The volumes of watermelons handled this year by Agrieuropa, a company located in Terracina (Latina), reached 35 thousand tons. The campaign is now coming to an end.
"It has been a good campaign from a commercial point of view, with a lively market and satisfactory prices. We cannot say the same from a production point of view, as we have had a few problems caused by the weather, which has caused lower yields per hectare," reports Agrieuropa president Alberto Nocera.
"This campaign was better than the previous one, with a higher demand and a satisfactory market despite the fluctuating trend in during the first two weeks of August, when prices dropped slightly."
"Although Europe remains the main destination for our products, Germany in particular, our presence on the national market has increased a lot over the past few years. We currently deliver 70% of the produce to Europe and 30% to Italy. We have been more present in Italy lately because we manage to guarantee good quality supplies throughout the campaign. That is why supermarkets trust us. In addition, this year we have also started working with the Netherlands."
In addition to traditional watermelons, Agrieuropa also produces mini-watermelons. This is the third year, and feedback has been positive so far. Nocera says that "we have reached a good work base and we can say we are pleased with how production and commercialization are going."
"Next season we will diminish plans between August and September by 50%. In addition, as we have tried seedless watermelons for the first time this year, and next year we are planning on adding them."
Agrieuropa is getting ready for the winter season as it is transplanting turnips, kohlrabi, carrots, spinach and lamb's lettuce, while the production of white and dark zucchini, cucumbers and lamb's lettuce is in underway.