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Import market analysis for week 13

US orange prices rise in the middle of US-China trade war

The price of imported US oranges increased this week due to the trade war between the USA and China. This was particularly true for the late-season Navel oranges. However, the influence of the US-China trade war is not yet that obvious in comparison with prices of other products in the same period, such as.....

China: "Market price of Zigui Navel oranges remains strong despite snowfall"

"Zigui County in Hubei is one of China's famous 'homes of the Navel orange' locations. Zigui Navel oranges became a regional trademark in China in 2006. Now, Zigui Navel oranges sell throughout the country and are even exported to Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macao. They enjoy an increasing popularity in.....

Argentina leads the world's lemon market

Argentina's lemons, which were in the middle of a protectionist storm when Donald Trump took office as president of the United States, currently lead the world market. Argentina is the biggest producer of fresh lemons and the world's most important player regarding lemon derived or industrialized products.This.....

The same thing, every spring

Lemons replacing limes as prices skyrocket

More and more often in US diners or taco trucks, customers will be served lemons instead of limes. “They’re too expensive right now,” says taco stand owner Albert Hernandez. “I usually pay $10 to $15 for a case, but right now it’s going for $60 to $80.”He’s not the only caterer with this predicament. Every.....

Berries to be Australia's most valuable horticulture commodity

The combined value of berries production was Australia's top fresh horticulture produce category in terms of production value for the 2016-17 year.It was worth was $866.6million, with strawberries making up $506.5m - citrus was the next highest category with a combined production value of $724.2m, while.....

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

Mexico:"Lime market under pressure"

In connection with the cold weather and the high air humidity due to the rain in Mexico, there are no Mexican limes available. Brazilian growers are coping with quality problems and light colour due to the rain too. "Due to these factors the market for limes is under pressure - on the one side its flooded with.....

Adam Cooper on the Wonderful Company’s vertical integration

“We like to have control and make impact”

The Wonderful Company is well-known for its Halos, Wonderful Pistachios as well as POM Wonderful juice. What is unique about the company is that it doesn’t only sell premium brands but is fully vertically integrated. “Our vertical integration and leadership position is very important to us,” says Adam Cooper,.....

Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

“The table grape market on the US East Coast belongs to Chile”

Through week 12, Chilean table grape shippers have loaded 503,239 metric tons of table grapes to markets worldwide, down 11% from the 566,508 metric tons shipped over the same period last season. Shipments to the US (US East Coast and US West Coast combined) over the same period this year are at 288,795 metric.....

Good season for Arancia di Ribera DOP

"Another good season for Arancia di Ribera DOP, which was very successful on both the domestic and foreign markets thanks to its high-quality. Prices were also good," explains Paolo Parlapiano, sales manager for Parlapiano Fruit, a Sicilian company specialising in blonde oranges.Paolo ParlapianoThe campaign.....

South African soft citrus gets underway with Satsumas

Across South Africa the early-maturing Miho wase Satsuma is being harvested in a season generally a week or two behind schedule, but otherwise it's an uneventful start to the soft citrus season.In the north of the country there were some fears of puffy fruit after last week’s heavy rain, but it doesn’t appear.....

Spain: Drone prevents theft of oranges in Valencia

Last Friday, the Local Police of Algemesí prevented the theft of more than 2,000 kilos of oranges that had already been harvested in a field in Pardines. Damage to the truck that had to carry them had resulted in the fruit being temporarily stacked in boxes next to the plot, according to police sources.The.....

California’s oranges face global challenges…and opportunities

While California’s orange supply is thin this year, the demand worldwide continues to be stable for the fruit from the West Coast. “While the California navel crop is the smallest volume crop the industry has seen since the 2008-2009 season, our volumes have remained consistent compared to the previous few.....

Mandarin grower-shipper encourages parents to swap candy for Cuties

This Easter season, Sun Pacific is encouraging parents to swap candy for Cuties with a social and influencer campaign designed to drive sales during the latter half of citrus season.The fruit brand is partnering with parenting influencers to curate seasonal recipes, DIYs and family-friendly activities that.....

A new direction for tackling the citrus greening epidemic

New clues as to how the bacteria associated with citrus greening infect the only insect that carries them, could lead to a way to block the microbes' spread from tree to tree, according to a study in Infection and Immunity by scientists at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and the Agricultural Research Service.....

