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Peruvian citrus season in full swing for Aartsenfruit
Aartsenfruit has been the exclusive receiver of Goldcup tangerines for the free market in the Benelux since 2010. The good years of cooperation with producer-exporter La Calera ensured that Goldcup has become a household name on the market. Aartsenfruit receives weekly arrivals of clementines,.....


Clementines under pressure
South African citrus competing with Chilean fruit
The South African soft citrus season started early this year – beginning in early June rather than its usual July 4th start and supply has been good for clementines. “We’ve had really good supply from early June,” said Marc Solomon from Capespan North America. “The season is now tapering off for the regular.....

Summer lemon market continues to be strong
Peak demand for lemons usually hits in the summer, and prices for lemons coming from California continue to be strong as the summer months roll on. Demand for smaller sizes has picked up, and pricing has inched upward over the last several weeks.“Pricing has actually been lower than it has been over the last.....

Grapefruit could help fight Zika virus
An ingredient found in grapefruit and certain other plants has shown early promise in repelling the mosquitoes that transmit Zika and other viruses. This means that a good repellent against Zika-carrying mosquitoes could be found in the produce section of your grocery story.The National Institute of Allergy.....

Indonesia and Pakistan enhance trade ties
Indonesian consul general in Karachi, Hadi Santoso, said that after taking over in November 2014 he has aimed to build strong multi-direction ties with Pakistan, and is now proud to report that to a great extent he has achieved this, though a lot more remains to be done.He said current trade volume between.....

980,000 tons of harvest expected
Spanish lemon crop to recover
Ailimpo's initial lemon harvest estimate (forecast) for the 2016/2017 season points toward a production figure in Spain of 980,000 tons, a 22% increase on the production balance in the 2015/2016 season, closing in August at 802,680 tons of lemons harvested.With this data for the upcoming season nearly.....

Australia's citrus exports on the up
Over the first five months of this year, the level of citrus exports is 92 per cent higher than the same period last year, reports Australia's citrus industry.In 2015, a record 205,000 tonnes of Australian citrus was sent overseas with 80 per cent of this fruit coming from Sunraysia and the Riverland in.....


Polish apple exporter eyes mango & citrus imports
Originally starting out as an apple producer and exporter, Polish company Mazafruits is now venturing into the import of various fruits, specifically mangoes and citrus, from other countries such as Egypt and Spain. The company plans to update their website soon to reflect the new venture and are looking for.....


Mónica Coito, of Naranjales Guarino:
"Europe will have 50% fewer Uruguayan citrus this campaign"
A few months into the citrus season in Uruguay, the big consequences on the production of the weather phenomenon El Niño have started becoming noticeable, namely a significant delay in the start of various harvests. "The heavy rains have postponed our citrus harvests by more than two weeks. While the volumes.....

Lemon prices up by as much as 71%
Spain: Alicante closes one of its most profitable citrus campaigns
ASAJA Alicante has expressed its satisfaction about the results achieved this citrus campaign in the province, especially with fresh lemons, which in some cases saw increases in the price at origin of up to 300% compared to the 2014/2015 campaign. For the next harvest, prospects point to an increase in the.....


Brazil: Increase in contract based food supply
“We notice a trend in the market, which is mainly the increase of food supply based on contracts despite the spot market. It's an important change for the business chain stability and as well for the food safety. From one side, growers are more and more challenged to implement new certifications from the.....

Citriburst finger limes go viral just in time for season kickoff
Last week on Tuesday July 12th, Eater.com, a media brand dedicated to culinary news, released a 45 second informational video on their Facebook page highlighting Shanley Farms Citriburst Finger Limes. The short clip quickly went viral. Within one week of its release, the video has been viewed on Facebook.....

Limoneira Company adds oranges and specialty citrus varieties
Limoneira Company announced yesterday that it will go back to the future by adding its oranges and specialty citrus varieties to its ONE WORLD OF CITRUS™ model. Alex Teague, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer said, “For 124 years, we’ve been growing a wide variety of citrus. We began our.....

Abundance of clementines makes for soft market
With plenty of clementines coming into the United States from Peru and Chile, prices have been soft. In addition to competition from summer fruit, imported citrus prices have been kept down by the number of importers bringing fruit into the U.S. market.“Our clementines are coming from both Chile and Peru,”.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas to export 30,000 tons of lime
This year, producers expect to export 30,000 tons of Italian lime to US and European markets. The harvest in the central region of the state of Tamaulipas begins in August.Moreover, this activity generates more than 35 million dollars in profits for the sector, which creates more than 200 permanent and 2,000.....

