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Prunes: Chile's production similar to last year

April 20, 2023 at 3:08 PM , Der AUDITOR
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SANTIAGO. The result of the Chilean prune production should be comparable to that of last year and thus not a bad result. The proportion of larger fruits is relatively high this year.

Around 60,000 mt of Chilean prunes

Chile's plum harvest is in full swing and with it the prune production. The experts at Catz expect a similar result to last year, which would be around 60,000 mt of prunes. The trees bore relatively many large fruits this year, which is why smaller varieties can probably only be offered at only slightly lower prices due to reduced availability.

On the European spot market, prices are currently still relatively stable, with some slight downward corrections. However, it remains to be seen how prices will develop. Argentina has again recorded a crop decline this year and due to the smaller crops in France and the USA last year, prices are likely to show some stability for the time being. Unpitted prunes, 30/40 from Chile are traded on the European spot market at prices of EUR 4.70/kg FCA Spain, while offers for pitted prunes, 40/60 are at a level of EUR 4.75/kg FCA.

Prunes, Chile

Type

EUR/kg

Unpitted, 30/40

4.70

Unpitted, 40/50

4.25

Unpitted, 40/60

4.15

Pitted, 40/60

4.75

Pitted, 50/60

4.65

FCA Spain

Germany increases imports from Chile

Germany imported around 5,241 mt of prunes between September 2022 and February 2023, a good 3% less than in the same period last year. Imports from Chile rose by 38% to 3,114 mt and shipments from Serbia also increased by an impressive 82% to 483 mt. At the same time, imports from the USA (-62% to 520 mt), the Netherlands (-30% to 258 mt) and France (-38% to 202 mt) were significantly lower.

Prune* imports, Germany, in mt

Supplier

2021/22

2022/23

Diff.

Chile

2,253

3,114

38.2%

USA

1,381

520

-62.3%

Serbia

266

483

81.6%

Netherlands

369

258

-30.1%

France

324

202

-37.7%

Turkey

203

114

-43.8%

Uzbekistan

119

69

-42.0%

Others

509

481

-5.5%

Total

5,424

5,241

-3.4%

Federal Statistical Office of Germany / Sep-Feb

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