The Egyptian garlic campaign is ongoing, with demand outstripping supply and prices rising, but it's in a more competitive position than other origins, according to Ralph Nakhal of Egyptian producer Tomna.
Ralph said, "We are currently in the midst of the cured fresh garlic export season, fulfilling all orders and working on our programs. We've also started shipping yellow and red onions."
The grower adds, "We're doing very well in the Northern, Central, and Southern American markets, but demand is slower from Australia. I think the slow markets will recover very soon because of the situation with all the competing origins."
Since the start of the season, prices have already been higher than last year, but they continue to rise due to strong demand. Ralph says: "So far, local onion and garlic prices have risen over the past month, causing turbulence in the market. Prices have risen sharply due to demand outstripping supply for both garlic and onions. We now see prices stabilizing, but we never know what the next few weeks will bring."
That said, Egyptian garlic remains competitive due to rising prices in other origins as well, adds Ralph: "Chinese garlic prices are also rising, giving us a price and quality advantage to compete in many markets such as Brazil, the USA, Canada, and many others."
In tandem with prices, Egyptian exporters are using quality as a competitive lever, according to Ralph. He concludes, "Egyptian garlic is very competitive on international markets because many exporters are concentrating on quality, which gives the Egyptian product a good edge over Spanish or Mexican garlic."