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Don't just survive. Thrive!

Brand new event from Morris Agribusiness Services and AgNet Media

Citrus greening and declining OJ demand are threatening the survival of the citrus industry. Now more than ever, the industry must gather together to better understand the challenges it faces and develop potential solutions for its survival. That’s the purpose of the International Citrus Business.....

Bruno Edery, Beva Fruits International: “The quality speaks for itself”

French still want Florida grapefruit regardless of high prices

Florida used to produce 54 million cartons of 18 kilograms of grapefruit. After the hurricanes of 2004 the production went down to 14 million cartons. The industry was able to climb back to 20-22 million, but this year, due to hurricane Irma, production went down to 5 million.Bruno Edery of Beva Fruits.....

China: Citrus prices to trend upwards in 2018

2018 looks like a very promising year for Chinese oranges. The problems with citrus greening disease have finally been resolved and the climate conditions have been suitable. It is expected that in the season of 2017-2018, there will be more than 7.300.000 tons of oranges on the market, which is 4% more than.....

Argentina: Tucuman's lemon production will increase by up to 8%

The production of fresh lemons during 2017 amounted to 1.4 million tons, a level below the market expectation. "We should be producing 1.65 million tons. The decrease in production didn't allow us to have enough fresh product to export," stated Jose "Yayo" Carbonell, the President of the Argentine Federation.....

Unique orange variety very popular in specialized retail

Germany: “The Cara Cara-Orange is very trendy”

Have you ever heard of Cara Cara-Orange? The unique orange variety looks like a normal navel orange, but is characterized by its beautiful rosé-colored flesh. Cara Cara are now appearing everywhere in the German wholesale and retail trade, as well as at Gartenbote GmbH in Gera-Langenberg. Despite the steady.....

Harold Edwards, CEO with Limoneira Company

“We commit to a 365-day supply of lemons worldwide”

“Most people know us from lemons since we handle four million cartons of fresh lemons per year,” says Harold Edwards, CEO of Limoneira. In addition, the company produces and sells one million cartons of other citrus varieties including navel oranges, cara caras, blood oranges, satsumas, different types of.....

Florida

Italian root biologist joins University's fight against citrus greening

An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s statewide Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ commitment to restore Florida’s $9 billion.....

Spain has 400 hectares. It will soon be produced also in other countries

"Sando clementines will fill a big gap in the gourmet market"

The campaign of the protected clementine variety Sando has started on the Valencian and Catalan coast. At the moment, Spain has around 400 hectares devoted to this variety, and this acreage will gradually continue to grow in a controlled manner in the coming years."We started harvesting the first Sando.....

Sales campaign in Europe also starts earlier

"The World Cup gives a boost to the demand for limes"

The World Cup in Russia is going to cause the lime export season to Europe to start earlier, since European customers and markets are going to demand this fruit in advance, aiming to concentrate the supply by the time the World Cup is underway. In this way, they will have enough stocks when the buyers start.....

Shortage of smaller size fruit in California navel crop

Volumes on California navel oranges are down on last year as growers are also seeing a shortage of smaller sizes. The shortage of smaller fruit has coincided with a lighter tree set this season, which suppliers say they were expecting. "Estimates at the start of the season pointed at a shorter crop," said Adam.....

An Australian first, blood oranges processed for Sicilian customers

While Sicilian farmers are renowned as being the world’s premier producers of blood oranges, a title well deserved on account of the fact that most commercial varieties of blood oranges originated on the slopes of Mt Etna - the Sicilians now have some competition from down under.Landing on the southern shores.....

Sicilian citrus fruit to be exported by air

The technical delegation from the People's Republic of China visited Sicily to complete the phytosanitary protocol for the export of citrus fruit and kiwis.We talked to Rosario D'Anna, Head of the Department of Agriculture at Regione Sicilia, to learn more about the visit."If things go well, we will add the.....

Syria: 90 tonnes of Lattakia-grown citrus fruits gifted to people in need in Sweida

The branch of the Syrian Foundation for Trade in Sweida has been distributing a large volume of citrus fruits, offered as a gift by the Lattakia governorate to the people of the province.The Director of the Foundation Branch, Engineer Hiam Al Qatami, said in a statement to SANA that nine trucks arrived from.....

Citrus exports in Asia and Europe

The citrus grown on the slopes of Etna by Oranfrizer have renewed their passport and have travelled since the beginning of the season - starting in November with 2KR lemons to Hong Kong with more than 8,000 kilometers far away. The Chinese distribution placed Sicilian lemons, three fruits in a tray, inside the.....

