Strengthening both Jaffa and Outspan a high priority' Tnuport, one of Israel's major citrus exporters, will forge an alliance with Capespan, best known for marketing the Cape Fruit and Outspan brands, from next January. Allan Kay, the current UK marketing manager, will close its north London based office and move his team to Sheerness. In a joint statement, both organisations claim this is a "logical progression" to between them provide year- round citrus availability. However while Capespan has been pursuing the development of a global strategy using its own brands, Neil Oosthuizen, Capespan's managing director, has stressed there is no intention of discontinuing probably the best known label in the fruit trade. "Strengthening both Jaffa and Outspan will be a high priority for further sales development in future UK and international trading," he added. Tnuport is expecting to ship between 1.3 to 1.5 million cartons of citrus to the UK this season, with the bulk arriving in the New Year. It will also handle some 250,000 cartons of avocados this winter. A joint agreement by Tnuport with fellow Israeli exporter Mehadrin on the Continent is unaffected. Least cost and minimum handling at a time when multiples are looking for single source category managers is regarded as the key benefit of the UK deal according to trade sources. Administration and technical resources will be combined and also result in an extension of ex quay sales opportunities, with value added services being provided at the point of discharge. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}