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ACCC in Australia adds financial penalties to Horticulture code of conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has beefed up its powers over the horticulture industry, with financial penalties to back up the code of conduct.ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said the changes had been made to the mandatory code based on industry concerns.He said the previous code.....

Wonderful Citrus sees potential in grapefruit

In early February, DNE World Fruit, Florida’s largest citrus exporter, was acquired by Wonderful Citrus, the citrus giant based in California. With that takeover, Wonderful Citrus significantly increased its market share. Aside from DNE being a well-known exporter of Florida grapefruit to Europe, Wonderful.....

High demand for Vietnamese pomelos in China

China’s demand for green peel pomelos from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre and neighboring provinces has strongly increased, with unlimited import volumes recently.The information was revealed yesterday afternoon by Mr. Dam Van Hung, owner of Huong Mien Tay fruit business establishment in Mo Cay Bac,.....

Het Fruithuis visits Spanish citrus shipping agent Aguado

“Be distinctive with brands in Belgium”

“In Belgium brands are more important than in the Netherlands. People aren’t looking for bananas here, but for Chiquita. It’s the same with oranges: customers don’t want oranges, they want Elefant,” says Rogier Coppens from Het Fruithuis. “That’s because they know these are quality products. We also tried.....

Specialty citrus is gaining popularity

California’s blood orange supply has already been consumed

If you still spot Central Valley California blood oranges in the store, they're probably one of the only few left. Kings River Packing, a grower, packer, shipper of citrus that includes blood oranges, started their season around the end of December and harvested until February on its moro variety. In March,.....

Italy: CREA plans agriculture to meet consumer demands

Citrus fruit, and oranges in particular, are widely recognised by consumers as essential elements of a well-balanced diet, as they are primary sources of vitamin C and other antioxidant substances useful to our bodies.Among these, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello blood oranges, which have a higher content of.....

Shenzhen Tian Mu Agricultural Development Co. Ltd.

China: Domestic orange prices hit a new high.

Workers are loading navel oranges"At the present stage, all varieties of late maturing citrus are listed intensively; the 72-1 navel orange from Chongqing area and the late maturing oranges from the Hubei area are the two main varieties. In the South and Hunan regions, the oranges picked last winter have.....

Peru: ProCitrus won't apply the seal of quality to export citrus

Peru's Citrus Growers Association (ProCitrus) would not implement the seal of quality to the national citrus fruit that will be exported this season.The CEO of ProCitrus, Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said that the union didn't see it fit to implement this system to validate the quality of the products for.....

Gabrie van Eeden, Goede Hoop Citrus

Western Cape's largest citrus packhouse encourages expansion in new varieties

Goede Hoop Citrus grew out of the original Citrusdal citrus cooperative founded in 1926. Today it is one of the biggest citrus packhouses in South Africa, functioning in a sorting, packing and marketing capacity for more than 50 citrus growers. With annual volumes between 75 000 to 85 000t, it is the biggest.....

Peru: ProCitrus won't apply the seal of quality to export citrus

Peru's Citrus Growers Association (ProCitrus) would not implement the seal of quality to the national citrus fruit that will be exported this season.The CEO of ProCitrus, Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said that the union didn't see it fit to implement this system to validate the quality of the products for.....

Shenzhen Tian Mu Agricultural Development Co. Ltd.

China: Domestic orange price hits a new high

Workers are loading navel oranges"At the present stage, all varieties of late maturing citrus are listed intensively; the 72-1 navel orange from Chongqing area and the late maturing oranges from the Hubei area are the two main varieties. In the South and Hunan regions, the oranges picked last winter have.....

Gabrie van Eeden, Goede Hoop Citrus

Western Cape's largest citrus packhouse encourages expansion in new varieties

Goede Hoop Citrus grew out of the original Citrusdal citrus cooperative founded in 1926. Today it is one of the biggest citrus packhouses in South Africa, functioning in a sorting, packing and marketing capacity for more than 50 citrus growers. With annual volumes between 75 000 to 85 000t, it is the biggest.....

Peru will export more than 130,000 tons of citrus fruits

According to the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio of the Castillo Valderrama, Peru expects to export more than 130,000 tons of citrus fruit in this campaign, which started in mid March and will end in September, i.e. 2% to 3% more than the 127.790 tons it.....

Okkie Burger and Arno Mouton - Quattro Citrus

South Africa: Start of citrus packing in Citrusdal

Yesterday was the start of the packing season for Quattro Citrus. The firm began in 2014 with four shareholders, AMC South Africa being the fourth, managing the South African interests of the Muñoz Group. The other three directors are directly involved in the production and packing side.Quattro Citrus, the.....

