The last South African grapes – Crimson and some Scarlotta Seedless – should be on Northern Hemisphere shelves until the first or second week of May; shipments may still be leaving until the end of next week, while some exporters have already finalised their 2017/2018 season. The South African grapes on the European market compete with white grapes from India. Ryno Palm, marketing head of FVC International says: “The lower volumes were our salvation. In the end many guys packed fewer cartons but it was made up for on the market side, where currency prices attained were 15% to 20% better than last year.” – Fresh Plaza

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