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Key export markets: strong demand for AU oranges
Key export markets, including Japan and China, are showing strong demand for Australian oranges, lifting returns to growers.Citrus Australia Market Development Manager, Andrew Harty, said Navel taste was very good and has spurred demand in key markets. “Movement in Japan is progressing well now that US.....

Sunkist promotes fresh citrus trends PMA Foodservice conference
As health and nutrition become increasingly important to consumers, menus across the foodservice landscape are focusing on fresh produce trends, presenting many opportunities for bright, zesty citrus flavors in dishes and beverages. Offering over 40 varieties of premium citrus, Sunkist is pleased to showcase.....

S. African citrus specialists to visit EU over black spot row
South African citrus experts are due to visit several European Union (EU) countries this week regarding the dispute over citrus black spot (CBS), which has threatened the country’s R10bn citrus industry.The EU has imposed a number of bans on most imports of citrus from SA over concerns that the fungus may be.....

AU: Is brown the new orange?
A brown orange is one of the new citrus varieties that could soon be grown commercially in WA. Other varieties in the mix for the booming citrus industry include seedless mandarins and a red-fleshed navel orange.The brown orange is a natural mutation found near Leeton in NSW where local citrus grower and.....


United Kingdom: Retailers satisfied with Oranfrizer blood oranges
Only the Moro blood orange variety used to be available in Marks & Spencer's between January and March, whereas now there are both the Moro and Tarocco varieties on sale and are available for 18 weeks.Oranfrizer managed to achieve this result on the UK market thanks to a careful selection of clones and.....


US (CA): Citrus growers try to survive water cutbacks
Faced with the fourth consecutive year of drought and a second year of no water from the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project, Tulare County farmer Zack Stuller said he and his fellow citrus growers are in "survival mode.""We're not giving up," said Stuller, who works for Sun Pacific, a grower,.....

US retail OJ sales show improvement
While still mired in negative territory, sales of Florida's signature citrus commodity have juiced up in recent months.Retail sales of orange juice at major U.S. supermarkets for the four-week period ending July 4 fell 5.3 percent on an average price of $6.61 per gallon, a 3.1 percent hike from a year.....


Bright future for citrus thanks to citrus wash-line
During transport or extended storage of citrus, the danger of fungus is always looming. Polishing the oranges and mandarins by hand is time-consuming, while a quick wash yields a faster and better result. Since mid-April, P. Looije Verpakkingen has had a citrus wash-line. It’s located in the Netherlands.....

Tanzania: Control of Orange Fly proves difficult
Muheza has been famous for oranges, producing over 90 per cent of the bulk of the 390,000 tonnes of citrus fruits being produced in Tanzania. Oranges have been the pride of the district.The Tanga Region is estimated to have 900,000 orange trees with 80 per cent being found in Muheza.Orange production has.....


Acreage of mandarins with seeds tripled due to beekeeper regulations
The Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has demanded an "urgent change" in the regulation that sets the distance of beehives from citrus plantations during the flowering period, since this has caused the area of hybrid mandarins that generate seeds to triple, thus devaluing the crop's value.As.....

US (CA): Officials on lookout for Asian Citrus Psyllid
The seventh Asian Citrus Psyllid found in Bakersfield this year once again has the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the lookout and setting more traps. A proposed expansion to the quarantine zone east of Bakersfield could also soon be in place.CDFA is placing 100 traps in the square mile.....

US: Mexican lime market remains steady
The market for limes imported from Mexico has remained steady, though prices could improve in the near future as production shifts to different parts of the country.“Demand for limes has increased in the United States and supplies have kept up pretty well,” said Ronnie Cohen of Vision Import Group. “Bottom.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas expects to export 30,000 tons of Italian lemon
Tamaulipas expects to export to the United States more than 30,000 tons of Italian lemons within the 2015-2016 export period, thus surpassing the 28,000 tons achieved in the 2014-2015 period.Humberto Ramirez Vazquez, deputy director of federal plant health, said that this process had begun with the.....

To increase citrus production, and consequently exports, Turkey should concentrate on late varieties
Turkey: proposals to increase citrus exports
Board Member for the Chamber of Agriculture in Yuregir, Adana, Hulusi Melih Torun, in a written statement, states that Turkey performs close to 3% of citrus production in the world, but only around a third of this, 37% can be exported. The citrus sector in Turkey produces 3.6 million tons of.....

