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Argentine citrus production set to improve
While still recovering from frost suffered a few seasons ago, Argentina's citrus production is expected to improve for the 2014-2015 season.Argentina's lemon production for the 2014-2015 season is expected to reach 1.15 million metric tons and orange production for that same period of time is expected to.....


Diego Morales from: Don Limon
Limes by air: "Interesting phenomenon in Europe"
During the first three weeks of May, the European market was such that it allowed for air-shipped limes from Mexico to Europe. “Market circumstances that make it interesting to fly limes are quite unique and this year’s May was one of those fascinating windows. Prices ranged from 11 to 13 euro per box. The.....

South Africa gears up for Late Navel harvest
The South African citrus season is at the mid point. The early soft citrus is all harvested according to Gerrit van der Merwe, Director at ALG Marketing.The Late Navels and mandarins will start next week in the Western Cape.The quality of the navels will be very good according to Gerrit, some timely rain.....

US (CA): Long season for Meyer lemons
Meyer lemons have a long season in Northern California starting in the fall and continuing well into spring. Karen Morss of Lemon Ladies Orchard has been growing Meyer lemons since 2004 and harvesting since 2008. 40 tree home operationMorss runs a very small operation of only 40 trees grown in the backyard.....

Orange leads citrus production Bolivia
The Agricultural Census performed by the INE revealed that while orange production is higher than other citrus fruits, the acreage devoted to this fruit is smaller than that devoted to tangerines.The census also revealed that the country has an area of 51,211 hectares devoted to citrus, 48.7% of which are.....

Norway: Sicilian juice tops best product list
The Norwegian jury of Klikk.no has once again listed the blood orange juice distributed by Coop Norge and produced by Oranfrizer as one of the best products on the market. It has been placed as one of the top four products on the list of NFC juices recommended by those surveyed.The purpose of the blind test.....

Moroccan citrus cultivation plagued by drought and disease
Moroccan citrus growers were confronted with adverse weather conditions in the main production areas. At the beginning of the season, there was little rain, while during harvest heavy rainfall and floods slowed down the harvest. According to figures from the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, the harvest will.....

Jordan: 5 tonne shipment of citrus destroyed
Authorities in the northern Jordan Valley announced the destruction of 5 tonnes of citrus imported from a neighbouring country and intercepted at the border in a refrigerator truck.According to the source, a sensory examination revealed that the citrus fruits were unfit for human consumption, due to which.....

Argentina: Misiones harvests an average of 75,000 tons of citrus
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Production, Misiones has 5,766 acres of citrus production and an annual harvest volume of about 75,000 tons of fruit, 65% of which are tangerines and the rest are oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Commercial production of citrus is currently distributed in.....

Citrus Australia partners with packaging manufacturer
Citrus growers and packers are set to benefit from a new partnership between citrus packaging equipment supplier and manufacturing company edp australia pty ltd, and the nation’s peak citrus body, Citrus Australia.edp australia pty ltd will join Citrus Australia as a major corporate sponsor – a deal that.....

AU: Diehard citrus grower’s effort bears fruit
When Richard Eckersley plucks fruit from his trees this harvest, he will be part of a new WA citrus frontier. The Harvey grower will reap the benefits of staying in the game while others left, and help bring a new mandarin variety to the market.“We’re harvesting the afourer mandarin,” he said. “They are easy.....

Plan to revive US navel orange sales
The demand for navel oranges has declined in recent years, but the chairman of the board of the second-largest grower of navels in the U.S. told growers Wednesday that efforts are underway to boost their popularity.Consumers’ declining interest in navel oranges has been in the U.S. market, which has been.....

Spain: Proposal to do away with cold treatment for lemons
Murcia's Council of Agriculture and Water and the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) have sent a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment to do away with the cold treatment required during the shipment of lemons by boat to the U.S.They have also asked for the.....

Citrus Aus focused on speedy phase out of tariffs under new FTA
The Australia-China FTA is expected to bring about a deepening of existing relationships for those exporting citrus fruit from Australia. The reduction of 11% tariff for oranges and 12% tariff for mandarins over eight years should commence from November this year, providing relevant parliamentary procedures.....

Pakistan looks to Netherlands as gateway for kinnow
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and Agriculture Produce Chairman Ahmad Jawad has said that Pakistan wants to use Netherlands – a gateway to European Union (EU) – to market kinnow (orange) and other fruits in the EU. He said this while.....

