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Tunisia : Fire destroys 10 hectares of citrus orchards
A large fire began in the afternoon on the 8th July in fields between Kaboudi and El Kabou in Nabeul. The flames destroyed about 10 hectares of farming land, mainly citrus orchards and some small farms. It took civil protection services about 2 hours to control the fire, of which the origin has yet to be.....

Turkey turns export focus to tangerine
Normal 0 21 false false false NL X-NONE X-NONE Tangerines constitute 40-50% of the global citrus market and are becoming.....

Conrad Rijnhout, Verdi Import: no more summer dip due to pressing machines
Few pressing oranges on the market
The first containers of South African pressing oranges have arrived at Verdi Import. "The Moroccan season is ending although we will continue for a few weeks, but there are few pressing oranges on the market in total. At the moment the prices are at a high level, up to 13.50 Euro for the smaller sizes. I'm.....


Big sizing for this year’s crop
US: Peruvian W. Murcotts on their way to California
“We started shipping Peruvian W. Murcotts a week ago and they should enter California in the third week of July,” says Jim Cutsinger with International Citrus & Produce. “We source from the Northern part of Peru and this year’s quality is very good. Rainfall in the beginning of the growing season has.....


Stable prices for South African citrus
Less rain during harvesting has made the process faster and easier according to South African citrus producers and marketer Rob Gunning from Lona."At the moment we are harvesting Navelate, clementines, Star Ruby, Marsh and lemons," explains Gunning. "Volumes have been slightly higher than expected but not.....

Year-to-date shipments up from last year
US: Clementines, navels and lemons from Chile in stores
At this time of year, the main citrus varieties being imported from Chile into the U.S. are clementines, navels and lemons. “Year-to-date shipments of these Chilean citrus varieties are showing strong increases over last year,” said Karen Brux with Fruits from Chile. As of week 26 (June 22-28), Chile had.....

US (FL): Citrus greening research gets $1 Million
A $1 million University of Florida research project to fight citrus greening got the green light in the state’s budget.Nian Wang, a researcher with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is working with a team to develop a microbial-based product, infused with patented plant-defense inducers and.....

Valencian Community
Citrus campaign has positive and negative extremes
The Regulatory Board of Protected Geographical Indication Valencian Citrus has assessed this citrus campaign season in Valencia, noting that results had been irregular for oranges, but positive for lime and tangerine.The Managing Director of PGI Valencian Citrus, José Enrique Sanz, stated that the "citrus.....

WA citrus grower happy with domestic, tourism market
One citrus grower in WA is not looking to export any time soon, as the state’s large navel orange growers prepare to ship overseas for the first time. “We’re a boutique grower and we supply the premium market. We also get a lot of tourists and visitors here,” says Rocco Zampogna, who runs Golden Grove.....

Scientific report: Tango is indistinguishable from Nadorcott
In a recent development affecting the matter between Nadorcott Protection SARL (NCP) & CITROGOLD (PTY) LTD against Eurosemillas, Stargrow & others (CASE NUMBER: 17606/14), a scientific report released by the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (CSIC), a collaborative centre of the.....


Michelle Kruger, ClemenGold.
"It is becoming increasingly important to separate good quality from the rest"
For a consumer brand like ClemenGold, providing consistently good eating quality fruit is a cornerstone in the growth and sustainability of its business model. "Adhering to this principle creates long-term consumer loyalty, and in return, some stability in the value chain. Crops vary from year to year for.....


Low lime prices in Europe
Big supplies of imported limes in Europe have caused prices there to dip. But as summer is the time of year when the most limes are consumed, importers are expecting prices to increase in the coming weeks.“The market is very bad in terms of prices,” said Olivier Fakhri, commercial Director of Georges Helfer.....

European market
Clash between Brazil and Mexico leads to lime price drops
When the summer arrives in Europe, demand for limes skyrocket, especially in countries like Spain, where as a result of tourism there is a great boost in consumption. Normally, the value of this flagship fruit for cocktails increases, but this year the situation is a little different."We are going through a.....

