Dried fruit buyers are facing mixed news from the South African raisin harvest. Traders said unfavourable weather could have reduced the crop by 10%, although this would still be better than last year’s small harvest and quality is high.

The Greek currant market appears subdued. There is sufficient stock to cover expected demand but buyers are reluctant due to high prices.

Specially cleaned provincial fruit is being quoted at around E1,200 per tonne fob Piraeus.

Meanwhile, in California, there are reports of price flexibility on the part of sellers, in order to secure sales.

The market is supported by steady demand and by early indications that the 2004 crop will be smaller than 2003.

Select grade Thompson seedless raisins are now standing at circa 61c per pound c&f Felixstowe.

Turkish sultana prices are steady and look set to remain that way, so long as new crop news remains neutral. Specially cleaned no9s are trading circa $1,200 per tonne fob Izmir.