The cost of champignon in the Central region of Ukraine began to rise steadily. The western region has not received the expected holiday earnings. In the south of Ukraine, the cost of the mushroom is stable. In the Eastern region – increased demand for products.
The cost of champignon and the demand for it in the Central region of Ukraine have increased significantly across all distribution channels, without exception. Moreover, according to market participants, demand for mushrooms is now beginning to exceed supply and they do not exclude that prices will continue to rise next week..
Mushroom grower from Kiev region Andrey Kovalenko is not surprised by this trend and notes: «The current situation with champignon prices could be predicted long before the New Year. Then, when manufacturers laid their cameras with compost at 80-90% in order to get maximum profits on New Year and Christmas. As a result, what happened happened. At one point there was a lot of mushroom on the market and its price fell. When the hype passed, it turned out that the mushroom in the market was not enough. The reason is simple – it has not yet been raised ”.
In the Western region of Ukraine, there was no significant increase in the price of champignon. Moreover, according to manufacturers, in some places the price has fallen. According to large producers in the region, this situation was due to the fact that most small manufacturers were able to hold on to their goods until Epiphany and delivered them to wholesale last night, thereby flooding the market with champignon and lowering the price for it.
Another reason for the low price on the pre-holiday day was voiced by an employee of the mushroom producer Vladimir Ivanchin. «We expected a higher level of demand, but today there is enough mushroom in the region, and people, even on the eve of the holiday, buy champignon in small quantities and one that is cheaper, which is most likely due to a decrease in their income», – noted Vladimir.
In the south of Ukraine, the stable price of champignon is kept from Wednesday. According to market participants, most likely, it will not change throughout the next week. Nevertheless, they do not exclude that the price of champignon can still increase somewhere in the middle of the week, if the cost of the mushroom in the Central region of Ukraine continues to show the current dynamics. Vitaly Miroshnichenko commented on the general situation in the region:«Compared to last year’s sales, we note a general decrease in demand for the market as a whole. Today, it is 25-30%. This situation, judging by the data recorded not only by the market of cultivated mushrooms, but also by almost all other commodity markets, is associated with a general decrease in the purchasing power of the population. People began to buy significantly less than elite and expensive goods and moved the bulk of their funds to the segment of purchases of cheaper goods ”.
Mushroom growers in the Eastern region of Ukraine note some revival in sales of champignon, which, according to them, is most likely related to the preparation of buyers for the celebration of Epiphany. Nevertheless, the price of mushroom is still at the same level for all channels of product sales. According to market participants in the Eastern region, most likely it will not change. This will make it possible to maximize the previously grown mushroom.
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