The Dutch top fruit and soft fruit industries consolidated their marketing last week when the Fruitmasters group, which represents 1,500 growers and a turnover of £53.3m took over European fruit exporters Nico de Jong which recorded £13.3m worth of sales last year. This season the Dutch apple is forecast to be 11% lighter than last year, reaching 510,000 tonnes, 3% below the five-year average. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}