Citrus


S. African citrus company celebrates opening of its new packhouse
Sundays River Citrus Company has completed construction on a new citrus packhouse in Kirkwood, with the capability to pack 2 million cartons of citrus fruit. SRCC was established in 1924 and is currently the largest grower, packer and exporter of South African Citrus Fruit. SRCC is also the largest employer.....

Citrus greening causes world orange market crisis
Citrus greening disease is widespread in the key centersof orange cultivation and is one of the main factors contributing to a crisis in the global orange market. Average annual growth rates over the last 2 years have been at -7.0%. A reduction of the global orange market volume is expected once again in.....

Dongfang buys more citrus plantations
Dongfang Modern Agriculture has bought a tangerine and a camellia plantation in Xunwu County. Both new plantations are near to the company's existing plantations within the Ganzhou City district of Jiangxi Province, China's premier citrus region.The tangerine plantation (400 hectares) and camellia plantation.....


Halo program continues to grow
“Two weeks ago, we finished the last shipments of the Halo season,” says David Krause, president, Wonderful Citrus. “This was the third season and another very successful one. The brand continues to grow in terms of consumer recall. With over 50% market share, Halos finished the California mandarin season.....

China: Orange export to Indonesia
"Mid June, our laboratory obtained the approval of the Indonesia agricultural department, so the oranges from Quzhou now have access to Indonesia." This statement was released yesterday by the section chief of the food safety customs inspection, Hu Zhiming. Except for the laboratories of the province.....


Italy aims to launch orange export to China
After mutual negotiation, China and Italy have signed Agricutural Products Inspection and Quarantine Protocol in the beginning of 2016. However, China demands that a further analysis is needed to evaluate the risks of diseases and bugs.In the future, if any pathogen or parasite is found out in blood oranges.....


New Chinese subsidiary of Dutch Jaguar the Fresh Company
Leopard Fruit: "Shanghai office to increase imports and exports from China"
“Our import season is about to get started with the arrival of South African Valencia oranges, which are about to reach Shanghai in a couple of weeks time. In April, Jaguar established an independent company in Shanghai under the name Leopard Fruit Trading. Our team, working for Leopard Fruit, has become.....


South Africa: Citrus exporter opens new state of the art packhouse
Last Saturday, during a meeting in Groblersdal, South Africa, the GOGO group from the Marble Hall area in the Limpopo region, officially opened their new packhouse. During a gala evening, in the company of approximately 300 contacts, Tian Kruger, Eben Kruger and Jan Bakker of 4 Fruit Company from Ridderkerk.....


CPVO invalidating registration of the Nadorcott in Europe
Invalidating the registration of ownership of the mandarin variety Nadorcott, one of the most appreciated in the last decade, would mean that the production and marketing of this citrus fruit would be free, hitting a business worth about 350 million Euro per season for those who are in possession of the.....


Matthew Cottrell - Nu Leaf IP
Rapid Expansion of Tango in Australia
Tango, the late mandarin developed by the University of California, Riverside, is undergoing rapid expansion throughout Australia as it has in other citrus regions of the world. The University of California has been granted PBR protection under the name Tang-gold (PBR No. 5217) in Australia and Nu Leaf IP is.....


South Africa: Soft citrus volumes up, early finish for Navels
The estimates made at the beginning of the citrus season in South Africa have changed again with the latest prediction for soft citrus increasing by 0.2 million cartons, while the navel estimate has fallen by 2.6 million, these figures are from the Citrus Grower's Association."The increase in the soft citrus.....


Marianela Rodríguez, of CPF:
Peru: "We are seeing delays in the shipment of our avocados"
Climate change continues to affect the development of the Peruvian citrus and avocado campaigns. As is well known, the harvesting process of these fruits can be affected by even the slightest drizzle. "As a result of the rains of recent days, this week we've had to cancel the shipment of 20 containers to.....

Estimates USDA
Citrus production Europe declines
Due to bad weather in Spain, the European citrus production of the market year 2015-16 is 6.1 per cent lower than last year, according to theUSDAin a recent report. Total production is estimated at 10,448,000 tonnes for the entire continent. Numbers were not that negative at product and country level.Despite.....

