2021 Rose crop report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                June 21st, 2021

We are now officially announcing the end of 2021 rose harvest in Bulgaria. Production began later than usual due to the colder spring and spread throughout the second half of June. This led to a shorter crop (approx. 30 days compared to 45 days in 2020) making it impossible for farmers to reach optimal field yields. Factory yields were slightly worse as well.  

Last rose crop went under the sign of Covid- 19. The main characteristic of this year’s rose season was the lack of labor force to carry out the rose picking. There was a huge competition for securing field workers (rose pickers) and further organizing the labor force properly in order to make the most out of rose picking. All around the Rose Valley one could witness areas of unharvested rose fields. The lack of manpower forced farmers to increase the price of picking. Labor issues made harvesting difficult and expensive, taught everyone a lesson and made us seriously think about the future….

Carryover stock forced some distilleries to limit production. As a result, overall volume of processed flowers is substantially lower while for the second year in a row, the price of rose flowers remains at rock-bottom levels. In the long run such pricing seems unsustainable for farmers and harmful for the rose industry. In a year like this, it is very important for us to achieve and sustain a balance in the entire supply chain. Everyone down the line must receive a fair return on their effort – from the picker, through the farmer and producer to the end consumer. We have a responsibility to pickers and suppliers we have been working with over the years and moral obligation to pay a fair price for their hard work while bringing to our long-term, regular customers a premium product at market competitive price.

Organic rose, being in greater need of manual labor and energy, remains a niche production in Bulgaria. True Organic rose farming and distillation on an industrial scale, such as ours, proves to be difficult, expensive and challenging.  

Note on Quality! PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) Certificate and special mark is a guarantee of true authentic quality for 100% pure and Natural Bulgarian Rose oil. Only products with such certificate and mark can be labeled as “Bulgarian Rose oil”. Always ask your supplier to provide PGI certificate of conformity before you make a purchase. In case of any discrepancies, please, inform your local authorities or directly contact the European Commission.

Full crop report will follow on our website at end of July when we will have official data from the Ministry of Agriculture with regards to size of harvested areas and distilled quantities of rose flowers in Bulgaria.

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