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Sunkist launching marketing programs

Sunkist said it now has more than 40 varieties of fresh citrus for the new season, along with new packaging, merchandising displays and promotional programs. According to the…

US: Citrus canker spreads through Louisiana

Citrus canker, a fruit tree disease that appeared several years ago in the Houma-Thibodaux area, has been spreading in Louisiana. It was recently found in the East Baton Rouge…

Juan Bautista Juan, of Frutas Tono:

"Going for China without good planning just because it pays well is very risky"

With the Spanish mandarin harvest already underway, the campaign ahead appears to be different compared to the previous one in terms of production, with challenges such as the increasingly tougher competition from Egypt, but also with opportunities in markets like the Chinese. FreshPlaza learned this…

Texas grapefruit grower launches new trade newsletter

Texas-based grapefruit grower-packer-shipper Lone Star Citrus, owner of Winter Sweetz, is excited to announce the launch of its bi-monthly newsletter as a resource for the…

Citrus shipper launches limited edition label for Florida citrus

Greenyard USA/ Seald Sweet announced a new label design for this upcoming Florida Citrus season, using historic vintage labels. “We are creating a collage utilizing old Florida vintage style labels to celebrate our 110th year anniversary and to embrace our history” says Mayda Sotomayor, CEO of Greenyard…

Maricopa, California

US: Asian citrus psyllids found in Kern County

A growing population of Asian citrus psyllids was found at four sites in the city of Maricopa, California. This is the first detection of the psyllids in Kern County this…

Late Southern Hemisphere mandarins pushing Spain's earliest ones away from the market

"There were strong suspicions which have now been confirmed. Producers were concerned that the lack of purchases at origin was the result of a calculated strategy by Europe's large distributors, which have chosen to purchase the late mandarins from the Southern Hemisphere instead of the earliest Spanish…

Spain: Good prospects in terms of volume for Castellon's citrus fruits

After a few quiet months, there is now plenty of activity in citrus orchards and storage facilities in the Spanish province of Castellón. The season is starting with good…

China: Price differential between domestic and imported fruit shrinking

The price difference between domestic and imported fruits has narrowed. In autumn, the varieties supplied by the fruit market  increased and were characterized by diversification, regionalization and quality. The characteristics of fruits in other provinces are obviously stronger than those within the province,…

The output this year is nearly 180,000 tons

China: Shiyan mandarins on the market in the next two weeks

At present, most of the mandarins on the market come from Sichuan, and the local oranges will be on the market in large quantities in two weeks time. In October, it was time…

Launch of organic program

North American lemon supplies return to normal

After a couple of months of tight supplies and high prices, lemon supplies have normalized now that the California season is producing more volume. District 3, which incorporates the desert areas of California and Arizona, has been in production for about a month now while District 1 - the San Joaquin…

Maturity test results and fruit size

USDA Citrus forecast October

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 79.0 million boxes, 76 percent more than last season’s final production. The total includes 34.0…

Drought still affects other sectors negatively

Australian orange exports increasing

Although Rabobank’s agribusiness October outlook indicates growth in Australia’s wine and fruit exports, meat and grains are falling short. The monthly report shows that fresh…

Citrus Research Board announces interim president

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) announced that Franco Bernardi will serve as the organizations interim president. As of October 15, Bernardi will lead daily staff operations…

Justin Chadwick:

“Southern African citrus reached a record volume of production in 2018”

Yesterday, Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), tweeted that Southern African citrus reached a record volume of product packed for export in 2018.…

Argentina: Increased lemon exports to Russia

Similar export volumes to last season

"The season has been similar in terms of total volumes exported compared to last season. However, the weather has made the season quite unsure. We experienced a warm fall, followed by lots of rain and then even light frost in our areas. It didn´t damage the production itself, however it, caused some…

Organic oranges fertilized by floods

The agronomist Angelo Migliorisi, 55 years old, has been managing the family citrus grove together with the sisters Gianna and Antonella for 5 years. He said, “We grow oranges in Sicily helped only by nature. We have been successful in this challenge for 5 years”. From the right: Angelo Migliorisi (agronomist and owner…

“The demand for grapefruit in the domestic market continues to increase”

China: "Price of pomelo has dropped"

