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Andrew Ciclitira

Andrew Ciclitira writes for IEG Vu on the dried fruits markets. He is the the Managing Director of Demos Ciclitira, one of the leading UK importers and distributors of dried fruits.
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Rise of the Turkish lira against the dollar has firmed prices

Turkish sultana and raisin prices have firmed slightly over the past few days following the improvement in the exchange rate of the Turkish lira against the US dollar.

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First new season dried fruits well received by the UK

UK traders and importers report brisk sales of Turkish sultanas and raisins as buyers look to cover their requirements of dried vine fruits for the year ahead. First new crop arrivals have now reached the UK and although the quality of this year`s Turkish fruit is not thought to be as good as the previous crop, there have not been many adverse reports.

Dried Vine Fruit Figs

US farmers report better raisin yield but reduced new season tonnage

This year’s harvest of Californian Thompson seedless raisins for both the traditional paper drying and overhead trellises is now virtually complete, with reports of a better yield than last year
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Continuing anxiety over Brexit weakens UK demand for dried fruits

The past week has seen a slight increase in the value of sterling against the US dollar and the euro which has helped reduce new crop prices of dried vine and tree fruits.

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Dried vine fruit prices continue to advance on feared supply shortfall

Exports of Turkish sultanas and raisins have reached 270,155 tonnes as of the end of August at an average cost price of USD1,617 per tonne fob Izmir. Of these 70,046 tonnes were exported to the UK at an average price of USD1,649/tonne fob Izmir.

Dried Vine Fruit Greece

Uncertainty in the Turkish dried fruit market pushes prices higher

The UK remains the largest importer of dried fruits with the bulk of dried vine fruits being sourced from Turkey. This strategy has been successful for many years with Turkey exporting its dried fruits to Europe duty-free.

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