An apple season of excellent quality is forecast by the Mazzoni group, which at 35,000 tons is one of the biggest marketers on the Padua plain, and exports to over 44 countries around the world, from India to Dubai and from Libya to Northern Europe.
Commercial manager Sergio Trevisan said since flowering ended it has been clear a very positive year lies ahead.
“The varieties that have already been harvested, like Modì® and Gala, are showing superb colour and good sizes, and the same can also be said for the new cloned varieties,” he said.
In the past decade, Mazzoni has stopped working with some types of apple, including traditional varieties like Stark and Morgenduft, in order to focus on just a few, such as Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Lady®, Fuji Melapiù, Modì® and Golden Delicious.
This has allowed the group to handle major volumes to meet the demands of the international market.
The Mazzoni group is able to satisfy any type of request from its clients and its state-of-the-art facilities guarantee product quality.
Growing its client base, making new investments in logistics and opening up to small companies form the strategy of Maap, the Padua Agri-Food Market, which ranks fifth in Italy by commercial capacity with its 32 produce wholesalers and two farm cooperatives.
The north Italian fruit and vegetable market, located in Padua, Maap is Italy’s top market by exports, which account for around 60% of its total turnover. The export routes mostly lead towards Eastern Europe, through Slovenia to Croatia, through Hungary to Romania and (before the embargo) to the distant cities of Russia.
As CEO Francesco Cera explained: “We are working on a series of investments to support the expansion we are seeing in our client base.” Maap has increased its tonnage by over 10% in the past 15 years and investment in new structures is needed to meet the demands of the future.
“We intend to programme building investments that can accommodate new logistics platforms. This is important from the structural point of view. Our strategy is therefore to focus on foreign trade and medium sized retail distribution chains,” Cera said.