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Tunisia: Fruit export revenues up 51%

During the period from January 2 to July 3 2018, fruit exports grew by 51% in value, says the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. Volumes of fruit exported grew by 19.2% to 13,930 tons for a value of 42.42 million dinars (€13.78 mln), against 28.11 MD (€9.13 mln) last year.During.....

Spain: "Our citrus companies have a lot to gain in the Chinese market"

China is a very promising destination for Valencian citrus fruits, as demonstrated in recent years by the constant growth of orange and mandarin shipments. However, the volumes exported to that country (about 20,000 tonnes) are very small given the country's purchasing and consumption capacity and the.....

Plus forecast for July

China: Analysis of local fruit prices in Chongqing in June

In the first half of July, according to the forecast of the Municipal Meteorological Bureau, Chongqing will have continuous rainy weather again. It willcause difficulties for the harvesting of seasonal fruits such as local grapes, early plums and watermelons. It will also impede the improvement of the quality.....

Replacing 200,000 destroyed by greening disease

Trinidad and Tobago: Resistant citrus plants imported

Almost a year after the government destroyed 200,000 citrus plants contaminated by citrus greening disease, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat assured that new, resistant citrus stock has been imported from the US and is now flourishing in the St Augustine nurseries.Citrus greening disease (decimating.....

Trucco expands TruStar brand with lime program

New York based importer, A.J. Trucco, has expanded its TruStar brand by introducing a lime program. Sourced from Veracruz Mexico, this program was established to maintain year-round supply. The TruStar brand was chosen due to the increasing receptiveness in the market to branded produce."Trucco began shipping.....

Argentina: Negotiations with Mexico for exports of sweet citrus

The negotiations for the opening of the Mexican market to sweet citrus fruits - oranges and tangerines - from Argentina are progressing. A delegation of the National Food Health, Safety, and Quality Service (Senasica) visited productive establishments and packaging facilities in Corrientes and Entre Ríos and.....

South Africa expects to produce more citrus fruits this season

Given the expansion of the acreage and the ideal weather conditions recorded in the main producing regions of Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, South Africa expects its citrus production to increase this season.The drought in the Western Cape will likely lead to a decline in the production of.....

Turkey: Bigger volumes of citrus expected

“Exporters compete with each other, rather than with other origins. We already deal with an overproduction of mandarins in my opinion. Some of the growers have started to cut trees that are not promising to supply good quality. However, we do notice a change in varieties in production. This will result in less.....

Drop in EU-28 citrus production slower than expected

Citrus semi-annual European Union

MY 2017/18 EU-28 citrus production is projected to reach 11.095 million tons, 2.4 percent higher than previous estimates, meaning an overall decline of 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. The reduction is due to a decrease in production in the primary EU-28 citrus regions. Spain expects 10 percent lower.....

Year round citrus ‘On the way to Planet Proof’

Jaguar the fresh company and SMK jointly invested in an On the Way to PlanetProof standard for the cultivation of Citrus in North Africa. The existing standard for cultivation of Citrus in South Africa will be revised as well. This means the cooperation between Jaguar, the fresh company and SMK will be.....

Spain: Andalusian citrus production grows by 4%

The Andalusian citrus production in the 2017-2018 campaign has reached 2.15 million tonnes; 4% more than in the previous season, according to data for June from the regional Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. This increase contrasts with the drop recorded in the rest of Spain, where,.....

Valencia supply even out of California

While the domestic supply of oranges is steady, growers know and are already feeling the traditional drop off for demand. “As far as California oranges, we’re into the Valencia crop,” says Richard Gomes of Fruta Royal, LLC in Visalia, Ca. “And while movement is fairly decent, schools are out so that slows.....

The season is ending with tough competition from Egypt and Morocco

Spain increases orange exports out of the EU

The considerable reduction of the harvest volume expected for the current season has not taken a negative toll on the total export volumes. In fact, as of 31 April,and according to the latest data processed by the CGC, foreign sales of this citrus fruit amounted to 1.27 million tonnes, compared to 1.34 million.....

Australia: Ninth citrus canker find in Northern Territories

Another detection of the citrus canker bacteria has been found on two potted plants at a property in Howard Springs. There have now been nine confirmed infected premises in the Northern Territories.A small Katherine property, in Cossack, was home to four citrus plants, with only one showing serious symptoms of.....

Navels: "It isn't 'wow' but it's not a disaster."

