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Pakistan government to hold citrus promotional campaign in Jeddah
The commercial section of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah is organizing a one-week event which looks to promote their citrus in Jeddah.The consulate is promoting this prime fruit of Pakistan in the Saudi market. The campaign aims to highlight the uniqueness of the “Kinnow Pakistani” range as the.....


"Lemon market moving towards organic and late vareties"
"After the storm and last week's snowfall, which took a toll on much of agriculture in south eastern Spain, we believe that its impact has not been serious for Murcia's lemon crops," explains Enrique Fuentes, of the commercial department of Hijos de Alberto del Cerro."The images of snowfall on lemon farms.....


New mandarin commercial to be launched
The fruit and vegetable company, SanLucar, is going to launch "Amor, amor", a new advertising campaign for the German market which aims to promote mandarins. It will start on the 13th of February and the commercial will be broadcast on mainstream German television channels, like RTL, Pro7 and SAT 1, across.....


Spanish lemon production predicted at 980,000 for 2017
Ailimpo has launched its 3rd lemon and grapefruit forecast report for this running 2016/2017 season confirming the figures previously announced in September. The new report concludes that lemon crop goes back to average normal volumes achieved in the past with a forecast around one million tons after an.....


PrimaMundo sets eyes on the Netherlands
"In addition to citrus, bananas also sold under Papillon and Cordero"
PrimaMundo is a Belgian umbrella name for several companies operating as fruit and vegetable traders. Together, these organizations have an annual turnover of 150 million Euro. "Customers appreciate us, among other things, because of the strong brands we offer. Some of these are Papillon, Cordero, Kira,.....

US output falls
Brazil predicts 27% increase in 2017 orange harvest
World orange output is expected to rise by more than 2.5m tonnes to a three-year high of 49.6m tonnes in 2016-17, as top grower Brazil pulls out of a six-year decline in output, the US Department of Agriculture said. This comes at a time where the US sees its lowest harvest in over 50 years.Brazil's harvests.....


Pakistani kinnows find their way to the Chinese market
Russian and Middle Eastern markets are suffering from economical crises which is causing some concern for Pakistani growers and exporters. As a result, some companies companies are looking at China as an alternative this season. “We’re exporting 15% less to the Middle East than last year,” says Chairman.....

Australian citrus exports hit record numbers in 2016
Trade data released this week for the period January-November 2016, confirm that the 2016 season was another record year for Australian citrus exports. Total citrus exports until the end of November were just under 220,000 tonnes to a value of $335 million. Citrus Australia Market Access Manager, David.....


Anticipating a strong season
California rains slightly interrupt organic clementine harvest
Although supply had been somewhat limited due to rain in California, organic clementines are currently being harvested despite small interruptions. “The rain should be clearing out this week which should put us right back on track,” said Craig Morris, Citrus Category Director for Homegrown Organic Farms. He.....


Pinghe pomelo production down
China: Quality issues and price slump pomelo exports
Rain caused 30% drop in pomelo production"Pinghe is one of the main producing areas of Chinese pomelos and its export season usually begins in August each year and ends at the end of December. This year, due to unusually heavy rains, the quality of Pinghe honey pomelos is barely satisfactory. The production.....

Beijing investigates oranges: No sweeteners found so far
In the light of the incident that was recently posted online which reported that the oranges on the market have been injected with sweeteners, the State Food and Drug Administration in Beijing has officially responded:-Recently a special risk analysis was carried out on all oranges, mandarins and tangerines.....


"This year we will supply 25-30% fewer lemons to consumers"
The snow and subsequent rains that have taken place on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and especially in the area of Murcia, have resulted in significant losses for citrus growers. According to Francisco Vicente Gea, Export Manager at Belsan, "the lemons that were in the lower part of the trees,.....

Indian kinnow farmers in Abohar complain about 'preferential treatment'
Punjab is India’s largest kinnow producer and out of the 48,000-odd hectares cultivated in the state, nearly 27,000 hectares are in Abohar. While Abohar is the main producer of kinnow, growers complain of “preferential treatment” to Muktsar, the Parkash Singh Badal-led government’s turf, where the citrus.....


Jaffa expects export sales to Increase by 50%
The Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel predicts an export increase of 50% for Jaffa Orri mandarin fruit in 2017. The harvest of the mandarins started in mid-December, 2016 (a week before the season started last year), and met the growing demand for Jaffa Orri. The fruit was available on shelves.....


