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“Seventy percent of our veg production is tomatoes"

"We started exporting in 2009 when we invested in a packaging facility. At the time, export volume was 8,500 tonnes, and by 2016 it was 45,000 tonnes. Our products are marketed under various brands in France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Lithuania, Canada and the US. We are currently approaching European.....

AU: Western Australian citrus industry targeting another good export year

The Western Australian citrus industry is hoping to build on last year's successful export figures, where it tripled in volume. The state began its citrus season earlier this month, and despite being slightly behind schedule, it is looking like being a strong year."The late start to the season has meant.....

Spain: Man arrested for 400,000 Euro mandarin fraud

A 45 year old man has been arrested as an alleged perpetrator of a series of scams in the towns of San Miguel de Salinas and San Bartolomé, as well as in Abanilla (Murcia). He was part of a network that, through a bankrupt company in Castellon, harvested 500 tonnes of mandarins without paying the later.....

Spain: New lemon variety to give the sector a touch of colour

Pink lemons, originally from California, will start entering the European market in about two years. Belsan Lemons has planted 3,000 trees and expects to grow about 200,000 kilos in about 5 or 6 years. "We have bet on the crop in one of our farms, to see if it works," states Francisco V. Gea. "We are.....

Spain: "Stable Verna lemon campaign - unlike last year's"

The weather conditions have been ideal to obtain a good lemon production, especially in the case of the Verna, which is stronger than the Primafiori. However, it is still too early to give figures on a campaign that is still open. "In the case of Amefruits, we usually have an average production of about 7,000.....

South Africa: International audits yield highest grading for Naranja Packers

Naranja Packers, a specialised citrus packhouse in the Waterfalls River valley close to Burgersfort in the Limpopo province of South Africa, recently achieved a Blue Rating from Tesco – the highest possible grading granted by UK’s leading retail group – and an AA grading from the British Retail Consortium.....

'Made in India' Israeli oranges soon to enter Indian market

The 'Made in India' version of high quality Israeli oranges will soon hit the Indian market. The Indo-Israel centre for excellence for citrus plants in Kota has developed breeds of high yielding Israeli oranges with more shelf life. Of the 24 orange varieties developed by the centre, half of them are or of.....

California citrus growers vote to renew California Citrus Research Board

“We are pleased by the support of the growers, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them," says CRB president Gary Schulz The vote was unanimous and the final tally was really no surprise. California citrus growers voted to renew the California Citrus Research Board (CRB) for another five.....

Italy: Alba Lemon Bio exports all over Europe

Alba Lemon Biois a cooperative working in the wholesale production and commercialisation of citrus fruit (80% lemons and 20% oranges).Armando Albanese, third from left, during a visit of some Polish buyers. Seated, Albanese's wife and foreign sales manager Marta Fitula.Handling is based on specific client.....

AU: Victorian fruit packing company set to expand

Family owned and operated fruit packing operation JV Orchards has announced its expansion, creating an additional 15 jobs.With assistance from the Victorian Government, the Cobram company, in the state’s north will invest $900,000 in the expansion of its fruit packing and export facility in a boost for local.....

Fruit flies cost Rio Grande Valley, TX farmers $1m in profits

Fruit flies left a big mark on more than 4,000 acres of orchards across the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Citrus Mutual said the fruit fly cost growers about $1 million in profits.Fred Karle has several hundred acres inside a quarantine zone for the Mexican fruit fly. He along with the USDA worked to get the pest.....

So far it had been planted mainly in South Africa

Authorisation for planting of up to 1,000 hectares of Cambria oranges in the Mediterranean

Genesis Innovation Group, through its Citrus Genesis division, plans to start marketing licenses for the planting of up to 1,000 hectares of Cambria oranges in the main Mediterranean countries. Only the growers acquiring the corresponding license will be authorised to plant and produce this variety.So far, it.....

"It's amazing how it has turned around."

South African grapefruit exporters not rushing things during peak season

“The European market is emptier than we expected, with many South African producers sending to Asia/southeast Asia or the Far East. Apart from remnants from Spain, Israel and the USA, we’re about the only ones with grapefruit at the moment,” says Nico Kotze, head: marketing and sales at Bonaire Fruit.“After.....

Western Australian citrus fruits back on Asian market

In the Southern hemisphere, the Western part of Australia is making preparations for the new citrus season. Western Australia reached an impassable deadlock for the first time in 2015 for export to China. But the West-Australian vegetable company, AgriFresh, which owns the largest seedless citrus fruit orchard.....

China: Qingdao Cooguo bringing Cypriot citrus to the consumers

In the last few days, Shanghai's subsidiary of the Qingdao Cooguo enterprise has launched a series of promotional events for fruit from Cyprus in Shanghai. This happened in collaboration with the European Union, the republic of Cyprus and the company Cypofresh Citrus Sedigep (PO) Ltd. After evaluations by.....

