BLE Market Report KW 10 / 2019

'Last shipments of Spanish Clementines, Israeli Orri Mandarins predominant'

The shipments of small citrus fruits continuously got smaller. Regarding clementines; the last Spanish supplies arrived in Frankfurt and Munich, and all but dried up during the week. For mandarins, there were limited shipments as well: Israeli in the Rhineland with the Orri, followed by Spanish Orri and Nadorcott and Moroccan Nadorcott. Turkey played a very small role with Murcotts. Italy and Egypt played a complementary role. In Frankfurt, the different presentation styles were striking: there were Israeli Orri in both the established 10 kg and 12.5 kg cartons as well as in 6 kg and 7 kg packs.

As a rule, the quality was quite good: the fruit seldom left anything to be desired. Demand, however, was generally rather weak, which was again reinforced by the spring weather. This meant marketers could not benefit from the reduced availability: higher prices were not an option. Instead, prices often dropped off.

As usual at this time of year, Germany shaped events with many different varieties. Overall, prices remained at a constant level.

Imports from overseas evidently expanded: in addition to the dominant South African shipments, there were now Chilean and Argentine. There was also an increase in variety: Abate Fetels and Red Bartletts came from South Africa.

Table grapes
From South Africa came very many varieties: the well-known such as the Crimson Seedless, Thompson Seedless and Flame Seedless, were accompanied by more unknown varieties such as Sundance Seedless or Sweet Globe.

Spain dominated the blonde orange field with Navelinas, Lane Lates and Salustianas. Demand was mixed. There was no clear trend in prices.

Spanish batches prevailed. The trade was uneventful. Prices rarely changed, as supply and demand were evenly matched.

Demand was very mixed. Marketing ranged from evenly to surprisingly fast.

The presence of predominantly French and complementary Italian batches was somewhat limited. Demand could be met easily.

Iceberg lettuce came in from Spain. The inflow was limited, but this did not initiate any price increases. The opposite was the case: as a result of worsened accommodations, the prices frequently fell.

For cucumbers, the Netherlands and Spain set the scene. Sales pressure on the Spanish lots increased. Overall, sales saw a certain consistency.

With Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Morocco and Belgium, several countries were involved in events. In general, there was a rather feeble demand.

Sweet peppers
Supply from Spain decreased. The inflows from the Netherlands and Belgium completed the range of goods.

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