In previous years, the special attributes of Tomb-sweeping Day have given a certain boost to fruit sales. Next Wednesday (April 5) is Tomb-sweeping Day and, judging from this week's fruit market sales, the boost effect is not obvious, and the market situation of some categories is not performing well.
Recently, the price of imported grapes has dropped by about 10-20%. Taking Australian grapes as an example, it is understood that the price of Australian green grapes, which sold for about ￥280/box earlier, has dropped by ￥50-￥60/box recently, a drop of about 20%. The initial price of Australian red grapes at the beginning of last week was about ￥ 370/box, and the current price is lower. The prices of other imported grapes, such as Chilean green grapes and South African black grapes, also fell to varying degrees. Merchants said that the market has been relatively weak recently, and heavy rains in various places have also affected sales.
Left: Australian red grapes; Right: New Zealand apples
The prices of the New Zealand apples that are new on the market are 10% to 20% higher than that of the same period last year, and the volume is relatively small. Merchants said that due to the impact of the hurricane in New Zealand earlier, the production of apples decreased, so the price was high, but the taste was not affected much. However, some merchants said that the taste of the arrival was unstable.
Some merchants also mentioned that the sales of apples have been not ideal recently, and customers are more inclined to choose domestic apples based on cost performance. In addition, the high price of New Zealand "Possy" apples is still sought after. The current price has dropped compared to when it first arrived, but it is still higher than in the same period last year.
Left: South African pear; Right: Chilean plum
For other imported categories, the number of Chilean peaches and plums has decreased significantly. Some merchants said that customers who recently bought prunes are very cautious. If a batch is of good quality it can still get a good price, but if the prunes are slightly soft, they will be immediately sold, which leads to the merchant preferring to sell other produce. South African pears have been on the market earlier. It is reported that some merchants have significantly lowered the price in order to win customers, and the current price is relatively uneven.
In terms of imported fruits from Thailand, Thai longan has dropped from more than 200 RMB per box in mid-March to about ￥170/box now and the sales are not so fast. Thai durians currently have varieties such as Puang Manee and Chanee. Merchants said that the new season of popular varieties such as Gan Yao and MonThong will be launched soon, which will have an impact on the price of durians on sale. A small amount of MonThong Durian has arrived on the market this week. The quantity is small but the price is high. Recently, the price of Thai young coconut has been slightly lowered. Merchants said that it is related to the impact of rainy days on sales.
Domestic blueberry (small cup)
Domestic blueberries are traditionally packaged in boxes and small cups, and the price of small cups is relatively higher. This year, the number of blueberries packaged in small cups is significantly more than last year. Domestic cherries are already on the market, and the price has gradually dropped from over ￥200/kg to about ￥160-180/kg at present.