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia is ready to help Cuba in the recovery and development of the island's citrus sector, said the Russian Ministry of Agriculture at the end of a meeting between Russian Deputy Evgueni Gromika and the Cuban ambassador in Moscow, Emilio Lozada Garcia."Russia's participation in the recovery and development.....

Mexico: Opportunities for Michoacan limes in Canada

According to Francisco Huergo Maurin, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sedrua), Canada can be one of the main markets for Michoacan's limes.Michoacan is Mexico's second biggest producer of limes, with 475,000 tons annually, which is 23 percent of the total national production,.....

Corsican grapefruits facing no competition

The harvest of the grapefruit variety Star Ruby is starting these days. This is a timely moment of the year, as "the campaign in Florida, Spain and Turkey is over, and that of South Africa has yet to begin," states David Casoni, head of Corsica Comptoir. That is why this company from Corsica can offer.....

Citrosol joins Alimpo to benefit Spain's lemon and grapefruit sector

Citrosol has formalized its incorporation in Ailimpo as member of the multiprofessional organization's Advisory Committee. By doing so both entities consolidate a relationship that they have now been cultivating over various campaigns with a view to fostering synergies and a mutual knowledge base to benefit.....

California's citrus tarping regulation to begin on April 3rd, 2017

The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced that the delayed citrus tarping regulation that was slated to take effect in early March will now begin on April 3, 2017. The bulk citrus safeguarding requires shipments to be fully covered to help stop the spread of HLB throughout California. AgNet.....

Opportunities for Michoacan limes in Canada

According to Francisco Huergo Maurin, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sedrua), Canada can be one of the main markets for Michoacan's limes.Michoacan is Mexico's second biggest producer of limes, with 475,000 tons annually, which is 23 percent of the total national production,.....

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia is ready to help Cuba in the recovery and development of the island's citrus sector, said the Russian Ministry of Agriculture at the end of a meeting between Russian Deputy Evgueni Gromika and the Cuban ambassador in Moscow, Emilio Lozada Garcia."Russia's participation in the recovery and development.....

Peru: W. Murcott mandarins and Satsuma oranges have potential in Asia

According to the head of the Association of Citrus Producers from Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, mandarins and blueberries are two of the products that Peru has stated will be among its priorities when negotiating an FTA with India.He said India was very willing to negotiate.....

Mexican researchers use citrus peels for water treatment

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR), and from the Center for Electrochemical Research and Technological Development and the Center of Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI), both in Mexico, have developed a process which cleans water with heavy metals and organic compounds.....

Peru: W. Murcott mandarins and Satsuma oranges have potential in Asia

According to the head of the Association of Citrus Producers from Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, mandarins and blueberries are two of the products that Peru has stated will be among its priorities when negotiating an FTA with India.He said India was very willing to negotiate.....

Mexican researchers use citrus peels for water treatment

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR), and from the Center for Electrochemical Research and Technological Development and the Center of Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI), both in Mexico, have developed a process which cleans water with heavy metals and organic compounds.....

Okkie Burger and Arno Mouton - Quattro Citrus

South Africa: Start of citrus packing in Citrusdal

Today is the start of the packing season for Quattro Citrus. The firm began in 2014 with four shareholders, AMC South Africa being the fourth, managing the South African interests of the Muñoz Group. The other three directors are directly involved in the production and packing side.Quattro Citrus, the.....

Psyllids were the hot topic at the latest International HLB Conference

Harold Browning, chief operations officer at the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), has provided an overview of the activities at the recent International Research Conference on HLB held in Orlando. The conference was hosted by Florida Citrus Mutual, with much assistance from.....

Florida lawmakers consider easing hemp regulations amid citrus losses

As citrus growers across Florida continue to suffer from citrus greening which is hurting the viability of the crop, advocates are hailing industrial hemp as a miracle crop which could help ease the losses which the citrus sector is suffering. Some Floridians even think the plant could surpass oranges as an.....

Only citrus grower in South Africa to produce 12 months of the year

ALG Estates celebrates its 250th anniversary

PHOTO REPORT ALG Estates celebrated its 250th anniversary at a dinner and award ceremony on 23 March 2017 in their packhouse, next to their new Greefa sorting line. They celebrated the Van der Merwe family’s farming activities in Citrusdal since 1776, when it was still the northernmost outpost of the Verenigde.....

California delays enforcement of citrus transport regulations

Earlier this year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture mailed letters to about 6,000 citrus farmers, trucking companies and others involved in shipping commercial citrus, informing them of new rules about transporting the fruit. The new rules are part of the state's plan to slow the spread of.....

