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Blood oranges in China in February 2019

VIDEOThe 'E-commerce per l'ortofrutta di qualità' (E-commerce for high-quality fruit) seminar that took place at MAAS Catania on 22nd June 2018 focused on the export of Sicilian blood oranges to the People's Republic of China for the next Chinese New Year in February through Alibaba platforms.The event was part of.....

USDA report

Strong growth of South African soft citrus exports to US continues

South Africa's production of grapefruit, oranges and lemons/limes is estimated to increase in the 2017/18 MY, based on the growth in area planted and on the normal weather conditions in the main growing regions of Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. The drought conditions in the Western Cape are expected to.....

World market of lemons and limes

The world's largest producers of lemons and limes increased production volumes due to the growth in demand in recent years. According to the IndexBox report "World: Lemons And Limes - Market Report, Analysis And Forecast To 2025" , in 2016 the world market of lemons and limes grew by 19% to $ 13.9 billion in.....

Spain: Commercial operators blamed for incorrect labelling of mandarins

The Valencian Council of Agriculture has reported that the incorrect labelling of some mandarin varieties, reported last February by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors, has not been the fault of the distribution chains, but of the commercial operators who supplied them.This statement has been made by the General.....

Clementines from Chile enjoying excellent market

Clementine movement out of Chile is accelerating, leading to an excellent market. Suppliers expect to have good consistent volumes for several more weeks, with prices to remain elevated during that time. Eventually, the Clementine season will then give way to the W Murcotts which will appear later in the.....

Optimal quality & cost-effective delivery as main goals

Frankort & Koning starts cooperation with South African producers

Import-export company Frankort & Koning BV, based at Fresh Park Venlo (the Netherlands), has signed a marketing agreement with several independent producers in South Africa. "Starting this citrus season, we will work intensively with these producers and that way we will be increasingly present on the.....

Increased environmental awareness and lower MRL levels incompatible with draconian spray programmes; SA citrus supply lines pose “virtual zero risk” of CBS

CGA: Added protection measures by EU risk “becoming nonsensical”

In the wake of the United States formally acknowledging that citrus fruit is not a pathway to citrus black spot transmission, the South African citrus industry has said that its CBS risk mitigation measures in compliance with EU legislation has been remarkably successful, and yet "still it seems that something.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

South African citrus arrives on US East Coast

Winter weather hit much of Chile late in week 23 and into week 24, bringing with it rain and snow in some regions and cold weather throughout the country. Temperatures as low as -3° C were reported in some citrus producing areas. While the cold temperatures affected some citrus groves, the general view is that.....

Egypt to export citrus & grapes to Uruguay

Last Thursday, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz el Din Abu Steit announced that Egypt has opened two markets for agricultural exports of citrus and grapes in Uruguay. Exports of Egyptian citrus and grapes to Uruguay is set to start as of the new harvest season, Abu Steit told.....

Mexico: Nuevo Leon citrus fruits target Japan and Europe

In order to export more oranges and grapefruit to Japan and Europe, citrus producers from Nuevo León will start a phytosanitary pilot plan to obtain a recognition from the National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica) that will allow them to operate production zones that are free of fruit.....

Chile: Lemon exports increase despite the decline in production

In the last year, Chilean exporters have reoriented their destination markets with a greater emphasis on the United States, which increased by more than 36%, while the export volume for all shipments only increased by 1.5%. Chile is the United States' second biggest supplier of lemons.Chile's lemon supply has.....

Limoneira expands globally with Chilean acquisition

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced today that it has entered into an agreement in the form of a binding memorandum of understanding to acquire a ranch and related assets of Fruticola.....

USDA citrus semi-annual report

Decline of EU-28 citrus production slower than expected

The MY 2017/18 EU-28 citrus production is projected to reach 11.095 MMT, 2.4 percent higher than previous estimates, meaning an overall decline of 6.3 percent compared to previous year. The reduction is due to a decrease in production in the primary EU-28 citrus regions. Spain expects 10 percent lower citrus.....

New guide speaks Mandarin QA for growers

Australian Murcott mandarin growers have a new tool to help them win export sales, with backing from the national Farming Together program.Developed for the Queensland Citrus Exporters Group, the new training materials will ensure quality standards, including fruit appearance, to secure domestic and export.....

USDA report

Brazil citrus semi-annual 2018

ATO Sao Paulo projects the Brazilian orange crop for 2018/19 (MY 2017/18) at 393 million boxes, a decrease of 27 percent relative to the previous season. Citrus trees are stressed from last year’s production and high temperatures in October 2017, which negatively affected fruit setting. Total frozen.....

Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape: “This packhouse is a beacon in this area.”

Eden Agri Citrus: black farmers assume majority share-holding in packhouse

In February this year the fortunes of a number of black citrus farmers changed for the better with the formation of Eden Agri Citrus, a holding company that now holds the majority of shares in the Eden Agri Services citrus packhouse outside Fort Beaufort.Eric Nohamba, who has been farming citrus for 26 years,.....

South Africa: 2018 kumquat season gets underway

South Africa is the most important supplier of kumquats to Europe and the UK during the Northern summer and the export season has started with a crop expected to be on par with last year’s.With strong Spanish supplies remaining in the market for longer, the South African season got off to a slow start, but.....

Chile: Expected growth in citrus export

The Chilean citrus season started in May with clementines and lemons. The season runs till November with the export of mandarins and lemons. Chilean Navel oranges are available from June to October. “A growth of approximately 15% is expected for this year’s total export volume. Chile experienced a lot of.....

Hiram Herver, Inverafrut

Mexico: Growing lime production no issue

“The season of this year is going well. Over the years the market is demanding more fruit. The European market uses limes for more than just in drinks. This is a very positive market development. Nowadays, restaurants offer dishes that have Persian limes, especially from Mexico, as a central ingredient”,.....

Argentina: The entry of bulk citrus banned in Northwest provinces

The National Health and Agricultural Food Quality Service (Senasa) banned the entry of citrus fruits in bulk in the provinces of the Argentine Northwest (NOA) to prevent the spread of the bacterium of the HLB disease to that region."The entry of unprocessed fresh citrus fruit in bulk, and of the propagation.....

Concerns around Citrus canker

Australia: Northern Territory will not destroy citrus plants yet

Despite an eighth case of citrus canker disease being detected, authorities in the Northern Territory have ruled out the widespread destruction of citrus plants to protect the industry. The latest canker cases were found at Marrakai, south-east of Darwin, with more cases detected in WA at Kununurra and Wyndham.....

USDA report

Morocco: Berkane region regains market access to US

Following the annual USDA report, better climatic conditions greatly improved Morocco's production and export outlook for MY 2017/18; Morocco's Berkane region regained market access to the United States, and Morocco updated its export subsidy program, albeit with only minor changes for citrus. Citrus.....

Argentina: Tucuman will be able to export lemons to Colombia

The companies that produce and market lemons in Tucumán will have access to the Colombian market, after the Agricultural Institute of that country (ICA) recently published the phytosanitary requirements for the import of citrus fruit from Argentina.The Minister of Productive Development, Luis Fernandez,.....

USA officially recognises that citrus fruit are not a pathway for transmission of citrus black spot

Watershed moment for SA citrus: full entry into the USA

“A watershed moment for the South African citrus industry” – several citrus traders have used this phrase to describe the rule published by the United States this week to amend regulations regarding importation of citrus from the whole of South Africa into the United States.Previously only citrus from the.....

USDA amends regulations

US lifts ban on citrus from Citrus Black Spot regions of South Africa

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to amend regulations to allow for the importation of several varieties of fresh citrus fruit, as well as citrus hybrids, from areas in South Africa where citrus black spot has been known to occur.“As a condition of entry, the fruit will have to be.....

Citrus Canker in Northern Territory

Australian citrus industry under threat

Some of Australia’s major growers of citrus fruit are demanding urgent action in the Northern Territory to prevent a disease outbreak that is spreading south and west from Darwin, threatening to ruin the $750 million industry. The growers want all citrus trees in the restricted area and control areas in the NT.....

Turkish lemons, listed by EU as risky due to pesticide residues

In recent months, Bulgarian health authorities have prevented the entry of three batches of Turkish lemons that were intended to be sold in the European markets after detecting an excess of imazalil residues. This is a post-harvest product used to prevent the fruit from rotting. Last season, there was a total.....

Japan imported less citrus in the January to April period

Between January and April of this year Japan imported a total of 77,222 tons of citrus, i.e. 10% less than in the same period of 2017.The results are variable depending on the species, but what is certain is that no species shows significant growth in recent years. Orange is the most imported citrus but, up.....

China: Development trends in the Guangxi citrus industry

On one side, there are barren mountains. On the other, in many orchards, the fruits are ripening. This is most people'simpression of the Guangxi citrus industry. More and more talent, money, and agricultural materials are flooding into the land. But what could the Guangxi citrus industry develop into? Will the.....

Duda Fresh enters 16th year of citrus imports

Continuing with its established program, Duda Farm Fresh Foods is entering its 16th summer of bringing imported citrus into the United States. New this year, Cara Caras join the citrus line-up of easy peelers – to include clementines and mandarins – navels and lemons sold under the Dandy® label available now.....

