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HLB is causing concern in California

Southern California has seen a concerning increase in the number of trees that are infected with Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease. California Ag Today discussed the news with Beth Grafton-Cardwell, an IPM Specialist and Research Entomologist for the UC Riverside Entomology Department stationed in the.....

South Africa: Citrus up in alms after Summit

Consciousness is a quality that is fast reaching mandatory status in business, setting apart those who are serious about demonstrating their awareness of the world in which they do business.These businesses go beyond fixating on their bottom line by understanding the importance of balancing this priority with.....

Summer Citrus from South Africa hosts 2017 planning session

This year’s Annual Planning Meeting, hosted by Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) brought members from across the U.S. and Western Cape together to review sales and marketing plans, production volumes, shipping schedules, and category trends to support the 2017 season. Seald Sweet International’s Mayda.....

Chile’s first 2017 shipment of citrus on its way to the US

Chile’s first 2017 shipment of clementines to the U.S. departed from the port of Valparaiso during Week 15, a week earlier than the previous season. This serves as the official start of the Chilean Citrus season, which runs through October.“Roughly 191 tons of clementines (12,260 boxes) are on their way to the.....

AU: Irrigation planning helped citrus sizing

A leading producer of premium Australian mandarins says it is expecting an above average production season this year.Ironbark Citrus, based in Mundubbera, west of Bundaberg in Queensland, has over 88,000 trees across three farms, and started its harvest this week."We're probably a little later than we usually.....

Australian mandarin growers warned not to pick early

Australian growers desperate to sell their imperial mandarins are picking them early as the start of the season has become a battleground for sustainable prices. However, the early picked fruit on the market is of low quality and is turning consumers away.Citrus Australia's manager of quality and market.....

USDA releases proposals to fight citrus greening & diamondback moths

In the past two weeks, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released documents on proposals to release two genetically modified (GM) organisms: diamondback moths and a virus designed to control the citrus greening disease attacking the citrus industry.Diamondback moths are a global.....

To the United States

Chile exports the first clementines a week early

According to information provided to SimFRUIT by Chile's Citrus Committee, the Chilean citrus season began a week earlier than the previous season, on week 15, with the first shipment of clementines.Nearly 191 tons of clementines (12,260 boxes) were shipped from Valparaiso to the US; 89% of them will reach the.....

Mexican limes prefer the United States market

The popularity of the limes from Veracruz, Mexico, has been growing in the United States. Even though this fruit has other interesting markets, such as the Asian or European markets, companies like Tequila Limes prefer to focus on expanding their product in the United States. Logistics is one of the main.....

"It's a disaster. I've never seen anything like this."

South African navel exports from Eastern Cape possibly 50% down

South Africa, the biggest exporter of navel oranges in the Southern Hemisphere, has a problem: the skin of early and mid-season navel varieties are splitting on the underside and there is an unprecedented level of fruit drop; so much so that Eastern Cape growers reckon there might be up to 50% or even less.....

Seville-grown oranges with a WWF label

This campaign, the Seville-based company Naturgreen, a member of the Iberhanse group, has exported its first citrus fruits, labelled with the logo of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which guarantees their sustainable cultivation.This business group, headquartered in the municipality of La Algaba, is a leader in.....

Russia may introduce tax on orange imports

According to recent talks, Russia is proposing a 5 percent tax on orange imports. Although the normalization of Turkey-Russia relations, strained after the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Syrian border in November 2015, has started, the issue of lifting sanctions on imports of certain agricultural.....

Conrad Rijnhout, VerDi Import:

“South African grapefruit arrives on empty market”

The South African grapefruit season is about to start for VerDi Import. “We expect the first arrivals of Star Ruby next week. The grapefruit arrives on an empty market, because Spain and Turkey finish the season this week, and the Florida season also ends earlier,” says Conrad Rijnhout.VerDi receives the first.....

Retail prices for Floridian orchards shows grim picture

The sixth annual Lay of the Land Conference, hosted by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, featured the growth-oriented nature of Florida. After the bust of 2008, the state is back on a growth track and the economy is heating up but the outlook for citrus doesn't look good.Saunders told attendees.....

Eddy Jager, Jaguar fresh company:

“Uruguay relatively small player on global citrus market, but of great importance to us”

Last week, the first Urud’or Satsuma tangerines from Uruguay arrived at Jaguar. “Personally, I’ve been working with Urud’or for twenty years, the nine last of which with Jaguar. Uruguay is a relatively small player on the global citrus market, but it’s a large one to us,” says Eddy Jager. “We expect weekly.....

