DNE expects to bring in more Spanish clementines this season, but industry-wide, volumes should be similar to last season, Lazopoulos said. Exchange rates could keep volumes to North America in check in 2013-14.
“The strength of the Euro makes it a little more difficult to ship here,” Lazopoulos said.
While that could have an effect later in the deal, volumes on the first two vessels of Spanish fruit suggested that it wasn’t having an effect yet, Sears said.
What could bring volumes down, though, Sears said, was warm growing weather in October, which was preventing some fruit slated to arrive just before Thanksgiving from coloring.