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Mandarins slow to appear in Malaysia for Chinese New Year
Mandarins are an essential festive item for the Chinese New Year; but shoppers in Sibu, Malaysia, are noticing a shortage of the fruit. This is contributed to vendors being reluctant to buy the fruits from importers for fear of slow demand, caused by the reduced purchasing power of the population.Mandarin.....


US: Citrus delays only temporary
The recent rains in both California and Florida this past week have been causing some delays in harvesting, along with citrus greening. Jeff Young from A&J Produce Corp. said that the company is currently importing clementines from Spain, but that they are not currently looking elsewhere to fill the gap.....

Argentina: Misiones quarantined after HBL discovery
Citrus producers in the northern part of the province of Misiones are undergoing a distressing situation after the National Health and Food Quality Service blocked the province because of the appearance of the Huanglonbing (HLB or citrus greening) virus in some plantations. The measure was taken to prevent.....


Henk Vlaeminck, VDFB:
Spanish lemon season much shorter this year
Demand for citrus is picking up, "Sales are doing better now that the weather is colder," sats Henk Vlaeminck from Van Dijk Foods Belgium. There has been an increase in the price of the juicing oranges due to less supply. The price of the navel orange is pretty stable." Henk says that the Spanish want to.....

US: Orange-juice demand lowest in 30 years
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, domestic orange-juice demand will slump to the lowest in at least 30 years, due to consumers shifting a wider array of beverages. Domestic demand for the breakfast staple will drop 11 percent to 600,000 tons in the 12 months that started Oct. 1, the.....

Illegal orange sales in Bangladesh pose risk for consumers
Around 5,000 sacks, each containing 20 kilos of rejected oranges from Bhutan and India are brought to Bangladesh through Burimari land port daily and sold to fruit traders from different areas. A syndicate conducts the malpractice allegedly through bribing customs officials and law enforcers.The illegally.....

Brazil: Less orange juice due to the climate
"High temperatures have caused the loss of many fruits during the growing stages (...) and there have been almost no new flowerings later because the soil was wet. This may result, once again, in a limited supply of oranges," pointed out the Centre of Advanced Studies in Applied Economics, linked to the.....


Pascual Pla, president of Nulexport
"Clemenules clementine is a victim of its own success"
"About 10 days ago, we finished the Clemenules harvest, whose sales will conclude by the end of this week. We will then continue with the Hernandina, Ortanique and Nadorcott," explains Pascual Pla Broch, president of the cooperative Nulexport, based in Nules, Castellon.With a volume of around 40 million.....


Citrus fruit: Winter weather takes off pressure
The citrus sales have relaxed. “The demand for citrus fruit has improved due to the cold weather,” explains a German wholesale trader, “During the period of warm weather the customers’ consumption of citrus fruit was low. And the low sales put some pressure on the trade.”Usually the consumption of citrus.....


Italy: Prices above average for lemons, very low for oranges
The citrus fruit market is rather varied - things are not going well for oranges, the situation is slightly better for clementines and lemons are doing quite well."The orange market is stalling because consumption is low and there are great volumes available, especially of Sicilian Tarocco. In addition, as.....

Rain in California causes citrus harvest delays
Much hoped for rain in Visalia, California, is having a slightly negative effect on the city's citrus industry; more than 100 field workers, who would normally have been picking naval oranges were forced to stay at home on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January, and wait for the rain to stop and the citrus groves.....


bunnfrucht
Cold weather decreases willingness to buy - especially at farmer's markets
The wintry cold weather has a negative influence on the wholesale trade. “At the moment it is really quiet at the wholesale’s market,” tells salesman Erdal Kaplan of the company bunnfrucht established at the wholesales market in Frankfurt am Main, “The cold weather influences the sales and the demand of the.....

Russian demand for Chinese fruit grows, vegetable imports decrease
In 2015, 390,800 tons of fruit and vegetables worth $ 205 million were exported from China to Russia through the Manchuria border crossing point- the largest land border crossing point on the Sino-Russian border.Last year, through the Manchuria border, China exported 159,700 tons of fruit to Russia worth.....


Moroccan clementines in Montreal
Moroccan clementines caught the attention of the public in Montreal’s town centre last Wednesday. Hundreds of orange snowmen wore "îclementinesmaroc" scarves inviting the public to take part in a competition online to win a trip to Morocco.The "Taste the Sun” campaign aims to promote Moroccan clementines and.....

California expands citrus psyllid quarantine
Nearly one-third of California is under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid and the area keeps growing. Efforts to control the spread of the bug that carries a deadly tree disease continue as millions of dollars have been poured into research to combat the pest.The state Department of Food and.....

Yucatan
Mexico: Persian lime prices on the rise
Lime prices in the Mexican state of Yucatan have started registering quick increases; the premium quality stands at 90 pesos and the second class at 60 pesos. But the crop with the best prices is currently pumpkins, which are sold for 200 pesos per box.Producers who are specifically devoted to the.....

