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Indicators May 2003 : banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, mango, litchi

Imbert E., Greniez J., Gerbaud P.. 2003. Fruitrop (English ed.) (103) : p. 10-17.

Banana: The market recovered from the difficulties experienced in April. Indeed, total arrivals in the EU were substantially smaller than average. Demand also perked up, probably because of a marked shortage of the season's fruits. Performance was nonetheless satisfactory given the very low prices in April for the fourth month running. Avocado: The two-speed market remained. Hass continued to be under-supplied and so prices continued to peak. In contrast, the situation was critical for the green varieties, especially as supplies further increased with the true beginning of the South African season. Nevertheless, the overall average price remained at a very good level. Orange: Performance was satisfactory even though it was clearly short of the excellent 2001/2002 season. The quantities sold were larger than average and the price rose slightly. However, although Spain succeeded In performing satisfactorily the situation was more difficult for Morocco. Grapefruit: The market was considerably under-supplied. The early end of the winter origin seasons (Florida, Turkey and Israel) was only partially compensated by the quantities shipped from the southern hemisphere. Although the Argentinian season gained momentum more rapidly than in previous years, South African supplies to the EU were very limited this year. Prices therefore remained distinctly higher than in previous years. Mango West African season: The mango market started with good trading conditions and then gradually deteriorated in May. Exports from Côte d'Ivoire were initially uncertain and then proved to be substantial. The volumes received and the absence of scheduling considerably hindered traders. Demand was limited throughout the month and competition from the season's fruits caused a decrease in price, with the level decreasing to that recorded in March. Litchi: May was mainly characterised by a limited market for litchi and related fruits (rambutan and longan). Litchi remains part of the range of available 'exotic' fruits but is not eaten as often as during the European winter coinciding with the export season in the Indian Ocean region (Madagascar, South Africa, Mauritius and Réunion).

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