Australian ambitions The Easter trade has helped to underpin the dried fruit market, although the trade is expecting prices to slip back. Greek currant prices are stable at £875 per tonne fob Piraeus, with vostizzas trading at £975-1,000 per tonne. With uncertainties over supply, some traders suspect prices could firm. Meanwhile Turkish sultana prices may be squeezed higher as the majority of remaining supplies are in the hands of Taris, the state owned co-operative. Prices are standing around $850 per tonne fob Izmir for No9s, with No10s trading around the $900 per tonne level. And private suppliers are believed to be holding only some 15-17,500 tonnes. Runaway price rises, though, are unlikely as other origins will look to take advantage of price uncompetitiveness. Australia, for example, which is expecting a much improved sultana crop of some 30,000t this year compared with 13,000 in 2001, is believed to be gearing itself up for a major export drive. {{CANNED GOODS }}