South African apples sell well, but Hainan wax apples sell even better

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Conditions in the Guangzhou fruit market are more or less the same this week as the previous two weeks. Saturday June 18 was an online shopping holiday and close to Father’s Day too, and the effect on fruit sales was clear.

South African apples and oranges are gradually entering the Guangzhou market one after another. According to an apple trader, the top-selling South African import apples are Fuji apples. Their terms of sale are quite good and they have taken the top spot in the New Zealand apple market.

The price and product quality of apples imported from South Africa are the same as last year, around 200 yuan [29.78 USD] per box, and the flavor is not bad. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s apple supply volume is down, and the price is rising to nearly 400 yuan [59.55 USD] By box. Although the varieties, sizes and characteristics of apples are all different, apples imported from South Africa have a clear price advantage and are therefore more popular.

South African oranges (left) and South African apples (right)

Import apples

The citrus market is more complicated: traders who sell South African sweet oranges and navel oranges say the sales figures are excellent, but traders who sell South African oranges and grapefruit to us do not see much difference with. The movement of the product has slowed slightly. As for import grapes, the market is dominated by Australian import grapes, but their sales season is coming to an end. The overall supply volume becomes smaller. Meanwhile, the domestic grape market is increasing. Domestic Shine Muscat grapes can be found at any stand.

Blueberries (left) and Shandong cherries (right)

The price of domestic blueberries drops by 10-20%. Market buying power weakens slightly. The supply volume of bunched blueberries, as opposed to bulk blueberries, is growing. Muscat grapes of domestic brilliance are very popular. A trader explained that the overall acreage devoted to Shine Muscat grapes has increased since last year, and that the number of traders selling these grapes is also increasing. As a result, competition in the market increases. Traders are unhappy with low product circulation and profit margins.

Yellow peaches (left) and honey peaches (right)

It is peach season in China, including honey peaches and yellow peaches. The conditions of sale are slightly fluctuating. A trader who sells a variety of peaches said the movement of produce has recently slowed. Yangshan honey peach, for example, was very popular last year but is not selling as well now. The reason is that purchasing power has weakened. Another reason is that the flavor of the peaches was better last year.

Hainan’s wax apple supply season is strong. The current favorite is the Black Iron wax apple variety. The quality and flavor of the products are excellent, and this is the peak of their selling season. Shandong cherries entered the market in June, but the supply season ends at the end of the month. The price is lower than in previous years and the flavor better, but product movement has slowed further.

Traders believe that the weakening of purchasing power is the cause of this situation. Domestic yellow dragon fruit is not selling as well as traders expected. The boxes of 6 pieces of regular size yellow dragon fruit are more expensive, but also more popular, than the boxes of 8 pieces of regular size yellow dragon fruit. There is still a market preference for slightly larger yellow dragon fruit. The market also offers a variety of lychees, including a small volume of Rice Cake lychees, which recently entered the market. The supply volume is small and the product quality is high, so the movement of the product is fast.

Other fruits selling well include pineapples from the Philippines, sugar apples from Thailand, oranges from Chongqing and apricots from Xinjiang. Traders report stable trading conditions and steady product movement. A Southeast Asian fruit trader also mentioned that Thai mangosteen is very popular in Guangzhou fruit market.

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