Spain: Malaga sees good opportunities in organic citrus
The Government of Andalusia has created the Provincial Bureau of Organic Production in Malaga, with which it seeks to promote organic products, as it believes that "it is a sector with a great future" across the entire region and especially in this province, where more than 37,000 hectares are devoted to.....


Nicolás Prohens, of Rafael Prohens SA:
Chile: "20% more clementines thanks to the rainfall"
A couple of weeks after the end of the clementine campaign in Chile, the picture on the results for this campaign are very encouraging. The rainfall recorded earlier this year has led to a significant increase in the production. Nicolás Prohens, of the company Rafael Prohens SA, gives us the balance of this.....

Argentina: Citrus from Entre Rios could reach the US in 2017
The efforts of Governor Gustavo Bordet and representatives of the citrus in the United States were important steps to achieve the income of Argentinean citrus into the North American country.Representatives of the main entities that gather citrus producers and exporters highlighted the work done by Bordet,.....

Citrus shortage in Dominican Republic
Citrus production, mainly of orange and grapefruit, has virtually disappeared in the domestic market due to the fierce attack of the Greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, which has destroyed millions of citrus trees around the world.A small or medium sweet orange can cost from 5 to 10 pesos. Grapefruit is.....

Fruit quality in Pakistan suffers
Punjab kinnow exports to triple
This year, kinnow exports from Punjab to the international market are set to increase three fold. According to a senior official at Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, about 5,000 tonnes of kinnow were exported to Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Dubai from the state last year, and this year they have fixed.....


Joep van Lierop, De Groot International:
Coming period should show if stable demand for citrus will hold up
The South African citrus season started quite well. "Whether this will hold up throughout the rest of the season will become apparent when larger volumes of Valencia's, among others, come onto the market," says Joep van Lierop of De Groot International.When asked whether the cool weather has stimulated the.....


Chilean lemons promoted in California
On July 9th on a beautiful Sunny Day in Southern California, the Chilean Citrus Committee promoted Chilean Lemons at Winco Foods(105 Store Chain based out of Boise, Idaho) at their Lakewood, California location.The Committee provided a Pumped Up Chilean Citrus Street Team including a lemon mascot, sampling.....

30% drop in yield, an anomaly of a season
Ailimpo concludes the 2015/16 Spanish lemon season
The current Spanish lemon season has concluded with a provisional harvest figure of 802,000 tons, (estimated data to be achieved end of August) which is 30% less than the production figures from two years ago that yielded 1,154,000 tons and reflected Spain's true productive potential with the nearly 10.....

China reduces ag purchases from Taiwan
Mainland China has reduced its purchasing of agricultural products from Taiwan's by 3.8 percent in the first half of 2016, according to the data released by the Council of Agriculture on July 18. China is Taiwan's biggest agricultural product buyer and according to the COA, the drop in exports is due to crop.....

Florida's citrus growers continue to suffer
The slide continues for Florida citrus growers, but perhaps not as fast as before because of a better-than-expected, late-season Valencia orange crop, which came in at 45.4 million boxes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“We’re still sliding down the hill, maybe not quite as fast,” said Lake.....


Daniel Gudino, of Sychar Farms:
"Mexican lime peak season shorter"
It's high season for Mexican limes, so prices are not as high as they were a few weeks ago. Generally, this peak lasts from March to August but, according to Daniel Gudino, of Sychar Farms, this year's peak is more concentrated: it started later and it will end in late July or August.Sicar Farms cultivates.....

US (CA): Citrus quarantine in place in Merced and Monterey Counties
After recently detecting Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in traps in Merced and Monterey Counties, quarantines have been put in place in both counties. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two Asian-Citrus-Psyllid-1ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County.The.....


Argentina: "We couldn't take advantage of all the European demand"
A couple of months before the mandarin campaign in Argentina ends producers continue to feel the effects of climate change and the international situation. Many believe that there will be a 20% decrease in this year's production, when compared to last season. According to producers in the region, "even.....


Are Peru and Ecuador new destinations for Spanish orange?
Could Peru and Ecuador be new destinations for Spanish oranges? The best supermarket chains in these two countries could have Spanish citrus on their shelves in no time. The Ministry of Agriculture of Spain is already in negotiations with the Peruvian and Ecuadorian authorities to create a protocol to export.....

Korea: Farmers swapping citrus for solar power
On Jeju, a South Korean island in the Korea Strait, a new scheme to replace tangerines with solar power is proving popular among the island's citrus farmers.According to a report by Korea Bizwire, 164 farmers have applied to the scheme, launched by Jeju Special Self Governing Province on July 11, to turn.....

South Africa: Fruit growers set sights on Italy
South Africa's R30bn fruit industry is exploring new markets for expansion; Italy in particular has been identified as a good prospect.To promote trade and investment between the fresh fruit sectors of Italy and South Africa, Fruit SA, an industry body representing local growers, and the Associazione.....


