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Lack of fruit on British markets in July

Staff Writer |
Mixed weather influenced supply and demand and the start of school summer holidays toward the end of the month quietened fruit and vegatbles trade in the UK.

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There was a lack of fruit on the markets in July. New season Blackcurrants, Redcurrants, cherries and plums made their first appearances of the year.

Gooseberries rose 13% to £2.86/kg and Bramley apples rose 16% to £0.84/kg as supplies dwindled. The price for Bramley apples at the same time last year was 42% lower when supplies were much greater.

Raspberry prices rose 13% to £5.56/kg as the quality of domestic fruit improved andsupplies dipped. Supplies of imports also fell which helped to strengthen the price.

Flower prices were steady across the month.
Strawberries rose 26% to £2.49/kg as supplies fell and demand grew significantly. The price at the same time last year was £1.78/kg when supplies were higher.

The Asparagus price rose 22% to £6.22/kg as supplies fell at the end of season. Broad beans fell 12% to £1.26/kg as supplies increased. Red bulb onions fell 21% £0.39/kg as large supplies of imports pushed the price down.

The red cabbage price fell 18% to £0.52/kg as supplies increased. The price at the same time last year was 16% lower as supplies were higher. Calabrese fell 8.4% to £0.66/kg due to increased supply and pressure from imports.

Kent cauliflowers rose 49% and Other cauliflowers rose 44% as supplies fell sharply. Parsnips rose 49% to £1.59/kg and swede rose 21% as supplies fell. The Runner bean price fell 38% as supplies increased and demand fell. The price for Cherry tomatoes rose 19% to £2.09/kg as supplies decreased.

Flower prices were steady across the month with only a few prices available. The price for new season Gladioli was £0.66/kg and Pinks fell 22% as supplies dwindled.

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