Pakistan seedless kinnow to increase global export numbers

Better cultivation of seedless kinnow could enhance exports across the world, said Citrus Research Institute Director, Muhammad Nawaz Maiken, on Wednesday. He said kinnow quality in the current season was excellent and urged growers to adopt modern techniques for getting the best production from their.....

Bavarian gastro supplier sees citrus market as satisfactory

“Spanish citrus very constant in quality”

The availability of goods in the Spanish import market currently leaves much to be desired for some products. However, in the citrus sector, the current market situation is rather satisfactory, especially in terms of quality. If the oranges and clementines were mostly rotten and mouldy at the wholesalers in.....

China: Jinggang honey pomelos exported to Russia for the first time

Recently, a shipment of 1,424 boxes of Jinggang honey pomelos, totalling to 21,360 kilograms with a value of 30,972 dollar, and another 34 boxes of Guanxi honey pomelos were shipped from the port of Xiamen in Fujian. After a long journey of over a month, they arrived at the port of Saint Petersburg, where they.....

China: Chongqing citrus supply is sufficient for two holidays and prices are stable

Regional fruit supply in this period with two holidays occurring in close succession, mainly consists of citrus harvested in the middle-season, such as Brocade oranges, Navel oranges, and Red tangerines. According to estimates the production volume is 1.41 million tons, which is an increase of 34 thousand tons.....

Texas: Multi-million dollar citrus industry under threat from recent cold spell

Last Wednesday, Texas citrus growers woke up to chilly news as orange and grapefruit groves showed signs of the freeze. The cold snap covered many things with ice, even in South Texas. The multi-million dollar citrus industry could be severely affected if temperatures dip any further.Texas Citrus Mutual.....

Through National Institute of Food and Agriculture:

USDA invests in fighting Citrus Greening Disease

Wednesday, January 17, 2018WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease. The funding to support research and extension programs is made through the emergency Citrus Disease.....

Demand for Golden Nugget variety spikes

California clementines lighter set but good demand

Last week’s rain kept some California citrus growers out of the field. "It’s never a good idea to pick wet citrus fruit because it causes skin breakdown and quality issues," says Jesse Silva with Kings River Packing. Around January 11 some growers were able to get back into their groves to continue working.....

Peru: Tahiti lime exports could grow by 75%

Peru exported 5,434 tons of lime in the 2017 campaign, i.e. 36% more than the 4,003 tons it dispatched in the previous season, said the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama.According to Valderrama, 2,650 tons of the 5,434 tons exported in.....

Italy: Aranca DOP di Ribera doing well

"The Arancia di Ribera DOP campaign started one month ago and is going very well," explains Paolo Parlapiano, sales manager from Parlapiano Fruit Srl, one of the leading citrus fruit producers in Sicily.Above: Paolo ParlapianoCustomers keep going back"Quality this year is excellent. Both sales and prices have.....

Tunisia: Citrus exports to reach 20,000 tons in season 2017/2018

Tunisia’s citrus exports are expected to reach 20,000 tons in the 2017/2018 season, compared with 18,800 tons last season.The export of Maltese oranges to the French market started on Saturday, January 13, with the shipment of 34 containers (760 tons) to the port of Marseille. This operation is undertaken by.....

Mohamed Ghallab – Agro Egypt

Turkish oranges force Egyptian Navels from Russian market

The Egyptian season for Valencia oranges is expected to start in a week.Egyptian exporters are still working with Navels. However, according to Mohamed Ghallab of the Egyptian export company AgroEgypt, the season has been challenging thus far. “The Russian market is hard. Prices for Egyptian oranges are high.....

Arancia Express sells Sicilian citrus fruit online

"We carried out a few tests that helped us understand the growth rate of e-commerce connected to the change in purchase habits through digital shop windows. We are citrus fruit producers and have been going through a rough period as prices often don't cover production costs."In the photo: Maria Concetta.....

China: Opening of the 2018 joint meeting for the production and marketing of Guangxi citrus

On January 13th, 2018, the joint meeting for Guangxi citrus production and marketing and the meeting for technology exchange in the citrus industry were held at the Nanning Conference Center. Over 100 purchasing merchants, like the Ali Baba Group, the Chu Cheng Group, the Dong Tai Fruit Industry, as well as.....

Mexico is the fourth biggest producer of grapefruit

Mexico is the fourth biggest producer of grapefruit in the world with a production of over 424 thousand tons, i.e. one in every 20 tons of grapefruits comes from the Mexican countryside, where the state of Veracruz leads its production.According to information from the Ministry of Agriculture, this citrus.....

