Rene Bouman, FMI:

"Lots of lemons and limes, and at low prices"

The lemon and lime markets are challenging. That is according to Rene Bouman of Fruit Market International (FMI) in the Netherlands. "The overseas lemon season started well. But large volumes were loaded from the start, so the market was soon under pressure. There were also many delays, so many of these fruits only arrived at the end of the season. That was when the European season was already starting up. That's resulted in large stocks and low prices."

"The lime market, too, has been under considerable pressure for several weeks. Too many of these were loaded, mainly from Brazil. And due to a lack of rain, the quality was often very inferior. Demand usually always decreases in September-October. Volumes need to drop drastically to get prices back to normal. Delays have also negatively affected the supply/market. Once volumes return to appropriate levels for the time of year, prices should also be back at reasonable levels soon," concludes Rene.

For more information:
René Bouman
18A Bijdorp-Oost
2992 LA, Barendrecht, NL
Tel: +31 (0) 180 745 300

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