Citrus growers in the countries around the Mediterranean basin are expected to produce some 19.2 million tonnes of fruit this season - up 6% on last year. Exports are expected to rise 1 million tonnes to 11 million.
KG Fruits is planning to expand into Europe to improve its sourcing of soft fruit for retailers and even for exports of berries.
Chile cherry cheer
Chilean cherry growers are reporting an excellent season as the first of the fruit comes off trees in the centre of the country. A third of the forecast six million cases will go to the US, but exports to the UK grew last year by 77% and are expected to keep increasing.