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Florida Citrus exported worldwide
While about 95 percent of Florida Oranges are destined to become 100% Florida Orange Juice, some Florida Oranges and several fresh Florida Citrus varieties are shipped across the country and around the world. Destinations for Florida Citrus include Canada, Europe, Japan and South Korea. About 40 percent of.....

ACP quarantine extended in Arizona
A small area in the Gila Bend area is the first portion of Maricopa County, Ariz. in the central part of the state now under quarantine due to the pesky, disease-carrying citrus insect – the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). More than 22,000 square miles in Arizona are now under quarantine for the ACP which.....

US: Florida supply of fly-free honey tangerine down 40 percent
The season for California Halos, Cuties, Satsumas and other tangerines is in full swing at the moment. “For supply of honey tangerines, we depend on Florida”, says JB Cutsinger from International Citrus and Produce. “Florida’s crop is way off this year with production of ‘fly-free’ fruit being 40 to 50.....

Syria: Third citrus shipment from Latakia to Russia
This week, the third citrus shipment departed from the port of Latakia bound to the Russian port of Novrcisc. The Vice President of the Syrian Russian Business Council, Dr Samer Othman, explained that all difficulties and pitfalls that emerged during the first and second shipments, are what can usually be.....


Mexico: Good demand from Yucatan citrus
Yucatan has marketed more than a thousand tons of citrus fruit in the first weeks of this year because of the high demand in the markets in Mexico City, Veracruz, Campeche and Quintana Roo.The President of the Association of Citrus Producers of Saclum, Marcos Jose Interian Villafaña, said they were selling.....

Greece: Good Ortanique and Clementine mandarin season
About 50% of the Ortanique mandarin harvest has been completed in Greece, with increased export rates and satisfactory producer prices. The area of ​​Lakonia Skala is the largest producer of this variety, with a noteworthy increase in the acreage in recent years and production volumes expected to.....

Spanish and Uruguayan researchers
Antioxidant protecting grapefruits from chilling injury
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) are amongst the citrus species that are most sensitive to Chilling Injury (CI), suffered during storage at temperatures below 10 °C.In general, citrus fruits are sensitive to low temperatures and develop dark brown spots on the skin, which significantly deteriorate the product's.....


Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk AGF:
"Huge supply of Spanish Salustianas on the market"
The market for Spanish citrus is facing some challenges. "The week of Fruit Logistica isn't the busiest week in our trade, and we're also dealing with carnival now, just when a lot of fruit is entering the market," says Ronnie Moorman, responsible for the import of Spanish citrus at Willem Dijk AGF.Egypt.....

South Africa may consider stopping citrus to Southern Europe
This month a group from South Africa will be visiting European countries to clarify inspection procedures for CBS an issue which costs the industry at least ZAR1 billion (US$86 million) per year. Among those will be Deon Joubert, special envoy for market access from Citrus Growers Association of South Africa.....


US (FL): End of trade embargo may threaten citrus
The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, made up of various agricultural organizations and companies, is interested in ending a 55-year-old trade embargo with Cuba, which could create challenges for Florida growers.The potential competition fuels concerns about government subsidies and disease from.....

IRS change could mean more citrus plantings
Florida Citrus Mutual hopes to add another tool in the toolbox for growers. The current federal tax code regarding citrus plantings — like most of our country’s tax policy — stands in the way of investment. Consequently, Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) continues to push a proposal forward that will allow growers.....

Italy and Germany buy 50% of Almeria's citrus exports
Last year, the province of Almeria cultivated 8,596 hectares of citrus, a similar number as in 2013. More than half of this extension is devoted to orange crops (4,700 hectares); tangerine crops, 2,447, and lemon trees, 1,340 hectares.According to data from the Delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture,.....

Spain: Mandarin demand slows down
The monitoring report of the citrus industry, published by the Government of Andalusia's Prices and Markets Observatory, corresponding to the sixth week of the year (from 2 to 8 February) confirms the decline in the pace of sales for mandarins registered already in the previous week. The analysis confirms.....


