager of Shanghai Xingwan Trading Co., Ltd., told FreshPlaza.

"The Chilean peach and plum season was more than ten days earlier than in previous years. Chilean prunes shipped by air have been on the market before the Lantern Festival, and the quality of the arrivals is satisfactory. The quality is related to the climate of the production area and post-harvest handling. As far as I know, The weather in Chilean production areas was stable during the production season. As Chilean companies pay more attention to the Chinese market and better understand Chinese consumers, many Chilean suppliers have increased investment to upgrade equipment and improve technology. At the fruit picking, sorting, and packaging stage, they pay more attention to details to prolong the freshness of the fruit, so that the quality of the fruit reaching the Chinese market is getting better and better."

"For example, some of the Chilean nectarines that arrived last year had long hairs and were rotten. It is likely that the packaging and transportation temperature was insufficient. In addition, the shipping schedule was unstable last year, which caused quality problems. The shipping schedule has been relatively stable this year, and Chilean companies have done more detailed processing after harvesting, and the proportion of quality problems in the arrival this year has been greatly reduced." Leo said.

Talking about the market performance of Chilean peaches and plums this year, Leo said: "Take Chilean prunes as an example. Earlier, the industry predicted that the price would be better than before. Although the current market is good, it is relatively cold as a whole. There are not many merchants who buy it, and the sales are not fast. After the cherries boom before the Spring Festival, the market has gradually calmed down, and consumers’ purchasing power has yet to recover. Perhaps the final price of prunes this season will not change much from previous years.”

Left: Chilean prune "two-in-one" packaging

In terms of packaging, Leo mentioned that in addition to the traditional 5KG large carton packaging, a 2.5KG X 2 "two-in-one" carton packaging is launched for Chilean prunes. The packaging is all transported by air, and only the best quality prunes are placed. Although the price is relatively high, this specification is very popular in the market because of its high quality and convenience.

Shanghai Xingwan Trading Co., Ltd. imports fruits including cherries, peaches and plums, blueberries, avocados, raisins, South African oranges, and grapefruits, which are directly picked from the place of origin. There are also dragon fruit, young coconut, durian, longan, mangosteen, and other Southeast Asian fruits. The company's sales are mainly based on wholesale market stalls, and it has self-operated stalls in wholesale markets in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiaxing, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, and other cities in China.

For more information:

Shanghai Xingwan Trading Co., Ltd.
Contact: Leo Sun
Tel.: +86 13840466833 

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