Citrus


South Africa: Citrus company invests in empowerment project
A R300-million black economic empowerment project is about to be launched in the Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This project could have significant ramifications for the rollout of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success......

India: Maharashtra orange traders slowly return to business
After 8-10 days of stupor due to the demonetisation move of the Indian government, orange growers and traders in the Nagpur and Amravati regions of Maharashtra have started limping back into business. Last week fruit prices dropped by nearly 40-50%, prompting farmers in Amravati to throw their produce on the.....


Sweet start for clemenula season in Denmark
The ready to peel season is in full swing in Denmark. Demand started picking up a little more than a month ago and Ole Wiener Kjaer, from Brdr. Kjaer Import and Export, said that he is receiving a lot of phone calls from people looking for more clementines.In particular, the 'Kiss Me, I'm Sweet' clemenula.....

Bulgarian authorities destroyed cargo of Turkish lemons
According to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), a batch of Turkish lemons was retained at the Bulgarian border because it contained residues of Biphenyl and Chlorpyrifos on the 18th of November.The European Union (EU) has decided to intensify controls on lemons from Turkey, due to various.....


A lot of Spanish produce available and demand is slow
Italian products are becoming available to wholesale markets so, at the moment, both Italian and Spanish oranges and clementines are available in Bologna.A wholesaler reports quotations from 70 eurocents to €1.40/kg for clementines from Calabria depending on grade and quality. Another reports 60 eurocents/kg.....

Zimbabwe: Minister unapologetic over run down citrus farm
Vendors in Chegutu, Zimbabwe, have accused former information deputy minister Bright Matonga of stealing their livelihoods as he is accused of running Chigwell Estate, a multi-million dollar business that used to produce citrus fruits for export to the Middle East and Europe, into the ground.Chigwell Estate.....


Moroccan clementines popular on the Canadian market
Moroccan clementines have been very popular since they arrived on the Canadian market almost two weeks ago, they are in fact the most consumed in their category on the market. The product is well displayed in stores as well as in the entrance of supermarkets and is often on special offer. Demand is high and.....

Citrus linked to lowering ovarian cancer risk
New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that apples, grapes and citrus fruits and juices are associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer. The research reveals that women who consume foods containing flavonols and flavanones (both subclasses of dietary flavonoids).....


Turkey: Russia removes more products from boycott list
In the coming days, Russia will lift the boycott of some Turkish products, said Faruk Çelik, the Turkish Minister of Agriculture, yesterday in Turkish media. That announcement was made by Russia in talks during the second Wheat Forum in Azerbaijan. Alexandr Tkachev, the Russian Minister of Agriculture, would.....


Spain
113 illegal plots of Orri detected in 2 months thanks to the Orri App
In just two months 511 consultations have been conducted on plots through the Orri App application, the first mobile application that identifies authorized holdings of a protected citrus, specifically the ORRI variety of mandarin. Of these consultations, 113 correspond to allegedly illegal plots, which are.....


Argentina: Rio Negro proposes plan to handle citrus crisis
Just over two months after the Rio Negro fruit growers gave away 10,000 kilos of pears and apples in the Plaza de Mayo, to highlight the sector's crisis, the provincial government presented President Mauricio Macri with a plan to recover fruit growing.The plan, presented by Governor Alberto Weretilneck,.....

The German OPDR optimizes its Morocco service
Best conditions for the export of Moroccan citrus fruit
OPDR, situated in the German Hamburg and part of the CMA CGM Group, revised three of its established services connecting Morocco with Northern Europe and Russia. The services, DUNKRUS, AGAX and CISS, optimization is perfectly timed for the Moroccan citrus export season. The services meet the increased demand.....

Cali researcher thinks citrus greening will be widespread
Recent finds of citrus trees in the Los Angeles area that have tested positive for huanglongbing, or citrus greening, have raised concern that the devastating disease may soon start to spread. UC Riverside entomologist, Mark Hoddle, said the new finds were not unexpected.Hoddle said. “A lot of these trees.....

Pakistan expects 300,000 tons of kinnow exports
Pakistan's kinnow export season kicks off at the end of November and the country expects to send over 300,000 tons of the citrus fruit to world markets –mainly in the Middle East and East Asia, an official source said.Production is said to be good this year but not quite as good as last year. Despite this,.....

