Fruit and Veg: Warmer temperatures accompanied by occasional showers have been the most favourable conditions for numerous farmers in recent weeks.
The supply chains are showing steady improvement, as the yields of various produce are coming in from different parts of the UK in quite satisfactory conditions. Items like sweetcorn, courgette, runner beans, peas, and broad beans are highly recommended right now.
In the upcoming month, we anticipate a bountiful supply of delicate and versatile soft fruits, as well as exceptionally sweet stone fruits grown in the UK.
However, it's important to note that the weather has affected orange-producing regions include Florida where ’Hurricane Ian’ caused widespread crop loss. Many other orange-producing regions, including Mexico, Brazil and Spain had poor yields due to drought conditions.
Chocolate: The price of chocolate has surged by 14% in the past year. Further investigations suggest that this upward trend will continue into 2024 due to strained cocoa supplies.
Companies relying on cocoa beans from West Africa's Ivory Coast are grappling with shortages caused by severe droughts, impeding tree growth due to inadequate water supply.
As a result, numerous companies are expected to encounter challenges over the next year, which could ultimately impact chocolate prices.
Take a look at the price movements and the quality of the fruits and vegetables for this month:
Key price movements:
Sources: A David UK, Dole UK, Fresh Direct UK, Oliver Kay UK.