2018 crop forecast for Turkish Dried Apricots announced as 125,000 tons by Turkish authories, 13.5% lower compared to previous crop. This year harvest will start 2 – 3 weeks earlier and there is a risk of rain during harvest.
During May, thunder and hail damaged few regions in Malatya which caused hail damage and speckles on apricots. We don’t know exact figures yet but 30% of may be blemished. Many farmers have an insurance against hail damage, so if prices fall below the cost of harvesting so farmers will leave the fruit in the orchards as their loss will be covered.
This year availability for Organic and Natural Apricots will be higher as farmers will not sulphur the apricots with speckles on it to hide defects. It is very possible that new crop prices will open very similar to current crop prices, farmers won’t let prices to go down.
For current apricot crop 2017, sizes 0 (jumbo), 1, 2 and 3 are completely sold out but for new crop big sizes will be available in large quantities – price difference between sizes 1 to 4 will be lower, but packers may have difficulties to source smaller quantities, especially size 5 and 6.
We will start offers for 2018 Crop Dried Apricots later this month, so feel free to send us your inquiries.
Update 07 June 2018: Today, Malatya Commodity Exchange shared their forecasted crop for Dried Apricots as 89,318 tons (Malatya + neighbor regions) which is much lower than quantities estimated earlier at INC Congress. See full report (in Turkish) of Malatya Commodity Exchange
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