Europe is the world's leading producer of lemons with an average of 1,200,000 tons per year, thanks to a unique production model that guarantees that the fruit has the highest certified quality standards in food safety, traceability, and sustainability in the world.
Spain produces approximately 60% of Europe's lemons. The climatic conditions of the Mediterranean are ideal for the cultivation of this fruit rich in vitamin C.
Europe's leadership is no fluke
For years, the sector has been working on a Manual of active ingredients and recommendations for treating lemon that helps producers to carry out correct pest management, reduce their use of phytosanitary products, and improve the post-harvest to achieve healthy and natural lemons.
In addition, the European lemon sector also promotes a manual of recommendations on corporate social responsibility covering three dimensions on which each company develops responsible activities and behaviors. The goal is to generate value and guarantee social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the medium and long term.
As a result, the GlobalGAP and GRASP quality seals certify the European lemon is a safe production that respects the environment, biodiversity, its workers' health, and safety, reducing the waste of necessary resources while carrying out the best practices for the next generations.
The European lemon sector, which has launched the Welcome to the Lemon Age campaign, also aims to generate and distribute added value among employees and shareholders, considering market conditions, equity, and justice. This is why all lemon purchase and sale operations in Spain must be formalized through the approved type of contract that adapts to the demanding conditions established by Law 12/2013 on the Food Chain, which is summarized in the Code of Good Practices in Food Contracting (CBPCA) promulgated by Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food.