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Citrus greening spreads to Alabama, US

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama.Federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home on Dauphin Island, according to a news release Tuesday from the.....

Tahitian lime imports to AU receive risk assessment report

A risk assessment report for importing Tahitian limes from the Pacific Islands has been released by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.The report, which is in its draft phase, proposes the importation of fresh Tahitian limes to Australia from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.....

Possible 20% increase in China pomelo output, starting from August

"This year, the season for honey pomeloes in Pinghe will start by mid-August. The produced output this year is approximately 20%-30% higher than last season. On top of that ,the quality of the fruits is also better. This mainly because of the favorable weather conditions all year round which had a positive.....

Citrus variety 'Gold Nugget' becoming more appealing for Florida growers

The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association Citrus Nursery Division held a meeting in Apopka recently. Part of the sidebar discussions among attendees included the amazing health and vigor of the ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin. NVDMC originally brought the ‘Gold Nugget’ to Florida in hopes of finding an.....

Harvest figures still higher than previous season

European citrus estimates adjusted downwards

For the latest figures about the European citrus season, the volume has been adjusted downwards by 1.4 per cent, according to the USDA in a recent report. The total citrus production amounts to 10,867 million tonnes. That is one per cent less than during the 2015/16 season. The most important cause for the.....

Italy: Lemons increasingly popular

"Lemon prices increase every two days, especially for what concerns the organic produce," explains Daniele Di Mauro, operator at the Cesena wholesale market and exporter of Sicilian lemons."The 'Bianchetto' season is almost over, then it will be time for 'Verdello', though it is mostly destined to the.....

Spain: Heat wave taking heavy toll on citrus crops

The current heat wave and drought are taking a toll on agriculture in much of the Mediterranean coast in Spain, even in areas of the Atlantic coast, such as Huelva. This situation is having a particularly severe impact on citrus crops in the Region of Valencia.Citrus fruits burnt by the sun and high.....

Peru's tangerine exports have grown by 20% since 2015

Peru's tangerine exports totaled US$135 million in 2016, Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL) reported. The result led to an increase from the amount (US$77 million) registered in 2012. "In the last year alone, exports of this product grew 20% compared to 2015," CCL Foreign Trade Center (CCEX) Manager Carlos Garcia.....

Italy: Fast foods introducing more fruit and vegetables

Seedless table grapes are one of the most popular products on the British market, that's why there were many Italian exhibitors specialised in seedless grapes at the London Produce Show 2017. But there were also citrus fruit and juice producers.Click here for the photo gallery!"We have been working on the.....

USDA develops freezing process to protect citrus diversity

California citrus growers have watched with concern as the devastating disease known as citrus greening has crippled Florida's citrus industry. It's a threat not just to California's orange industry, but to the collection of rare, wild and heirloom varieties used to breed new crops that the U.S. Department of.....

Organic lemons in US look lean in volume this summer

Lemon volumes are starting to tighten after a healthy supply all season. “The supply of lemons is starting to dwindle which happens around this time every year,” says Allison Bennett with organic foodservice distributor Ace Natural Inc. in Long Island City, NY. “Supplies were wonderful this year. Especially.....

Galicia and Portugal give up on their attempt to eradicate HLB vector

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (The Growers' Association) warns that, according to reports based on two audits carried out by the European Commission (EC) and published recently, the authorities of Galicia and Portugal are giving up on their attempt to eradicate the insect Trioza erytreaeand and will limit their.....

China has become an important market for Australian citrus

Citrus fruits are cultivated in more than 140 countries all over the world, mainly in Brazil, the United States, China and the Mediterranean countries. A rough estimate reveals that, in recent years, the global citrus industry produced nearly 100 million tons of citrus, 2/3 of which were produced in the.....

Vietnam: Only 30% of the seedless limes are for the local market

Vietnam is one of the world's leading producers of seedless limes. The country has such a great productive capacity that 70% of this fruit must be commercialized in the international market. "In our case, we can harvest up to 100,000 tons per year," said Anna Tran, of the Mi Na Import Export Company Limited......

Tjeerd Hoekstra, Total Produce Rotterdam

"Europe will remain an important market for South African citrus"

The focus is currently on the failed Navel crop in this South African citrus import season. "At the moment, this has meant a loss of 100% of the export volume for some farmers in the Eastern Cape. In the Western Cape, 25 - 30% of the product has been lost. Overall, it has been a traumatic event for growers,.....

New fabric could test fruit freshness at the farm

Researchers have confirmed that a coated piece of fabric developed at Florida International University can detect the freshness of oranges.Scientists at the university have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of fruit on supermarket shelves through the use of a coated fabric strip.The.....

