Most of the stone fruit commodities (particularly apricots) ended much earlier than predicted, as the unseasonal rains caused the fruit to burst. Stone fruit is a very delicate commodity that can be greatly impacted by extreme changes in weather.

About 38.44% of individuals as a percentage of the total South African adult population are fully vaccinated as of 17h00 on 16 December 2021.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
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1.00 USD = 15.90 ZAR (South African Rand)


Market update

The volume of lemons available is slowly but surely diminishing. Some Dubai importers still have RSA Valencia stock in storage.  

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 49Selling Prices week 50
RSA Navels (15kg)$11.90 (Kuwait)$11.90 (Kuwait)
Australia Navels (18kg)$23.48 (Kuwait)$23.48 (Kuwait)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 88$15.50 – $17.65 (Dubai)$15.50 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 105$13.00 (Dubai)$12.00 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.10 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$9.41 (Kuwait)$10.24 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$7.00 – $9.00 (Dubai)$5.00 – $7.00 (Dubai)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.30 (Kuwait)$2.30 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.10 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 64/72$11.40 (Dubai)$11.00 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 88$10.75 (Dubai)$10.00 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 105$8.00 (Dubai)$7.00 (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)$8.00 (Dubai)$7.60 (Dubai)


Market update

USA Red apples are still achieving good prices with reduced volume available. There is a downward trend in Royal Gala prices, with some of the major Dubai importers having ceased their programs. Price levels for other varieties as Granny Smith/ Golden Delicious remain on the positive side.

South Africa pear prices remain positive and are expected to maintain these levels until the last stock is sold.

Picking and packing of new-season pears are expected to start week 1/2.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 49Selling Prices week 50
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$27.62 (Kuwait)$27.62 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$27.62 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
Italy/FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$34.24 (Kuwait)
USARed Wash – PR (18kg)$31.25 – $31.50 (Dubai)$31.25 – $31.50 (Dubai)
SpainRoyal Gala (18kg)$21.00 (Kuwait)$21.83 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg)$21.83 (Kuwait)$27.62 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$24.31 (Kuwait)$25.14 (Kuwait)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)
PolandRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113 $18.50 – $18.75 (Dubai)
TurkeyRoyal Gala (18kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$23.48 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-120$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) XF cnt 110-120$21.75 – $22.00 (Dubai)$21.75 – $22.00 (Dubai)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$19.55 – $19.80 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
UkraineRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$19.55 – $19.80 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
PortugalRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-113$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
ChinaFogy (18kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
TurkeyPears (4kg) $6.10 (Kuwait)
SpainErcolini Pears (8kg)$17.65 – $17.90 (Dubai)$17.65 – $17.90 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)$27.20 – $27.45 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg)  $21.83 (Kuwait)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

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

Stone fruit price trends are still positive as products are available from only a few importers.

A lot of the stone fruit doesn’t have the BRIX ratio for export, and the fruit needs about 10 warm days for the BRIX ratio to pick up.

Thus far, stone fruit sizes are bigger this season compared to last season. There are more size c18-20 Peaches, nectarines more size 20/23; and apricots more size large/medium.

Plum picking and packing have been somewhat delayed and the cold weather helped to increase sizing.

Update on Grapes

Demand in the Middle East for Grapes remains low, even though less fruit has been shipped. Increased logistical rates are further inhibiting sales due to these increased costs affecting the final price. In addition to this, Indian white grapes are making an arrival in the market already at far more competitive price levels than those of South African origin.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 49Selling Prices week 50
ItalyGold Kiwi (3kg)$11.00 (Dubai)$10.30 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$14.00 (Dubai)$17.00 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg)$8.00 (Dubai)$8.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaPlums (4.5kg)$4.00 (Kuwait)$8.59 (Kuwait)
AustraliaApricot (5kg)$49.96 (Kuwait)$49.96 (Kuwait)
RSANectarines (2.5kg)$15.00 (Dubai)$15.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaNectarines (10kg)$79.75 (Kuwait)$79.75 (Kuwait)
RSAPeaches (2.5kg)$11.40 (Dubai)$8.40 (Dubai)
AustraliaPeaches (10kg)$79.75 (Kuwait)$79.75 (Kuwait)
RSAEarly Sweet Grapes (4.5kg) $16.30 (Dubai)
RSAEarly Sweet Grapes (9kg) $30.00 (Dubai)
PhilippinesPineapples$15.21 (Kuwait)$11.90 (Kuwait)
KenyaAvocado (4kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.93 (Kuwait)
LebanonAvocado (6kg)$40.03 (Kuwait)$50.03 (Kuwait)
MexicoAvocado (11kg)$53.27 (Kuwait)$53.93 (Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


Chinese mandarin prices have shown some improvement.

Fresh produce supply from China to Bangladesh will be negligible from mid-December until the first week of January due to reefer equipment shortages.

Orange volumes in port are slowly decreasing, sales have picked up, however price levels are not showing much change with continued challenges due to poor quality arrivals.

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