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Spanish oranges dominate the German markets
The season for oranges is nearly over. The current market newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE) shows that the German wholesale markets are still dominated by Spanish Navelate oranges and Lane Late navel oranges. Both varieties cost around 0.73 Euro per kilo last week (20-26 of.....

Egypt: Orange growers protest against low prices
Orange growers in some Egyptian cities, including Kafr El Dawar, Obouhms, and Nubaria, have shown extreme anger over the Government's failure to solve the current export crisis, stressing that they were determined to uproot trees to compensate for the losses they have suffered this year, while others have.....


Romania: Exotic fruit exports worth 1.9 million Euro
In Romania, exotic fruits are grown only in a handful of greenhouses, but according to statistics, exports reached a value of almost two million Euro last year alone. Despite the fact that, in Romania, bananas, oranges, mandarins and kiwis are considered exotic fruits, the value of the country's exports.....

Florida Citrus seeks agencies for seven-figure PR accounts
The Florida Department of Citrus has put two multimillion-dollar PR accounts up for bid.The department’s goal is to "maximize consumer demand for Florida citrus products to ensure the sustainability and economic well-being of the Florida citrus grower, the citrus industry, and the State of Florida,".....


Grating lemon: you've been doing it wrong
The kitchen cutting tips that have been popping up on the internet over the last few years are part of some of the small things that make life better. Now there is one for grating citrus. Turn the grater around! Do not use all your might to grate the lemon on the grater, but instead run the grater over the.....

San Miguel invests 4.5 Million dollars
San Miguel, the multinational company which leads in the citrus industry has incorporated on its plant in Famaillá (Tucumán province) a new electronic system of extraction of essential oil. This strong investment of around 4.5 million dollars, will allow San Miguel to increase its production capacity and.....

Dayka Hackett expands Disney offerings
Dayka & Hackett LLC announced its release of new citrus packaging featuring Disney’s Frozen. The mandarin and navel orange bags are available at grocery retailers nationwide starting this spring.The Frozen-themed poly and mesh bags feature beloved characters Anna and Elsa, along with fun film facts. “We.....

Argentina: Fruit farmers will protest against the government
The producers of pears and apples from Rio Negro and Neuquén have decided to protest on the streets next week to demand that the government comply with the measures it had promised to alleviate the crisis of the regional economy, where some 200 million kilos of fruit were not harvested as it wouldn’t have.....

Peru: A hectare to grow tangerines costs $50,000
Peru produces more than one million tons of citrus fruit and has nearly 7,000 hectares of land devoted to their cultivation. By 2020, the country is expected to produce 700,000 tons of tangerines.The pressure exerted by the strong real estate development in the towns near citrus crops is increasing the price.....

Colombia: Another threat for Tahiti limes
A fly that has traditionally attacked solanaceae such as tomatoes, peppers and chillies has been found to affect also Tahiti limes.Its presence in citrus crops was determined through an investigation carried out by U.N. Palmira. The Prodipolisis longifila (gall midge) belongs to the order Diptera,.....

Nigeria: Transcorp to start citrus farming
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) announced today that agribusiness subsidiary Teragro Commodities Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Benue state government to lease land to establish citrus farms in Ushongo, Benue.The commissioner for agriculture and natural.....

Australian navel oranges in demand
The forecast for Australian navel orange exports has taken a turn for the better, thanks to the difficult circumstances facing traditionally large supply markets such as California. The benefit will come from higher demand out of Asia, and demand for export into the US because drought stricken producers.....


California experiencing high prices and demand for lemons
The California lemon market is experiencing high prices correlating with extremely high demand. Current prices for fancy lemons within the state are in the mid-30s FOB, while choice lemons are in the low or mid-20s. “The price of lemons has increased in California partially due to the current drought,.....

Interview with Mark Greenberg, CEO of Capespan North America
Phytosanitary regimes regulate citrus imports
Capespan North America (Capespan), a subsidiary of South Africa-based Capespan Group is an importer and distributor of fresh produce with a primary focus on citrus, table grapes and apples and pears. In both volume and dollar terms, citrus and table grapes are its most important items. Capespan North America.....

South Africa looking to increase shipments to other EU destinations
The decision by the South African citrus sector to stop exporting to Spain remains unchanged. Deon Joubert, the industry’s Special Envoy to the EU market, states that it was a move intended to prevent the threat of exports being suspended, since with just about 3.4% of South African citrus shipments, Spain.....

Peru largest mandarin producer in Latin America
Peru has become the largest mandarin producer in Latin America, surpassing Argentina, which held the leading position in the ranking last year, as reported by ProCitrus CEO, Sergio Del Castillo.He pointed out that, last year, the Peruvian production amounted to 351,000 tonnes, with the provinces of Huaral.....

