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Philippines to be a complementary destination for Uruguayan citrus fruit

The world of citrus, which allowed Uruguay to place about 100 thousand tons for US $ 86 million in 2016, is moving. And that movement includes the arrival in the country in September of a Philippine health mission with the intention of obtaining the opening of that market for the Uruguayan production of citrus.....

Week 33 import market review

China: First batches of Uruguayan tangerines on sale

This week, Southern Hemisphere tangerines are still in the spotlight. Although autumn has already started, the weather in China is still hot and tangerines sales, especially of tangerines from South Africa, are going smoothly. In addition, this week, Uruguayan tangerines and Peruvian blueberries joined the.....

Peru: Lime shortage will be mitigated by imports, but care must be taken

The low production of limes due to drought and the Coastal El Niño phenomenon caused an unreasonable increase of the product's price.The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) José Manuel Hernández Calderón said that he expects that by the second or third week of September the national.....

AU: Yields and demand up for Sumo Citrus® mandarins

A significant increase to the Sumo Citrus® mandarin yield in 2017 has been met by strong consumer demand, according to the appointed Australasian marketing and distribution operations company, Freshmax Australia.Sumo Citrus® is a licensed and controlled variety that is grown by a managed group of roughly 20.....

"Fruit Salad" trees with six varieties per tree now sold in AU

The rightfully named Fruit Salad Tree company has perfected the art of growing up to six different fruits on one tree and this week they’re at the AqQuip in Gunnedah.Kerry West and her husband started the company in the Tablelands, and moved to Rollands Plains near Wauchope in Australia three years ago.“My.....

"Giving price recommendations in July is irresponsible"

Spain: Citrus harvest prospects don't go hand in hand with exported volume

A higher citrus harvest forecast does not necessarily go hand in hand with a proportionally greater export, and in the same manner, a smaller production does not entail a proportional reduction in the volume sold overseas. This has been confirmed by a report from the Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the.....

Spain: Citrus production expected to drop and sales skyrocket

The sharp decline in the next mandarin and orange harvest in the Region of Valencia, estimated at about 27% compared to last season, according to the Valencian Farmers Association, is already having its first consequences for the growers. Given the need to guarantee the supply in good time, many traders are.....

Argentina establishes the first export of Tucuman lemons to Mexico

San Miguel, the largest lemon producer in Argentina, and the leader in Southern Hemisphere's citrus export, performed the first transactions in sending Argentine lemons to Mexico. A market that has recently opened up for this fruit. This new market within the continent represents new opportunities for the.....

Abel Alarcón, manager of Brio Fruits:

Spain: "Having a smaller citrus production and larger calibres is always good"

The heat waves recorded this summer are expected to have had an impact on the production volumes of the upcoming clementine, mandarin and orange campaigns in the Region of Valencia. The high temperatures caused some skin burns, as well as the fall of that fruit from the trees."At the moment, there is a lower.....

Syria: Tartus citrus production expected to reach 256 thousand tonnes

The Tartus Agriculture Directorate expects the citrus production of the governorate to reach about 256 thousand tonnes in the current agricultural season, of which about 84,400 tonnes will correspond to lemons, 98,700 tonnes to oranges, 48,700 tonnes to mandarins and 24,200 tonnes to grapefruit.The director of.....

AU's orange shortage hurts juice industry but benefits growers

Australia's citrus industry has been warned to brace for further orange shortages as tight supply offers gains for growers, but headaches for the juice industry.Opening export markets and a strong international demand saw Valencia oranges, typically used in juice, fall out of favour for the popular Navel.But.....

Florida growers turn to CUPS to protect against citrus greening

Huanglongbing (HLB) or “citrus greening” is a disease that has buckled the citrus industry in Florida ultimately leading to a 75 percent decline in the state's $9 billion citrus industry (USDA). Many large producers are anxious to find ways to combat the threat of this condition. Growing trees in essentially.....

After opening of US, Argentina will also send lemons to Mexico

A week ago a delegation of Argentina's government met in Washington with officials of the administration of Donald Trump to advance in the commercial exchange of several products, including meat (which according to sources from the government of Mauricio Macri could start in a few months) and lemons to the.....

China interested in citrus imports from Zimbabwe

Elita Chikwati Senior Agriculture Reporter China has expressed interest in importing citrus from Zimbabwe, and a quarantine delegation is in the country to inspect citrus farms to see if they meet the phytosanitary requirements.During a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation.....

Hannes de Waal - Sundays River Citrus Company

"In my opinion the global lemon industry is going to have to push consumption"

There has been some rain in the Eastern Cape this week, this is not unseasonable and it is very welcome. "It is very timely," said Hannes de Waal from Sundays River Citrus Company. "We need to get at least 100 mls before the end of October or we will most likely face some problems next season just as we did.....

