SPAIN: Almeria’s melons and watermelons competing with overseas fruit


The earlier start of Almeria’s melon and watermelon season has entailed difficulties in the fruits’ marketing, since supermarkets still have some supply from overseas countries, as revealed by an analysis of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.


Despite this, the high quality achieved at the start of the campaign is giving Almeria’s productions some leverage in the sales channels.
Besides the fact that the watermelon campaign has kicked off 10 to 12 days earlier, the slow demand due to the unfavourable weather conditions for the consumption of watermelons, with overcast days and plenty of rainfall, both in Spain and in Central Europe, is another factor that has affected the fruit’s prices.


Senegal’s production, although also significant, is taking a lesser toll on domestic prices in Spain.


The domestic market prefers large calibre black seedless watermelons, while for export the most appreciated are the small and medium calibres.


When it comes to Galia melons, the most common variety in the first weeks of the campaign, the volume available in the market is gradually increasing and prices have recorded a significant drop compared to the previous week, mostly as a result of competition with overseas produce, whose campaign is coming to an end with reduced prices.


The Galia harvest, just as in the case of watermelons, started 10 to 15 days earlier than in previous campaigns. Product quality is adequate; however, the high temperatures recorded in the province of Almeria could actually accelerate the fruit’s ripening.


Between February and April, Europe usually imports various melon varieties from Costa Rica, Brazil, Honduras and Panama. In early April, these productions are taken over by Senegal, and mid-April marks the arrival of Morocco and Egypt, which remain productive roughly until May.


Source: Fresh Plaza

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