Growing interest for Spanish Sanguinelli red orange in Germany
In mid-January, the Spanish Sanguinelli red orange season, which lasts until mid-April,kicked off. It is a variety characterised by its red skin and flesh which currently enjoys very reasonable prices compared to table oranges, like the Navel and Navelina, which are not going through the best of times. The.....

BLE market report oranges week 5
Germany: rather stable orange market
On the German wholesale markets, mainly oranges from Spain were present in week 5. The clear majority of Navelina was supplemented with Sulstiana and Navel. The availability was further supplemented with more import of Moroccan Salustiana. Italy mainly shipped Navelina, and Greece the Washington Navel. Egypt.....


Joey Deen, Denimpex:
"Priority of Egyptian citrus exporters in surrounding countries and China"
Following the Egyptian Navel orange season, Denimpex received weekly fresh arrivals of the Egyptian Valencias. "The harvest of the Navels was a little smaller than in previous years and the harvest of the Valencias slightly larger. Some Navel trees have been cut down, and replaced by Valencias," says Joey.....

South Korea: Grapefruit imports hit record in 2014
South Korea's imports of grapefruits soared to a fresh high last year as consumer demand for the citrus fruit spiked on its new-found popularity in the country, data showed Monday.Data by the customs office showed that grapefruit imports totaled 19,491 tons worth US$14.39 million in 2014. The figures mark a.....


Moroccan citrus production targets decrease
Despite the citrus export season ending in June, Moroccan farmers have seen their production targets decrease. They are expecting a harvest of about 1.9 million tons, compared to 2.2 million tons the previous year. Exports have also decreased, reaching 485,000 tons in 2015 compared to 569,000 tons in.....

Greece: Reduced orange production boosts prices
Prices of Greek oranges suitable for export have increased in many parts of the country after the damages caused by bad weather. As stated by Mr. C. Polihronakis, Special Advisor to the Association of Greek Businesses, Exporters and Distributors of Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Incofruit - Hellas, "we indeed.....


New SANDO clementine hits the market
After a long process of varietal selection through traditional methods, which has lasted for over fifteen years, Alcanar Verd Cítrics i Vivers SL chose Fruit Logistica, in Berlin, for the presentation of its new late clementine variety, SANDO, which is the result from a natural spontaneous mutation of the.....

AU: Partnership to boost citrus exotic pest surveillance
The Australian citrus industry has joined forces with officers from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) to check citrus trees in Sunraysia for the presence of key biosecurity threats. It’s the first time that the citrus industry and government have worked together in.....

US: California climate ideal for lemons
California is the US number one lemon producer with more than 90 percent share of US production. The majority is being grown in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, north of Los Angeles. Supply is also coming from the California desert (Coachella Valley) as well as the Central Valley. This is the peak time of.....


Korean Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA)
Uganda: $90,000 for citrus research
The South Korean government through its agriculture research body, Korean Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA), has earmarked $90,000 towards improving citrus production in Uganda.The three year project to be implemented in Soroti, Ngora and Kamuli districts aims at researching on the major diseases.....

Florida orange crop 2014-2015 estimate holds steady
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday said its estimate of the 2014-2015 Florida orange crop remained the same at 103 million boxes. The USDA held early-mid and Valencia orange varieties at 48 million and 55 million boxes respectively. "We still have a few months left in the season but it is.....

Singapore: 30% rise in prices of oranges from China
Dry weather in China has led to a lower yield of mandarin oranges. This has led to a 20 per cent drop in the supply of oranges in Singapore.Oranges from China now cost 30 per cent more compared to the previous year. Despite a drop in supply, wholesalers believe that they are able to meet the local demand for.....


