Prices set to fall with bigger Turkish and Greek crops With the new dried fruit harvests approaching, buyers remain reasonably relaxed as they feel adequate supplies will see them through until early September. The pending Turkish sultana crop is projected to be some 5-10% higher than 2001's 200,000 tonnes with the trade pencilling in a harvest of 210,000-220,000t. Remaining stocks are predominately held by Taris, the state owned co-operative, with very little left with the free market. Prices for No9 sultanas have eased back from last month and are now trading at $850-875/t fob Izmir. Meanwhile Greek currant prices are relatively unchanged with good quality provincial fruit between £850 and £860/t fob Piraeus. One market commentator said: "Sellers are saying that supplies are diminished and prices will have to rise accordingly, while buyers are confident the market will remain adequately supplied. Buyers also feel confident that with the 2002 crop estimated to be 3,000-5,000t larger than the 37,000t in 2001, prices will go in their favour. There is a feeling that prices could slip into a £825-850/t range as the new crop gets nearer." The US raisin market has remained uneventful with prices remaining static, trading in a 43-45 cent per pound range c&f Felixstowe for select grade material. Recent easing in Iranian sultana prices is maintaining international competitiveness. Further falls are expected as an export subsidy withdrawal is on the cards. {{CANNED GOODS }}