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Chingford Fruit anticipates successful 2013 season for Oz series

Fresh fruit supplier Chingford Fruit is expecting the biggest commercial volumes of the Oz peach and nectarine series from the Southern Hemisphere, following its first arrival into the UK last year.

Set to hit shelves of the majority of major UK supermarkets early October until December, the fruit will be imported from Southern Africa, and following its initial crop in 2012, is now a permanent feature in the stone fruit calendar.

Shaun Hockey Commercial Manager of stone fruit at Dartford-based Chingford Fruit, importer of the Oz series, commented: “We’re really excited about the first Oz varieties of 2013. In comparison to its initial crop last year, where the trees were young and affected by frost, the quality of the fruit this year is fantastic and volumes are looking very positive as well. Not only is the quality of the Oz series excellent, the fruit also has a long shelf life, which is beneficial to the retailer, and of course the consumer, who is gaining great value too.

“Oz series provides the grower and retailer access to strong early season fruit at a time where consistency has been difficult to achieve.

Roger Horak from exporter United Exports is also looking forward to a strong season, commenting “programs have already been received from the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and volumes are up from 100,000 cartons last year to an expected 800,000 this year.”

For more information:
Lisa Addie or Gillian Hamilton
Tel: 0044 131 454 2030

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