Chile: Surplus plums due to record harvest

According to the “Chilean Walnut Commission” the trade in plums and walnuts was extremely difficult this year. One of the reasons was the currency devaluation in Russia, Europe and Brazil. Especially in Russia the demand for Chilean plums decreased due to the difficult economic situation.

Usually all plums would be sold out at this time of the year. This year, however, some container volumes of medium and larger sized plums are still available. So the old harvests still have to be sold while the sales of the new harvest are already planned.

Furthermore there was a record harvest of 77,000 metric tons Chilean plums. These figures, combined with the difficult sales in economically turbulent countries led to a drop in price. Currently, the price for plums with the size 50/60 and larger is very attractive for buyers.

The plum trees started to blossom a few weeks ago; therefore the beginning of the new harvest is expected in February-March 2016. The yield of next year is estimated at about 65,000 metric tons. However, for more detailed information we have to wait until the middle of January.

More information: 
Michael Priestoph GmbH
Friedensallee 120
22763 Hamburg
Tel.: +49(40) 30 70 13 0


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