Chinese man hides drugs in orange

A man has been arrested for trying to send drugs across China hidden in a batch of oranges. The courier transporting the fruit became suspicious when the sender kept ringing to check where the batch of seven oranges was, during delivery.The courier checked the fruit and found a small cut in one, with a sachet.....

Coming up to the Chinese New Year:

Malaysian pomelo grower predicts shortage

Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park owner Chin Too Kam warns consumers to be aware of a possible pomelo shortage for the coming holidays. “Now is the time to buy pomelo as the fruit can be kept for up to one month, so until the Chinese New Year,” he saidPomelo lovers who prefer the sweet-and-sour variety are advised to.....

Tough, and likely shorter, season for Florida grapefruit

After Hurricane Irma swept through Florida late last summer, grapefruit growers in the state are now feeling the effects. “We were devastated by the storm and were expecting a good solid year—at least a good year in the sense of where we’d been in the last two years,” says G.T. Parris of Vero Beach, Fl.-based.....

Stable market for Sicilian lemons

The citrus fruit campaign is in full swing. We talked to Salvatore Scarcella, President of one of the leading cooperatives dedicated to lemon production.Archive photo"The citrus fruit campaign started around one month ago and is going smoothly. The production and commercialisation of Interdonato lemons has.....

Italy: Emergency plan for citrus fruit established

The Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policy reported that the citrus fruit board, presided over by Undersecretary Giuseppe Castiglione, met on 11th January 2018. The meeting was organised to find ways to tackle the sector crisis."We need to make it competitive once again through an integrated approach.....

Imported from Spain

Canadians show increased interest for stem & leaf clementines and persimmons

Which produce items are gaining popularity? Although not necessarily an exotic and new item, George Pitsikoulis with Canadawide shares that there is more and more focus on the citrus category. “This season, Chile had a very delayed grape start and when California was at the tail-end of its season last month,.....

China: Sugar orange market depressed

The new year has already begun, but fruit farmers are still occupied with citrus fruit products. The price of sugar oranges remains an issue between fruit merchants and fruit farmers. With the Spring Festival in sight, and despite the influence from two days of rain, the sugar orange producing areas in Guangxi.....

Update of Belgian citrus import

"Better to forget this grapefruit season"

Cédric Geens of W. Jockheere, an import company in Brussels, Belgium, has called the Florida grapefruit season "a season to be best forgotten". Last year hurricane Irma ravaged the area in the US, causing massive damage. There was not a lotleft of the grapefruits."It is extremely difficult to find any.....

Fruit flies: a barrier to the development of Egyptian citrus exports

The Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is the main hurdle for Egyptian citrus to expand, especially at the level of exports. The US Agriculture Department said in its report that the Egyptian government is funding a project to tackle fruit flies and reduce the spread of the pest, helping control the.....

Mandarins are Turkey’s most exported citrus fruit

Mandarins ranked first in the list of Turkey's most exported citrus fruits during the current season, with a total return of 267.6 million dollars.Turkey exported about 550,000 tonnes of mandarins between 21 September and December 2017."Mandarins have ranked first in the ranking of Turkey's most exported.....

Mexico lime supplies suffer double blow

The Veracruz lime growing region in Mexico has been affected by the recent cold weather. The exceptionally cold conditions last week have damaged trees, with reports that flowering buds and budding fruit has fallen off the trees."Cold temperatures have affected lime supplies out of Mexico," said Mario.....

December 2017

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

In December, the price paid to the producers of Mexican lime or Key Lime in the citrus regions of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca, the wholesale quotations at supply centers, the sale prices to consumers in selected cities of the national market, and the trading margins of the fruit of Colima origin in.....

Fewer mandarins due to drought in the Western Cape

South Africa expects good citrus season

The drought in the Western Cape has contributed somewhat to South Africa's production figures. For most products, the negative effect of the drought has been negated by larger cultivation acres. This means a good 2017/2018 market is expected for oranges, grapefruit and lemons. Mandarins are the only fruit.....

Spain: The HLB vector is only 190 km away from Huelva's citrus

The insect vector of the Trioza erytreae, which transmits the devastating Huanglongbing disease (HLB), is already present in citrus plantations near Lisbon, where it has been spreading very quickly and unstoppably, as was learned by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors from a report issued by the Portuguese Ministry of.....