Spain: Expanding Nadorcott acreage, despite falling prices
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has criticised the expansion of the Nadorcott mandarin acreage, with a number of trees planted that has grown in recent years to 2.7 million within the European Union alone, compared to 2 million trees in 2009, and this without taking into account the licenses.....

Florida Citrus Department budget grows
The Florida Citrus Department is not counting its money before the check arrives.The Florida Citrus Commission, meeting Wednesday at the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, approved a preliminary 2015-16 budget of nearly $32.9 million, down 8 percent from the current budget and $1.4.....

AU: Sumo ready for Woolies
The citrus fruit with one of the most recognisable names, and shapes, in Australia will be back on shelves for winter.Sumo Citrus™ Mandarins will appear on Woolworths supermarket shelves next month for the third consecutive year for a limited time.The fruit will be available in New South Wales, Victoria,.....

Turkey: Lack of support for Cypriot citrus producers
The Turkish Cypriot Citrus Growers Association has demanded an explanation from the government regarding the money promised to producers under the name of Direct Income Support, funded by the Turkish government, they argue that it is unknown where the money was spent.The chairman of the Association, Turgut.....


Argentina: More authorized citrus packaging rooms by Senasa
The National Health Service and Food Quality (Senasa) inspected and enabled, in the first stage of this year, 94 rooms for processing citrus packing, both for export and for the domestic market, in the province of Corrientes.Since 2012, there has been an increase of over 48% in the number of such.....


Mainland growers and citrus to feel benefit 'more slowly'
Aus-China FTA 'good news' for horticulture
Citrus growers and the mainland of Australia will feel the benefit of the new FTA with China more slowly, because only certain horticultural exports from certain areas are cleared of pests, and only cherries and apples from Tasmania are allowed in to China at present, now that the agreement is signed,.....

First Chilean navels on route to US
Chile’s first 2015 shipment of navels to the U.S. departed from the port of San Antonio during the week of June 8. A total of 11,200 boxes are destined for the U.S. market.While volume shipped year to date is somewhat lower than same time last year, weekly shipment volumes are expected to increase quickly.....

First South African summer citrus in US
The first 2015 shipments of South African Summer Citrus to the U.S is expected to arrive today.U.S. Congress voted to extend the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA). President Obama is expected to extend the international treaty before the end of September.Among the most successful agricultural.....

Mexico: Hurricane season starts, bumpy year for limes
"Over the past two months prices have been fluctuating a lot; it feels like we have been playing the lottery," says Carlos Zarain, general manager of Exquisita, a Mexican company based in Puebla, devoted, among other products, to the cultivation of Persian limes."In Europe, Brazil still has some presence,.....

Spanish Verna lemons dominate Europe
Just one month before the end of the Verna lemon campaign, the sector has reported good results so far, with smooth demand at very reasonable prices, high quality and less competition from third countries.The average price at origin in week 24 stands at 55 cents per kilo, as reported by AILIMPO on social.....

Argentina: New markets for citrus
New markets are opened so that citrus companies can locate their products in countries such as India, Brazil and United States. In recent weeks, the chambers of the sector have been negotiating in private and diplomatic fields the opening of markets with a significant level of citrus consumption, both in the.....

Reyes Moratal, manager of CVVP
"Tang Gold reproduced from Nadorcott through irradiation"
Almost a month ago, the Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CVVP) published a report by the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (IBMCP), in which a thorough scientific description was made in quantitative terms to demonstrate that the late mandarin variety called Tango, also known as Tang.....

Argentina: US experts inspect local lemon productions
The initial meeting was held on June 1 at the headquarters of the Senasa NOA Southern Regional Center in which they discussed in detail the current certification program for fresh citrus fruit destined for export conducted by the Senasa to export to more than 66 countries.On the occasion, the APHIS.....

Giumarra brings NZ citrus, pipfruit flavor to North America
New Zealand’s fresh fruit abundance is here, and Giumarra Wenatchee is marketing its line of import apples, pears, and Meyer lemons throughout summer.“The growing season for New Zealand has been optimal, and our Meyer lemons have good coloring and size,” says Jason Bushong, division manager for Giumarra.....

Repeat customers key to Aus citrus success
The Australian citrus industry understands what consumers require for repeat purchases, and that is what is driving a successful import season of Australian navel oranges into the US, according to Citrus Australia Market Development Manager, Andrew Harty. “‘We understand that for a supply chain to work for.....


