The commercial landscape for Almeria’s California pepper production has been very favourable in recent seasons. Israel has reduced its shipments to Europe because its product did not fully meet distributors’ requirements in terms of its quality and packaging. As a consequence of the unfavourable economic results, there has been a transfer to other more valued crops and the area of Israeli pepper has decreased, which has led to very profitable campaigns for the Andalusian production.
Prices of California pepper in the first three weeks of November have been stable, below 60 cents per kilo. According to experts in the sector, the supplies of California pepper have so far been abundant, with no significant changes in prices at source. In Week 48, the price at source increased by 43% due to the weather conditions in Almeria, with occasional rains causing delays to harvesting and a fall in supplies to the auctions. However, in Week 49, the price dropped by 11%.