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Jordan: Oranges refused access to Central Market due to lack of maturation

Jordan's Ministry of Agriculture reported that its office in Amman's Central Market returned 40 boxes of local oranges (out of a total of about four tonnes) on Friday evening because of non-compliance with specifications and the fruit's lack of maturity.A report issued by the Ministry said on Saturday that an.....

Runners get citrus boost at the 2017 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town, South Africa was the host of the first African IAAF gold status event on 17 September, as thousands of runners, elite and social, from all over the world, participated in the 42.2 km marathon, set against the backdrop of majestic Table Mountain, the azure Atlantic Ocean and the inner city.....

Spain: Sanctions imposed for infractions in citrus marketing

The Food Information and Control Agency (AICA), an institution under the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, has imposed sanctions following the complaints filed last year by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors against three citrus businesses for alleged breaches in the existence and content of contracts, and also against the.....

Spain: Valencia hosted conference on citrus post-harvest and storage

Coinciding with the start of the citrus campaign, Valencia hosted a Conference on the Post-harvest and Storage of Citrus Fruits, organised by Tecnidex and Greenyard Fresh Spain. The event was a success in terms of attendance, with the participation of producers and marketers working in the citrus sector.During.....

Peru: Orange exports increased in value and volume

This year orange exports are on the rise. This is demonstrated by Sunat's information published by the portal Agrodata Peru, according to which during the period from January-August 2017, although shipments were made only during three months (June, July and August) orders reached 7,712,141 kilos and an FOB.....

Larger sizes due to additional irrigation

California lemon season transitions to desert region

Lemons are grown in California practically all year round. Right now as Fall season takes hold and the summer heat fades, the growing regions that border the desert are beginning their lemon crop, taking over from the cooler climes."Right now, we are transitioning from the end of the 'D2' into the 'D3' growing.....

Spain: Growers ask large retailers for preferential treatment for Spanish citrus

Cristóbal Aguado, president of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), has sent a letter to all major food distribution chains in which he asks the leaders of these companies to give Spanish citrus fruits a preferential treatment in terms of visibility and prominence. The idea is to make it easier.....

Chinese tangerine exports need more coordination

"The main growing locations of Chinese tangerines are far apart and because of the different latitudes in all of these places, not all tangerines enter the market at exactly the same time. Every year, the tangerines from the provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi ripen the earliest, followed closely by fruit from the.....

After effects of Irma to hurt Florida's citrus and orange juice industry

Hurricane Irma plundered Florida’s orange belt, leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed fruit and flooded groves worse than anything growers say they have seen in more than 20 years.The most recent estimates of the widespread damage to Florida’s orange trees put the statewide losses as high as 70 percent......

Don Limón CEO likens company to ecosystem

“Most important thing is to develop our people”

Andreas Schindler, CEO of Don Limón, agrees that a company has to be profitable. He, however, believes that focusing on developing employees to reach their full potential is an important factor in making a successful company. “It is like a ecosystem”, he says. “You need to create an environment where people.....

First official estimates

Spain: Valencia's citrus fruit production to drop by 20%

The first estimates of the Valencian Council for Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development for the 2017/2018 campaign point to the region's citrus production reaching 3,143,984 tonnes, which is 20.3% less than in the previous campaign (down 800,000 tonnes). In the province of Alicante, the.....

California citrus growers urged to mind export protocols to South Korea, China

California citrus growers wishing to ship fresh fruit to South Korea, China or Australia have been encouraged to pay close attention to export protocols, according to industry officials who spoke recently in Tulare.For those shipping fruit to South Korea, protocols in place last year could largely remain the.....

Berdafruit reports success at Asia Fruit Logistica

“The team was very pleased with our attendance at Asia Fruit Logistica earlier in September. Berdafruit is constantly sourcing products from South Africa, Chile, Peru, Australia, India and Morocco to supply the Chinese market."The Chinese, South African and Chilean teams of Berdafruit at Asia Fruit Logistica,.....

Chinese imports of Egyptian oranges increase dramatically

"Because of their unique characteristics, the supply of imported oranges from South Africa and Egypt on the Chinese market has not met the demand for the past few years. The Chinese demand for imported oranges has been steadily increasing, and the demand from the middle and western areas is the biggest......

Start of Primofiori lemon harvest in Murcia

"We hope the arrival of Spanish lemons will reactivate the market in Europe"

The lemon harvest has already started in Murcia, the main lemon producing and exporting area in Spain."This Wednesday, we started harvesting the first Primofiori lemons in Murcia. After carrying out the degreening processes in chambers, which lasts for seven days, we expect to make the first shipments on.....