Italy: Sicilian citrus volume affected by CTV this year

The damage caused by the Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV), in addition to the heavy local rains and frosts recorded weeks ago, have taken a toll on both the trees and their fruits. "I think it is very necessary for producers to have a safety plan to deal with this disease and prevent it with the replanting of roots.....

Andres Ribas, Vientosur: “A good citrus import-season expected in Europe”

“We expect again a nice overseas citrus season in Europe, but with many different factors”, shared Mr. Andres Ribas van Oosterom, Vientosur’s Managing Director.“Even if all the citrus from the southern hemisphere will be ready to export a few weeks earlier, the northern hemisphere is experiencing an earlier.....

Chile: Lemon season is delayed by three weeks

According to information provided to SiMFRUIT by the ASOEX Citrus Committee, the 2017 Chilean Lemon Export Season began in week 18 - three weeks later than last season - with the shipment of 5,760 boxes of Genova lemons to the western coast of the United States. In week 19, the volume increased to 19,152 boxes.....

Argentina: Tucuman will send its first batch of lemons to the US before July

The Governor of Tucuman, Juan Manzur, stated that Tucuman would send the first tryout shipment to the United States before July, as part of a process in which they would also have talks with importers from that country."The US market should be opened to Argentine citrus by June 10 or 12. We could be sending a.....

Italy: No certain data on Sicilian blood orange supplies

The whole world is aware of Sicilian blood oranges and of how good they are. They are used by the leading beverage producers and are even commercialised in the US. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee for consumers on the origin and composition of the fruit juices that reach their tables.The citrus.....

Colombo lemon farming taking off in Narsingdi, Bangladesh

The cultivation of Colombo lemons is ringing up fortunes for farmers and gaining popularity in the district due to the economic prospect of the crops.A number of farmers had started small scale cultivation of Colombo lemons a few years back on an experimental basis in four upazilas of the district and achieved.....

Italian citrus granted permission to be exported to China

Policy departments of the ministry for agriculture, food and forestry, have announced that the Chinese market debate on whether the Chinese market should or should not be open for Italian fruit has finally come to an end. The first batch of goods will be exported next season.The contract that the Italian side.....

Gert Upton - Schoonbee Landgoed

South Africa: "Farming with grapes is a sprint, citrus is a marathon."

Schoonbee Landgoed is a citrus and table grape farm in the Senwes region of South Africa, where lemons and navels are currently packed. Gert Upton, marketing manager, is excited about the prospects of the season and in particular about the colour development of their citrus.The farm has 300ha of table grapes,.....

South African citrus growers could take $45m hit after weather damage

Citrus farmers in the Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape, are set to lose up to $45,326,526, as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns.Initial reports from farmers indicated that 40 percent of the navels were dropping from trees with the skin split, making it impossible.....

Strong market response

China: Cyprian citrus promoted in Shanghai

This morning, the Shanghai branch of Qingdao Guguo Enterprise and Cyprofresh Citrus Sedigep (PO) Ltd. from Cyprus hosted an event at the Huizhan import wholesale market to promote imported citrus from Cyprus. Tasting of the fruits and freshly squeezed juice and free gifts attracted many consumers visiting the.....

Italy: Orders for organic lemons up 60%

"In recent years, our customers have been asking us for this type of lemon because of its more natural production," states Lucy Maturana, head of sales at Azienda Agricola Ingenieri di Palermo. "However, we continue to maintain part of the production of conventional lemons (Verna at the moment) for those.....

Enough water secured for the next 4 seasons

Rain in Northern Chile provides much needed relief for citrus industry

Recent heavy rains in the Coquimbo region of Chile are filling up reservoirs and providing much needed relief for an industry that has been under pressure from years of drought.In Week 19, an average of 99.28 mm of rain fell in the Coquimbo region, where Chilean clementines are currently being harvested. The.....

Study on the economic impact of Florida's citrus industry paints grim picture

The Florida citrus industry's major economic contributions to the state’s economy have declined by 31 percent in four years through the 2015-16 citrus season. That includes a 9 percent decline in 2015-16 compared to the previous season, perhaps a sign the decline is accelerating.“But $8.6 billion in.....

Trees are healthy; fruit quality is good

California's Valencia orange production down slightly from last year

For Tom Wollenman, who’s been in the citrus industry off and on for 42 years, following in his father, G.A. Wollenman’s footsteps, fruit continues to grow as it did 83 years ago when LoBue started growing citrus. There may be more access to technology and research, but what hasn’t changed is how the trees grow.....