"The pomelo season in the Pinghe area of Fujian started in early August, and it is expected to last until around February next year. Overall, the market situation of this season is very stable, this is because of the fruit's increasing popularity with Chinese consumers. The sales in the domestic market…

USDA: Citrus forecast claims all orange production up 76% from last season

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 79.0 million boxes, 76 percent more than last season’s final production.…

From January to September

Colombia: More than 200 tons of citrus have been shipped out through the port of Barranquilla

The Port of Barranquilla is Colombia's outlet to export sweet citrus. According to the Health Information System for Import and Export of Agricultural and Livestock Products…

China: Pomelo festival in Pinghe, Fujian

The 14th Pinghe Pomelo Festival officially opened on October 9th, 2018, in Pinghe, Fujian. Official data shows that the overall surface area devoted to pomelo plantation in Pinghe is currently at 46.7 thousand hectares with an annual production volume of 1.2 million tons. This is one quarter of the…

Imported orange market depressed after Chinese National Day

How has the imported fruit market survived the National Day holiday period? New oranges imported from South Africa  People expected excellent market conditions during the National Day holiday, so domestic supply was abundant. This caused the price of imported oranges to fall. However, the demand from secondary and tertiary wholesale…

Israel: “Higher prices due to high quality and demand”

It’s early in the season, but citrus fruits in Israel are being harvested and the first wave of produce is finding its way into the supermarkets. Betsalel Ohana from Planet Israel Export claims the season is looking good, with good prices and great quality. For Planet Israel, the Star Ruby Red Grapefruit is the main product, though…

Pieter de Keijzer, Eosta:

"Chefs would also like to use the Meyer lemon"

The season of the Meyer lemon at Eosta has started again. "We have been selling the Meyer lemon for a number of years now," says organic citrus fruit and grape purchaser…

Citrus fruit served while still on the tree

Lifestyles change and so do eating habits - there are now urban vegetable gardens ready to compete with the most sophisticated supermarket shelves. Antonio Torre holding a Calamondino tree (tangerine crossbreed)  Retail stores now stock broad leaf vegetable heads cultivated with sophisticated soil-less systems. The same goes for restaurants,…

Cuties becomes official citrus fruit of Disney resorts

Cuties® is adding another title to its name: the official citrus fruit of Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort. The strategic promotional agreement will bring…

Poor transportation options & tariffs put Nigerian orange industry at risk

According to Lagos orange marketers, poor transportation is putting their fruits at high risk of spoiling. This in turn leads to losses of hundreds of thousands of naira per truck. More than one third of a truckload of oranges will sometimes rot due to poor roads and breakdown of vehicles. Mr Omotayo Nurudeen, the Chairman…

Andrade Sun Farms present at Fruit Attraction

Start of Brazilian lime season depends on rainfall in October

“We expect to start our new harvest in the second week of November, but this will depend on the frequency and volume of the rainfall. The expected sizes on the peak production are the favourite of the market, being the 54 and 48. Europe is the main export market, but we seek to serve the Arabian market…

Peru is the main exporter of mandarins in the Americas

Peru became the main exporter of mandarins in the Americas, surpassing the United States, Chile, and Argentina, among other countries, stated the Ministry of Agriculture. According to data…

Spain: Valencia's citrus sector almost paralyzed

Valencian citrus growers are becoming increasingly anxious because there are practically no purchases in the field, and not many know what the current prices are. Those…

Swiss wholesaler currently offers mainly citrus from overseas

''Northern hemisphere Clementines and Mandarins expected in 2-3 weeks"

While citrus fruits from the southern hemisphere are gradually leaving the Western European market, the arrivals from southern European cultivation are slowly increasing. Products from Spain and Italy are already to be found in German wholesale markets. However, batches from overseas are still dominating…

20 to 30% less production expected for citrus fruits in Adana, Turkey

The Adana Growers Association Mutlu Dogru: “The harvest of mandarins and oranges continue but this year we expect the production volume to be around 20 - 30% lower. The reasons behind lower production were high temperatures at inopportune times and other climate factors. We believe that the export market will be…

Spain: Huelva expects citrus production to fall by 10%

The Association of Citrus growers of the Spanish province of Huelva has made a first estimate for the 2018/2019 campaign, which has already started with the harvest of the…

