Price fluctuations & mandarins…..
An opinion piece by Shane Tesoriero.
Shane is the produce buyer for Murdoch Produce, he has over 30 years experience working with fresh produce.
Signs are pointing to a slowing or even a sudden stop in the supply of mandarins in the next month or so. Usually we see Murcott Honey mandarins around the market until Christmas time. This season however they have just about finished already. The current stock of Alfora mandarins are on their last legs, looking like they’ll only last another week. The Avana mandarins (similar to Imperials) about to take over. The Avana will last a couple of weeks and then who knows what will happen after that?
The mandarin growers are chasing the money, who can blame them? Whichever state can offer them the best price for their crop are the lucky winners and the fruit will magically appear again! It tends to happen with grapes as well.
I also wanted to mention the dramatic fluctuations in price which we have seen recently. Beans which experienced unprecedented prices in July are now back to a normal level. Prices fluctuations are expected however I have been shocked by the dramatic differences and the speed with which the prices rise. Another example is corn, ranging anywhere from $18 – $60 within days. Its quick, its savage and unpredictable. These days its difficult to be accurate when it comes to price.
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