The market for fruits this week, supply of apples from the United States increased as did sales. The second week were good; however, the appearance of Thai durians was less, which meant consumers increased the amount they bought of other fruits and sales of certain categories were up. Also, on Sunday falls on Mother’s Day, and due to the holiday atmosphere the sale of certain fruits is quicker.

The majority of durians that are sold in Thailand come originated from the East. Production peaked prior to the May Day holiday, and the volume of arrivals gradually decreased in the aftermath of the highest point. According to traders, prior to the holidays, the day-to-day volume of the market was more than 200 containers. It is down by over 20 percent or greater. Since the supply decreased and the prices increased in the latter part of this week. A 6-month-old box of Durian cost around 880-900 yuan, up by Y=100 when compared with last week’s.

“Due to the deficiency in markets, these product was still selling well. A few merchants have said that, the moment durian production in the eastern part of Thailand is nearing the close of the growing season Many buyers are expected to change to Vietnamese Kanyao due to its cost-effective performance. Furthermore, the amount of palm-sized Thai Monthong Durians is increasing.

Left: Thai Durian; Right: Vietnamese Kanyao

Additionally to Thai in addition to Thai and Vietnamese durians, there’s very few Philippine Puyat durians shipped by air to the market and their current prices have been a little higher, Y = 750/box (6 7, 8 heads per box). According to the seller that this Philippine durian has been identified as a relatively new product on the Chinese market, and because its design is slightly different to traditional Thai durian it’s currently in the process of growing the market.

Philippine durian

The arrivals of imported apples has been increasing, including more coming being imported from New Zealand. There is a consensus that, at the moment, smaller-sized apples are superior to large ones. Furthermore, the higher cost of larger fruits is a major factor. Merchants claimed that as a result of the hurricane that hit the region in the first week of the year, which affected apple production, the price for New Zealand apples has increased approximately 15%-20% over the course of this year.

Additionally, according to the estimations of traders who offer apples from various countries it is possible that the arrival of Chilean apple this year could decline due to last year’s results that weren’t as great as anticipated. South African apples sold well this year because of their delicious flavor, and this year could see an increase in quantity. Apple sales in the second part of the week have been acceptable, and could be due to the decline in durians’ arrival.

Left: Kenyan avocado. Right: imported apple.

Other imported fruits: Chilean stone fruits season is nearing the end of its run, and the majority of the fruit currently available for auction include Chilean Candy Red plums and Ostrich Egg Red Plums. Sellers have said that due to the shortage in variety and quantity of plums that the prices have increased as well as the selling is generally stable.

The cost of avocados imported continue to decrease. At present, the price for Kenyan avocados is around 90 dollars per box. This is around 30% less than last week. The cost is Peruvian avocados is slightly more than Kenyan avocados. Merchants say that the prices of Peruvian avocados are higher.

Left: Hainan Yellow Pitaya and Right: Vietnamese yellow Pitaya

The cost of Vietnamese pitaya is generally constant over the past two months. Sellers have said that sale this week is better because of Mother’s Day. Some of the Vietnamese pitaya is available for sale and sellers say that sales are on the average. They are selling the most popular pitayas that have a red skin.