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"between half a million and a million boxes no longer good for export"
Torrential rain destroys grapes in South Africa's Hex River Valley
According to the importer it is mainly Flame and other red varieties which have been hardest hit. "From the white varieties it was the Sugraone that was mostly affected, but it was mainly the red varieties. The later varieties are not yet ripe so the damage may be limited, but the early varieties have been hard hit and are no longer suitable for export. At the very best these will be sold on the local market."
Gilbert explains that the damage will also affect the price of red grape varieties. "The prices are already around two Euro higher that last week. It is expected that the red grapes will be the scarcest. The price of white grapes has up to now stayed stable. This kind of damage is never good but this has happened at a very bad time. The Namibian season has finished, Argentina and Chile have also had problems and Indian grape won't be on the market until the end of February.
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