Garlic prices stabilize after big drop

09/21/2011 09:41:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Early shipments from Baja California and California were light because of bad weather, Auerbach said. Garlic from those growing regions also was smaller than usual.

Later California product is high quality but also is lacking in size, Auerbach said.

Rain-affected product harvested in July had worked its way through the system, and the California garlic shipping through the remainder of the season should be high-quality and of normal size, Christopher said.

The brisk movement of Chinese garlic in the second half of summer should bode well for California markets, too, Provost said.

“The bottom of the market won’t be as low as it could have been,” he said. “I expect the California prices to hold their ground.”

Maurice A. Auerbach should begin importing garlic from Argentina in late fall, with light volumes expected in December and heavier volumes in January and February, Auerbach said.


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Jim Provost    
West Grove, PA  |  September, 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I was in China when this story was written, so the information I provided was based on first-hand observations. The market swings involving Chinese garlic have more to do with fluctuations in imports by garlic marketers in the United States than by the actions of the trading companies in China currently. As the traders in China learn how to market the garlic over an entire season, I see similarities to the way California garlic has been traditionally marketed. Prices are more stable and are adjusted as the amounts in storage are assessed to be short or long. If this trend continues, it bodes well for the stability of the market for future years. Jim Provost, I Love Produce

Carmine Landi    
Italy  |  March, 15, 2013 at 07:05 AM

Hello Mr. Provost I'm an Italian food service importer that lives in Italy over 30yrs now and was woundering if you can help me understand if there's an interrest in Italian Gralic as I never imported this type of product into the states and would like to find a distributor at the end of the day I will be ready for this years product with all permits needed. Thank you Carmine Landi

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