Peru: Aim to double tangerine consumption
The Peruvian Citrus Growers Association (ProCitrus) introduced the advertising campaign: “Compartir” (Share), which aims at doubling the consumption of tangerines in the mid-term in Peru.The efforts aim at achieving a per capita demand of 20 tangerine-kilograms per year.According to the ProCitrus CEO, Sergio.....


UGLI® on the outside, sweet on the inside
UGLI®, an exclusive fruit from Jamaica
This tangelo citrus fruit UGLI® appeared at the Frankfurt wholesale market. At first glance this very vitamin-rich citrus fruit does not look particularly appetizing, however it is very sweet when it has fully ripened. "The appearance of the UGLI® cannot be compared with an orange or tangerine, but that is.....

Different occasions involve different citrus varieties
US (CA): Star Ruby grapefruit season just started
“Star Ruby grapefruit, grown in District 3 in California and Arizona is just coming into season now and is tasting delicious,” says Joan Wickham with Sunkist. Sunkist has a year-round grapefruit program, but the California Star Ruby variety season is just now getting underway. “We launched a campaign that is.....

AU: Mandarin season shaping up well
While navel oranges have taken up a lot of media attention lately, the Australian mandarin season has also started off with a bang. Citrus Australia is expecting demand to increase on the export side, while the first Imperial mandarins out of Queensland are of high quality with strong sales, according to.....

US (CA): Navel crop could be crippled by lack of water
Navel orange trees have shown plenty of bloom around Tulare County, but with zero allocations of water, growers fear a devastating season.At stake is a Tulare County navel orange crop valued at nearly $648 million, according to the Agriculture Commissioner’s 2013 Ag Report. Growers are hoping against hope.....


Spanish Verna lemons to dominate European market with 300,000 tonnes
The Spanish Verna lemon season has officially started this week after the end of the Fino and Primafiori campaigns, which have closed with around 780,000 tonnes marketed; a record figure that represents a 9% growth in sales volumes in 2014, with a slight increase in exports.According to José Antonio.....


Eddy Jager, Jaguar the fresh company:
"Citrus from Uruguay meets strictest retail demands"
In week 16, Jaguar received the first Satsumas from Uruguay from Urud'or. Eddy Jager has been working with this cooperative for about seventeen years now, he visits it roughly twice a year. "But each time they manage to surprise me with their dedication to quality and food safety. If there's one country.....


Interview with Carlos Parravicini, Vice President of ALL LEMON
Argentina: Lemon exports to increase, despite floods
At the moment, Argentina is making very few lemon shipments. Only the northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy, which have the country's earliest production, are currently exporting."Shipments from Argentina so far have reached 10% of what was exported in the same period of 2014. The reason for this is.....

AU: Citrus exports: increased value, rising volumes
There is plenty of optimism around Australian citrus growing at the moment, according to Judith Damiani, head of Citrus Australia. Ms Damiani has nearly finished a round of regional grower forums, with only Western Australia left to visit. “People are quietly confident they’re going to have a good season......

US (FL): Citrus land prices declining
Sales prices for Central Florida citrus acreages ranged from $5,300 to more than $16,500 per acre, depending on the health and production of the grove, Lakeland real estate broker Dean Saunders revealed last week in his Lay of the Land Report.But short-term prices are going down. “More than half of the area.....

Citrus greening discovered in China
Orange plantation operator and owner Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd said it has identified the presence of Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, at its Xinfeng Plantation in China and said the infection rate means the company's 2015 winter harvest will be severely impacted.Asian Citrus, which last year saw.....

AU: Online citrus export registration more efficient
Citrus export online registration system is proving fruitful, offering exporters real-time information and helping them commence trade earlier.Growers and packers involved in exporting citrus to KCT markets will have used the online registration system developed by the Market Development team at Citrus.....

Pome, citrus growers on guard against medfly
As autumn brings cooler temperatures to parts of Western Australia where Mediterranean fruitfly, or medfly, can infest fruit, growers are reminded to watch for and guard against signs of populations increasing. “Autumn is a period when growers must remain vigilant against fruitfly, particularly if they grow.....


Nello Alba
Italy: Good trend for new potatoes from Syracuse
"It is a good period for new potatoes from Syracuse. After the strong rain in March, there is 30% less produce and the domestic market is lively. Prices should be satisfactory from mid April," explains Nello Alba, sole administrator of Oranfrizer.(photo by Oranfrizer)."The cold temperatures are instead.....

