Trading environment puts squeeze on dried fruits Politics and currency movements are heavily influencing the global dried fruit trade. Turkey's political uncertainties and subsequent lira fall against the US dollar has led to Turkish sultana prices weakening. Prices for specially cleaned standard no.9 sultanas are about $800 per tonne fob Izmir, although they have been trading as low as $750 per tonne, with no.10 fruit at an approximate $50 premium. With only a few weeks left of the present export season for the 2001 crop, carryover is expected to total some 30,000 tonnes. With Taris, the state owned co-operative, still holding old crop supplies and with a projected 2002 harvest of about 225,000 tonnes, supply should be adequate to meet export requirements for the coming season. Meanwhile, US raisin prices are competitively priced for European buyers, at around 40-42 cents per pound c&f Felixstowe for select grades. With a projected 400,000 tons harvest, prices are unlikely to firm. The US raisin advisory committee meets on August 15, when the export programme should be detailed and a reduction could be introduced to try to support the market. The Greek currant market is stable with prices at around £900 a tonne for specially cleaned fruit. With an expected crop of 40,000 tonnes and eventual carryover of some 5,000 tonnes, the market should be well supplied and prices may come under pressure when new crop supplies come properly online. {{CANNED GOODS }}