South African canned fruit producers are in for a good season this year, with a strong crop and good prospects.

Early estimates are indicating good forecasts for apricots, peaches and pears, despite the dry winter. The apricot crop is expected to top 46,000t, compared to last year’s 36,500. Peaches are slightly down at 140,000t compared to last year’s bumper crop of 154,000t. Last year’s Williams Pear crop was also a bumper at 70,000t, and this year is expected to drop to 62,000t, but still above the average of 60,000t.

South African producers will benefit from the problems on the Greek and Italian crop front, but do not have the volumes to take full advantage of the shortfall.

Anticipated price rises, however, will be offset by the current strength of the Rand.