It’s not an easy time for fruit grader manufacturers. Between the cost of raw materials, the difficulty in sourcing materials and components, the Covid and the war, there is not a moment of peace. FreshPlaza talked about it with Omar Papi, manager of Cesena Futura srl.
FreshPlaza (FP) How was the overseas market affected by the war in the first 5 months of 2022?
Omar Papi (OP): For companies that, like ours, export most of their production outside the EU, for example to Central Asia, the current situation is very problematic. After the two years of the pandemic and various travel restrictions, we hoped that 2022 would be calmer. The world economic situation is rather affected by the war between Russia and Ukraine. For us, the Russian market has stopped: even if the customs code of our products would allow us to export, there are also a lot of difficulties in terms of payments, because many banks have stopped providing their services to the country. Many of our clients have decided to postpone their investments until the situation is more stable and clear. At the same time, the world does not stand still – you just have to be patient and hope that a solution will be found as soon as possible.
Omar Papi at the recent Macfrut show
FP: What is the situation in terms of raw materials and prices?
PO: I have never experienced anything like this: we continue to receive new price lists from our suppliers, which makes it very difficult to manage orders economically. That said, Futura has decided to “help” its customers by adopting a “fixed price” policy, thus bearing the bulk of the increase in the cost of raw materials.
FP: Are the electronic components available?
PO: This is another “sore point” but fortunately, thanks to our stocks of all the most important materials, we should be covered for all lines to be delivered until November 2022.
FP: How were the shows you attended recently?
PO: Since November 2021, we started attending all the fairs we used to attend. We were in Krasnodar Russia, Almaty Kazakhstan and in 2022 we have already participated in Uzfood in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Fruit Logistica in Berlin and Macfrut in Rimini. Over the next few months you will find us at Agro Tech Mash Expo from May 25-27, 2022 in Tashkent – Uzbekistan and at Fruit Attraction from October 4-6 in Madrid. They went well, even if there were fewer visitors, especially at Fruit Logistica. Macfrut was quite positive, especially for the Italian market.
FP: Where did you assemble the last line?
PO: Most deliveries in the first four months of 2022 were to Spain for peaches processing, South Africa for citrus fruits and Kenya for avocados. There were also deliveries to southern Italy for summer fruits such as apricots and peaches.
FP: How is the new installation in Campania going?
PO: Our new facility in Battipaglia (Salerno), in addition to taking care of normal commercial, installation and after-sales activities, also “renovates” existing systems, including installing our new electronic systems for the management of graders . This service is highly valued by our customers as they can still get the most out of their outdated systems with a modest investment.
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