Market updates on a whole range of dried fruit with up-to-date price trends
Dried Fruit
Aug 5, 2021

Dried figs: heat causes fruits to shrivel

AYDIN/TEHRAN. Extreme heat is causing enormous damage to the fig trees in Turkey. There is no relief in sight as temperatures are forecast to remain high. Growers in Iran can, by contrast, hardly believe their luck.
Dried Fruit
Aug 5, 2021

Raisins: buyers advised to wait

TEHRAN/BEIJING. Although exports are only nominally up on last year in the first quarter of the Iranian year, which runs from late March till late June, average export prices range on a similar level. Demand is, therefore, certainly up for raisins. Grapes are, however, not only being harvested in Iran but also in China, where production estimates have been issued.
Dried Fruit
Aug 4, 2021

Barberries: exports more than double

TEHRAN. Barberry exports have more than doubled on last year in the first quarter of the Iranian year (21 March - 20 June). Now the situation has, however, turned. Many farmers prefer not to sell.
Dried Fruit
Aug 3, 2021

Dried apricots: sharp rise in prices

MALATYA. Growers in Turkey are highly satisfied wit the current famgate prices for dried apricots. Exporters have issued first prices for shipments of the new crop. Caution, however, prevails as it is highly risky to issue offers at present.
Dried Fruit
Aug 3, 2021

Sultanas: vines suffer from heatwave

MANISA. Temperatures still range above 40C (104F) in Turkey. There is no sign of improvement in the next few days. A starting date for the harvest has, nevertheless, been set meaning that the production of sultanas and raisins will certainly go ahead soon.
Dried Fruit
Jul 30, 2021

Dates: first estimates on damage

TEHRAN. Iran’s date market is confronted with a water crisis. Not only has the country been hard hit by drought and extreme heat this year the situation is also compounded by inefficient irrigation systems and unauthorised wells. Estimates state that there are around 400,000 non-licenced wells in the country, over which there is no control. The Iranian Date Association has also issued first estimates on the damage caused by adverse weather conditions for this year’s crop.
Dried Fruit
Jul 29, 2021

Dried cranberries: experts predict an increase in production

MADISON/OTTAWA. After two years with comparatively low production results, the forecasts for the availability of dried cranberries for the coming season are significantly better now. Meanwhile, prices on the European spot market show little change.
Nuts
Jul 28, 2021

Desiccated coconuts: all bad things come in threes

MANILA. In the Philippines, producers are facing rising coronavirus case numbers on the one hand, and the difficulties caused by the typhoon season on the other hand. To make the disaster complete, freight costs have reached a record high that could last until 2022.
Dried Fruit
Jul 27, 2021

Dried apricots: demand for organic goods is rising

MALATYA. Turkish exporters expect the first shipments of the new crop to take place in mid-August. Meanwhile, traders are reporting an increasing interest in organic products.
Dried Fruit
Jul 27, 2021

Dried figs: export prices are increasing

AYDIN. The shortage of goods suitable for export is causing prices to rise. Meanwhile, the focus is already on the new crop.
Dried Fruit
Jul 27, 2021

Sultanas: extreme heat to hit Manisa

MANISA. Temperatures in Turkey are expected to reach up to 40°C in the coming days. The examination of the grape fields in Manisa should enable a better forecast of the crop. Meanwhile, it is reported that due to last week's holidays, sultana exports came to a standstill.
Dried Fruit
Jul 27, 2021

Prunes: long awaited price indications from Chile

SANTIAGO. After market players had to wait in vain for several weeks for prices for Chilean prunes, traders now announced the first price indications - and they are not what everyone expected.
Dried Fruit
Jul 22, 2021

Dried figs: limbo impacts prices

TEHRAN. While figs are being harvested in Iran’s Gilan and Mazandaran provinces and first local estimates on the new crop are available, the nuclear deal is having an impact on prices in the export market. Problem is that talks over a possible return of the US to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) were suspended in Vienna nearly four weeks ago leaving the deal in limbo.
Dried Fruit
Jul 22, 2021

Raisins: technology is key

TEHRAN. Raisin production has started in Iran’s Kohrasan Razavi province. Harvesting is also underway. According to the local Agricultural Organization there are around 45 facilities for processing grapes and raisins. Traders, however, report that technology is an issue as the raisins processed here frequently fail to meet minimum health requirements in the countries to which they are exported. Excessive heat has also left its traces in the vineyards.
Dried Fruit
Jul 20, 2021

Dried figs: shortfall in production

AYDIN. The fig harvest is making good progress in Turkey. Growers are very much hoping for higher dried fig prices in 2021/2022. Although prospects are highly encouraging in Turkey, the INC has taken a different view.
Dried Fruit
Jul 20, 2021