From the editor
After reprinting a story claiming "Californian citrus rejected by Korea", we 've been informed that this information is incorrect and decided to take down the article. Korea is not rejecting shipments, but is concerned about the detected presence of Fuller rose beetles in arriving citrus shipments.We would.....

Citrus planting on rise in Hawaii
A recent study conducted by Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, using data from their members and nonmembers from July through September, revealed that 88 percent of growers have planted citrus. This is followed by 83 percent cultivating avocado and 82 percent farming bananas. Other top fruit included mango,.....

Direct export of Quzhou citrus to Malaysia
Last week, citrus cooperatives from Chiaijia, near the city of Quzhou, exported 100 tons of citrus to Malaysia. In the coming week, an additional 120 tons will be exported as well.Citrus from Quzhou is popular in Southeast Asia. At the end of last year, the Kasen Group, one of Malysia's three major fruit.....

Argentina: Rains increase lime production cost
The effects of El Niño in the northwest of Argentina continue to increase. The accumulated rainfall records, in the citrus area of Tuman, are up to December 2015 are above the average in recent years."As a result of this situation, the work and treatments to heal plants are being performed with some delays.....


Switch from Clementine to Nadorcott mandarins
Now that the Spanish season of Clementine mandarins is over, Willem Dijk will switch to mandarins of the variety Nadorcott. "These mandarins are easy to peel and have a bright orange colour. The deep orange fruit flesh is juicy, has almost no seeds and a strong mandarin aroma. This variety is especially.....


Pakistan sets ambitious Kinnow export target
The Pakistani government has set a goal to export 400,000 tons this season, and based on export numbers from previous years, it is an ambitious goal. Local companies have made efforts to ramp up production in order to meet this goal, though the political situation in a couple of key markets makes achieving.....

AU: Growers lose out when it comes to fruit and veg prices
In Australia, a survey of the supply chain for six fresh foods found that shops get as high as a 76 percent share of the final price while growers, especially of oranges and apples, miss out. Growers complain that whilst retailers and wholesalers still profit and the prices remain unchanged in shops, they.....

AU: Citrus granulation: What does the consumer want?
The results of the Imperial Mandarin Granulation Study undertaken by Citrus Australia and the University of Queensland reveal that consumers find fruit with up to 35% granulation the most appealing.The work, undertaken in conjunction with UQ’s Dr Sangeeta Prakash tested acceptable levels of mandarin.....

Heritage Reserve Navel orange season returns
LoBue Citrus is happy to announce the return of its exclusive and exceptionally flavorful Heritage Reserve™ Navel Oranges for another season. Consumers can look forward to their arrival February 1st 2016 for a limited time at select retailers in the United States.Judged by some of the most demanding palates.....

New technology helps kill bacteria
US(FL): Citrus growers turn to thermotherapy to combat greening
With bacteria-induced greening (also known as Huanlongbing) claiming more and more of the state’s citrus crops each year, some Florida growers are turning to thermotherapy to limit bacterial growth and improve production.Mike Houghtaling of Dooley Groves, a Tampa Bay-area pick-your-own farm with more than.....


US(CA): Showers slowed orange production, but supplies back on track
Rain last week slowed down California's orange growers, but, because wet weather only lasted for a few days, production has gotten back to normal. There are fewer larger pieces of fruit, though the market for all sizes remains steady.“The rain shut us down for about three days, but that won't affect.....

Mexico: Producers support consumption of orange juice
The government should encourage the consumption of orange juice to support producers instead of implementing support programs, such as buying tolerant plants and bonds per ton of fruit delivered to the juicing company, because these resources don't really reach the actual producers, said citrus grower Jose.....

USDA $4m grant to tackle citrus greening
International researchers, including ones at Florida State and the University of Florida, are teaming up through a $4 million grant to tackle the problem of citrus greening. Their work will focus on culturing or growing the greening bacterium in the lab in order to conduct experiments on it and subsequently.....

China citrus sales slow
Mayang is a centre of citrus production in the province of Hunan. Hunan citrus is not experiencing strong sales. Normally, by mid-January, 70% of the crop should have been sold. So far, only 32% has been sold. 2015 turned out a big harvest of 450 thousand tons, an increase of 12% compared to 2014. Tangerine.....


China: Authorised imports of citrus fruit and kiwis from Italy
Luca Braia, regional councillor for Agricultural and Forestry Policies, has announced that the Chinese government has authorised the import of citrus fruit and kiwis from Basilicata."We managed to achieve such a great result thanks to the cooperation of our producers and of the Phytosanitary office managed.....