Italy: Verna lemons to be cultivated for the first time

OP Armoniais the first organisation established in southern Italy to develop an import programme concerning citrus fruit from the southern hemisphere. Now the objective is to become one of the leading domestic operators in the lemon segment, able to supply high-quality produce 12 months a year. Eureka lemons.....

Algeria: Sharp increase of citrus production in Boumerdes

After the recent end of the campaign, it has been confirmed that the Algerian state of Boumerdes has achieved a fruitful citrus production this season. The total volume this year (in 13 varieties) has exceeded the 40 thousand tonnes; a great figure compared to recent years, as in 2016 the production reached 35.....

In the Cape, brix levels are "brilliant" due to dry conditions

SA soft citrus growers pleased with strong global demand

Clementines and Novas, which have met with very strong demand and firm prices, are now making way for Orri, Nadorcotts and other late mandarin varieties.The strong and warm winds that accompanied the good rain and snow two weeks ago in the Western Cape, have left its mark on citrus orchards. At Suiderland.....

Drop in Chilean clementine volumes

First citrus vessel from South Africa to arrive in US today

Imported citrus – Easy PeelersThe easy peeler market remained strong through Week 24 with customer demand continuing to run ahead of available supply. “Most receivers have been living “hand-to-mouth” and, until now, there has been little fruit available for trading,” says Mark Greenberg, CEO of Capespan North.....

New Australian harvesting handbook hopes to boost citrus quality

A digital citrus harvest handbook, with a supporting fitness and nutrition guide for pickers, has been designed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to help deliver quality fruit to lucrative export markets and maintain a healthy workforce.NSW DPI citrus development officer, Steven Falivene, said.....

Spain and South Africa are increasing their surface at great pace

Lemon oversupply in Europe from all producer countries

According to Enrique Fuentes, who works at the commercial department of the Hijos de Alberto del Cerro company, from Murcia, the Spanish lemon sector's fear of having an oversupply of Verna lemons, the variety that is marketed the most in these months, has become a reality; not only because the harvest in.....

South Korean inpector eyes Aussie citrus

The program for citrus exports to South Korea is underway, beginning last Wednesday, June 7. Citrus Australia market access manager, David Daniels, said the inspector, Ms Su-Ji lee, arrived on Tuesday, June 6, and met with government officials.All citrus exports from Victoria and New South Wales must be.....

Citrus Australia announces CEO departure

Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani will be leaving the organisation on 31 December 2017, after nine years at the helm.Citrus Australia Chair Tania Chapman said that the Board wished Judith the very best for the future and thanked her for her enormous contribution in transforming the organisation and leaving.....

Egypt sells its lemons in Italy

The production of Egyptian lemons ranges from the Adalia variety to the Sheairy, and Balady varieties. Most of them are grown in large tracts of land, and the production yields large volumes spread throughout the 12 months of the year."We can deliver more than 20 tons a year and we are still growing," said.....

High foreign demand leads to more overseas oranges in AU juice

Some Australian orange juice has been labelled to tell consumers that imported fruit has replaced local product, as overseas buyers snap up blemished Australian citrus.Third-generation citrus grower Ben Cant, who farms in the South Australian Riverland, said the lowest-grade oranges usually ended up as juice.....

Argentina: Citrus producers from Misiones estimate losses of 50% due to rains

The constant rains of the last weeks swept away the open air production in Misiones, to the point that citrus producers have reported losses of up to 50% in their productions and do not know if they'll be able to invest for next season.The citrus growers said the damage in the citrus orchards was enormous, as.....

"Long term contracts needed to shore-up juicing orange supply in Australia"

Orange juice processors in Australia will need to look at long term contracts if they’re going to shore-up supply from local growers.Right now imported fruit is being used to supplement dwindling stocks of local Orange juice because growers are pulling out their juicing varieties like Valencia to capitalise on.....

Galilee Export becomes Israel's biggest organics citrus exporter

The biggest marketing cooperative in Israel announced today that they will start exporting organic products, as of the coming season.With the entrance of new growers that also grow organic citrus and new partners to the company in last December (Avocado Gal agricultural cooperative), Galilee Export will now.....

Spain: Valencia harvesting 21.5% more oranges

The second estimate of the 2016/2017 citrus harvest in the Region of Valencia, carried out by the Documentation and Statistics Service of the Department of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development of Valencia, points to a volume totalling 3,885,539 tonnes; an increase of 21.5% compared to.....

