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Robert Kraaijeveld (PeDe): Reasonably positive expectations for Indian grapes

"Market for South African grapes not as bad"

The last South African grapes for PeDe are on their way. Robert Kraaijeveld says the market for South African grapes has been not as bad. "It's been better than before, but the market has been really bad. This year the total of the expected export of South African grapes is 50 million cartons, of which around 80% went to Europe, which could make it a record year. Last year 40 million cartons arrived and with regard to the current market, this is a huge increase."

"Most South African grapes are sold in Northern Europe and the UK", says Robert. "We will continue packing until the end of April. At the moment people in South Africa are switching to the later areas and less white seedless grapes will arrive. There will also be a switch in varieties."

Indian grapes

The Indian grapes for PeDe, although delayed, are also on their way. Robert is reasonably optimistic about the Indian grape market. "If my sources are right, there are quality problems with grapes from Chile. That would be quite early, but it could have a positive effect on the market for Indian grapes, of which there aren't huge amounts expected. The Egyptian grapes also won't arrive very early, so people need grapes from South America and India until the end of May/beginning of June."

The importer has been following the discussion about the possibly renewed export of Indian grapes to Germany. "We supply to the depot of a German retailer ourselves last year, but you have to supply a complete life insurance policy with it. When Indian grapes are better in price or more stable in quality than those of other origins, more Indian grapes will go to Germany, but I don't think that programmes with supermarkets will be made right away."

For more information:
Robert Kraaijeveld
Venrayseweg 122d
5928 RH Venlo
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)77 3230230

Publication date: 3/23/2012


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