The European lemon and lime markets are currently polar opposites, says René Bouman of Fruit Market International (FMI).
"The overseas lemon season started well, thanks to a smaller crop of Verna lemons. So, this year, there was more room for overseas lemons. South Africa and Argentina responded and sent more (and earlier) volumes."
"However, they sent so much that prices very quickly came under pressure," the importer explains. "The supply will decrease in the coming weeks, and hopefully, that will start to provide the relief the market needs."
"The lime market, on the other hand, has been good in recent weeks. There are virtually no limes in Europe, with weekly arrivals being sold right away. Brazil's strict phytosanitary measures mean volumes will probably only decrease in the coming weeks. That will benefit sales prices", concludes René.