"The price of Chinese eggplants has shown a significant increase in the last few weeks. The current price is 10%-15% higher than three weeks ago. The actual price rise depends on production area and product quality." This is according to Zhang Lei of Shanghai Xingmao Fruit and Vegetable Trade Co., Ltd.
"Although the price is rising, in comparison with last year the price is still quite low. That is because the overall conditions in the vegetable market are not great. Furthermore, production areas frequently suffered from extreme weather conditions this year, such as heavy rainfall. Some of the eggplant plantations were flooded and the plants suffered. Their product quality was less than ideal, so when these eggplants entered the market, Chinese consumers lost their enthusiasm for eggplants. That is why sales are not as smooth as last year."
"The main supply of eggplants currently comes from production areas in Zhejiang. The eggplants are sold through traditional retail channels. We sell our eggplants in wholesale markets and supermarkets in first- and second-tier cities throughout the county. We estimate that the price will come down again once the supply volume grows."
For more information:
Shanghai Xingmao Fruit and Vegetable Trade Co., Ltd.
Tel.: +86 135 1225 9921