Christian Kaufmann, Managing Director of Naturkost Schramm Import-Export Ltd

Stable prices, moderate demand for organic ginger

Ginger is known for its healthy properties and it is popular both in the catering industry, but for some years now increasingly in home cooking as well. Christian Kaufmann, managing director of Naturkost Schramm Import-Export Ltd from Appenweier, mainly offers ginger from Peru, with occasional goods from Germany. "We offer 1.5 to 2 tons of ginger per week. In principle, there is nothing to complain about in terms of quality, although there were slight quality problems at the beginning of the summer," Kaufmann said.

Christian Kaufmann. Photo: Naturkost Schramm Import-Export GmbH

Ginger from Germany
There was an extremely high demand during the Corona years, he said, when the sales volume for ginger was two to three times the current, regular sales. "Ginger has also long ceased to be exotic and it is already part of everyday consumption. Ginger is also used in the form of puree or ginger shots." Kaufmann says prices are stable, with two to three fluctuations per year. Naturkost Schramm offers the product year-round. "During the summertime, from about mid-June to August, sales were rather slow."

For a few years, however, ginger has been grown in Germany, he said. "Farms like Reichenau-Gemüse on Lake Constance offer ginger. However, fresh German ginger has to be sold quickly, otherwise it can spoil quickly. We tend to offer smaller quantities of the German produce," Kaufmann said. The price for the local product is about three to four times higher than the imported product, which arrives in Germany by ship.

Sharp decline in airfreight
Airfreight, both for ginger and other products, has tended to decline in recent times, he said. "Last year, customers bought almost everything at any price. Now growers need to think carefully about what they will plant in the future. If anything, growers from overseas seem to be refraining from all high-risk products."

While organic market sales are generally down, he said, this is related to the exceptional years of 2020 and 2021. "In principle, the current sales figures correspond to the revenues of 2019," Kaufmann says.

For more information:
Christian Kaufmann
Naturkost Schramm Import-Export GmbH
Industriestraße 5 a
D-77767 Appenweier
Tel. +49 (0) 7805 9668-20
Fax +49 (0) 7805 9668-70 

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