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Lime prices expected to pick back up towards Thanksgiving

The supply of limes is currently ample coming out of Mexico. “There is no lack of supply at this time and the sizes are mainly 200s and larger because we are nearing the end of the crop,” says Tony Campos of International Citrus & Produce, a family-owned business that has been around for 46 years with over 100 years combined of experience between Campos, JB Cutsinger and James Cutsinger. The company is bringing in its limes from Martinez De La Torre, Veracruz.

This week, Mexico will finish up shipping limes to Europe and this means there should be even a little more supply in the U.S. next week. Then, next month will bring a new crop of limes in Mexico which will produce smaller sizes.

Temperature affecting demand
“Demand on limes is a little slow due to the cold temperatures and the abundance of big fruit size,” says Campos.

As for pricing, Campos says it’s between $2-$5 off from last year. “Pricing on 250s are $10; 200s/230s are $12; 110s/150s/175 are all over the place, between $10-$14,” he says. “We expect to see a rise in price on 200s, 230s and 250s as we head towards Thanksgiving.

Looking ahead into the new year, the supply of limes will likely lighten up again given supplies are always limited during the months of January through March due to the cold temperatures in Veracruz. 

For more information:
Tony Campos
International Citrus and Produce
Tel: +1 (650) 342-4525   

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