Citrus


Over the next 10 years
Tangerine trade to grow 2.5% p.a.
The worldwide tangerines trade is to increase over the next 10 years by 2.5 percent per annum. Click here to read more.


Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:
“Global market for oranges increasing, lemons headed in opposite direction”
“The global market for oranges is currently very good. Both the Middle and the Far East, the UK and the US have good demand, albeit perhaps slightly speculatively,” says Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe. “But supply is lower than expected, and especially the last two South African regions have less production......

Increase in sales for American lemon giant Limoneira
Limoneira, a large company with 4,451 hectares of fruit cultivation in California, recently published figures for the third quarter. The company saw sales increasing from 29.8 million dollars last year to 39.9 million dollars this year.The largest part of sales, 26.2 million dollars, came from the sales of.....

"South Africa is a direct competitor to Valencian oranges"
The Agro-food Chain Board, which has met for the second time and is chaired by the Regional Councillor of Agriculture, Elena Cebrián, has analysed the start of the citrus season, with South Africa pinpointed as "a direct competitor to Valencian oranges."The Board has reacted to the latest decision of the.....

RSA Valencia oranges fetching record prices in Middle East
Lower volumes and smaller sizes has caused a significant decrease in the amount of South African Valencia oranges being sent to the Middle East in 2016.According to a South African citrus trader, "The lower volumes are a direct result of the early-mid season Valencia varieties (incl. Midknight/Delta) having.....


South Africa: ''Citrus disease management is paramount''
Citrus Research International (CRI) is the mainstay of scientific advancement in SA’s citrus industry. Without its expertise the industry — especially its export component, which is the most lucrative — would be brought to its knees. Yet the pivotal role of CRI’s scientific innovation and world-class.....

Midsummer marketing appointed as agency
Florida Citrus promotes grapefruit in Europe
The Florida Department of Citrus has appointed Midsummer Marketing to handle European promotions for fresh Florida Grapefruit.Florida Grapefruit is widely recognised as the world’s sweetest, juiciest and tastiest grapefruit. The campaign will focus on the fruit’s superior taste and quality, capitalizing on.....

''Certis for Citrus'' program to help fight citrus greening
Each time Florida citrus growers use a Kocide® copper fungicide product, they will help fund research projects to find a cure for Huanglongbing (HLB; citrus greening), said Michael Harowitz, Kocide Business Manager for Certis USA at the Citrus Expo 2016 in North Ft. Myers, FL. Through the "Certis for Citrus".....

Largest citrus cooperative in Spain will hire 1,420 workers this campaign
As the citrus campaign starts in September the COPAL will hire 1,420 workers in the agricultural sector. The cooperative from Algemesí expects to harvest more than 85,000 tons of fruit this year, surpassing the volume achieved last year. In addition, this year they will also harvest early pomegranates,.....

Checking out the Now in Season! in-store promotion
Citrus Australia CEO visits Japan
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani and Market Access Manager David Daniels visited Japan in the last week of August, to meet with key members of industry and view the Now in Season! in-store promotion.Judith and David met with with key importers and distributors, fresh produce markets, members of Austrade.....

Tanzania develops citrus psyllid action plan
Scientists from Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (Mari) have called for urgent measures to contain the Asian Citrus Psyllid pest thatattacks citrus trees. Researchers from Mari, Dr Zuberi Seguni and Dr Chris Materu, say the pest, whose existence in the country was reported for the first time in.....


Citrus greening has doubled production costs
Since the discovery of the incurable plant disease citrus greening in Florida in 2005, it has had a devastating effect on the state's citrus industry. Citrus production has declined by more than 40 percent and citrus bearing acreage has declined by more than 28 percent. But it's not just citrus growers that.....

Bolivia: Hail destroys fruit and citrus crops
The mayor of Sapahaqui, Justino Calle, stated that last weekend's hailstorm had destroyed the October fruit and citrus harvest in a devastating five minutes. The damage hasn't yet been quantified but have authorities have begun a damage assessment in the hope of Governnment of La Paz assistance for the.....

