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The weather conditions around Uppington and the Orange River had been very good until the first week in February. Rain, however, was forecast and unfortunately there are now reports of some heavy showers and thunderstorms.
Dried vine fruits have for many years been regarded as an inexpensive ingredient for both manufacturers and retailers. Price variations have in the main related to either crop shortages caused by inclement weather or variations in currency.
The continuing vacillation over the Brexit negotiations in the UK is beginning to have an impact on all elements of the UK food industry.
UK importers report steady demand for dried vine fruits as manufacturers begin to take in raw material ready for the production of Easter products, such as Hot Cross buns. The past week has seen sterling gradually strengthening in value against the US dollar and the euro, which helps reduce the cost of imported dried fruits for UK buyers.
UK dried fruit importers report a relatively quiet week as buyers return to work from the extended holiday period.