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Japan: Kochi prefecture promotes its citrus fruit in Singapore

Japanese officials for the western prefecture of Kochi have organized an event in Singapore in order to pitch the region's distinctive citrus fruits. Local restaurant chefs were invited to the event on Wednesday. They sampled dishes and sweet treats featuring "yuzu" citrus fruit, grown in Kochi.The menu was.....

OVERVIEW GLOBAL ORANGE MARKET

Northern Hemisphere growers are getting ready for the end of the orange season. Sizes in Europe were smaller this season due to a drought in the summer. In Italy, this resulted in a mixed mood on the market. Some growers were satisfied while other called it a moderate season. Prices for Spanish oranges rose.....

Bad weather in Spain increased demand for Egyptian citrus

According to Omar Abdelatty of Spica BV, the start of the Egyptian Citrus season was slightly delayed. “It began in late November 2017. This late start was because of the slow ripening of oranges in the early stage of the season”, he says. “The season took off right away, though, and, even before Christmas,.....

Argentina: Fewer oranges and price increases due to the drought

Normally, during the summer months, the price of oranges tend to increase in grocery stores and supermarkets because, in this season, production is low in Argentina.However, this year prices could remain high longer than usual due to the severe drought that is affecting the entire country, especially the.....

Southern African citrus export estimate for 2018 season

Navels see biggest increase while Valencias decline

On 14 March, the Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of Southern Africa met in Johannesburg to consider the growers’ estimate for expected Southern African citrus exports.It is expected that a total of 131.7 million cartons (15kg) of citrus will be packed and passed for export from citrus producers in South Africa,.....

Exports to third countries are essential in the second part of the campaign

Spain: It is impossible to keep orange prices as high as needed in Europe

The first part of the Spanish citrus season has been marked by the substantially lower production volumes of mandarins and oranges in the Region of Valencia, while in Andalusia, the production has remained similar to that of 2016/2017.Although prices at origin were already very high in the first half of the.....

US: Florida citrus farmers in waiting game for hurricane aid

Among those Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 billion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma, frustration is growing.President Trump signed the disaster-relief package in February, five months after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida. The.....

Problems for Sicilian oranges

The 2017/18 Sicilian citrus fruit campaign has been characterised by prolonged drought.The blood orange production is coming to an end, then it will be the turn of blonde oranges until the summer, when the fruit will have to be imported from overseas."The export season is almost over except for a few batches.....

Winter Sweetz increases demand for Texas red grapefruit

Texas-based Winter Sweetz grapefruit, owned by Lone Star Citrus, is proud to announce another incredibly successful season thanks to its combined sales and marketing efforts promoting the Texas Red grapefruit variety. Committed to changing the perception that grapefruit has to be eaten cut in half with sugar.....

California oranges see lighter season

The supply of California oranges is adequate at the moment. “The season will end sooner than last year due to the lighter crop than we had last season,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. Cecelia’s supply hails largely from central California. “Most of the competition for.....

Argentina's lemons will arrive in the US next month

The governor of Tucuman, Juan Manzur, stated that, at the end of April or beginning of May, the US market would once again have lemons from Tucuman.Manzur said that they had complied all regulations and that this news was "transcendent, as the products from Tucuman had achieved opening the most demanding.....

Taiwan iinterested in Honduran citrus

Executives of the Pomina company of the Republic of China, Taiwan, which in 2017 started buying Honduran melons, have confirmed their interest in the oranges from Sonaguera (Colon), concentrated juice, and other citrus derivatives.A large delegation of Taiwanese buyers met with the members of the Association.....

Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk AGF:

“We’ll close the Spanish season exclusively with ClemenDolce from Filosofo”

This week, Willem Dijk AGF received the first ClemenDolce tangerines from Filosofo. “This Spanish hit will follow the successful Tang Gold in coming weeks. We get much demand for the perfect tangerine. Because of the cold weather in the Netherlands and the mediocre alternatives from Morocco, we can supply a.....

Mohamed Shabaan, Garlico Company:

“Strong demand for Egyptian Valencia oranges”

According to Mohamed Shabaan, from the Egyptian Garlico Company, there is a huge demand for Valencia Oranges. This started in January and will last until the 1st of May. “Especially the first class oranges are popular.” All oranges exported by Garlico Company have been produced in Egypt. Mohamed: “We work.....

