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Peru: Lime exports grew by 3.218% from 2002 to 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peruvian lime exports grew by 3.218% between 2002 and 2016, and that Chile was the main buyer of this Peruvian citrus product."Between 2002 and 2016 the volume of lime exports increased by 3.218%, as in 2002 this volume was only 91.3 tons,".....

Mexico: Lime production improves in Colima

Even though the trees are still suffering from the effects of the Yellow Dragon plague that has affected Colima since 2010, the production of limes is beginning to recover with the 20 thousand hectares of limes planted in Armeria, Tecoman and Coquimatlan."According to our most recent calculations we will.....

Summer Citrus From South Africa first fruit arrives in the US

Kicking off the season strong, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is proud to announce the arrival of its first vessel of citrus – containing mostly Navel oranges and Easy Peelers – to the United States. Combining efforts with sophisticated supply chain partners like Holt Logistics and the Port of.....

Daniel Benavides, of Huamani de Perú

Inauguration of modern citrus line at Grupo Huamani

"On Friday, 23 June, we inaugurated a modern citrus line at our plant, which will allow us to pack 25 tonnes per hour and up to 10 containers a day when working with oranges, mandarins and tangelos. The inauguration was attended by public officials, entrepreneurs, producers, shipping companies, suppliers of.....

Passion fruit, watermelon and orange prices increase in Rwandan district

The prices of fruits have gone up in Huye District, Southern Province, a mini-survey by The New Times indicates.According to the survey conducted in Huye town, consumers now have to fork out more to buy passion fruits, watermelon and oranges. Currently, a kilogramme of passion fruits goes for Rwf1,200, from.....

Report shows major growth for South African citrus

Grapefruit production to increase by 15%

The 2016/17 MY production of citrus in South Africa is estimated to increase as the country recovers from drought in the main growing regions. The current drought in the Western Cape growing region is only expected to impact the 2017/18 MY crop if insufficient winter rainfall is received this year. Post.....

Chile sends the first W. Murcott to the East Coast of the United States

According to information from the ASOEX Citrus Committee, Chile has sent its first shipment of Chilean W. Murcott mandarins of the 2017 season. The shipment consisting of 1,352 boxes (22 tons) departed the country on week 25 from Valparaiso to the East Coast of the United States.According to the Committee, the.....

Proposal to allow lime imports stirs up AU growers

The Australian lime industry isn't happy about a recent decision from the government to allow for the import of Tahitian limes from five Pacific nations. The Department of Agriculture's draft report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fruit from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and.....

Ian Thornhill (Vitaal Europe): "The market for limes has grown tremendously"

New Mexican packing plant sorts limes according to internal quality and peel damage

After a disappointing season for limes between October and April, the market has picked up tremendously. Vitaal Europe has been a specialist for the importing of limes. Company director, Ian Thornhill, went to Mexico recently for the opening of a new state-of-the art packaging plant of their Mexican supplier,.....

Mexican limes are consumed on 3 continents

It is Mexico's most representative and most produced product. Companies like Rancho Chacxul have been marketing this fruit, which is consumed in Europe as well as in the rest of America and is now being sent to Japan, for years. "We are a family business that started from scratch. We started by having a packer.....

Luca Battaglio:

Italy: “Growth in Asia positive for European importers”

Increasing demand in emerging markets, such as Asia, is also advantageous for European importers, according to Luca Battaglio of the Italian group of importers. Additionally, he also talks about other trends on the market, such as conservatism in Italy, which is slowing the rise of, for example, organic.....

BMW to use pomelo fruit to protect its workers

The pomelo is a large citrus fruit, somewhat like a grapefruit, and the structure of its thick rind provides great impact protection when the fruit falls off the tree. BMW, along with a group of German companies and universities, have taken inspiration from nature’s design for new protective gear as part of.....

California adds $10m in funds towards citrus greening fight

California is adding funds to help the fight against HLB. Governor Brown signed the 2017 Budget Act last week, which authorizes $10 million to fight the spread of the invasive Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) insect and the deadly and incurable plant disease it can carry, huanglongbing (HLB).“California Citrus.....

Mexico: Italian lemon production increases by 40% in Tamaulipas

Italian lemon planting grew by 40 percent in the municipalities in the central area of Tamaulipas, stated Javier Ibarra Echartea.Ibarra Echartea, who is the leader of the citrus sector of the social sector of the CNC, said that the area devoted for the production of this type of citrus went from 3,500 hectares.....

China: So Orange signs investment deal for 330 million yuan

On 25 June, the 20th China Chongqing International Investment and Global Sourcing Fair (CCISF) was concluded in Chongqing, with "domestic opportunities to open up, and new international cooperation" as its main theme.The 20th China Chongqing International Investment and Global Sourcing FairRepresentatives of 9.....

Egypt causes citrus prices to plunge, affecting the Spanish campaign

Sources of the Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the association that brings together the main Spanish private exporters, have been trying to find an explanation for the presence of Egyptian oranges in Spain when the campaign is still on-going and, beyond exceptional cases, they blame the "aggressive price.....

Italian blood orange juice exclusively for the US market

At the Summer Fancy Food Show that was held in New York this week, Italian juice company Oranfrizer launched its Mongibello blood orange juice. This Not From Concentrate (NFC) juice is made in Italy and exported from the slopes of the Etna volcano, providing consumers with a speciality of the Mediterranean.....

