According to an overview on the situation of the citrus sector prepared by Agrodigital, the global citrus harvest volume reached record figures in the 2018/19 season, mostly thanks to the favorable weather conditions and the performance of new varieties. The EU has succeeded in increasing its production volume by 4%, despite the smaller acreage.
The 2018/2019 harvest is estimated at a record 101.5 million tons; a growth of 9% compared to last year. 53.4% of this corresponds to oranges, 31.5% to mandarins, 8.3% to lemons and limes and 6.7% to grapefruit.
The consumption of fresh citrus has remained stable, while that of juices has dropped due to the strong competition of juices from other fruits. The consumption of fresh citrus is estimated at 73.2 million tons, with oranges and mandarins as the main varieties. Together, these two kinds of fruit account for 83% of the total (with an approximately equal distribution). The juice consumption is estimated at 28 million tons. Orange juice has the most important share, with 83.3%.
The export is estimated at 10.4 million tons. 45.6% of this corresponds to oranges, 26.2% to mandarins, 20.1% to lemons and limes and 8.1% to grapefruit. Of the 10 million tons of imports, oranges account for 44.8%, mandarins for 26.3%, lemons and limes for 20.8% and grapefruit for 8%.