Peru: Lime production down
Climate change has taken a toll on Peruvian limes, as a reduction of about 40% in production volumes has been registered in the San Lorenzo Valley, Piura, which is the main producing region.The price remains between 45 and 60 soles per 45 kilo bag, which does not satisfy producers, who managed to receive up.....

Egypt has the potential to meet a growing demand for limes
Tohami Trading is an Egyptian company devoted to the export of limes and oranges during the winter period, from December to late March. 70% of Tohami corresponds to limes and the rest to oranges.“We are greatly satisfied with the results of the latest campaign. We exported some 260 thousand plates containing.....


New Cupid Tomatoberry marketed in Belgian market
The Italian subsidiary of Tokita Seed, Tokita Sementi, based in Sicily and devoted to breeding with the goal of expanding the range of varieties available in the Mediterranean area and Europe, has introduced a new Tomatoberry, a hybrid heart-shaped cherry tomato variety called Cupid. Gregorio Padula affirms.....


Prices under pressure
German importer seeks to improve lime trade
The lime is the little sister of the lemon with a distinct taste and thin rind. The citrus isn’t consumed like the orange, but it is often used in recipes and drinks. That is why many consumers love the lime. And limes are, just as many other fruit, available in organic and conventional form. Many organic.....


Increase in Argentinian lemon production, exports
In an interview with Walter Ojeda, one of the sales managers of the company S.A. SAN MIGUEL, of the ALL LEMON group, which accounts for 80% of all Argentinian lemon exports, we discussed the present and future market situation for this citrus.Ojeda, talking about the current season, says: "It's not much.....

Changes to backpacker laws could hurt AU citrus
Citrus harvest in South Australia is in full swing and orchards and packing sheds are filled with seasonal workers.Last year Loxton citrus packers Venus Citrus launched an ecological brand; fruit grown by a group of farmers using sustainable practices and minimal chemicals, in an effort to stand out in the.....


India: Fremont mandarins from Australia now available
The Fremont Mandarins would be imported from Ironbark Citrus, a renowned grower of Mandarins in Queensland, Australia, one of Queensland’s top citrus exporters. Ironbark Citrus is Australia’s premier boutique mandarin grower and specialises in supplying premium mandarins to the world. The company processes.....

Sunkist starts organic California lime program
For the first time this summer, Sunkist will be offering organic-certified California-grown Persian limes. Sunkist is responding to the growing demand for premium fresh citrus as well as the evolving needs of its customers. Normal 0 21 false false false .....


Problems in Mexico and Dominican Republic
Heat and fungus trouble organic limes
Summertime is cocktail time; in the hot sun everybody wants a cool and refreshing cocktail. For several sweet alcoholic drinks organic limes are often used. The untreated peel is an excellent ingredient for a cocktail. The Dominican Republic and Mexico are classic cultivation countries for the small green.....


AU: Yuzu taking off for SA wholesaler
When all of a sudden diners see fruits such as pomelo or alpine strawberry, or vegetables such as purple potatoes or baby turnips spring up on trendy Adelaide or metropolitan restaurant menus, AMJ Produce is one of the main reasons they hit the plate. Husband and wife team Chris and Margy Abbot are the.....


Bayer CropScience and California Citrus Mutual
Why "Citrus Matters" to Los Angeles
Along with Bayer CropScience and California Citrus Mutual, City Council member Gil Cedillo announced on July 2 that, "Citrus Matters" to Los Angeles. During the event, commercial citrus growers from the region were recognized for their contributions to the state of California and acknowledged the devastating.....


Ready-to-eat kiwis followed by mandarins and bananas
FruitRangers new fruitbrand for children
From week 23 onwards a new brand can be found in supermarkets. FruitFactor, based in Ridderkerk, developed FruitRangers. The brand targets children from the age of three to nine years old and focuses on education and adventure. Eating fruit is not only tasty and healthy but also cool.All products within.....

