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European market, October 2006 : indicators. Banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, easy peelers, litchi, mango, pineapple, sea freight

Imbert E., Gerbaud P., Paqui T., Bright R.. 2006. Fruitrop (English ed.) (140) : p. 12-22.

Litchi: October was marked by the total absence of litchi on the European market. The situation was therefore similar to that of 2005 when October also featured a supply break between the Spanish and Israeli seasons on the one hand and the Indian Ocean season on the other. These two years differ markedly from 2004 when the supply gap was smaller. Litchi is still markedly seasonal and continuous supplies over long periods are still not possible. Mango: The Europe mango market went through a period of uncertainty in October as a result of the change in sources of supply. The Israeli season ended earlier than in 2005, considerably benefiting shipments from Brazil that remained limited to the European scale. At the same time, the gradual decrease in shipments from Spain also relieved the market and allowed the maintaining of satisfactory prices. After a dull start to the month, the prices of the fruits available stabilised at a substantially higher level than during the same period in 2005. Pineapple: The pineapple market recovered after a difficult month. Volumes were smaller, business was more dynamic and sales more fluid, at least during the first half of the month. However, the evolution of the situation at the end of the month held a threat of darker days. The decrease in volumes on the air pineapple market also contributed to clearing the situation to a certain extent. Unfortunately, uneven fruit quality prevented the various origins supplying the market from truly benefiting from the improvement. Sea freight: Had a couple of owners paid more attention to supply and demand at the beginning of the month and fixed accordingly, the Spot market average for October may well have rivalled that of September. Although the market did respond mid-month, by the end of October it had weakened again as vessels that had broken lay-up in the Mediterranean appeared at Cristobal. Coupled with this the Ecuadorian exit price increased, stifling fixing activity by the traders.

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