Mediterranean peach production is expected to be back to normal after last year’s disastrous pack in Greece, which caused escalating prices.

Some weather problems threatened to disrupt this year’s pack but it seems that production will reach the forecasted 300,000 tonnes against last year’s 78,000.

Packers are hopeful that a return to normality will encourage sales. However, trying to find the right price level seems to be giving traders some problems.

“Greece is very aggressive, particularly on the 3kg foodservice pack, no doubt hoping to attract customers back after losing them to Spain last year,” said one importer.

“Early signs suggest lower prices than both Greece and Spain were hoping for.”

UK traders who have been visiting canners say that quality is not a problem, so the pricing level of the economy pack will not allow for the use of below-standard fruit.