Gamtoos Valley dam level critical but Sundays River Valley in better nick

Eastern Cape expects normal citrus harvest, perhaps two weeks late

Temperatures are high in the Eastern Cape at the moment, reaching over 40°C last week (43°C measured on Thursday), with the warmest month of February ahead and in the Gamtoos Valley very little water. In fact, the Kouga Dam is 8.53% full, a percentage point down from last week, causing great concern among.....

China: Beihai Wo oranges officially enter market

The Wo orange generally ripens in January, making it the first fruit of the year. This year, there are only small quantities of the fruit on the market. Wo oranges are mainly grown in Guangxi, in the northern part of the Gulf of Tonkin in China. They are originally from the Israeli Orah. It is a new, late.....

Mexico's citrus takes advantage of the misfortunes of the US

The misfortunes caused by fires and bad weather in the United States have affected its orange production, which represents an opportunity for Mexico, because despite the restrictions that President Donald Trump has imposed on Mexican products, the area of ​​Martínez de la Torre has seen an upturn.....

China: Sha Tin pomelo price hopeless

As the temperatures continue to drop, winter fruit is gradually entering the market. Seasonal fruit, like oranges and tangerines, has taken the lead on the fruit market. Shatangju oranges and honey tangerines are the most popular, and have high sales. Towards Sha Tin pomelos, on the other hand, the market is.....

California specialty citrus brand sees increase in sales

As consumers flock to the produce aisle after the New Year in search of diet-friendly fruits and vegetables, Sun Pacific is reporting an increase in sales for their specialty citrus brand, Vintage Sweets. Vintage Sweets Heirloom Navel Oranges made their debut in January of 2015 and are marketed as a premium.....

120 tonnes of Indian Nagpur oranges to be exported to Dubai

“Last year, the Orange Growers’ Association of the Wardha district sent their citrus fruits to Dubai, where it became very popular,” said Sridhar Thakare, Director of the Maha Orange Project at Karanja in the Wardha district. Before that, the people in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had already enjoyed the delicious.....

The calibre of over 40% of Fino lemons has remained small

Spain: Loss of vegetables and citrus in Alicante due to water shortage

The lack of rainfall during the past autumn and the current winter, added to a severe lack of political action to tackle the impact of extreme drought, has already had consequences.Asaja Alicante has reported the loss of more than 1,000 hectares of vegetables in the region of the Vega Baja, mainly affecting.....

Shoaib Ahmad - National Fruit Processing Factory

Small sizes for Pakistani kinnow mandarins

The current season for Pakistani kinnow mandarins is in full swing. Due to excellent weather circumstances, export volumes have increased by 15%. However, sizes are relatively small, which prompts many Pakistani exporters to send their produce to Russia.“The quality of the fruit is great. Russia is a great.....

Georgia citrus growers experience extremely low temperatures

At Franklin Farms in Statesboro, Georgia’s northernmost citrus farm, the tenacity of the cold weather, coupled with nearly 3 inches of snow, has been worrying. But in general, Georgia citrus growers are cautiously optimistic after a week of snow and unusual cold.Many of them protected their trees from the icy.....

Limoneira expects profitable year for lemons

Although the forest fires inCalifornia also affected Limoneira's lemon orchards, CEO, Harold Edwards, remains positive. He predicts a good market with the possibility of record profits for the new year. He is also pleased with the how the past year went.This American company, which is especially prominent in.....

Persian lime, Mexico's second most important export product

After the avocado, Persian lime is one of Mexico's most dynamic products. It's prices can be very low, but it has also been one of the most expensive products at the national level. Persian lime is Mexico's second most important export product.According to a source dedicated to the exports of this citrus fruit.....

Spanish Research:

Strengthening citric fruit to better resist climate change

Recent research of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Natural World of the Spanish Universitat Jaume I has identified the genes within citric fruit that biotechnology could improve to face climate change. A team of researchers under professor Vicent Arbona is trying to influence the workings of a.....

The first Andalusian Sanguinelli will arrive in mid-January

Spain: "We are finding more and more markets for Sanguinelli oranges"

According to Daniel Blanco, Commercial Director of Mogalla, the first Sanguinelli oranges from Andalusia are expected to arrive in mid-January, a little later than usual."This year, it is arriving with some delay compared to the previous year. It seems that the lack of temperature contrasts between day and.....

Italy: Il Girasole's low-envrionmental impact blood oranges

"The €3 million investments made over the past few years are repaying us for the sacrifices we've made to extend the warehouses where we process a wide variety of citrus and summer fruit."Giovanni Scavo, sales manager for Il Girasole Soc. Coop."We have added four new Unitec processing lines as well as a.....