Aussie industry upbeatThis article was originally published in Foodnews
AUSTRALIAN dried fruit producers are optimistic for this year as the market has opened with high prices, following heavy rain and flooding in 2011. The dried fruit harvest has now begun in Victoria’s Sunraysia region and is looking promising, after years of stagnant markets and crops destroyed by weather. Dried Fruits Australia’s chairman, Mark King, told the country’s ABC that just 7 000 tonnes of fruit were salvaged last year. He is now pleased that prices have hit AUD2 200 (USD2 367) per tonne for top-grade fruit for the first time ever. “If it stayed at the figure it is now for the next three, four, five years, I think you would have a lot of happy growers out there,” he explained.