Queensland fruit fly larvae intercepted at Wellington Airport
Four Queensland fruit fly larvae have been discovered in a piece of fruit seized at Wellington Airport. The Ministry for Primary Industries said its staff found the larvae, earlier this month, in a mandarin carried by an Australian passenger arriving from Melbourne.The fruit was detected on an X-ray scan of.....


Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk: “Life-size promotional elephant”
“Demand for good oranges getting into its stride”
For some years now, Willem Dijk AGF has been working with the Aguado family, an orange specialist from Picassent in Valencia, Spain, under the Elefant (elephant) brand. “We have the exclusive rights to market Elefant in the Benelux. After minimal arrivals last week, we will start receiving volumes this.....

Disease-resistant GMO citrus trees approved for trialling
The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has given major Florida citrus grower, Southern Gardens, approval for large-scale field testing of citrus trees that have been genetically engineered to resist citrus greening, a ruinous disease that has caused orange production to plummet to the lowest.....


16 – 17 November 2016
Organic Italian citrus on display at the Nordic Food Fair
Following the successful first edition of Bio Sun 2015, a foreign buyers’ event held in Sicily, “Arance a casa tua - (oranges home delivered), the e-commerce brand of the Solarino family is now in Sweden to participate to the Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmömässan, going ahead with its race towards.....

Kazakhstan increases citrus exports
The South Kazakhstan region has started exporting lemons to Russia. The fruitgrows very well in domestic greenhouses and has a high yield. According to the farmers, investments are paid off after several years and bring good profit. Gulzinat Idrissova at the agriculture department said, ''Mostly we supply.....

AU: Citrus-growing family business branches out
A multi-generational citrus-growing family in northern Victoria is branching into new challenges to spread its business risk. The Fisher family, with a citrus grove at Narung near Mildura, has identified weather and market security as the greatest business risks.A couple of years ago, family members bought.....

Spain: Valencia demands study on impact of elimination of tariffs for South African citrus
The Councillor of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development of the Region of Valencia, Elena Cebrián, has analysed in the plenary of Les Corts Valencianes, the extension of the cooperation agreement between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community.The agreement.....

Foreigners prefer Shanghai tangerines
While foreigners living in Shanghai prefer local Shanghai tangerines, Shanghai natives prefer tangerines grown in other parts of China, the Xinmin Evening News reported.The production volume of tangerine in the city is estimated at 160,000 tons this year. Qianwei Tangerine Company is the only exporter of.....

Regular fresh fruit consumption can lower risk of stroke & heart attack
New research published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, which focuses on a 7-year study of half a million adults in China, reveals that people who eat fresh fruit on most days are at lower risk of heart attack and stroke than people who rarely eat fresh fruit. Fresh fruit consumption in.....

Spain: Orange consumption up, but growers fail to make a profit
The domestic consumption of oranges has not stopped growing (very slowly) for the past 10 years, but this is not being reflected in the profits for those producing them. The domestic market accounts for just over 20% of the orange business, which is mainly focused on exports; hence why the behaviour of.....

Resumption of Turkish supply brings citrus prices down in Sevastopol
The authorities of Sevastopol reported that the arrival in the city of Turkish citrus fruit imports has caused a collapse in market prices and become an effective tool in the fight against speculators.The State Duma deputy from Sevastopol, Dmitry Belik, stated that the resumption of the trade agreement with.....


China: Gannan navel oranges achieve highest ever prices
On November 5th, the harvest of navel oranges in Gannan (Jiangxi province) officially started. This is the earliest possible picking time, as it had earlier resulted from a test, carried out by the local fruit industry, on all navel orange producers in Ganzhou city and was also predicted in the short-term.....

Seedless kinnows snatch Pakistan’s market
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has said that the demand for Pakistani oranges (kinnows) has dropped in overseas markets as India, Turkey and Egypt have started producing seedless kinnows."The demand for seedless kinnows remains high, especially in the West, but.....

Argentina: Fears that Trump won't admit lemon imports to US
The shares of the San Miguel company, the largest exporter of lemons in the country, plunged by 8.21 percent last week and the cumulative decline in the last two days has been 11.7 percent. The company from Tucuman was expecting that the administration of Barack Obama would soon authorize the entry of.....