Sunkist brings taste of California to Canada
Following one of the coldest East Coast winters on record, Sunkist is happy to be bringing a taste of California and Arizona sunshine to the 2015 Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Convention and Trade Show in Montreal. The citrus cooperative will showcase fresh, premium seasonal citrus along with.....

Tulare crop report, week ending 11 April
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Stone fruit season is approaching and some packing houses are expected to begin receiving fruit from southern California as soon as next week. Thinning has begun for stone fruit as well. Cherries are projected to start harvest within the next two weeks and are expected.....

UK: Jaffa Juniors Tour commences
Leading citrus supplier, Jaffa has embarked on a nationwide tour to teach children where their food comes from. Working as part of the Tesco Eat Happy campaign, the brand will be visiting Key Stage 1 and 2 children across schools nationwide.Launching this week (w/c 13.04.2014), the newly formed ʻJaffa.....

Canada (QC): Special citrus varieties featured at CPMA
Following one of the coldest East Coast winters on record, Sunkist is happy to be bringing a taste of California and Arizona sunshine to the 2015 Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Convention and Trade Show in Montreal. The citrus cooperative will showcase fresh, premium seasonal citrus along with.....

US (CA): Smaller lemon crop expected
A warm winter combined with drought conditions in California could lead to a smaller lemon crop for the state this year. While sizes could skew smaller, less volume will likely mean robust prices for growers.“The California lemon crop will be smaller, both in fruit size and volume, because of the drought,”.....

Region of Valencia
Spain: Castellon switching from citrus to tropical crops
Castellon's agriculture is making the switch to new crops. The lack of profitability of the citrus industry has led to the replacement of many traditional orchards of traditional varieties in search of new niches. "Some are planting late varieties, such as the Nadorcott or Orri," says Guillermo Edo, manager.....


Italy: Delays in the lemon season
Italy and Spain are dominating the Verona wholesale market with winter second-flowering produce and "prices and sales are extremely normal," explains Andrea Saturnini, chairman of FedagroThere are two types of Italian lemons - those with leaves from Campania, Amalfi coast and Salerno are sold at an average.....

Italian Producers against increasing juice in drinks
The Italian Consortium of Citrus Processing Industries (Citrag) is opposing the increase - from 12 per cent to 20 per cent - of the minimum of orange juice in orange drinks.Citrag has sent a letter to the national government and the regional government in Sicily asking that the provision be revised.According.....

Citrus waste used for energy production
Poland already produces electricity from manure, but in Sicily, Italy, based on a similar principle, they have been able to generate it from citrus fruit waste, namely from oranges, limes and lemons.Catania has been running the first unit, which converts the waste into biogas for use in a local mini power.....


Honduras: 8,000 citrus plants will be certified
The Buena Vista nursery, located in an area that bears the same name, at the top of El Merendon mountain will become the second nursery in the country that has be certified as free of citrus plants pest, which will benefit more than 300 producers.Yesterday, officials of the Aguas de San Pedro Company (ASP).....

Pakistan: Kinnow exports reach $200m
The country fetched $200 million by exporting 350,000 tonnes of kinnow, surpassing the target of 325,000 tonnes, this season so far, with more shipments are on their way.In the last season, kinnow exports stood at 315,000 tonnes earning $170 million. Kinno exports get underway from December and usually come.....

Spanish lemons gain from Argentina's delay
Although Spanish Verna lemons have harvested since week 10 in the earlier production areas, the export season is only starting this week with small volumes destined for some supermarket chains in countries like Germany, France and the UK.According to sources in the sector, the price for the low volumes of.....

Spain: New approach to fight citrus pests
The California red scale and the citrus mealy bug cause enormous problems for citrus crops in countries around the Mediterranean. A new approach developed by Koppert Spain offers bright prospects and can compete on price with toxic sprays.The system is based on two beneficials. These are the parasitic wasps.....

USDA citrus estimate remains the same
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday said its estimate of the 2014-2015 Florida orange crop remained the same at 102 million boxes.Early-mid varieties stayed at 47 million boxes while Valencia oranges held steady at 55 million boxes."Well the positive news is the orange crop estimate.....

US (FL): Postbloom citrus drop returns
Growers were surprised last year with the return of a fungal disease, postbloom citrus drop, that hadn’t erupted significantly since the 1990s.The disease shows up only during the bloom period, when flower petals and tiny fruitlets appear. If not sprayed immediately with fungicides, those fruitlets will drop.....

Copa-Cogeca call for more measure against CBS
As the new import season for citrus fruit from South Africa begins, COPA andCOGECA sent a letter to EU Heath and Food Safety Commissioner calling formeasures to be stepped up to prevent spread of black spot disease in Europe.COPA and COGECA sent a letter this week to the European Commission stressing that.....