South African lemons: silver lining to European citrus campaign

Egyptian Valencias are a major spoke in the wheel for South African navels and Valencias in the EU and Russia, in a season when calibres are smaller, causing some nervousness around the marketing of unpopular counts.“We’re not panicking but the prices aren’t what we were hoping for,” says Hannes de Waal, MD of.....

Company's citrus line expands to include lemons

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), importer and distributor of citrus, avocados and grapes, is proud to announce the expansion of its Darling Citrus product line to include Darling Lemons. Darling Citrus now includes fresh clementines, oranges, minneolas and lemons which, according to the company, are sourced from the.....

Uruguay exported 30,000 tons of citrus in 2018

Between January and early June 2018 Uruguay exported 30,000 tons of mandarins, oranges, and lemons for 20 million dollars.60% of the citrus fruit was sent to the United States, 20% to the European Union, and the remaining to Russia, Brazil, Canada, the Arab Emirates, and other markets.According to the Director.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, Capespan

Imported citrus market remains surprisingly strong in US

Citrus – Easy Peelers:Last week we predicted that with the easy peeler pipeline filled, and with arrivals from Chile, Peru and South Africa continuing unabated, the price for clementines and mandarins would likely take a step down in week 26. In further support of that theory we also noted that table grapes,.....

Abbotsleigh Citrus featured in Bundaberg promotion

Abbotsleigh Citrus, purchased by Nutrano Produce Group in 2016, is one of the major businesses featured in an industry promotional video by Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers.Nutrano CEO and Managing Director, Steven Chaur, said it was a tribute to the staff at Abbotsleigh Citrus that the farm has become.....

The pixie making money for Kenyan growers

In Wote Town, the administrative capital of Kenya’s Makueni County, there is the market of Itangini, a fruit market. One citrus variety really stands out there - the Pixie.The yellow-orange coloured citrus has a rough texture but is easy to peel and is fleshy, seedless and juicy. The fruit has taken farmers in.....

19th August until 22nd August

South Africa: 10th Citrus Research Symposium

The 10th Citrus Research Symposium will be held at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg from Sunday, 19 August 2018 to Wednesday evening, 22 August 2018. Situated in the tranquillity of the Central Drakensberg, boasting a spectacular view of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, lies the Champagne.....

Argentina: After ten years mandarins from Misiones can return to Brazil

After 10 years, a cooperative of 300 producers from Misiones has managed to make its first export of mandarins to Brazil.Argentina couldn't sell its mandarins, oranges, grapefruits, and lemons to Brazil due to sanitary reasons. Last year, after many efforts, Brazil has again agreed to admit exports.Argentina.....

Australian supermarket chain Coles to stop importing lemons

Supermarket giant Coles has vowed to stop importing lemons. On Monday, Coles announced it would cease stocking imported lemons and instead stock Australian-grown fruit year-round, including between December and January when most Australian growers struggle to produce a commercial crop and retailers have been.....

Strong growth with overseas products for the Spanish firm TC Fruits

"Uncertainty ahead for this year's citrus from the southern hemisphere"

The citrus campaign in the northern hemisphere is almost complete, while the southern hemisphere's output is just starting to take shape. For now, lemons are the fastest selling products, and we will have to wait until the market runs out of old stocks for orange sales to rebound. This is what they say at TC.....

"The campaign has been good overall"

Spain: Huelva harvests 8% more citrus than expected

Just a few days before the campaign comes to an end, citrus growers from the province of Huelva are satisfied with the results achieved and consider it "a good one." The total volume has reached 570,000 tonnes and exceeded the initial forecast of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development by.....

Australian biosecurity staff intercept illegal citrus imports

Biosecurity staff in Brisbane have successfully intercepted an illegal import of citrus budwood which tests confirmed harboured citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing.“Citrus Australia is thankful that the recent interception of citrus material by biosecurity staff at Brisbane airport has.....

Smaller fruit but exceptional quality

SA grapefruit: not a healthy market in Europe

South African grapefruit exports stand at 8.5 million 17kg cartons shipped by week 25, while initial reticence regarding the grapefruit season has given way to more positive sentiment. In the beginning colour development was slow and the fruit was small but of late, fruit have sized up.Last week the grapefruit.....

