Sam Vasala – Sai World “We have more requests for onions than we could possibly fill"
asmanian onions have started shipping to Europe to meet the huge demand there created by a heatwave and drought last summer. The prices in Europe are very high at the moment.
“Tasmania has had very good weather for the last couple of months which has been great for the onion harvest,” said Sam Vasala from Sai World. “We have more requests for onions that we could possibly fill, this due the shortage in Europe. We will supply our set programs first at the agreed price, we work with buyer who are there in good years and bad years.”
Sai World is the exclusive marketer for grower and packer Perfecta who currently grow 10,000 tonnes of onions. They export to the premium markets of Taiwan and Japan as well as Europe.
“This has been a very odd year where we expected a lot of rain and quality issues, but it has turned out to be a very good year and any surplus volumes will go to the European market. We expect that the onions we export will be able to be stored for a year without any quality issues due to the quality.”
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