Israeli easy-peelers season is close to the end. Last Murcotts for Russia should be loaded this (14) week, while Mandor will last another week or two: still too early to tell, since some growers have shipped all their fruit already, while others still keep it. In any case, in my opinion in 2 weeks all easy peelers from Israel will be over: the market in Russia is almost empty of Turkish easy peelers and is ready to accept big volumes, and on the other side Israeli growers prefer to put grapefruits rather than mandarins into storages. Continue reading Israeli easy-peelers’ season
As usual, it’s been a long season for capsicums. With Spanish capsicum over, and lower than expected crop of the Dutch capsicum, Israeli capsicum stays almost alone on the market. But Israeli growers can’t make miracles, and the local season is also coming to an end. There is still plenty to go and many growers will continue exports into May, but don’t let this fool you. Late capsicum has more gentle and slightly thinner walls, thus making it more vulnerable to damages during transportation, even if it’s only a week. Depending on variety and place of growing, the loss can be between 10% to 25%. Under 5%? It’s a bliss!
Generally, yellow capsicums are the most gentle varieties for transport, while oranges and reds come somewhat behind. Continue reading Capsicums season
A few days ago after 20 days in transit our pomegranates have arrived safe and sound to the customer. The fruit, which was harvested before the winter rains, arrived without any damage at all. Continue reading Pomegranates have arrived!
A month ago I’ve blogged here on the Gold Sweetie grapefruit season.
Back then, everyone here expected the season to last till the end of March. However, now it seems that the season will finish 2 weeks earlier than usual. Continue reading Gold Sweetie season ends early
It’s been two weeks since I’ve last updated this blog. These weeks we are busy closing one of the most important deals – we’ve bought one of the last and definitely the largest stock of pomegranates. Pomegranates are a very popular fruit on the Russian market and, these months, also a rare one. Continue reading Pomegranates
Strong cold cyclone that entered Israel on Sunday night have caused severe rains all over the country. On the South of country in 24 hours the rainfall amounted for a monthly average and floods had cut off the South from the ports. In other place of the country fields are covered in deep mud, making even the tractors useless.
Because of this, in one day carrot prices went up by 10-15%, while quantity of available products shrank to half of expected quantity. Because the carrot variety that is harvest now cannot be stored for more than 4 weeks, growers harvest it 1-2 days before the vessel leaves port. But even knowing of the upcoming storm didn’t help to farmers: last season the demand for early carrot was lower, so the farmers have planted less carrots for this season. As such, we expect the shortage on carrot market to continue for another 3 weeks, until other varieties kick in. As for early carrot – this week the harvest might start only on Friday, so we reckon that next week’s prices will stay at current level.
In recent years Israeli carrots have become very popular in Russia, Ukraine and European countries. This is due to unique combination of price, quality and fresh crop season. Carrot season in Israel starts at 3rd of December and continues till late Spring, right until the local carrot in Europe is big enough to be harvested. Continue reading Israeli carrot
December usually marks increasing demand for imported fruits and vegetables in Russia and neighboring countries, as local stocks are finishing and people prepare for long festive season. However, 2009 is different from previous years.