The small-caliber oranges intended for juice production are among the most affected by the consequences of the closure of the Horeca channel. "We are seeing a rather tough situation for the oranges normally reserved for bars and restaurants," said José Antonio Gómez, of the Tamasa warehouse. "For the trader, it is a real problem not to get things right with the sizes. If a price is set and the size does not allow you to reach the market, the result can be disastrous, because this year we have no alternatives for smaller-sized fruit," he said.
In any case, the situation isn't difficult just for the oranges that don't reach the optimal size. This Valencian firm confirms a tough situation in the Clementine campaign, both for the first and second season fruit, with extremely high prices at origin. In the Camp de Morvedre, Clementine purchases were registered at the beginning of the campaign, in August, at considerable prices, and the final result was not as positive.
"It has been difficult at certain times. The fruit's sizes were not optimal and the market situation in December turned out to be extremely hard. The weather conditions in December were also not ideal for the fruit's marketing, since the heat that was recorded did not facilitate the product's preservation," said Ángel Arribas, of Frutafro.
However, there is good news for the producers of Camp de Morvedre, and that is that the intensity of the cold in the first half of January has not caused significant damage to their citrus productions. "The storm hasn't had any severe consequences as far as freezing or other ill- effects are concerned. The weather has been lenient to us, so we are lucky," said the AVA.