Chile: Citrus exports are estimated to grow by 20% this season

The National Director of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), Angel Sartori, visited the Region of Coquimbo and toured the SAG-USDA Inspection Site to publicize the development of exports through this Site, which has increased its production by 20% when compared to the same date of the last season,.....

AU: Workers evacuated after bomb threat at Mildura Fruit Company

In Australia, Mildura Fruit Company (MFC) workers were evacuated from the citrus packing facility yesterday morning after a suspected bomb threat. Police were seen instructing people to keep away from the area and blocked traffic from entering the (MFC) site via The Crescent, Mildura about 11.30am. A police.....

Bayer teams up with citrus research foundation to fight Citrus Greening

Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), a non-profit organization in Florida supporting citrus growers, have signed a research collaboration agreement to find solutions to Citrus Greening disease, which currently threatens the global citrus production and juice industry.Currently no.....

Veracruz lime production down 25-30%

Hurricane Franklin reduces lime crossings into the US

The vast majority of limes available in the US are imported from Mexico. “We source 90 percent of our product in the state of Veracruz, the balance in Michoacán, says Raúl Millan of Vision Import Group LLC. “When price and market conditions allow, we source from Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia,” he.....

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe on the overseas citrus season:

"New plantations of mandarins huge"

The overseas citrus season is in full swing. "It certainly isn't a bad season and the prices are at a reasonable level, but it is all hands on deck," says Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe. An update on the gigantic plantations of mandarins, the qualitatively difficult orange season, the recovered lemon market and.....

AU: Citrus growers in "boom" period despite juicing shortage

Citrus Australia says that while the shortage of Valencia oranges is an issue for juicing companies, growers are actually going through a "boom", thanks largely to expanding export opportunities.Chief Executive Judith Damiani says Valencia production in Australia continues its long term decline, due to the.....

Australian red limes take the European market by storm

The first Australian limes arrived at Torres Tropical Fresh a couple of weeks ago. What's special about these limes is the red colour. "It's a cross between the well known Australian finger limes and the Burmese Rangpur lime," says Marcel van Rooijen. "Customers think it's great because they really have.....

UK: Lime price halves within a month

Last month lime prices in the UK were £10 a box, this was exceptionally high and, according to Rob Cullum from Pacific Produce, could not last. A month on and how are the prices now?As predicted the high prices were not sustainable and now sit at around £5-£6 a box. "In some cases you can get a panic to move.....

China: "Inspection team's success against citrus greening disease"

On 29 July, an inspection team of 33 people involved in the prevention and cure of the citrus greening disease was led by Yantai B&J Agricultural Technology Development Co Ltd. They braved the scorching sun, and went to the village of Chang'an, in Fengkai county in northwestern Guangdong. Here they looked.....

Mexican lime's prices and trading margins in July 2017

During July, the price paid to producers of Mexican lime. or sour lime with seeds, in the producing regions of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca; wholesale quotations in supply plants; consumer prices in selected cities in the country; and the trading margins of the fruit of Colima origin in wholesale.....

Through trading post in Shenzen

China: Fresh oranges from Peru enter China

On August 1st, a truck loaded of Peruvian oranges arrived at the trading post in Shenzhen city (Guangdong province). It had a total weight of 23 tons. This was the first time the trading post in Shenzhen had imported Peruvian oranges. According to the "Requirements of Inspection and Quarantine for Peruvian.....

Mexico: Hurricane Franklin damages Veracruz's citrus production

Hurricane Franklin wasn't as harmful or aggressive as expected. However, it did affect citrus production, as there was severe damage and many crops were lost. The hurricane hit the coast of Veracruz on the Thursday morning with rains and gusts of wind of up to 110 kilometers per hour.The hurricane's winds lost.....

AU couple turn sheep paddock into multi-million dollar citrus orchard

Nine years ago, farming couple Sue Middleton and Michael Brennan established a 170,000-tree citrus orchard on a sheep property at Moora in Western Australia.The presence of underground water gave them and their business partners the confidence to invest $20 million in the project, which has created jobs and.....

Major Etrog shortage expected this season

Many Jews worldwide use Etrog's that are grown in Italy's Calabria region. However, a cold winter in January destroyed 80% of the Etrog crop, and the ramification might be that it will be significantly more difficult for Jews to observe this years holiday.“I am just coming from the fields now; there is nothing.....

Citrus Australia appoints new CEO

Citrus Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Hancock as their new CEO.Nathan will assume responsibilities at the end of the year and will succeed Judith Damiani who will be stepping down from the position she has held since 2001.Nathan has been part of the Citrus Australia team for.....

