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Indicators January 2002 french market : banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, easy peelers

Imbert E.. 2002. Fruitrop (English ed.) (88) : p. 12-17.

Banana: The market recovered after a very difficult December. Indeed, supplies were at only average levels while demand woke up markedly on both the domestic and export markets. Although the average price increased distinctly, an increase in the difference between West Indian and African fruits was observed as a result of the mixed quality of a significant proportion of supplies from Martinique and Guadeloupe. Avocado: The average price decreased further even though supply volumes were slightly down on the average of the last five seasons. Recurrent weak demand (especially from the largescale distributor segment) since the beginning of the season goes a large way towards accounting for this new poor performance. As in November, increased competition between Israeli operators aggravated the downwards movement in prices. orange: After poor performances in previous seasons, oranges scored well for the third month running, with very significant increases in average price and sales volume. However, although performance was positive overall, the balance was suddenly upset at the end of the month as a result of a marked slowing (quality problems and the appearance of competing varieties and origins, etc.). Grapefruit: The grapefruit market came out of the Christmas doldrums early and was particularly active in January. The volumes sold considerably exceeded the levels of preceding seasons in spite of a firm average price close to that of last year. The transfer of demand for easy peelers to grapefruit may have been the cause of this fine performance. Easy Peelers: Performance was satisfactory in January, with prices reaching the excellent level of January 2001 for similar levels. Like last year, this is explained by the early ending of Spanish clementines.

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