Zimbabwe seeks $35,7m Kuwait Fund for citrus
The government is negotiating with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for $35,7 million for the Zhove irrigation project in Beitbridge.The project will develop infrastructure for intensive citrus production on 2,520 hectares of land and is expected to benefit 5,000 households upon completion,.....


Moms and kids invited to see where Cuties® come from
This week, Cuties return to produce sections across the country, supported by a powerful marketing effort designed specifically to help retailers attract their most coveted shopper demographic—millennials. At 80 million strong, millennials are now the largest adult demographic, and make up 90 percent of new.....


The China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair
This is the third time that the national agricultural product export quality and quantity demonstration zones of the China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair will hold a period of 'come, see and buy' activities.This year, the event will be held from November 21 to November 26. We will guide the.....


Holiday gift carton for California Navels
The Classic Harvest Holiday Gift Carton features festive, sparkling graphics that give a whimsical nod to holiday gift wrap and shows consumers at first glance what’s inside—fresh, juicy California navel oranges. Classic Harvest will be shipping the new holiday cartons with California navels Nov. 15–Dec......

Florida: all orange production up 3%
In the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly outlook, released Wednesday 9 November, Florida's orange harvest is forecasted to fill 72-million 90-pound boxes, up 2 million boxes from the initial forecast in October.However, if realized, this forecast will still be 12 percent less than last season’s.....

Gaza Strip produces 28 thousand tonnes of citrus fruits
The Ministry of Agriculture has official confirmed that the Gaza Strip was able to reach a state of sufficiency in citrus crops of 65%, after having reached a cultivated area of ​​18 thousand acres, yielding a production of up to 28 thousand tonnes of various items.The director of the tree.....


Record supply for mandarins
Mandarin oranges are in excellent supply and already in high promotion. Adam Cooper, Vice President of Wonderful Halos, says they’re getting set for their biggest year ever, holding fast in the category with their Halos brand. Through in-store POS and marketing towards consumers, the company’s $30-million.....


China: Truck driver weeps as villagers rob spilled oranges
In eastern China, a truck driver and his nephew were attacked by a group of villagers when they tried to stop the villagers stealing their full cargo of oranges after their vehicle overturned on a highway.The driver wept by the side of the road as the villagers scrambled to pick the fruit off the road, in.....

South African fruit exports to Russia declining
The 14th session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on trade and economic co-operation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa (ITEC) will be conducted in Pretoria on 16-18 November, 2016.The current problems affecting bilateral trade will the subject of discussions during the.....


Slight increase of white pomelo
"Guang'an is one of the top pomelo production regions of China, with around 667 hectares of cultivation surface for pomelos; mainly the white variety. Production volumes have slightly increased this year but prices have remained stable." says Mr. Zou Hongxing from Guang'an in Sichuan province. The pomelos.....

Lower prices and poor sales raise concerns in Valencia's citrus sector
The current mood of Valencian citrus producers is diametrically opposed to that at the start of the previous season, and even to that at the end, barely five or six months ago. A few setbacks for the majority of early mandarin varieties have sufficed to cause general uneasiness and bring the feeling that.....


Sicilian organic lemons now available on the market
Lemons from southern Italy are about to become available. Daniele Di Mauro is an operator from Sicily with a stand in Cesena's wholesale market."We sell organic lemons cultivated on our family's land near Siracusa. Organic produce is very popular and that is why it is sold at a few cents more than.....


China: Qiongzhong green orange picking season
A press conference was held today to mark the opening ceremony of the green orange picking carnival at the Qiongzhong Huayu cooperative demonstration base. This means that, as of today, Qiongzhong green oranges will be listed on the market.To guarantee their taste, the harvest season of Qiongzhong green.....

EU increases border check on Turkish lemons
The EU is increasing the frequency of border checks on Turkish lemons from 10 percent to 20 percent due to the use of pesticides. For the present 2016/2017 campaign which began in September, Turkish lemons have been included on Annex 1 of Regulation Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 as they are.....

Tunisia: Record citrus harvest- more exports to Russia and Algeria
A record harvest of 560 million tons is expected for citrus production in Tunisia this year, i.e. double that recorded last year.Measures are being taken to ensure that this particularly big harvest is marketed both nationally and internationally. The distribution programme plans to focus exports on the.....

