Citrus

Spain: Company invoices 20 million Euros for squeezing oranges
The sales of a small Valencian company have gone through the roof thanks to a far from original invention: the orange squeezing machine. Zumex, a company equipped with industrial machines that signed a deal with Mercadona last year, has closed 2016 with a turnover of around 20 million Euros and with.....

Bhutan's orange exports down after demonetisation
Orange growers expectations in the Himalayan state were high as orange production almost doubled in 2016 compared to last year. However, orange exporters are now being affected by the demonetisation of high-denomination Indian currency notes.Bhutanese orange exporters dread that, because of the.....


Israel citrus planting area falls by 590ha
Israel’s citrus planted area in MY 2016/17 was 18,910 hectares (ha), 590 ha less than the planted area in MY 2015/16. Productive area was 16,410 ha, with the remaining 2,500 ha being young orchards which have not yet reached maturity. These changes are the result of area being shifted from grapefruit towards.....

Argentinian lemon production to decrease
For CY 2017, production of all three types of citrus fruit is forecast to decrease below normal levels due to unfavorable weather conditions in the main citrus growing regions of Argentina. Lemon exports will remain at the same levels of MY 2015, and orange and tangerine exports are estimated to decrease.....

Citrus greening found in Cerritos, California tree
An orange tree in an urban neighborhood in Cerritos in Los Angeles County, California has tested positive for the citrus disease, Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening. The disease is known for causing billions in damages to the citrus industry over the last decade. California Department of Food and.....

Uruguay closed the year with 8% more citrus
Citrus production, including oranges, mandarins, lemons, and grapefruit, in 2016 was estimated at 271,000 tons, i.e. 8% or 19,000 tons more than in the previous harvest, according to a survey conducted last November by the Department of Statistics (DIEA) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and.....


Canary Islands
Spain: Winds destroy banana and pineapple crops in El Hierro
The island of El Hierro has been one of the most badly hit by the wind and hot weather that struck the Archipelago last weekend. Strong wind gusts of more than 90 kilometres per hour destroyed crops like bananas, avocados and tropical pineapples. According to the president of the Cabildo Herreño, Belén.....

Argentina
The world's biggest citrus nursery grows lemons for the US
The nursery has six hectares with 40 citrus greenhouses where it produces 200,000 plants of lemons to supply Tucuman's major citrus producers, "most of these plants will produce lemons that will be exported to the United States soon," said Jose Luis Palacios, owner of the nursery."Demand is sustained by.....


Limes under own brand for Four Seasons Fruit Supply
Four Seasons Fruit Supply supplies limes from Mexico and Brazil 52 weeks per year. “We have all sizes available, from 36 to 63. At the start of the Brazilian season we mostly have small sizes, but the larger sizes will gradually become available as well,” says Medhat Samir.“From January, limes are available.....


Chinese pomelo exports to Europe gather momentum
“The pomelo export season to Europe runs until the end of January. Export to Russia will last until the middle of March. The reason for this difference is that most of the pomelo supply to Europe comes from Pinghe region in Fujian province at the Southeast coast of China. We also pack other region's pomelo.....

India demonetisation leads to dilemma for orange farmers
Demonetisation in India is causing yet more problems for growers in the country. Orange farmers of the Agar Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh are the victims this time, where they are being forced to invest for the next harvest that is already blooming without being able to sell the winter harvest. While the.....


Texas lime prices currently "unpredictable"
Big gaps in current lime pricingPricing is unpredictable—that’s how Steven Leal of Edinburgh, TX-based S & J Distributing describes the cost of limes right now. “Currently, it’s a wide range of pricing on limes--and it’s wider than normal,” he says. “So for a 110 count lime, prices are $10-$16......


China: Up to 30% loss of pomelo production
"Because this is a small year for the pomelo production, there is a reduction of 20% to 30% in the pomelo production region of Pinghe. The overall market operations are stable," says Mr. Wen Mindong, who is CEO of the Lipeng Fruit company in Pinghe.Exports to Europe on the rise"We benefit from a growing.....

Argentinian concern about European protectionism
The citrus business is concerned about a plant health initiative that was approved last week by the European Parliament (EP). This legislative body asked the European Union (EU) to take defensive measures to protect European citrus against new pests, introducing fundamental changes to an official.....


