The current South African grapefruit season is just past the halfway mark, but from here on out it is expected that the estimated 16% drop in export volumes will make itself felt. If the season is stretched out with steady and constant supply, the CGA grapefruit focus group says it could expect a good market and good returns until at least week 31.

The original export estimate has been revised downwards a number of times, now resting at 13,8 million 17kg equivalent cartons. A reduction in volumes to last year (as well as a slightly larger average size) has concentrated the mind on marketable counts and has had the consequence, exporters note, of keeping marginal counts out of the market. – Fresh Plaza

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