New trends in citrus fruit production

"It seems to me things are more advanced every time I go to Spain. Groups are well-organised, aware and made up of expert technical teams. They trade with the rest of the world and focus on developing new varieties, which is essential not to become obsolete in the demanding citrus fruit market," explains.....

Citrus Australia welcomes new Chair

Ben Cant is a third-generation citrus grower, packer, marketer and exporter. He spent 15 years running a modern packhouse in his family business, which supplied both major supermarket chains and export markets.During this time, Ben implemented changes to increase efficiency, out-turns and retail packaging.....

100 tonnes of lemons exported from Gaza to Jordan

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip resumed the export of citrus fruits to the Kingdom of Jordan through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing in the south east of the Gaza Strip.The director general of marketing and crossings of the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza, Tahseen Al-Sakka,.....

Corona branded limes to be available in the Beer & Liquor aisle

Those who love their cerveza served with a zesty wedge of lime will be able to pair their cold Corona with a zesty wedge of Corona Extra branded lime. Constellation Brands has granted Earth Source Trading the right to source and distribute Corona Extra branded limes under an agreement brokered by The Joester.....

Excellent season for California's navel orange growers

Orange growers in California are enjoying an excellent season, with generally good growing conditions resulting in an excellent crop. Quality has been high and sizing has also been good. Volumes are a little down from last year, which was a higher than average crop."This season has been great," said Derek.....

India: Manipur’s prized lemons

Manipur’s prized Lemon, popularly known as the “Kachai Lemon”, is one of the most sought after of all the fruits grown in Manipur, but apparently it's not getting enough attention or the care it deserves.The uniqueness of the Kachai Lemon is that it has got the highest content of ascorbic acid of all the.....

Shanghai: More Egyptian citrus set to arrive

This season, many Chinese importers travelled down to Egypt, Israel and Spain to secure some of the new citrus export crop.Egyptian employees selecting and packing fresh citrusMengxiang Fresh Export is preparing new shipments of Egyptian oranges for the Chinese market. Kelly Yao has taken some impressive.....

Mandarins promoted as a spring snack and pistachios included in snack box

A few months ago, Wonderful Halos started off the Halo season by launching a Point of Sale (POS) display program entitled, Halos 'Grove of Goodness'. Now, the company has launched its first-ever “Spring Spectacular” POS in stores and on display. “More than mid-way through the season and just in time for the.....

California citrus packer launches new look Suki mandarin bags

The latest citrus product from Suntreat is here with the kickoff of the Suki Mandarin season. The name Suki (pronounced SUE-KEY) translates to “love,”. Suntreat says this can be seen by the amount of extra care they put in to make the quality mandarin, as well as the reaction consumers will have when they.....

Italy: Minimum juice content in soft drinks increased to 20%

On 6th March 2018, the provision raising the orange juice content in soft drinks produced in Italy from 12 to 20% was notified to the European Commission. It will replace an obsolete 1961 law which established that citrus drinks had to contain a minimum juice percentage of 12%.At the moment, as the regulation.....

Spanish Tangos open season for South African consumers

During the past week South African consumers have been able to start enjoying Tango Fruit™ mandarins again, well before the local harvest. This is a follow-up to the successful introduction last year of locally grown Tango Fruit™ mandarins to Freshmark, the fresh produce division of Shoprite Checkers, the.....

Ugly citrus embraced with new pack designs

Classic Harvest says their Gold Nuggets feature an eye catching purple retro design that calls out the bumpy and ugly nature of Gold Nuggets while shouting out the sweet delicious surprise that awaits inside. Classic Harvest will be shipping Gold Nuggets now through the end of April.“We are thrilled to add.....

Peru to ship citrus to the Dominican Republic this month and to Japan in April

The National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) reported that, thanks to the joint work of the public and private sector, Peruvian citrus fruit would enter the Dominican Republic this month and Japan in April."We will sign an agreement with the Dominican Republic for Peruvian citrus fruits by the end of this.....

Avocado market in Dubai is in its infancy

Dubai is known for its enormous skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa, and its artificial palm islands. Due to its favourable economic climate, the city is very appealing to companies. “It’s a metropolis,” says Hadi Abuseedo of Abuseedo Trading about his home base. The market is unique due to its inhabitants from.....