Melvin van der Zeyden, Yex:
Kumquats in shakers well-received
In comparison to last year, the kumquat season advanced well from Spain and South Africa this year. "The first air shipment of kumquats arrived five weeks ago from South Africa, and the first boat will arrive next week, "says Melvin van der Zeyden, product manager at Yex. The importer has kumquats available.....

South Africa: R 9 million for emerging citrus farmer exports
Emerging citrus farmers of Peddie in the Eastern Cape have received a cash injection of R9 million to help them with exports to the European market. The Department of Rural Development says it wants to boost the economy of the province through developing commercial black farmers. The citrus farmers started.....

New findings about how ‘greening’ disease wreaks havoc
Scientists have figured out how a devastating disease affects citrus trees before they even begin to show signs of infection.Huonglongbing, or citrus greening, threatens to destroy the US citrus industry, whose fresh fruit alone was valued at more than $3.4 billion in 2012. The new findings offer hope for.....

Citrus harvest forecast holding steady
Florida citrus growers already face the lowest orange crop in 49 years and the smallest grapefruit harvest in 79 years in a non-hurricane season, but those totals won't be going any lower, at least for a month.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday held the projected 2014-15 orange harvest at 96.4.....


Season start for citrus fruit South Africa
In June the company BIO TROPIC will receive fresh organic oranges, organic grapefruit and yellow lemons again from South Africa. The fruit comes from the farm of André and Madeline Spangenberg, the Groenheuwel Boerdery, which converted to organic farming as well as farming with many other employees.André.....

US (FL): Optimism grows amongst citrus growers
Overcoming the bacterial disease, citrus greening, remains the citrus industry’s most pressing challenge, but there’s growing optimism among growers in Southwest Florida. That was the main message from the Gulf Citrus Growers Association’s 29th annual meeting in Immokalee June 3.The Gulf Citrus Growers.....

Eric Dierick: "Less volume of Clementines to the Netherlands and Belgium this year"
S. African citrus season starts at Central Fruit and Beltran
Tholen - The South African citrus season has started again at Central Fruit and Beltran, two Group A de Witte import companies. "The first containers with Clementines and Novas were unloaded this weekend and put on the market yesterday," says Eric Dierick of Beltran. Like every year, Central Fruit receives.....

Federal oj marketing program under consideration
A proposal to set up a federal orange juice marketing program to supplement an effort by the Florida Department of Citrus is coming under scrutiny.The triple whammy of higher imports, smaller crops and the continuing decline in orange juice sales led the state’s citrus commission to consider creating a.....

Argentina: Citrus trees Belgrano and Puerto Iguazu uprooted due to HLB
The National Plant and Food Health Service (Senasa) detected and eradicated plants that were tested and yielded a positive result to the presence of Huanglongbing (HLB) in Puerto Iguazu and General Belgrano.The phytosanitary surveillance carried out by the national programme of prevention of the HLB allowed.....

Sunkist Growers showcases fresh varieties and more at United Fresh 2015
Sunkist Growers is helping retailers start the summer off with a twist, bringing the bright taste of citrus to the United Fresh 2015 tradeshow. Showcasing fresh point-of-sales materials, summer citrus varieties, creative recipes and seasonal merchandising tips, Sunkist looks forward to greeting trade.....

South African Summer Citrus season premiers at United Fresh
The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum (WCCPF) will premier the first if its 2015 season fruit at the United Fresh exhibition here, June 9-10th. It is the first time South Africa’s Summer Citrus exporters are participating as exhibitors and sponsors.WCCPF represents 230 growers from the Western &.....

China: Orange crop yield soured by typhoons
Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd Friday reported a decline in its summer orange crop yield at the Hepu Plantation in China, as it was hit by damage sustained from Typhoons Rammasun and Seagull last year.The orange plantation operator and owner said the summer orange crop yield at Hepu was approximately 19,132.....


Progress in regularisation of SANDO mandarins
Last October, ALCANAR VERD CITRICS I VIVERS SL, owner of the SANDO mandarin variety (according to the EC register of protected varieties), started negotiating with the Periquina Provincial Growers Association, in Castellon, in order to reach a partnership agreement and facilitate the regulation process of.....

German demand rises for Thai pomelos
The Department of Agriculture (DOA) has been trying to improve the quality of Kao Nam Pueng pomelos, due to an increase in German demand.Kao Nam Pueng pomelos have grown in popularity in Germany, which imports a large amount from China each year.The fruit has a color similar to the honey variety, while.....

