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Also: plans to cover 30% of Ukraine’s juice market

T.B.Fruit to invest €5 million in mandarin processing

T.B.Fruit, one of the largest processors of fruits and berries in Ukraine, intends to invest €3 to 5 million in the launch of a mandarin processing plant with a capacity of 50,000-60,000 tonnes in Georgia by December 2018. “Mandarins will be processed in Georgia and imported to Ukraine. In late autumn this.....

Average export value of Southern African citrus in 2017

After many years of sustained growth in the average price realized for all sectors of the southern African citrus industry, 2017 delivered a mixed bag. Orange prices showed a marginal increase, while both grapefruit and soft citrus showed decreased average prices. There was a marked decrease in average prices.....

Discover springtime citrus varieties at CPMA

Sunkist said it is bringing a taste of sunshine to the CPMA Convention and Trade show with fresh citrus grown by Sunkist’s cooperative of family farmers in California and Arizona.“Citrus demand continues to build along with consumer interest in fresh, healthy and natural lifestyle choices. Sunkist is excited.....

China: Late-maturing citrus market analysis

Each year, the period from January to June is the time when the late-maturing citrus varieties arrive on the Chinese market. April is the peak of this period and some of the prices are increasing. Here is the sample that shows the price dynamics of three late-maturing citrus varieties such as "Late-ripening.....

Recent developments in March

EU orange market situation

The EU average price for oranges was €70 per 100 kg, 28% above the 5 year average (the reference period). In Spain, Portugal and Greece prices were respectively at 141%, 143% and 106% compared to the 5 year average. Italy registered a sudden drop in prices in January due to a brief oversupply and fruit.....

Orri mandarins finding the right balance in US market

Citrus imports from Israel to the US are almost finished for the year. Fruit has been harvested, and there are three weeks of shipments remaining. The growing season had some weather issues, but strong demand and problems in other regions meant the market was strong."The Israeli citrus season is almost.....

China: Uptick in domestic orange production volume challenges import market

The orange production season began in the second half of last year in one country after the other. The Chinese import volume of oranges continues to increase, but retail conditions are not great. This is mainly because supply and demand are not in balance. On the one hand, domestic orange production enjoyed a.....

Low processing prices force the export of Argentinian lemons

A lot more Argentinian lemons are going to be exported this year. This is a result of the low processing prices. It is expected that export volumes will be more than 30% higher this year. In week 11, the first exports to Ukraine began. These were still limited quantities. In week 12, Russia, Canada, and Greece.....

Australian growers to remain vigilant after citrus canker detection

Citrus growers need to remain vigilant with their on-farm biosecurity measures, following an early detection of citrus canker at a plant retailer in the Northern Territory. Citrus canker, a contagious disease largely affecting citrus trees, has not been detected in Australia since it was eradicated from.....

Alex Teague with Limoneira on the US market opening up to Argentina

“Increased availability will boost US lemon consumption”

Argentina is the largest lemon growing nation in the world and just recently, the United States opened up its market for lemons from the South American country. What does this mean for lemon growers and consumers in the US?Complementary to the domestic market“I believe ultimately Argentina’s exports of lemons.....

Busy Florida Valencia orange season despite lower volumes

The Valencia orange season in Florida is in full swing, with all packinghouses busy with product. This will continue for at least another month. Overall volume is down on last year, largely due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma."Every packinghouse in Florida is running Valencia oranges right now,".....

Dominican Republic: Citrus greening disease cuts production by 90%

The country has lost practically all its citrus since the so-called Yellow Dragon disease began to affect sweet and sour orange crops, as well as grapefruit, and creole lemon crops in 2008.These fruits are no longer so easily found in the fields, in the backyards of houses, or in supermarkets, because their.....

Spain: Citrus harvest delayed by rains in Huelva

Huelva's citrus sector should already be focusing exclusively in the orange harvest by now; however, due to the constant rains recorded in March and April, many kilos of mandarins have yet to be harvested.This has been reported by the president of the Association of Citrus Growers of the Province of Huelva,.....

With first shipment of clementines to the U.S.

Chile: Citrus season kicks off in week 14

The Chilean Citrus season has begun, with the first Clementine shipment departing from Valparaiso to the West Coast in week 14, one week earlier than in 2017. Nearly 48 tons (2,880 boxes) of clementines (Oronules variety) were on the vessel. It is expected that volumes will increase quickly as numerous.....

