Ukraine wants to become the world leader in exporting frozen raspberries

Updated Sep 22, 2023
According to EastFruit analysts, Ukraine has recently taken a huge step in its quest to become the world leader in frozen raspberry exports. This is all the more astonishing because this could happen despite the war with the Russians in Ukraine. Over the past five seasons, the export volume of frozen raspberries from Ukraine has increased 3.1 times. During the same period, world leader Serbia reduced its net exports of frozen raspberries by 35% and Poland by 26%. In fact, Ukraine has increased its exports by 40-45% every year, taking away some of Poland and Serbia's market share.
"Ten years ago, Ukraine barely exported frozen raspberries. In Europe and globally, there were two countries that dominated the market: Serbia and Poland. Ukraine accounted for less than 1% of what Serbia and Poland exported and essentially had no influence on the market However, in 2018, Ukraine stood out, even though its export volumes were not comparable to those of the market leaders - only about 5% of their total volume. However, at the end of the 2022/23 season, exports of raspberries from Ukraine amounted to more than 50 % of what Serbia exported and 43% of the total exports of frozen raspberries from Poland. I emphasize the word 'total' because almost 37% of raspberry exports from Poland were re-exports, mainly of Ukrainian raspberries. So if we look at the net exports, Ukraine comes close to Poland in terms of export volume," said Andriy Yarmak, an economist at the Investment Center of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He notes that these figures also include ...
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