The price of honey oranges dropped by 40%
China: The price of Yunnan emperor citrus down 15%-20%
"Normally,the listing period of Yunnan emperor citrus and honey oranges begins in October and ends at the Spring Festival. This year, the citrus matured six weeks late and was not ready for sale until early December. The pre-market prices fell by 15%-20% compared to the same period last year, and the.....


Florida tangerines encounter heavy competition from California and Spain
“We are transitioning out of the sunburst tangerines and moving into the honey tangerines,” says Jack Cain with Westlake Produce. The sunburst season was characterized by short supply and small size fruit. “It wasn’t a great season,” Cain added. For the premium size fruit, demand exceeded supply. “Consumers.....


Trump stalls Argentine lemon imports for 60 days
In one of its first actions, the administration of President Donald Trump delayed implementation of a rule allowing Argentine farmers to export lemons after a decade of talks, putting into doubt trade negotiations between the two countries.The White House ordered a stay of 60 days “on its final rule to allow.....

Price of blood oranges rises sharply
Fruit merchants are reporting that, although the Spring Festival is getting closer and intermediary traders have been storing up large amounts of goods, the upwards trend for fruit prices this year will be fairly modest. Only a small number of fruit varieties will be an exception. The stock difference is.....

Queensland citrus grower to start new industry in South-East Asia
Citrus grower, Sue Jenkins in Queensland, is attempting to establish a new citrus industry in Laos, South-East Asia. Ironbark Lao general manager, Sue Jenkins, and her husband Allan have a well-established orchard in Mundubbera in the North Burnett. She is finding the differences fun while also.....


Alquimia Fruits
Spain: Design to strengthen company's image
"We aim to differentiate ourselves," states Manuel Baides, director of Alquimia Fruits, a company committed to conveying an image of unity and uniformity. To this end, they have been offering a new packaging design for the past year; one adapted to the needs of each product and which has had a great.....


Corsica oranges - a unique and protected quality
Although David Casoni, manager of Corsica Comptoir, has only been supplying this type of orange for a year, he is already certain that it has been a good choice. It is a decision that has led them to work only with this variety, leaving aside the Washington Navel and Salustiana, which are "not as.....

Turkey starts project to improve the quality of citrus fruits
After a batch of Turkish lemons was stopped at the Bulgarian border under the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) for a chlorpyrifos level exceeding the level permitted by European legislation, Turkey has decided to support the exporters in a project enabling them to improve the quality of their.....


Fingerlime, the new gourmet citrus
Fingerlime, which until recently was almost completely unknown, has started to find a place in the Spanish market. Murcia is the region that has bet on this new fruit in an attempt to differentiate itself and gain ground in the market. According to Antonio Montes, of Hermanos Montes, "this product is mostly.....


Agritalia
No international competitors for Sicilian blood oranges
Agritaliais a producer that has been working in the Sicilian citrus fruit sector for over thirty years. It is located in Palagonia (Catania), a leading production area for blood oranges which, thanks to their organoleptic qualities, represent a high-end product with a high added nutritional value. Over the.....

Argentinian lemons should still be able to enter the US
Argentina's trade relationship with the United States will not suffer an immediate negative impact with Donald Trump as president, but it remains to be seen how his measures will shape the world economy, according to the Argentinian ambassador in Washington, Martín Lousteau.For his part, the Minister of.....


Irish schoolboy mistakes orange for grapefruit
An Irish boy regretted his decision to take a bet from his father. His dad Gary explained: "I was making dinner yesterday and Jay kept asking over and over for an orange, I told him he could have one after his dinner but no he wanted one straight away, so that's why I told him I would give him a fiver if he.....


Ireland Fruit & veg shop using Trump to market oranges
Liam’s Fruit & Veg shop in Castlebar announced a limited edition offer this afternoon on oranges in their store on their Facebook page in order to welcome President Trump. The ad campaign features an orange with a Trump-style wig with the slogan, "Really, Truly, Some Great Deals."

USAID helping increase 'kinnow' trade between Pakistan & Indonesia
U.S. Consul General Yuriy Fedkiw and Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Iwan Suyudhie Amri participated in the announcement of the harmonization of Indonesia’s import calendar with the Pakistani kinnow export season, thereby increasing trade of this commodity.The event was organized jointly by the.....

South African relief and anger at Spanish citrus allegations
The South African Citrus Growers Association (CGA) has expressed relief and anger at the admission of the Spanish Citrus Management Committee (CGC) that there were no South African citrus on the shelves of Spanish supermarkets during December 2016. Spanish growers’ union Unió de Llauradors alleged that “bad.....