March 2017

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

During the month of March, the prices paid to the producer of Mexican lime (sour) in producing areas; wholesale and consumer prices in several cities in Mexico, and the trading margins for this citrus fruits in three selected cities (Guadalajara, Jal., Monterrey, NL, and Tijuana, BC), stood as follows:Prices.....

Turkish citrus exports record 14% growth

Turkish citrus fruit exports grew by 14 percent between September 2016 and March 2017, as reported by the head of the Turkish National Citrus Council, Kemal Kaçmaz, who told the news agency Anatolia that the country's citrus shipments are an important part of the country's fruit and vegetable exports.Kaçmaz.....

China: Israeli oranges arrive in Shenzhen

On the evening of 10 April, a train with Israeli fresh oranges reached the harbour of Shenzhen. The batch of oranges weighed about 22.5 tons and has a value of around 27,000 USD. This is the first time that Israeli oranges have been imported into Shenzhen.Source: Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau果蔬.....

Valencia's citrus producers lose 30% of the harvest and €131m

Valencian citrus producers estimate their accumulated losses at 131 million Euro, as revealed by the top representatives of Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries (Cirilo Arnandis), AVA-Asaja (Cristóbal Aguado), La Unió de Llauradors (Ramón Mampel) and Fepac de Castellón (Néstor Pascual), who defined the situation in.....

AU: Late but average citrus season

Citrus growers in Australia's south are expecting an average harvest season, despite a later than normal start.Seven Fields Managing director, Richard Byllaardt, says harvesting will begin in early May."Table grapes, wine grapes, stone fruit, everything has been behind this year," Mr Byllaardt said."So citrus.....

Mexico is the leading lemon and lime producer and exporter

Lemons are extremely important if we consider the number of applications they can be used for, unlike any other agricultural product. The most important part of lemons is their juice, which can make up to 50% of their weight.Each fruit contains 0.5 mg of vitamin C, i.e. 71% of the daily requirement of an adult.....

"Our goal is to have 5,000 hectares of citrus crops in 2020"  

"Mexico's production and export of citrus is on the rise," stated the head of SiCar Farms, Daniel Gudiño, in an interview. Sicar is a Mexican company dedicated to the production and export of various fruits. One of its main products is limes and the company has 1,000 hectares of Mexican limes (with seeds),.....

China: Yichang late-ripe oranges get sales boost

After the Chinese New Year, Yichang oranges continue to be sold at a high price. The average prices for all orange varieties are at an all-time high. Of all this year's late ripe oranges, the sales performance of the late navel oranges are the most eye-catching. The main reasons are that they ripen later, they.....

CEO of Sunkist, Russell Hanlin dies at 84

After serving as president and CEO at Sunkist for two decades, Russell Hanlin has passed away at the age of 84.The marketing cooperative says Hanlin passed on Tuesday. It didn't indicate where he died but says he's survived by his wife in Pasadena, California.Sunkist has 6,000 members who grow citrus fruits in.....

CREA Acireale researchers obtain new tangerine & grapefruit hybrids

CREA Acireale researchers have obtained new tangerine-like and grapefruit hybrids, for which plant variety rights have been required, as well as new clone selections of pigmented oranges which may contribute to extending the varietal selection and favour product innovation.The findings were discussed during a.....

131 million Euro

30% of Valencia's citrus production lost this campaign

This campaign, Valencian citrus producers estimate their accumulated losses at 131 million Euro, as revealed by the top representatives of Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries (Cirilo Arnandis), AVA-Asaja (Cristóbal Aguado), La Unió de Llauradors (Ramón Mampel) and Fepac de Castellón (Néstor Pascual), who defined.....

USDA announces $21.8mn fund to combat citrus greening

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research.....

Giuseppe Iacovazzo, manager at Miriam Frutta

Italy: "Given the shortage of Italian oranges, we'll turn to the Spanish"

This year, the Italian citrus season has been shorter and with a much smaller production than in other years. "At this time of the year, we usually resort to Spain, but this year we have depended on it almost all the time to be able to have a sufficient supply," states Iacovazzo.That is why marketers and.....

Piet Smit, Favourite Fresh Export

"Our farming practices are increasingly green."

The Western Cape citrus season starts later than other citrus producing regions, up to four weeks later than the northern citrus areas: down south the season opens now with soft citrus, while the first Star Ruby grapefruit are already being harvested in Tshipise, close to the Zimbabwean border.In the winter of.....

China: A "golden year" for Anyue lemons

"This year, lemons from Anyue, Sichuan have become fast sellers in the market. The harvest of these lemons starts at the end of August, and the inventory can be stored till May in the following year. The current stock is sold in the market at 8 yuan per kilo, an increase of 200% compared to the price of 2 to 3.....

