Lack of fruit on British markets in July
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.
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. ■