Spain: Andalusian oranges close campaign with 20% higher prices

The prices of Andalusian oranges in the 2016/2017 season, which citrus growers consider almost completed, have been 20 percent higher than in the previous year, with an average of 0.29 Euro per kilo, compared to the 0.23 Euro of 2015/2016.The increase, according to the latest report of the Prices Observatory.....

Russian market plagued with bad lemons

A large amount of lemon shipments from Argentina and South Africa are flooding the Russian market."This year has been very difficult for citrus in Russia. There was a large shortage of lemons last year which meant that producers and Russian importers alike, earned good money. I think that many were hoping to.....

Heavy volumes on limes from Mexico

After the U.S. market experienced a somewhat tight spring market, limes are seeing heavy volumes right now. “We’re seeing about 500-600, maybe even 650 loads a week crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico,” notes J.B. Cutsinger of International Citrus and Produce in Burlingame, Ca. “Compared to last.....

Asian demand breathes new life into Australia's citrus industry

For growers who survived the citrus glut, the turnaround to a boom in fruit exports to Asia and a shortage of Valencia, juice is sweet.Only seven years ago, growers could not even give away their Valencia oranges, which were competing with cheap imported Brazilian concentrate.If they replanted with premium.....

AU: Trade seminars boost Australian Citrus' relationship with Japan

Citrus Australia has labelled recent trade seminars in Japan a major success, with capacity attendance at both of its events.The Australian organisation hosted events in Tokyo and Osaka, and its Chief Executive Officer says it is part of developing a deeper market engagement program for one of its most.....

Halos top list of healthy food brands for moms

Wonderful Halos, one of America's largest mandarin brands, was recently named mom’s No. 1 favorite healthy snack brand, according to a Brand Love study released by youth research firm Smarty Pants.The annual kid and mom brand affinity study was conducted online among 8,125 households with children ages 6-12,.....

Mexican lime's prices and trading margins

In May, the price paid to producers of Mexican lime at origin in the producing areas of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Oaxaca; the wholesale and consumer prices of citrus in select cities in Mexico, and the trading margins of the fruit of Colima origin in selected cities were as follows:Prices paid to.....

AU: Increased exposure for the Australian Blood lime

The major grower of the Australian Blood lime says the demand for the fruit is starting to significantly increase, as it gains more exposure to world markets.Gondwana Native Limes is one of only a handful of growers across the country, with its crop of 1400 trees split almost equally between the Blood and.....

SAFE sees sizeable citrus volumes in SA despite outbreaks & persistent drought

Three months into 2017’s citrus harvesting season, the Cape Town-based producer and exporter SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters) is reporting healthy volumes and decent pack-outs - thanks to promising new orchards that have come into production. SAFE says it is well on its way to achieving its 2017 harvest.....

Warning against artificially high and unsustainable price levels

Far East "screaming" for navels from South Africa

While there is acute interest in South African navels, particularly from the Far East, some exporters warn against pushing prices to artificial levels that cannot be maintained.In areas unaffected by navel splitting, like Mpumalanga and Limpopo, exporters tell FreshPlaza that their phones have been ringing off.....

Citrus greening detected in Trinidad & Tobago

A citrus disease known as Huan­glongbing (Yellow Dragon Dis­ease), HLB or Citrus Greening that has killed and destroyed more than 100 million trees worldwide and cost grow­ers billions of dollars, has been detected in Trinidad & Tobago.Huanglongbing has been identi­fied in more than 40 countries in­cluding.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas will export more than 30,000 tons of lemons to the US and Europe

The Italian lemon harvest in Tamaulipas starts in 30 days. Tamaulipas is expected to export more than 30 thousand tons of this fruit to different markets, such as the United States and Europe.Humberto Vazquez Ramirez, the head of the Phytozoosanitary, safety, agricultural and aquaculture offices of SENASICA in.....

Spain: Valencia to produce fewer Clemenules next season

The next orange campaign will be less productive, especially when it comes to the Clemenules, as pointed out by the president of the Citrus Board of the Lonja of Valencia, Jenaro Aviñó, who said that this is due to the large amount of fruit that has been left in the trees this year, "between 600,000 and.....

California invests additional $9.6m toward the fight against citrus greening

California will spend an additional $9.6 million this year in the fight against a deadly tree disease that has already decimated the citrus industries in Florida and Texas.The money was authorized on May 26 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 243, which increases the annual budget for the California Department of.....

OTC-Holland project brings year-round supply of organic limes from Columbia

Organic distributor OTC-Holland has expanded its assortment with year-round organic limes from Colombia. After an intense period of preparation, analysis and exploration, OTC and a Colombian growers cooperative have combined their knowledge and strengths for the development of an organic limes project. Organic.....

