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Indicators June 2003 : banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, mango

Imbert E., Greniez J., Gerbaud P.. 2003. Fruitrop (English ed.) (104) : p. 6-13.

Banana: June slumps seem to be becoming a feature of the French banana landscape. For the third time in four years, the market has had to face a major deterioration whose main triggering factor is a sharp, sudden decrease in consumption. Fairly broad supplies aggravated the fall in price although this was less marked than last year. Avocado: Performance was excellent once again, with supplies returning to a normal level with the increase in shipments from South Africa and the strong presence of Peru and Kenya. Prices nonetheless remained distinctly higher than the average for the past few years. Orange: Overall performance was only average and similar to that of 2001/2002. The winter origins had comparatively broad potential and regained market shares from southern hemisphere origins. Indeed, navel oranges from South Africa appeared fairly late this season. Grapefruit: Although overall supplies were slightly up on the previous month's quantities the market remained distinctly under-supplied. Arrivals of South African grapefruit remained modest in the EU. Although shipments from Argentina were sustained they did not reach last year's levels because of the large quantities delivered to the EU in May. Prices thus rose to a record level. Mango West African season: The mango market was difficult at the end of May and remained so throughout June. The large shipments of mangoes from West Africa by both sea and air caused lasting market saturation. Trading conditions improved very gradually in the second half of the month. A new transition period began at the end of the month, holding promise of a price recovery. Litchi: The litchi market was extremely limited in June. Thailand clearly dominated European supplies with most of the produce being shipped by sea. The main destination for Thai fruits is the Netherlands, from where the shipments are then distributed to the various European markets.

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