ClemenGold citrus sales growing fast in China

'After having successfully passed market tests on water borne transport last year, citrus fruit from ClemenGold has entered the market. They also obtained a very good reaction in terms of sales, with the market price showing a steadily increasing trend," says Ms. Xu, the representative of Shanghai Wonong.....

Xian Huang (Yex) on the start of the Chinese pomelo season:

“Pink and orange fleshy pomelos are increasingly popular”

For the third weekin a row, Chinese pomelos have arrived in the Netherlands. In the past few weeks, at least 120 containers have entered the Port of Rotterdam. Yesterday, Yex received their first supply of honey-pomelos. “Compared to the arrivals from last week, the fruit is much juicier and tastier,” says.....

Akdeniz Citrus Exporters Association

Northern Cyprus’ citrus sector expanding

The Akdeniz Citrus Exporters Association is an association of 25 member companies located in Cyprus’s northern citrus region, Güzelyurt. The group’s main activities include creating studies in the citrus industry for the improvement of the following: exporting, marketing, competitive analysis, growth and.....

Chinese mandarin juice company to grow in Australia

Mandarin juice might not seem like a blue chip investment stock, but former NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, says it is a big deal in China, and getting bigger.In fact, China’s Bojun Agricultural Holdings is so confident about the growth prospects of its beverage business it wants to plant the special.....

First Satsuma and Marisol mandarins

Spain: "In the past, September was our best month"

The Iwasaki, Okitsu and Marisol mandarin campaign has already started for the Valencian producer and exporter José Manuel Pardo."Sales are smooth, although prices are tight. European supermarket chains have started making their orders earlier and there is already demand from the Baltic countries. Sales in the.....

Jorge Garcia Monfort, Garcia Ballester:

“Chinese market has great potential for Spanish citrus”

Garcia Ballester has been active in the production and trade of citrus for more than 110 years. The Spanish company has its main branch in Burriana (Castellón), and markets about 80 million kilograms of citrus every year, 90 per cent of which is meant for export markets.Besides Europe, overseas markets are.....

Strong demand for California’s Valencia oranges

Demand for the “summer” orange also known as Valencias has stayed strong into early fall. “This has been the strongest Valencia season to date of a non-freeze year,” says Joan Wickham of Valencia, Ca.-based Sunkist Growers. “The short Navel crop this year bolstered the season, with an early and smooth.....

New varieties of mandarins continue to emerge in the US

California mandarins will get a bit of an early start to its fall harvest.“We’re going to start an earlier variety of Satsuma mid-October and other Satsuma varieties will take us into late December this year,” says Madalyn McCracken of Reedley, Ca.-based Ripe to You. “The fruit is looking great—it’s sizing out.....

Citrus greening disease found in Trinidad and Tobago

Citrus Greening Disease has been confirmed in several parts of Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.The disease also known as Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) is caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection and affects all types of citrus.A release from the Ministry said the disease has.....

William Willems, Central Fruit:

"Nadorcott are really great little clementines"

Nadorcott is a popular Clementine variety in Belgium. "The season has become quite a bit more important to us due to this variety. We used to do 'something' once in a while. In recent years we have had a constant supply from August. We also carry it under our brand Cibel and that is a success. They are really.....

Italy: 2017/18 citrus fruit season

Compared to the last few seasons, the 2017/18 domestic citrus fruit production registered a 5-10% drop, depending on the region and production area. This was due to the weather, which hindered fruit development and droppings. The drought and high temperatures affected the physiological behaviour of plants,.....

More demand for grapefruits in Asian markets

The citrus season has begun in Israel. According to Oron Ziv, they have already started with red pomelo. They have begun harvesting grapefruit, but expect to only start shipping from 24 September onwards, because of holidays next week. The crop for this year is normal with regards to volume, he says.Florida“We.....

Jordan citrus growers warned not to pick early

The Ministry of Agriculture on Saturday warned farmers of citrus fruits against picking fruits too early, noting that its inspection teams will destroy any unripe produce.As citrus trees start yielding in September, the ministry instructed farmers to avoid picking citrus fruits before they ripen, indicating.....

Citrus Australia voices objections over potential export fee increase

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is currently undertaking a review of its cost-recovery model for export fees and charges.The department has been conducting its initial consultation through the various industry representative bodies in an effort to develop a model that is fair and equitable.....

Hurricane Irma devastates citrus and pecan crops across US east coast

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread devastation across the east coast US. With much of that damage hitting Florida and Georgia, farmers are just now counting the damage to their citrus, vegetable and pecan crops, which took the biggest hit.While not directly affected by the hurricane, others states like New.....

