The end of the late Valencia season has offered some relief to the Middle East market with positive market trends and price levels for South African Valencia, after a sluggish season on most commodities with slow sales rate and price levels. However, from next week, the situation can be different for South African Valencias with the arrival of the first oranges from Egypt.

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Citrus & Mango

High demand for South African Valencias in the Middle East Market with limited availability, however Egypt will start making arrival in the market by next week (week 49).

Market update

Continued increase in demand, sales, and market price levels for South African Valencias.  

Mangoes – South Africa

The packing of the first mangoes up north have started with the Tommy Atkins variety. This season, growers will ship out of both Durban and Maputo ports for mangoes to utilise all shipping opportunities and with the shortest possible transit time to the Middle East market.

Market update

The Middle East market is currently supplied with Mangoes from Yemen, Egypt, and Kenya.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Continued increase in demand for Royal Gala apples to the Middle East. Although there is a higher demand for smaller sizes to the Middle East, Poland are peaking on bigger fruit.

Market update

Continued increase in demand, sales, and price levels for Royal gala apples from Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, and Italy.

Continued high prices levels for late CA season pears from South Africa. The Middle East market is supplied with pears from South Africa and Spain.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit, Cherries


More flooding is expected in the Orange River region in the Northern Cape. This is earlier than expected for the usual flooding and started about one week ago.  Growers are concerned about the rest of the season; however, it is still too early to determine the impact on the grapes.

Market update

The Middle East market is supplied with grapes from Turkey. Volumes of Red globe grapes from Peru to the Middle East should pick up from next week (week 50-51).

Stone Fruit

Exported volumes from South Africa to the Middle East, indicate 2% increase on Plums, 45% increase on Nectarines, however peaches are down by 33% compared to the same period last season. Peaches are currently peaking on small sizes (count 25-28). It has been a slow packing week on stone fruit as growers are waiting for the pioneer variety of plums to start up, peaches will only pick up in mid-December and apricots are halfway through the season with varieties such as Soldonne and Bebeco to still be harvested.


Chile are pushing to ship tons of cherries to China in time for the earlier Chinese New Year.  Chile are also in the process of starting new cherry varieties that will reach the Chinese market even earlier. The shift of Chilean cherries to other Global markets will be after the shipping deadline to meet the Chinese New Year. 

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

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