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Crop update – January

24 January 2014
Crop update – January

Stuart Lawson, produce technical manager at fresh produce supplier Reynolds, reviews availability for the weeks ahead

!](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/25/10/2013/assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=7702720.jpg)Courgettes Availability of Spanish courgettes continues to be tight due to a virus which has been reported in the key growing region of Almeria. There are concerns that the spring crop could also be affected and the season may finish prematurely.
![](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/25/10/2013/assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=7702721.jpg)Basil Supplies of all fresh basil lines became very short due to weather-related issues at source, just prior to Christmas. Supplies continue to be limited, with the situation set to continue until the end of January when crops come through in full volume.
![](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/25/10/2013/assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=7702722.jpg)Strawberries Variable weather in Egypt over the last four to five weeks has affected fruit quality. Early season Spanish is starting to come through, however the fruit is showing extreme levels of white shoulder. This will settle down as the season progresses.
![Grapes South Africa has experienced frost, hail and rain in many growing regions across the country recently. Availability of both red and white grapes is therefore tighter than usual for the time of year, until the Chilean season is fully up and running.

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