Brazilian research team - São Paulo State University:

Antarctic fungi found to be effective against citrus canker

A research team at the São Paulo State University's Bioscience Institute (IB-UNESP) in Rio Claro, Brazil, has identified 29 fungi with proven action against Xanthomonas citri, a bacterium responsible for citrus canker, an endemic disease in all citrus-producing countries. The origin of the fungi is surprising......

Labour shortages worsening

Japanese mandarin orange harvest drops off

In Japan, more and more mandarin orange groves are being abandoned due to labour shortages and the lack of successors. The harvest yield per unit area of this fruit is also trending downward, since there are not enough workers available to tend to cultivation.Statistics gathered by the Ministry of Agriculture,.....

Thorny situation for fruit pickers

Australian finger lime harvest

Native finger limes are a trendy taste sensation that pop in your mouth like citrus flavoured caviar, but our eating pleasure can come at a price, and certainly with a degree of pain for unwary pickers.Queensland grower Bob Schultz and his staff wear thick gloves on both hands and at least one long, padded.....

South Africa: Unions demand more reforms for public workers

In a press conference Tuesday the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) announced that it will continue to reject a public sector wage agreement with the country’s Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) for what they call a “savage attack on the living standards of public.....

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:

"Lemons a bright spot on overseas citrus market"

There is no talk of a great start to the overseas citrus season. This, despite a regular harvest of problem-free citrus varieties being expected. Orange prices were at an all-time low last week. Mandarins are divided in the market. Despite fewer shipment to Europe, grapefruit prices are also at a lower level......

Florida citrus growers end worst season since World War II

This season, Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete.The latest forecast numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show no change in the past month for orange production, which is off 34.7 percent from.....

Roelant Komen, Fairtasa:

"Sales of organic limes on the rise"

At Fairtrasa in Poeldijk, The Netherlands, the season for Mexican organic limes is ready to start again. "We have been working with Mexican suppliers for a number of years now and they expand their production annually, but most of the competition with organic limes has been coming from the Dominican Republic.....

Chile evaluates the effects of frost on citrus fruits

Given the recent frosts in the central zone, the Citrus Committee of ASOEX spoke about the status of the citrus orchards and the actions that their associates, which represent about 75% of Chile's citrus exporters, need to take.According to the Chilean Meteorological Directorate, during week 22, minimum.....

May 2018

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

During May, the prices paid to producers of Key Lime with seeds (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle) in the main producing regions of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca; the wholesale quotation prices at supply centers; and the margins of commercialization of the fruit from Colima and Michoacan in the wholesale.....

Also cutting down on food waste

Tesco to sell perfect ‘green’ lemons to help customers facing UK shortage

Tesco is to help prevent a potential lemon shortage by putting a greener version of the fruit on its supermarket shelves. Despite the skin being slightly green, the fruit is still as crisp and zesty as you’d find as when they completely turn yellow.But now Tesco has lifted the colour quality specifications for.....

Riverside Farm: Soft citrus takes centre stage

The Eastern Cape Midlands is one of the Eastern Cape’s three main citrus production areas, an area with higher rainfall than the other two but also more prone to natural disasters like frost damage and hail.Outside Fort Beaufort, on Riverside farm, part of Lona Citrus, Errol Hewson oversees production.....

Falling prices in final stretch of the campaign

Spain: Egyptian and Moroccan oranges push prices down

With just 5% of the harvest left to be completed, the 2017-2018 citrus campaign is in its final stretch. Palmanaranja, a citrus professional association, believes it has been a good one, even though "prices will be lower, with fewer market opportunities, due to the import of oranges from Egypt and Morocco.".....

Good lemon market drives Limoneira sales in Q2

The American company, Limoneira, saw their revenue increase by 17% in the second quarter of the financial year, ending 30 April. This is thanks to the good lemon market. The business is active in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector as well as the property market. They closed the quarter with a turnover of.....

Cara Cara Navel oranges most popular in China

Demand for Australian oranges expected to exceed supply

Australia produced 273 thousand tons of oranges in 2017 and nearly 40% of those (around 70 thousand tons) were exported to China. The current harvest season began in early May. Demand is expected to exceed supply. The orange export to China is expected to grow. Queensland, the Northern Territories, New South.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

Strong demand for easy peelers despite significantly higher arrivals

Citrus – Easy Peelers:The easy peeler market on the USEC remains stable and buoyant on arrival volumes that remain unable to fully meet market demand. This is in spite of the fact that Chilean clementine shipments to the USA through week 22 are over 49% higher than last season.The clementine harvest in Chile’s.....