Concerns about arrival of southern hemisphere supply in June

55% increase of Verna lemon production in Spain

Official data confirm a significant increase in the production of Verna lemons in Spain compared to the previous year. The total volume will grow from 193,680 tonnes in 2016 to an estimated 300,000 tonnes in 2017 (+55%). The main causes for this are the impact of the rains this winter and the entry into.....

USDA grapefruit estimate for Florida drops by 800,000 boxes

After several of months of declines, the outlook for Florida's struggling orange production remained steady from March to April but grapefruit saw a significant drop."It's a tough hit for Florida's grapefruit growers who have been so committed to fighting pest and disease to maintain this staple of Florida's.....

USDA seeks public comment on citrus greening bio-control agent

Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an important next step in the quest to stop citrus greening. The key to thwarting the disease’s march could lie in spinach proteins that scientists at Southern Gardens Citrus, a subsidiary of Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar, have been working with under strict.....

Debut of Indian grapes

Review of the Shanghai import market

In the past week, the Shanghai market saw a small peak in supplies of oranges and grapes. This caused an overall drop in the market quotation for oranges. Chilean grapes on the other hand still sell smoothly and also Indian grapes have gone up in price from 130 RMB to 160 RMB. A strong debut for Indian grapes.....

To prevent cross-pollination and seeds

Spain: Nadorcott producers cover their plantations with mesh

A great number of Nadorcott late mandarin producers have adopted the strategy of covering their plantations with anti-insect meshes during the flowering weeks in order to ensure that there will be no cross-pollination with other neighbouring varieties and, therefore, prevent the fruit from containing seeds,.....

Wilko can der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

“Year-round orange supply with Egyptian Gaudias”

The first Egyptian Gaudias oranges arrived at Wilko Fruit this morning. “We can now offer this packaging as a year-round concept; the Egyptian product is followed by citrus from Morocco, South Africa and Spain,” says Wilko van der Zwaard. “We only started this from Egypt now, because the brix levels are the.....

Italy: OP Armonia to import citrus fruit from southern hemisphere

Lemons from Argentina and oranges from South Africa to complete the Italian production season - this is whatOP Armoniais focusing on this year.The reason is simple: guaranteed, continuous supplies to retailer clients.OP Armonia will start with 3,500 tons in 2017 thanks to a trusted import manager and a global.....

Cederberg Tree Nursery prepares biosecurity measures

Huanglongbing not in South Africa but present in Africa

The vector of Huanglongbing (HLB) or Asian greening disease, the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, has been detected as far south in Africa as Tanzania and south-eastern Kenya, while the disease has already manifested itself in Ethiopia as well as Mauritius and Réunion.“We are fairly worried about the.....

Warm weather & late Easter hurt citrus sales in Norway

A late Easter and warm weather have led to a decrease in citrus sales in Norway. "We have a long tradition in Norway of taking the oranges with you when you are out skiing during the Easter period, but with the combination of warm weather and a late Easter, this year has been different. There is no snow in the.....

70,000 hectares of citrus orchards affected by heat-wave in India

As the sun beats down relentlessly, citrus fruits, santra (orange) and mousambi (sweet lime) in the farms of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of India are wilting.The heat-wave has damaged the crops extensively, with premature fruit-drops increasing dramatically since the last week of March......

Florida may reimburse citrus growers millions for lost citrus trees

Florida may drop a long-running legal battle and instead agree to pay millions to homeowners across the state whose healthy citrus trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker.House Republicans have agreed to spend $66 million to end lawsuits filed on behalf of homeowners in Broward, Lee.....

Sweet, seedless pixie mandarins are in season for a limited time

Whether it’s the type of variety or the brand name, certain types of produce sure have some adorable names. There are Cuties and Halo brands, there’s the nugget mandarin – and also the pixie Mandarin.Pixies started out small – figuratively in the world of oranges. They are small and pale colored, but they make.....

Wayne Mudge - Cape Five

"Middle East market down with a lack of demand"

The market for South African Williams and Packhams pears has been good and this is expected to remain so. This is true for most of the markets but not for the blush pears, where this season's prices are not showing the same buoyancy as in previous years."Pears are going okay, pretty much everything is.....

Spain: New packaging solution to sell the entire production

"With the launch of this packaging format, we have managed to market the product to other audiences," states Arturo Fernández, of Cortijo las Palomas. This is a way to prevent the waste of lemons that fail to meet the calibre standards demanded by stores. "We talked with traders in the Nordic countries, our.....