Argentina: Good start to the citrus fruit season

Based on the citrus fruit that has entered the Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA), the beginning of the 2018 season has been very favorable for the grapefruits from the regions of Salta and Jujuy, which have reached their minimum ratio and the percentage of juice required for the domestic market.According.....

Citrus Expo: Bringing the industry together for 27 years now

The 27th annual Citrus Expo is the perfect place to bring the industry together. Certainly Steve Smith, executive director of the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association, is looking forward to seeing his fellow industry members during the event.The Citrus Expo will take place on August 15–16; nearly one.....

Spain: Citrus greening gets dangerously close to Huelva's fruit

The Xylella and Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, have been the subjects at a technical conference on emerging diseases in citrus fruits, which was held in El Rompido, Cartaya. The event brought together a group of experts in the field. The Cajamar Foundation, through ADN-Agro, together with the.....

Brazil: Dry spell hits orange crops

After a very dry month, little rain is predicted for July in the world’s top-growing region. A prolonged dry spell is really hurting citrus groves in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, the world’s top orange-growing region. Not a drop of rain has been seen in most crop areas during June, and little precipitation is.....

AU: Harvey Citrus preparing for production growth

A Western Australia citrus company has used a 'light year' to upgrade its packing line to cope with future yields.Andrew Pergoliti from Harvey Citrus, says with last year being such a strong year for production, numbers were always expected to be lower in 2018 – which provided the perfect opportunity to.....

Cambodia: Koh Trong pomelo gets GI recognition

The pomelo grown in Kratie’s Koh Trong commune is now the third Cambodian product to obtain a Geographical Indication (GI) status, following in the footsteps of Kampot pepper and Kampong Speu’s palm sugar.Speaking at a ceremony yesterday to mark the event, Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak said his ministry.....

Australia: New border controls for citrus from Northern Territory

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has issued a new movement control order notice for citrus canker and carriers. This is to prevent it spreading into Queensland after it was recently detected in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The MCO will allow for trade of citrus fruits from.....

Blood oranges in China in February 2019

VIDEOThe 'E-commerce per l'ortofrutta di qualità' (E-commerce for high-quality fruit) seminar that took place at MAAS Catania on 22nd June 2018 focused on the export of Sicilian blood oranges to the People's Republic of China for the next Chinese New Year in February through Alibaba platforms.The event was part of.....

USDA report

Strong growth of South African soft citrus exports to US continues

South Africa's production of grapefruit, oranges and lemons/limes is estimated to increase in the 2017/18 MY, based on the growth in area planted and on the normal weather conditions in the main growing regions of Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. The drought conditions in the Western Cape are expected to.....

World market of lemons and limes

The world's largest producers of lemons and limes increased production volumes due to the growth in demand in recent years. According to the IndexBox report "World: Lemons And Limes - Market Report, Analysis And Forecast To 2025" , in 2016 the world market of lemons and limes grew by 19% to $ 13.9 billion in.....

Spain: Commercial operators blamed for incorrect labelling of mandarins

The Valencian Council of Agriculture has reported that the incorrect labelling of some mandarin varieties, reported last February by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors, has not been the fault of the distribution chains, but of the commercial operators who supplied them.This statement has been made by the General.....

Clementines from Chile enjoying excellent market

Clementine movement out of Chile is accelerating, leading to an excellent market. Suppliers expect to have good consistent volumes for several more weeks, with prices to remain elevated during that time. Eventually, the Clementine season will then give way to the W Murcotts which will appear later in the.....

Optimal quality & cost-effective delivery as main goals

Frankort & Koning starts cooperation with South African producers

Import-export company Frankort & Koning BV, based at Fresh Park Venlo (the Netherlands), has signed a marketing agreement with several independent producers in South Africa. "Starting this citrus season, we will work intensively with these producers and that way we will be increasingly present on the.....

Increased environmental awareness and lower MRL levels incompatible with draconian spray programmes; SA citrus supply lines pose “virtual zero risk” of CBS

CGA: Added protection measures by EU risk “becoming nonsensical”

In the wake of the United States formally acknowledging that citrus fruit is not a pathway to citrus black spot transmission, the South African citrus industry has said that its CBS risk mitigation measures in compliance with EU legislation has been remarkably successful, and yet "still it seems that something.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

South African citrus arrives on US East Coast

Winter weather hit much of Chile late in week 23 and into week 24, bringing with it rain and snow in some regions and cold weather throughout the country. Temperatures as low as -3° C were reported in some citrus producing areas. While the cold temperatures affected some citrus groves, the general view is that.....