Spain: Argentinian mandarins to compete against Castellon's citrus

Argentinian mandarins are already being shipped to Europe to compete against Spanish citrus. According to Argentinian media, the first 1,000 tonne shipment of early mandarins of the Okitsu variety has departed this week bound to the Old Continent. Jorge García, president of Castellon's provincial citrus.....

Spain: Loss of Andalusian citrus due to rainfall and strong winds

The heavy rainfall and hurricane winds that have hit western Andalusia have caused losses to orange and late mandarin producers, especially in Seville and Huelva.The excess of water has caused peel deterioration in Nadorcott, Tango and Orri mandarins, among others.At the same time, strong gusts of winds, and.....

Nutrano buys major Sunraysia citrus and grape business

Leading Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group Limited, has entered into a contract to purchase Nangiloc Colignan Farms, a premium 700-hectare citrus, table and wine grape business located in the Sunraysia district in Northern Victoria. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed and.....

Italy: Blood oranges doing unexpectedly well

Despite the fact that the Sicilian citrus fruit campaign seemed to have started rather badly due to the small grades available, Michele Sodano (purchasing and sales manager for Ortofrutta Mele) reports that blood oranges are actually doing rather well.Michele Sodano with his fatherAntonio."The lower presence.....

China: Bad situation for sweet orange market likely to continue

The sweet orange market was already bad during the Spring Festival in 2017 and people were hoping for the market to recover after the festival. Looking at the current situation, however, this has not happened at all.Recently picked fresh orangesThe Spring Festival market this year can be summarised as follows:.....

First arrivals of Italian citrus to US this week

This past weekend saw the arrival of the first shipments of Italian specialty citrus to the East Coast for the 2018 season, just in time for spring promotions. Container loads of Sorrento Lemons and Tarocco blood oranges shipped directly from Italy into the Port of New York are expected to continue through.....

High prices at origin make exporting difficult

Spain: Still a lot of Primofiori lemon left to be harvested, but sales are slow

"Stressful" is the word that best defines the current campaign for several Spanish lemon exporters. Prices at origin are high, sales are slow and there is still a lot of fruit on the trees that needs to be sold.In fact, it is estimated that around 300,000 tonnes of Primofiori lemons are still left to be.....

Moroccan citrus production expected to reach 2.4 million tons in 2017/18

Ahmed Derrab, Secretary General of the ASPAM (Association of citrus producers in Morocco), expects to see a slight 3% increase in volume over 2017-2018 due to new plantations coming into production. This figure proves how dynamic the sector has become over the last few years, but it still remains below the.....

Indonesia: Extension of South Africa’s horticultural exports

The Republic of Indonesia has extended South Africa’s recognition status. This enables the latter to export horticultural products through the Jakarta Port of entry until 11 April 2021.The initial recognition was granted by the Indonesian Authority on the 11 April 2016, and this was due to expire on 10 April.....

Brand names are important for mandarins

Rain a very welcome sight for California's mandarin growers

Recent rainfall has eased the production of mandarins in California. And with more rain in store over the coming week, it doesn't look like there will be a return to the vigorous growth seen earlier in the year in the near future. Growers are happy with the rain, which is bringing much needed moisture to the.....

China: First Pujiang 'Buzhihuo' mandarin orange export to North America

On March 5th, 300 kilograms of 'Buzhihuo' mandarin oranges (also known as 'Chougan' or 'Dekopon') produced by a farm in Pujiang, Sichuan province, was cleared successfully at Vancouver Airport in Canada. In the meantime, nearly 7 tons of 'Buzhihuo' fruit, produced and processed by a trading company in Pujiang.....

Quarterly figures: profit up 12%

Higher citrus prices good for Limoneira's bottom line

Limoneira has seen sales increase by 12% to $31,6 million over the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. The American group is active in the citrus market but is also involved in real estate projects. The higher turnover is as a result of higher prices for lemons and oranges when compared to the same period.....

Six months after disastrous Hurricane Irma

Florida citrus industry continues to struggle

Florida’s citrus industry continues to suffer nearly six months after Hurricane Irma devastated the current season’s citrus crop. Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season. It estimates the current crop will yield 45 million boxes......

Italy: Lively citrus fruit campaign in Ragusa

"The Sicilian citrus fruit campaign is rather lively. Demand is good, though competition often drives prices down. Anyway the organic segment is a good niche," reports Francesca Digeronimo, manager of a well-known company producing and commercialising organic citrus fruit in Vittoria (RG).Francesca.....

