December is usually a good month for lime sales. However, demand is currently lagging. "Limes are among the fruit and vegetable products that have suffered the most from the global pandemic. A lot of demand normally comes from bars and restaurants. And those sectors have been hit hard. All in all, 2021 hasn't been an easy year for limes," says Efrain Saucedo Nuñez of Fruta del Huerto in the Netherlands.
"Limes are presently selling for around €6. The upside is that less volume has been sent in recent weeks. That's fortunate because demand is pretty mediocre. The demand for limes always revives towards Christmas. But this year, that will have to come largely from retailers, not wholesalers."
"The season in Mexico is just about over. They didn't ship many limes to Europe this year as they can get higher prices in the United States. Supplies from Brazil will increase in the coming weeks, though. The lime supply to Europe does increase by ten percent annually. Most of that expansion is due to Brazil. Demand is rising too. I, however, fear that will barely be able to keep up with supply in the coming years," Efrain concludes.