Argentina: Citrus companies look towards Asia
Lemon exporting companies have set their sights on Asian markets. They focused all their logistics and management efforts towards these markets, driven by the expectations that new winds of foreign trade have generated."In terms of volumes, Southeast Asia is a marginal market but we have the quality to.....

Argentina: Lemon exports increased by almost 46%
Citrus-growing companies in the province are sending the last shipments of lemons, in accordance with their international trade agreements. However, private firms expect this year's export volume will be higher than in the previous season. "We are finishing evaluating the season, but it is very likely that.....


The sale of seedlings has halved in eight years
Spain: Citrus production will gradually adjust in future campaigns
The Spanish citrus sector is currently involved in its usual speculations about what the 2016/17 campaign will bring. There is talk about the differences in the flowering and fruit setting, depending on the areas and varieties; about the impact of drought, the restrictions on watering, but above all, and.....


Stolen pallets of citrus found again
The largest part of the citrus stolen from Europe Retail Packing has been found again. On Tuesday evening, 22 pallets of oranges, three pallets of tangerines, 12 pallets of lemons and four pallets of limes were stolen from the warehouse of the Barendrecht branch. “Of the 42 stolen pallets we are only missing.....


Calibres generally smaller
Spain: "We expect a full-fledged, high quality citrus campaign"
Valencia's citrus sector expects a normal production this campaign, recovering the volumes that were lost last year (over 30%) due to the impact of heat waves, frost and hailstorms."Given the good flowering of the first mandarin and clementine varieties, we expect a good, quality production within schedule,".....

Marcel Fernando Bertin, Daros BR:
"The volume of limes from Brazil will increase in September"
The Persian lime season is about to end in Brazil, and this year the production has suffered a setback because of the weather. The lower production period, between June and August, has lasted longer than usual because of the lack of rainfall, as explained by Marcel Fernando Bertin, of the export company.....

Brazil: Crushing of the 2016/17 orange crop may end earlier
The intensification of orange crushing in late August indicates that the 2016/17 crop may be shorter than the previous one in Brazil. This expectation is linked to the fact that processors purchased late oranges last month (first late oranges usually start to be harvested from September onward) and the.....

Turkey: Lemon export season starts early
This year, the export season for Turkish lemons has come about 25 days earlier than in previous years, and with a single variety: the Meyer lemon. This lemon is small to medium sized, juicy and less acidic than other varieties, with a thin skin which, until recently, was an obstacle to export, due to it.....

Russian market anxiously awaits return of Turkish citrus
The citrus market in Russia started picking up last week, with the exception of lemons, where demand is down due to higher prices. There are currently enough lemons on the market and many are waiting for the return of Turkish lemons on the market, which is expected to resume next week, before making any.....

Kiwifruit imports grow at 60% annually
India: Demand for exotic fruits increases
The demand for exotic fruits is on the rise in India. The humble but full-of-nutrition banana is certainly not out of vogue and the mango still remains a favourite summer treat, but Indian consumers are fast seeking out more, and therefore a steep rise in import of fresh fruits has been witnessed.....

Egyptian citrus exports to China up by 30%
In the first half (H1) of 2016, Egypt's citrus exports to China increased by 30%, recording $24m, compared to $18.4m in 2015, according to plenipotentiary minister Mamdouh Salman, who is the Egyptian commissioner of the trade representation office in China’s capital Beijing.The Chinese market has increased.....

Ecuador: Natural enemies for citrus pests
After 36 months of research with field observations and field sampling, the Network of Experts on Plant Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Ecuador (Magap), discovered two insects that are a natural control of pests that affect citrus and ornamental plants.The insects are.....


Prices good as Israeli citrus arrives early
Harvesting of red pomelos in Israel got underway about two weeks sooner than usual this year, and it's expected that harvesting of other Israeli citrus items will also begin early. Though there is still South African fruit available in Europe, Israeli shippers are seeing strong prices for their early citrus.....

Disease detected south of US-Mexico border
Mexico and US collaborate to prevent citrus greening spread
The deadly and incurable citrus tree disease Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease, was detected 23 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border in a small citrus grove in Mexicali.HLB kills citrus trees and has no cure. The disease is spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid as it.....