Spain: Huelva closes first Orri campaign with 7 million kilos marketed
Following a public regularization campaign, the producers of the protected mandarin variety Orri, of the province of Huelva, have managed to market 7 million kilos in their first campaign, which is 29% of the 25.5 million kilos marketed by the more than 400 producers in Spain. By provinces, 27% of this.....

EU to double controls on Turkish lemons
Beginning on 1 January 2017, lemons exported from Turkey into the European Union will undergo increased screening at the frontier to check whether they strictly fulfill European legislation in terms of pesticide residue levels.The minimum screening percentage will remain at 10% of the lots imported into the.....

Mandarin prices to rise 10-15% by Chinese New Year
Celebrations of the Chinese New Year may be dampened this year due to the high price of mandarins, especially in Singapore. The citrus fruit, a must-have during the festival, may cost up to 20 per cent more in the Year of the Rooster, due to decreased supply and a stronger American dollar, said local.....

APHIS bans Moroccan citrus from Berkane region
Recently there has been an interception of Mediterranean fruit fly larva in a shipment of clementines from Morocco. The African country is the biggest citrus (clementines) supplier of the US, both in volumes and value. In a letter APHIS in formed Morocco. "On December 14, 2016, the live fruit fly larva was.....


Spain, South Africa and Egypt good for 60% of world trade
Oranges: Three countries run the show
Oranges are a major product worldwide. Just over ten per cent of total production, an estimated 6.5 million tonnes, are traded internationally. Oranges take up a place around position 5 both for production and for export on the list of fruit and vegetable products. For international trade, only bananas,.....

Yuzu winter solstice baths in Japan
As is the tradition around the winter solstice, some in Japan are taking a dip into baths filled with yuzu citrus fruit. This custom has been passed on for centuries and is believed by some to ward off the coming of winter colds.Around this time it is not uncommon to see hot spring resorts around the country.....

Michoacan is Mexico's second biggest producer of grapefruit
Secretary Francisco Huergo Maurin stated that Michoacan ranked second nationally in grapefruit production, thanks to the more than 4,000 hectares it has devoted to this crop in at least 7 municipalities, in which the municipality of Mugica stands out.Huergo Maurin stated that Michoacan had produced 49,566.....


Gil Ben-Moshe from Hefer Valley:
Israel: "Smaller volumes of big Orri this year"
Demand is already high for the Israeli Orri. “The quality of our crop is looking very good this year. The volume of larger Orris is much smaller than in previous years, we are seeing smaller sizes increasingly often,” says Gil Ben-Moshe from Hefer Valley. “This will put pressure on the price of large-sized.....


Complicated season for Egyptian oranges
The Egyptian season for Navel oranges has seen both large volumes and large fruit calibers which is not a good thing. According to Mohamed Ghallab, Chairman of Agroegypt, "Most foreign markets demand small to medium sized oranges. This means that large amounts of Navel oranges of the current harvest are.....

USA: Cold weather means better citrus
After the recent chill that hit california citrus farmers, the California Citrus Mutual are expecting the effects to show come harvest time. The effects should be good however, according to them, the cold can be great for maturing citrus. They even said the cold weather the past three days is a welcome.....


Chinese importer visits Egypt
Goldanda: "Egyptian oranges fill domestic production gap"
"Currently we import several seasonal fruits from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Spain and other countries. We've also successfully opened up the Chinese orange market for Egyptian citrus. We chose Egypt because part of the Chinese orange crop contracted citrus greening disease, causing a.....


Moroccan citrus competes with Spain and Southern Hemisphere
Thanks to its favourable location, Morocco is both a competitor for the Spanish citrus and the citrus from the Southern Hemisphere. To take advantage of this long season, you have to import from the right regions. Jan van der Voort of Anaco Greeve talks about the unique position of the North African.....


5% of production for export has not been shipped
Spain: Rainfall takes a toll on Murcia lemon campaign
The rains of the last few days in the Region of Murcia have prevented its lemon producers, mainly those of Campo de Cartagena and the Vega Baja, to cover one hundred percent of the orders from foreign clients for the Christmas campaign.The general director of the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional.....


More Turkish citrus, but difficult market
Turkish cultivators harvested good volumes the past two seasons. Last season (2015/16), the harvest amounted to 3.9 million tonnes, which is three per cent higher than the season before that. A good volume is also expected for 2016/17, according to a recent report from USDA.Due to favourable weather.....

New gauge tests orange's flavor before peeling
Oranges are a popular addition to the stocking come Christmas time. Surprisingly though, nearly 43% of all oranges used for the tradition end up in the trash according to Sainsbury's. Latest estimates show that UK households throw away seven million tonnes of food a year. To combat this, Sainsbury's 'Waste.....

