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Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

US demand for citrus from South Africa and Chile outstrips supply

Imported Citrus – Easy Peelers:Chile continues to dominate easy peeler shipments to the US. Through Week 21, Chile has shipped over 8,000 metric tons of clementines to the US East Coast (USEC) representing a 50 percent increase in tonnage shipped over the same period last year. Loadings to the US West Coast.....

Spain: Valencia produces 20% more citrus, but 600,000 tonnes are left unsold

The Region of Valencia has increased its citrus production by 20% compared to the previous season, but has not marketed about 600,000 tonnes due to poor quality caused by the impact of storms and drought.This was announced by the Councillor of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development,.....

Chile is starting to promote its citrus in the United States

According to information provided by the Director of Marketing of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) of North America, Karen Brux, together with ASOEX's Citrus Committee, and ProChile, Chile is planning new and massive promotional actions for its easy-peelers, Navels, and lemons.In this regard, Brux.....

Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct:

“Considerable prices for all overseas citrus”

Demand is currently not a problem on the citrus market. The only problem: there’s too little trade available. “We’re not receiving the volumes yet that we’d like to see. That results in considerable prices for all overseas citrus,” says Randolf Aaldijk from Origin Fruit Direct.“The situation in the Eastern and.....

Uruguay citrus player reaching consumers with new varieties

Alejandro Buratovich, Country Manager for Uruguay, commented on the varietal conversion process devised to meet the current and future demands of the market:"Every day, we work to be the largest Citrus Player in the Southern Hemisphere. We provide food to millions of people, therefore we intend to organize the.....

Exotifruit announces their first Fairtrade certified limes

Exotifruit, an importer of Mexican limes into Europe has announced the first crop of Fairtrade certified limes. Grown in Martinez de la Torre, Mexico, the Fairtrade certified limes aim to meet the growing demands of the market place.Growing popularity of Persian LimesThe popularity of Persian Limes has.....

Spain: Verna lemon clones tested to see if they are a viable alternative

The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, through Lorca' Integrated Training and Agricultural Experiences Center (Cifea), is testing the behavior of two clones of the Verna lemon to see if they are a viable alternative to traditional productions in the Valley of Guadalentin.The general.....

The US will receive a first symbolic shipment of Argentine lemons in June

The president of the Tucuman's Citrus Association, Roberto Sanchez Loria, stated that Argentina would send a first symbolic shipment of lemons to the United States in the first days of June, to celebrate the entry into force of the lifting of the restriction on citrus imports from Argentina.The Animal and.....

Justin Chadwick - Citrus Growers' Association

South African lemons to EU down 20%

South African exporters, wary of the implications of citrus black spot interceptions on the entire South African citrus campaign in Europe, are playing it safe and sending their lemons to Russia, the Middle East and Asia, with a drop of 20% in the amount of lemons destined for the EU compared to 2016.“Due to.....

Australian citrus grower conditions trees to fill supply gap

A citrus grower in Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, has conditioned her trees to fruit early to fill a gap in navel orange supply in Australian supermarkets.Navel oranges are not commonly grown in Carnarvon due to the harsh weather conditions resulting in fruit that are not particularly orange, or.....

New mandarin varieties fail to impress in Emerald, Queensland

New varieties of mandarins have failed to impress at Cordoma Farms, near Emerald, with the trees to be removed this year. Brothers, Joe and Ross Cordoma, moved from Victoria to the Central Highlands in 1995. The brothers gradually built up their 325ha operation to include 140ha of grapes and 120ha of citrus......

Argentina: Orange production will fall by at least 10%

The entry of Argentinian lemons to the United States market, which took effect last Friday, and the opening of Brazil for Argentine oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and lemons, can't counter a situation that now seems irreversible.This situation is related to the serious damage caused by the constant rains.....

“Seventy percent of our veg production is tomatoes"

"We started exporting in 2009 when we invested in a packaging facility. At the time, export volume was 8,500 tonnes, and by 2016 it was 45,000 tonnes. Our products are marketed under various brands in France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Lithuania, Canada and the US. We are currently approaching European.....

AU: Western Australian citrus industry targeting another good export year

The Western Australian citrus industry is hoping to build on last year's successful export figures, where it tripled in volume. The state began its citrus season earlier this month, and despite being slightly behind schedule, it is looking like being a strong year."The late start to the season has meant.....

Spain: Man arrested for 400,000 Euro mandarin fraud

A 45 year old man has been arrested as an alleged perpetrator of a series of scams in the towns of San Miguel de Salinas and San Bartolomé, as well as in Abanilla (Murcia). He was part of a network that, through a bankrupt company in Castellon, harvested 500 tonnes of mandarins without paying the later.....