Chilean mandarin imports coming to a close

The Chilean mandarin season is winding down as the North American market makes way for European citrus imports. “The Murcott mandarins have been coming in from Chile. We’re probably going to…

Canadians and Europeans show great interest in finger limes

Volume of finger limes is up now that the harvest of the specialty citrus item is hitting its peak. “We’ve been shipping for more than two months, but we really didn’t put anything out because we only recently caught up to our orders,” says Jim Shanley of Morro Bay, Ca.-based Shanley Farms. Finger lime production begins in June. “We’ve…

Pakistan Citrus Research Institute encourages seedless kinnow cultivation

Experts from Pakistan's Citrus Research Institute Sargodha (CRIS) are urging growers to cultivate seedless kinnow varieties to compete in the international market. Pakistan's…

California citrus farmers face economic headwinds

California citrus producers are facing an array of hurdles in production costs, export headwinds and regulatory restraints that they fear could stymie their industry. The…

“We were able to start all varieties two weeks early”

With Egypt, Greece and Morocco still being a month away from the citrus season, Turkey managed to get a head start. Eren Tarim is a Turkish exporter who deals in all kinds of citrus. According to Coşkun Eren the weather was on their side, allowing them to start the season two weeks early. Citrus is Eren Tarim’s most…

World orange juice consumption drops again

Markestrat researchers analyzed 40 countries that represent almost 100 percent of the world’s 2017 processed juice market. The information was first compiled in 2003. At that time, in…

Turkey: Base citrus price fixed at 0.20 USD per kg

Citrus fruit growers have met in Dortyol district of Hatay, a city located in southern border of Turkey to determine the sales prices for the upcoming season. In the meetings, growers have agreed on a base price of 0.20 USD per kg for citrus fruits, taking into account that last year some growers had to sell their…

Chile: How to prepare citrus fruits for a frost and recover them afterwards

After the frosts of this year, the Citrus Committee implemented various actions to reduce potential damage. The Technical Seminar of the Citrus Committee will explain to producers how to prepare their orchards against the frost and what measures to take to recover them after a frost. Some citrus areas in the country…

Smaller lemons coming out of California

Organic lemons in California have started to transition to a new region. “We are still picking in the D2 coastal region and it’s very slim. D2 is pretty much done,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca. “Some growers have started in D3 already, the Desert region, and we’ll probably start in…

Turkey: Record increase in citrus fruit production

The Aegean region in Turkey is surpassing all expectations for citrus fruit production so far. The production had been estimated at around 428,000 tons, however current numbers indicate a much higher production volume. As a result, growers and wholesalers are already looking to establish a better position in export…

Early clementine campaign starts at Comercial Gallo

The early clementine campaign has started with the Orogros and Clemenrubi varieties. They are completely seedless, with a deep orange color, an excellent percentage of juice, high Brix levels and an excellent Brix/acidity ratio. Fruits last well on plants and do not interfere with crossed pollination.  There is a…

Investing $30 million to continue market dominance

Wonderful® Halos® is gearing up for new season

Wonderful Halos continues to build on its success as it prepares to kick off its biggest season ever this November with a $30 million integrated marketing campaign designed to accelerate category growth and keep the brand in its No. 1 leadership position. The multifaceted campaign features the brand’s…

Tangerines still popular on the market

Citrus enters the market -new varieties become the key to competition

With the arrival of autumn, early-mature citrus has entered the market. Due to the decline in the citrus market last year, this year's market has become a headache for many…

Spain: 3,000 illegal Orri mandarin trees uprooted

More than 100 legal actions have already been taken against illegal Orri mandarin plantations by The Enforcement Organization (TEO), the exclusive master licensee in Spain of this protected variety. As a result, a number of illegal plantations has been uprooted. This time, 3,000 unlicensed trees have been destroyed in…

Spain: Valencian citrus campaign starts with uncertainty

The start of the 2018/2019 citrus campaign in the Region of Valencia is marked by uncertainties. Compared to the same week of the previous year, the orange sector is seeing…

