There has been movement on the egg market with packer to producer price rises of between 1p and 2.5p per dozen across all sectors.
The market is reported to be strong, particularly on free range, but the intensive sector has also benefited.
Meanwhile, egg producers are being warned of a surplus in America.
UK processors are currently importing to meet demand, and the prospect of cheap imports from the US is likely to have an impact on UK producers.

n Tomato trouble
Tomato sales are remaining constant despite three recent price hikes.
With the Italian crop failure supplies are down dramatically. Attempts to cover the estimated shortfall of over five million cases are being made by turning to South America but unless retail sales are stemmed, bare shelves will appear before the new season.
However, consumers have not been put off by the higher retail prices, so a new strategy will be needed to conserve supplies.

n milk up
Weekly estimates by the Rural Payments Agency point to UK milk deliveries returning to an upward path.
The assessment comes as a welcome relief to dairy processors who feared that low milk prices and changes in calving patterns might have pushed supply into an even deeper trough.
The weekly RPA figures suggest that daily output fell by about 5% in the month from mid-October but that in the past two weeks deliveries have picked up by about 2%. They are likely to continue this upward trend from now until next May, barring any severe weather setback.

n festive demand
Christmas is underpinning healthy demand for currants, sultanas and raisins.
Turkish sultana prices for no9s are circa $875 per tonne fob Izmir, with the poorer quality no7s and no8s in plentiful supply and trading at $150 per tonne ­ a larger discount than normal.Forecasts for the new crop are around 190,000 tonnes.
Greek currant prices are firm, with provincials trading at around 1800 per tonne fob Piraeus. With supplies unlikely to cover demand, prices should remain firm and possibly increase. The harvest is forecast to have yielded some 23,000 tonnes.
The Californian raisin market has returned to normal after the disruption caused by dock strikes, with prices stable at about 45c per pound and an expected 2002 crop of some 320,000 tonnes.