Spanish canners lose out to fresh markets

Spanish mandarin orange canners have started new season production against a backdrop of high fruit costs and lower yield. Demand for fresh fruit across Europe makes it far more attractive for growers to bypass canners and sell direct to fresh markets. The satsuma pack from Murcia will be 40% down on last year. Canners have already withdrawn offers, a move expected to cause serious problems for UK importers who have not finalised contracts. The option to use Chinese fruit is limited by the threat of increased duties. Discussions in Brussels look set to back the allegation by Spanish canners that China has been violating the anti-dumping legislation.