Lime supplies remain steady as rainy season ends in Mexico

Lime supplies continue to be steady this month, carrying on from the end of summer when volume was good despite the presence of Mexico's monsoon season. The rains are clearing now, bolstering confidence that volumes will continue to keep up with demand. Moreover, the quality of fruit is getting better as…

Turkey: Good lemon harvest in Adana

Growers in Adana, a city located in southern Turkey and is known for its agricultural production, are delighted so far with the high productivity of the lemon harvest. The sale price at the grower is around 0.25 USD per kg and currently harvested variety is an early comer to the market thus it has a lot…

Effects of scorching Dutch summer

Holland: First naturally grown etrogs in decades

After many days of record-breaking temperatures in the Netherlands, a tree planted years ago by a Jewish woman near the Dutch capital produced what may be the country’s first naturally-grown etrog fruit in decades. Eight years ago, Rachel Levy planted several seeds of an etrog tree, a citrus whose fruits are used…

US: Citrus canker detected in parishes of East Baton Rouge & Livingston

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has stated that citrus canker was recently detected at two nurseries. LDAF officials are urging residents in the…

Xylella… a global threat to citrus

CVC is caused by the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca. It is a serious disease of sweet orange and other citrus species, leading to tree decline and reduced production. The bacteria get into the xylem (water) tubes of the trees which then transport the bacteria throughout the tree. Symptoms include yellowing and…

Japan opens its market to the Satsuma mandarin grown in Peru

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF), published on Tuesday the official standard that allows access to the satsuma mandarin produced in Peru. He stressed that this…

Mandarins becoming increasingly popular in summer as well

Season for overseas citrus has almost ended

The overseas citrus season is just about to end and there is a slow shift to products from Spain. A German importer of citrus fruit from overseas reviews the past season: "There are still stocks from South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay and sometimes Chile, but most supermarket supplies will be sold this…

China: Market demand for honey pomelos is growing stronger

“As a specialty of Pinghe County, in Zhangzhou City, the popularity of Guanxi honey pomelo has been quite high in the market for many years. This is mainly due to the unique growing environment, which has created characteristics such as a rich aroma and a thin skin. Currently, a large number of autumn…

Chile promotes its lemons in the Japanese market

Chile's Citrus Committee has promoted the nutritional, antioxidant and moisturizing properties of Chilean lemons, which have a high content of vitamin C, throughout the summer in Japan, with different slogans, such as: The Chilean lemons are in season in the Japanese summer! or, What is good for health…

US citrus supplies begin the turn to domestic season

The end of the offshore citrus season is approaching as suppliers begin thinking about domestic production. Main lemon supplies are already transitioning to California, while October will see the first appearance of domestically-grown oranges and easy-peelers. "Right now, we have Navel oranges, lemons and mandarins coming…

Iran producing over 5 million tons of citrus fruits per year

According to the director-general of the Department of Tropical and Temperate Fruits, Iran's total citrus fruit production in the previous campaign (ending on 20 March 2018)…

Australian scientists solve fruit mystery

Orange mysteriously turning purple

Australian health authorities say they have solved a mystery that prompted much speculation earlier this month: What could cause a freshly sliced orange to suddenly turn purple ? It began when a Brisbane woman asked for an investigation into why an orange -partially eaten by her son- had later changed colour. Scientists have now revealed…

Spain: "The sale of green oranges is imprudent"

The producers' organization ASAJA-Sevilla is reminding all its members that they must wait for the right time to start harvesting citrus. In a year like the current one, in which the harvest is kicking off 20 days late, it is important to be patient and wait for the fruit to ripen properly on the tree. "The sale…

Ministry in Indonesia targets potential Purworejo Orange Seed Center

The Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture continues to improve the quality and quantity of the nation’s orange fruit production. One of them is through the development of orange…

Willem Koole, Frukar:

"Early Spanish mandarins wrongfully thought to be sour"

Dutch citrus importer, Frukar, is expecting its first shipment of Serena Satsumas next Thursday. Mandarins from other brands have been trickling into the market for the last two weeks. "We cannot complain when it comes to the supply this year. All the citrus will be of a smaller size. In total, there…

Rudolfino clementines

"Climate, soil and environmental conditions make a difference when it comes to doing good or bad agriculture. Of course there are solutions that solve many problems, even those connected to sterility, but it's not true in our case. Our company is located on basaltic soil mixed with alluvial and volcanic soil, which constitutes…

