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Moldova will process more apples this season than in 2018/19 despile lower harvest

According to the preliminary estimate of Speranța Con, the Association of Producers of Canned Fruit and Vegetables of Moldova, local factories producing apple juice concentrate and apple juices will process about 350 thousand tonnes of apples of the 2021 harvest by the end of the year. Over the past five years, the volume of industrial apple processed by these enterprises did not exceed 280-300 thousand tonnes average per season. The maximum volume of processed apples was around340 thousand tonnes (2018 harvest).

According to representatives of Speranța Con, the supply of apples from the orchards will be fully completed this week. Already now, apples from cold storage facilities account for the bulk of the raw materials supplied to concentrate factories. Experts of the association note that “in the last third of the harvesting, many agricultural producers, fearing sudden cold weather, put apples in refrigerators without primary sorting. As exports intensify in November-December, a large volume of apples is sorted now and sent for processing.”

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According to the processors’ forecast, factories will receive no more than 3-5 thousand tonnes of apples by the end of December 2021. The price will not change by the end of the year – up to 1.4 MDL/kg ($0.08/kg). Next year, the dynamics of raw materials supplies to factories will depend on the “fresh market” situation. However, it is almost certain that the volume of apple processing in winter and spring 2022 will be significantly lower than in the same period in 2021 (around 40 thousand tonnes).

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