Dried Fruit

Prunes: supply gap grows further

July 1, 2021 10:18 AM, Der AUDITOR
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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.

In addition, a huge amount of these prunes are flattened, which makes pitting difficult, so market players expect a higher supply of unpitted prunes this season. As the 2020 crops in the USA and France were already lower than the year before, the production deficit in Chile further widens the supply gap in the international prune market. Demand is high, but in addition to lower supply, the global container shortage and massive increase in freight costs are hampering trade.

US crop above last year's level

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