Review of import market prices

China: First box of Macao oranges for sale - Lapin cherries enter the market

This week, after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, the sales speed of several products on the import market has slowed down. However, this does not obstruct the entry of new products on the market. Even though the Macao oranges have not entered the market yet, their first box is now for sale in Shanghai......

Limoneira revenue increases 35% to $37m in quarter 2

Limoneira, a global agribusiness with agricultural land and operations and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2017.For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, total net revenue increased 35% to $36.9 million, compared to total.....

Luis Serra: "The price is set by the producer"

"We are looking for growers to sell their stonefruit for fair prices"

The price situation of stonefruit has been dramatic for much of the current campaign, with many growers even losing the money invested in the production.Portals such as LaMejorNaranja are offering growers the possibility of receiving a decent price for their fruit through direct sales to the consumer. This.....

France: South African citrus is gaining ground in the European markets

"There is optimism in the citrus market, particularly with the grapefruit season, which started even better than expected," stated Diego Moeykens, general manager of Indiana Import. This French company also believes that "there are great prospects for Navel oranges, although we still need to be cautious,".....

John Lazopoulous joins Gold Cup as NA sales director

Andean Sun Produce has announced a new addition to the team of the Gold Cup, a brand of fresh Peruvian fruit and vegetables imported into North America:"We are honored to announce, that Mr. John Lazopoulos jr. has joined our Gold Cup family as North America Sales Director. John is a respected and experienced.....

Tunisia sees record citrus crop - highlights market constraints

Following record production in 2016/17, Tunisia citrus faces lingering constraints to capture value added processing and export markets. France remains the largest export market for Tunisia citrus; however, efforts are being undertaken to reorient exports to the Gulf, Algeria, and Russia. Citrus production is.....

Extra volume for California gold nugget mandarins this season

Gold nugget mandarin production is up significantly in volume for 2017. “We’re up about 15-20 per cent over last year,” says Roger Griess of Lindsay, Ca.’s Suntreat Packing & Shipping Co. “We started harvesting in early March and with the added volume, we’re going longer this season. We usually finish.....

Bangladesh lemon growers see strong market price and demand

Lemon cultivators of eight districts under the Rajshahi division in India are making good profits this season due to high demand and a fair market price.The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a large number of farmers had started farming the citrus fruit on an experimental basis a few years.....

Italy: Brands must be registered before exporting to China

VIDEOOn 1st June 2017,Distretto degli Agrumi di Sicilia organised an event dedicated to"Il Mercato cinese per gli Agrumi di Sicilia: conoscere per organizzarsi" (The Chinese market for Sicilian citrus fruit). Various experts discussed the main elements needed to conquer these markets. Using the plural noun is.....

Spain: Reduction of illegal Orri mandarin cultivation

Since September 2016, the Orri Running Committee (ORC), the Association of producers of the Orri variety, has surveyed more than 1,700 plots of this mandarin in Spain. More than 85% have been carried out in the Region of Valencia, around 10% in Andalusia and about 5% in the Region of Murcia. Of these, around.....

Argentina: Lack of credit complicates entry of citrus to Brazil

The initial euphoria for the opening of the Brazilian market to Argentine citrus has dwindled as the weeks go by. Why is this? "There are no credits for working capital", summarized Mariano Caprarulo, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Exporters of Citrus NEA (CECNEA).Caprarulo does not fail to.....

Navel season expected to end about 3 weeks earlier

Eastern Cape: early signs of splitting on late navels, but to lesser degree

Navel producers in the Eastern Cape are making the most of the cards they were dealt this season in an area whose economy is massively dependent on citrus.Yield on navels in the Sundays River Valley is still estimated at 40 to 50% down and in the Gamtoos River Valley (Patensie) it is estimated to be 30%.....

Florida packing houses struggle to maintain supplies amid greening crisis

Stories of the fatal bacterial disease, citrus greening, often focus on growers, who have seen their annual harvest decline by more than 70 percent because of greening.Just as severely impacted have been Florida's fresh citrus packinghouses, which buy a large portion of Florida's annual orange, grapefruit and.....

Dad's lunch box note for Tacoma student goes viral

Since she was in kindergarten, Meg Sullivan’s father has peeled oranges for his daughter’s lunch.But on her last day of high school, she got something a little different: a printed WikiHow article on how to peel an orange with a handwritten note that said, “It’s time baby girl.”Sullivan posted the note on.....