Gabi Naamani, product manager for distributor Agrexco, said growing conditions had been favourable and there had been increased planting along coastal areas. “We regard it as a normal year because fruit size has not suffered,” he added.
Total Israeli yields are expected to rise from 50,000 tonnes last year to 75,000 tonnes. Exports should top 45,000 tonnes, of which Agrexco will handle 35,000 tonnes. The UK share of this will rise proportionately from 2,500 tonnes last year to at least 3,500 tonnes. The Ettinger and Fuerte varieties are expected at the end of this month.