Photo: DO KAKI DEL XUQUER
Spain’s 2020 kaki crop is expected to be relatively small this year due to unfavourable weather conditions and attacks from pests in the country’s main production area Valencia. This contrasts with last season’s record harvest, which led to low prices and a 6% reduction in acreage. This year’s harvest is projected to be down by as much as 45% from last season’s total of 450,000 tons. Recent flooding in Valencia have exacerbated an already difficult season, with farmers unable to enter the fields. This led to higher demand and prices. Sizes are generally larger this year and there is an abundance of second-class fruit.
Prices paid to producers are on average higher than last season, but pest control costs have cut into profit margins. Restrictions on the use of phytosanitary products have contributed to the spread of pests and fungi.
KakiFresh Nature, the Spanish harvesting and packing branch of HillFresh International has recently purchased a young kaki fruit (persimmon, Rojo Billante) plant in Spain, according to a press release by HillFresh
“To meet the fast growing demand of our customers the next logical step is to start with our own plant in Spain. This way we can control things like quality and food-safety,” said Pieter de Jong at HillFresh International.
Several years ago KakiFresh entered the world of kaki fruit by harvesting products at the fruit plants, packing the product and selling it. KakiFresh now also controls the process of growing the kaki. Because of a special harvesting method KakiFresh Nature is capable of supplying a high quality kaki fruit under the HillFresh premium label “Always Tasty”.
Recently HillFresh has expanded its kaki plants to the Southern Hemisphere in order to soon be able to supply the market with kaki fruit year-round.
HillFresh International is an international enterprise founded in 2007. Its main focus is targeted on supplying kiwi, melon, grapes, citrus and kaki with an optimal taste. Products that meet HillFresh highest standards are marketed under the “Always Tasty” label.