Spain: New lemon variety to give the sector a touch of colour

Pink lemons, originally from California, will start entering the European market in about two years. Belsan Lemons has planted 3,000 trees and expects to grow about 200,000 kilos in about 5 or 6 years. "We have bet on the crop in one of our farms, to see if it works," states Francisco V. Gea. "We are.....

Spain: "Stable Verna lemon campaign - unlike last year's"

The weather conditions have been ideal to obtain a good lemon production, especially in the case of the Verna, which is stronger than the Primafiori. However, it is still too early to give figures on a campaign that is still open. "In the case of Amefruits, we usually have an average production of about 7,000.....

South Africa: International audits yield highest grading for Naranja Packers

Naranja Packers, a specialised citrus packhouse in the Waterfalls River valley close to Burgersfort in the Limpopo province of South Africa, recently achieved a Blue Rating from Tesco – the highest possible grading granted by UK’s leading retail group – and an AA grading from the British Retail Consortium.....

'Made in India' Israeli oranges soon to enter Indian market

The 'Made in India' version of high quality Israeli oranges will soon hit the Indian market. The Indo-Israel centre for excellence for citrus plants in Kota has developed breeds of high yielding Israeli oranges with more shelf life. Of the 24 orange varieties developed by the centre, half of them are or of.....

California citrus growers vote to renew California Citrus Research Board

“We are pleased by the support of the growers, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them," says CRB president Gary Schulz The vote was unanimous and the final tally was really no surprise. California citrus growers voted to renew the California Citrus Research Board (CRB) for another five.....

Italy: Alba Lemon Bio exports all over Europe

Alba Lemon Biois a cooperative working in the wholesale production and commercialisation of citrus fruit (80% lemons and 20% oranges).Armando Albanese, third from left, during a visit of some Polish buyers. Seated, Albanese's wife and foreign sales manager Marta Fitula.Handling is based on specific client.....

AU: Victorian fruit packing company set to expand

Family owned and operated fruit packing operation JV Orchards has announced its expansion, creating an additional 15 jobs.With assistance from the Victorian Government, the Cobram company, in the state’s north will invest $900,000 in the expansion of its fruit packing and export facility in a boost for local.....

Fruit flies cost Rio Grande Valley, TX farmers $1m in profits

Fruit flies left a big mark on more than 4,000 acres of orchards across the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Citrus Mutual said the fruit fly cost growers about $1 million in profits.Fred Karle has several hundred acres inside a quarantine zone for the Mexican fruit fly. He along with the USDA worked to get the pest.....

So far it had been planted mainly in South Africa

Authorisation for planting of up to 1,000 hectares of Cambria oranges in the Mediterranean

Genesis Innovation Group, through its Citrus Genesis division, plans to start marketing licenses for the planting of up to 1,000 hectares of Cambria oranges in the main Mediterranean countries. Only the growers acquiring the corresponding license will be authorised to plant and produce this variety.So far, it.....

"It's amazing how it has turned around."

South African grapefruit exporters not rushing things during peak season

“The European market is emptier than we expected, with many South African producers sending to Asia/southeast Asia or the Far East. Apart from remnants from Spain, Israel and the USA, we’re about the only ones with grapefruit at the moment,” says Nico Kotze, head: marketing and sales at Bonaire Fruit.“After.....

Western Australian citrus fruits back on Asian market

In the Southern hemisphere, the Western part of Australia is making preparations for the new citrus season. Western Australia reached an impassable deadlock for the first time in 2015 for export to China. But the West-Australian vegetable company, AgriFresh, which owns the largest seedless citrus fruit orchard.....

China: Qingdao Cooguo bringing Cypriot citrus to the consumers

In the last few days, Shanghai's subsidiary of the Qingdao Cooguo enterprise has launched a series of promotional events for fruit from Cyprus in Shanghai. This happened in collaboration with the European Union, the republic of Cyprus and the company Cypofresh Citrus Sedigep (PO) Ltd. After evaluations by.....

Italy: Sicilian citrus volume affected by CTV this year

The damage caused by the Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV), in addition to the heavy local rains and frosts recorded weeks ago, have taken a toll on both the trees and their fruits. "I think it is very necessary for producers to have a safety plan to deal with this disease and prevent it with the replanting of roots.....

Andres Ribas, Vientosur: “A good citrus import-season expected in Europe”

“We expect again a nice overseas citrus season in Europe, but with many different factors”, shared Mr. Andres Ribas van Oosterom, Vientosur’s Managing Director.“Even if all the citrus from the southern hemisphere will be ready to export a few weeks earlier, the northern hemisphere is experiencing an earlier.....