CEPEX adds 33% cost deduction to Tunisian citrus transport
The Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) has decided on a 33% automatic deduction on the cost of transporting Tunisian citrus fruit on the new shipping line from Sfax to Novorossiysk in Russia, following a request from Gifruits (Inter-professional Group of Fruits).In order to make the line profitable, CEPEX.....

China is Australia's largest citrus export market
IBIS World released a report several days ago showing that the export volume of Australian fruit is growing. The income from citrus and banana and other fruits is significantly increasing thanks to the China-Australia free trading agreement. The report notes that by the end of 2016, in the past five years,.....


Spanish citrus production forecast to grow 20%
Report Highlights Spain is the leading citrus producer in the EU-28, and is forecast to produce 7.11 million MT of total citrus production, meaning a growth of 20 percent compared to the previous year. All citrus fruits are expected to experience important growths due to favorable weather conditions. Spanish.....


Italy
Rosse dell'Etna - shelf-life a key element to work on foreign markets
Rosse dell'Etna was created by Francesco Pappalardo and Claudio Moschetto, respectively son and nephew of Sales Director Pippo Pappalardo, who have relaunched the family business with great enthusiasm and professionalism."The Rosse dell'Etna brand was established in 2011 and we are now handling 1,200 cars a.....

Spain: CGC denies presence of South African citrus on shelves
The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the association that brings together the country's main private operators, exporters and importers, denied the presence of citrus fruits imported from South Africa, or any other source in the southern hemisphere, on the shelves of Spanish supermarkets or hypermarkets.....

Spain: Castellon loses half of clemenules, but prices don't increase
The loss of about half of the province's clemenules harvest (about 220,000 tonnes, according to the Council) has not resulted in an increase of the price of the oranges being harvested. Consequently, Fepac-Asaja has issued a complaint. "The game is rigged," said its vice president, José Francisco Nebot. "The.....

Spain: Castellon speeds up orange harvest due to fear of frosts
Businesses and cooperatives are speeding up the orange harvest ahead of the possible frosts that may be imminent and which could spoil their fruit. This has been confirmed by the province's two main agrarian organizations, which have confimed that growers are "a little afraid of recording damage in the.....


Mexico city wholesale price for oranges rose in 2016
SummaryThe report shows that the consumption of fresh oranges fell slightly compared to last year at 2.6MMT, while wholesale price increased. Fresh lime production is expected to rebound and, on the whole, production is supposed to rise slightly, while wholesale prices are fluctuating. Grapefruit production.....


Italy:Trial shipment to China delayed
Despite the hopes expressed by the Sicilian Phytosanitary Service and some exporters a few months ago, it seems that the first trial shipments to China will be delayed by at least another year.After the 2015 visit to Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily by experts of the Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.....


Turkish exporters faced with low demand in Russian market
In the first weeks after the holiday season, demand for Turkish citrus on the Russian market has been low due to an oversupply in Russia. According to sales representative Natela Tanyol of Uçak Kardeşler (Turkey), “The Russian sector still has large amounts of citrus fruit in stock. Because of this,.....


Up to 50% crop reduction
China: Citrus greening disease takes it toll
"Citrus greening disease is a global citrus disease. In China, citrus greening disease is mainly found in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Taiwan and other provinces and autonomous regions. However, in recent years the disease has gradually spread and cases have been discovered in Jiangxi, Hunan, Yunnan,.....


Juan Llombart, manager of LLombart:
"Health factor is highly appreciated by German consumers"
The current Spanish citrus campaign is becoming very complicated for everyone in the sector, due to various factors."Unsuitable temperatures, near-torrential rains, humid conditions andmassive losses in the production; there have been times when there was no availability of fruit and certain suppliers.....


In stores in two weeks
Heritage Reserve Navel oranges available earlier than ever
LoBue Citrus, a fourth-generation full-service grower, shipper and packer of citrus products, is excited to announce an early release date for their Heritage Reserve Navel Oranges. Packed with a unique sugar and acid balance that creates a distinctive old-fashioned flavor, consumers can expect these.....


Armed Brockton robber throws orange at fearless owner
In the process of robbing a Brockton convenience store, a robber found his gun wasn't as effective as he had planned. After seeing the gun failed to scare the owner the robber threw an orange at him in frustration and proceeded to run away empty handed. Around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, police were called to.....