Spain: Certified mandarins to overcome weather-related problems

"With less than 6 weeks before the end of the Clemcott season, the brand continues to thrive in the European markets," affirms its producer association. This quality-certified late mandarin is marketed from January to April.In this 2016-2017 citrus season, calibres have been small for virtually all mandarin.....

Oron Ziv, Befresh Europe:

“Good grapefruit situation in coming years”

“We are deep in the citrus and avocado seasons,” says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. “Unfortunately, we have limited volumes of Orri left, the season is completely different from what everybody predicted. There is quite a bit of demand, Some areas are empty. However, this is not the case for the rest of.....

Florida lawmakers consider easing hemp regulations amid citrus losses

As citrus growers across Florida continue to suffer from citrus greening which is hurting the viability of the crop, advocates are hailing industrial hemp as a miracle crop which could help ease the losses which the citrus sector is suffering. Some Floridians even think the plant could surpass oranges as an.....

February 2017

Mexico: Lemon market prices and margins

During the month of February the tracking of the Mexican lemon prices in producing areas, wholesale and consumer prices in major cities, and marketing margins of Colima's citrus in three selected cities (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and La Paz, Baja California South), recorded the following.....

Beatriz Gómez, CEO at Grupo Govifres:

Spain: "Purchase price almost higher than sale price"

There are three products to which this all-female Huelva-based company is devoted: citrus fruits, berries and stonefruit. "We sell the products directly from the producer, although we take care to ensure that all quality controls and standards are met, and we look after the logistics, as well," states.....

80% invoiced in Murcia

Spain: Lemons generated 710 million Euro in 2016

Last season, lemons generated a turnover of 710 million Euro, of which 80% corresponded to Murcia, according to the interprofessional organization Ailimpo; that is, 568 million Euro were invoiced in the Region for sales and the processing into juices and essential oils.The current Fino lemon harvest, which.....

February 2017

Mexico: Lemon market prices and margins

During the month of February the tracking of the Mexican lemon prices in producing areas, wholesale and consumer prices in major cities, and marketing margins of Colima's citrus in three selected cities (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and La Paz, Baja California South), recorded the following.....

California delays enforcement of citrus transport regulations

Earlier this year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture mailed letters to about 6,000 citrus farmers, trucking companies and others involved in shipping commercial citrus, informing them of new rules about transporting the fruit. The new rules are part of the state's plan to slow the spread of.....

Spanish protectionism through the European backdoor?

Halfway through December 2016, the European Parliament voted for a resolution that could have major repercussions for the import of citrus. On the initiative of Spanish MPs, the proposal was made to sharpen the regulations regarding Citrus Black Spot (CBS), and to demand cold treatment for the citrus......

Australian farmers turn to cumquats after stone fruit prices drop

Cumquats are a rare find in the Riverland region, which is often renowned for producing various varieties of citrus. But with a stone fruit crop struggling to reap rewards and on the lookout for a new farming venture, Andrew and Patria Kohler are in no doubt it was a risk worth taking.The Renmark producers.....

Indonesian farmers to develop and grow seedless oranges

Indonesian farmers in Tapin District, South Kalimantan Province, will develop and grow seedless oranges in some sub-districts, the districts deputy, Sufian Noor, has said.The district administration has asked the Agriculture Ministry's research agency in Batu District, East Java Province, to study and.....

UK: Lime market getting tight

The lime market is tightening up as Brazilian volumes reduce, due to hot and dry weather, and Mexican production is not yet at full speed.Demand for limes in the UK has been increasing steadily for the last few years and although it is still predominately a fruit most popular in the summer months, they are.....

UK: Lime market getting tight

The lime market is tightening up as Brazilian volumes reduce, due to hot and dry weather, and Mexican production is not yet at full speed.Demand for limes in the UK has been increasing steadily for the last few years and although it is still predominately a fruit most popular in the summer months, they are.....

Italy: Ortofrutta Mele Sicilian blood oranges available until Easter

Despite the low volumes of blood oranges, Ortofrutta Mele feels it will be able to supply them at least until Easter, "sudden increases in demand permitting," reports Michele Sodano.Lfet: oranges on a tree. Right: Michele Sodano with mount Etna in the background. Harvesting is still in full swing thanks to.....

Volume of imported Mexican limes looks limited for now

The imported lime market from Mexico looks a little tighter as it wraps up its winter season. “Here in the last four or five days, the volume of limes has decreased and the market is starting to increase. There are just not many limes on the trees,” says JB Cutsinger of Burlingame, Ca.-based International.....

