As a result of the health benefits associated with pomegranates, the German consumption of pomegranates is increasing. An interesting opportunity for pomegranate exporters lies in exports of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils. Producers in the Southern Hemisphere have the potential to offer pomegranates in the offseason of the Northern Hemisphere, where most pomegranates are produced.
Post forecasts Afghanistan’s MY 2012/13 raisin production at 33,500 MT, a five percent increase from the previous year, based on better weather conditions, new production techniques such as trellising, and new vines entering into production. Domestic raisin consumption will be unchanged during MY 2012/13 due to static demand.