Due to the strong global demand for raspberries, Serbian producers in the Arilje region (central Serbia) have received an offer to sell a kilogramme of raspberries for 250 dinars.
The raspberry season has not yet begun, but exporters have already sold around 20,000 tonnes abroad, in advance.
This situation in the market, a month and a half before the start of the new harvest, is partly due to the smaller quantities of raspberries available last season, and also to unfavourable contracts of some export companies with foreign buyers from France, Germany, Sweden…
“Some exporters concluded unfavourable contracts so that the selling price was lower than the price for which they bought raspberries here. In the meantime, some of them managed to postpone the shipment of almost 20,000 tonnes and later agreed that deliveries would take place after all. So, these previously frozen quantities were sold in advance from the early April to date,” Aleksandar Leposavić, one of the leading experts in raspberry cultivation, tells Politika daily.
Considering that “the situation in the orchards is not promising”, he predicts that there will not be many leftovers or unsold goods from the next harvest.
“Those who have raspberries and did business differently will have a very successful season. Thanks to the knowledge of the situation and the stored quantities of high-quality raspberries, several exporters have made a huge profit, which has not been recorded in the last 25 years,” Leposavić adds.
Due to the scarcity of raspberries in countries that are Serbia’s main competitors and the high global demand, raspberries from the Arilje region are valued at up to 250 dinars per kilo and higher. Last year, raspberries were sold between 215 and 235 dinars (in bulk), depending on the variety. Aleksandar Leposavić concludes that stocks were lower in America and Chile, places that had much lower yields at harvest time and in general, while the prices of raw materials and food in the world increased by 10 to 15% last year.
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