For exporter Sai World the grape harvest is reaching its end. With the last orchard in New South Wales starting the crimson harvest, Sai World exports the fruit exclusively for the grower.
“Colour has been a problem for some growers this season, but the colour from our grower is very good,” said Sam Vasala. “It has been a wet summer with a lot of unforeseen issues which affected some grape production, but we are pleased with the fruit from this vineyard in New South Wales which we will export to Thailand, Japan ,Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
The Australian early citrus harvest has begun, but is about a month away from the first exports. According to Sam, the first fruit is looking good but is on the small side.
“In general, the early varieties are on the small side with sizes of 88-113, we are seeing fruit in our orchards which is bigger so we are happy. There was hail in some regions a while ago, so it remains to be seen what the damage is and how much, if at all quality has been affected.
This season big fruit will be in high demand for Navels, it is a bit too early to talk about mandarins
Influence of Russian invasion on markets
Australian citrus has its own demand and won’t be affected by a surplus of fruit from countries such as South Africa.
“Australian citrus has a better flavour, which the Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian markets love. The Indian market will see some disruption from Egyptian fruit which cannot go to Russia and Ukraine. They are already offering cheap fruit to India. This season will be a good one for anyone who has medium to large sizes. If Australia can find a home for the smaller fruit, the big fruit will be in demand which is quite the opposite to last year.”