Citrus

Florida Citrus Mutual CEO:
Gulf citrus: 'Don't write us off just yet'
Florida's citrus industry is grappling with the tree-killing greening disease, a surplus of juice and declining OJ consumption.Still, the leader of the state's biggest grower advocacy group is far from sour on the future."We beat tristeza. We're living with canker," said Mike Sparks, Florida Citrus Mutual.....

Agronomists ask EU for phytosanitary controls on imported citrus
The Foundation of the Agronomists Association of Levante (FPIA-COIAL) held a conference on the new dangers faced by Valencian citrus. Various experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Councils of Presidency and Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water, the National Agricultural.....

In the final stretch
Price of Andalusian orange doubles that of 2014
In the last week of May the average price of the Andalusian orange was 0.31 Euro/kilo at its origin.Average prices at origin of the oranges harvested in the autonomous community of Andalusia in the final stretch of the campaign, especially those of the Valencia Late variety, have doubled what they were in.....

Australian citrus is drawing a premium for exports due to quality
AU: Riverina citrus grading at 70%, attracting $6-8 premium
An exceptional yield, with pack outs of up to 70% top grade quality, compared to an average of 40-50%, has meant that the domestic market for citrus grown in the NSW Riverina area was spoilt for choice during the first six weeks of the season. “The start of the season usually sees a lot of activity in the.....

Fighting HLB with steam

Citrus grower honored for life in the industry
It would surprise few people that, if you scratch Vic Story Jr., he would bleed orange — certainly not Florida citrus people."He's absolutely committed to the Florida citrus industry," said Larry Black, general manager of Peace River Packing Co., a Fort Meade citrus grower and packinghouse, and president of.....

RSA citrus exports to EU increase
South Africa’s citrus exports to the European Union (EU) increased by 9% in value last year despite having been hit by the troublesome citrus black spot fungus (CBS), said EU ambassador to South Africa Roeland van de Geer.EU and South African scientists are still arguing over whether or not CBS could infect.....

AU: Trade delegation success for citrus industry
South Australian citrus producers are hopeful sales to China will soon ramp up after a successful trade mission.Growers and representatives from Citrus Australia SA were part of a large trade delegation led by the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.Chair of Citrus Australia SA Region, Con Poulos, said.....


Don Limon
New team to support South African growers
Two young men, born and bred from grower families and educated as grower technicians, head the new office of Don Limon in Paarl, South Africa. Their job is to help growers market their fruit, where Don Limon provides the, marketing, logistics and sales. “We understand the challenges that growers face, as we.....

Great growing conditions this year
South Africa: Sweetest citrus for years
Sizes for mandarins, and seedless or easy peel citrus have been larger than anticipated for South African exporter Cedar Pack. “I would say one size bigger. We didn’t have a problem with small sizes. That’s continuing with oranges as well, on the navels,” says Piet Smit, Marketing Director for Cedar.....

Joey Deen: "More limes from Brazil, less from Mexico"
First Mexican limes arrived at Denimpex
On Friday the first Mexico limes of the season were unloaded at Denimpex. "We are pleasantly surprised with the quality and colour. The limes are very firm and the colour is a very dark green, like we should expect from the Mexico limes," says Joey Deen. "Despite the market still being a bit lower than two.....

US: Summarizing a challenging citrus export season
“It was one of the toughest citrus exporting seasons I’ve seen,” says Koji Suzuki with Jaspo Inc. “It was a horrible year for us. In fact, the whole industry was severely affected by the slowdown of the West Coast ports.” The labor disputes started in October and finally settled in February. Shipments.....


Aus Citrus exports to US to leave next week
Australian navel orange exports are on track to leave for the US next week, according to grower Sevenfields. “We’re just waiting for the fruit to get the right colour. We’re expecting the first shipment to arrive during the first week of July says Sevenfields Head of Marketing Brett Jackson. “It works out.....

San Luis Obispo County
US (CA): Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expands
An additional portion of San Luis Obispo County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid within the City of Arroyo Grande, in the Highlands area. The quarantine expansion adds 32 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in San Luis.....

Could drinking OJ boost memory?
Drinking orange juice every day could help improve the brain power of elderly people, researchers claim. And it takes less than two months to show marked improvements in memory, speech and reaction times, according to a study.Scientists think the results are down to chemicals called flavonoids - a natural.....

Increased trade with Korea good for Florida
Last year, the United States did $114 billion in trade with the Republic of Korea. Some 150 South Korean companies have invested $11 billion in the U.S. and created more than 30,000 jobs in the past few years alone, said the Honorable Seong-jin Kim, Consulate General for the Republic of Korea in Atlanta.Now.....