Latest USDA data
Italy: Recovering orange production
A USDA report explained that, if expectations for the November 2015-October 2016 Italian citrus fruit campaign are confirmed, volumes will increase after a drop during the previous season except for tangerines and clementines.OrangesThe orange production is expected to reach 1 million 950 thousand tons, a.....

Pakistan advises growers to correctly pack citrus
Pakistan is the third largest citrus producing country, with Punjab producing 95 percent of the total produce, however growers in Lahore need to be advised of the proper way to pack citrus fruits, to increase their shelf life and achieve the best prices for their produce on the market.A spokesman for the.....

Spain: Andalusia boosts grapefruit cultivation
Andalusian producers are increasingly committed to diversification, and proof of this, in the case of citrus fruits, is the growing grapefruit production achieved in recent years. In 2014/15, growers in Andalusia produced 22,231.37 tonnes of the varieties Star Ruby, Marsh and Rio Red; an increase of 43.7%.....

US(TX): Better market for Texas grapefruit
Texas grapefruit growers and shippers are enjoying good prices for their fruit this season. Florida supplies have suffered because of citrus greening, and with less volume on the market, prices have been kept afloat.“Prices are a little higher than in past years,” said J.B. Cutsinger of International Citrus.....

Mexico: Yellow dragon disease detected in Tamaulipas
The citrus sector in Tamaulipas is seriously threatened by the presence of yellow dragon disease, which in less than three years has devastated more than 80 percent of the citrus surface in Colima and Michoacan.The risk in the central area devoted to this activity is enormous, as the psyllid infected by this.....

Laser treatment to tackle Florida citrus greening
Citrus greening has been plaguing Florida's citrus industry for years, but a new development with lasers could improve the success of antibiotic treatments. An effective cure has eluded researchers so far, and crop production is declining steadily, but the new approach to the disease is encouraging.A group.....

Orange growing takes off in Nepal
In Syangja, Nepal, orange growing has changed the life of many farmers after the area was declared an orange pocket area. More than Rs 260 million worth of oranges, equating to 10,200 metric tonnes, have been sold from the area in the first half of the current fiscal year 2015/16.According to Tilak BC,.....

Sydney: 2016 Citrus Market Outlook Forum
Kurt Huang will be the key note speaker at the 2016 Citrus Market Outlook Forum, to be held in Sydney on March 16-17. Kurt’s company provides a fresh fruit import clearance service in Shanghai, and his main office is located in the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit & Vegetable Market, the biggest imported fruit.....

Italy: Good demand, lower supplies for organic pink grapefruit
It was a positive yet complicated pink grapefruit season for Reggiatito. "There were some hailstorms that did not affect us directly, but nonetheless created a weird situation on the market," explains owner Ettore Ciancico.The company owns 12 hectares of Star Ruby seedless pink grapefruit, which hold the.....

Fire in Ghana destroys citrus and other crops
Wildfire which spread in the Asante-Akim Central Municipality in Ghana, ravaged more than 20,000 hectares of cash and food crop farms and has raised fears of imminent famine in the area. In all, about 10,000 farmers in six communities – Dwease, Praaso, Boatengkrom, Nsiakrom, Beposo and Nyamebekyere were.....

Downward adjustment for Florida grapefruit and tangerines
In December, the USDA released a production forecast report for Florida citrus that showed a devastating decline in the production of oranges. A month later, the situation for oranges remains unchanged, but the numbers now show a drop for the grapefruit and tangerine crops.Oranges still down 33 percent from.....

Turkish lemon exports and yield decline, prices rise
In Mersin, Turkey, the lemon yield and exports have declined, but the prices have risen. Last year lemons were bought from the growers for around €0.30, this has increased by 50% this year to €0.45.In 2014, the city harvested 650,000 tons of lemons, this figure fell to 500,000 in 2015. According to the.....

California citrus unaffected by wet weather
So far, the Californian citrus harvest is progressing well between the storms, an uncommon problem after four years of drought. However they are still facing problems with water supply, infrastructure, pests, regulatory constraints and uncertain market conditions.Kevin Severns, a Sanger citrus grower and.....

Farmers in Bali replace corn with citrus
Corn growing is falling out of favour in Bali, as growers find that citrus cultivation is increasing their profits. In Kintamani, Bangli, citrus is emerging as the next big thing amongst corn farmers, who are converting land they have traditionally used to harvest corn into citrus-producing plots. This is.....

Limoneira revenue down, lower lemon sales
California based Limoneira Company have reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended October 31, 2015. Their agribusiness revenue was down compared to last year's fourth quarter and this is said to be caused by lower lemon sales.Fiscal Year 2015 Fourth Quarter ResultsFor the fourth.....


Chocolate oranges becoming increasingly popular
Ten years ago a few brown oranges were found on a Navel tree in the Spanish citrus growing region of Valencia, close to Wilkofruit's office. Because the rest of the tree had normal oranges, they decided to analyse this citrus. The result was amazing, so they decided to inoculate the variety, and that is how.....