CGC questions measures proposed by South Africa to prevent entry of its pests into the EU

The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the national association that brings together private exporters, regrets the uncertainty created by the revision of phytosanitary protocols to regulate South African citrus imports to the EU. Shipments have already begun and some are already arriving in European ports and.....

Colombia: New tool to prevent lemon bruising during harvest

Tahiti lemon is one of the crops that is having a high demand in the international markets, just like pineapple and avocado. Europe and the United States demand this fruit for its flavor. A group of students of Mechanical, Chemical, Agricultural and Industrial Engineering of the National University of Colombia.....

Sunraysia, Australia

Mildura Fruit Company to meet China’s demand for mandarins

Mildura Fruit Company (MFC) now has a new, $6 million grading and packing line, that will process about 20 tons of mandarins per hour. To make sure this fruit can travel all around the world and to meet the big demand from China, the grading and packing equipment has been installed ahead of the busy citrus.....

Spain: First sentence for illegal exploitation of Orri mandarins

The Commercial Court Number 2 of Valencia has issued the first ruling against the illegal exploitation of the protected plant variety Orri. This ruling, favourable to The Enforcement Organization S.L. (TEO) exclusive master licensee of the protected plant variety Orri in Spain and Portugal, is the result of a.....

Spain: Start of red-fleshed Ruby Valencia orange harvest

Headquartered in Paterna, Valencia, Citrus Nostrum was founded 10 years ago by 20 Spanish producers. Today, it already has 40 production partners in Andalusia, Valencia, Catalonia and Murcia, with around 40 million kilos of fruit per year, mostly citrus.While the range of the Valencian company includes the.....

Italy: High-quality Tarocco oranges

"If all oranges had such a balance between Brix level and acidity, the sector would suffer less," explains Daniele Di Mauro, owner of a stand at the Cesena market when talking about late Tarocco varieties.Late Tarocco crates"Oranges are grown in the Catania province by F.lli Sampugnaro. Harvesting started a.....

Exports amount to 25%

Australian citrus industry hopes to remedy trade relations with China

According to the Citrus Australia, the Australian citrus industry is in a boom period right now, with profits doubling or trebling. The CEO of Citrus Australia, Nathan Hancock, said that the total amount of Australian citrus reached 273 thousand tons last year, or 25% of the total imported into China.He.....

Kinnow exports from Pakistan hit record high at 370,000 tons

According to data compiled by the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), Pakistan’s kinnow exports reached a record high at 370,000 tons in the 2017-18 season, up 45,000 tons compared to the year before. Kinnow exports in the 2017-18 season were estimated to have.....

"Bleak finish for Egyptian orange import season"

"Season of Australian orange exports to China about to kick off"

China has entered the final week for the selection and packaging of late-season oranges. The 2017 orange production season has come to an end. At the same time, US oranges, Egyptian oranges, and Spanish oranges are all entering the final stage of their production seasons. The overall condition of the Chinese.....

Mandarin trees in New Zealand

Since 2007, New Zealand's mandarin tree population has been slowly growing, though it's far from its peak 15 years ago. Figures from Statistics New Zealand show there were 708 hectares of land planted in mandarins last year, up from 691 ha in 2012. However, this is down from the 914 ha of land planted with the.....

Spain

"We are Europe's largest producers of finger lime pearls"

There is a very unique agricultural production area in Elche; a place devoted to the cultivation of some of the least known exotic and ancestral citrus fruits, such as finger limes, Buddha's Hand, yuzu or bergamot orange. It is the result of the research carried out by local biologist Santiago Orts, which in.....

South Africa: Strike ends as citrus growers accede to workers' demand

The strike in the Sundays River Valley has been resolved. The Sundays River Valley Citrus Producer Forum has offered a minimum wage of R20 an hour, as demanded by striking farm workers, effective from today and valid for two years.According to a statement just released by the Sundays River Valley Citrus.....

Navel creasing on the rise due to harvesting delays; elsewhere in the Eastern Cape citrus activities not affected

Week-long Sundays River citrus strike intensifies with arson attack

Just when Sundays River Valley citrus growers thought they’d recovered from last year's disastrous navel season, their navels suffer another setback. There is no end in sight to the current strike, already running for a week, while the incidence of navel creasing is on the rise as navels which should’ve been.....

Southern hemisphere easy-peeler season gaining momentum

The southern hemisphere easy-peeler season is now in full swing with arrivals steadily increasing since the beginning of the season last month. Receivers are now incorporating the early varietals into their programs as volume picks up considerably. Over the course of the season, predictions are that volume.....