Top 5 -yesterday
- South African government negotiates a settlement with the European Union to clear citrus blocked in EU ports
- Early end to domestic watermelon season predicted
- Smooth flow of citrus exports from Durban relieves an anxious industry
- Organic blueberry volume continues to grow
- ‘Eat an apple daily to cut your risk of death by 35%’
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Schoeman Boerdery extends a hand to a hundred rural communities
- No workforce means that fruit remains on trees
- “Japanese market is very demanding when it comes to fruit quality”
- “Citrus from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Argentina are highly sought after in Baltic”
- Tight banana supplies push up pricing
European tomato market a mixed bag
There is, therefore, a dual situation at MS level: price levels are very low in ES and IT and moderately under average in FR and NL. Southern MS face increasing competition from early productions in Central Europe thanks to technological advances. Imports from Morocco in the 1st quarter of 2018 were at relatively high levels when compared to the reference period.
When looking backwards, EU average tomato prices were at about the maximum level of the reference period in November 2017; between December 2017 and January/February 2018 prices registered gradual reductions until stabilizing in February and March at around the minimum level price of the reference period. Provisional April prices show additional price reductions in ES and IT.
In January 2018 the volume of exports from Morocco to the EU was significantly higher than the average of the reference period.
EU average prices have been at historically high levels during most of the year 2017 (with a relative low figure in May).
As an exception to the generally good market situation in 2017, the month of May was a difficult month (the period between May to Aug in the case of NL) due to the importance of exports during that month before the loss of the Russian market.
A specific feature of the tomato market is that the level of prices can change very quickly in a matter of 2 or 3 months from very high to very low or vice-versa.
Source: European Commission
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