The South African apricot pack came to an early close this season ­ figures for the likely shortfall are not yet available, but are thought to be significant. This year's peach pack, which is in progress now, was described by one importer as "acceptable", adding that the SA pack remains the preserve of discerning buyers looking for quality product. This business has been written, with few speculative inquiries from price-driven buyers. The pear pack is expected to start in the next 10 days with early varieties, to be followed in due course by fruit cocktail, once all the ingredients have been assembled. {{PROVISIONS }}