Peru sends a first container of mandarins to the US
Exporters and producers rejoiced as the first container of mandarins from the region of La Libertad to the US, which marks an important milestone in the history of Peruvian agricultural exports, was made. After successfully passing the inspections requested by the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection.....

Russia lemon prices up against short supply
Although winter is typically the peak season for lemon demand in the Russian market, the market is stable with reasonable demand. Lemons sourced from South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay where supplies are stable, but are a little short. Overall, prices are up by around 30% compared to last season, with South.....

Switzerland: organic fruit more and more popular
The Swiss retail sector sold 38,382 tons of organic fruit in 2015. That is 5,494 tons more than in the previous year (+16.7%). For example, the sales of organic bananas have increased with 1,530 tons.Source: Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft BLWBananas and apples bestsellersIn 2015 18,676 tons of organic bananas.....


Production numbers plummet compared to last season
2015-2016 Florida citrus forecast similar to last month
Compared to last month, the 2015-2016 Florida all orange forecast is up 100,000 boxes and now at 81.5 million boxes, according yesterday’s release from the USDA Agricultural Statics Board. This comprises 36.1 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges, which is unchanged from last month and 45.4 million boxes of.....


Drop in production for all leading lemon producers
Cirad, the French agronomic research organisation, has reported that lemons were sold at €2.50/kg in early June. Prices were also high in the 2015/16 season - €1.48 for a kg of lemons against the 94 cents of 2014/15 and 79 cents of 2013/14. In France, similar prices were only reached in 2007/08, when the.....


Clemengold pickers sign the world’s first Comic Contracts®
Exploring innovative ways in which to make contracts easier to understand for farm workers, Indigo Fruit Growers who produce, pack and supply Clemengold™ mandarins to the local and international market, is championing change in the industry by offering their fruit picking employees the world’s first Comic.....

NZ: Surplus northern citrus sent south
The Citrus for Christchurch campaign will soon be collecting any excess citrus from Northlanders to send to the South Island. Organised by Lions Clubs of Whangarei, the citrus drive - now in its third year - will collect spare citrus, including lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins and grapefruit, at Forum North.....


Hannes De Waal - Sunday's River Citrus Company
"Not the most ideal year for lemon exports to Europe"
Sunday's River Valley in the main region producing lemons at the moment and Hannes De Waal MD at Sunday's River Citrus Company, one of the biggest citrus producers in the valley said, "Lemons are still being loaded for Europe, certainly from the Eastern Cape, although it is not the most ideal year for.....


China: Citrus prices rising
The weather in Shanghai is sunny and the temperatures are rising. This brings about larger imported volumes and higher prices for citrus fruitCompared to last week, the price for South African grapefruit has gone up by 10 RMB to 140-150 RMB per case. Also the trading speed has shifted up a gear.The quality.....


William Lamarca, from Latin Lemon:
Argentina: "Lemon prices have soared"
Argentina's lemon production continues to grow steadily. Even though this season's production will be lower than what was expected at the beginning of the season, the current weather conditions are favoring the harvest. "We have 30% fewer lemons than we thought we would have this season but we are harvesting.....


PASAM, the Femminello siracusano lemon specialists
In 1986, the Magliocco family decided to commercialise lemons coming from the Siracusa province under theP.A.S.A.M(Agricultural producers from Siracusa associated for the market)brand.Today, the organisation specialised in the cultivation of the Femminello siracusano cultivar and collects fruit from 420.....


South Africa: Lemon estimate cut, Navels tailing off fast
LemonsThe early Ramadan was good for lemon sales in the Middle East this year. South Africa sent a lot of the early lemon crop to the market and demand was good. In general, the lemon demand has been very good on all markets except for China.According to John Edmonds from Citrus Grower's Association.....


Elena Rogojnikova, Hagé International:
"Good lime market this year was crucial"
The market for limes is generally all year round good. According to Elena Rogojnikova, senior buyer at Hagé International, the high prices were necessary to compensate for the losses of last year. "We had a bad market almost all of 2015 up until the beginning of this year. An excess of limes was on the.....

Domestic demand increases
Iranian lemon output up 8%
According to an official, Iran's lemon production increased by 8 percent compared to the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended March 20.Abolghasem Hassanpour, the General Director of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits Department of Agriculture Ministry, estimated that a total of 480,000 to 500,000 tons of.....


Thijs Terwindt, Van der Lans International
“Less supply and good demand Peruvian minneolas”
The tangerine market could currently be called good as an extension of the total citrus market. This results in good prices for Peruvian minneolas. “In the past weeks we received minneolas from the Huaral region, north of Lima, and the last of those are on their way now. We have started shipping from.....


