The red pear variety Celina, with the brand name QTee, has been harvested more in Belgium than last year. “A volume of 520 tons,” says Kris Wouters of Fruithandel Wouters. “The season went well; everything has been sold in the meantime. We have chosen to sell the pears to several markets.”

QTee is available in different packages

In 13 different countries
Kris continues: “The reason to choose more markets is to get a feeling for which destination we could best sell our pears to in the future. In addition, to find out how much we can plant of this pear. We have adjusted the packaging to the wishes of some foreign clients. The QTee was for sale in 13 countries in total. This made the sorting a little bit more difficult, because there were often different packages required for the different destinations.”

Next year from South Africa
The fruit trader states that there were more paler coloured pears this year. “But we saw during this year, that they are very good on the market. There is obviously a demand for pears without a rough skin. The best reaction to the QTee came this year from Germany, Sweden, and the Middle East.” In 2017, the first pears will come from South Africa. “The harvest will start somewhere in the beginning of January. The harvest is still minimal, because they use swift growing rootstocks in South Africa. The trees will really start producing when they are four years old. The first larger productions will be expected during the next season,” Kris concludes. 

For more information:
NV Fruithandel Wouters R&Co
Kasteellaan 21
3454 Rummen (Belgium)
Tel.: +3211586190
GSM: +32475283696
Fax: +3211581041