Ukrainian raspberries hit the market at higher prices than last year
According to EastFruit analysts, growers in the southern regions of Ukraine started harvesting early raspberries of a new crop on June 11-12, 2020. Despite the cool spring and many problems with frost and other adverse weather conditions, the harvesting season for early raspberry varieties has kicked off with only a slight delay.
So far, a lot of the raspberries on sale are very small, although the demand for the fruit from wholesale buyers is already at the proper level. Therefore, despite the relatively high price, raspberry sales are going great. Last week, the average wholesale price for Ukrainian raspberries in the southern regions of the country was 230-260 UAH / kg ($ 8.6-9.7 US dollars per kg). At the same time, imported raspberries were on average three times more expensive – about 28 US dollars per kg.
Last year, the first batches of Ukrainian open ground raspberries were much cheaper. Wholesale prices in the first half of June 2019 came close to 100 UAH / kg (3.72 dollars); that is, two and a half times lower than in 2020.
It is worth noting that, at the moment, almost all types of berries sold on the Ukrainian market are sold for significantly higher prices than in 2019.