Birk Biltereyst, Van Lier:
"Lemon market to remain hot until October"
The distressing shortage of lemon is causing sky high prices. "Lemons are being supplied in dribs and drabs and are barely touching the ground. Last week the prices were around 37/38 Euro for 18 kilo and the expectation is that this will rise further in the coming days. It looks like the prices will rise.....

AU: Cox rootstock an alternative for lemons
New South Wales DPI research horticulturalist, Graeme Sanderson, prepared this article on Cox rootstock, which features in the winter edition of the Australian Citrus News.Cox rootstock was bred by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) at Gosford Horticultural Research station in the early 1960s. A.....

Strong lemon prices typical for summer
With production of lemons largely limited to California's Central Coast, prices have remained strong. Summer is when the market for lemons usually firms up, and prices could go higher before desert production in California and Arizona ramps up in autumn. Increased fall production would then reverse summer.....

Is the lemon market just about to get tougher?
The UK lemon market is stable at the moment at around 20-25 pounds per box depending on size, this is a good price according to Ben Butler from Jem Fruits. The company sources its lemons in South Africa and have imported around 10 -15 containers so far this season. At the moment they are only importing one.....


Aussi “Sunshine Farm” mandarin
"From 'farm to table' key to brand power in China"
After a nearly five hours drive on the Queensland regional road in Australia, Lisa Liang, the Export General Manager of Queensland Food Corporation arrives in the mandarin orchard to start her inspection on this season’s mandarin crop. “In China, urbanization has caused many people with very little.....

Spain expecting over 1 billion kilos of lemons
According to José Antonio García, general director of farming representative group Ailimpo, Spain has become the world's second-largest producer of lemons, Argentina being the first. Spain is the lead exporter of fresh lemons and second in processed lemon products.As reported on Hortoinfo.es; as the.....

AU: Citrus grower not giving up after water allocations
In Waikerie, Riverland, citrus and winegrape grower Anthony Fulwood will not be uprooting his trees, in spite of the low 36 per cent water allocation announced last week.“It’s going to be business as usual for me and I’ll sit tight and see what happens,” Mr Fulwood said.“The indicators are showing there’s.....


Saturated market for some South American citrus
Clementines coming from Chile, Uruguay and Peru have saturated the market, while oranges and lemons are in tight supply.“At this moment the market is saturated and demand has been somewhat quiet,” said Paul Ross of Southern Sun, indicating the clementines have come early out of Chile this year. “They’re.....

Citrus Australia uses Chinese social media to promote Aussie fruit
Citrus Australia CEO, Judith Damiani, gave a presentation on the influential Chinese social media platform, WeChat, to a fresh produce network last week.WeChat is the largest social media messaging platform in China with over 700 million active users.Judith spoke to the invitation-only fresh produce network,.....

New research helps growers cope with citrus decay
An algorithm has been developed by UF/IFAS professor Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee and a team of researchers which helps cameras detect decayed citrus. This research follows a study published two years ago in which Lee found an algorithm to accurately find and count fruit that had dropped from trees in citrus.....


China: Poor market for South African grapefruit
The Chinese import market is dominated by citrus. In Shanghai, apart from durian and dragon fruit from Southeast Asia, the main import product is citrus, including late-season oranges from Spain, the US and Egypt, early-season Australian oranges and grapefruit from South Africa."In the past few weeks, the.....


S. African citrus company celebrates opening of its new packhouse
Sundays River Citrus Company has completed construction on a new citrus packhouse in Kirkwood, with the capability to pack 2 million cartons of citrus fruit. SRCC was established in 1924 and is currently the largest grower, packer and exporter of South African Citrus Fruit. SRCC is also the largest employer.....

Citrus greening causes world orange market crisis
Citrus greening disease is widespread in the key centersof orange cultivation and is one of the main factors contributing to a crisis in the global orange market. Average annual growth rates over the last 2 years have been at -7.0%. A reduction of the global orange market volume is expected once again in.....

Dongfang buys more citrus plantations
Dongfang Modern Agriculture has bought a tangerine and a camellia plantation in Xunwu County. Both new plantations are near to the company's existing plantations within the Ganzhou City district of Jiangxi Province, China's premier citrus region.The tangerine plantation (400 hectares) and camellia plantation.....


Halo program continues to grow
“Two weeks ago, we finished the last shipments of the Halo season,” says David Krause, president, Wonderful Citrus. “This was the third season and another very successful one. The brand continues to grow in terms of consumer recall. With over 50% market share, Halos finished the California mandarin season.....