The US extends the ban on Argentine lemons by 30 days

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to extend the ban on the entry of lemons from Tucuman for another 30 days, official sources confirmed today.The decision, the Ministry of Agricultural Industry said, was taken because the administration of Donald Trump hasn't appointed a head for.....

Mexico facilitates the entry of Argentine lemons

Even though the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture stated that they would allow the entry of Argentine lemons into their territory, as long as they had a phytosanitary certificate to prevent the reproduction of the Mediterranean fly (ceratitis.....

Pakistan-Afghanistan border closure hurting kinnow exports

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports Chairman, Ahmad Jawad, has said that the Pakistan-Afghan border closure has adversely affected kinnow exports to Afghanistan and Central Asia.As a result, the kinnow export target might not be.....

Turkish citrus sales in Saudi Arabia increase by 39%

The Turkish Citrus Promotion Group (CPG) has announced that the sale of Turkish citrus fruit in Saudi Arabia has increased by 39 percent in 2016, compared to the volume of sales in 2015. This equates to over 101 million kilograms of citrus fruit with a total export value of $55.5 million. The announcement.....

The US extends the ban on Argentine lemons by 30 days

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to extend the ban on the entry of lemons from Tucuman for another 30 days, official sources confirmed today.The decision, the Ministry of Agricultural Industry said, was taken because the administration of Donald Trump hasn't appointed a head for.....

Mexico facilitates the entry of Argentine lemons

Even though the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture stated that they would allow the entry of Argentine lemons into their territory, as long as they had a phytosanitary certificate to prevent the reproduction of the Mediterranean fly (ceratitis.....

Australian farmers turn to cumquats after stone fruit prices drop

Cumquats are a rare find in the Riverland region which is often renowned for producing various varieties of citrus. But with a stone fruit crop struggling to reap rewards and on the lookout for a new farming venture, Andrew and Patria Kohler are in no doubt it was a risk worth taking.The Renmark producers.....

Mexico: Limes from Martinez compete against Brazilian in Europe

Martinez de la Torre, which has nearly 15,000 producers and accounts for 45,000 of the 82,000 hectares devoted to Persian lime production nationwide, continues to lead the production and export of Persian limes. Martinez de la Torre is also competing against Brazil, the main supplier of this citrus in.....

Vicenzo Tancredi, of Viveros Alcanar:

"Italian citrus growers increasingly prefer Spanish varieties"

Founded in 1969, Viveros Alcanar is the largest citrus nursery in Europe, with a total of 200 hectares of nurseries with certified plants spread between the north of the province of Castellon and the south of Tarragona, Spain. It offers the whole range of citrus plants, namely oranges, mandarins, lemons,.....

Organic cultivation the norm in Crete

The Greek island of Crete is mostly known as a destination for holidays in the sun, but that is going to change, if local authorities there have anything to say about it. Not that tourists will no longer be welcome, on the contrary. If it were up to Theano Vrentzou-Skordalaki, the Deputy Governor of the.....

Mexico: Exports of Persian limes from Martinez compete with Brazil

Martinez de la Torre, which has nearly 15,000 producers and accounts for 45,000 of the 82,000 hectares devoted to Persian lime production nationwide, continues to lead the production and export of Persian limes. Martinez de la Torre is also competing against Brazil, the main supplier of this citrus in.....

Brazil losing small-medium sized citrus farms due to citrus greening

For over a decade now Brazil and Florida have been fighting a costly battle against citrus greening and its devastating impact on the citrus industry. Brazil has had the better of the fight so far, Tom Spreen told the Florida Citrus Commission on Wednesday, but only because it has more room to run.Compared.....

Volume of imported Mexican limes looks limited for now

The imported lime market from Mexico looks a little tighter as it wraps up its winter season. “Here in the last four or five days, the volume of limes has decreased and the market is starting to increase. There are just not many limes on the trees,” says JB Cutsinger of Burlingame, Ca.-based International.....

Brazil losing small-medium sized citrus farms due to citrus greening

For over a decade now Brazil and Florida have been fighting a costly battle against citrus greening and its devastating impact on the citrus industry. Brazil has had the better of the fight so far, Tom Spreen told the Florida Citrus Commission on Wednesday, but only because it has more room to run.Compared.....

Zhangpu county Yicai Fruit & vegetable Co. Ltd.

China: Revitalization of pomelo export market

"The pomelo export season usually begins in early August and lasts until the end of the following January. Nationwide, this year, the pomelo production is expected to fall 10-20% compared with last year and domestic market prices and export prices will be higher than in the previous quarter." said Mrs.You.....