Spain: Andalusian orange producers resort to processing
The low prices reached by oranges in recent weeks, mainly due to a decrease in consumption, are forcing many Andalusian growers to sell their production to the processing sector, as this still guarantees some profitability.This was revealed in the latest citrus report of Andalusia's Markets and Prices.....


AVA-ASAJA demands measures against this threat
Citrus greening vector detected in Spain
The Valencian Growers Association (AVA-ASAJA) has requested the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the various agricultural departments of the country's regional governments, to urgently introduce exceptional control measures after the insect called African psyllid (Trioza erytreae), which acts as.....

Spain: 10M Euros to aid citrus sector
During the 12th Citrus agriculture Congress in La Plana (Nules, Spain), the Valencian regional Secretary, Alfredo González, announced the new development program worth 10 million euros, to re-organize the citrus sector.González underlined that the goal of the program is to support the production of the most.....


China invests in export facilities on border
South Africa main citrus supplier to Russia
This weekend, the presidents of France, Ukraine and Russia and the chancellor of Germany agreed to meet on Wednesday in Minsk, to discuss a solution for East Ukraine. The starting point is the ceasefire, which was agreed upon in September last year, but hasn't been observed. The chance of the talks resulting.....

USDA: $30 million to fight citrus greening
Citrus is big business in Florida but a disease is threatening the industry. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will spend $30 million to fight citrus greening. Local growers and sellers hope the government finds a cure soon.The fruit inside Poinsettia Groves in Vero Beach comes from.....

US: California Navel orange season going strong
California’s Central Valley supplies the vast majority of U.S. navel oranges. Supply of navel oranges is strong this season due to warm weather says Ron Steele from Paramount Citrus. The weather circumstances have also resulted in an excellent quality product. Demand for navels is also strong, both from the.....

Czech Republic: Tropical fruit prices stable for 25 years
Tropical fruit prices in the Czech Republic have remained stable for the past 25 years, despite the fact that the purchasing power of Czechs has increased by about seven times in the same period. In contrast, for instance, a kilo of apples in 1989 cost, on average, eight crowns; a price which, in absolute.....


Will drought, ports sour California citrus exports?
Drought and water delivery issues were not the only thing to impact California's fresh citrus market in the 2014-15 growing season. Now a slow down of activities at West Coast ports is threatening to hamper citrus exports, which last year were estimated at $500 million.Problems are getting worse for.....

US: Limoneira and Cadiz expand agricultural development agreement
Limoneira Company and Cadiz Inc. announced today that they have expanded their existing agricultural development agreement to include an additional 200 acres. Limoneira has acquired a total of 200 acres of lemon trees and associated irrigation lines from Cadiz and one of its leasing tenants for approximately.....

Iceland facing lemon shortage
Iceland is suddenly facing a shortage of lemons, with suppliers finding it tough to cope with demand and importers unsure about what has caused it.There is no real explanation as to why there has been such a rise in the demand, but it could be down to trendy new eating habits, according to fruit importer.....

Despite declines Florida Orange Juice is still number one
It’s no secret that the consumption of orange juice has consistently declined in recent years. However, many may be unaware that these declines track comparably with declines in production of Florida Oranges, due to HLB (also known as “citrus greening”).Greening, which is spread by a tiny insect called the.....

Germany: Citrus price increase is minimal
Although supply of citrus from the Mediterranean is decreasing, price increases can only be introduced limitedly in Germany, the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) reports on its website. That's because demand has now gone down as well. Perhaps this weekend's expected wintry weather will get.....


First Northern Hemipshere ClemenGold arrive in Ireland
2015 is the fifth year for the South African easy-peeler brand ClemenGold in the marketplace; a period which has seen its expansion from just South African, German, British and Austrian markets to countries like the Netherlands, Spain, France, Canada, Norway, China or Ireland.In Ireland, Donnelly, one of the.....

