Dutch capsicums growers are optimistic that UK exports will be back on an expansion path this year, following a hiccup last season after two decades of constant growth. In 2000, the effects of the failed Spanish crop resulted in a stronger demand from Germany, Holland's major market, and even increased interest in smaller sizes from Japan. Despite this UK sales last year reached 64,000 tonnes ­ 22% of Dutch exports compared with 41,000 tonnes in 1997. Greenery UK, the Dutch marketing organisation, says yields are increasing this season although the surface area is similar. Within the sector orange varieties are continuing to make headway while traditional green peppers are losing share. Mixed colour packs account for around a quarter of exports. Sweet pepper exports to the UK by colour Red 31% Green 27% Mixed 25% Yellow 12% Orange 4% Other 1% {{M/E FRESH PRODUCE }}