"It's been years since the presentation of a variety was so successful"

The new Spring Sunshine mandarin could be the world's tastiest

The official presentation of the new mandarin Spring Sunhine, which is considered the latest variety in the market, and possibly the tastiest,took place in Valencia last Wednesday. The event exceeded the expectations of its organizers, the Association of Plant Variety Operators (Asovav) and The Enforcement.....

UK importer & Mexican lime producer plan to launch organic Fair-Trade alternative

For UK importer Exotifruit and lime producer Inverafrut, the month of May sparks the beginning of a busy Mexican lime season. Working side by side the team is preparing for yet another successful season delivering premium quality fruit, to customers across the UK and Europe.This year, as well as focusing their.....

California grown

Mandarin brand campaign reports increase in purchase intent

As California Cuties season winds down this month, Sun Pacific’s brand reports an increase in preference and purchase intent among its target audience, millennial parents.A 2017 Brand Love study conducted by youth research firm Smarty Pants named Cuties the preferred produce brand of parents at the start of.....

Poland: Rise in the price of apples and other fruits

In March 2018, the average prices of apples in horticultural cooperatives increased by 102% compared to March 2017. At the same time, apple prices on wholesale markets were 93% higher, and in apple-growing companies, the price of apples increased by 72%, as revealed by the Institute of Agricultural and Food.....

Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea, Italy: World’s craziest festival

Every year, the small northern Italian town of Ivrea comes under attack during the ‘Battle of the Oranges’. Thousands of people come from far and wide to take part in the annual Carnevale di Ivrea. In most cases, the participating teams usually dressed up in brightly coloured medieval costumes and engage in a.....

Belize Citrus Growers Association fighting to save plant world nursery

The Belize Citrus Growers Association seems to be in deep financial trouble. It is faced with a 5 million dollar debt for its plant nursery programme which it has been unable to pay. The bank is set to foreclose on the nursery so that, unless there is a rebound, the CGA will plunge into a deeper financial.....

Mark Greenberg, CEO of Capespan North America

Imported citrus will land in empty US market

Mark Greenberg, the President and CEO of Capespan North America, stated in his Market Report for week 13-2018 that California citrus producers continued to face weather challenges that have slowed down the harvest, reduced the expected yield and threaten an early end to the domestic sweet citrus.....

Off-shore lime pressure pushing prices high in U.S.

With off-shore pressures and until now, higher pricing on limes, demand for the citrus has been slightly slow. Though that’s likely to turn now that volume is building on the commodity. “Supply is going to increase weekly until we get to the full-blown peak season of limes which hovers around June through.....

Smaller fruits

Argentina: 60-70% of Okitsu and Satsuma citrus lost due to drought

The early fruits harvest in the plantations of the departments of the coast of Uruguay, where the citrus sector of Entre Rios has its greatest development and which includes the okitsu and satsuma mandarins, started a month late.The postponement of the harvest, usually scheduled for mid-March, was due to the.....

Citrus canker disease

Australia: Katherine residents urged to check citrus plants

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources is urging the public to check their citrus plants for the suspected citrus canker disease. A number of citrus plants showing signs of the disease were removed from nurseries in Darwin and Palmerston. Although citrus canker does not affect human or animal health.....

Texas Citrus Mutual

Local US growers filling demand following Hurricane Irma

Rio Grande Valley growers are seeing some of the biggest demand for their fruit in years. Texas Citrus Mutual says a lot of this demand comes following Hurricane Irma's destruction of Florida groves over half a year ago. "I couldn't say what voids we are filling for Florida but obviously, we are. Where they.....

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, Ets Meseguer:

France: "High-end citrus most in demand"

Sixty years ago, the three Meseguer brothers left Murcia, Spain, to expand the citrus trade of their region to the market halls of Paris. Today, Ets Meseguer is located in Rungis and continues to market Spanish citrus fruits.Benoît Maillard-Guillon of Ets Meseguer says: "The Meseguer brothers started with.....

Spain: Best campaign in years for La Safor oranges

Orange producers in the Valencian county of La Safor are having one of the best campaigns of recent years. This season's production is less abundant than in previous campaigns, but the prices are much higher, reaching up to five Euro per arroba (one arroba in Valencia is equivalent to almost 13 kilos).This.....

China: Pinghe Guangxi honey pomelo sets new export record

The Pinghe County Department for Agriculture announced that Pinghe exported a total of 174 thousand tons of Guanxi honey pomelo between August 2017 and now. Data from the Zhangzhou Import and Export Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine shows that the 174 thousand tons of honey pomelo had.....