Sicilian organic citrus fruits: lower volumes but good quality and size

Francesca Di Girolamo - entrepreneur and an expert on the Sicilian citrus sector - said, "Final rush for the farming work. We are providing the last care to the citrus groves before the harvesting. Clementines come first, and then the oranges immediately after." Francesca Di Girolamo “This is the period in which the fight against…

Colombia sends its second shipment of sweet citrus to the US

Even though, according to projections, the country could make its first shipments of sweet citrus to the United States in 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the…

Spain: Andalusian companies promote their citrus fruits in Brazil

A total of 13 Andalusian horticultural companies have been promoting their citrus fruits in Brazil in the framework of a direct commercial mission to the Latin American…

Small and expensive Wendan pomelo selling well

China: Pomelo prices lower than last year

Yesterday was the Mid-Autumn Festival. Many citizens took a basket of fruit when they visited relatives and friends. The autumn fruits such as pomelos have entered the market and, due to the holiday factor, the high-priced, high-quality fruits, such as Xiangyin green grapes and Qiuyue Pears, are…

Clementine demand climbing in the US during fall

The South American clementine season continues on with availability expected to run through mid-November. Supplies are expected to remain steady as the fall season firmly…

Easy peelers market recovering in the US

In the market report of September 19, 2018, Capespan's Mark Greenberg highlights that the "easy peelers market hit rock bottom in the previous week and is slowly recovering to…

Spain: "Our clementines don't hit the market until those from the southern hemisphere are sold out"

Pepe Bellver, a producer from Alginet, is one of the many who, right now, believe there is no interest on the part of traders to buy fruit. "They come, they see the fruit and…

Chinese consumers start to buy domestic products

China: Price of US imported oranges up by 50%

When the United States provoked a trade war, China was forced to fight back with tariffs on agricultural exports to the United States. In some supermarkets and fruit stores in…

U.S. Sugar announces progress in partnership with Texas A&M

On Sept. 11, U.S. Sugar, in a partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, announced a significant step forward in research efforts fighting diseases impacting food…

Midknight market expected to pick up its head

US navel market under pressure due to oversupply

Overall navel volumes from the Western Cape to the USA didn’t much exceed the usual, says Piet Smit, marketing director of Favourite Fresh Export, but California’s early exit made space in the early navel market. During the peak navel production weeks – weeks 21 to 25 – more navels were sent. Meanwhile,…

The rain in Mexico threatens the stable supply of limes

According to lime producers in Mexico, the heavy rains in Veracruz are beginning to create difficult conditions for trucks. Even though the rain stopped this week, it is a situation that lime producers are controlling. The offer has been constant for several weeks, but if it were interrupted due to…

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe, on South African citrus season:

“Lemons are gold, oranges stable, but tangerines and grapefruit will be negatively affected”

The South African citrus season is once again headed for the ‘duty deadline’ of 15 October. Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe gives us an update about the season, and looks ahead as well. “The new plantings of tangerines and lemons in particular could just result in a growth of 15 to 20 per cent. The…

Spain: Mandarins with modest royalties

"Impossible." It's the most repeated word by the spokesmen of farmers' organizations when asked about the possibility of converting their farms to varieties that require the…

Andhra Pradesh: Steep drop in price of sweet limes

The arrival in bulk of sweet limes from various parts of Andhra Pradesh in the last couple of weeks has led to price drops in the Salem markets.  Sweet lime is the favourite crop…

Spain: EU to continue monitoring Turkish lemon arrivals

The European Commission has decided to maintain the special controls for Turkish lemons in the 2018-2019 campaign to verify that they comply with European regulations on…

Castellon

Given the increased production of citrus, Spain plans to increase exports outside Europe

The increase in production in all agricultural sectors, which ranges between 15% and 20%, will allow Castellon to harvest around 650,000 tons of citrus this season and force exporting companies to redouble their external presence. Even though the European Union accounts for 93% of exports, which in 2017 totaled 764…

Spain: Murcia demands more control in the arrival of citrus to Cartagena

The Government of Murcia is worried about the threat that imported lemons with black spot, arriving at the port of Cartagena, could pose for the lemon sector. The Minister of…