US (CA): Many different citrus varieties available in summer
While citrus production in California and Arizona hits its peak during the winter months, demand continues to be strong into summer. “We want to support sales by offering promotional opportunities during this time of the year,” says Joan Wickham with Sunkist. “We have some delicious varieties in-season.....

Seald Sweet launches new Kiddie Clem™ citrus packaging
In full swing with their summer citrus season, Seald Sweet announced today the launch of their Kiddie Clems™ line of packaging for their easy-to-peel, clementines. The new high-graphic packaging with colorful, kid-friendly graphics is the next move following the success of their Mandarina’s™ brand sweet.....


Eddy Jager, Jaguar the fresh company
EU: South Americans not making up for drop in South African citrus volumes
So far the orange market has been doing well. Eddy Jager from Jaguar expects this to continue for the time being, "Substantially less is being sent to Europe from South Africa - partly due to the opened U.S. and Canadian markets - these volumes are also not being picked up by South American exporters......


Heavy rainfall in Costa Rica, low production
Pineapple market: from surplus to shortage
The last two weeks have been difficult for the pineapple market. A boat from Costa Rica that was delayed caused two shipments to arrive at the same time, which certainly was not ideal. However, it appears that the tide will soon turn, "Heavy rainfall in Costa Rica has caused a great deal of damage. Roads to.....


If U.S. maintains veto on lemon imports, Argentina will complain to WTO
Argentinian Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman announced that negotiations with the United States following the restrictions imposed by that country for the import of Argentinian lemons are currently underway, and that if the situation is not resolved, Argentina will complain to the World Trade Organization.....


Corrie Visbeen, Total Exotics:
"Careful market recovery limes after tough weeks"
During the first half of the year, the lime market was rather fickle. "In the past weeks, we've seen the classical pattern again, with prices of Brazilian limes going up, and Mexico - traditionally a major exporter to the US - waited for the prices to reach normal levels. Around May, the lime prices.....

Lime census to provide valuable industry info
Citrus in Australia is benefiting from kinder growing conditions, favourable export conditions and smart promotional strategies. While limes don’t count for an awful lot of that activity, forming around 2% of Australia’s citrus production, the industry is becoming savvy enough to cultivate limes up to 8.....

Waiting for August to bring relief
US: Mexican lime volumes temporarily outpace demand
Opposite to last year, supply of limes currently exceeds demand. “Prices are lower than I am comfortable with,” says Raul Millan with Vision Import Group. “We expect this trend to continue through July. Historically, August brings a small gap in volume and I am hopeful it will result in prices to tweak up a.....


Italy: Verdello harvesting campaign has started
The harvesting campaign of Verdello lemons from Sicily has started. "Volumes are not particularly abundant, so the season should be medium-scarce. In a period where yellow lemons are no longer seasonal, tough, Verdellos are important because we can still provide a domestic product to the market," explains.....

US (FL): Disappointing citrus season ends
The recently completed 2014-15 season marked a pivotal time for the Florida citrus industry — on the cusp between recovery and ruin.The season marked a psychological milestone in the decade-long war against citrus greening, the fatal bacterial disease that has walloped the annual citrus harvest, slashing it.....

Mexico. Jalisco is sending a shipment of limes to South Korea
Jalisco sent the first shipment of 20 tons of limes to South Korea, seeking to consolidate its national leadership in the production of export quality citrus.The shipment, which the government of Jalisco considered has an exceptional importance, left the packing facility of Citricos Selectos San Martin, for.....


AU: Indian mandarin exports expected to double
Initial mandarin shipments to India have proved successful enough for those involved to anticipate more than double the volume to leave the Australian market bound for India next year. “We are expecting our first imports to Mumbai to sell well. Chennai is also a good future target where consumers have more.....

New app to keep Florida OJ flowing
Florida has nearly 70 million citrus trees on more than 531,500 acres. Now imagine trying to figure out what pesticide to spray on each of those trees to keep them safe from citrus greening.University of Florida researcher James Tansey says the answer is as close as your Android smartphone with a new app.....