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The past week has seen a calmer cost scenario for UK dried fruit importers, following a difficult period of rising prices and shortages in supply. Easter is one of the busiest periods for the sales of all types of dried fruits and this year is no exception.
The Turkish sultanas and raisin market has firmed in the past few days, in part following the announcement that the second half of the government-sponsored school lunch programme will now be implemented.
Heavy snow throughout Britain over the past week and the proximity to the Easter period has seen an increase in retail sales of all types of dried fruits.
The past week has seen first new crop offers of both dried vine and tree fruits from South Africa. Prices have increased in line with current market levels but the good news is that the quality is reported to be excellent and, if the harvest continues without significant rainfall, there should be a good tonnage of dried vine fruits.
January and February are usually quieter months after the Christmas peak for dried fruits and this year is no exception.
Prices of Turkish sultanas have remained stable during the past week, despite the continuing global shortages of raisins and currants.