Texas citrus producers receive aid for HLB losses
Texas citrus growers suffering losses from Huanglongbing (HLB), citrus greening, may be eligible for financial assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency for removing trees afflicted with the disease and for replanting groves with healthy stock.The assistance comes through USDA’s Tree Assistance Program.....

AU: No official word on citrus exports to Indonesia
Citrus Australia is awaiting official word from the Department of Agriculture and the Indonesian government before making any statements about the rumours around Indonesia restricting citrus imports. Any suggested impact on the $60 million per year export relationship, which includes other commodities.....

Supplies of Californian Valencia oranges good
For Californian growers and shippers supplies of Valencia oranges are good as the season has been well underway for a few weeks. “Demand is very similar to Navel oranges and prices have remained steady,” states Charles Duby, of Sequoia Orange. “However, as with any season it’s difficult to predict what the.....


Fresh hopes for AU Citrus headed to the US
Australian citrus exports to the USA are expected to rise this year, particularly for navel oranges, thanks to excellent growing conditions and a much more amenable US dollar exchange rate. Pack-outs of Class-1 quality citrus, and fruit ideal in size for the US market, will also be higher. ‘We had very.....

Excellent quality for South African citrus season
Excellent weather conditions in South Africa have contributed to an earlier citrus harvest in the Western and Northern Cape regions of South Africa, resulting in earlier arrival of citrus to the US. Containers carrying Easy Peelers and Navel oranges will arrive at the Port of Newark over the next 2-3.....

Spain: Wine made from Valencian oranges and mandarins
Wine is no longer exclusively a product made from crushed grapes, and now Valencian oranges and clementine mandarins have become the basis for Tarongino, the first orange wine in the market. With the experience of five generations devoted to orange cultivation, the three brothers of Naranjas Che, with fields.....

Tunisian early fruits showcased at Expo Milano
Tunisia's Inter-professional Fruit Group (GIFruits) is organising next May 27 an event to showcase the country's early fruits on the celebration of Tunisia's Day at Expo Milano 2015.The objective is to promote Tunisian fruits, particularly quality and competitive early fruits that mature two weeks before.....

US (FL): Bee colonies on the rise thanks to new program
Florida's managed bee colonies have increased by more than 145 percent in the last eight years, thanks to a successful partnership between beekeepers and growers.The Sunshine State started a program two years ago that encouraged beekeepers and agricultural growers to share best practices, including ways to.....

Mexico: The best part of Michoacan's grapefruit season begins
Grapefruit producers started the commercial season that takes place between May and July both domestically and abroad.They expect the price for a kilo of grapefruit will range between $1.50 and $2.50 pesos during this period, which would be similar to the last seven years."The commercial window has opened.....

GI tags for 10 northern Indian hort products
As many as ten horticultural products from across the eight states of the Northeastern region have got the coveted GI tag, thus giving them the much-needed recognition that these belong exclusively to the region and are legally protected from being produced elsewhere.The list includes Naga tree tomato,.....


Impact of heat wave
Drastic drop in citrus production volumes expected in Valencia
The abnormally high temperatures recorded in Valencia in May are having a negative impact on the development of almost all crops, including citrus, for which the excessive heat has already resulted in serious problems in the settling.The water stress suffered by the trees greatly complicates the.....

Syrian citrus exports to Russia did not yield expected results
The head of the Syrian-Russian Business Council, Samir Hassan, stated that Syrian citrus exports to the Russian market did not achieve the desired results, with the export process facing numerous difficulties.According to Hassan, the problems faced by the 27 containers exported in the first shipment and the.....

Citrus greening, canker threaten industry
Florida's $10 billion citrus industry is an important sector of the state economy, providing thousands of jobs and capital to agricultural regions, according to findings from an independent Florida TaxWatch report.Florida produces 59 percent of the total U.S. citrus production, but diseases like citrus.....

New citrus variety trial for Florida growers
The New Varieties Development & Management Corporation has scheduled statewide grower meetings for May to launch FAST TRACK’s third suite of UF/IFAS-developed experimental citrus selections.This new suite features four seedless easy-peel mandarin selections: UFGlow, UFSunrise, UFDawn and 7-6-27.In.....

US: Strong start for Uruguayan easy peelers
After approximately a decade of negotiations between both countries to enable citrus exports from Uruguay to the USA, a trade agreement was signed in October 2013, allowing the export process to begin.The Easy Peelers (Mandarins, Clementines and Tangerines) have been the first to be shipped from Uruguay to.....

