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French market, May 2001 : Indicators, banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit

Imbert E.. 2001. Fruitrop (English ed.) (81) : p. 4-8.

Banana: May sales were satisfactory as both prices and volumes were distinctly higher than in 2000. Operators were nevertheless frustrated as the balance could have been much better. The erratic arrivals of West Indian bananas as a result of an industrial dispute in Guadeloupe had serious consequences for the market. Avocado: The May performance of the avocado market was the worst since the beginning of the season. In spite of moderate overall supplies, prices plummeted in comparison with those of April and returned to 1999 levels. Strong pressure from kenya and a large number of operators and origins prevented the market from regaining its balance. Orange: Under-supply worsened in comparison with April as the increase in the volume of late fruits did not make up for the shortage of semi-lates. Prices continued to rise to record levels at the end of the month (+ 71% in comparison with 2000), in spite of only mediocre demand. Grapefruit: Grapefruit continued to do well on a market where price and volume were up by about 10% in comparison with May 2000. Particularly dynamic demand and exemplary successions of origins account for this new excellent performance.

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