South African mango growers have started packing for export. Peak sizes seem to be count 10/12 in a 4KG carton.

The early season white grapes and Stone from South Africa has started to make an arrival in the GCC countries. White grapes and stone fruit are currently performing well in the market due to limited availability.

South African Cherry volumes have grown quite a bit over the past 5 years and the season will end in a few weeks’ time.

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Market update

The last of the late-season valencias are still in the market from South Africa and this can be contributed to vessel delays and slow sales rates.

The first arrivals of the Egyptian oranges in the GCC countries have begun.  

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 48Selling Prices week 49
RSA Navels (15kg)$11.90 (Kuwait)$11.90 (Kuwait)
Australia Navels (18kg)$23.48 (Kuwait)$23.48 (Kuwait)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 72/88$15.75 – $17.65 (Dubai)$15.50 – $17.65 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 105$13.00 (Dubai)$13.00 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.93 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$9.41 (Kuwait)$9.41 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$7.00 – $9.50 (Dubai)$7.00 – $9.00 (Dubai)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.97 (Kuwait)$2.30 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.93 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 64/72$11.40 (Dubai)$11.40 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 88$10.75 (Dubai)$10.75 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 105$9.00 (Dubai)$8.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nadorcott/Tango$17.00 (Dubai)$17.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) Nadorcott$12.72 (Kuwait)$12.72 (Kuwait)
SpainSoft Citrus (10kg)$13.55 (Kuwait)$13.55 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$8.95 (Kuwait)$8.95 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$9.00 (Dubai)$8.00 (Dubai)


Market update

Continued high price levels for red apples from the USA with less availability, however, continued downward trend on price levels for Royal gala apples from other countries in the GCC countries.  Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are still doing well in the market

Continued high price levels for customers who still have late-season Forelle pears from South Africa in the market.

New-season Williams Bon Chretien pears can already be seen hanging on the trees.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 48Selling Prices week 49
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$27.62 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$30.10 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg) $20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
Italy/FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$30.10 (Kuwait)
USARed Wash – PR (18kg)$31.00 – $31.25 (Dubai)$31.25 – $31.50 (Dubai)
SpainRoyal Gala (18kg)$21.83 (Kuwait)$21.00 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg)$21.83 (Kuwait)$21.83 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$21.20 – $21.45 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$25.14 (Kuwait)$24.31 (Kuwait)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$21.20 – $21.45 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
TurkeyRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$17.65 – $18.00 (Dubai)$19.55 – $19.80 (Dubai)
TurkeyRoyal Gala (18kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.79 (Kuwait)$26.79 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-120$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) XF cnt 110-120$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$21.75 – $22.00 (Dubai)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$19.55 – $19.80 (Dubai)
UkraineRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$19.55 – $19.80 (Dubai)
PortugalRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
ChinaFogy (18kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
SpainErcolini Pears (8kg)$18.50 – $18.75 (Dubai)$17.65 – $17.90 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $30.00 – $30.25 (Dubai)$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$27.70 – $28.00 (Dubai)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Update on Stone fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

Due to the rain in the Western Cape, there has been a 15-20% loss in the volume of Nectarines and Apricots.  There is also a gap in the supply of plums between the early season varieties and the mid-season varieties.   

Update on Grapes

The first crop estimate for the 2022 South African table grape season is expected to be between 70.6 – 77.7 million cartons.  This will be the third season that South Africa has had growth in the table grape industry. The crop is between 7-10 days later due to the rain and most of the growers in the Northern Cape will start packing volumes from week 48/49 (beginning – mid-December).

Although the first white Seedless grapes from India have started to make its arrival in Dubai, grapes from South Africa, Brazil and Italy are still doing well. The first South African grapes have just started to make its arrival in the GCC countries.  The South of India is experiencing heavy rains and at this stage, it is not known to what extent the damage is to the table grape crop. The GCC countries are currently also supplied with grapes from Italy, America, Turkey, and Egypt although Italy is at the tail-end of the season.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 48Selling Prices week 49
ItalyGold Kiwi (3kg)$9.50 (Dubai)$11.00 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$13.60 (Dubai)$14.00 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg)$8.00 (Dubai)$8.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaPlums (4.5kg) $4.00 (Kuwait)
RSAApricot (5kg) $32.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaApricot (4kg) $49.96 (Kuwait)
RSANectarines (2.5kg) $15.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaNectarines (10kg) $79.75 (Kuwait)
RSAPeaches (2.5kg)$11.40 (Dubai)$11.40 (Dubai)
AustraliaPeaches (10kg) $79.75 (Kuwait)
BrazilWhite Grapes (4.5kg) $13.30 – $13.55 (Dubai)
ItalyPalieri Grapes (4.5kg)$10.30 – $10.60 (Dubai)$14.70 – $15.00 (Dubai)
PhilippinesPineapples$16.86 (Kuwait)$15.21 (Kuwait)
KenyaAvocado (4kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.93 (Kuwait)
LebanonAvocado (6kg)$40.03 (Kuwait)$40.03 (Kuwait)
MexicoAvocado (11kg)$53.27 (Kuwait)$53.27 (Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


Little to no improvement on South African oranges, since the quality of late-season produce leaves much to be desired, with most sales taking place over the auction.

Indian orange prices are high, due to reduced supply as a result of the low crop this season.

South African Goldens are still in good demand, although recent rains have affected the market activity. 

There are hopes of a turnaround here, however, with the inclement weather has subsided.

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