Foreign demand grows

China: Honey pomelos come to an end

"This year's honey pomelo export season is already nearing its end. Overall, 25% less honey pomelos were produced in the main production region of Pinghe county. This is mainly the result of two reasons. First of all, the weather wasn't optimal in the production region. Secondly, the production was unusually high during the previous production season. This had its effect on the rate of trees that bear fruit," says Mr. Huang Shengjin, chairman of Pinghe Sanlv Fruit and Vegetables. 

Export price not ideal

"Just as we expected, a lot of honey pomelos of secondary quality have flooded the market. This has caused a significant drop of the overall export price compared to last year. This is especially true for the European market. The low honey pomelo price that characterises the last stages of the export season has attracted the interest of many foreign customers. But because the production capacity is not sufficient right now, more than 50% of the demand cannot be satisfied." 

Expanding the production scale
"A clear difference with the foreign market is that the demand for honey pomelo was very large on the Chinese market this year. This has compensated our losses on the foreign markets to a certain extent. In order to meet the demands of clients in the last stages of the export season, we have decided to expand the production capacity. The construction of a new factory has already started on November 29. When constructions are finished, we estimate that the storage capacity of the pomelos will be doubled at least."

Mr. Huang Shengjin, chairman of the board
Pinghe Sanlv Fruits and Vegetables Co., Ltd.
Telephone: +86 136 0600 6131

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