In Valencia, there was a short heat wave at the beginning of August. Except for this, the past summer was not very hot. This weather was beneficial for the early mandarin varieties such as the Iwasaki, Okitsu, and Owari. This year, the growers in this area of Spain hope to make up for the losses of the previous year. “We expect significantly higher volumes than last year,” says one of the traders.

At the end of September, a trader said the quality is good, even though there seems to be a large number of small and medium sizes being harvested. “We anticipate more pressure on the prices this year”, he said. The first mandarins have since been picked. These early varieties can be found on wholesale markets in Europe.

Meanwhile, the harvesting of Clemen Rubis, Marisols, and Oronuls has also begun. This year’s yield is more abundant than last year’s. In Valencia, the largest cultivation area, a 21,5% increase is being anticipated in comparison to the previous year. Click here for the initial harvest estimate.

There is, however, an abundance of small sizes which are not suitable for export. Exporters are, therefore, estimating a loss of 10% in volume. The start of the season is increasingly complicated for Spanish mandarins every year. There is also an overlap of seasons with the Nadercott, Clemcott, Tango, and Orri from the Southern Hemisphere. That is why the sector is looking at ways to extend the season. Since there are fewer sizes available, prices are expected to be higher. There are, however, some exporters who expect that prices will soon be put under pressure. – freshplaza.com