Spain: Citrus sector demands stricter phytosanitary protection in EU
The organizations representing the Spanish citrus sector (producers, trade unions and private traders), accompanied by their counterparts from other producing countries, took part on Thursday 23 June in the Citrus Market Prospects Group with officials of the Commission.During the meeting, they unanimously.....

New varieties for greater consistency
Spanish fruit producer invests in innovation
Fresh Gold Quality, with its 500 hectares, provides stone fruit, persimmons, pome fruit and citrus in both conventional packaging and packaging designed specifically for its customers.In order to provide a good product for their customers for longer, Fresh Gold Quality invests in orchards of early and late.....

Tamaulipas
Mexico: Climate change reduces citrus production by half
Climate change has affected the citrus sector in Tamaulipas. Production has been low in the last four crop cycles and it has fallen by more than 50 percent.According to Javier Ibarra Echartea, president of the Emiliano Zapata Regional Union of Citrus Producers, which is part of the National Peasant.....

Exports of Punjabi kinnow to Russia soar
The deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey have benefited Punjabi kinnow growers and exporters, who exported 5,000 tons of the fruit last year, and are expecting a manifold increase in trade this year. The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey has meant that Russia stopped buying.....

N.America and Asia compensate for Russia
EU’s fresh lemon imports rose 5% last year
While EU lemon trade with Russia suffered an important decline due to the Russian ban, recently, EU-28 citrus exports to new strategic markets such as North America and Asia are increasing to compensate the loss of the Russian market.Lemon and lime imports into the EU – a net importer of lemons – reached.....


Positive market prospects
First arrival of new season navels in China
The first navel shipments of the season from Mildura Fruit Company have arrived into China after three weeks on the water. Marcus Scott Sales Manager at MFC said the market was looking very promising.Consistent with recent years, early season demand is strong although not enough fruit has arrived to really.....


August may see dip in lime volumes
With the exception of rains that hit Colima state in Mexico during May, the lime-growing season is normal and going well, according to Luis Gudino, CEO of SiCar Farms. “Our only concern is that, in the first two weeks of August, we may see a decrease in volume. The May rains were late, which means the blooms.....


South African citrus varieties coming into Canada; grapefruit volume down
Citrus coming into Canada from South Africa (grapefruit, star ruby, lemons, navel oranges and clementines) has been early this season. Philadelphia importers haven’t seen shipments arrive until June 24. Odd time for grapefruitAccording to report from the Citrus Growers Association of South Africa CEO, Justin.....


Pieter de Keijzer, Eosta:
"Extremely high prices for organic lemons at start of Chilean season"
The supply of organic lemons is limited at the moment. Because of the citrus cancer presence, Argentina can no longer supply organic products. The South-African organic lemons were taken by the citrus black spot. “Fortunately, we have been working together with Chilean citrus growers for some years,.....


Walter Ojeda, of San Miguel:
"Without a doubt, the EU will have fewer lemons in June, July and August"
Since the start of Argentina's lemon exports, there has been great uncertainty in the lemon market. For this reason, Walter Ojeda, commercial manager of San Miguel, one of the companies with the highest share in the citrus sector, has presented a balance of the Argentinian lemon.....


Citrus fruit phytosanitary protocol between Italy and China
After the experts from the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) visited Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily in 2015, Rosario D'Anna from the Sicilian phytosanitary service talked more about the export of Italian citrus fruit to China.Following the Chinese.....

Uruguay oranges target Chinese markets
According to the official report, Uruguay targets China with its orange promotion, in the hope that this initiative can compensate the drop in sales in the EU.Federioco Montes, the deputy minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, said that China stopped importing Uruguay.....


Egypt springboard for citrus export to Middle East and Asia
Egypt is one of the largest producers and exporters of oranges globally. Egyptian citrus is also becoming more important on European markets. About 65 per cent of citrus and approximately 30 per cent of total fruit production in Egypt consists of oranges.The Egyptian citrus production flourishes especially.....

22 June - Yanco Research Station
Future trends exposed at Yanco Citrus Forum
Rootstock evaluation trials, the latest on emerging varieties, and advice to access emerging export markets will all be discussed at a citrus growers’ forum to be held at Yanco on Thursday, June 23.Citrus Australia will host the event at the Yanco Research Station from 2.30pm to 5.45pm, followed by light.....


