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Demand for Chinese citrus continues to grow
Market transactions in citrus are lively and the prices have generally increased. On February 27th the average price in all citrus production areas nationwide was 0.76 EUR per kilogram (4.36 RMB). In comparison to the 0.30 EUR (2.18 RMB) one month ago, the price has gone up sharply. The disequilibrium.....


Polish delegation visits companies as part of Distretto Agrumi di Sicilia
A three-day event was held between 20th and 22nd February 2017 to promote the internalisation of some companies as part ofDistretto degli Agrumi di Sicilia, in cooperation withIce.Group photo.The event started with a convention during which stakeholders from Poland learned about the Sicilian economy and.....

Iran temporarily lifts import ban on Pakistani Kinnows
The Pakistani Embassy in Tehran informed the Ministry of Commerce in Pakistan through a letter that Iran has lifted the ban on imports of Kinnows for only 21 days, which will continue till April 20, 2017.Pakistan has been allowed to export Kinnows through the border markets of the Iranian provinces of Sistan.....

Waitrose release ruby red Ippolito oranges
Waitrose has introduced ruby red Ippolito Oranges to its Waitrose 1 range. The fruit is grown in the hills of Huelva, in southern Spain, where the trees receive warm days and cool nights. This is what creates the pigmentation that we commonly refer to as blush or blood oranges. Juicy Ippolito oranges are.....

Bumper citrus crop causes drastic price drop in India
After a bumper crop in Jhalawar, growers who would usually be cheerful about the large yields are seeing citrus prices drastically drop as supply outpaces demand. One farmer who had got ₹20 for a kilo of orange last year is selling it for ₹5-8 this year.“A bumper production should have been good.....


First technical workshop for Orri mandarin production in Spain
"Spain could produce Orri of the same quality as Israel"
With the Orri mandarin production and marketing campaign in full swing, the producers association, Orri Running Committee (ORC), has organised the first technical workshop on the variety's cultivation."The market dictates that it is the best mandarin variety at this time of the year, which is reflected in.....

Russia ranked third among world’s largest orange importers
In 2015, Russia imported 466.4 thousand tonnes of oranges and ranked third in the list of the world's largest importers of this citrus fruit, behind the Netherlands and Germany, reports FAMMU/FAPA, based on: Factsheet sinaasappelen.Most oranges on the Russian market came from Egypt (232.5 thousand tonnes),.....


José Mechó, manager of Agribur:
"Not many companies can deliver all clementines with leaf"
"Clementines with leaf are our specialty; we are currently working with Nadorcott and Ortanique mandarins, and in two weeks we hope to start marketing the Murcott and Orri varieties," explains Jose Mechó, manager of Agribur.Based in the municipality of La Vall d'Uixó, Castellon, Agribur has its headquarters.....


Spain
"Of the 60,000 kg of clementines produced, 40,000 had to be discarded"
This is a campaign that already started in an atypical way, since prospects had pointed to a 21% increase of the production in Spain, but it all ended "in a chaotic way," states Antonio Sinisterra, owner of Huerto Sinisterra. "We have been able to save a third of the clementines, but we know that other.....


Minion mandarins hit the shelves nationwide
Dayka & Hackett LLC teams with Universal and Illumination to unleash Minion Mandarins in grocery stores nationwide. These mischievous and playful Minions are on a mission to provide a healthy snack for the whole family. Available year-round, Minion Mandarins are a kid-sized, easy-to-peel, delicious treat.....

University of Florida evaluating cold tolerant citrus varieties
The relatively mild winter temperatures during the last two decades has led to a resurgence of interest in cold hardy citrus in North Florida. Satsumas account for almost all of the new commercial citrus acreage in the Florida Panhandle. If the next two decades have mild winter temperatures like the.....


Italy: Orange tree adoption at Agricola Pappalardo
"Azienda Agricola Pappalardo was established in 1960 by my wife's father, who planted the orchard," recallsGiuseppe Pappalardo explaining how his father-in-law stopped working for third-parties when he bought two hectares of citrus groves. In the photo: Filadelfo Pappalardo."Fifty years later, in 2010, my.....

New rootstock for mandarins to be launched next month in Australia
A new rootstock for mandarins will be launched next month, providing growers with the first opportunity to view the performance of mature trees.Malcolm Smith, citrus breeder at the DAF Bundaberg Research Station, said the new variety would be named after Patricia Barkley, a retired citrus pathologist who was.....


