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European market, January 2008 : Indicators. Banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, easy peelers, litchi, mango, pineapple, sea freight

Imbert E., Gerbaud P., Paqui T., Bright R.. 2008. Fruitrop (English ed.) (154) : p. 31-42.

Litchi: A large proportion of the litchis shipped in conventional vessels was sold at a low price during the Christmas period. Trade pressure decreased distinctly at the beginning of January as the volumes available were smaller and the 'container' litchi programme was more limited than in 2006. The price of good quality Madagascan litchi remained fairly stable throughout the month. Supplies from South Africa at falling prices also gained momentum in January. Mango: January was a month of change in dominant supply on the European mango market. The end of the Brazilian 'Kent' export season coincided with the very strong increase in supply from Peru, which soon clogged the market and sent prices moving downwards. Dull demand amplified the trend. In addition, prices were noticeably lower than during the same period in 2006, with the exception of those of 'Tommy Atkins' from Brazil, which held up better. Pineapple: The beginning of the year was marked by a distinct slowing of business. Volumes of 'Sweet' continued to decrease but prices were affected above all by a slump in demand. As a result, the main occupation was stock management (stocks and arriving shipments). The situation did not improve until the third week of the month once these stocks had been cleared. The air pineapple situation was not very brilliant either. Prices fell after the New Year period and although imports were reduced the situation did not really change. It even became more complicated for Benin and Cameroon whose supplies-of very uneven quality-sold at very varied prices. Sales of 'Victoria' did not reach the level hoped for as a result of very disparate quality and lack of interest in the fruit.

Mots-clés : litchi (fruits); mangue; banane; avocat; orange douce; pomelo; agrume; transport maritime; ananas (fruits); Étude de marché; donnée statistique; europe

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