The price of raspberries has doubled over the past year due to drought that hit the crop in the EU’s main producer country of Poland.
Prices hit €2.40/kg on 23 September 2015, up from €1.19/kg a year ago, as predictions for this year’s crop fell to 115,000 tonnes, down on last year’s crop of 120,000.
However, the production estimate may drop further due to the summer drought that cut the Polish crop and reduced the size and quality of the fruit, according to Mintec. In addition to limited availability, demand has been strong with low stocks across Europe.
The Polish processing industry was also affected by electricity use restrictions imposed by the government on big companies during August, which hit frozen raspberry production.