Chile launches early Clemenluz, mutation of Clemenules
Chile has begun making its promising Clemenluz, o Andes 1 variety available to all the citrus producing countries of the world. This variety is an early maturing clementine, a spontaneous mutation of the Clemenules variety that occurred in that South American country.This is a variety that is registered,.....


Joep van Lierop, De Groot International:
"Good start for grapefruit from South Africa and Zimbabwe"
The first few weeks of the grapefruit sales are over and importers can't complain. "Good prices with a strong demand," sums up Joep van Lierop of De Groot International. "The first Navels from South Africa are coming in and the first Valencias will be available from the end of June." Joep speaks about the.....

Spain: Half of Huelva's citrus certified for integrated production
Huelva, one of the quintessential Andalusian citrus producing provinces, is also an example in integrated production. This is one of the conclusions reached in the course of the Agrícola Café conference, organised by Editorial Agrícola in Cartaya. The president of the Association of Citrus Producers in.....

US (FL): Star creation for citrus plant medication
US scientists have developed a stimuli-responsive, biodegradable star-shaped copolymer for targeted nutrient and pesticide delivery in plants. Controlled release to the phloem at an elevated pH makes these nanocarriers a promising step forward in modern agriculture.Polymeric nanocarriers have already been.....


Cordoba, Andalusia
Spain: 10% of oranges still unharvested and at rock-bottom prices
The president of the professional citrus association Palmanaranja, Antonio Carmona, said that 10% of the oranges remain unharvested, even though work in the warehouse is expected to continue until June, and that "prices this campaign have been disastrous." Asaja has reached the same conclusion, pointing out.....


Spain: Citrus growers earn 39 million less than last season
La UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has reported the balance of the 2014-2015 citrus campaign, which is nearing completion. The results have been negative compared to the previous season, especially for mandarins and oranges in the first part of the campaign. La UNIÓ's study, based on official.....

AU: Knowledge about other hort sectors inspires citrus
Last week Western Australia producers took the opportunity to step out from their farmgate and gain inspiration and knowledge from other successful commercial horticultural industries.The road trip was organised by Perth Region Natural Resource Management (PRNRM) Graham McAlpine with WA Citrus value chain.....


Citrus and avocados main product of the Greek Westland fruit
"Fierce competition with Spanish citrus fruits and avocados"
Westland Fruit is a Greek farm and export company. Founded in 2012, the company focuses on two main crops, citrus fruits and avocados. The long-term knowledge of the cultivation of these crops runs back to 1988. And over the years the company has expanded, the volume of production has increased and export of.....


US (CA): Way of life ending for many citrus farmers
People don’t easily forget the moment the water dies.For Maria Jimenez, 54, it happened just over two months ago. A former poultry house worker, Jimenez was hand-washing dishes in the sun-baked bungalow she shares with her farmworker husband, Ramon Jimenez, 47, her daughter, Monica Mendoza, and two young.....


Seedless limes proving popular
Nguyen Van That, 30, created an orchard co-operative with an annual revenue of VND1 billion (US$ 47,600 ) in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang. He received the "Creative Young" award from the Central Youth Union in 2012 for his accomplishments.Last year, Chau Thanh District's Thanh Phuoc Agricultural.....

US (CA): Fifth citrus pest quarantine zone for Kern
Eyewitness News has learned a citrus psyllid has been confirmed in northeast Bakersfield. California Food and Agriculture Department teams have started going door-to-door asking home-owners if they have citrus trees.The new quarantine zone dips as far south as College Avenue, and west to Alta Vista Drive, it.....

Queensland exporter group unite to tackle challenges
Central Burnett growers are uniting their efforts to achieve positive, long-term outcomes and capitalise on opportunities within export markets. The group was created after an export brainstorming exercise at the Citrus Australia regional forum in February, and will work together to develop an action plan.....

Spain: Tang Gold origin dispute continues
The Valencian Growers' Association (AVA-ASAJA) considers it essential for the legal, administrative and marketing situation of certain protected citrus varieties to be clarified to dispel doubts about their management rights. Last week, the Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CVVP) released a report by the.....

Peru: Tangerine, segments to share
The Citrus Growers Association of Peru (ProCitrus) introduced an advertising campaign to increase the consumer's preference and consumption of tangerines in the months of increased domestic production (May, June, July and August). They also seek to highlight it as the only fruit that can be easily shared.....