Italy: Citrus fruit can now be exported to China

The Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy reported that negotiations for the opening of the Chinese market to Italian citrus fruit are finally over. The first shipments will start already from the next campaign.In addition, a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture of the.....

Early finish for Egyptian Valencia oranges

The Egyptian season for Valencia oranges is virtually finished. According to Dalia Gamal of Sonac, the season was better than last year. “Sizes were average and we had good volumes for all markets. We started out with medium prices, that got stronger as the season went on. We did have to deal with a reduction.....

US citrus group files lawsuit against USDA over Argentinian lemons

A group of California citrus growers has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Citrus Science Council issued a press release claiming the rule to allow Argentinian lemons into the U.S. violates the Plant Protection Act the House Agriculture Committee passed in 2000.The.....

Newly developed mandarin shows resistance to greening

While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter.UF/IFAS researchers have discovered that a mandarin hybrid developed by.....

China: South African grapefruits go on sale

This week, the orange import market welcomes yet another new product. Grapefruits from South Africa are arriving on the Shanghai market this week and they are now being sold. This again increases the abundance of products on the orange market. But the introduction of new products definitely hasn't influenced.....

Excessive heat, warm winds and very low humidity affected cell growth

South Africa: perfect storm of climatic conditions caused Navel splitting

A perfect storm of unfavourable climatic conditions during fruit set and fruit development was responsible for the disastrous splitting of Navel oranges evident this season in the Eastern and Western Cape, says Hannes Bester of Citrus Research International, following an investigation into the phenomenon.Navel.....

Spontaneous mutation of Clemenules

Chile: The Andes 1cv. Clemenluz is a new clementine protected variety

Producers, representatives from exporting companies, fruit receivers, and advisers gathered together in an activity organized by A.N.A Chile to see the interesting comparative advantages presented by Andes1 cv Clemenluz® Clementine. In addition, they were able to observe orchards of different ages, a few days.....

Australian citrus shows surprising growth in Canada & Philippines

The peak body for Australia's citrus industry says it has been taken by surprise by the success of two formerly "non-existent" markets that have leapt up to become among its top export destinations.Canada and the Philippines are now in the top 12 export destinations for Australian citrus, each consuming nearly.....

Chile is the main destination of fresh Peruvian limes

Peru's 2017 fresh lime export season had a good start. According to AgrodataPeru, between January and April of this year Peru exported 1,678,742 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $ 1,259,361. These numbers are higher than the 985,897 kilos shipped and US $ 769,069 achieved in the same period of.....

Western Australian oranges head to Asian markets

Naval oranges and mandarins growing near Moora in Western Australia will soon be on the shelves of Asian supermarkets, as well as local vendors.AgriFresh grows the fruits over 200 hectares of land on what was once a mixed grain and sheep farm. Managing director Joseph Ling said production would be up almost 60.....

France: Del Monte’s new fresh cut fruit line at Rungis

To fulfil increasing demand, Del Monte has opened a fresh cut food studio in their Rungis warehouse. Fresh cut fruit is increasing in popularity in France with sales quadrupling over the last six years. Del Monte is a leading specialist, notably in tropical fruits such as pineapples and bananas, but also.....

Italy: Pannitteri introduces Tarocco Meli to extend the commercial calendar

The 2016/17 pigmented orange season ended early in Sicily due to various reasons, but there are already some who are thinking about counter-measures.It's precisely the case of OP Rosaria: PresidentAurelio Pannitteri displayed a few rather large Tarocco oranges during Macfrut 2017. "They are of the Meli variety.....

First oranges to arrive in China by end of June

New Australian citrus crop yields smaller sizes

Gold Anda Managing Director Mr. Sam Xie and Sales Manager Mr. Chris Cui recently visited the Nippy's Waikerie Packhouse and Orchards to finalise arrangements for the coming Citrus export season.Early indications are that the crop is slightly up compared to last season. Fruit size is currently a little on the.....

Good volumes, calibres and prices for Verna lemons?

Spain: "Competition from Argentinian lemons helps us improve"

This year's Verna lemon season is just starting in Spain, and according to companies such as Juanito Fruit, "the price is about 0.35 Euro higher than that of the last Primofiori." According to Juanjo Cárcel, commercial manager at Frutas Juanito, "this is a considerable difference, but the customer is.....

Citrus Canker wiped out in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Texas Citrus Mutual representatives believe they have destroyed the last citrus canker disease infected trees in the Rio Grande Valley. The disease can bruise the fruit and prevent the tree from growing fruit. Anyone from citrus growers to homeowners with citrus trees can be impacted. The infection can spread.....

Review of the import market in week 18

China: Cherry market down, Spanish oranges up

This is the first working week after the small holiday of 1 May. The overall sales situation on the import market of Shanghai is moving from a cold and cheerless situation to a more cheerful one. This influences all the imported products and shows how the market for US cherries is unstable and has adjusted.....