California navel orange forecast lowest in nine years

The initial 2017-18 Navel orange forecast for California is set at 70 million cartons, the lowest level seen since 2008-9. Of the total Navel orange forecast, 68.0 million cartons are estimated to be in the Central Valley.This forecast is based on the results of the 2017-18 Navel Orange Objective Measurement.....

Wael Soliman - Horizon Farms

"Doing business in China isn’t as difficult as most people might think."

As the Chinese economy grows, so will its appetite for imported fruits. In the last five years China has been importing grapes, oranges, citrus and pomegranates from around the world. Probably in the next few years, we’ll see other fruits entering their market. “The business of exporting oranges to China has.....

Azerbaijan's President signs order to increase citrus production

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on additional measures for the development of citrus fruit, rice and tea production. According to the order, the executive authorities of Lankaran, Sheki, Yevlakh, Aghdash, Astara, Bilasuvar, Goychay, Lerik, Masalli, Ujar, Zagatala and Zardab districts.....

Hurricane Irma could cost Florida 10% of its orange crop

Florida officials said Tuesday that getting a full picture of the devastation caused by Irma could take weeks. What remains unknown?: Exactly how much damage the crops suffered, how much producers might recover from crop insurance, and how much more people might have to pay for their morning orange juice."Irma.....

Chilean citrus promoted in Toronto square

This year 100 companies/brands were chosen to advertise in Yonge-Dundas Square, an opportunity that was not wasted by the Committee, displaying "Citrus from Chile's" first advertisement on a giant screen in this important Toronto square."Yonge-Dundas Square is a place visited by thousands of Canadians and.....

Turkish lemons expect good prices

A normal season has started for Meyer lemons, with fine skin and a good juice content and the Interdonato variety, with thick and shiny skin.The cut will therefore be authorized from the 15th of September and exported from the 21st of September 2017.Compared with last season, it is 20 days late for Lemon Meyer.....

China fastest growing market for ClemenGold

ClemenGold have had a fantastic season according to Nico van Staden from Core Fruit, which is responsible for marketing all ClemenGold fruit to the Far East and South East Asia."We have had good volumes, but not enough to fill demand," explains Nico. "The Chinese market especially, has been a great success for.....

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

Last August, the prices paid for Mexican limes, or sour lime, by seed producers in the producing regions of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca were monitored. Wholesale quotations in supply plants, consumer prices in selected cities in the country, and the trading margins of the fruit originating from.....

Pieter de Keijzer, Eosta: “Volumes limited, customers extremely enthusiastic”

Ruby Valencia: An orange with the flavour and characteristics of grapefruit

Eosta has a true citrus novelty, albeit on a small scale, through its South African organic supplier: the Ruby Valencia. It was once known as a mutation of a regular Valencia tree in an orchard in Nelspruit, South Africa. This was then further developed commercially.“Our grower, Groenheuwel, in Northern Cape,.....

Growing concern about coming season amid below average winter rainfall

South Africa: Delays to Valencia harvests in Citrusdal

Despite excellent Brix levels, there have been some delays in Midknight, Valencia and some late mandarin packing in Citrusdal, Western Cape. Acid levels have been slow in dropping to the required levels, a localised phenomenon that occurs from time to time, for reasons which aren’t quite clear but probably.....

Iraq producing around 99 thousand tonnes of citrus in 2017

The Iraqi Agricultural Statistics Directorate announced last Sunday that the production of citrus fruits in Iraq will amount to 99 thousand tonnes in 2017, stressing that this volume is not enough to meet the needs of the local market, making it necessary to import from neighbouring countries.The Directorate.....

Ataulfo ​​Echezarreta, of Argarden Imports:

Argentina: "We sent an average of 25 containers from May to July to England"

The South American country takes advantage of the months in which Spain and Turkey do not produce to export their lemons to several European countries. "It would not be viable if we did not coordinate with those countries' campaigns and freight would be very expensive," says Ataulfo ​​Echezarreta.....

LGS Specialty Sales unveils new avocado and clementine branding

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), an importer and distributor of citrus and avocados, has announced the unveiling of its newly revamped Darling Clementines and Suavo Avocado product branding. With packaging designs currently underway, the new branding is expected to hit stores in late November.The branding project.....

Limoneira lemon revenue increased 14% to $30M in third quarter

The Limoneira Company, a global agribusiness with agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2017.“Our recent acquisitions, expanded lemon planting efforts and focus on increasing third.....

Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk: "Good Filosofo season expected"

First Spanish Iwasaki mandarins arrive

The first Iwasaki mandarins, under the Filosofo brand, arrived at Willem Dijk AGF today. On Friday, Willem Senior was in Spain to inspect this prime fruit. "We are two weeks earlier than last year. There have been other brands on the market already, but these are, according to my taste, too immature and not.....