Egyptian lemons gain ground in months with no Spanish production

The product's better quality, mostly thanks to the improved knowledge of the producers, as well as the improvement of their image, has allowed Egyptian lemons to enter markets like Spain at times when there is not enough production to meet the needs of the consumers. To this we must add that "this costs less.....

Peru: Lime prices will remain high until mid-October

The lime harvest season will begin in October, so prices for this product will continue to be high in the grocery markets. From June to July this year, lime prices increased by 105.3%. In June, their cost was 3.04 Soles per kilo. The following month the price jumped to 6.24 Soles per kilo, according to.....

Officials confirm presence of HLB in California's Riverside County

According to the California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program, state and federal officials recently confirmed the presence in Riverside County, the state’s historic home of citrus, of Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a deadly disease for citrus plants that can be transmitted from.....

Chile promotes its lemons in Japan

ASOEX's Citrus Committee, together with ProChile, officially launched the first campaign to promote Chilean lemons in Japan by holding two days of promotional activities, which included tastings and sharing information about this product. The goal of the activity was to promote greater consumption of this.....

More S. African citrus growers turn to netting

Cape Town-based producer and exporter, SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters), is in the process of covering the citrus orchards of its largest farm, Marblehall, with netting. The aim is to shield crops against potential hail damage and guarantee the consistent delivery of top-quality, blemish-free export fruit......

San Miguel consolidates fresh fruit strategy in L. America

After the reopening of the Brazilian and Mexican markets to Argentine citrus, San Miguel has consolidated its fresh fruit strategy in Latin America.New markets within the region provide new opportunities to the citrus industry in general and to San Miguel in particular.Although the company was already selling.....

Citrus greening found in Alabama

Citrus greening has been discovered on citrus trees in Alabama.“We knew this would happen one day, we were just trying to prolong it as long as we could. It’s happened in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, we were the only ones to keep it out of our state until now,” said Gary Underwood,.....

NZ orange harvest delayed by cool wet weather

The Gisborne district’s navel orange season is running well behind due to the impact of wet and cooler weather during the run-up to harvest.First Fresh managing director Ian Albers said the start of this year’s harvest was delayed by three to four weeks.“You can put most of that down to the weather over the.....

California finger limes available with new certifications

Shanley Farms’ Citriburst finger limes are coming into its peak season as organic and Global Gap certified.“We’re not into the heart of the bell curve yet but we’ve been climbing in terms of our harvest and we’ll see peak production in another month,” says Jim Shanley of Morro Bay, Ca.-based Shanley Farms......

AILIMPO expects lemon production to reach 1,080,000 tons

AILIMPO's initial lemon harvest estimate (forecast) for the next 2017/2018 campaign points toward a production figure in Spain of 1,080,000 tons, which is quite similar to the balance of the current campaign that will finish at the end of August with approximately 1,090,000 tons of lemons harvested.Start of.....

Justin Chadwick - Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa

Modification to Russian labelling requirements

Earlier this season the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to clarify the labelling requirements for citrus consignments destined for Russia.Justin Chadwick, CEO of the CGASA, has confirmed that a positive reaction has been received.....

Jaguar Fruit

China: Demand for South African citrus hard to meet

"In the past few years, Chinese agricultural technology has developed dramatically. The quality of agricultural produce has also improved. However, compared to imported fruit, the differences in quality are still rather big. This is mainly because farmers and packing factories abroad have adopted mechanized.....

Mexico: Persian lime is a productive option for Sinaloa

The sowing of citrus and particularly Persian lime is becoming increasingly important for the agricultural producers of Sinaloa, who see this crop as a new productive option to maize, and which allows them to diversify their crops and offers a better profitability in the short term.According to the.....

Spain: Lemon harvest next season expected to remain stable

The first harvest estimation of the Lemon Interprofesional Organization (AILIMPO) for the 2017/2018 campaign predicts the Spanish lemon production to amount to 1,080,000 tonnes; a very similar figure to that reached in the current campaign, which will come to an end in late August with approximately 1,090,000.....

Don Limón:

“The supply chain is so complex, dynamic and changing”

Don Limón’s new office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has a very strong focus on South African fruit. “We are happy with the season so far even though we had some quality issues on the Navels earlier this season”, says Andreas Schindler, one of the company’s CEO’s.This office, which has always received goods.....

Argentina to export lemons to Mexico for the first time

Argentina will be able to export lemons to Mexico for the first time after sanitary inspection agencies from the two countries reached a deal, Argentina's agriculture ministry said on Thursday.Mexico became the third major export market this year to open to Argentina, the world's largest producer and exporter.....