Chinese and Italians discuss shipping arrangements
Some of the Sicilian companies discussed how they are to ship their citrus fruit to China as part of the export agreement between Italy and China as well as to an expert in logistics.The Chinese delegation visited the fields and processing/packaging line at Altieri Giacomo & Figlio in November 2015. The.....


Grapefruit may fail to hold its price
While grapefruit prices started high in China with big demand South African exporters are now nervous about late arrivals, as they don't think that the Chinese market will support those high prices for long.
A box of early grapefruit when packed had an indication price of 3-4 dollars more than it did.....


"We see value in off track destinations and lesser known varieties"
New company to launch Moroccan citrus imports into China
“Our focus is to import less known fruit varieties from off track destinations into China. For example, avocado from Chile has become a well-established import product on the Chinese market. Instead, we want to focus on importing Chilean mandarins. We have a solid partnership with Dutch import and export.....

Bolivia: Producers request a decrease in imports of Argentine citrus
The citrus growers from Bermejo asked the authorities to stop, or at least substantially reduce the income of citrus fruits form Argentina.The leaders of the citrus sector denounced that Argentine citrus imports affected them, especially at a time when, driven by the authorities, they have made efforts to.....


First arrivals of Clementines and Navels at Beltran:
Weekly arrivals of South African citrus from now
South African citrus is a week later than in previous years, but there has not really been a shortage of citrus. Of course, we had supply from Spain, although quality was lacking near the end. Additionally, Egypt and Morocco were still on the market. Now is the time for a new season from South Africa......

Citrus black spot: new studies support EFSA advice
Newly available information on citrus black spot supports advice issued by EFSA in 2014, the Authority’s plant health experts have concluded. The Authority will not therefore update its existing Scientific Opinion.Phyllosticta citricarpa, the organism which causes citrus black spot, is not currently present.....


Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct: lemon, mandarin and grapefruit market skyhigh
"South Africa treated unfairly in CBS measures"
The South African citrus season has started with high prices. "Of the four varieties, three are doing very well. For both lemons, mandarins and grapefruit the prices are skyhigh. There are only small volumes available and as soon are there is a shortage of something you see the prices go up," says Randolf.....

Spain: The CVVP ratifies its statements about Nadorcott and Tang Gold
The Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CLUB) and Nador Cott Protection have ratified the information about the decisions of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) that was released by its press release on 9 June and categorically deny having "falsified" any of the data. Unlike what Eurosemillas claimed in.....


Diego Décima, of Frutucumán:
"Heavy rainfall reduces Argentinian lemon production"
Argentina's lemon production makes the country one of the leading growers worldwide. This year, however, climate changes have been affecting the normal development of the campaign. "As a result of the large amount of rainfall in the production areas during the months of April and May, the cargo volume.....


US imports of South African citrus continue to grow
“Our citrus is available in the US market as of late June throughout the entire summer season”, says Suhanra Conradie with Summer Citrus from South Africa. The first conventional vessel of SCSA will arrive at the Port of Philadelphia the third week of June. This is consistent with years past. “The US is a.....

Members of Congress request delay in lemon imports
On Monday 13 June, a bipartisan group of 18 members of Congress from citrus-growing districts asked Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to delay opening the U.S. market to Argentine lemons until economic and risk assessments can be conducted.The lawmakers, including three representing parts of Ventura.....

Spain: Citrus season comes to an end in Andalusia
The 2015/16 citrus season has finished for most Andalusian farms and the activity in warehouses, at least in those that are still working, is minimal. With the end of the harvest, it is expected that the campaign will soon be considered finished. In recent days, a downward trend has been recorded in lemon.....


SA citrus import season only gradually gaining speed
China: "Lemon import market inexplicably slow"
“The market for import fruit in Guangzhou is rather slow. There are plenty of domestic crops available, such as litchi, longan, plums and grapes. These are competing with produce coming from abroad. Currently, only US citrus are moving at speed through the market. Citrus from South Africa has gone down in.....

Citrus pest worrying growers in Salinas
The discovery of two Asian citrus psyllids in northeast Salinas, has led to a quarantine on all of Salinas and some surrounding areas imposed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The tiny insect has caused endless worry among citrus growers across Southern and much of Central California and.....

