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Indicators December 2003 : banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, easy peelers, litchi

Imbert E., Greniez J., Gerbaud P.. 2004. Fruitrop (English ed.) (109) : p. 14-21.

Banana: The balance for December is the same as that for the year as a whole: bad. Supplies from the main origins were distinctly more abundant than in preceding years, especially at the end of the month. Furthermore, the usual slowing of demand for bananas in December seems to have been more marked than in other years, in particular in France where retail sales indicators were very poor for the fourth month running. Avocado: Results for December, a very important month economically for operators handling avocado, were more than mixed. As has been the case since the beginning of the season, supermarket chains remained focused on the variety Hass. However, as retail prices were not sufficiently attractive, promotion operations in weeks 51 and 52 were not as successful as expected, causing a fall in prices at the end of the month. For lack of demand, the market for green varieties remained extremely difficult. Orange: Supplied mainly with Naveline from Spain, the market behaved fairly well. The quantities marketed and prices were slightly up on the average for the last few years. Quality problems in a significant proportion of easy peeler supplies may have resulted in a transfer of demand to oranges. Easy peelers: Performance was comparatively satisfactory although the market was difficult for certain categories of produce that had suffered from heavy rain in the preceding months. The average monthly price and the volumes sold were distinctly higher than average. Litchi: The litchi market was divided into two phases in December. During the first half of the month, the exports by air started in November continued from Mauritius, Réunion, South Africa and Madagascar. In mid-December, the first conventional vessel from Madagascar docked in Marseilles. Six ships were planned, carrying a total of 18 850 palettes, that is to say nearly 15 500 tonnes of fruit. This impressive quantity for marketing during the Christmas period was a record for the origin and exceeded the total amount shipped during the 2002/2003 season.

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