The Polish apple season has been particularly strong this season, to the surprise of Emilia Levandovska, office manager for Polish apple exporter Fruit-Group: “Our season started with a strong focus on long-distance shipments. In September, we started loading shipments to Vietnam, India and Colombia. We were pleasantly surprised to start the season with such a strong momentum.
Demand from our Polish market was also quite good. Supermarket chains did some promotional programs for apples, so that had a positive effect on our domestic sales. Honestly, we thought that the start of the season would not be so good, so we are positively surprised by the current state of things.”
Low temperatures, apples still on the tree due to lack of labor
Even though temperatures are dropping quickly, some growers still have apples on the trees due to a lack of labor, Levandovska explains. “The current demand is still stable, because we just started the season a little over two months ago. However, Christmas is coming up, and we usually see volumes drop around this time, as some growers have completed their full harvest last week. Today it is -6 degrees Celsius, and there are still orchards with apples on the trees. This is not a choice, as some of the Polish growers have left the apples on the trees due to lack of employees to pick them all.
Instead of apples – cherries, blueberries, strawberries, pears
In addition to berries, some Polish growers are now looking at growing pears. Levandovska states that it is not as easy as some people think, because pears are very demanding to grow: “Due to the bad financial situation of apples, growers started diversifying their fields. Instead of apples, they started planting blueberries, cherries, strawberries, vegetables, and now pears. Pears are demanding in terms of cultivation; trees need quality soil and a good position on the land. “Because it is difficult to produce quality and good quantity of pears, the decision to start growing them is not so easy for growers,” she concludes.
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