June 24
Summer Citrus from South Africa first fruit to arrive in Philadelphia
Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) has announced that its first vessel of citrus will arrive at the Port of Philadelphia on June 24, on pace with years prior. In order to support a season where U.S. citrus is not produced in mass, the arrival of SCSA plays an important role in the availability of Easy.....

Mexico: Lime shortage comes to an end
Jorge Hernandez Gaona, a representative of the Mexican lime packing sector, noted, now that the states of Michoacan, Oaxaca, Colima and Guerrero were in full production and there were no more restriction for citrus growers, members of the citrus production chain had agreed to start harvesting and selling.....

Greece: Measures to prevent spread of citrus disease
The Greek Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Food, Mr Markos Bolaris, has signed an amendment to the Greek regulation concerning the protective measures against the introduction of organisms that can be potentially harmful to plants or plant products.Executive Decision 2016/715 defines concrete.....

Big price difference between small and large limes
While there are plenty of smaller limes available from Mexico, water shortages and uneven harvesting earlier in the year have tightened the supply of larger fruit. As a result, there's a big gap between prices for small fruit and larger sizes.“Limes were expensive in April and May, so growers in Mexico were.....

Except for lemon
Turkish citrus exports increased
In comparison with May 2015, Turkish lemon exports fell by 30%. However, lemons still represent 38% of the total amount of exported citrus, followed by oranges (32%), pomelos (29%), and lagging far behind, mandarins (1%).Orange exports quadrupled in comparison with May 2015, while those of pomelos almost.....


Eurosemillas' refutal:
"CVVP falsified data of CPVO resolution regarding Tango variety"
Eurosemillas is forced to refute the press article that was apparently issued by the Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CVVP) on Thursday, June 9, as "it reinterpreted, and even distorted in a biased way the content and objective scope of the resolution regarding the protection of the Tango mandarin that the.....

Morocco allowed to export citrus to the USA again
Last January, American health authorities stopped Moroccan citrus fruit entering the country. Morocco normally exports 9% of their citrus fruit to the USA, 20% to the EU and almost half to Russia. Moroccan citrus exports to the USA were suspended due to the presence of Mediterranean fruit fly larvae in a.....


Marius du Plessis, ClemenGold CEO
ClemenGold to extend supply calendar
“The first ClemenGold fruit were harvested in week 22,” says Marius du Plessis, ClemenGold CEO. “We’re seeing limited volumes, but the quality is exceptional and completely adheres to the strict ClemenGold standards. The first batches are on the water on the way to international markets as we speak.”Despite.....


Chile’s first 2016 shipment of navels headed to US market
Chile’s first 2016 shipment of navels to the U.S. departed from the port of San Antonio during Week 22, one week earlier than last year. A total of 7,960 boxes were shipped to the U.S. market. Ninety five percent of Week 22 navel exports were of the Fukumoto variety, with five percent Navel Late.This is just.....

Slight increase in June citrus crop forecast
According to the June citrus crop forecast issued by Mark Hudson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service, the 2015-2016 Florida all-orange forecast is raised to 81.4 million boxes. The total includes 36.1 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, mid-season,.....

Pakistan: Consumers complain of lemon shortage
At most Ramazan Bazaars in Lahore, there is a noticeable lack of lemons. Consumers complain of high prices and poor quality, with vendors accused of selling second grade fruit and vegetables at premium prices.Vendors say that the government had fixed lemon prices far below the wholesale rate. “We cannot sell.....

Club of Protected Plant Varieties:
"EU denies differences between Tang Gold and Nadorcott"
The Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office has ruled the appeals filed by Nador Cott Protection (NCP), the Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CLUB), and the University of California, against the decision that the Office took of granting protection to the Tang Gold variety in October 2014.In.....


Ian McCulloch, of Urud'or SA:
"Our citrus fruits benefit from agreement with US, now we need Europe"
The heavy rains recorded in recent months have had a major impact on the Uruguayan citrus production. The weather conditions may have actually caused the loss of 40% of the Satsuma mandarin production. "In April, more than 650 mm of rain were recorded, which is almost half of what it usually rains in the.....

