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High demand for oranges from South Africa due to Egypt expected to be out the market by the beginning of July. In Saudi Arabia, most of the Egyptian Valencias will be sold during Hajj period from 26 June – 01 July.

More positive market trends for apples and pears as the demand is increasing due to less availability.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

Ongoing high demand in Europe and USA for Navels at high price levels. There is also a high demand from the Middle East for Navels.

On going rain/floods in the Western Cape has hampered packing and affected the Navel volumes.

The packing of the Turkey valencias has started, and the Northern areas and the rest of the country estimate that the Valencia crop is expected to be 15% up this season, the fruit is peaking on bigger sizes (count 48/56) and this translates to smaller volumes of 72/88 and almost zero 105.

We are already seeing this trend on Soft citrus with a bigger peak on count 1XXX-1XX.

Market update

Most of the Egptian Valencias will be sold during Hajj period between 26 June – 01 July. There should be a good market for the South African Valencias after the beginning of July, due to no competition from Egypt on Valencias. High demand with high price levels for Navels from South Africa due to limited supply in the market and with no competition, as Spain was out of the market by the beginning of June.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

Middle East: decrease of 2% on apples and 11% on pear volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East, and combined apple volumes from South Africa and Chile to the Middle East are also down by 2% compared to the same period last season.

South Africa is at the tail-end of the season on Royal gala apples and pears are decreasing week on week. Only big pear growers have the late CA stored pears, however even this is short due to Forelle pears being down by 20%. The season will end 1 month earlier and by beginning of August.

Market update

The market is showing positive trends with an increase in demand for both apples and pears due to less availability.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

High price levels for Kiwi fruit from Chile with limited supply.  Chile is in their CA period of Kiwi fruit with all volumes already committed to programs.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


It is now nearly the end of June and to date no monsoon rains have taken place in Mumbai. This has helped the sales of mangoes and limited the demand for imported fruit. Imported fruit prices are still maintaining and pricing on pears is increasing.


The apple market still hasn’t picked up. Chinese Gala will make arrival next month. The first South Africa soft citrus has made arrival in Bangladesh, but the market is very bad.


SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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