Fresno citrus farmers struggle to protect crops from the freeze
This weekend things got a bit chilly in the Valley, scaring local growers and sending them rushing to protect their crops from the cold. With temperatures regularly dropping below zero, this time of year farmers are used to losing a bit of sleep. Farmers used every trick up their sleeves to stave off the.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas exported more than 23,000 tons of lemon
According to calculations made a few days before the end of the lemon export season, Tamaulipas will have exported more than 23,000 tons of this product abroad, and achieved market prices above 7,000 pesos, thanks to the quality of the product, which so far it has not been rejected by the agricultural.....


Uncertain market for the Sicilian citrus fruit sector
OP Agrisicilia focuses on the citrus fruit sector, although there are a few elements that are blocking its growth, such as the CTV-Citrus Tristeza Virus, the abandoning of groves, fragmentation and competition with other countries that is driving prices down. AgronomistSalvatore Battiato, technical manager.....

Mandarins hitting Chinese store shelves early
Some shoppers were surprised to see mandarins already on store shelves in China. The fruit is part of a tradition for the Chinese New Year and is usually on store shelves mid January but now they are gracing store shelves before Christmas. A representative at one supermarket known only as Tak gave an.....

USDA approves import of Argentine lemons, farmers angry
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Service (APHIS) has announced that it has come to a decision and will allow imports of lemons from Northwest Argentina. While consumers may benefit from the import with a lower predicted price for lemons, California growers are worried. One such citrus farmer, Richard.....

Australian citrus exports reach $315m
Australian citrus exports continue to hit record numbers year over year, and one of the big reasons is China. Exports this year have hit a record level of $315m with the first 10 month production coming in at just under 210,000 tons of fruit. That number is expected to increase by 20,000 tons within the next.....


Marcel van der Welle, Van Ooijen Citrus:
“Completely opposite situation for Turkish lemons compared to last year”
The market for Turkish lemons is the complete opposite of last year. “Last year we did a great many Turkish lemons, and this year we barely had a few containers,” says Marcel van der Welle from Van Ooijen Citrus. “The market was empty then, and relatively little Spanish product was available. The end of the.....


Michel Jansen, Total Produce:
“I do not rule out price doubling for oranges”
Oranges will become scarce in summer, fruit importers warn, now that the European Parliament has voted in favour of stricter rules regarding the import of oranges from South Africa this week. As far as Brussels is concerned, the oranges will have to be in quarantine for 24 days at a temperature of -0.5.....


November 2016
Prices and margins in the marketing of Mexican limes
During the month of November (2016), the monitoring of the prices of Mexican limes from Colima, namely in three selected cities (Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City), revealed the following figures:Prices Paid to the Producer ($/kg)The price paid to producers in the country during November was highest in.....

Malta increasing in popularity in Bangladesh
Malta farming is gaining popularity in Gaibandha, Rajshahi in Bangladesh. The Malta growers of Sadullapur Upazila in the district have already completed harvest of the citrus fruit this season. This all comes from a successful plan to increase Malta cultivation in the region.A pragmatic plan was taken to.....

Malaga loses up to 70% of the Clemenules
Spain: Citrus sector suffers severe losses due to rainfall
La Unió de Llauradors has estimated the losses in this year's citrus campaign in the province of Castellon at more than 75 million Euro. The main causes are the reduction of mandarin prices and the humidity due to the latest rains.The general secretary of La Unió de Llauradors, Ramón Mampel, explained that.....


A new selection line
China: Nongfu factory 17.5° holds news conference
A week ago, the Gan navel oranges started their new season and the Nongfu Mountain Spring Xingfeng 17.5° orange factory convention was held. Without doubt, the Nongfu Mountain Spring soars at a solitary altitude and now this company with some of the most advanced technology in the world has teamed up with.....


Grapefruit going strong – even for the millennial generation
Grapefruit is rounding first base for the busiest time of the year. Things begin to pick up the Friday after Thanksgiving, says Trent Bishop, Sales Manager of Lone Star Citrus. Although the season is much longer, this is the fruit’s limelight. “As we speak we’re filling orders to get everything in the store.....


Organic Ribera oranges at Azienda Agricola Chetta
SimoneandGiuseppe Chetta are the owners ofAzienda Agricola Chetta(certified by ICEA Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica), the family business they inherited from their father, which is part of Consorzio di Tutela Riberella. It has been producing the renowned "Washington Navel" Ribera organic oranges.....