China: Citrus maze is a children's paradise

A citrus art festival was held recently in Kecheng district, Quzhou city, Zhejiang province. Children had a lot of fun and enjoyed themselves.Source: www.greentimes.com

Sunkist Growers holds annual meeting

Sunkist Growers held the cooperative’s 124th annual meeting on February 21, summarizing the organization’s 2017 season performance and seating the 26-member Board of Directors for the upcoming year.“Careful and well-orchestrated management of last year’s crops, along with coordinated sales and marketing.....

Trade in oranges and the Chinese New Year

Oranges: The good-luck fruit

The Chinese New Year celebrations have just been concluded. In Chinese traditions, oranges are a popular symbol of good luck and so they are displayed as decoration or exchanged as gifts among friends and acquaintances during the 16-day festival.In 2016, China and Hong Kong were the fifth and the sixth largest.....

Dinuba, California

Over $14,000 in oranges stolen from farm

Tulare County Sheriff's deputies are currently investigating a grand theft after approximately $14,300 worth of oranges were stolen.The incident happened at Margosian Bros Farms in Dinuba on March 5th or 6th.According to an article on yourcentralvalley.com, law enforcement is still looking for the suspect or.....

Chinese citrus for Europe

Chinese exporter building DC in Poland

While European exporters are eagerly looking at the enormous potential of the Chinese market, Henry Wang, manager of Jiutai Modern Agriculture, is looking towards Europe with a similar longing. The Chinese company successfully exported tangelos and pomelos to Poland, but it wants to expand this trade flow.The.....

Auterfruit's response to the crisis in the citrus fruit sector

"Our produce is worth its weight in gold but, due to a series of circumstances, we don't seem able to push it. Mainly due to the fact that commercial management its distancing itself from good traditional cultivation practices."Gaetano Auteri, owner of Auterfruit, with his brother and commercial manager.....

Florida company invests in anti-greening technology for citrus

A Florida citrus company has made a major investment in a technology that can help contend with greening.Vero Beach, Fl.-based Premier Citrus is forming a new company, Premier Citrus ApZ LLC, which will develop a new technology to boost the delivery and effectiveness chemicals to offset greening, which can.....

China: Yizhang Navel oranges now available in Hong Kong

The Hunan Import and Export Office of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine announced that recently a shipment of 10 tons of Navel oranges from Yizhang, under the brand name "Long Da", passed through the Chenzhou Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine. A total of 1,000 boxes of.....

European citrus sector asks for more phytosanitary prevention and protection

European representatives of the citrus sector, including the president of the Citrus Working Group of Cooperativas Agroalimentarias of Spain, Cirilo Arnandis, met on Friday in Catania, Sicily, the main Italian producing region.At the meeting, attended by representatives of other Spanish and Italian.....

Vietnam, Ben Tre province: Pomelo earns geographical indication

The green-skin pomelo, a speciality crop of the province of Ben Tre -in the Mekong Delta-, has been granted a geographical indication (GI) certificate by the National Office of Intellectual Property. Lam Van Tan, Director of the provincial Department of Science and Technology, stated that the GI is applied to.....

Problems for the Sicilian Moro orange segment

Everybody knows things are not going well for Sicilian citrus fruit, though there are a few contradictions that are rather surprising.The CTV virus has definitely been one of the sector's worst enemies over the past few years, leading to the uprooting of many hectares.Above: Moro orangesMoro oranges have been.....

Jaffa Orri campaign to focus on consumers this year

The Jaffa Orri mandarin campaign has begun. “This year the campaign will be more targeted in three big markets, China, France, and Japan”, says Tal Amit, head of the citrus sector at Israel's Plant Production and Marketing Board. “We have doubled the budget, most of which is going to the Chinese market.”“The.....

Greg Reinauer:

“Vertical integration and geographical spread the key to success”

Although being a vertically integrated organisation comes with certain risks, it is also the key to success. That’s what Greg Reinauer (Tom Lange Company) and Greg Thorne (Seven Seas) argue. The same is true for being a global company. For example the Russian ban had a negative impact, but a positive one as.....

Young Chinese people go to specialist’s shops more often

In China, Jiutai has 2,600 supermarkets among clientele, and additionally, the company can be found at eight wholesaler’s market. It supplies to e-commerce, its fruit is handed out in the airplanes of various airlines, and the specialist’s shop chain Kaopu is also part of the group.Henry Wang en Michal Glijer.....