The Middle East market is expected to improve on all citrus due to Egypt that is out of the market and the return of  “local residents” from vacation due to the new school year that starts in September.

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South Africa anticipates that the total 2022 orange season will end earlier,  and total volumes will be less or equal to last year’s volumes. Current sizing seems to be bigger however, growers expect sizing to be smaller for the later Valencias.

The Western Cape is still packing soft citrus; however, volumes are 25% down and this because of the fruit peaking on smaller sizes (size 2-3). South African exports on oranges to Europe have decreased this season compared to last season with navel oranges being down by 8% and Valencias close to 20% due to the uncertainty created by the new cold protocol.

There was a significant decrease of just over 29% Mandarins exported from Argentina to Global markets compared to last season. 

Market update

The Middle East market is not happy with the quality of oranges received from South Africa this season.

There has been an overall decrease in the volume of citrus shipped YTD from South Africa to the Middle East market by the end of week 34 compared to the same period last season. Exported volumes indicate 18% decrease on oranges, lemons are up by 3% and a decrease of 9% in soft citrus.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


The combined apple shipments from both Chile and South Africa to the Middle East that is still 7% down compared to the same time last season.

Pears from Greece are almost fully harvested for the new season.  Due to favourable weather conditions, production is estimated to increase by 15 – 20% this season in all three of their main varieties of pears. Santa Maria variety and Coscia pears will be exported to the Middle East in addition to other markets.

The European apple harvest will be down due to the drought in France and Europe.  Revised estimates indicate that the apple crop will be 4% down in France and at least 30% in Italy and mainly on Royal gala varieties.

Market update

There is a high demand for the new season apples from Europe. Continued increase in the demand for late season pears from South Africa due to limited availability from South Africa.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Update on Kiwi Fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

The Middle East market continues to be under pressure, however there was a slight improvement on price levels for Chilean Kiwi fruit in Saudi Arabia compared to last week. 

Zespri kiwi growers have decided not to expand SunGold Kiwifruit production outside of New Zealand and in the Northern Hemisphere.

It is estimated that Zespri Global supply production, will supply between 21 and 22 million trays of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit this year and based on existing plantings this will  increase to 45.5 million trays by 2029.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


Pear sales have picked up as the old quality has being sold and limited new stock is arriving. This trend should continue until the end of the SA pear season. Top Red apples from SA are a total disaster as they are cutting black inside. Soft citrus still doing well. Collapse of oranges is imminent with SA dumping the market with too much volumes.


The Orange market is still selling below cost due to high C&F prices and because of high shipping freight rates. Easy peelers (not Leanri) are doing well. Apple prices are increasing slightly.

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