Mexico: Tropical fruit prices up due to cold weather

The price of some basic food products, mainly onions and tropical fruits, has increased by up to 10 percent because the climate is becoming colder, said the chairman of the board of the Central Market, Pablo Martinez Rosales.

The price of potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, apples and vegetables remain stable. "The supply of vegetables continues at the same rate because there has been no frost in this area, even flowers are cheap, compared to last year, as they remain at the same prices," he added.

The price of some products will start increasing in the last week of November because that's when producers know how the harvest has turned out. If the weather is good, prices will be good; however, if there are frosts before expected, prices will increase.

“There’s only been an increase in tropical fruits, a part of Colima and Jalisco were affected so there was a 15 percent increase in papaya, pineapple and watermelon. The rest is flowing at a normal pace,” he added.

Even though they aren’t sold much, imports, such as the American grapes, kiwis, peaches, and plums have increased by 20 percent.

An 18-kilo box of Mexican apples costs 170 pesos and the imported apple costs 600 pesos.


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