Fermín Sánchez, manager of Gruventa:
"Lack of 'extra quality' citrus after difficult weather in December"
The market has already stabilised. "Not all areas of Spain were affected by the bad weather; southern areas, like Seville, for example, have been spared," affirms Fermín Sánchez Navarro, manager of Gruventa. "What is now going on is the biggest selection of "extra quality" product for overseas exports," says.....


Expansion of blueberry and peach programs
Florida in the middle of Valencia orange season
Although the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service stated last week that orange growers would only bring 70 million boxes to market from the original industry prediction of 72 million boxes, Florida Valencia orange estimates from January to February held steady at 35 million boxes. “Right now we’re.....


China: Difficulties importing Spanish oranges
Exports of Spanish oranges to China are currently facing difficulties. Spanish packagers and exporters have reduced the amount of goods sent to China and volumes from Valencia in particular have been affected.Spain suffered from unusual weather conditions in January and February. Because of excessive rain,.....


"EU consumers don't know what to do with a pomelo"
Pomelo grower and exporter, Xiamen Sonpy, was established in 2005. The company is a significant player in the industry and exports 1,000 containers a year to Europe, Russia and the Canadian market. In addition to sourcing from over 30 individual pomelo growers, the company cultivates pomelos on 100 acres in.....

Spain: Garlic export business doubles in Cordoba
The garlic export business doubled in Córdoba between January and November 2016, according to information published by the Ministry of Agriculture. These sales generated 53 million Euro, which represented an increase of almost 109% and also accounted for 15% of the national total.The Andalusian Government.....

India takes new steps to compete with Pakistan in Kinnow exports
Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) made changes with the help of other countries a month ago in order to compete as a global exporter of the citrus fruit kinnow to as far as Russia and the UK, competing with neighbouring Pakistan. The changes included using scissors from Israel for safe plucking,.....

Climate change remains a challenge
Pakistan kinnow exports to Indonesia reach $23m
Pakistan’s Kinnow exports to Indonesia surged to $ 23 million in 2016 as compare to $ 3 million in 2013 in the wake of a Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Regional Standing Committee Chairman, Ahmad Jawad said on.....

China: 4000 unlicensed citrus seedlings seized
Since the spring 2016, the Law Enforcement Bureau has stepped up its inspections of the nursery stock market for citrus seedlings, to prevent the occurrence of citrus yellow shoot disease.Yellow shoot is an incurable disease of citrus and in recent years, some farmers have evaded the strict quarantine.....

Spanish mandarin production much greater than last year
Preliminary data on the production of mandarins in Spain in the 2016/2017 campaign, point to the total volume reaching 2,446 million tonnes, compared to 1,972 million tonnes in the previous season. The production in the current season is thus expected to grow by about 24 percent.A considerable volume of.....


Israel: Jaffa Orri finds new markets
The Jaffa Orri is a new brand joined into the Jaffa family, which includes the Jaffa Sunrise and other fruit brands. The Orri is an easy-peeler mandarin, which has become well known internationally. "Jaffa is well-established, with some of the biggest products. The Orri brand is very important to Jaffa......

Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe seeks increased bilateral trade
The Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Calltorp, stated that she was disappointed with the current amount of trade between Zimbabwe and Sweden and believes that there is potential to grow trade in the future.“Trade between Sweden and Zimbabwe is very limited, but has potential to grow as Zimbabwe is a.....


Deon Joubert - CGA
South Africa: No cold steri treatment for citrus this season
At last week's Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Deon Joubert took the opportunity to hold a briefing for the citrus industry on the issues of CBS and the False Codling Moth, both of which could have an impact on South African citrus exports to Europe.The CBS issues are not new to anyone in the business and the.....


Mexico: "I don't think we'll have any issues selling our citrus in the US"
Although the situation of Mexican companies exporting to the US will rely on the political changes in the neighbouring country, there is an overall feeling of optimism. "We export food products and these are always needed," explains Jesús Gutiérrez, manager of Citrimón. The truth is that no new taxes or.....

China: New orange variety discovered in Chongqing city
Recently a new orange variety has been discovered on a Jinfo Mountain at 1,200 meters above sea level.Oranges have been cultivated in China for over 4,000 years, and they can be dated back to the earliest discovery of the Yichang Orange in Hubei province, which is the oldest orange variety in the world. This.....

US lobby prevents the entry of Argentine lemons
The road to unlock the suspension of the entry of Argentinian lemons into the US, which the Trump administration sought after only three days in office, has become difficult because of the strong lobby of citrus growers in California and Arizona. The government of Mauricio Macri and producers from Tucuman.....

