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Opening price starts high

First strawberries of the season enter Chinese market

All kinds of strawberries for all kinds of prices appeared on the shelves of fruit shops in Guangxi. The fresh strawberries attracted droves of customers. One shop owner explained that the first strawberries of the season recently entered the market, and all the varieties in the shop came from other production areas, and prices differed accordingly. The 'milky strawberry' from Yunnan, for example, sells for 20 yuan [3.13 USD] per box of 250g. Strawberries from Dandong in Liaoning are rather more expensive at 50-100 yuan [7.83-15.65 USD] per box. Prices differ according to product quality as well.

One trader stated, "the most popular strawberry variety is the 'young beauty' [red] strawberry." At the moment, most strawberries in the Guangxi market come from Dandong in Liaoning and Qujing in Yunnan. Strawberry varieties include 'young beauty' [red] strawberries, 'milky' strawberries, and 'nine nine' strawberries. The prices in production areas are more or less the same as in previous years. However, the season only just started, so the supply volumes are small and the assortment is limited. Moreover, the cost of transport has increased. That is why the price of strawberries in Guangxi Yulin Market is rather high.

The strawberries in Guangxi market are all from production areas outside of Guangxi. Local strawberries have not been harvested yet. Weather conditions have been unfavorable, and so the Guangxi strawberries will enter the market slightly later this year. The harvest is unlikely to begin before the middle of December, which means that Guangxi strawberries will not enter the Chinese market in large volumes before January, and the overall production volume is likely to be somewhat smaller than last year.

Source: Yulin Daily

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