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Summer campaign promotes Chilean citrus to US consumers

The Chilean Citrus Committee recently kicked off their Summer Chilean Citrus season at WinCo Foods promoting Chilean lemons.WinCo Foods, a 116 supermarket chain based in Boise, ID, ran a social media instagram contest from July 7th to July 11th asking consumers to answer fill in the blank, “ When life gives.....

Valencia volumes down, but fantastic internal quality under dry conditions

Wind damage to Midknight Valencias in Eastern Cape

The exceptionally strong winds that swept through the Cape a month ago have left their mark on the citrus orchards of the Eastern Cape, particularly on Midknight Valencias, of which volumes are estimated to be between 500,000 and a million cartons down.“We had storm-strength winds from the west for 48 hours.....

South African citrus export to China forecast to grow

"This year, the citrus harvest season started in April. The season is estimated to last until October. According to relevant data, South African citrus imports had a total value of 80 million USD in 2016 and seized a top position among citrus fruits on the Chinese import market. In comparison to 2015, imports.....

Gert-Jan van den Heuvel, VerDi Import

"Lemon market looking good with summer fast approaching"

There is no more talk about a shortage of Spanish Verna lemons. Prices are lower compared to the high market prices from last year. "The last of the Verna lemons are on the market. Now it is the beginning of the global market; more than five weeks later than last year", says Gert-Jan van den Heuvel of VerDi.....

Brand personality, product personality, channel flattering

So Orange creates new standards in navel orange marketing

In recent years, competition in the agricultural market has been getting ever more intense. The former tobacco king Chu Shijian founded Chu Orange, looking for a place among the new stars of e-commerce such as the Three Squirrels. This information about Chu Orange quickly became a hot topic of discussions on.....

China produces honey pomelo under European ecological standards

Although it is a product that is mainly consumed within the country, as only 30% of the production is exported, given the high demand there is in the country, Chinese producers strive to meet all the standards demanded by Europe with the intention of always being present in that market. "Our products conform.....

Morocco orange exports to the Middle East grow by 4,102%

Exports of citrus fruits from Morocco have grown significantly during the 2016-17 agricultural season, with Russia overall receiving the majority of Morocco’s citrus exports, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network report published in June.The biannual report by the USDA Foreign Agricultural.....

AU: Blood oranges give same benefits as berries

A New South Wales Blood Orange producer is pushing for the fruit to be moved from the gourmet to the mainstream category, thanks to some new research. Redbelly Citrus has embarked on a campaign this year to promote the health benefits of the fruit."It's not easy to do, because of the connotations people in the.....

Valencia variety

Brazil: First Cutrale fresh oranges arriving in Europe soon

In the fresh citrus season 2017, Cutrale started shipments in week 10 with fresh lemon (Eureka variety). The exported volume was sorted among EEC and non EEC receivers in order to promote its brand as much as possible in the fresh lemon trade."This season we were focused to spread shipments as much as possible.....

Citrusvil

Argentina starts exporting lemons to the Brazilian market

After 8 years of being closed, the Brazilian market has reopened its doors to Argentine citrus exports. The opening comes at a time when Argentina's lemon production is at its peak and will have to face a strong competition from Brazil's local market."The volumes exported are small due to several factors, such.....

Chilean Citrus Committee launches season-long social media promotions

In celebration of Chile’s largest cumulative citrus export crop to date of lemons, navels and mandarins, the Chilean Citrus Committee has launched 4 months of social media promotions, running from July through the end of October. The program will consist of three month-long Facebook promotions in July, August,.....

China: Heavy rainfall destroys almost 67 hectares of orange orchards

In the past few days, persistant heavy rainfall in the region of Guangxi province has caused orange orchards in Guilin city, Liuzhou city and many other places to be flooded. The damage for fruit farmers is disastrous. The orchard of Liu Guochen is located in Xi Tun village, part of the Tangbao village in.....

Dramatic price increase for China's lemon exports

"The main production areas of Chinese lemons are mostly located in Tongnan near Chongqing, Anyue in Sichuan province, Hainan province, and Dehong in Yunnan province. In total, they comprise around 80,000 hectares (800,000 mu). Annually, they produce approximately 1 million tons of fresh lemons," says Luo Gang.....

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

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

Mexico: Lime production improves in Colima

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

Summer Citrus From South Africa first fruit arrives in the US

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

Daniel Benavides, of Huamani de Perú

Inauguration of modern citrus line at Grupo Huamani

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

Passion fruit, watermelon and orange prices increase in Rwandan district

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

Report shows major growth for South African citrus

Grapefruit production to increase by 15%

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

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

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

Proposal to allow lime imports stirs up AU growers

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

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

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

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

Mexican limes are consumed on 3 continents

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

Luca Battaglio:

Italy: “Growth in Asia positive for European importers”

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

BMW to use pomelo fruit to protect its workers

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

California adds $10m in funds towards citrus greening fight

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

Mexico: Italian lemon production increases by 40% in Tamaulipas

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

China: So Orange signs investment deal for 330 million yuan

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

Egypt causes citrus prices to plunge, affecting the Spanish campaign

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

Italian blood orange juice exclusively for the US market

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

Valencia season starts in northern South Africa

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

The market was closed for 8 years

Argentina resumes citrus exports to Brazil

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

Increase of irrigation and pest management costs

Spain: Heat wave to reduce citrus and kaki production

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

US provides nice window of opportunity for South African citrus

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

Ariel Alegria, of Vinefresh:

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

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

South African kumquats fill gap in stable European market

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

AU citrus growers expand into Southeast Asia

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

Overall budget reduction of $4.93m

Florida Citrus Commission approves $17.5m budget

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

Mexico: Valencia orange volumes increase thanks to phytosanitary improvements

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

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

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

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

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

Spain dominates the global clementine sector

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

Nicolas Campbell: We expect high prices in Europe

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

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

Peruvian citrus export expectations improved

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

Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus:

"Educate consumers more about limes"

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

South Australian brewery turns to citrus with orange juice beer

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

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

South African grapefruit volume estimates down

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