Citrus industry needs tighter regulations
It is not a typical situation; a farm group calling for more regulatory oversight, tighter rules and penalties and more crop inspection, but according to Citrus Mutual President Joel Nelsen, it is what the citrus industry needs, as it faces a “death sentence”. That threat comes from the Asian Citrus Psyllid.....


"High lime prices necessary after three moderate seasons"
Volume of limes from Brazil halved
The price of limes is increasing because the exported volumes to Europe have decreased to 100 containers per week. There might be fewer containers from Mexico, but the volumes from Brazil have almost halved. “We do not know how fast the prices will increase and at what level they will be, but they will.....

First year in eight with no CBS interceptions
South Africa: Citrus exports to EU get extended zero tariff period
At the moment South Africa has a tariff free period for exports to the European Union countries which ends on 16th October every year, when tariffs then increase to 16%. But this is about to change as, recently, the South African Customs Union signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.....

Argentina: Exporters of oranges and mandarins threaten to give away the product
Exporters of oranges and mandarins, primarily those from Entre Rios and Corrientes, demanded the national and provincial authorities do something to help the citrus industry deal with their trade and economic problems. They also said that the only options they had were to either go out of existence or to.....


José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Brazil is set to become one of the countries posing the highest phytosanitary risk for EU citrus production"
The European Commission has recently sent a statement to the Brazilian authorities, alerted by the considerable number of detections of citrus canker that have been recorded in containers with limes shipped from the port of Santos, in the state of São Paulo, which entered Europe via the United Kingdom.The.....


China: Imported plums versus domestic
A first batch of imported Spanish plums had failed to reach the market by Friday last week due to a delay at the Customs Inspection. The plums will now have to compete with similar products currently on the market, ie American 'Dragon Egg' plums and plums produced in China.A large-scale transportation of.....


Early ripening but excellent demand and prices for Costa d'Amalfi lemons
"I have been working in this sector for many years, but have never witnessed a campaign like this - production was higher than average in May, when we usually programme our marketing campaigns," reports Carlo De Riso, administrator ofCostieragrumi De Riso.Prices were also high due to the lower pressure.....


Cobus van Graan - Fruit One
Unprecedented high prices for Valencias in Middle East
South African Valencias will finish earlier this season as volumes are lower than normal. The crop suffered damage in the northern production areas of the country due the hail and drought conditions. Late rains in the northern parts also resulted in unexpected size increases for grapefruit, navels and.....

California oranges arrived from Cordoba
The Palacio de Portocarrero, where some Franciscans brought orange seeds from Palma del Río, Córdoba, on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in order to plant them and prevent vitamin C deficits, has the key to the origin of California oranges.Thanks to its location, between the confluence of the.....


Oranges help put out packing house fire
The largest fire in recent Lindsay history finally ended last week after it smoldered for five days from the initial flames.While there were no more flames when Lindsay firefighters left the Suntreat packinghouse at the corner of Tulare Road and Oxford Street on Aug. 13, there were still about $800,000 worth.....

Argentina: Tucuman has already harvested 80% of the lemon for export
Tucuman has already harvested nearly 80% of its lemons for export, and so far the quality and health of the fruit that is arriving at the international markets is very good. To achieve this, producers have taken thorough care of their plantations and the Senasa conducts controls that are giving good results,.....

Peru: Camposol makes first shipment of mandarins to Brazil
The Camposol company made its first shipment of mandarins to Brazil via the Interagency Cooperation Agreement that was signed by MINCETUR, PromPeru, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), and the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa).In its first shipment of mandarins to Brazil,.....

Spain imports 28% more fruit in the first semester
Fresh fruit imports grew by 28% in volume and 26% in value in the first half of this year compared with the same period of 2015, totalling 816,837 tonnes worth 816 million Euro, according to the Department of Customs and Excise of the Ministry of Economy, processed by FEPEX.The growth of imports applies to.....

Tropical storms hit Mexico
EU: Lime prices set to soar again
A lower than normal supply and increased demand has led to high prices for limes in Europe this summer, heavy rains in Mexico since the beginning of the month will further exacerbate these problems."Heavy rains and storms started at the beginning of August in Mexico with the arrival of tropical storm Earl.....