China: Eleventh Conghua Loquat Festival opens in Guangzhou

The 2018 Guangzhou Eleventh Conghua Loquat Festival officially started on March 21st in the Fragrant Honey Mountain Ecological Fruit Village, located in Conghua District, Guangzhou.Loquat orchard"The loquat ripened a week late this year. The estimated production volume is around 150 thousand kg, which is.....

Argentina is expected to ship 5,000 tons of lemons in its first shipment to the US

According to industry sources, Argentina will start to make its first lemon exports to the United States in mid-April.The source also estimated that Argentina would ship about 5000 tons of lemons to the US in this first shipment. The sector expects to sell 20,000 tons of lemons to the US throughout the year.So.....

Increasingly challenging to steer the lime ship

Already tight Mexican lime supplies even tighter during Holy week

“Limes out of Mexico are in short supply and this situation is expected to continue for another two to four weeks,” says Ronnie Cohen with Vision Import Group. Veracruz, the primary lime growing and exporting area in Mexico, typically sees lower production this time of year. “Over the years, production times.....

Explosive debate about the situation of limes in Belize

In Belize, there is currently a scarcity of limes on the market, due to the effects of citrus greening disease in the south. This has prompted the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation to approach the Agricultural Health Authority to conduct a pest risk analysis of limes to be imported from Mexico. But.....

Region of Valencia

Spain: Frosts affect more than 7,500 hectares of kakis, stone fruit and citrus

The latest cold and wind storm to hit the Region of Valencia has caused severe crop losses due to the sharp drop in temperatures recorded on two consecutive nights. The most affected by these frosts have been the counties of Vall d'Albaida, la Costera and the Ribera Alta. In a first estimate, the Valencian.....

New Biotechnology Laboratory Research Division

Trinidad and Tobago: Ministry looks at revamp of citrus industry

The Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Ministry of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is attempting to revamp this country’s citrus industry by importing planting material resistant to the citrus greening disease.Minister Clarence Rambharat told newsday.co.tt at the opening ceremony of the Biotechnology.....

Mexico is the second biggest producer of limes in the world

Mexico is the second biggest producer of limes in the world, with 2.4 million tons, only surpassed by India, which continues to rank first with more than 2.5 million tons.Lime production in Mexico is concentrated mainly in the states of Veracruz and Michoacan, which account for 55 percent of the national.....

Fall in Spain's lemon production opens opportunities for Argentina

The fall in Spain's lemon production, which is estimated at 1.1 million tons, i.e. about 150,000 tons less than in the previous season, opens an opportunity for Argentina to increase its exports to the European market. Last year, the country sent 130,000 tons of fresh lemons to that destination (the bulk is.....

Japan: Kochi prefecture promotes its citrus fruit in Singapore

Japanese officials for the western prefecture of Kochi have organized an event in Singapore in order to pitch the region's distinctive citrus fruits. Local restaurant chefs were invited to the event on Wednesday. They sampled dishes and sweet treats featuring "yuzu" citrus fruit, grown in Kochi.The menu was.....

OVERVIEW GLOBAL ORANGE MARKET

Northern Hemisphere growers are getting ready for the end of the orange season. Sizes in Europe were smaller this season due to a drought in the summer. In Italy, this resulted in a mixed mood on the market. Some growers were satisfied while other called it a moderate season. Prices for Spanish oranges rose.....

Bad weather in Spain increased demand for Egyptian citrus

According to Omar Abdelatty of Spica BV, the start of the Egyptian Citrus season was slightly delayed. “It began in late November 2017. This late start was because of the slow ripening of oranges in the early stage of the season”, he says. “The season took off right away, though, and, even before Christmas,.....

Argentina: Fewer oranges and price increases due to the drought

Normally, during the summer months, the price of oranges tend to increase in grocery stores and supermarkets because, in this season, production is low in Argentina.However, this year prices could remain high longer than usual due to the severe drought that is affecting the entire country, especially the.....

Southern African citrus export estimate for 2018 season

Navels see biggest increase while Valencias decline

On 14 March, the Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of Southern Africa met in Johannesburg to consider the growers’ estimate for expected Southern African citrus exports.It is expected that a total of 131.7 million cartons (15kg) of citrus will be packed and passed for export from citrus producers in South Africa,.....

Exports to third countries are essential in the second part of the campaign

Spain: It is impossible to keep orange prices as high as needed in Europe

The first part of the Spanish citrus season has been marked by the substantially lower production volumes of mandarins and oranges in the Region of Valencia, while in Andalusia, the production has remained similar to that of 2016/2017.Although prices at origin were already very high in the first half of the.....

