Daily rocket attacks on northern Israel and the conflict in Gaza have not seriously affected supplies of fresh produce from the country, exporters say.

A spokesman for Mehadrin Tnuport Export in the UK said that the only problem concerned grapes, which are grown in the southern part of Israel and shipped from Haifa near the border with Lebanon. The port has been a regular target for Hizbollah rockets, but the company was not missing shipments.

"One day the port is open and the next it's closed. We've been trucking produce south to Ashdod instead," he said.

Agrexco, the biggest supplier of Israeli fruit and vegetables to UK retailers, said it was business as usual.

General manager Amos Orr of Agrexco UK said: "So far there has not been any effect on supplies - in fact in some cases we have surpluses.

"The only products grown in the north are plums and mangoes and yes, we are getting less, but we're getting enough.

"Our salad items are grown in the south, which has not been affected. Our ports are open and we have no logistical problems - we have no change in our plans of operation or commitment to our customers."

Orr admitted there were no contingency plans to deal with shortages, but added that with ports open and five different pack­houses in use, there was no immediate prospect of disruption.

However, he warned

that supplies of strawberries from Gaza could be hit if the stand-off with the Palestinians continued

past the autumn.

There also appears to be little interest in calls to boycott Israeli goods because of alleged war crimes in Lebanon and the Occupied Territories.

Retailers reported that there was little Israeli produce in season. Only three shoppers at Asda had complained about support for Israeli growers.

A spokesman said: "It's not a problem at present."