Peaches


With three weeks to go until peach harvesting starts in Greece, further crop forecasts point to a plentiful pack. But there is growing tension between canners and growers over prices after this year's cut in EU subsidies. At present, there is something of a stand-off. "We do not expect to pay more than last year's €47 per tonne, but growers are looking for an increase," said one canner. However, demand for peach juice and concentrate may work in the favour of the growers. Smoothies and other 'healthy' juice products, many of which use peach derivatives, are enjoying year-on-year growth. Strong sales of peaches in juice are set to overtake peaches in syrup this year as consumers look for healthier products.


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