Chile: Lemon season is delayed by three weeks

According to information provided to SiMFRUIT by the ASOEX Citrus Committee, the 2017 Chilean Lemon Export Season began in week 18 - three weeks later than last season - with the shipment of 5,760 boxes of Genova lemons to the western coast of the United States. In week 19, the volume increased to 19,152 boxes.....

Argentina: Tucuman will send its first batch of lemons to the US before July

The Governor of Tucuman, Juan Manzur, stated that Tucuman would send the first tryout shipment to the United States before July, as part of a process in which they would also have talks with importers from that country."The US market should be opened to Argentine citrus by June 10 or 12. We could be sending a.....

Italy: No certain data on Sicilian blood orange supplies

The whole world is aware of Sicilian blood oranges and of how good they are. They are used by the leading beverage producers and are even commercialised in the US. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee for consumers on the origin and composition of the fruit juices that reach their tables.The citrus.....

Colombo lemon farming taking off in Narsingdi, Bangladesh

The cultivation of Colombo lemons is ringing up fortunes for farmers and gaining popularity in the district due to the economic prospect of the crops.A number of farmers had started small scale cultivation of Colombo lemons a few years back on an experimental basis in four upazilas of the district and achieved.....

Italian citrus granted permission to be exported to China

Policy departments of the ministry for agriculture, food and forestry, have announced that the Chinese market debate on whether the Chinese market should or should not be open for Italian fruit has finally come to an end. The first batch of goods will be exported next season.The contract that the Italian side.....

Gert Upton - Schoonbee Landgoed

South Africa: "Farming with grapes is a sprint, citrus is a marathon."

Schoonbee Landgoed is a citrus and table grape farm in the Senwes region of South Africa, where lemons and navels are currently packed. Gert Upton, marketing manager, is excited about the prospects of the season and in particular about the colour development of their citrus.The farm has 300ha of table grapes,.....

South African citrus growers could take $45m hit after weather damage

Citrus farmers in the Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape, are set to lose up to $45,326,526, as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns.Initial reports from farmers indicated that 40 percent of the navels were dropping from trees with the skin split, making it impossible.....

Strong market response

China: Cyprian citrus promoted in Shanghai

This morning, the Shanghai branch of Qingdao Guguo Enterprise and Cyprofresh Citrus Sedigep (PO) Ltd. from Cyprus hosted an event at the Huizhan import wholesale market to promote imported citrus from Cyprus. Tasting of the fruits and freshly squeezed juice and free gifts attracted many consumers visiting the.....

Italy: Orders for organic lemons up 60%

"In recent years, our customers have been asking us for this type of lemon because of its more natural production," states Lucy Maturana, head of sales at Azienda Agricola Ingenieri di Palermo. "However, we continue to maintain part of the production of conventional lemons (Verna at the moment) for those.....

Enough water secured for the next 4 seasons

Rain in Northern Chile provides much needed relief for citrus industry

Recent heavy rains in the Coquimbo region of Chile are filling up reservoirs and providing much needed relief for an industry that has been under pressure from years of drought.In Week 19, an average of 99.28 mm of rain fell in the Coquimbo region, where Chilean clementines are currently being harvested. The.....

Study on the economic impact of Florida's citrus industry paints grim picture

The Florida citrus industry's major economic contributions to the state’s economy have declined by 31 percent in four years through the 2015-16 citrus season. That includes a 9 percent decline in 2015-16 compared to the previous season, perhaps a sign the decline is accelerating.“But $8.6 billion in.....

Trees are healthy; fruit quality is good

California's Valencia orange production down slightly from last year

For Tom Wollenman, who’s been in the citrus industry off and on for 42 years, following in his father, G.A. Wollenman’s footsteps, fruit continues to grow as it did 83 years ago when LoBue started growing citrus. There may be more access to technology and research, but what hasn’t changed is how the trees grow.....

Italy: Citrus fruit can now be exported to China

The Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy reported that negotiations for the opening of the Chinese market to Italian citrus fruit are finally over. The first shipments will start already from the next campaign.In addition, a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture of the.....

Early finish for Egyptian Valencia oranges

The Egyptian season for Valencia oranges is virtually finished. According to Dalia Gamal of Sonac, the season was better than last year. “Sizes were average and we had good volumes for all markets. We started out with medium prices, that got stronger as the season went on. We did have to deal with a reduction.....

US citrus group files lawsuit against USDA over Argentinian lemons

A group of California citrus growers has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Citrus Science Council issued a press release claiming the rule to allow Argentinian lemons into the U.S. violates the Plant Protection Act the House Agriculture Committee passed in 2000.The.....

Newly developed mandarin shows resistance to greening

While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter.UF/IFAS researchers have discovered that a mandarin hybrid developed by.....

