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French market, June 2005 : indicators. Banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, litchi, mango, sea freight

Imbert E., Hébrard V., Gerbaud P., Bright R.. 2005. Fruitrop (English ed.) (126) : p. 5-13.

Banana: Market performance was excellent once again in June, the end of a no less exceptional six-month period (prices rose by 35% in comparison with the three-year average). Firstly, the supply of African and West Indian bananas was markedly short. Secondly, demand remained at a good level as the weather was cooler than average and competing stone fruits were late this year. Avocado: The improvement seen in May turned out to be a flash in the pan. The market dived again in June and prices reached a historically low level (with 'Hass' at less than EUR 4 per box). Supplies of 'Hass' were too large as a result of the explosion of arrivals from Peru and an increase in those from South Africa. Very well supplied with 'Fuerte' from Kenya and South Africa, the market for green varieties was also extremely difficult. Orange: The market continued to be lack-lustre. Demand was extremely slow, whatever the variety or origin. Large stocks of 'Valencia' from Spain remained as a result of poor sales in the preceding months and the variety continued to form a large proportion of the fruits available in supermarkets while 'Navel' oranges from South Africa were early. Monthly prices and volumes sold were well down on the average. Grapefruit: The market was generously supplied with large volumes imported from South Africa and Argentina and stocked in May. Nevertheless, in spite of the summer level of demand, the average price was fairly satisfactory in France thanks to the good performance of the market for size 40. Litchi: June market supplies consisted mainly of litchi from Thailand, as had been the case in May. However, this did not prevent other origins-China and Mexico in particular-from trying a few shipments, especially to the French market. Litchi seems to find it difficult to gain a position on the European markets at this time of year and the results are not always up to expectations with regard to both the quantities sold and the prices fetched. Mango: The mango market trend changed again in June. Conditions had been difficult in May and then improved in June, finishing with short supplies and a considerable increase in price. The switch point between ends of seasons and the start of shipments from new origins was particularly marked at the end of the period. Sea freight: Those in the specialist reefer trade who believed that 2004 heralded a reversal in fortunes for the business after seven lean years admit to being more than puzzled about why the Spot market has seemingly reverted to the off-season rate trends of the late 90s and early 00s. (Résumé d'auteur)

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