AU: Canker court case result disappoints
Xiao Trading and its director were fined $7,500 for illegally importing kaffir lime leaves infected with Asian Citrus Canker into Victoria in 2012. Following the initial discovery, more leaves were found from the same source already in the domestic market.Emerald agronomist Roger Linderman said the fine was.....

US: Specialty citrus season in full swing
Now is the time of year when many of Sunkist's specialty citrus varieties are in peak production. Many of the varieties are available through winter and into spring.With good volumes and excellent taste, Moro oranges are here through April. They have a maroon interior with a taste profile that has hints of.....

Asian citrus profit squeezed
Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd Friday said its first-half profit and revenue will be lower than the year before, due to a poor winter orange crop, after its plantations were hit by two typhoons during the period and its oranges were infected by citrus canker.Back in November, the Chinese citrus fruit producer.....

India: Kinnow growers see 50% drop in income
Hit by oversupply of oranges from Maharashtra, growers on kinnow, a citrus mandarin fruit, in Punjab have seen almost 50 per cent plunge in their returns this season from potential markets.Disappointed growers now want the Punjab government to come forward to rescue them from this “loss making” venture by.....

Imports of orange hybrids from Korea allowed
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 30, will allow the importation into the continental United States of commercial consignments of two Unshu orange hybrids from South Korea. These imports will be subject to the existing.....


French importer fills citrus gaps between Spanish seasons
Grapefruit demand wanes
As a fresh fruit importer in France, Helfer France, supplies French retailers with citrus from around the world when Spanish supplies aren't available. While oranges continue to be a big product for them, demand for grapefruit has waned.Mineola“We mainly import oranges from South Africa and South America.....

Apatzingan Valley
Mexico: Lemon prices at origin up 28.57%
Lemon prices at origin in the Valley of Apatzingan, Mexico, recorded a 28.57% growth; a sign that the fruit's cost in the domestic markets is recovering, which will allow local growers to make some profits after weeks of consumer prices below eight pesos, said Sergio Ramírez Castañeda, President of Sistema.....

Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, UAE, U.S. and South Africa, the most important
Spanish lemon shipments to non-EU destinations up 70%
Spanish lemon shipments to non-EU destinations are growing significantly this year, by about 70%, according to data supplied by the Interprofessional Lemon and Grapefruit Association (Ailimpo).Up to 31 December 2014, lemon shipments to Saudi Arabia increased by 4,884% (942,372 kg); those to Hong Kong grew by.....


Egypt: Agro Alex Group launches new packing station
Last year, the Egyptian company Agro Alex Group Co., devoted to the production and export of premium fresh fruit and vegetables, started the construction of a new packing station for the processing and packing of citrus fruits. “Work at the new station just started this season. We have imported the sorting.....

128,000 tonnes of fruit to 40 countries
Uruguay: Fruit exports up 20% in 2014
Demand for Uruguayan fresh fruit is on the rise in the international market and this is reflected in last year's export figures. In 2014, Uruguay exported 128,000 tonnes of fruit to 40 countries, with a value that exceeded US$ 115 million, 20% more than in the previous year.Fruit shipments are also.....


Argentina: Citrus producers predict difficult year
Dante Grigolatto, president of the Citrus Federation of Entre Rios (Fecier), stated that the exchange rate would also complicate the Argentine citrus sector."We knew that there would be 30 to 40 percent more output in the 2014 season and that it would be a difficult year if we were unable to export to the.....


Florida without Oranges
Florida may produce as few as 89 million boxes of oranges this year, forecasters say, down 63 percent from the 242 million boxes the state produced a decade ago. One report, released in December by the University of Florida, estimated that citrus generates $10.68 billion annually in the state, contributing.....


María Pérez, manager of Delta Blau
"Andalusian oranges may follow Valencia's steps"
Despite the apparent growth of orange production in Andalusia, the sector's future looks uncertain, looking at the negative results achieved in recent campaigns, to which the Russian veto must be added this year."The citrus market is too brand-conscious, with a really big difference between the major brands.....