Jose Manuel Pardo:

"Small sizes affect companies which package mandarins with leaves"

The harvest of early Iwasaki and Okitsu mandarins has started in the region of Safor, Valencia. The yields per hectare are higher, there are also more smaller sizes, which are difficult to market, especially for companies that pack the fruit with leaves. "Despite there being more production this year, I will have 30% less…

Yunnan early-season tangerine demand exceeds supply

Yunnan early-season tangerines have begun to mature. The production volume is large this year and the price is also high. Farmers enjoy both an abundant harvest and an…

Mexico: Jalisco, one of the main producers of Persian limes

Jalisco is Mexico's sixth biggest producer of Persian limes with 7,200 registered and certified hectares and a production of 88,261 tons. 70% of Jalisco's production is exported to international…

Eduardo Cifres:

Spain: "In this campaign, persimmon producers mustn't rush to sell their product"

The Valencian persimmon campaign will begin with the first harvests at the end of September. This will also be the first campaign of a new company created by producers who decided to export their product themselves, moved by the disastrous prices achieved in last year's campaign. "The profitability of persimmon has been…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research:

Potential breakthrough could help against citrus greening

As citrus greening continues to devastate Florida's citrus crop, researchers think they've discovered a way to gain new insights into the disease, which, in turn, could help…

NT's biggest citrus farm permitted to trade interstate

Australia: Canker breakthrough

The Northern Territory's biggest citrus farm has finally received permission to sell fruit interstate. It is five months after the plant disease citrus canker was first detected in Darwin. The Nutrano farm, which…

Spain: A project to fight against fraud and varietal piracy in citrus fruits

A few weeks before the most intense period of the citrus season starts, the first deals achieved between farmers and businesses show that mandarin prices are somewhat lower…

Spain: Castellon will harvest nearly 15% more citrus

The citrus harvest campaign of the earliest variety, the satsuma variety, is about to start and expectations are good. The Ministry of Agriculture is expected to release the…

Drop in Sicilian citrus fruit production for processing expected

"This campaign was characterized by unfavorable weather in spring. Except for the Blonde orange, Lemon and Pink Grapefruit productions - with volumes in line with the previous season - a 20-30% drop is expected for the 2018 industry citrus fruit campaign, at least when it comes to Blood oranges,…

Prosecutors ask for five years in prison

Spain: Man is accused of defrauding citrus owners of 200,000 euros

The fifth section of the Provincial Court of Valencia will hold, between Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the trial of a 41-year old man who is accused of defrauding more…

Argentina to import Tahiti limes from Colombia

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism stated that the National Health and Agricultural Food Quality Service of Argentina (Senasa) had authorized the sanitary…

Rain in Mexico threatens steady lime supplies

Lime growers in Mexico are reporting that heavy rains in Veracruz are starting to create difficult conditions for trucks. Although the rain has stopped this week, it's a situation that lime producers are monitoring. Supplies have been steady for several weeks now but if they become interrupted because of…

USDA Gain report

Indonesia concludes FTA negotiations with Australia

On August 31, the Government of Indonesia (GOI) and Government of Australia (GOA) announced the conclusion of trade negotiations under the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive…

"First Spanish mandarins eagerly snatched up after messy overseas season"

Early this week the first Spanish mandarins from the Filosofo brand have been unloaded at Willem Dijk AGF. Ronnie Moorman states they're arriving just at the right time. "In my view, the overseas mandarin season was quite messy, with few fixed lines and size agreements. Despite it all, high prices were still seen.…

(Well… No, it doesn’t.)

Does this video show a Lemon-Pomegranate hybrid?