New mandarin rootstock launched at Gayndah
A new rootstock for mandarin will be launched in Gayndah on March 7, providing growers with the first opportunity to view the performance of mature trees.The field day will be held at the orchard of Russell and Lisa Baker, near Gayndah, from 10.30am until midday. There will be a field walk to see the trial.....

Richard Bevelander, Van Dommele:
“Limited supply of large-sized oranges”
Oranges are small this year. “The arrival of large sizes is very limited. There are plenty of small sizes but those sales are much more difficult,” says Richard Bevelander from Van Dommele. “The Spanish Salustiana season is over for us, and we have completely switched to Navel Lane Late. In a few weeks we.....

Spain: Castellon-grown oranges and clementines in the EU next campaign
The 80 Castellon-based citrus companies participating at Fruit Logistica, in Berlin, met with representatives of Asian companies with the goal of expanding to markets "with great potential for the development of consumption." The idea is to export oranges and clementines to these destinations.This was.....


Man caught smuggling 2.5 kg of heroin into Saudi Arabia inside oranges
The Airports Security Force (ASF) caught a man trying to smuggle 2.5 kg of heroin hidden inside oranges into Saudi Arabia. The man was caught at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.As per details, the accused identified as Naeem Maseeh was trying to smuggle heroin by hiding it in oranges. ASF seized.....


January 2017
Mexican lime prices and trading margins
According to a survey of prices paid to the producers of Mexican limes (sour) from Colima for the month of January 2017, the selling prices (wholesale and consumer), and marketing margins in the three selected cities (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Monterrey, NL, and Torreón), were as follows:Prices paid to producers.....

Uzbekistan's government offers farmers lemon trees
Uzbekistan's government plans to provide almost two million households with lemon trees so they can feed themselves and sell their produce, according to a draft document published for public discussion.The cabinet plans to set up specialized companies that will first supply households with seedlings and then.....

Florida could see smallest citrus crop in 50 years
According to some, Florida is looking to have one of the worst citrus crops in a long time, due to the worsening effects of citrus greening. Crop disease and slowing demand continue to threaten what used to be a signature industry in the sunshine state.The state’s orange crop is poised to shrink to what.....

Foreign imports put the squeeze on Indonesian oranges
Indonesia's local market for exotic oranges is in danger according to some growers as foreign imports are putting it at risk. Tuti, who has been selling fruits for 39 years at the market, said she had stopped selling Medan oranges due to her difficulty in competing with the quality of foreign grown.....

Nearly 2 tons of weed hidden in limes found by US Customs
Us Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas found 3,947 pounds of weed which was hidden inside hollowed out limes on January 30. The drugs were found in a produce truck crossing the Texas Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico and was found thanks to an imagining inspection system and a K-9.....


Giant citrus decorates tables in Australia
This giant, soccer ball-sized fruit, which is also known as citrus maxima, is predominantly found in South-East Asia, but is grown by several farmers near Darwin. Pomelo is used as a decorative food during the Lunar New Year celebration period, which began on January 28.Han Shiong Siah from Tropical Primary.....

USA: Prices pick up on tight Florida grapefruit market
Supplies are looking tight for Florida’s grapefruit industry. “They’re short, as Florida grapefruit supplies continue to contract because of citrus greening disease and growers making room for the new easy-peel varieties,” says David Brocksmith of Vero Beach, Fl.-based Seald Sweet International. “All the.....

Turkey: Fruit & veg exports rise 30% after lifting of Russian embargo
The lifting of the embargo issued by Russia on citrus products has been a boon for western Mediterranean exporters. Mustafa Vardar, president of the West Mediterranean Exporters' Association (BAİB), stated that exports from the western Mediterranean region, covering Antalya, Burdur and Isparta, had a.....

Japanese farm offering heart shaped lemons
For those looking to offer a little something special this Valentine's Day, one farm in Japan has you covered. The farm has succeeded in producing a heart-shaped lemon, according to the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese news outlet.Onomichi, in the prefecture, is known for its lemons, and since 1998 farmers have.....

Pakistan to increase orange exports to Indonesia
Pakistan is looking to increase exports of oranges, especially Kinnows, to Indonesia but importers from the country warn that they will face stiff competition from China.A press statement from the Pakistani Embassy, made available to The Jakarta Post, states that consignments of the Pakistani Kinnows have.....