US: Florida citrus farmers in waiting game for hurricane aid

Among those Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 billion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma, frustration is growing.President Trump signed the disaster-relief package in February, five months after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida. The.....

Problems for Sicilian oranges

The 2017/18 Sicilian citrus fruit campaign has been characterised by prolonged drought.The blood orange production is coming to an end, then it will be the turn of blonde oranges until the summer, when the fruit will have to be imported from overseas."The export season is almost over except for a few batches.....

Winter Sweetz increases demand for Texas red grapefruit

Texas-based Winter Sweetz grapefruit, owned by Lone Star Citrus, is proud to announce another incredibly successful season thanks to its combined sales and marketing efforts promoting the Texas Red grapefruit variety. Committed to changing the perception that grapefruit has to be eaten cut in half with sugar.....

California oranges see lighter season

The supply of California oranges is adequate at the moment. “The season will end sooner than last year due to the lighter crop than we had last season,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. Cecelia’s supply hails largely from central California. “Most of the competition for.....

Argentina's lemons will arrive in the US next month

The governor of Tucuman, Juan Manzur, stated that, at the end of April or beginning of May, the US market would once again have lemons from Tucuman.Manzur said that they had complied all regulations and that this news was "transcendent, as the products from Tucuman had achieved opening the most demanding.....

Taiwan iinterested in Honduran citrus

Executives of the Pomina company of the Republic of China, Taiwan, which in 2017 started buying Honduran melons, have confirmed their interest in the oranges from Sonaguera (Colon), concentrated juice, and other citrus derivatives.A large delegation of Taiwanese buyers met with the members of the Association.....

Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk AGF:

“We’ll close the Spanish season exclusively with ClemenDolce from Filosofo”

This week, Willem Dijk AGF received the first ClemenDolce tangerines from Filosofo. “This Spanish hit will follow the successful Tang Gold in coming weeks. We get much demand for the perfect tangerine. Because of the cold weather in the Netherlands and the mediocre alternatives from Morocco, we can supply a.....

Mohamed Shabaan, Garlico Company:

“Strong demand for Egyptian Valencia oranges”

According to Mohamed Shabaan, from the Egyptian Garlico Company, there is a huge demand for Valencia Oranges. This started in January and will last until the 1st of May. “Especially the first class oranges are popular.” All oranges exported by Garlico Company have been produced in Egypt. Mohamed: “We work.....

New trends in citrus fruit production

"It seems to me things are more advanced every time I go to Spain. Groups are well-organised, aware and made up of expert technical teams. They trade with the rest of the world and focus on developing new varieties, which is essential not to become obsolete in the demanding citrus fruit market," explains.....

Citrus Australia welcomes new Chair

Ben Cant is a third-generation citrus grower, packer, marketer and exporter. He spent 15 years running a modern packhouse in his family business, which supplied both major supermarket chains and export markets.During this time, Ben implemented changes to increase efficiency, out-turns and retail packaging.....

100 tonnes of lemons exported from Gaza to Jordan

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip resumed the export of citrus fruits to the Kingdom of Jordan through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing in the south east of the Gaza Strip.The director general of marketing and crossings of the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza, Tahseen Al-Sakka,.....

Corona branded limes to be available in the Beer & Liquor aisle

Those who love their cerveza served with a zesty wedge of lime will be able to pair their cold Corona with a zesty wedge of Corona Extra branded lime. Constellation Brands has granted Earth Source Trading the right to source and distribute Corona Extra branded limes under an agreement brokered by The Joester.....

Excellent season for California's navel orange growers

Orange growers in California are enjoying an excellent season, with generally good growing conditions resulting in an excellent crop. Quality has been high and sizing has also been good. Volumes are a little down from last year, which was a higher than average crop."This season has been great," said Derek.....

India: Manipur’s prized lemons

Manipur’s prized Lemon, popularly known as the “Kachai Lemon”, is one of the most sought after of all the fruits grown in Manipur, but apparently it's not getting enough attention or the care it deserves.The uniqueness of the Kachai Lemon is that it has got the highest content of ascorbic acid of all the.....

Shanghai: More Egyptian citrus set to arrive

This season, many Chinese importers travelled down to Egypt, Israel and Spain to secure some of the new citrus export crop.Egyptian employees selecting and packing fresh citrusMengxiang Fresh Export is preparing new shipments of Egyptian oranges for the Chinese market. Kelly Yao has taken some impressive.....