According to a viral video, home farmers can succeed in growing lemon-pomegranate hybrids in their kitchens through simply planting a capsule containing a seed of each fruit into a pot of soil. Although this video is often shared along with comments suggesting that the creation of this lemon-hybrid fruit is on the up-and-up, this…

Citrus Under Protective Screening

‘CUPS’ protects citrus from greening and storms

A system designed to protect citrus trees from the deadly greening disease withstood the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma last year, University of Florida scientists say. With reinforcements installed after the storm, they’ll likely withstand even more dangerous storms. Using Citrus Under Protective Screening, or “CUPS,”…

Egypt: Jana Fresh intends to set up fruits export terminal next year

The Jana Fresh Company intends to obtain licenses to set up an export terminal with a grapes production line, with plans to add more production lines in the future. Abdel Rahman Mahrous, export…

Trump's trade tariffs push Egyptian oranges to Shanghai fruit shops

The trade war between the United States and China is presenting opportunities for fruit distributor Sunmoon Food Co., as the company is now shipping navel oranges from Egypt,…

Sizing limited on larger imported limes

While supplies of imported limes look ample, sizing may take a hit for now.   “We have plenty of supply on small fruit but we have limited supply on the larger fruit which is 175s, 150s and 110s,” says Alex Landin with Limonik Produce Inc. in McAllen, Tex. “We have plenty of volume on the small ones—250s, 230s and 200s. That’s because of lack…

European Commission to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for 2018-2019 season

The European Commission has decided to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for the 2018-2019 season, starting in September, with the aim of ensuring…

Europe importing more Texas grapefruit as Florida struggles

It's almost citrus time in Texas! Growers are preparing for the first harvest of oranges in a few weeks time, to be followed by Texas grapefruit in mid-October. They are currently still performing tests for juice and sugar content on the grapefruit, the results of which will more closely indicate a start…

"A very different crop from what we initially expected"

Challenging Valencia campaign could require market assistance

South Africa still has significant volumes of Valencias that need to be marketed, but there aren’t a great many markets pulling significant volumes and therein lies the challenge, says Rowan Vickery, Citrus Executive at Capespan South Africa. “There are opportunities, but they are only opportunities if…

6,681,556 tons produced and 3,615,583 tons exported in 2017/2018

Spanish citrus exports stable despite production drop

The Spanish citrus production in the 2017/2018 campaign, which came to a close in August this year, stood at 6.7 million metric tons, which entails a 7% drop compared to the 2016/2017 campaign, in which 7,206,200 tons were produced and 3,704,600 tons were exported. The reduction of the harvest is due to…

Syria: Tartous expects to produce over 250 thousand tons of citrus fruits

The Tartous Directorate for Agriculture has estimated the citrus production of the governorate in the current agricultural season at about 256 thousand tons, including about…

UF/IFAS launches new podcast for citrus producers

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Southeast AgNet are partnering to provide the latest news on citrus-related research in a monthly podcast. The podcast, “All in for Citrus,” will launch the last week in September and will feature short interviews with scientists…

California growers warn:

‘Citrus disease could kill industry if US Congress slows research’

A disease called citrus greening has devastated Florida’s citrus industry. Agriculture officials are hoping they can stop it before California suffers the same fate. Congress…

University of Florida battles citrus disease

UF/IFAS scientists use fungus to manage Asian citrus psyllid

Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen…

Turkey: Lemon prices expected to fall after upcoming harvest in various regions

The price of lemons has escalated to 1.5 USD per kg in major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara but the harvest is just starting in the main production regions so the expectations are that the prices will go down quite quickly after harvests begin. 65 % of lemon production in Turkey comes from Erdemli,…

Argentina exports oranges to South Korea

In the last week of August, the National Health and Agricultural Food Quality Service (Senasa) and its South Korean counterpart finalized the agenda of inspection activities…

Xian Huang, Yex:

“Chinese holidays and vacations push up pomelo price”

In week 35, the first Chinese pomelos arrived in the Netherlands, a week earlier than in the previous season. “In the past two years, 700 containers have arrived in Europe…

Decision taken as total Valencia exports are just over halfway mark

South African Valencia suspension to maintain zero CBS interceptions

By the end of August there had been zero interceptions of citrus black spot on South African citrus reaching the EU, placing the industry in a favourable position in which it would like to end the season. Therefore it was decided, in conjunction with the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum and the Department…

Fundecitrus report

Brazil's orange crop estimate cut by 5 percent due to drought

The 2018/19 crop of oranges in Brazil’s main producing belt will stall at a lower-than-expected 273.3 million boxes (of 40.8 kg apiece). This is the projection from research…

Maradadi Farm, Letsitele Valley: a successful community-private partnership

“If you want your stomach to be full, go to agriculture”

