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This week's export market

China: Cherry price dropping, southern mangos harvested

The first fruit charter plane arrived at the international airport of Zhengzhou last week. This week, there are several charter planes that will reach the Chinese mainland for cherry sales. In general, the quick increase in supply volume leads to an equally quick downward price adjustment in first-tier wholesale markets. By the end of Friday, the jumbo Chilean cherries had already dropped to 600 RMB on the Shanghai first-tier wholesale market. The cherries are still in the first period of the season, in the next week there may be even more batches of cherries reaching the market, so with an increased pressure from the stock, it is predicted that the prices and the sales speed will go down. 

Chilean cherries are not the only fruit in this situation, mangoes from the Southern hemisphere are also reaching China in increasing volumes. This week, mangoes are coming in from Ecuador, Peru and Australia. This Friday, newly arrived mangoes were sold for 370 RMB, but the sales speed wasn't very high. The Ecuadorian mangoes that have been supplied for about a month now, are also going down continuously. Australian mangoes are mostly sold after a second selection in China. This assures that the mangoes are all equally ripe. The price for these mangoes is still the highest. 

Mangoes from Ecuador

Mangoes from Peru

Australian mangoes

Apart from the large fruit cases mentioned above, the pears from the Netherlands and the US are also going on sale. Compared to the American pears, Dutch pears haven't had access to the Chinese market for a long time. The varieties that are mainly arriving in China are 'Jaguar' and 'Fruitmaster'. Since pears belong to the category of fruits that only become ripe after a while, consumers usually have to wait a few days after buying until the pears are ready to eat. The pears can only be eaten after they have become soft. Chinese consumers on the other hand are used to fruits that are firm and juicy. It will require a considerable period of time to overcome these differences in consumption culture. 

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