California-grown specialty citrus supplies back on track
California specialty citrus supplies are back after a few weeks of winter rainstorms to cheer up shoppers with a range of California-grown exotic citrus varieties like Tahitian pummelos, kumquats and other “quat” varieties, specialty lemons, and more.“We have had an incredible specialty citrus season so.....

Authenticity of Tango mandarin guaranteed with molecular markers
Until now, the fight against varietal piracy took place mainly in the fields and in handling centres by means of labelling systems and the varietal identification of the batches. However, genomics has made it possible to change this panorama and to complement these controls at origin with others carried out.....


'Lane Late' oranges from Spain exported to China
As the export manager of the Spanish company, Agri-Naturelle Producers, Tomais Amer has just arranged the first batch of their navel orange export to China. These oranges are grown near the Seguar river close to the Spanish east coast region of Murcia, which has been the central area for orange plantation.....


Mexico: Veracruz will look to China if Trump closes border to citrus
The United States has the highest demand for citrus in the world and monopolizes the production in Veracruz. Citrus packing companies transport their products to the border in no more than 24 hours, which allows us to easily distribute Persian lime throughout the American Union, stated Rodrigo Calderon.....

Peru: ProCitrus to relaunch its seal of quality
The CEO of the Peruvian Citrus Products Association (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said ProCitrus was going to relaunch its quality seal, which seeks to ensure the external and internal good quality of Peruvian citrus.The CEO also said that, to do this, they needed a budget for promotion and.....

India plans to match Pakistan in Kinnow exports
Punjab's new government has quite the task ahead of it as they look to compete with Pakistan on 'Kinnow'. For this, the state-run Punjab Agro Industries (PAIC) have set a target to catch the pace of Pakistan’s annual exports of around four million tonnes of ‘Kinnow’ every year.Spurred on by last year’s.....


Daniel Blanco, commercial director at Mogalla:
"Andalusian citrus allows for economies of scale and greater varietal diversification"
Although they currently cultivate and market all types of horticultural products, Mogalla took its first steps as an orange producer 16 years ago. This continues to be its core business, with around 30 million kilos produced annually in Huelva and Seville."Some years ago, the cultivation of oranges was.....


Rains hamper harvest of California oranges
The California rains continue to affect the harvesting of produce in the state—only this time it’s with oranges. “Supply-wise, it’s been difficult because of the rains,” says Pat Simas of the Visalia, Ca.-based Chuck Olsen Co. “We’ve been in and out as far as picking and it’s created some small temporary.....

Egyptian company looks to increase orange exports by 20,000 tonnes
The Nile Establishment for International Trade is looking to increase the tonnage of oranges by 20,000 in 2017. The total value would be worth around $27m. The head of exports and logistics, Nader Shanab, said that the company targets to hit an increase of 46%.Shanab noted that the current state of the.....

Australia citrus export value increased by 24% in 2016
Citrus Australia recently released figures for Australia's citrus exports and announced that the country had hit record numbers in 2016. From January-November 2016 citrus exports were just under 220,000 tonnes and were valued at $335 million, an increase of 10 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value when.....


Catania's Moro orange production down 60% this year
The bad weather in Italy in recent weeks has taken a toll on the fruit and vegetable production in general, but especially on Moro oranges. In this regard, Salvino Sparacino, manager of NovaBiofruit, states that "this year, there is a clear drop in the productin. In the Catania area, the campaign has come.....

Mozambique: African firm may soon supply lemons to Dubai
According to one company, Jacaranda Agricultura Nortea, a deal may be nearing completion to supply Mozambican lemons to Dubai as early as this year.The company already produces bananas commercially, and its citrus operation will begin with 10 hectares dedicated to producing lemons, the company said in.....

The US might import more Peruvian citrus
The Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) based in Miami said the US could increase imports of Peruvian citrus because the US Customs had intercepted a shipment of 105,000 boxes of clementines from Morocco that were affected by the Mediterranean fruit fly.This is an opportunity for Peruvian citrus entrepreneurs.....


More challenges ahead for South African citrus exporters?
The export of South African citrus fruit to the European Union has, since 2012, been faced with additional phytosanitary measures for fruit originating outside the CBS pest free areas. These measures have put a strain on the phytosanitary regulatory system of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and.....

Spain: The Clemenules in Castellon "are dead" and there's "no solution"
The situation of oranges this season has finally improved and prices are on the rise, but Castellon will hardly benefit from it. The whole sector agrees that the price increase recorded by the varieties that have yet to be harvested will not compensate for the "disastrous" Clemenules campaign, as stated by.....


