According to the players of the Moldovan fruit market, since the beginning of the last week of November, the wholesale price for local plums of the 2021 harvest has dropped to the level of late September – early October. Traders are now ready to pay no more than 8-9 MDL/kg ($0.46-0.51/kg) even for high-quality plums of the “President” variety that remained in the refrigerators of agricultural enterprises. The maximum wholesale price for their single export batches reached 14-15 MDL/kg ($0.80-0.85/kg) in early November. Traders explain the sharp decline in demand prices by a decrease in interest in plums both in the European and Russian markets – the average consumer switched to seasonal fruits: apples and citrus fruits.
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Nonetheless, retail prices for “President” and, especially, “Angelino” plums in supermarket chains have grown significantly by the end of November – up to 20 MDL/kg ($1.13/kg) and more. Moreover, it is Moldovan plums that still predominate on supermarket shelves, even in the case of the Eastern Chinese plums. Plums’ caliber is mostly small this year, due to excessive rainfall and cool weather in the first half of summer, but it did not affect the price level.
Retailers note that Moldovan plums are no longer in great demand since the second half of November and are purchased by chains just to maintain a variety of goods in the fruit and vegetable departments. Accordingly, the price for late local plums is set at a relatively high level, close to that set by stores for imported winter plums.
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