In the picturesque Letsitele Valley lies Maradadi Farm, a successful citrus farm. What makes this farm unique is that its production manager is a woman, and a black woman at that. Next month it will be a year since Kate Hlongo was appointed to this position. Although Kate didn’t start out with an…

Fewer citrus groves in Sicily

"In addition to the fact that production costs are too high, one of the many problems affecting our productions is the fact that markets are far away. What is more, commercial strategies keep us from…

Market getting stronger on imported mandarins

Supplies of imported mandarins are looking relatively even, for now. “We have arrivals from Peru and Chile with W. Murcotts and Tangos. So we’re in the late-season mandarins,” says Linda Cunningham of Classic Harvest based in Paramus, NJ. Overall she adds, supply is meeting demand. Volume from Chile and…

Indonesian Agriculture Ministry encourages orange development on Bali

One of the great commodities in the Bangli Regency of Bali Province are oranges. This fruit plays an important role in the economy and the welfare of farmers.  Director General…

Madou pomelos

Chemical-free farming to create a healthier Taiwan

Madou, also known as the home of pomelos, is a place where countless pomelo farmers rely on fruit cultivation for their livelihood. In response to customer demands and to increase income, many farmers chose chemicals that enhanced the sweetness and appearance of the fruit. Sadly, this is an unsustainable…

China: Guangxi tangerine production to exceed 7 million tons this year

According to reports, tangerines are the most important fruit in Guangxi, with an annual output value of 20 billion yuan. In 2017, the scale of the tangerine industry exceeded 6 million mu, and the output reached 6.87 million tons, ranking first in the country. It is expected to exceed 7 million mu and 7…

Morocco: Citrus exports generating 3 billion dirham yearly

Citrus plays an important role in Morocco’s economy as an essential source of foreign currency. With an estimated value of MAD 3 billion (€274 mln) per year, Morocco’s citrus…

Aussie government starts forensic testing

Orange inexplicably turns purple

An orange purchased at a Brisbane fruit and veg shop turned purple hours after it was cut open. Originally it looked and smelt fine. Parts of the orange were left out on the kitchen counter…

"Producers must keep their stability in mind with the opening prices"

Europe is in a hurry to start selling Spanish lemons

The start of the Spanish Primofiori lemon season is just around the corner, while the market still has moderate volumes of lemons from the southern hemisphere, especially from Argentina. The transition between both hemispheres has taken place quietly these past few weeks, although their sights are set on…

Research shows rootstock influences metabolism in Sugar Belle citrus

Florida citrus growers recognize the Sugar Belle® mandarin hybrid for its tolerance of citrus greening disease, and new findings from the University of Florida Institute of…

Three weeks on Valencias and grapefruit to go

Sundays River Valley concludes very challenging season

It has been another difficult season in the Sundays River Valley, with slumbering labour unrest (against the background of 'expropriation without compensation') and a drought, the impact of which was more severe than anticipated, coupled with a slack market for most citrus categories except lemons. Three…

Argentina: The impact of citrus retentions causes concern

The words were compelling. "At a macroeconomic level, the retentions are an easy slap at a safe resource and go against the idea of developing the external sector and generating foreign exchange. The truth is that it discourages some producers and leaves others out of competition," stated Jose Carbonell,…

China: First batch of Shankou pomelos enters the market

The Haikou Chengmai County Shankou pomelo is a new variety grafted from Malaysian crystalline pomelo seedlings and local bitter pomelo varieties. The Haikou Youxiang Agricultural Ecological Development Co., Ltd. and the Island Professional Cooperative jointly planted Shankou pomelos (seedless crystal…

Imaflex announces CDN $2.7 million citrus film order

Imaflex Inc. announces that it has received a CDN $2.7 million follow-on citrus film order from a major citrus producer. All amounts are in Canadian dollars. "We are pleased…

Drop in Turkish lira might have an effect on season

"Ailimpo: "Estimated Spanish grapefruit harvest of 76,000 tonnes for 2018/2019"

Ailimpo's grapefruit production estimate for the 2018/2019 season indicates a harvest of 76,000 tonnes, which is a similar crop to the one achieved last season. This volume allows the Spanish sector to be optimistic as in terms of quality Spanish grapefruit is well appreciated. Nevertheless, the…


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