The current market price levels remain stable on apples, however, there has been a decline in price levels for Italian apples as the quality is not there anymore. The market anticipates that there will be a downward trend in prices on all Royal gala apples as more volume makes arrival from South Africa in the next few weeks.

Continued downward trend on South African summer pears and price levels are only anticipated to pick up for the first arrivals of the new season Forelle/Vermont beaut winter pears from South Africa. There will only be summer pears, apples, lemons, grapes, and plums available from South Africa in the market for pre-Ramadan sales, however pears are not the consumers first choice for Ramadan and prefer other types of fruits, although there will be pear sales as well.

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Citrus & Mango

Limited packing currently on lemons due to heavy rainfall in the Northern areas.

Market update

There has been an increase in the demand for lemons from South Africa to the Middle East market due to the uncertainty on the supply going forward from Turkey due to the recent earthquake.

Mangoes – South Africa

Ongoing rain in the Limpopo province, therefore minimal packing and the season ends in 2 weeks (week 10).

Market update

Continued positive market trends and market price levels due to less volumes shipped from South Africa with only a few customers in the UAE (Dubai market) with mangoes from South Africa. The Middle East market is supplied with mangoes from South Africa, Peru, Brazil, Yemen, and Kenya.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


South Africa is at the tail-end of the packing of the summer pear varieties. Price levels will continue to decline as higher volumes arrive in the market. 

Market update

The price levels remain stable on apples, however there is some pressure on the tail-end of the Italian apples as the quality has dropped.  Price levels on Royal Gala apples from all origins will start declining as more South African apples start making arrival in the market.

Continued downward trend on price levels for South African pears as more volume makes arrival in the market. However, price levels should increase for the first arrivals of Forelle/Vermont Beaut winter pears.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit, Cherries


The Berg River Region has 1-2 weeks left of packing and the Hex River region 2 weeks.

Market update

The market is supplied with good quality white and black grapes from India at low prices and South Africa will compete with India in the market on white and black grapes. However, there is limited volumes of Red globe grapes in the market as South Africa is at the tail-end of the season.

Stone Fruit

By the end of week 7, total plum exports from South Africa on all varieties is down by 7% compared to the same period last season. Laetitia red plum volumes are down by 21% compared to the previous season.

The Middle East is under pressure for the last 2 weeks with a higher volume of plums that has made arrival to the market and especially with varieties such as Fortune red plums. The market price is anticipated to increase slightly with the first arrival of the Laeticia red plums that is a more sought-after variety.


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Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


First SA Royal Gala has made arrival from Bethlehem in SA and is being sold at a loss due to high C&F prices being asked for. First pear arrivals from SA were well received and sold at high prices. Big volume of pears enroute that will collapse the market. Cape Town port a nightmare that will result in bulking of vessels that will make arrival together. There could be gaps in the market due to the poor productivity in Cape Town port.


Demand for new season Royal gala is still good for those that are able to get LC’s. Weakening BDT and increase in import duties is a risk to what the market can afford to pay for imported fruit.

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