Dates: conflicting reports

TEHRAN. While local traders report that drought and extreme heat will have an adverse impact on this year’s date production in Iran, the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) anticipates a 3.6% rise in the country’s production. Issue is that some provinces are less affected by extreme weather conditions than others. Prospects are, for instance, not bad in Hormozgan province, where harvesting is underway, but quite alarming in Kerman province.
Dried Fruit
Jul 20, 2021

Dried apricots: heat is good for drying

MALATYA/REUS. Producers are highly satisfied with the quality of this year's apricot crop. Turkey's hot weather is providing excellent conditions for drying. All eyes are on the TMO with speculations running wild as to if and in how far the state-run organisation may intervene in the dried apricot market in 2021/2022.
Dried Fruit
Jul 20, 2021

Sultanas: more offers after Eid al-Adha

MANISA/REUS. As most businesses are closed this week for Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) trading is very much subdued in Turkey at present. And yet, the market is gearing up for the new crop. As sultana production is about to start in only a few weeks exporters will certainly start to issue firm offers for the new crop.
Dried Fruit
Jul 14, 2021

Prunes: situation remains tense

SANTIAGO. As the crops in the most important producing countries have turned out to be smaller than hoped, the supply situation in Europe continues to worsen. Some traders are now turning to unusual sources.
Dried Fruit
Jul 13, 2021

Sultanas: unstable weather reduces yields

MANISA. Unfavourable weather conditions have caused the vines in Manisa to bear less fruit than expected. Meanwhile, President Erdoğan has declared the week around the Feast of Sacrifice a bank holiday week.
Dried Fruit
Jul 13, 2021

Dried apricots: drying phase about to start

MALATYA. The harvesting phase in the Turkish growing regions has already begun and will soon be replaced by the drying phase. So far, the producers are optimistic, but the upcoming Eid celebrations pose some challenges.
Dried Fruit
Jul 13, 2021

Dried figs: total exports almost at last year's level

AYDIN. Turkish dried fig exports are still going so well that total exports since the beginning of the season should soon exceed last year's value. The growing season for the new crop has also been satisfactory so far.
Dried Fruit
Jul 9, 2021

Dried figs: water scarcity is a problem

POLDOKHTAR. At present harvesting is underway in Poldokhtar. Although the black figs produced here are famous, the market is confronted with several problems. Not only are cold storage and packaging facilities lacking along with appropriate infrastructure but recent droughts have also cut off water supplies in many orchards this year. The prospects for production are rather bleak.
Dried Fruit
Jul 9, 2021

Raisins: buyers urged not to be too optimistic

TEHRAN. Not only has harvesting started in some parts of Iran but reports are also highly encouraging. Yields in Kermanshah province, where early ripening Yaghooti grapes are harvested, are even said to range 20% higher than last year. Traders, however, urge raisin suppliers not to be too optimistic.
Dried Fruit
Jul 7, 2021

Barberries: export prices continue to decline

TEHRAN. Iranian barberry growers are facing numerous adversities and are hoping for governmental support. Meanwhile, declining prices are causing exports to rise again.
Dried Fruit
Jul 7, 2021

Dates: heat stress cuts production

TEHRAN. As Iran experienced an exceptional heatwave in June date production will range even lower than anticipated. Temperatures even hit a record 55C in the southern provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan. Some reports are, however, encouraging.
Dried Fruit
Jul 6, 2021

Dried figs: farmers concerned about weather fluctuations

AYDIN. According to growers, the figs have developed well so far, but rain is forecast for the Aydin growing region for the next few days. At this stage, this could have a negative impact on the quality and yield of the new crop.
Dried Fruit
Jul 6, 2021

Dried apricots: first production estimates in Malatya

MALATYA. The governor of Malatya has announced a preliminary estimate for the new crop - but not all market players agree.
Dried Fruit
Jul 6, 2021

Sultanas: growers expect high TMO price level

MANISA. The TMO recently announced the selling prices for commodity supplies of Turkish sultanas from the old crop, which are valid until the end of July. However, the organisation has not offered any bid prices for the coming season yet.
Nuts
Jul 5, 2021

Dessicated coconuts: typhoon season may spell disaster

MANILA/COLOMBO. Delivery and production delays are still rampant in the coconut producing countries in the Pacific. They are also causing the supply squeeze in Europe to get worse. Much will, in addition, depend on the approaching typhoon season. Spot market prices have, however, taken a surprising turn in Europe.
Dried Fruit
Jul 1, 2021

Prunes: supply gap grows further

SACRAMENTO/SANTIAGO. The disappointing result of this year's prune production in Chile poses new challenges for the market. An estimated 20% of the fruit laid out to dry was rendered unusable by the heavy rains.
Dried Fruit
Jun 29, 2021

Dried figs: farmgate prices are increasing

AYDIN. The growing regions in Aydin are currently affected by heavy rainfall and temperatures of more than 40°C. As good quality raw materials are no longer available, there are significant price increases.
Dried Fruit
Jun 29, 2021

