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A recent report detailing imports of dried grapes into the EU stated that total volume of imports in 2018 stood at 391,000 tonnes, worth USD791 million.
Today, January 31, the UK leaves the EU. The UK dried fruit industry looks forward to the future. It is certainly good news that the long period of uncertainty has passed but the transition period is only for one year.
The past year has seen good crops of dried fruits from both northern and southern hemisphere producing countries. Most UK dried fruit imports are currants, sultanas and raisins.
Demand for dried vine fruits has been high over the past days as UK manufacturers and packers increase their requirements for raw material in the important selling period leading up to Christmas.
Global dried fruit markets are reported to be calm, with no significant shortages of raw material.
The UK however remains heavily dependent on the supply of Turkish sultanas and raisins for the majority of its requirements for both bakery and retail. This strategy has worked well for the past few years, but with the uncertain political climate in Turkey, this could be problematic in the future.