Egyptian oranges will soon land in the local market of Guangzhou

China: The quality of Egyptian oranges is catching up

The large-scale sorting of oranges"Over the past two years, with the growing popularity of high quality oranges and a steady rise in the price of domestic citrus fruits, the volumes of imported oranges on the Chinese market have been going up. I expect the total import this year to increase by around 10%.....

"Additional lines add flexibility"

Click here for a larger imageThe Sundays River Citrus Company has extended its packing capacity quite substantially. In 2016 it opened the Ingqweba packing facility in Kirkwood and added a line capable of packing up to 1.5m cartons annually. The second line for that facility will be implemented for the 2018.....

Vietnam increases its pomelo export to China

According to a company specialized in fruit export in Vietnam, pomelos from Ben Tre Province in the Mekong River Delta have been very popular in the Chinese market recently and sales have been rising steadily. Currently in this area, green pomelos are sold at around $2.42 per kilo, but the export price is much.....

Health conscious consumers driving up demand for Aussie lemons

According to Citrus Australia the demand for the country's lemons is growing thanks to the growing number of health-conscious consumers.Citrus Australia says the growth in international demand has seen Australian lemon sales increase from just under $1 million in 2012 to around $8.5 million last year.Much of.....

Florida bactericide trials against HLB "Extremely variable"

Stephanie Slinksi, Citrus Research and Development Foundation bactericide project manager, discussed grower trials on the use of bactericides for HLB at the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute in Avon Park and summarized the presentation.“We have a series of field trials set up throughout Florida to test the.....

Mexico's pineapples compete well with Costa Rica

With production on Costa Rica’s pineapples dipping, demand for Mexico’s fruit is in high demand. “Right now we have volume at both our Texas and California distribution centers. From what I understand production in Costa Rica came off a little bit so that helps the Mexican pineapple,” said Darwin Dodd of Chula.....

Spain: Andalusia and Valencia demand stricter phytosanitary controls

The association of horticultural companies, Asociafruit, a company based in Seville which brings together most of the companies in the citrus sector of Andalusia, claims that the European Commission "is ignoring" Spanish citrus growers and prioritising the interests of certain European lobbies. Orange growing.....

Are high lemon prices a thing of the past?

At the moment the Middle East market has volumes of Spanish and Turkish lemons and the new South African crop is not reaching the prices it has seen in previous years."The market is just not prepared to pay the high prices for South African lemons any more," explains a Middle East trader based in South.....

Michoacan is Mexico's second largest producer of grapefruit

Secretary Francisco Huergo Maurin stated that Michoacan had ranked as the second biggest producer of grapefruit in the country thanks to the more than 4,000 hectares devoted to this crop that it has in at least 7 municipalities, in which the municipality of Mugica stands out.Michoacan produced 49,566 tons of.....

South Korea: Prices for tangerines, cabbage and carrots skyrocket

South Korea's consumer prices shot up at the fastest clip in nearly five years in March. Prices of fresh fruit and vegetables jumped 7.5 percent in March from a year earlier following the winter season.In particular, prices of tangerines surged 106.2 percent, year-on-year, last month, while cabbage and carrots.....

Italy: Arancia di Ribera DOP needs to extend cultivated areas

VIDEODespite the many initiatives aimed at consumers, many people are still unaware of the origin of their food or how it is produced.In this context, the PDO mark is a guarantee of the origin, quality and transparency of a product, so much so that not many products obtain it.Products with the PDO mark have.....

Slow season for imported citrus in the UAE

The import market for citrus in the United Arab Emirates has seen a slow season. As the supply of Spanish oranges was deterred by quality issues and the severe frost in the beginning of the year, some importers opted for Egyptian produce instead.“We’ve been getting our Valencia oranges from Egypt. We usually.....

LD Family Investments wins Northland Farm Enviroment Awards

Alan and Helen Thompson, who grow kiwifruit, lemons, melons and grapes on 70ha at Kerikeri, have won the 2017 Northland Ballance Farm Environment Awards.LD Family Investments Ltd was established in 2008 when Alan and Helen sold their previous part-owned business, Kerifresh, to Turner and.....

Study shows lemons can reduce salt in diet

International demand has seen Australian lemon sales increase from just under $1 million in 2012 to $8.5 million in 2016. Greatest demand has come from Indonesia (68% of all lemon exports) followed by Singapore (11%) and The Philippines (6%).More lemons are being utilised to enhance flavour and minimise the.....

Specialty citrus is gaining popularity

California’s blood orange supply has already been consumed

If you still spot Central Valley California blood oranges in the store, they're probably one of the only few left. Kings River Packing, a grower, packer, shipper of citrus that includes blood oranges, started their season around the end of December and harvested until February on its moro variety. In March,.....