Spain: Earlier citrus harvest in Castellon due to fear of rainfall
The citrus harvest in the Spanish province of Castellon has been carried out at a quicker pace recently, given the possibility of more rainfall this weekend, which "could cause a lot of damage," as confirmed by sources from the agricultural organizations.In fact, the long rainy period of the past few days.....


Australian orange production to rise by 470,000T
Orange overviewAustralian production of fresh oranges in 2016/17 is forecast by Post to increase to 470,000 metric tons, due to good seasonal conditions and improved access to water irrigation. Australia is a counter cyclical exporter of oranges to northern hemisphere markets while the United States exports.....

EP resolution endorses stricter measures and controls for non-EU citrus
"In practice, a cold treatment measure entails a ban on citrus imports"
The European Parliament yesterday approved the resolution calling for stricter control measures for citrus imports from outside the EU. This is aimed at protecting European producers and preventing the spread of diseases and pests such as African codling moth and Citrus Black Spot (CBS). 463 parliamentarians.....

Australian farmers turning to Pacific Island labor
Australian farmers in the Northern territory have seen a 33% rise this year in the employment of workers using the Seasonal Worker Program. About 398 workers from 10 countries have been employed to pick fruit across 12 different farms in the territory. The increase in workers from the Pacific Islands were.....

European producers request more protection against Black Spot
COPA-COGECA has welcomed the motion presented and currently in the process of voting and approval in Strasbourg, urging the authorities to monitor and enforce stricter measures to prevent the spread of Black Spot, also known as Phyllosticta, due to its presence in citrus fruits exported to member states or.....

Exports are expected to amount to 23,000 tons
Mexico: Limes meet quality expectations in the US
A few days before the end of the Italian lime export cycle, estimates are that exports of this fruit will surpass the 23,000 tons and that market prices will remain above 7,000 pesos, thanks to the good quality of this product.According to the plant health authorities of the Secretariat of Agriculture,.....

Lemons lifting poverty in Bangladesh
Lemon cultivation is keeping farms in business in Narsingdi. It is driving up living conditions and increasing exports. The people treasure the fruit for increasing their standing and treat it as a treasure.“Lemons have brought good luck,” says orchardist Babul Chowdhury, who began growing lemons on a small.....


Savagri looking to place its blood oranges on the German and Scandinavian markets
"There is 50% less produce than last year and prices are increasing due to lower yields and better quality. We started harvesting the Tarocco variety one week ago," explains Antonino, Ettore and Fabio Sava fromSavagri.All the produce cultivated by the company is organic, as per the certifications (click.....


Frans van der Burg, Total Produce BV:
“High price not an obstacle for smooth sales of Florida grapefruit”
The sales of Florida grapefruit are currently doing very well. “We currently sell Star Ruby and Ruby Red. Prices are a bit high, but that is not an obstacle for smooth sales,” says Frans van der Burg from Total Produce BV. “Volumes are much lower than last year. At the start of the season, hurricane Matthew.....

Floods in Thailand harming pomelo plantations
Unrelenting rain for the past 10 days, is causing severe flooding in southern Thailand. This flood is reported to be devastating to pomelo plantations in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where farmers are reporting that many of their trees are dying. The effects could be disastrous as citrus fruit earns the country as.....


Vicente Bordils, president of the CGC: "Se ha impuesto la cordura"
Citrus strikes called off after salary increase agreed
In the early morning of Tuesday, 13 December, after an agreement was reached between the unions and the employers, the strike that the citrus sector had called for the period between 15 and 21 December has been called off. The agreement includes a 1.8% salary increase this year, as of 1 December, according.....

Spain: Citrus purchases by ghost companies under investigation
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has already asked the Guardia Civil (through the Government Delegation in the Region of Valencia) to investigate the possible existence of ghost companies, devoted to the purchase of citrus for the processing industry, to find out whether they are breaking the law.According to LA UNIÓ,.....


System to detect CBS in citrus groves
TheCitrus Black Spot(CBS), caused by fungusGuignardia citricarpa, was detected in Florida, near Immokalee, in the spring of 2010. It is a disease that affects both quality and yield, so much so that it is considered the most destructive citrus fruit fungus in the world.The symptoms are the black spots and.....

