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Frost damage and larger plantings keeps prices in balance

EU: South African grape season gets underway

The South African grape export season started slowly. "The first grapes of the varieties Early Sweet and Prime are starting to arrive by sea," says Randolf Aaldijk of Origin Fruit Direct. The price of these early varieties from the north of the country, according to the importer, are at a nice level of around 15.50 euros for 4.5 kgs.

"It's still early. Not all producers are on the market, because not all grapes have reached sorting size, brix and quality requirements. This is why prices are good. Through Week 51, the supply will be limited. Nevertheless, they are busy packing
and this week the first reefer ship left," says Randolf.

Frost reeked havoc on the Chilean and Argentinian grapes, and South Africa had its share too, but Origin Fruit expect to import about the same volume as last year.

"They had expected a 20 to 25% higher yield and that increase is offset by the frost, but increased plantings balance things at the same level. South African grape production is developing rapidly and planting of new vineyards continues with

For more information:
Origin Fruit Direct
Tel: +31 10 244 93 00

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