California lemon growers fear Argentine imports could bring "black spot"
California lemon growers are still fighting the USDA’s ruling to allow Argentine lemon imports into the U.S. Growers fear that the lemons from Argentina could be carrying an invasive insect, along with a disease not found in California.“It’s a big concern,” said Joel Nelsen, President of the California.....


Beautifully ugly Sumo Citrus® is a unique product
The year 2011 marked the first year of commercial production of Sumo citrus in California. The unique citrus variety is grown in the Golden State’s Central Valley region. Since its first year, new plant material has been coming into production every year and the program continues to grow. “Last year, we.....


Malaysia sees mandarin shortage compared to 2016
With only 35,000 tons of mandarins imported this year in Malaysia, the country may see a shortage leading up to Chinese New Year, according to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek."We will wait until next week to see if there are any new consignments coming in to.....

Deciduous fruit trees could benefit from it
Spain: Cold snap raises concerns amongst Valencian citrus growers
The Valencian Association of Agriculture (AVA) has expressed its concern about the damage that the sharp drop in temperatures could cause in the second part of the citrus campaign, with vegetables like artichokes and beans also in danger. The damage could be "very significant" in the case of oranges and.....


Clemcott launches "good things come to those who wait" campaign
Clemcott has started their yearly campaign with the 2017 edition. The campaign will last until April. It is the last mandarin of the Spanish market to appear, and according to Clemcott that "is because all good things come to those who wait." This campaign is mainly intended for purchasing managers, who.....


Improving water efficiency as a response to climate change
According to FAO, the world population will increase by one third between now and 2050 and agricultural production will have to increase by 60% to meet its food demand.Climate change will make this even more difficult, due to its negative impact on agriculture, leading to spiralling adaptation and higher.....

Challenges ahead for Tunisia’s increasing citrus production
It was a record production year for Tunisia as they produced 50% more citrus fruits in 2016 than they did the previous year. Whilst the increase shows a healthy sector, it is becoming increasingly complicated to find buyers for all the fruit- half of this winters fruit may even end up in the bin…The increase.....


Price surge of up to 60%
China: Gannan navel oranges - production down 70%
Compared to the same period last year, the production volume of Gannan navel oranges is down 60% to 70%. The price range at the production grounds per kg has gone up from 3.0 RMB - 3.6 RMB to 4 RMB - 5 RMB. In the later period, the price has moved further upward to 6 RMB - 7 RMB. That means a price surge of.....


Spain: Carrefour denounced for selling oranges at 0.30 Euro
ASAJA-Seville and ASOCIAFRUIT have denounced a new case of unfair retail practices at the Carrefour Camas Aljarafe centre in that province, where Navelina category I oranges are sold to the public for a sale price of 0.30 Euro/kg. This price undoubtedly entails the trivialisation of a quality product and.....

Fair brings Taiwanese mandarins to Borneo
Warisan Utama Jaya Emporium & Supermarket in Jalan Muara, yesterday hosted an agricultural fair which brought quality produce from Taichung City, Taiwan, including the ever-popular premium Pomkan (Mandarin orange).In his opening speech, Jason Wan said the main objective of the event is to promote the.....


Altieri Giacomo & Figlio to focus on exports
"We are very interested in the Chinese market, despite the difficulties. Phytosanitary protocols are very rigorous but, when we welcomed a Chinese delegation in November 2015, we realised they really appreciate our products. Now we just need to take the next step," reports Pascal Altieri from Altieri.....


Florida citrus production forecast continues downward trend
Yesterday, the USDA released its 2016-2017 Florida citrus forecast and total orange production is estimated at 71 million boxes, down 1 million boxes from the December forecast and 13 percent less than last season’s production. The forecast consists of 36.0 million boxes of the non-Valencia oranges (early,.....

US: Anti-bacterials reducing impact of citrus greening
In the search for a tool to combat citrus greening, which has run rampant, devastating the citrus industry in Florida, growers may have finally found an answer."The anti-bacterials have been applied in most groves," said Marty McKenna, a Lake Wales-based grower and Florida citrus commissioner. "If most of.....


Vincenzo Toro focuses on foreign markets
"Our business was established in the late 1960s, when my brother Raimondo and I decided to open the first store selling Sicilian oranges under the Energia Rossa brand in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). At the time, we sold what we grew on around 3 hectares which, over the years, have become 40. We have always.....


