UK buyers have circumvented a US raisin price rise with early purchasing. However, the full impact of the rise, around 60 cent per pound Felixstowe c&f, is cushioned by the weak dollar.

One trader said other origins had taken the opportunity to push through price rises.

Turkish sultanas are stable with latest prices for specially cleaned No 9s standing around $1,175 per tonne fob Izmir.

Greek currant prices are also settled with fruit trading at €1,225 per tonne fob Piraeus.

Iranian government co-ops are believed to be holding some 28,000 tonnes of dried fruit, of which only 3,000 is raisins.

Some 35,000t have been exported, with another 25,000t held by packers. Growers are holding up to 10,000 tonnes.