EGYPT – Industry leaders BerryWorld and Agriventure are lauding the impressive quality of this year’s harvest as the Egyptian blueberry season officially kicks off.

Agriventure, in an exclusive partnership with BerryWorld is currently the largest blueberry project in Egypt, with over eighty hectares dedicated to leading Mountain Blue varietals. The early-season production is already demonstrating promising signs.

Ali Diab, CEO of Agriventure, expressed optimism about the current harvest, stating, “The plants are yielding large, sweet blueberries with the perfect pop. We are excited to see what the season holds this year, as the first feedback from retailers has been very positive.”

This marks a crucial period for BerryWorld, aligning with its broader strategy to supply premium blueberry varietals year-round to global retail markets, complementing the Southern African and Iberian seasons.

Adrian Olins, Divisional CEO of BerryWorld, emphasized the significance of the Egyptian production window, anticipating substantial commercial volumes in 2025.

Olins commended Agriventure’s longstanding partnership, stating, “We have worked with Agriventure for 11 years and continue to be impressed by their agronomic expertise; we are excited at what the future holds as we continue growing the berry world together.”

Oncoming Egyptian garlic season shows promising prospects

Following a successful garlic season last year, Egypt is gearing up for another promising year as the garlic season approaches.

Ralph Nakhal, representing the growing and exporting company Tomna, shared insights into last year’s accomplishments, noting, “Last year we exceeded our sales targets thanks to our good reputation in the market. We were able to increase our volumes with existing customers and win new customers in different countries, exporting 150% of the previous season’s volumes.”

Nakhal provided details about the upcoming season, highlighting the initiation with fresh green garlic, including the white and violet varieties shipped by air.

The transition to containers is expected in the second week of February, concurrently with the shipment of spring onions continuing until April.

Discussing market dynamics, Nakhal anticipates higher prices for garlic compared to the previous year, attributing this projection to a decrease in the area devoted to garlic cultivation in Egypt.

He expressed confidence in robust demand for the product and mentioned ongoing trials for new garlic varieties poised for export by 2025.

Looking ahead, Nakhal shared exciting news about Tomna’s participation in Fruit Logistica in Berlin, inviting industry stakeholders to visit their booth at hall 22, stand B59. He promised surprises and opportunities to connect, stating, “We’ll have plenty of surprises at our booth, waiting for everyone.”

The convergence of positive outcomes from the blueberry and garlic sectors underscores Egypt’s strength in diverse agricultural production, positioning itself as a key player in the global market.

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