Citromax

Major investment in South American facilities for import of fresh lemons from Argentina

Vivian Glueck, President of the Citromax Group of companies, announced that the company will be importing fresh lemon fruit into the United States from the company’s Argentine-based lemon groves, with the first shipments departing Argentina this week and arriving in the US by mid-May. Ms. Glueck stated, “We.....

U.S. citrus production expected to fall further in 2017/18

U.S. citrus production continues to decline. At the current forecast of 6.16 million tons for the 2017/18 marketing year, ERS expects the U.S. citrus crop to drop 21 percent from the previous season. The decline reflects expected reductions in national production across all major citrus commodities and overall.....

Coachella Valley

Lemon fruit drop in Californa

On Twitter #FarmingFriday, a mention was made of lemon fruit drop, occurring in the California Coachella Valley desert region. It is alleged researchers are looking into this.



Florida citrus forecast - April 2018

@usda_nass: All orange, non-Valencia and Valencia orange production unchanged from March. Florida all grapefruit production down 14%. Florida all tangerine and tangelo down 13%.




Spain: Start of voluntary regularization and sale of Spring Sunshine mandarin licenses

The Enforcement Organization S.L. (TEO), exclusive master licensee in Spain of the protected mandarin variety Spring Sunshine, and the Agricultural Research Organization of Israel (ARO), breeder and owner of the rights of said variety, have reached an agreement to start the voluntary regularization of.....

The Cara Cara - Instagram's trendiest orange

Cara Cara oranges have had their own fanbase for some time, many of them citrus insiders. This variety of navel orange actually first became available in the United States back in the late 1980s. However, it wasn't until recently that we started noticing fruit eaters everywhere getting excited about Cara.....

Alico trades at a large discount to Net Asset Value

Alico is one of the largest citrus growers in the United States. The Florida based company owns an abundance of citrus and cattle grazing property. It appears that the stock trades at a pretty big discount to net asset value. This stock might be right for folks who like deep value.The stock trades for $29.8,.....

Sicilian lemon season continues

The Sicilian lemon season is ongoing and FreshPlaza talked to Salvatore Magliocco, vice-president of a large cooperative in Syracuse, about the productive and commercial trends."The citrus fruit situation in Sicily is rather diverse: despite the fact that orange quality is excellent, fruits are not doing well.....

Grapefruit season ramping up in California

Grapefruit production in the United States is gradually moving into California and volume is picking up as the season transitions. Texas is almost done for the year and Florida has already completed their diminishing season, earlier than it has traditionally. Star Ruby grapefruit is the variety of focus at the.....

CAMPOSOL acquires mandarin plantations in Uruguay

CAMPOSOL has just acquired approximately 1,000 hectares for citrus crops in the Department of El Salto in Uruguay; 500 productive hectares of mandarins that belonged to Citrícola Salteña S.A., and another 500 ha which will be developed. This operation, along with the more than 500 hectares of mandarins planted.....

At Port Elizabeth’s Coega Special Economic Zone

South Africa: Cold storage two-fold expansion

The Port Elizabeth Cold Storage Plant, operated from Port Elizabeth’s Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), was one of the very first export orientated investors to locate their facility at this zone.Now it is once again expanding its facility at Coega. The investment worth R10 million (€672,500) is the second.....

Biggest increases: Citrus fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables

Romania’s inflation rate jumps to 5 percent

The National Statistics Institute (INS) has announced that Romania’s annual inflation rate soared to 5 percent, this March. This was the biggest inflation rate since June 2013, when the inflation stood at 5.37 percent. In March 2018 versus the same month of last year, food products rose by 4.01 percent on.....

Joey Deen, Denimpex:

"Lime market recovers after bad start"

The lime market has been dismal in Europe lately. "It all started when prices took a sharp dip in week 7. The reason could luckily be traced. Brazil had sent more limes than in previous years. Exports from this country were up 20 - 40% in weeks 4 to 11. In the first weeks of the year, European lime consumption.....

Brazilian fruit exports climb to $ 98.1 million at start of 2018

Exports of dried and processed fruit increased 14.4% in the first two months of the year compared with the same period of 2017, according to numbers released by the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Fruit Products (Abrafrutas). Revenue totalled US$ 98.1 million in the period, up.....

Express visit for the promotion of Spanish citrus in China

Will the Spanish citrus sector take advantage of the US-China conflict?