Pakistan: Kinnow growers seek fairer rates
Kinnow growers in Sargodha, Pakistan, have urged the authorities to formulate an effective mechanism for deciding fair rates for their produce; saying there is a need to break the monopoly of citrus exporters and factory owners in the division.The growers said that Sargodha district, being the largest market.....


Spanish-French-Italian Citrus Contact Group
European citrus sector requests compensatory measures for South Africa agreement
The so-called Spanish-French-Italian Citrus Contact Group, which has met in Valencia, agreed to ask the European Commission (EC) for the future implementation of some kind of compensatory measures to alleviate, even in part, the negative impact that the recent agreement between the European Union (EU) and.....

Researchers warn that HLB could put an end to Spanish citrus
Ferran Garcia-Marí, researcher at the Agroforestry Institute of the Mediterranean (UPV), believes that control measures need to be enforced to prevent a hypothetical propagation in Spain of Huanglongbing (HLB), or greening disease, the world's most dangerous disease for citrus fruits. "The insect vector has.....

Early into navel season, fruit slow to colour
Even though the crop is estimated to be off from last season, there will still be plenty of navel oranges. “There won’t be any shortages until we run out,” said Randy Jacobson of Cecelia’s Packing Corporation. The fall weather has been unusually warm for California’s orange groves and fruit has been slow to.....


prices falling
China: Production of honey oranges down
30% less production"The new production season of the honey orange has already started and it will keep going until the end of January next year. Because of low temperatures in the beginning of the year and dry weather in the later phases of the cultivation, the overall production volume of honey oranges in.....

Spain: Disguised lay-offs at orange exporter denounced
The Federation of Industry of CC.OO.-PV has denounced that the Valencian orange exporter Fontestad is undertaking "disguised layoffs" by failing to call its fixed-discontinuous employees for the start of the campaign at its citrus handling and packaging plant in Museros.According to the union, the sectoral.....

Taiwan helps Belize citrus farmers fight citrus greening
Belizean citrus growers, Justino Chiac of Maya Mopan Village on the Southern Highway, and Gilbert Galvez of Ringtail Village on the Hummingbird Highway, are learning to control the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, known as citrus greening, which is so detrimental to citrus orchards, through the technical support.....

UF/IFAS imaging system detects citrus greening before symptoms show
A time-lapse polarized imaging system may help citrus growers detect greening before the plant’s leaves show symptoms, which should help growers as they try to fend off the deadly disease, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.For the new study, Won Suk “Daniel”.....

Grapefruit and Kiki become popular in Hangzhou
Grapes and peaches occupy half of the fruit market during the summer season in Hangzhou fruit markets and fruit stores. When the autumn season comes, they are rarely seen; instead, autumn fruits such as kaki, oranges and pomegranates become become very popular and cheap.The red and soft kaki is selling very.....

Based in Mercalicante
Spain: Cítricos Cox to start selling in the domestic market
The company, Cítricos Cox, has chosen Mercalicante's facilities to launch its first logistics hub, intended to sell its products in the domestic market, particularly to retail outlets in the province of Alicante, as reported by sources of the food park. So far, the firm has devoted its entire production to.....


Transition from Mexican to Mediterranean grapefruit
Stagnant Spanish lemon market and falling prices
Spanish lemon sales are still stagnant at the start of the campaign, with very low demand from European markets like France and the UK, where there is still supply from Chile and Argentina, and with strong pressure on prices which is slowing down both the harvesting and the handling in the packing.....

Pakistan: Seedless kinnow can boost exports
Citrus experts in Pakistan have said that exporting seedless kinnow can be the most profitable way to sell the citrus fruit, due to its high demand across the globe.Talking to APP, the experts of Citrus Research Institute Sargodha, said 95 per cent of the variety of seedless kinnow contained only one seed,.....

AU: Online export system for packing houses now open
Citrus Australia has opened the online export system for packing houses. They can use the system to register for the following markets:South Korea (excluding Queensland)China (all states)Thailand (all states)Taiwan (South Australia only)Japan (South Australia only)New Zealand (all states)USA (excludes.....

Citrus Australia, South Australia elects new committee
Citrus Australia would like to congratulate Stuart Andrew, John Gallard and Simon Lehmann, who have been elected to the CASAR committee, as well as Mark Doecke and Steve Burdette who were re-elected.Ryan Arnold chose not to reapply this term and CASAR thanked him for his contribution over the past 12.....


