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Global Focus  —  Citrus

Kris de Smet, commercial director of Koppert Spain

"Koppert offers the key to biological pest control in citrus with Aphytis and Citripar"

The two most important pests affecting citrus crops can already be treated effectively with biological control techniques. This is certainly a big step forward for some products (orange, mandarin, lime, lemon and grapefruit) which are essentials on any fruit shelf.Aware of the importance of these crops,.....

Arno Steenkamp, Star South

EU citrus market needs to be managed correctly

The citrus season at South Africa's Star South has just come to a close with the last fruit loaded in week 42.Arno Steenkamp, Director said, "It was a really difficult season with all markets having much more challenges and there is no longer place for borderline quality in all markets. Bigger volumes are.....

Spain: TC Fruits kicks off Atlantic orange season

The 2013/2014 orange campaign finished late, about 25 days ago, for the Spanish company TC Fruits with the latest Valencia Late. "This is unusual, because normally we finish our season in late August or early September," says Cristóbal Monteagudo, manager of TC Fruits.Founded in 1964, TC Fruits produces its.....

AU: Valencia orange producer upbeat about coming season on strong demand for exports and juice processors

Strong demand from juicing processors and export markets has Valencia orange producers confident as they begin to harvest fruit this season, according to one South Australian grower.The annual summer Valencia harvest has been dwindling for several years now as smaller growers move into higher value citrus.....

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Real connoisseurs are still prepared to pay for Florida grapefruit"

Although there used to be multiple importers active with Florida Grapefruit, nowadays the number of specialists can be counted on one hand. "Not everyone has the customers for it. Real specialists still appreciate the grapefruit from Florida. Florida grapefruit might have a little more peel damage, but it is.....

Spain: High temperatures delay citrus colouring in Andalusia

The unusually high temperatures registered in mid-October are having an impact on the citrus season in the Guadalquivir Basin, with plantations in the provinces of Cordoba, Seville and Huelva.To be precise, during the week between 20 and 26 October temperatures reached 35 degrees in some of these areas,.....