The current economic conflict between the United States and China could result in great opportunities for Spanish citrus. On 2 April, China introduced tariffs that will make more than 120 products imported from the United States, including California citrus, between 15 and 20% more expensive.This has motivated.....

Brahim Idoujaa, Flora Fruits:

"Most of our Moroccan truffles are exported to Qatar and Saudi Arabia"

The Moroccan export company Flora Fruits offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Brahim Idoujaa, owner of the company: "We grow everything in Morocco and export our products to Russia, European countries such as France and the Netherlands, and African countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Burkina.....

AU: Mandarin growers switching their focus to more export-based production

A Queensland citrus company that produces five varieties of mandarins is looking to expand its exports into Asia to boost its returns, and decrease the reliance on Australian domestic markets.Shepherd Citrus in Gayndah wants to change the production proportion to between 60-70 per cent towards export into.....

Culinary world jumps on frozen seedless finger lime pearls

Ian Douglas runs the Lime Caviar Company at Rathdowney in south-east Queensland. He and his wife Margie had the innovative idea of seedless frozen finger lime pearls. After seven years this has become a reality, saving consumers and restaurant chefs time and labour.Douglas said there had been lots of trials.....

Antigua to import oranges from Florida again

The Antigua and Barbuda government has decided that this nation will resume importing oranges from Florida. The twin-island state stopped importing Florida oranges because they might bring in fruit flies – an invasive pest that has infested farmlands near Miami.The decision to resume imports from Florida was.....

Lemon growers in California are enjoying the rain

The recent rains in California have helped lemon growers maintain a nice crop. Although some rains have been heavy at times, lemons do not suffer the negative effects like other citrus do. Sizing has also been at good levels as growers have been able to manage their harvests accordingly."Rain is not a problem.....

The first shipment will arrive within a month

Argentina starts harvesting the lemons for US market

The harvest of lemons for export to the United States began officially and, according to expectations, the first shipment of Argentine lemons will reach that destination in 30 to 35 days.The Argentine Northwest Citrus Producers Association (Acnoa), which brings together that region's fruit producers, packaging.....

March 2018

Mexican lime prices and trading margins

In March, the prices paid to producers of Mexican limes with seed (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle), also known as Key Lime, in the main producing regions of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca; the wholesale sales quotations at supply centers; the prices at sale to the consumer, and the trading margins of the.....

Growers’ association Maha Orange

First orange sales outlet at Nagpur airport

In order to take oranges directly to the international customers and open an opportunity for the fruit of the region to enter into the global market, growers’ association Maha Orange have started the first orange selling outlet at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. Union Minister Nitin.....

Concern about uncompetitive Satsuma prices in the UK

Gamtoos navels: no splitting and “fantastic” internal quality

The Satsuma harvest is running at full tilt in the Patensie area of the Eastern Cape but is expected to slow down after next week. Over the next five or six weeks, navels, Novas and clementines will follow, with lemons harvested throughout.“We have been really very pleasantly surprised at the sizing on.....

Spain: Three people arrested for 70,000 Euro scam

The Guardia Civil has arrested three men aged 32, 38 and 69 as alleged perpetrators of a scam which caused producers in the Vega Baja to lose close to 70,000 Euro. They had bought 163 tonnes of oranges from five farms, for which they never made a payment. The agents of the ROCA Team of Torrevieja are looking.....

Limoneira announces formation of Grupo Argentino

The Limoneira Company, a leading global agribusiness with prime agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile today announced the formation of Grupo Argentino, a cooperative arrangement between the Company and leading Argentinian Citrus Growers and.....

Spain: Opportunities for Fino lemons in China

Citrus producers of the Region of Murcia, specifically those of Fino lemons, are eagerly anticipating the possible opening of the Chinese market, which would allow them to take advantage of the looming commercial war between this country and the United States. It would undoubtedly be a great opportunity for.....

China: 2018 orange and tangerine market prospects

Orange and tangerine products have become immensely popular with Chinese consumers in the last few years. In many production areas demand exceeds supply to varying degrees. The relatively high profit in this industry has led to a nationwide increase in the surface area devoted to orange and tangerine orchards......

Chile celebrates entry of lemons to US through the Systems Approach

Great news for lemon exporters: after 4 years of negotiations the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the Department of Agriculture of the United States (USDA) approved the certification of Chilean lemons under the Systems Approach. This will allow Chile to export lemons in better conditions.....