Egypt to export citrus & grapes to Uruguay

Last Thursday, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz el Din Abu Steit announced that Egypt has opened two markets for agricultural exports of citrus and grapes in Uruguay. Exports of Egyptian citrus and grapes to Uruguay is set to start as of the new harvest season, Abu Steit told.....

Mexico: Nuevo Leon citrus fruits target Japan and Europe

In order to export more oranges and grapefruit to Japan and Europe, citrus producers from Nuevo León will start a phytosanitary pilot plan to obtain a recognition from the National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica) that will allow them to operate production zones that are free of fruit.....

Chile: Lemon exports increase despite the decline in production

In the last year, Chilean exporters have reoriented their destination markets with a greater emphasis on the United States, which increased by more than 36%, while the export volume for all shipments only increased by 1.5%. Chile is the United States' second biggest supplier of lemons.Chile's lemon supply has.....

Limoneira expands globally with Chilean acquisition

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced today that it has entered into an agreement in the form of a binding memorandum of understanding to acquire a ranch and related assets of Fruticola.....

USDA citrus semi-annual report

Decline of EU-28 citrus production slower than expected

The MY 2017/18 EU-28 citrus production is projected to reach 11.095 MMT, 2.4 percent higher than previous estimates, meaning an overall decline of 6.3 percent compared to previous year. The reduction is due to a decrease in production in the primary EU-28 citrus regions. Spain expects 10 percent lower citrus.....

New guide speaks Mandarin QA for growers

Australian Murcott mandarin growers have a new tool to help them win export sales, with backing from the national Farming Together program.Developed for the Queensland Citrus Exporters Group, the new training materials will ensure quality standards, including fruit appearance, to secure domestic and export.....

USDA report

Brazil citrus semi-annual 2018

ATO Sao Paulo projects the Brazilian orange crop for 2018/19 (MY 2017/18) at 393 million boxes, a decrease of 27 percent relative to the previous season. Citrus trees are stressed from last year’s production and high temperatures in October 2017, which negatively affected fruit setting. Total frozen.....

Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape: “This packhouse is a beacon in this area.”

Eden Agri Citrus: black farmers assume majority share-holding in packhouse

In February this year the fortunes of a number of black citrus farmers changed for the better with the formation of Eden Agri Citrus, a holding company that now holds the majority of shares in the Eden Agri Services citrus packhouse outside Fort Beaufort.Eric Nohamba, who has been farming citrus for 26 years,.....

South Africa: 2018 kumquat season gets underway

South Africa is the most important supplier of kumquats to Europe and the UK during the Northern summer and the export season has started with a crop expected to be on par with last year’s.With strong Spanish supplies remaining in the market for longer, the South African season got off to a slow start, but.....

Chile: Expected growth in citrus export

The Chilean citrus season started in May with clementines and lemons. The season runs till November with the export of mandarins and lemons. Chilean Navel oranges are available from June to October. “A growth of approximately 15% is expected for this year’s total export volume. Chile experienced a lot of.....

Hiram Herver, Inverafrut

Mexico: Growing lime production no issue

“The season of this year is going well. Over the years the market is demanding more fruit. The European market uses limes for more than just in drinks. This is a very positive market development. Nowadays, restaurants offer dishes that have Persian limes, especially from Mexico, as a central ingredient”,.....

Argentina: The entry of bulk citrus banned in Northwest provinces

The National Health and Agricultural Food Quality Service (Senasa) banned the entry of citrus fruits in bulk in the provinces of the Argentine Northwest (NOA) to prevent the spread of the bacterium of the HLB disease to that region."The entry of unprocessed fresh citrus fruit in bulk, and of the propagation.....

Concerns around Citrus canker

Australia: Northern Territory will not destroy citrus plants yet

Despite an eighth case of citrus canker disease being detected, authorities in the Northern Territory have ruled out the widespread destruction of citrus plants to protect the industry. The latest canker cases were found at Marrakai, south-east of Darwin, with more cases detected in WA at Kununurra and Wyndham.....

USDA report

Morocco: Berkane region regains market access to US

Following the annual USDA report, better climatic conditions greatly improved Morocco's production and export outlook for MY 2017/18; Morocco's Berkane region regained market access to the United States, and Morocco updated its export subsidy program, albeit with only minor changes for citrus. Citrus.....