Peach and nectarine production in Europe has been revised down 5% by stone fruit forum Europech. Heavy rain and high winds have destroyed 12% of the Italian crop and although Spanish production may be slightly greater than usual, volumes from Greece are thought to be down 10%. Apricot production is expected to be higher than last year.
TV personality Nicky Hambleton-Jones is fronting this year's campaign on behalf of the South African Avocado Growers' Association. Hambleton-Jones, who hosted the C4 series Ten Years Younger, will head up a month of promotions that centre on a new consumer booklet outlining the healthy properties of the avocado.