In Kazakhstan, frozen berries are sold directly on the street without refrigerators


In Kazakhstan, frozen berries are sold directly on the street without refrigerators

01/28/2020

In winter, frozen berries in Nur Sultan are sold at wholesale and small wholesale markets without refrigerators and other cooling equipment.

Bakhtiyor Abdukhukhidov, international consultant of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shared with EastFruit interesting information about the specifics of wholesale and retail sales of frozen products in Kazakhstan. He recently visited the capital of Kazakhstan, the city of Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) and conducted an analysis of the state of trade in vegetables and fruits of this city. At the same time, he noted that there are practically no fresh berries in the trade, but there are a lot of frozen ones.

However, the most interesting thing is that frozen berries are sold in wholesale and small wholesale markets without refrigerators and other equipment for cooling – boxes with frozen berries are placed directly on the street. Since the air temperature in Nur-Sultan during this period does not rise above 3-7 degrees of frost during the day, and at night it can reach 26 degrees of frost, the products remain frozen, and sellers save electricity. In addition, there is no need to spend money on renting a warehouse and a store for sales – the goods are perfectly stored in the open.

See also: Fruit and vegetable trade in Kazakhstan: origin, prices, sales channels (photo)

The following frozen berries are sold at the Shaarym wholesale market, which is located 9 km from the capital of Kazakhstan: raspberries, sea buckthorn, lingonberries, red currants, black currants, and pitted cherries.

Wholesalers sell frozen berries at the following prices in tenge per kg:

Raspberry 1600 ($ 4.2 per kg)

Currant 800 ($ 2.1 per kg)

Sea buckthorn 600 ($ 1.6 per kg)

Cranberries 1000 ($ 2.6 per kg)

Cherry 500 ($ 1.3 per kg)

According to EastFruit analysts, Kazakhstan has steadily increased imports of frozen fruits and berries in recent years. In 2018, about 1 thousand tons of frozen berries were imported into the country, and the main suppliers were Russia and Poland.

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