The price of strawberries in the wholesale markets has doubled following a combination of cooler weather affecting the last of the Spanish crop and a boost in demand across northern Europe through summer weather. Growers have not been able to keep up with European sales, while the limited amount of glasshouse produced fruit from Holland and Belgium has sent auction prices spiralling. Sourcing will be aided by the UK crop although the first fruit grown under tunnels has only just started to be picked. Douglas Kemp, chairman of AFI, said that last weekend the group's wholesale market operation at Western International had only received two pallets compared with two containers at the same time last year. {{M/E FRESH PRODUCE }}