Philippines: New bill for citrus industry
A bill was filed in the House of Representatives that is aimed at addressing the problems and concerns of farmers in the fast growing citrus industry in Nueva Vizcaya.House Bill No. 4509 will pave the way for the creation of a Philippine Citrus Resources Development Center, which will be built at the Nueva.....

EU's citrus black spot findings to vindicate Rob Davies?
It turns out that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was right. Any time now, the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission, which is responsible for audits and inspections related to food safety and animal health, will release the findings of its inspection of the South African citrus.....

Florida Citrus Mutual CEO:
Gulf citrus: 'Don't write us off just yet'
Florida's citrus industry is grappling with the tree-killing greening disease, a surplus of juice and declining OJ consumption.Still, the leader of the state's biggest grower advocacy group is far from sour on the future."We beat tristeza. We're living with canker," said Mike Sparks, Florida Citrus Mutual.....

Agronomists ask EU for phytosanitary controls on imported citrus
The Foundation of the Agronomists Association of Levante (FPIA-COIAL) held a conference on the new dangers faced by Valencian citrus. Various experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Councils of Presidency and Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water, the National Agricultural.....

In the final stretch
Price of Andalusian orange doubles that of 2014
In the last week of May the average price of the Andalusian orange was 0.31 Euro/kilo at its origin.Average prices at origin of the oranges harvested in the autonomous community of Andalusia in the final stretch of the campaign, especially those of the Valencia Late variety, have doubled what they were in.....

Australian citrus is drawing a premium for exports due to quality
AU: Riverina citrus grading at 70%, attracting $6-8 premium
An exceptional yield, with pack outs of up to 70% top grade quality, compared to an average of 40-50%, has meant that the domestic market for citrus grown in the NSW Riverina area was spoilt for choice during the first six weeks of the season. “The start of the season usually sees a lot of activity in the.....

Fighting HLB with steam

Citrus grower honored for life in the industry
It would surprise few people that, if you scratch Vic Story Jr., he would bleed orange — certainly not Florida citrus people."He's absolutely committed to the Florida citrus industry," said Larry Black, general manager of Peace River Packing Co., a Fort Meade citrus grower and packinghouse, and president of.....

RSA citrus exports to EU increase
South Africa’s citrus exports to the European Union (EU) increased by 9% in value last year despite having been hit by the troublesome citrus black spot fungus (CBS), said EU ambassador to South Africa Roeland van de Geer.EU and South African scientists are still arguing over whether or not CBS could infect.....

AU: Trade delegation success for citrus industry
South Australian citrus producers are hopeful sales to China will soon ramp up after a successful trade mission.Growers and representatives from Citrus Australia SA were part of a large trade delegation led by the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.Chair of Citrus Australia SA Region, Con Poulos, said.....


Don Limon
New team to support South African growers
Two young men, born and bred from grower families and educated as grower technicians, head the new office of Don Limon in Paarl, South Africa. Their job is to help growers market their fruit, where Don Limon provides the, marketing, logistics and sales. “We understand the challenges that growers face, as we.....

Great growing conditions this year
South Africa: Sweetest citrus for years
Sizes for mandarins, and seedless or easy peel citrus have been larger than anticipated for South African exporter Cedar Pack. “I would say one size bigger. We didn’t have a problem with small sizes. That’s continuing with oranges as well, on the navels,” says Piet Smit, Marketing Director for Cedar.....

Joey Deen: "More limes from Brazil, less from Mexico"
First Mexican limes arrived at Denimpex
On Friday the first Mexico limes of the season were unloaded at Denimpex. "We are pleasantly surprised with the quality and colour. The limes are very firm and the colour is a very dark green, like we should expect from the Mexico limes," says Joey Deen. "Despite the market still being a bit lower than two.....

US: Summarizing a challenging citrus export season
“It was one of the toughest citrus exporting seasons I’ve seen,” says Koji Suzuki with Jaspo Inc. “It was a horrible year for us. In fact, the whole industry was severely affected by the slowdown of the West Coast ports.” The labor disputes started in October and finally settled in February. Shipments.....


Aus Citrus exports to US to leave next week
Australian navel orange exports are on track to leave for the US next week, according to grower Sevenfields. “We’re just waiting for the fruit to get the right colour. We’re expecting the first shipment to arrive during the first week of July says Sevenfields Head of Marketing Brett Jackson. “It works out.....

San Luis Obispo County
US (CA): Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expands
An additional portion of San Luis Obispo County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid within the City of Arroyo Grande, in the Highlands area. The quarantine expansion adds 32 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in San Luis.....