Valencia season starts in northern South Africa

Citrus growers in Limpopo Province have embarked upon the 2017 Valencia season, South Africa’s second largest citrus variety after soft citrus in terms of acreage. The Valencia estimate for the country predicts that volumes will be 16% higher this year than in 2016, as volumes normalise after the drought and.....

The market was closed for 8 years

Argentina resumes citrus exports to Brazil

The Ministry of Agribusiness of the Nation confirmed that exports of lemons to Brazil had resumed after Brazil reopened its market for Argentine citrus fruit last month, eight years after having banned the imports for health reasons.The shipment, which was made by the Citrusvil company from the NOA, entered.....

Increase of irrigation and pest management costs

Spain: Heat wave to reduce citrus and kaki production

Since late spring, Spain has been suffering the impact of unusually high temperatures for this time of the year, which together with the worse drought of the last twenty years, is taking a negative toll on various crops, depending on the production area. In the Region of Valencia, the high temperatures are.....

US provides nice window of opportunity for South African citrus

Citrus coming in from South Africa is “looking excellent” and demand is good, especially since California has been a bit lighter this year, according to Andy Economou of TastyFrutti. “It’s given us an opportunity, on the east coast at least, to market the product properly.”Smaller sizesSouth Africa has.....

Ariel Alegria, of Vinefresh:

"If Peru continues to do things well, it can be very competitive"

"Peru exports large volumes to the United States, but this is the first container of oranges to be shipped in four years and it's very good that it's to us," said Vinefresh's Ariel Alegria proudly. This shipment is a test and if the results are positive they will try to send 5 or 10 more containers in the.....

South African kumquats fill gap in stable European market

South African kumquats, which are exported to Europe from May to November, are grown in Limpopo Province.Photos supplied by Premier Fruit ExportsKumquats are eaten whole, as the rind contains the essential oils that impart its flavour. This means that the kumquat is classified differently by the EU Commission.....

AU citrus growers expand into Southeast Asia

A couple of citrus growers in Mundubbera are taking the term export market to a new level and funding an overseas project growing and building similar farms to their own in Southeast Asia. Allen and Susan Jenkin established Ironbark Citrus in 1990 now spanning 170 hectares and featuring 94,000 mandarin trees.....

Overall budget reduction of $4.93m

Florida Citrus Commission approves $17.5m budget

The Florida Citrus Commission approved a preliminary 2017-18 budget for the Florida Department of Citrus based on an estimate of 61.65 million boxes of oranges and 7.02 million boxes of grapefruit.The Department’s total preliminary budget is $17.5 million with an overall budget reduction of $4.93 million, or.....

Mexico: Valencia orange volumes increase thanks to phytosanitary improvements

In recent years there's been a widespread implementation of the controls and improvements in citrus plantations in the north of the country. As a result, there has been a greater volume of production which is finally rewarding producers, such as the Citrimon company, among others. "This has contributed to the.....

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

Pakistan kinnow exports to Indonesia grew by $28m in 2017

Pakistan’s exports to Indonesia have seen a tremendous growth of 86 percent year-on-year to $91 million in the first four months of the calendar year as citrus fruit exports grew during the period, official data showed. The country’s exports amounted to $49 million in the corresponding period a year ago......

Spain dominates the global clementine sector

While Moroccan clementines are very popular on the Scandinavian market, the Spanish produce is even more popular in all other destinations. This is what emerged during an assembly of the Comité de Liaison de l'Agrumiculture Méditerranénne – C.L.A.M. Spanish clementines retain the absolute dominion in all.....

Nicolas Campbell: We expect high prices in Europe

Argentina: Local industry presses to get the most out of its lemons

"This lemon season in Argentina is expected to be completely different from the previous one, mainly because the Spanish lemon campaign will last longer, and there are more volumes of the Verna variety, which will last until July." Argentina has been shipping its lemons to Europe for a few weeks, although "the.....

Peruvian citrus export expectations improved

At the beginning of 2017, the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus) projected that the country's citrus exports would grow by 5% this season, however expectations have improved and by mid campaign the new projection indicates that shipments will increase by 10% over the previous year.The CEO of.....

Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus:

"Educate consumers more about limes"

Wonderful Citrus has grown considerably in the past year. In the past couple of years, the company took over various citrus companies, including I Kunik Company and Grupo B&S. “With this, we also took over several lime brands,” says Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus. Besides, the company also has.....

South Australian brewery turns to citrus with orange juice beer

One group of South Australian brewers is looking to do something a little different by blending ale with unique local flavours. The Riverland's Woolshed Brewery now has its sights set on conquering the region's largest crop — citrus.The Big Orange is the latest idea from the Murtho brewers and Adelaide Hills.....

Healthy season, apart from some concern regarding oversupply on the Russian market

South African grapefruit volume estimates down

South Africa, basically alone in the grapefruit market at the moment, has adjusted the initial red grapefruit, primarily Star Ruby, estimates for the season from a total of 12.4 million 17 kg cartons to 11.7 million cartons.This reflects a reduction in the Letsitele region of 200 000 17 kg cartons, from an.....

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.....