Paraguay increased its free of HLB citrus seedlings
After having suspended the presentation of a batch of citrus seedlings free of HLB for more than a month, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Paraguay presented on Thursday 3,500 citrus seedlings free of Huanglongbing (HLB) in Cabañas, Caacupé. The production belongs to the Association of.....

Winter season is lemon season
Increased demand for lemons
The demand for citrus fruit, especially lemons, is usually very high during the winter months. Particularly citrus fruit from Spain are in high demand with German dealers. “The demand for lemons is currently quite high,” explains a German importer and wholesaler, “The dropped temperatures are good for the.....

US(CA): Rain positively affects long-term lemon crop
“We just wrapped up lemon production in the California desert and are now starting in District 2 in Ventura County,” says Tim Shugrue with Fillmore Piru Citrus. “Opposite to last season, this year’s desert crop was not a solid crop. It was weak in terms of yield and the fruit didn’t hold up very well,”.....

Edible Arrangements:
Taste of sunshine with chocolate covered oranges
Edible Arrangements have introduced the newGourmet Shareable™ Chocolate Covered Orange; eight individual slices of naval orange hand-dipped in premium chocolate andflavor combinations. Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce both the physical and psychological effects of.....


Marcel van der Welle, Van Ooijen Citrus:
Turkish minneola market expected to improve
The first Turkish minneola's arrived in small numbers during the week between Christmas and New Year's at Van Ooijen Citrus. According to Marcel van der Welle, the volumes will start to increase next week. Van Ooijen Citrus has the Turkish minneola's available in open 9-15 kilo boxes and works with the.....

Argentina to negotiate entry of lemon to US
Ethanol, lemon and public works. These are the issues that governor, Juan Manzur, discussed with the Minister of Interior, Rogelio Frigerio, and other national authorities on Wednesday afternoon. "The new government seems to have a very good disposition," said the governor after the meeting.He also stated.....

Mexico: Bad year Veracruz citrus sector
At least 50 percent of the citrus producers in this region ended 2015 with difficulties because of a lack of productive projects, a drop in citrus prices, and the pests affecting the production and marketing of this product during the year.The president of the Municipal Committee of the National Peasant.....

Citrus greening spreads in Texas
Citrus greening, a plant disease which has proved deadly to Florida's citrus industry, is spreading in Texas, despite aggressive campaigns to stop it. Yet, the good news for Texas growers is that so far there has been no widespread loss to the state's approximately $100 million citrus industry.As of August.....

Pakistan: Disease wreaks havoc on kinnow production
Punjab produces 59 percent of kinnow grown in Pakistan, but this year citrus canker has led to a markedly low yield in comparison with previous years. The kinnow harvest is normally highly profitable for farmers, but due to disease and the lack of modern farming practices, which could control it, farmers in.....


Tunisia increases Maltese orange exports to France
Exports of Maltese oranges to the French market will start on the 11th January 2016, and are expected to increase from 23,200 tons last season, to 25,000 tons. Samir Ben Slimane, Commercial Director of the GIF says that France will take in 90% of Tunisia’s Maltese oranges.Despite the 12% decrease in national.....

US orange juice prices fall further
On Friday 8 January, orange juice prices fell as traders closed out their positions ahead of the release of a government report which is expected to further downgrade its forecast for the Florida orange crop.In late New York trade, prices for frozen concentrated orange juice futures for March delivery fell.....

The excellent Clemcott mandarin returns to the market
The Clemcott season has started and with it the goal to continue supplying the market with an excellent mandarin characterised by superior features.Clemcott is also a selection of the Nadorcott mandarin protected by a registered trademark and the only one with certified quality on the market thanks to its.....

Murcia
Spain: Fino lemon prices double due to lower production
Growers have closed the first stage of the Fino lemon campaign with "highly profitable" prices at origin, despite the decline in harvest volumes. Producers have received an average of 0.54 Euro per kilo, which is more than twice as much as the production costs, which are estimated at about 0.20.....

Almost $2 million invested
Financial support Texan specialty crops
The Texan Department of Agriculture will provide $1.8 million in funding for fifteen specialty crop projects across Texas. Distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the money will go towards helping promote specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables.....


China: citrus fruits hit the market, prices drop
At this moment citrus fruits enter the market, accounting for one third of the fruit supply in the large supermarkets. Main varieties are: Shatang orange, tangerine and mandarin. During this season citrus prices are low while the quality is good, because of this citruses are very popular with consumers......

Turkish citrus growers expect support
Due to the Russian crisis and the closing of the Habur Border Gate to Iraq, the domestic market has been flooded with an abundance of oranges, causing the prices to fall to 11 Euro cents a kilo. Turkish growers, as a result, are struggling to find buyers for their produce.In a statement to an Anadolu Agency.....