Mandarins promoted as a spring snack and pistachios included in snack box

A few months ago, Wonderful Halos started off the Halo season by launching a Point of Sale (POS) display program entitled, Halos 'Grove of Goodness'. Now, the company has launched its first-ever “Spring Spectacular” POS in stores and on display. “More than mid-way through the season and just in time for the.....

California citrus packer launches new look Suki mandarin bags

The latest citrus product from Suntreat is here with the kickoff of the Suki Mandarin season. The name Suki (pronounced SUE-KEY) translates to “love,”. Suntreat says this can be seen by the amount of extra care they put in to make the quality mandarin, as well as the reaction consumers will have when they.....

Italy: Minimum juice content in soft drinks increased to 20%

On 6th March 2018, the provision raising the orange juice content in soft drinks produced in Italy from 12 to 20% was notified to the European Commission. It will replace an obsolete 1961 law which established that citrus drinks had to contain a minimum juice percentage of 12%.At the moment, as the regulation.....

Spanish Tangos open season for South African consumers

During the past week South African consumers have been able to start enjoying Tango Fruit™ mandarins again, well before the local harvest. This is a follow-up to the successful introduction last year of locally grown Tango Fruit™ mandarins to Freshmark, the fresh produce division of Shoprite Checkers, the.....

Ugly citrus embraced with new pack designs

Classic Harvest says their Gold Nuggets feature an eye catching purple retro design that calls out the bumpy and ugly nature of Gold Nuggets while shouting out the sweet delicious surprise that awaits inside. Classic Harvest will be shipping Gold Nuggets now through the end of April.“We are thrilled to add.....

Peru to ship citrus to the Dominican Republic this month and to Japan in April

The National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) reported that, thanks to the joint work of the public and private sector, Peruvian citrus fruit would enter the Dominican Republic this month and Japan in April."We will sign an agreement with the Dominican Republic for Peruvian citrus fruits by the end of this.....

Avocado market in Dubai is in its infancy

Dubai is known for its enormous skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa, and its artificial palm islands. Due to its favourable economic climate, the city is very appealing to companies. “It’s a metropolis,” says Hadi Abuseedo of Abuseedo Trading about his home base. The market is unique due to its inhabitants from.....

Spain: Argentinian mandarins to compete against Castellon's citrus

Argentinian mandarins are already being shipped to Europe to compete against Spanish citrus. According to Argentinian media, the first 1,000 tonne shipment of early mandarins of the Okitsu variety has departed this week bound to the Old Continent. Jorge García, president of Castellon's provincial citrus.....

Spain: Loss of Andalusian citrus due to rainfall and strong winds

The heavy rainfall and hurricane winds that have hit western Andalusia have caused losses to orange and late mandarin producers, especially in Seville and Huelva.The excess of water has caused peel deterioration in Nadorcott, Tango and Orri mandarins, among others.At the same time, strong gusts of winds, and.....

Nutrano buys major Sunraysia citrus and grape business

Leading Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group Limited, has entered into a contract to purchase Nangiloc Colignan Farms, a premium 700-hectare citrus, table and wine grape business located in the Sunraysia district in Northern Victoria. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed and.....

Italy: Blood oranges doing unexpectedly well

Despite the fact that the Sicilian citrus fruit campaign seemed to have started rather badly due to the small grades available, Michele Sodano (purchasing and sales manager for Ortofrutta Mele) reports that blood oranges are actually doing rather well.Michele Sodano with his fatherAntonio."The lower presence.....

China: Bad situation for sweet orange market likely to continue

The sweet orange market was already bad during the Spring Festival in 2017 and people were hoping for the market to recover after the festival. Looking at the current situation, however, this has not happened at all.Recently picked fresh orangesThe Spring Festival market this year can be summarised as follows:.....

First arrivals of Italian citrus to US this week

This past weekend saw the arrival of the first shipments of Italian specialty citrus to the East Coast for the 2018 season, just in time for spring promotions. Container loads of Sorrento Lemons and Tarocco blood oranges shipped directly from Italy into the Port of New York are expected to continue through.....

High prices at origin make exporting difficult

Spain: Still a lot of Primofiori lemon left to be harvested, but sales are slow

"Stressful" is the word that best defines the current campaign for several Spanish lemon exporters. Prices at origin are high, sales are slow and there is still a lot of fruit on the trees that needs to be sold.In fact, it is estimated that around 300,000 tonnes of Primofiori lemons are still left to be.....