Citrus

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

Russia has not yet cleared Turkish citrus imports
Turkey seems to be getting a bit ahead of itself, as Russia's agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, has not yet approved citrus imports from the country, despite claims indicating otherwise, Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Alexei Alexeyenko, said Tuesday 1 Nov.Turkish Agriculture Ministry.....


Millennial moms drive Cuties® sales
Millennials are a highly important demographic group for grocery retailers as they account for 80 million people in the US, the largest adult demographic today. One in four millennials are parents – including 90 percent of all new moms, making products that appeal to moms and kids a key consideration in.....


Harvest delayed until November, 800 tons of output loss
Qiongzhong green oranges hit by Sarika typhoon
Last week, super typhoon "Sarika" landed in Hainan, and caused tremendous losses to fruit and vegetable growers in Qiongzhong city, especially to green orange growers. Around 667 hectares of green oranges were impacted, of which 33 hectares had almost no harvest. Originally scheduled to be picked around the.....

Mexico: Yucatan produces 247,000 tons of citrus
The Secretary General of the League of Agrarian Communities and Farmers Union of the National Peasant Confederation of Yucatan, (CNC), Marco Vela Reyes, stated that citrus production already amounted to 247,000 tons this year, which would leave them a good economic benefit.In an interview, Vela Reyes said.....

China & South Africa to increase fruit trade
On Monday 31 October, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and Fruit South Africa (FruitSA), which is set to broaden fruit trade between the two countries.The memorandum covers a wide variety of products, including apples, pears,.....


Extreme drought and exceptional heat have positive effect on ClemenGold season
The 2016 ClemenGold season has just come to an end in the Southern Hemisphere. “The extreme drought and exceptional heat conditions experienced by the citrus growing regions of South Africa, leading into the citrus season, had a positive effect on the internal quality of the fruit,” says Marius du Plessis,.....

Europe: Fifth sanitary alert for chlorpyrifos in Turkish lemons
The European Commission has let it be known, through the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) of the European Union, that a new detection of chlorpyrifos residues, exceeding the EU's MRLs, has been found in Turkish lemons. Since 1 September, five batches of Turkish lemons have already been rejected.....

Tonga to revive local fruit production
As Tonga is being forced to rely on increasing amounts of imported fruits, due to declining local production, the country's Forestry Department says they're working to revive the disappearing local fruit industry.Agricultural expert and author, Semisi Pone, says he had noticed various types of fruit trees.....

New Octubrina clementine season kicks off
AMT Fruit, part of the Munoz Group, and one of the UK’s leading citrus specialists, have welcomed in the new season of the Octubrina clementine. The variety, launched exclusively with Tesco two years ago, now enters its third year of exportable production and continues to impress customers and growers.....


Halos season off to a sweet start with $30 million consumer campaign
Yesterday, Wonderful Halos, America’s biggest and fastest-selling mandarin brand, started the 2016–2017 season with its largest crop ever and launches a record $30 million new advertising campaign, themed “Good Choice, Kid.™” The ads celebrate kids who make good and healthy choices with Wonderful Halos and.....


"South African citrus fruits avoid phytosanitary controls at Spanish ports"
The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the association that brings together Spain's leading exporters and importers, has analysed the strategy followed by South Africa to tackle the pressure from the entire citrus sector and its response to the measures enforced by the Commission to mitigate the threat of.....

GABA performance to improve citrus fruit storage performance
The loss of organic acids during post-harvest storage is one of the major factors that reduce the fruit quality and economic value of citrus.Chinese researchers, from the Huazhong Agricultural University, proved that y-aminobutyric acid (GABA) plays a key role in citrate metabolism."We studied the effects of.....


Winter specialty citrus to squeeze the day
Winter is coming, and so are the specialty citrus varieties. To add variety to fall-winter produce displays and menus, peak-season specialty citrus varieties like organic finger limes and Tahitian pummelos are available now.“This year is a good year for specialty citrus,” said Karen Caplan, president and CEO.....

Southwest Florida jumps to No. 1 for citrus production
Southwest Florida is now the number one producer of citrus in Florida. Polk County used to be the largest citrus producing area in the state for more than 20 years, but growers were unable to afford the cost of treating citrus greening because the operations are on a much smaller scale than Gulf.....


Javier Ferrández, manager of Yafer:
"Oranges reach better prices when they are not ready"
The activities of many citrus warehouses and packaging plants in Valencia and Andalusia have been paralysed due to the rains recorded last week, mostly due to the risks involved in the fruit's marketing after handling and storing it with excess moisture. "Although the warehouses have stopped their.....

Tax cut for Florida's citrus growers
Just two weeks ago Florida citrus growers received good news about a larger-than-expected 2016-17 orange crop, and now they've received more good news: the Florida Citrus Commission has approved a 30 percent reduction in taxes on this season’s orange and grapefruit crops.“Our group is elated,” Doug.....

Pakistan organised orange export seminar
In Faisalabad, the third-most-populous city in Pakistan, the Trade Development Authority (TDA) organised a seminar about exporting oranges for growers and exporters. The focus was on modern techniques for enhancing per acre yield and increasing export.The seminar was attended by Sargodha Chamber of Commerce.....


Mariska de Zoete, Fruca Marketing:
"With 1,700 ha of iceberg lettuce, we're one of the top Spanish growers"
The new iceberg lettuce season started at Fruca Marketing from Murcia last week. "It rained again after months, so the first harvest was slightly delayed. I expect a smooth switch from the Dutch to the Spanish season. The pepper season has also started again," says Mariska de Zoete. The Dutchwoman left for.....


Smaller harvest of pomelos
The pomelo production season is currently at high speed. Compared to last year, 30% less pomelos were produced in the whole of China. Many pomelos also don't look well as they have spots on the peel. But the fruit flesh is very juicy and the taste is rich. Notwithstanding the underproduction, the market.....


Wilko van der Zwaard, WilkoFruit:
“High brix levels in first Moroccan clementines”
The first Moroccan clementines arrived at WilkoFruit yesterday. “We are satisfied with the first containers that have just been unloaded. The brix levels are between 12.6 and 13.1. We are very confident of a beautiful Moroccan season,” says Wilko van der Zwaard.“In general, sizes are slightly smaller than in.....

Syrian government providing support to domestic citrus producers
The Syrian government appears to be serious and resolute about protecting citrus producers, and solving their problems, by taking a number of measures to facilitate the fruit's marketing operations, both internally and externally. The most notable measure will be the exemption of citrus exports from the full.....


Leo Pels:
"Oronules and Clauselinas oranges are difficult to colour properly"
The Spanish citrus fruit season of Ruleta has started at Leo Pels - for the lemons and tangerines anyway. "We have beautifully coloured tangerines. The naturally coloured Oronules taste perfect and the Clauselinas are beautifully coloured. The lemons are great as well," says Leo. According to the importer,.....

Smaller navel orange crop expected
Last year, the Valley and much of the state of California, was still in the grip of a prolonged drought, and many farmers had pulled their citrus orchards. Chilling hours were down and many expected a reduced navel orange crop. The worst-case scenario never materialized.“The crop just kept growing,” said Bob.....

Fresh tangerines, clementines and mandarins
U.S. approves citrus imports from Morocco
Effective immediately, as of October 24th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has announced that they will allow importation of fresh tangerines, clementines and mandarins into the continental United States from Morocco, lifting a previous ban.If.....