BLE market report KW 43/18:

Table grapes: Italian deliveries intensified again

Italian deliveries of table grapes have intensified again, especially those of the Italia and Michele Palieri. Italy has also been marketing numerous other varieties, including Regal Seedless, Red Globe and Sugraone. From Greece and Turkey came Thompson Seedless and Crimson Seedless. some complementary French Alphonse Lavallées sometimes were too  expensive, garnering little attention. Spanish Crimson Seedless rounded off the sales.


Source: BLE

Mostly, availability and interest were in harmony, so prices remained stable. From time to time, customers also had to pay more, like in Hamburg, where Turkish Sultana became more expensive in terms of volume. But there were also discounts, especially in Berlin, where demand had declined as a result of the holidays. Brazilian imports intensified, in addition to the already established Thompson Seedless.

Apples
Germany dominated the market here. The quality of the lots was not consistent. There were some deficiencies, and sometimes the pulp was quite dry.

Pears
As usual at this time of the season, Italian Williams Christ, Abate Fetel and Santa Maria prevailed. Demand was not particularly strong and could be satisfied with ease.

Table grapes
The Italian deliveries intensified again, especially those of Italia and Michele Palieri. Mostly, supply and demand were well-balanced, so prices remained stable.

Small citrus fruits
Clementines and Satsumas from Spain as well as mandarins from South Africa and Turkey were well sought after. Although demand increased, supply grew massively as well.

Lemons
Spain was leading here, before Turkey. The autumn weather improved the sales options and the prices went both up and down a little.

Bananas
Demand was limited. Although supply was adapted to this situation somewhat, price drops were unavoidable.

Cauliflower
Markets were well supplied with the local goods. Demand had increased in some places and could still be satisfied without problems. Quality was very good overall.

Lettuce
The season of regional iceberg lettuce turned into the last leg. The Netherlands and Spain complemented things, with particularly strong Spanish batches. This had an effect on the prices, which mostly dropped a little.

Cucumbers
Spanish goods expanded their presence, now dominating by a wide margin. The demand had increased selectively, but could be covered without effort.

Tomatoes
There were many different suppliers involved in the events, mainly the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. Supply expanded, especially where Moroccan imports were involved. All markets reported dropping prices.

Sweet peppers
Spain and the Netherlands were leading the events. Availability grew and there was enough to meet the demand. As a result of reduced interest, traders were often forced to lower their prices.


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