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Demand for South Australian eggplant carrying on into winter

A South Australian vegetable producer says the demand for eggplant heading into winter this year has been surprisingly good with supermarkets taking good volumes of the fruit.

4 Ways Fresh Produce says the volume of eggplant this season has been similar to the last couple of years, and although not one of the company's big volume crops, it has been steady right through the year.

"The Summer months are the peak season for eggplant in the Virginia area although it does hang on through Autumn and into Winter," General Manager Kingsley Songer said. "We are still taking in some eggplant at this late stage of the season."

The company has three farms in the Virginia area totalling about 30 hectares with the packing shed being situated on one of the farms. There is also a 55 hectare property at Geraldton in Western Australia which grows predominantly Continental Cucumbers during the South Australian winter months.

"Growing conditions have been good in 2017/18 with average yields across the board being experienced," Mr Songer said. "The fruit in general has been of very good quality. Volumes for this time of the year are still good, with some very good eggplant coming into the shed from growers in the Virginia area."

Mr Songer says 90 per cent of the eggplant goes to the domestic market via either our market shop at the Adelaide Produce Market or it is sold directly to the large supermarket chains. 4 Ways Fresh Produce does a little export of eggplant through a third party company, which all goes to Hong Kong.

"We have at this stage all the produce grown in WA is freighted back to Virginia for processing and distributing to our customers," he said. "Our main lines are Continental & Lebanese cucumber, Capsicum, Zucchini, Tomato and of course eggplant. Growing conditions in both Virginia & Geraldton are near perfect during the growing seasons for each region."

He adds that in the Virginia area the company buys from approximately 60 to 100 growers to ensure it has enough produce to supply customers all year round.

For more information:
Kingsley Songer
4 Ways Fresh Produce
Phone: +61 8 8380 8317

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