Altaifresh on strong AU and SA citrus imports
"No grower programme, no supply" concerns Chinese importers
"Initial feedback on the sales of Australian citrus in China has been strong,” according to Nichole He from Altaifresh. “Our last shipment will arrive by the middle of September. The varieties we import are the Washington and Lane Late Navel orange and the Low Seeded Murcott and Honey Murcott mandarins.”.....


First Honey Murcotts in transition to California
Increased demand for W. Murcotts from Peru
The first container of W. Murcotts left Peru at the end of June and entered the port of Long Beach, California in the second week of July. It is a short season as the last container is expected to get to The Golden State mid-September. “We are noticing increased demand this year,” says Jim Cutsinger with.....

Prices fruit cultivation land in Valencia region decreased by 12%
Between 2011 and 2015 prices of cultivation land in the Valencia region decreased by 12.2 per cent. This figure was 2.2 per cent for Spain in total. In 2015, the highest prices were asked for citrus orchards (47,000 euro per hectare), and for fruit areas that are irrigated, such as for kaki (46,500 euro per.....


First shipments to Europe
Fear unripe pomelo shipments will erode early export market
The earliest 2016 pomelo crop has been harvested and is on its way to Europe. Estimations say that there are currently a couple of hundred of containers out at sea. Each year, new pomelos are harvested and exported earlier in August. Pomelo production in China keeps increasing, and price competition has.....


China: Citrus market drops as grapefruit go up
On the import market this week, orange prices have taken a dive. Sales have slowed down, but tangerines and grapefruit are still fetching high prices.According to market reactions, the downward motion of orange prices in China is mainly due to a large supply. This is especially true for South African.....

Argentina could harvest over 2.7 million tonnes of citrus fruits
The possibility of producing over 2.7 million tonnes of citrus is consolidating the its place as the most produced fruit, followed by topfruit. 65.38% of the production comes from -Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca, while the rest comes from Corrientes and Misiones, as well as Entre Rios and Buenos Aires,.....

Argentina: Hail destroys 50% of the citrus in Entre Rios
According to the Citrus Federation of Entre Rios (Fecier), the heavy rains, high winds, and hail that struck the town of Federacion and other neighboring cities in the northeast of Entre Rios last Tuesday night caused losses of 50 percent of the citrus production.Fecier stated that "Entre Rios' citrus.....

Market update from Mark Greenberg, Capespan North America
Early start to Chile’s mandarin season
Soft citrusChilean clementine arrivals in North America have slowed substantially. Fewer than 500 metric tons were loaded to the US East Coast in week 31 and 360 metric tons were loaded that week to the US West Coast. In Week 32 it was only odds and ends loaded to each coast as the transition to late.....

2016 Citrus Expo
Florida's citrus industry down but not out
At the 2016 Citrus Expo that opened Wednesday 17 August at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida's citrus industry got together to discuss survival tactics. The state's iconic citrus industry is down but not out; it’s still attracting young people, although not as many as might be desired.The.....

Belize: Citrus industry lost $16.5m to Hurricane Earl
The citrus industry in Belize has reported that it lost 16.5 million dollars due to Hurricane Earl. Industry stakeholders met with the Ministry of Agriculture where they totaled the loss at 569,444 boxes of oranges and 133,585 boxes of grapefruit.Growers say they need to re-fertilize groves to put back.....

To Russia, Middle East and Ukraine
Punjab to export 20,000 tonnes of kinnow
On August 17, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal agreed to state-owned Punjab Agro Corporation's proposal to export 20,000 tonnes of kinnow in the coming season. An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister took the decision in light of the fact that around 5,000 tonnes of kinnow were successfully.....


Don Limón
“Our motto: think global, act local”
In 2050, 9 billion people are to be expected to live on our planet. One big question is how we can feed them. Smart agriculture is hereby key. Treating our planet and soil carefully, and using water and energy resourcefully are main principals of a smart and sustainable agriculture.High standardsThe Don.....


