First Tasmanian vessel due in this week Southern hemisphere onion importers are looking forward to a firm start to the season as the bulbs begin to arrive from sources as far spread as Chile and Tasmania. Such is the diverse nature of the trade, supermarkets now require both sweet mild onions from the latter as well as stronger tasting varieties from other southern sources which take over at this time of the year from the UK and Holland. With the European crop coming to a close, the first Tasmanian vessel is due this week. This crop is expected to plug any gap which may appear in New Zealand availability where there has been rain damage. This could also provide a greater opportunity for South Africa which will be testing out some new varieties. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}