Sultanas: crop at risk due to extreme weather fluctuations

MANISA. Market players in Turkey are concerned that extreme weather fluctuations will adversely impact the quality of this year's sultana production. Rumour currently has it that the farmgate prices for the new crop will range at TRY 13.00-13.50/kg. Although exports are approaching 190,000 mt, they still fall short on the volumes shipped last year.
Dried Fruit
Jun 29, 2021

Dried apricots: farmers worry about harvest workers

MALATYA. Temperatures of over 40°C are expected in the growing regions this week, which will have a positive effect on the development of the fruits. Meanwhile, farmers are worried about their harvest workers who cannot enter the province due to pandemic-related measures.
Dried Fruit
Jun 25, 2021

Dried figs: China is key to exports

TEHRAN. Although the average export price for dried figs ranged higher at USD 3.03/kg in May than in April, the volumes Iran shipped overseas in May are 50% up on April. China plays a decisive role. Current prices, however, remain an issue.
Dried Fruit
Jun 24, 2021

Raisins: farmers scramble for water

KASHMAR. Meteorologists report that Kashmar, a production hotspot for green raisins in Iran, is currently hit by the worst drought in 50 years. Although droughts frequently occur in the county, which is in the Khorasan Razavi Province, this year’s extreme conditions have reached a new dimension. Production will certainly decline sharply and farmers are left to suffer.
Nuts
Jun 23, 2021

Desiccated coconuts: further delays in production and delivery

MANILA. Restrictions related to the coronavirus in the Philippines and the difficulties faced by Asian exporters are causing significant delays in shipments. The outlook for the near future is rather bleak.
Dried Fruit
Jun 22, 2021

Dried figs: fruits are developing well

AYDIN. After the drought of previous weeks, rain has brought relief in Aydin. Both farmers and exporters are satisfied with the current situation.
Dried Fruit
Jun 22, 2021

Dried apricots: exceptionally high demand

MALATYA. As Turkish traders report, buying interest has lasted much longer than usual this year. While most purchases are usually completed by the end of April, demand has continued unabated until now.
Dried Fruit
Jun 22, 2021

Sultanas: heat shock follows hailstorms

MANISA. According to reports, the TMO will again make intervention purchases in the Turkish sultana market in the coming season. Meanwhile, temperatures in the growing regions are expected to reach up to 40°C in the coming days after last week's heavy rainfall.
Dried Fruit
Jun 17, 2021

Dates: pest is spreading rapidly

BUSHEHR. With more than 5.5 million palm trees Bushehr Province accounts for around 13% of Iran’s date production. Cultivating dates, however, hardly pays for the farmers. Not only are labour costs on the rise but they are also confronted with many challenges as sales are difficult, water tends to be in short supply and pesticides and fertilizers are lacking. To make matters worse, the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychidae urticae) is spreading rapidly in the orchards this year. Farmers are highly concerned that production will be heavily damaged in terms of quantity and quality.
Dried Fruit
Jun 15, 2021

Dried apricots: curious shift in prices

MALATYA. As raw dried apricot supplies are nearly sold out prices have taken a rather curious turn in the export market. Turkey is still to issue official production estimates and speculations are rife as to when this will happen. Harvesting has, meanwhile, started.
Dried Fruit
Jun 15, 2021

Sultanas: buyers demand lower prices

MANISA. Traders in Turkey report that overseas buyers demand lower sultana prices - without success so far. The TMO's intentions remain unclear with rumours running wild. Although exports have picked up in recent weeks, the total volumes exported this season so far still fall well short on last year.
Dried Fruit
Jun 15, 2021

Dried figs: rain to prevent drought

AYDIN. Rain has finally been forecast in Aydin, which will certainly benefit the fig trees after weeks of extremely dry weather conditions. Farmers now hope that this will prevent a drought, which would be extremely damaging to production. Prices have, in addition, shifted.
Dried Fruit
Jun 11, 2021

Dried figs: prices are simply too high

TEHRAN. After disaster struck last year when the pandemic brought trading to a near standstill dried fig exports have bounced back in Iran. Traders are, however, not quite satisfied. Issue is that prices are simply too high. The Ministry of Agriculture has also issued new production data.
Dried Fruit
Jun 10, 2021

Raisins: exports more than double

TEHRAN. Iran exported 14,376 mt of raisins between 20 March and 20 April, meaning that the volumes shipped have more than doubled on April 2020 when the pandemic first struck. Traders report that international demand has certainly bounced back. With exports kicking in the market is now, however, confronted with another challenge.
Dried Fruit
Jun 9, 2021

Prunes: supply bottlenecks seem inevitable

SANTIAGO. As the crops in the main growing countries are all smaller than hoped for this season, traders are desperately looking for alternative options. However, these come at a high price.
Dried Fruit
Jun 8, 2021

Dried figs: encouraging export figures

AYDIN. Total exports since the beginning of the season have now almost reached the level of last year. However, the situation becomes difficult for traders as there are hardly any goods from the old crop available and it is still too early to provide information on the new crop.