Singapore mandarins to cost more for CNY
Mandarins are expected to cost around 15 per cent more in Singapore approaching Chinese New Year. Boxes of the swatow, lukan, ponkan and kinno varieties, weighing between 2kg and 8kg a box, cost between $10 and $30 each at FairPrice. Last Chinese New Year, they cost between $8.70 and $26.Cold Storage had.....

COMBINEDTunisia expects a record orange production
Tunisian orange production is expected to be exceptionally high this year. Mohamed Ali Jandoubi, Director General of the GIF (Inter-professional fruit group) says that “This year, we are at 550,000 tons, which is enormous”. He explains that the weather conditions have been good for production, “Weather was.....

Nigerian strikes and taxation lead to orange scarcity
Orange sellers at the market at Mararaba, Nasarawa State, are blaming a decreased supply of oranges on multiple taxation, rising costs, transportation and the recent strikes by wholesalers across the country.According to some sellers and dealers in Lafia and Makurdi respectively, who spoke with the News.....

Tunisia to increase citrus exports after record yield
The first export of citrus fruits for the season (2016/2017) will start on January 14, 2017, in light of a record production expected to exceed 200 thousand tons for only Maltese oranges, which is causing unrest among farmers.“This year, we are at 550,000 tons, which is enormous” Mohamed Ali Jandoubi,.....


A comment on the citrus fruit campaign
Paimfrut in contact with French retailers
Paimfrut Soc. Coop. Agricola a.r.l. was established by ten producers in October 2004 with the objective of aggregating productions and commercialising them meeting the needs of domestic and international market. It has around 80 members located in both Calabria and Sicily who cultivate 800 hectares of.....


Fady Adly - Capespan Egypt
Latest Egyptian citrus season very challenging
The latest Egyptian citrus season has been described as “very challenging” by Fady Adly, Export Coordinator at Capespan Egypt, “mainly due to tough competition from Turkey, which has been flooding the market with very competitive prices, and the fact that the Navel has come with big sizes and lower.....


Florida scientist researches oranges to improve inhalers
If you have ever peeled an orange you are familiar with its uncanny and messy ability to shoot juice out at high speeds when squeezed. Researchers are now studying how oranges do this and are hoping it can lead to better inhaler applications.

Nepal orange prices increase 200% due to middlemen
Sweet orange prices have seen a 200% increase over the last year in parts of Nepal even though the country is in prime citrus season with good supplies. The cause for which has been blamed on middlemen entering the market and raising prices.Locals said that middlemen had been visiting orange groves and.....


Imports transitioning from Mexico to Spain
Lemon importer visits grower in Mexico
“From April through January, we import lemons from the Tamaulipas area in Mexico,” says Raul Millan with Vision Import Group. Raul is in Mexico at the moment, visiting the company’s Mr. Squeeze branded lemon grower. “Visiting the packing shed and fields of Citrosel S.A. de C.V. and grower Miguel Rivera helps.....

Rwanda wholesale price for fruit & veg increases
According to the New Times writer Appolonia Uwanziga, wholesale prices for tomatoes, bananas, oranges and other fruits in Rwanda have risen dramatically. Various markets saw a rise in the price of tomatoes from Rwf 2,000 to Rwf 8,000 per basin. With tomatoes being a popular ingredient in food, consumers may.....


China: ZiGui Citrus drops 10% to 20%
"ZiGuicounty of YiChang City, HuBei province,is one of the main citrus producing areas in China, specialising in the navel orange. Recently affected by severe dry weather, the output of Citrus this year dropped 10%-20% compared to the same period last year. The purchase price per kilogram rose 20 to 30.....

Mexico established as fifth largest producer of oranges
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), stated that Mexico had consolidated itself as the fifth largest producer of oranges in the world, with an average volume of 4.2 million tons that were sold in the domestic and international markets.The main producing.....

Malaysia: Weakened currency causes mandarin price rise of 30%
People celebrating Chinese New Year with juicy mandarins may be in for a shock this year as prices are up nearly 30% due to a lack of supply and a weakened currency.Sin Lee Fruits Enterprise owner Alice Tan said that because of the weakened ringgit, a box of 8kg oranges costs $14.05 this year compared to.....


Annual Meeting of Chinese Citrus Industry 2016
On the 29th, December, 2016, the China Citrus annual meeting was jointly organized by the China Fruit Marketing Association, the GuangXi agriculture department and the LiuZhou Municipal People's Government. The guests who attended the opening ceremony and made a speech were QingFeng Zhang, the vice president.....