The new season for Gala apple started at the beginning of august in our orchards near Nimes (South of France). As from the 2nd August, apples were send on French markets and were exported. This season characteristic: we were the earliest origin country in Europe. Spain suffered from heat and hail storms. Tree renewal allows us to be the unique supplier during the first part of the season offering good quality products in a large quantity.
Harvest begun in week 33 in our South West orchards (15th August) and in week 34 (20th August) in Loire Valley. Our harvest forecast is lower in volume in South West but better in the two others production areas (South East and Loire Valley). In the end, we expect a global Blue Whale harvest a little bit higher to the past year with a better size of fruit and a higher packaging rate in fresh.
Gala orchards keep growing (+10% compared with the past year). This number hides a normal harvest in Western Europe and a progress in Poland and Eastern Europe. Beyond loud production figures, the variety benefits from a good renewal in France and Italy with new clones more colorful. So Gala market is moving fast. In this context, Blue Whale have a large advantage because of its strong effort in renewal!
Follow the link below and watch the French TV report : https://www.lci.fr/societe/tarn-et-garonne-une-recolte-precoce-des-pommes-2096193.html