US (FL): Price report raises citrus controversy
Like Wall Street and other financial markets, Florida citrus growers and juice processors depend upon some transparency in price negotiations.That transparency was called into question earlier this year when the Florida Department of Citrus was forced to revise a key report on the farm prices of early and.....

Storms in Mexico favourable for Brazilian limes
Mexico's lime production has been drastically reduced due to the recent storms, considered some of the worst in the past forty years, with heavy hail, snow and rainfall over much of the country."Luckily, the lime market has improved," points out the Dutch importer Joey Deen, of Denimpex. "The very limited.....

Tulare Co. crop report for week ending 4 April
Nuts, and grapes:Late stone fruit varieties are finishing blooming and setting fruit. Almond bloom is completed. Grapevines are leafing out. Mechanical and chemical weed control continues in fruit tree orchards and vineyards. Both orchards and vineyards are being irrigated. Kiwifruit continue to be shipped.....

Thursday
Live webcast USDA Citrus Crop Forecast
The “LIVE” webcast coverage of the release of USDA’s monthly Citrus Crop Forecast will begin at about 12 noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday, April 9, 2015.Please click here to access the website where you can test your computer for the Internet audio stream that will bring you “LIVE” citrus crop.....

Valencia hybrids could replace Hamlin oranges
The Hamlin orange, a staple of the Florida citrus industry for decades, may have a short shelf life left.That's because plant breeders at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred have developed two new Valencia orange hybrids ready for harvesting as early as December, three months earlier than.....

US: Mandarin demand quadrupled in past decade
This time of the year, US production of mandarins is mainly the Murcott variety. “While supplies of the imported Moroccan Murcotts are light on the East Coast and the season is winding down, there are still ample supplies of Californian Murcotts throughout North America,” says Peter Anderson with Seald Sweet.....

Germany: Tangerine prices not remarkable
In week 13 on the German wholesale market there were, in particular, late tangerine varieties, such as Murcott and Nadorcott. There were also Orri tangerines from Israel and Italian Fortyuna. There were tangerines from Morocco, Cyprus and Turkey. Demand was not very high despite the colder weather. In.....

India: Israeli project to improve citrus varieties
David Ashkenazy, the Business & Development Head of ARGOS (Agri Projects) Ltd of Israel in India was invited to offer a Development Project in the State of Meghalaya in the Northeast of India after the state governments Horticulture Department saw the success of ARGOS’s 7 years Citrus Development Project.....


Argentina: Floods reduce lemon production 20%
"We should be starting the season, but the weather is delaying it. There have been excessive rains throughout all of Tucumán that are affecting the quality and quantity of the fruit," says Miguel Seleme, president of SA Veracruz.SA Veracruz has 700 hectares dedicated to the production of lemon in the.....

Syria to produce 1.05 million tonnes of citrus this season
The Director of the Citrus Office in the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture, Suhail Hamdan, stated that 99% of the cultivation and production of citrus in Syria takes place in the coastal areas (22% in Tartous and 77% in Lattakia).He pointed out that the acreage planted with citrus in the 2014-2015 season is.....

Ghana: Citrus growers improve yields
Ghana’s Government promotes local citrus sector through training. GIZ has supported this process since 2012 under a special cooperation Arrangement.Some 20,000 farmers in Ghana work in the citrus industry. But insect infestation and plant diseases, together with unproductive work processes, often hamper.....

Sunkist case study: From grove to glass and beyond
As part of a commitment to reduce waste, Sunkist has focused its efforts on identifying, expanding, or creating markets to utilize citrus fruit that does not meet quality standards for fresh sale. In 2012, Sunkist established a partnership with Ventura Coastal that furthers that goal through Ventura.....

USDA approves $23 million for citrus greening research
At an Orlando grocery store filled with Florida citrus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $23 million in USDA funding to support research and Extension projects for producers fighting citrus greening disease. Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening, threatens the.....


Joey Deen, Denimpex:
"Market oranges and limes improving"
"The Egyptian orange season is going very well at the moment," says Joey Deen of Denimpex. "After the Navels, for which we received reasonable prices, we're now busy with the Valencias. For the Valencias, things started out a bit rough, but now we're seeing people starting to switch to Egypt. That's.....

Florida grapefruit a hit drink in South Korea
Red grapefruit cocktails are helping to increase Florida grapefruit consumption in South Korea, prompting state agriculture officials to renew a partnership with Outback Steakhouse restaurants there.The promotions with Outback -- part of Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands -- and with other retail partners in South.....