Good start of clementine campaign at AOP Armonia
A good start to the clementine campaign atAOP Armonia, is expected, even though high temperatures in October affected colour and consumption. "We ended last month with 500 tons - a significant increase both in terms of quantities and turnover with respect to the previous year," explains sales manager, Marco.....

NZ: Law change to improve access to crop protection
New Zealand’s primary sector will now have access to more innovative agricultural products as well as products for minor crops and minor animal species, due to a law change increasing data protection timeframes.The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill increases the protection of.....

Spain: Valencian citrus growers ask Canada not to use Valencia Orange brand
Valencian citrus growers are warning about the threat that may be involved in the use of the brand Valencia Orange by foreign trading companies, following the signing of the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA). This bilateral agreement allows Canadian firms to use this label for.....

Citrus smell can increase house price
A new study has revealed how smells affect the value of a house; citrus in particular can improve sale prices by thousands. The Realestate.com.au survey found buyers were willing to pay more when a home carried particular smells, such as the scent of citrus or freshly baked bread.The survey showed 44.....

Turkish citrus back in the Russian market
On Tuesday 1 November, the spokesperson for the Russian Customs Service reported that the first Turkish citrus shipments to the Russian market are currently subject to customs clearance procedures at the Russian port of Novorossiysk, on the Black Sea.On 11 October, the Russian government published a decree.....

Especially for citrus fruit & vegetable exports
CMA CGM upgrades transport offer to Morocco
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, is pleased to announce the deployment of its upgraded transportation offer to Morocco. It is specifically designed for the export of citrus fruits and vegetables.6 maritime services will provide Moroccan producers with unparalleled export solutions with ten weekly.....


Preventing HLB
Bayer & California citrus industry unite to remove abandoned trees
California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Bayer CropScience have united to stop the spread of a dangerous pest and disease attacking the state’s citrus trees. As part of their initiative, eighty citrus trees were recently removed from a residential property in Exeter, Calif.The Asian citrus psyllid is endemic.....


Willem Koole: "Harvest 15% larger, limited availability for large sizes"
Spanish oranges arrive on good market
Frukar has received various trucks with oranges from their supplier Serene in the last ten days. "The fruit is already good in colour and flavour for this time of the year and is improving with each arrival. The market is very good, we have little competition from other brands, and oranges from other.....

Negative impact of Matthew on Florida ''overestimated''
Hurricane Matthew did not make landfall on the coast of Florida, where much of the nation's citrus supply is produced. Matthew had been predicted to adversely impact Florida's fruit and vegetable production, but fortunately most crops seems to have escaped damage.Florida is the nation's leading producer of.....


For quality, citrus goes by air or rail
Workshop to develop Chinese-Italian trade relations
The workshop organized by Freshfel Europe and the China Entry & Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA), in Beijing, has produced excellent results. The workshop aimed to create a shared knowledge base for future trade relations, to understand respective production systems, and above all to.....

Citrus Greening Disease brings down oranges form US
Supply problems for orange market, price rise expected
Whether it's a bacterium, a downpour or extreme drought, oranges are having a bad time, and consumers will soon notice that in their wallets. The oranges we have in our supermarkets, come from all over the world. Normally, this would result in a constant supply of this citrus fruit, but now, a combination of.....


Entering the market this week
China: Australian mangoes and Israeli grapefruits now on sale
Following the rise in temperatures throughout the Southern Hemisphere, more and more Northern Hemisphere fruits are appearing in the import markets. Right after the first batch of Chilean cherries was sold in Guangzhou last week, Australian mangoes and Israeli grapefruit have appeared in public and lured.....


Orange Chu: price adjustment after reduced production
Last week, Mr. Chu Shijian appeared in public, during the 2016 Orange Chu Sales News Conference, in the Orange Chu orchard. He announced that his best oranges are, from now on, to be called 'Orange Chu'. The taste of the Orange Chu is also better than last year."Smaller production for better tasteEven though.....

Over 200,000 tonnes
Spain: Huelva expects good mandarin campaign, but smaller calibres
The mandarin campaign in the province of Huelva has not started off on the right foot; however, growers are convinced that their production will exceed 200,000 tonnes, due to the entry into production of farms that have been grafted from other citrus, mainly oranges.These 200,000 tonnes will mean "a record.....