LONDON (Nov. 23)
The citrus market is depressed this year but Israel nevertheless is exporting a bigger crop to its West European customers than last year, according to Moshe Leven, European general manager of the Israeli Citrus Marketing Board. Mr. Leven said that Israel will have over 48 million boxes of citrus fruits available for export this season compared to 45 million last year. He said that up to now the main shipments have been grapefruit, amounting to 1,650,000 cases compared to 1.3 million cases at this time last vear. He said that 460,000 cases of grapefruit, have already been sold in consignment markets in West Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK against 375,000 cases last year. But this year’s price is currently running five shillings higher than last year. Mr. Leven predicted however that the price would drop when Spanish fruit reaches the market later in the season. The price for Spanish oranges is ten percent lower this year than last year and can drop as much as 30 percent under last year’s price when the export season reaches its peak after Christmas.