Indonesia closed to Aus citrus, Vietnam reopens
It was a case of ‘swings and roundabouts’ for Australian exporters today, as the Department of Agriculture confirmed the reduction of quotas to the Indonesian market for all citrus, except lemons, at the same time as the $40m Vietnam market was reopened to citrus and table grapes, as announced by Federal.....

FireWall approved on Florida grapefruit
In the fight against citrus canker, there’s good news for grapefruit growers. The EPA has issued a specific exemption under the provisions of Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service for the use of FireWall™ 50 WP from.....


Mexico: Avocado and lemon production reactivated in Michoacan
In 2014, Michoacan's lemon and avocado production reached record figures, leaving behind the losses caused by extortion payments to criminal groups, like La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar, which for years took a toll on these agricultural sectors.The Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service.....

National approach needed on fruit fly fund, says grower
One Queensland citrus grower and distributor hopes that the $20.5m promised by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and Macquarie University will kickstart a round of funding across the nation to combat the notorious Queensland Fruit Fly pest, and help open up export markets. “I think it’s outstanding,.....

Limoneira to acquire San Joaquin Valley citrus orchards
Limoneira Company announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire 157 acres of lemon, orange and specialty citrus orchards in San Joaquin Valley for approximately $3.3 million. The transaction is expected to close in 60 days. The orchards are being acquired pursuant to purchase options.....

US (FL): Citrus forecast report contains minimal changes
On Friday, July 10, the USDA released its Florida citrus forecast report. The 2014-2015 all orange forecast is raised to 96.7 million boxes. This is made up of 47.4 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, Navel and Temple varieties) and 49.3 million boxes of Valencia oranges. The.....

US (CA): Citrus greening detected in California
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have confirmed detection of the citrus disease known as huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in a kumquat tree in the San Gabriel area of Los Angeles County.This is the second time HLB has.....

$50 million to assist Texas citrus industry
Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, last Friday, helped secure $50 million within the Fiscal Year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill to save the citrus industry in Texas.Cuellar, whose district includes a portion of the Rio Grande Valley — the top citrus-producing area in Texas, understands the.....


Tunisia : Fire destroys 10 hectares of citrus orchards
A large fire began in the afternoon on the 8th July in fields between Kaboudi and El Kabou in Nabeul. The flames destroyed about 10 hectares of farming land, mainly citrus orchards and some small farms. It took civil protection services about 2 hours to control the fire, of which the origin has yet to be.....

Turkey turns export focus to tangerine
Normal 0 21 false false false NL X-NONE X-NONE Tangerines constitute 40-50% of the global citrus market and are becoming.....

Conrad Rijnhout, Verdi Import: no more summer dip due to pressing machines
Few pressing oranges on the market
The first containers of South African pressing oranges have arrived at Verdi Import. "The Moroccan season is ending although we will continue for a few weeks, but there are few pressing oranges on the market in total. At the moment the prices are at a high level, up to 13.50 Euro for the smaller sizes. I'm.....


Big sizing for this year’s crop
US: Peruvian W. Murcotts on their way to California
“We started shipping Peruvian W. Murcotts a week ago and they should enter California in the third week of July,” says Jim Cutsinger with International Citrus & Produce. “We source from the Northern part of Peru and this year’s quality is very good. Rainfall in the beginning of the growing season has.....


Stable prices for South African citrus
Less rain during harvesting has made the process faster and easier according to South African citrus producers and marketer Rob Gunning from Lona."At the moment we are harvesting Navelate, clementines, Star Ruby, Marsh and lemons," explains Gunning. "Volumes have been slightly higher than expected but not.....

Year-to-date shipments up from last year
US: Clementines, navels and lemons from Chile in stores
At this time of year, the main citrus varieties being imported from Chile into the U.S. are clementines, navels and lemons. “Year-to-date shipments of these Chilean citrus varieties are showing strong increases over last year,” said Karen Brux with Fruits from Chile. As of week 26 (June 22-28), Chile had.....

US (FL): Citrus greening research gets $1 Million
A $1 million University of Florida research project to fight citrus greening got the green light in the state’s budget.Nian Wang, a researcher with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is working with a team to develop a microbial-based product, infused with patented plant-defense inducers and.....