EC to audit South African citrus inspections in the Netherlands

Given the parliamentary response to the questions posed by the Spanish MEP Clara Aguilera and the insistence of the Spanish citrus sector, the European Commission announced that it will send its officials in September to audit the phytosanitary inspection processes carried out in Dutch ports on the citrus.....

Italy: Flora Faro multiplies certified citrus plants

"We are the only private company in Italy with our own certified citrus mother plants, meaning we can always obtain disease-free multiplication material for the production of plants destined for exports," explains Michele Faro, administrator for Flora Faro.Flora Faro is part of Gruppo Faro, which owns 600.....

The more kilos of larger calibres, the better margins

Spain: How to obtain a great citrus production in a year like this?

The total citrus production volume in the Region of Valencia will fall by more than 30% due to the impact of heat waves during the spring and summer this year. Many producers could see their margins reduced."There are not many varieties with royalties that ensure a high profitability to producers. For that.....

Spain: Start of Basol mandarin campaign

The harvest of the first Basol mandarins of the season has already started, even though the weather conditions have not been ideal."This year, we expect a difficult campaign. It has been very hot this summer; there has been a poor fruit setting and we have very little fruit in the trees, and this will take a.....

Mark Greenberg Capespan:

Chile's mandarin exports to US nearly double

Since Week 31, Chile has loaded an average weekly volume of almost 6,000 metric tons of late mandarins to the USEC and a weekly average of 2,700 metric tons to the USWC. On a season over season basis, since Week 35 Chile has loaded almost twice the volume of mandarins to USEC than it did over the same period.....

Amendment to protect US lemons from imports fails to pass

Efforts to protect domestic lemons — Ventura County’s second most valuable crop after strawberries — failed this week when the House Rules Committee decided an amendment preventing Argentine lemon imports did not belong in a massive spending bill.Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, has been trying to.....

Hurricane, earthquake and tsunamis threaten limes and bananas in Mexico

Mexico is being assaulted on all sides, with Hurricane Katia currently headed to the east coast and an 8.4 magnitude earthquake striking on the southern coast of Mexico, leading to mass evacuations and tsunami warnings.While it is too early to tell the scope of the threats, the news of both have led to.....

Overproduction sends tangerine prices falling in Ecuador

This year’s problem in Ecuador is overproduction. In 2016 trees gave less fruit, thus, generating a rise in prices.Daniel Manzaba, an inhabitant of Rio Grande, said that farmers are paid a minimum of $4 and a maximum of $8 for 100 tangerines.A ‘gatherer’ earns from $15 up to $20 daily and can collect up to.....

Turkey: Enough lemons to export all year round

In Turkey, lemons are produced for a period of 6 months; however, the volume of fruit harvested is so high that most medium and large producers usually store them in their cold rooms to continue supplying their customers during the rest of the year. "We produce about 1,000 tonnes of lemons a month, of which we.....

Citrus Research International's approach was developed over four years

South Africa's systems approach to EU's new FCM regulations

The South African citrus industry has been preparing a systems approach to manage false codling moth for the past four years, in expectation of what has indeed come to pass: from 1 January 2018 false codling moth will be a regulated pest in the EU.Dr Sean Moore of Citrus Research International presented.....

Italy: SunProd exports citrus juices and products worldwide

"Our company is oriented towards the global market, while at the same time maintaining a deep Sicilian identity. We operate globally thanks to our wide range of citrus fruit available throughout the year and take advantage of the different seasons in the various continents and of our partners in multiple.....

China: Consumer preferences when purchasing honey pomelos

"Honey pomeloes from Pinghe county are experiencing a vigorous season at the moment because their quality is very good. This is mainly due to the favorable weather conditions, especially the appropriate amount of rainfall throughout the year, allowing the honey pomeloes in this region to absorb enough water.....

China: Quality of Pinghe pomelo is stable

“Compared to last year, the volume of pomelos from the Pinghe region has increased by 20%-30% this year. This was mainly caused by the increased production, good weather condition and moderate rainfall,” a spokesperson from the Zhangzhou Dynson Commercial Trade Co. said.Zhangzhou Dynson Commercial Trade's.....

Satsuma acreage has been gradually reduced in recent years

Start of Spanish citrus campaign with more expensive Satsuma mandarins

The citrus season is starting in the Region of Valencia with the harvest of the first mandarins of the Satsuma variety this week, mainly in the province of Valencia. Volumes are still scarce because only a few producers have started harvesting. It will be from week 37 and 38 when the great majority of.....