Gert-Jan van den Heuvel, VerDi Import:
"Lemon market is turning into gold, but will it continue like this?"
The lemon market is currently turning yellow, golden yellow, that is. Prices actually oscillate between 34 and 37 Euro for 18 kilos. Importer Gert-Jan van den Heuvel, of Verdi Import, is concerned. "I'm afraid that the expectations are too high and that market prices are going up too quickly. If you start a.....


Diego Pérez, Cauquen:
Argentina: "European market paying great prices for our oranges"
The Argentinian sweet citrus production had an uncertain start because of the impact that the continuous rains may have caused, but ultimately, no major mishaps were recorded, resulting in a production that has met the sector's prospects. "The floods didn't take a toll on the production of sweet citrus, and.....


Kees Rijnhout (Jaguar): “Important to give sustainability a place”
Dutch environmental quality label for South African Fruit
Jaguar in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands, is an importer of fruits and vegetables. The company does business with producers in many countries and supplies Dutch retail companies. In 2015 Jaguar received the Milieukeur, a Dutch environmental quality label, for citrus fruit and grapes from South Africa. The.....


Cold weather caused unstable quality
Sichuan citrus season: high production, lower price
"Citrus fruit is available on the markt starting from March until the end of May. This production season is already nearing its end. The season has been good. Overall output and sales have gone up. As a result prices have come down by 20% compared to the same period last year," says Mrs. Liu Mei of Jintai.....

South African volumes going to plan
Lemon shortage caused by short Northern Hemisphere supply
Current Harvest volumes are following the initial estimates, according to figures published by the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) South Africa. The main difference from last year is, of course grapefruit which suffered from hail and the intense heat earlier in the year. The grapefruit season is also.....


Citrus industry, UC Riverside team up to fight citrus killer
The University of California, Riverside and the California Citrus Research Foundation launched an effort Monday, June 6 that will result in the construction of a new facility to be used by researchers to fight a disease devastating the citrus industry.The research partnership aims to protect California’s.....

Andres Fraga, Coexco:
Argentina: "Sweet citrus harvest delayed by two weeks"
The ongoing process of getting the United States to allow the entry of Argentine lemons is expected to benefit Argentina's sweet citrus sector. "We have managed to sign bilateral agreements with the United States and one of our purposes is to stimulate trade relations. Thanks to this process, the country's.....

Spain: 31,168 unlicensed Orri mandarin trees removed
The voluntary regularization process of illegal Orri mandarin plantations has already resulted in the removal of around 31,168 trees in Spain.As for the trees which have yet to be regularised voluntarily, so far more than 38,000 have been detected in Spain. Legal action will be taken against those producers,.....

Uruguay to host 2017 China-Latin America Business Summit
Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin reported on Tuesday 7 June, that the resort city of Punta del Este in southeastern Uruguay will be the venue for the 11th China-Latin America Business Summit in 2017.“We are signing a memorandum of understanding making Uruguay the venue for the summit,” Nin said in a.....


New way to detect immature citrus cuts costs
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found a new way to detect immature citrus 83 percent of the time, which lets growers know where to apply fertilizer and water and perhaps save on labor costs for the $10.9 billion a year Florida industry.By detecting green,.....


EU confirms protection for the Tango mandarin against the Nadorcott
The Tango mandarin (Tang Gold in Spain) has the protection from the Community, Spain, South Africa, the US, and it is recognized by nine other citrus producers. On May 31, the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office announced its decision of upholding the arguments that the University of.....

Wind, hail and frosts
Spain: Citrus sector suffered 40 million Euro in losses in 2015
Citrus fruits still hold a dominant position in Valencia. Oranges, mandarins and clementines are the most abundant and demanded fruits by the domestic and the export markets. While the province of Valencia stands out for its orange production, in Castellon both oranges and mandarins have the same weight and.....

Sales fall in the EU
Uruguay wants to increase citrus exports to China
Uruguay wants to promote the export of its citrus products to China to offset the fall in sales in the European Union (EU), official sources said.In that sense, the deputy director of the Directorate of Livestock Services of the Ministry of Livestock (MGAP), Federico Montes, said that China, which had had.....


Taiwanese limes competitive on Chinese wholesale market
Production of limes is relatively limited in Mainland China. There is some production in Sichuan province, but very small compared to the local lemon production. Most limes are grown in Taiwan. In Taiwan, the main lime growing areas are located in Pingdong and Taizhong. Main lime varieties include the Four.....