Southern hemisphere onion importers predict that volumes could be reduced by as much as 25% this season because of the effects of a large European crop which is still in store. The main sources that traditionally benefit are New Zealand and Australia and, to a lesser extent, Argentina and South Africa. Bob Smith, director of the Holus Bureau, a major New Zealand importer, admitted: "The window of opportunity has been narrower this year, even though there have been very good growing conditions and some large crops produced." Lower prices also point to the likelihood there will be far less speculative trade. Wholesale market prices of £5.50-£6.50 per 28lb bag for New Zealand onions at present are around £1 less than last year. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}