Oranges leave a strawberry aftertaste
Il Fragolino ® blood oranges
Motta Cooperativa Agricola was established in 2005 by 21 citrus fruit producers who decided to combine their strength as regards the cultivation and commercialisation of clementines, tangerines, Moro and Navelina oranges, peaches, Sanguinello and Tarocco oranges.As reported by the Administrator, Lucio.....

Gaza Strip reopens market for citrus imports from occupied territories
The Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip has decided to allow Palestinian traders to import citrus from the territories occupied in 1948. The decision affects all varieties, including easy-peelers, and will come into force in February.In a statement to The New Arab, the general director of marketing and.....

Florida's biggest citrus exporter bought by Wonderful
Wonderful Citrus, a mandarin company which sells under the brand Wonderful Halos, announced it has purchased Florida’s largest citrus marketer and exporter, DNE World Fruit.Wonderful Citrus is owned by Los Angeles billionaires Lynda and Stewart ResnickThe purchase of DNE World Fruit, DNE International and.....

China: Navel orange sales up by 65%
Navel oranges are currently showing a 65% increase in sales, which totalled over 160 thousand tons. The average price per kilogram is 8 yuan, about 1 yuan higher than last year, which has created a direct income of 1 billion yuan for the farmers. According to statistics, in 2016 the country's citrus production.....

Spain: Asaja demands application of motion to defend Andalusian citrus
Asaja has demanded the application of the motion approved in the Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Spanish Senate, which urges the Government to ask the European Union to adopt measures to support Andalusia's citrus sector after the agreement with South Africa.The motion, approved on 25.....

Indonesia opens up to Peruvian grapes and tangerines
The Indonesian Government has allowed the entry of Peruvian table grapes and tangerines into its market in a new partnership. In partnership with Peru's Trade Office, based in Yakarta (OCEX Yakarta), Indonesia's Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) currently strives to boost exports to other Asian.....

The goal is to maintain the low prevalence status
Mexico: Tamaulipas releases 40 million sterile flies per year
The citrus industry in the downtown area of Tamaulipas was put at risk by the presence of pests such as the fruit fly, exotic flies, the tristeza virus, and the red spider. As a result, producers work hard to keep them at bay and to prevent the Yellow Dragon disease."Every year, as part of the campaign.....


A normal citrus season expected, with some low harvests
Effects of drought still palpable in northeastern South Africa
Most South African citrus producers expect a better season than last year, when drought led to slightly lower volumes, with the exception of growers in the Onderberg and Letsitele Valley.“Last year we were staring down the barrel of a gun,” says John Edmonds, information manager at the Citrus Growers.....

Daifressh
"The citrus crop estimate will decrease because of the frosts"
Daifressh, the Valencian company which is in the middle of its orange export campaign, spoke about how the markets have been surprised by a cold wave."This has affected the this season's export estimate. The initial forecast for the current campaign estimated that citrus production would increase by around.....

Venezuela: Orange producers are forced into bankruptcy
Orange producers have denounced continuing salary increases, inflation, and the import of orange concentrates, which have led them to bankruptcy.Producers from Carabobo and Yaracuy, who are part of the National Federation of Fruit Growers (Fedenafrut), said that the increases in wages and salaries and the.....


Spanish lemon program enables year-round supply for US customers
“During Mexico’s gap in lemon production, we import lemons from Spain,” says Donald Souther with Vision Import Group. “This program supports us in filling customers’ needs year-round. Spanish lemons have been a great addition over the last several years and help our customers keep a consistent flow of.....


Vientosur opens second location in Hamburg
Andres Ribas: "Steady growth thanks to partners"
Vientosur BV. started its fifth commercial season with a steady growth, a reinforced commercial team, improved presence and recognition from the market.“It has truly become an avant-garde commercial formula, thanks to clear joint ventures with growers & exporters from the Southern Hemisphere, logistic.....

USA: Prices for limes continue to be volatile
Lime prices continue to be a little unpredictable in the southern U.S. “Limes are often a $14 item, but recently we’ve been hitting a $20-$25 price point for the most part. Limes are in decent supply right now,” says Stephan Eckel of Las Vegas, NV-based Terra Exports. “A lot of the fruit on the trees is.....

Wet winter expected to slow California citrus harvest
“Full moon, clear sky, no wind, and snow on the mountains,” Chris MacArthur, Riverside councilman explained was a terrifying sight for California citrus growers in a phone interview.The threat of frost is with growers every winter. But this winter has seen many wet nights turning MacArthur groves in.....