Increased shipments of lychees are forecast in the run up to Christmas by importer Sudhir Meta, sales director of Minor, Weir and Willis. It will begin to peak about the second week in December with Madagascar playing an increasingly important role. The projected annual UK forecast has been put at 16,000 tonnes compared with 12,000 tonnes two years ago and 8,000 tonnes in 1997. Meta said the market should benefit from a more balanced shipping programme and estimates there is a potential to increase sales by 40% or more. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}