Mandarins showing promise in Bangladesh village
With trees hanging low with ripe fruit for the picking, things are looking up for mandarin orchards in the Bangladesh village of Para. The crop is proving its potential in the region and is providing a new way for local growers to make a steady income. Daane Sabekkhong Namakarbari owns one such farm in Para.....

Mexico: Persian limes could reach China by early 2017
According to Leonardo Olivares Ahumada, chairman of the Producers and Exporters of Persian Limes (COPELP), Mexico could start exporting Persian limes to the Chinese market next year. Negotiations between the two countries are on track and Mexico's Federal Government is set on achieving them. Olivares.....

Spain: Andalusian orange exports down 15%
Andalusian orange exports have fallen by 15 percent in volume, despite the fact that their value has remained stable, mainly as a result of the 18 percent rise of the unit value in the European market, according to the report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture,.....

New EC import regulations not feasible
Another blow for South African citrus?
The European Commission is set to propose new measures to regulate Citrus Black Spot and False Codling Moth. This would extend the current measures on CBS and introduce a regulation for the first time on FCM. South Africa, while not the only country to be affected by these possible new regulations, would be.....

Florida orange crops holding steady
According to a USDA report on Florida orange production, the crops are holding steady. The forecast for the 2016-2017 period shows numbers at 72 million boxes but it does show a decrease in overall grapefruit production, which is down 3 percent from the previous year. “In the past couple of seasons.....

China: Favourable citrus market
The Chongqing Agriculture Information Centre's latest data monitoring shows that in week 47, the average retail price for fruit in Chongqing was 7.4 RMB per kg. that is a drop of 0.35% compared to the week before, but the citrus fruits are shining bright.Among the citrus fruits, the average retail price for.....

Several ways Pakistan could increase Kinnow production
Pakistan has been increasing its kinnow production year on year, but researchers think the country can do better. They believe that using simple methods can increase production dramatically and reduce losses on crops. Currently the country is exporting about 10 percent of total kinnow production, which could.....


Foreign demand grows
China: Honey pomelos come to an end
"This year's honey pomelo export season is already nearing its end. Overall, 25% less honey pomelos were produced in the main production region of Pinghe county. This is mainly the result of two reasons. First of all, the weather wasn't optimal in the production region. Secondly, the production was unusually.....


José Manuel Álvarez, Calvera Inc. and Cítricos Cadillo:
"The biggest problem is the saturation of the lime market"
One of the largest markets for Persian limes in Mexico is the United States, where there is a large Hispanic population, but the excess supply of a mix of limes of good and poor quality can have a negative effect on producers, exporters and importers."According to official statistics, the acreage devoted to.....

South African citrus exports to EU increased 5%
The 2016 South African citrus season has come and gone. The 2016 crop was down 8%, largely due to drought. The export to Europe increased by 5.1% in a total of an 8% lower crop. YearTotal SA export EU/UK volume% crop2014 112.0 m cartons 40.1 m cartons 36%2015 118.3 m cartons 43.4 m cartons 36,7%2016 109.2 m.....


René and Peter Bouman, FMI:
“We see plenty of opportunities as niche players”
Limes, lemons & more. That is how the brothers Bouman, René and Peter, describe FMI’s core activities, short and to the point. “After some internal changes, we continued with new energy and with a small team at the beginning of the year. We do not have ambitions to be large, but we want to be the best at.....

Nepal: Cold storage could help eastern farmers
Rs 600 million in oranges are traded in the agriculture market of Dharan each year. According to Laxman Bhattarai, manager of the market, most of the profit is going to India. Since farmers do not have adequate access to cold storage in the area the country goes months without producing any oranges. With.....


Weird year for Sicilian citrus fruit
"Citrus fruit production this year is quite low, especially for oranges. Producers not only had to deal with theCTV-Citrus Tristeza Virus, but also with a whole lot of other factors - mild temperatures during the past winters, lower blossoming, wider yield alternance. In addition, it rained a lot in.....


Minneola volume smaller
Best Israeli grapefruit season in years
Because of the smaller volume of grapefruit, the season will be shorter. “It is too early to say anything, but I feel positive about the grapefruit season after a number of difficult years,” says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. The early grapefruit are mainly for the European markets, although they are.....


Citrus on demand or fresh from the trees?
The coming season is looking good for citrus from Spain, according to Willem Dijk, Sr. In addition to his expectations for the approaching Spanish season, he also talks about the labels the company supplies: Elefant and Filosofo. He has had a long relationship with both labels, but the procedures of the.....