European stone fruit season has started in Poland
The first stone fruit from southern European countries are now appearing on the Polish market. The marketing season for Spanish and Italian nectarines, peaches and apricots will be very challenging this year. Especially with regard to the Spanish offer. This will be the season of shortage for these fruits. And it should be remembered that in the segment of nectarines, peaches and apricots, imports play a very important role in the Polish market, because they are present even during the peak domestic fruit season.
All the indications are that in the current season these fruits will be scarce and their prices will be high. The reason for this is the huge losses suffered by fruit crops in the south of the continent due to the April frosts. Especially in Spain, where the harvest will be the lowest in 40 years and less than half the 'normal' harvest. In such conditions, exports will fall sharply and exports from the more fortunate countries (France, Italy) will go mainly to Western Europe, as they are closer there. Let us not forget that the huge increase in costs, including transport costs, will also play its part.
For the time being, however, the prices of stone fruit currently available on the Polish market are, surprisingly, lower year on year. For small wholesalers, nectarines are now available at 10.00-13.00 PLN/kg, which is an average of 11.50 PLN/kg compared to 12.50 PLN/kg a year ago. In the case of peaches, it is PLN 9.00/kg compared with PLN 12.50/kg a year ago. Why is this happening? Because we still have fruit on the market imported from South America (Chile) and from Africa (South Africa) and their prices are lower than a year ago. It can be expected that when the import season from Chile ends, prices will rise.