Scientists working on creating the best mandarin
In their quest to develop higher quality mandarins, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are zeroing in on the traits that will help them breed the best fruit.Last year, they released the mandarin cultivar currently known as '7-6-27,' which UF/IFAS researchers say is.....


Bruno Fosa, de Limones Piuranos:
Peru: "Tahiti lime exports are in a process of expansion"
Tahiti limes are gaining more popularity worldwide and could eventually replace conventional limes, mainly in the months when there are shortages of this product. Peru, which has the ideal weather conditions for the crop's production, is taking the initiative with its cultivation.Bruno Fosa Villar, of.....

AU: Strong finish to navel season
Strong export demand and improved picking conditions have combined to ensure a strong finish to the season, according to Citrus Australia Market Information and Quality Manager, Nathan Hancock.“Recently collated data showed Washington harvest will have finished last week for most growers in the Riverina and.....


Imported cherry price varies, and kiwi price increases
In Shanghai import market this week, orange sales start to slow down, so does the price of avocado. On the other hand, the cherry price varies as some are from the end of season in America and others from the prime season in Canada, and the price of kiwifruit from New Zealand goes up.At this stage, American.....

Argentina: Tucuman to export fewer lemons than expected
Citrus growing companies are starting the final stretch of the lemon export season and already know the campaign won't match the expectations had at the beginning of the harvest. A couple of weeks before the end of the marketing season, the Citrus Association from Tucuman (ATC) has stated that the volume.....


Jan van der Voort, Anaco Greeve:
"Good market for grapefruit, lemons and mandarins"
The sales of citrus is going notably well. "The market for mandarins, grapefruit and lemons has been at a good level for a while. The sales of oranges are varied. Uruguay Navels are doing well, RSA Navels are more difficult for the larger sizes in particular, but the Maroc Oranges are selling really well,".....

Two more trees identified HLB-positive
In Southern California, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program report that two additional trees have tested hlb-positive. The trees were not in close proximity to each other however both are close to previous huanglongbing (HLB) finds in the region.From the California Citrus Pest and Disease.....

Pakistan to export kinnow, potatoes to Iran
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Vice President and Regional Chairman Riaz Khattak has said that Pakistan is engaging with Iran to increase trade between the two countries.FPCCI Regional Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad said, “We are looking forward to the Iranian.....

Overloaded with late mandarins
Russian ban changed dynamics on Middle East market
The Middle Eastern market is overloaded with late mandarins at the moment with prices falling from $10-$12 FOB to $8-$9 FOB for a 10kg carton. According to a South African exporter this is due to increased volumes being shipped there and not due to the quality."The quality of the South African late mandarins.....

Citrus greening affecting orchards
Asian Citrus reports drop in production
Asian Citrus Holdings, theChinese orange plantation owner, has reported a decline in production volume and predicted full-year results will be “significantly worse” than last year due to a citrus greening disease affecting its trees.The AIM-listed company reported in a trading update that production volume.....

Spain: Late oranges reach the highest price in recent years
With the 2015/2016 citrus season already finished, the manager of the Agricultural Transformation Society (SAT) Sunaran, Antonio Carmona, stressed that, in terms of prices, the late varieties have reached between 45 and 50 cents per kilo at origin, with some sales from warehouse outlets for prices as high as.....

Citrus consumption continues to increase in Sweden
According to a fruit category manager for a major Scandinavian retailer, tastier oranges and easy peeler varieties are boosting consumption in Sweden. These newer varieties are extending the season, making high quality citrus more available year round.Between 1990 to 2005, the per capita consumption of.....


Good prices for imported lemons
With light supplies on several sizes of Mexican lemons, prices for imports have been good. Importers along the border are eager to get into good volumes to take advantage of the current market.On August 12, prices for a carton of Fancy 115s from Mexico were between $29.00 and $32.00 at crossings through.....

Hendrick Warnich - ALG Estates
US citrus market slow, currency a challenge in UK
The lemon harvest is over, mandarins and Late Navels are in full swing, and Valencias will be harvested from next week. "We started with late Navel varieties last week and are in full swing with Orr and Mor mandarins varieties," explains Hendrick Warnich, from ALG Estates in Citrusdal, South Africa. "Volumes.....