Mexico: Colima displaces Michoacan in domestic lime trade
The price of limes from Michoacan hasn't rebounded as a result of lime production starting in the states of Colima, Oaxaca and Guerrero which now are of better quality than those produced in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan; by contrast, the lime from Michoacan was sold this week between 2.80 pesos.....

Sicilian blood orange crop down 40%
Due to the poor weather conditions that we have faced in Sicily, the final estimate for the 2015 Blood Orange crop, initially forecast to be 30% lower than 2014, is actually much lower at below 40% of the size of the 2014 crop.In the Blood Orange growing area (i.e. Catania and Siracusa) in February it rained.....

AU: Quince gaining popularity
South Australian citrus farmer David Arnold has diversified his crops and now grows about 30 different varieties of fruit, from imperial mandarins to ornamental Buddha's Hands.Mr Arnold also grows quinces, which are growing in popularity.The quince harvest on his Waikerie property has finished for the year.....


"We heart Citrus"
Queensland citrus growers launch Facebook campaign
Brent Chambers from Central Burnett Fruit Packers in Mundubbera, west of Maryborough, said there is a glut of high quality fruit pushing prices down and placing pressure on growers."It's one of those things, everyone across the North Burnett seems to have really good fruit, so it's all about supply and.....


Turkey: Major citrus fruit producer bankrupt
The largest citrus fruit producer and exporter operating in Turkey's major agricultural Çukurova region, Elginsan, has been shut down and the facilities seized by the banks the company had failed to repay.The company is located in the southern province of Mersin and markets 50 percent of the citrus fruits.....


Greece: Young men take on old family craft
Still in their twenties, John and George Bekiaris have committed strongly to the vocation that's been in their family for three generations. From the valley in which the legendary Spartans made their city, the brothers grow citrus they hope will be known throughout Europe for its quality.“For three.....


Greek citrus fruit in focus at Orange Valleys
Oranges are cultivated and sold a lot in Greece. Orange Valleys is a company where oranges are important. A part of the oranges they grow themselves, but to meet the demands for export they also purchase oranges of other farmers. They supply mainly companies in Europe, the UK, Germany and Eastern Europe.....

US(FL): Commissioner issues statement on citrus forecast
Following the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on an updated 2015 citrus forecast for Florida, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released this statement:“The updated citrus forecast, which has decreased by 5.6 million boxes since the April announcement, illustrates just.....

Chile: Cold treatment for produce in medfly quarantine area
Effective immediately, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) will require a mandatory cold treatment (T107-a) for grapes, lemons, and pomegranates from the quarantine areas in Chile.The update is in response to findings of live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae in Chile, grapes from quarantine areas.....

Don Limon and Havana Club join forces for the good of mojitos
Mojitos and mixed drinks will flow like water in European bars this summer; this is good news for Don Limon and Havana Club, which have decided to join forces to bring original recipes for the best cocktails to the consumers."From this month, we will start distributing the limes packed in Havana Club boxes.....


Import and export needs more
Focus on supermarket chains and discounters
Economic crises, political disputes and wars affect trade all over the world. "The import and export business is becoming more and more demanding," says John Symeonides, CEO of Fresca GmbH, "The demand for fruit and vegetables increases steadily." In order to survive, many companies have developed.....

2014-2015 Florida orange estimate drops
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday said its estimate of the 2014-2015 Florida orange crop decreased 5.6 million boxes to 96.4 million.Early-mid varieties increased slightly to 47.4 million boxes while Valencia oranges dipped 6 million boxes to 49 million."There is no doubt about it we are.....


New experts for citrus, table grapes in South Africa
The citrus season has been recently kicked off by producers from northern and eastern parts of South Africa are offering their Eureka Lemons and Star Ruby Grapefruits to the market. As expected the starting price for lemons remained high from last season and also the grapefruit are being sold for firm.....

Spain: Andalusia expects 10% increase in Malaga's lemon production
Malaga's lemon production in the 2014-2015 campaign will increase by 10% compared to the previous one, according to estimates of the Council of Agriculture and reported by the regional government delegate in Malaga, José Luis Ruiz Espejo. Ruiz Espejo stated that the province expects a total production of.....

US (CA): Small sizes, strong market for lemons
With demand outstripping supplies, the market for lemons from California right now is strong. Fruit sizes coming out of the state are skewing smaller, and the market looks to remain the way it is until at least this summer.“The market is very strong right now,” said Jeff Olsen of The Chuck Olsen Company......