Valencian Community
Citrus campaign has positive and negative extremes
The Regulatory Board of Protected Geographical Indication Valencian Citrus has assessed this citrus campaign season in Valencia, noting that results had been irregular for oranges, but positive for lime and tangerine.The Managing Director of PGI Valencian Citrus, José Enrique Sanz, stated that the "citrus.....

WA citrus grower happy with domestic, tourism market
One citrus grower in WA is not looking to export any time soon, as the state’s large navel orange growers prepare to ship overseas for the first time. “We’re a boutique grower and we supply the premium market. We also get a lot of tourists and visitors here,” says Rocco Zampogna, who runs Golden Grove.....

Scientific report: Tango is indistinguishable from Nadorcott
In a recent development affecting the matter between Nadorcott Protection SARL (NCP) & CITROGOLD (PTY) LTD against Eurosemillas, Stargrow & others (CASE NUMBER: 17606/14), a scientific report released by the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (CSIC), a collaborative centre of the.....


Michelle Kruger, ClemenGold.
"It is becoming increasingly important to separate good quality from the rest"
For a consumer brand like ClemenGold, providing consistently good eating quality fruit is a cornerstone in the growth and sustainability of its business model. "Adhering to this principle creates long-term consumer loyalty, and in return, some stability in the value chain. Crops vary from year to year for.....


Low lime prices in Europe
Big supplies of imported limes in Europe have caused prices there to dip. But as summer is the time of year when the most limes are consumed, importers are expecting prices to increase in the coming weeks.“The market is very bad in terms of prices,” said Olivier Fakhri, commercial Director of Georges Helfer.....

European market
Clash between Brazil and Mexico leads to lime price drops
When the summer arrives in Europe, demand for limes skyrocket, especially in countries like Spain, where as a result of tourism there is a great boost in consumption. Normally, the value of this flagship fruit for cocktails increases, but this year the situation is a little different."We are going through a.....

Peru: Lime production down
Climate change has taken a toll on Peruvian limes, as a reduction of about 40% in production volumes has been registered in the San Lorenzo Valley, Piura, which is the main producing region.The price remains between 45 and 60 soles per 45 kilo bag, which does not satisfy producers, who managed to receive up.....

Egypt has the potential to meet a growing demand for limes
Tohami Trading is an Egyptian company devoted to the export of limes and oranges during the winter period, from December to late March. 70% of Tohami corresponds to limes and the rest to oranges.“We are greatly satisfied with the results of the latest campaign. We exported some 260 thousand plates containing.....


New Cupid Tomatoberry marketed in Belgian market
The Italian subsidiary of Tokita Seed, Tokita Sementi, based in Sicily and devoted to breeding with the goal of expanding the range of varieties available in the Mediterranean area and Europe, has introduced a new Tomatoberry, a hybrid heart-shaped cherry tomato variety called Cupid. Gregorio Padula affirms.....


Prices under pressure
German importer seeks to improve lime trade
The lime is the little sister of the lemon with a distinct taste and thin rind. The citrus isn’t consumed like the orange, but it is often used in recipes and drinks. That is why many consumers love the lime. And limes are, just as many other fruit, available in organic and conventional form. Many organic.....


Increase in Argentinian lemon production, exports
In an interview with Walter Ojeda, one of the sales managers of the company S.A. SAN MIGUEL, of the ALL LEMON group, which accounts for 80% of all Argentinian lemon exports, we discussed the present and future market situation for this citrus.Ojeda, talking about the current season, says: "It's not much.....

Changes to backpacker laws could hurt AU citrus
Citrus harvest in South Australia is in full swing and orchards and packing sheds are filled with seasonal workers.Last year Loxton citrus packers Venus Citrus launched an ecological brand; fruit grown by a group of farmers using sustainable practices and minimal chemicals, in an effort to stand out in the.....


India: Fremont mandarins from Australia now available
The Fremont Mandarins would be imported from Ironbark Citrus, a renowned grower of Mandarins in Queensland, Australia, one of Queensland’s top citrus exporters. Ironbark Citrus is Australia’s premier boutique mandarin grower and specialises in supplying premium mandarins to the world. The company processes.....