China: South African grapefruits go on sale

This week, the orange import market welcomes yet another new product. Grapefruits from South Africa are arriving on the Shanghai market this week and they are now being sold. This again increases the abundance of products on the orange market. But the introduction of new products definitely hasn't influenced.....

Excessive heat, warm winds and very low humidity affected cell growth

South Africa: perfect storm of climatic conditions caused Navel splitting

A perfect storm of unfavourable climatic conditions during fruit set and fruit development was responsible for the disastrous splitting of Navel oranges evident this season in the Eastern and Western Cape, says Hannes Bester of Citrus Research International, following an investigation into the phenomenon.Navel.....

Spontaneous mutation of Clemenules

Chile: The Andes 1cv. Clemenluz is a new clementine protected variety

Producers, representatives from exporting companies, fruit receivers, and advisers gathered together in an activity organized by A.N.A Chile to see the interesting comparative advantages presented by Andes1 cv Clemenluz® Clementine. In addition, they were able to observe orchards of different ages, a few days.....

Australian citrus shows surprising growth in Canada & Philippines

The peak body for Australia's citrus industry says it has been taken by surprise by the success of two formerly "non-existent" markets that have leapt up to become among its top export destinations.Canada and the Philippines are now in the top 12 export destinations for Australian citrus, each consuming nearly.....

Chile is the main destination of fresh Peruvian limes

Peru's 2017 fresh lime export season had a good start. According to AgrodataPeru, between January and April of this year Peru exported 1,678,742 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $ 1,259,361. These numbers are higher than the 985,897 kilos shipped and US $ 769,069 achieved in the same period of.....

Western Australian oranges head to Asian markets

Naval oranges and mandarins growing near Moora in Western Australia will soon be on the shelves of Asian supermarkets, as well as local vendors.AgriFresh grows the fruits over 200 hectares of land on what was once a mixed grain and sheep farm. Managing director Joseph Ling said production would be up almost 60.....

France: Del Monte’s new fresh cut fruit line at Rungis

To fulfil increasing demand, Del Monte has opened a fresh cut food studio in their Rungis warehouse. Fresh cut fruit is increasing in popularity in France with sales quadrupling over the last six years. Del Monte is a leading specialist, notably in tropical fruits such as pineapples and bananas, but also.....

Italy: Pannitteri introduces Tarocco Meli to extend the commercial calendar

The 2016/17 pigmented orange season ended early in Sicily due to various reasons, but there are already some who are thinking about counter-measures.It's precisely the case of OP Rosaria: PresidentAurelio Pannitteri displayed a few rather large Tarocco oranges during Macfrut 2017. "They are of the Meli variety.....

First oranges to arrive in China by end of June

New Australian citrus crop yields smaller sizes

Gold Anda Managing Director Mr. Sam Xie and Sales Manager Mr. Chris Cui recently visited the Nippy's Waikerie Packhouse and Orchards to finalise arrangements for the coming Citrus export season.Early indications are that the crop is slightly up compared to last season. Fruit size is currently a little on the.....

Good volumes, calibres and prices for Verna lemons?

Spain: "Competition from Argentinian lemons helps us improve"

This year's Verna lemon season is just starting in Spain, and according to companies such as Juanito Fruit, "the price is about 0.35 Euro higher than that of the last Primofiori." According to Juanjo Cárcel, commercial manager at Frutas Juanito, "this is a considerable difference, but the customer is.....

Citrus Canker wiped out in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Texas Citrus Mutual representatives believe they have destroyed the last citrus canker disease infected trees in the Rio Grande Valley. The disease can bruise the fruit and prevent the tree from growing fruit. Anyone from citrus growers to homeowners with citrus trees can be impacted. The infection can spread.....

Review of the import market in week 18

China: Cherry market down, Spanish oranges up

This is the first working week after the small holiday of 1 May. The overall sales situation on the import market of Shanghai is moving from a cold and cheerless situation to a more cheerful one. This influences all the imported products and shows how the market for US cherries is unstable and has adjusted.....

South Africa: Citrus farming for export against the odds

Close to the Magalies mountains in the Northwest Province of South Africa, Willem van Schalkwyk of SVS Boerdery grows citrus for export, the only citrus farmer in the area to do so.His packhouse has a daily capacity of 100t and therefore his citrus production is tightly planned to avoid overlap between the.....

Assessment of the Sicilian citrus fruit campaign

The citrus fruit season is now over and, for what concerns oranges, it has been rather satisfactory for producers. The fruit was generally sold without too many problems, also because volumes were 40% lower and quality was rather good.We contacted Pietro Russo, one of the leading orange producers and part of a.....