There has been a slight increase in the demand for South Africa lemons, however not at higher price levels. 

The GCC countries are still supplied with apples from the Northern Hemisphere and therefore price levels and demand remain stable for apples. The market has not yet anticipated the shortage on Royal Gala volumes from South Africa, Chile, and New Zealand.

There is a demand for the first Forelle and Vermont beaut pears from South Africa, even though there are still summer pears in the market.

Slight increase in price levels for South African mangoes over the last week and this is due to the South African season that has ended.

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Citrus & Mango

Citrus fruit – South Africa

Growers in the Northern areas have started to pack lemons and volumes will continue to increase week on week.

Middle East – decrease of 35% on volumes shipped from South Africa compared to the same period last season.

Market update

There is a slightly higher demand currently for Lemons from South Africa, however price levels are stable and the market will not pay high prices for South African lemons. Once the supply from South Africa increases, the demand will go down and stabilize.

Mangoes – South Africa

The season is finished from South Africa.

Market update

Increase in price levels for Mangoes from South Africa due to less availability as the season has ended. The market is still supplied with mangoes from South Africa, Yemen, and Kenya.

In General

Mexico expect a 5-8% increase on their mango production this season.  The season runs from January to September with the peak being between April and August.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Royal Gala apples are down this season.

South Africa is down by 20%, Chile 25%, and New Zealand 35%. There will therefore be a higher demand globally for apples this season due to the shortage of Royal gala.

Lower colour spec on Royal Gala apples from Chile due to the weather.  Therefore, very limited X-Fancy/Premium volumes on higher colour this whole season with higher volumes on lower colour fruit being Fancy/Choice. The fruit is also peaking on smaller sizing (size 125).

The first volumes of Forelle and Vermont beaut pears from South Africa have been packed and volumes will start picking up from next week (week 12).

Market update

The market is still supplied with apples from the Northern Hemisphere. However, once the Northern Hemisphere is out of the market, the shortage will be prevalent with South Africa, Chile, and New Zealand that has less volume. The market will need to react sooner rather than later due to the higher demand globally because of the shortage on Royal Gala apples.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit, Cherries


South Africa

According to the latest estimate for table grapes, South Africa should export around 63.6 million 4.5kg equivalent cartons in the 2023 season. It is anticipated that the overall harvest volumes will be approximately 18.2% lower than the 2022 season and 11.4% lower than the original estimate. 

In General

Chile is expected to be 4% down on their grape estimate that was given less than a month ago.

Market update

The market is supplied with grapes from South Africa and India.

Stone Fruit

No report.


The crop from Chile is estimated to be down by 15-20% this season, however sizing and quality is good. Some growers are 2 weeks earlier and will start in the next 2 weeks (week 13). The Middle East is supplied with Kiwi fruit from Iran at very low-price levels, and Chile will not be able to compete with these prices. Chilean Kiwi fruit to the Middle East this season is going to depend on what Iran will do with their Kiwi fruit crop this season.

New Zealand volumes could be down by as much as 30% this season.


No report.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


So SA shipped nearly 1200 pallets of Packhams in one week to India. This means that the bottom will fall out of the pear market and Packham returns will be horrible. First Vermonts have started as well. Royal Gala pricing still holding due to less fruit in market from Northern Hemisphere.


All fruit shipped to date should arrive during Ramadan and a good market is expected after that. Importers are cautious of the market for the 6 weeks after Ramadan and are pushing prices down very low. Brazil offering fruit at very low prices that will affect SA pricing as well.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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