South Africa: Citrus farming for export against the odds

Close to the Magalies mountains in the Northwest Province of South Africa, Willem van Schalkwyk of SVS Boerdery grows citrus for export, the only citrus farmer in the area to do so.His packhouse has a daily capacity of 100t and therefore his citrus production is tightly planned to avoid overlap between the.....

Assessment of the Sicilian citrus fruit campaign

The citrus fruit season is now over and, for what concerns oranges, it has been rather satisfactory for producers. The fruit was generally sold without too many problems, also because volumes were 40% lower and quality was rather good.We contacted Pietro Russo, one of the leading orange producers and part of a.....

Summer Citrus from South Africa swings into summer with consumer promotion

In its second year as a consumer-facing brand, Summer Citrus from South Africa is proud to announce the launch of its 2017 promotion – Swing Into Summer – which aims to bring awareness to South African citrus and encourage trial during the brand’s limited availability in the summer months.With so many citrus.....

EC includes Argentine citrus in its measures against black spot

The European Commission (EC) amended Decision 2016/715 to include Argentina in the countries (Brazil, South Africa, and Uruguay) that need to comply with special measures when exporting their citrus fruits to the EU to prevent the introduction and spread of the "Phyllosticta citricarpa" (black spot) within the.....

UAE tightens controls on Turkish fruit imports

The United Arab Emirates have tightened controls on fruit imports from Turkey. In particular grapefruit, pomegranates and lemons among other products.For this reason, all fresh fruits from Turkey must be endowed with a certificate of analysis ratified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Livestock,.....

April 2017

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

In April 2017, the price paid to producers of Mexican limes (sour) in producing areas, wholesale and consumer prices in several cities in Mexico, and the trading margins of this citrus from Colima in selected cities were as follows:Prices paid to producers ($/ kg)In April, the highest average price paid to.....

Brazil reopens its borders to Argentina's citrus

The Department of Plant Protection of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) formalized the decision to allow the entry of Argentine citrus fruit to that market, which was closed during the last 8 years.The resolution of the Brazilian entity, which was dated May 5th and officially.....

J. Antonio García, of Ailimpo: Seeing Macri talk about lemons with Trump is a milestone

"The opening of the US market for Argentinian lemons makes us envious"

The Spanish Verna lemon campaign is already in full swing and the production volume is estimated to have grown significantly compared to the previous season, going from 193,680 tonnes last year to 300,000 tonnes in 2017; that is, a 55% increase. "It is worth noting that last year's campaign was marked by a.....

Florida grapefruit projection falls again

Since March, the forecast for the grapefruit crop has dropped more than 12 percent, with two months remaining in the growing season. Meanwhile, the orange harvest showed a slight uptick in the May forecast released on Wednesday.Grapefruit production fell 16 percent from the 2014-2015 growing season to the.....

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe, about the South African citrus season:

“Fewer Navels and more export outside of Europe”

The South African citrus season has started again. The significant losses of Navel, the Cold treatment measures against the false codling moth hanging over the market, and the decreasing interest of Europe for the South African growers, resulted in plenty of ingredients for a tense season. Eddy Kreukniet from.....

Spain: China is not an alternative market for Castellon's clementines

The terrible citrus campaign, which has dealt a tremendous blow to Castellon's producers, has also hit companies hard. The president of Asociex, Jorge García, estimates the drop in shipments in the season that is coming to an end "at around 10%," and according to data from the Icex (until February; last figure.....

New facilities to double citrus production

"If you don't work with large distributors, you're out of the game"

Programs for the supply of citrus to large distribution chains require significant volumes and infrastructure of a certain scale. "Large distributors are the ones currently setting the prices of citrus due to the great volumes they purchase. If you don't work with this sales channel, you're out of the game,".....

California is packing up a fast-moving orange season

“The naval orange season is winding down quickly,” says Randy Jacobson of Cecelia Packing Corp. in Orange Cove, Ca. “We’re done this week and I know a number of other packers are finishing up or have finished up. Some of the very large packers will probably go through this month, possibly into June.” Jacobson.....

Masr Fruit - citrus to China

"A gap exists for Egyptian oranges - as long as you perform on quality"

Masr Fruit has again started exporting oranges to China this season, and this project has proved to be a success with high potential for the future."We have made several visits in the past to Hong Kong and, after thorough market research, we realized that there was potential in the Chinese market and we.....

Quality issues with limes in Russia hurt market

The market for limes in Russia continues to develop, with the fruit now having shelf place in most supermarkets in Russia. However, Andrey Volkov from Tropic International, stressed that quality issues with received shipments have been making the citrus fruit difficult to sell."Green limes sell very well in.....