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Attention is now firmly focused on the new season northern hemisphere dried fruit crops and the good news is that there are no reports of any serious problems. The Manisa sultana growing area in Turkey has experienced some rain, but this should not create serious problems as the harvest is still far away.
Total exports of Turkish sultanas and raisins are reported to have reached 202,375 tonnes up to May 25, compared with 214,126 tonnes last year.
UK dried fruit importers have seen a slight upturn in business over the past few days as major buyers start to look at their requirements for dried tree and vine fruits for the coming year.
Attention has turned to the availability and price of new season dried vine fruits from the northern hemisphere producing countries.
This compares with 18,490 tonnes for the same period last year; a reduction of 47%. The position is even worse for exports to the UK which have only reached 1,006 tonnes, compared with 5,184 tons last year: a massive reduction of over 80%.
Despite some frost and hail damage over the past few weeks, present weather conditions are reported to be perfect with the expected new crop now likely to exceed 325,0000 metric tonnes.