Global Focus Citrus

Fabien Ruiter has been with Spanish citrus and kaki exporter, Barber Caballero, since May

"Canada, Asia, and the Middle East are our most important markets"

In May this year, Fabien Ruiter left for Spain. He went to go and work at the Spanish exporter, Barber Caballero, in Valencia. Fabien was born and raised in a fruit and vegetable trading family in Limburg, the Netherlands.  Many of his Dutch contacts have asked him to send some business there way. That is,…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece:

"Delayed harvest of Greek organic citrus"

The season for organic citrus fruit from Greece is starting late this year. The weather during flowering delayed the growth and now the Swiss market has to be patient for a little longer until the popular goods arrive. George Stergiou, the CEO and export manager of ANYFION GREECE spoke to FreshPlaza…

China: Navel orange production declines by 30% in Hengyang, Hunan

The Navel orange harvest in Hunan begins in the middle of November. The harvest season is expected to last one month. The overall production volume declined this year as a…

Texas red grapefruit season commences, big sizes expected

Winter Sweetz, a Texas based grapefruit brand owned by Lone Star Citrus, announced the start of its twelfth season supplying quality, sweet grapefruit throughout the U.S. Now in full production, Texas Red Grapefruit will be available through April 2020, with peak sweetness from November 2019 to March…

Saturated market and quality problems

Memorably bad season for South African soft citrus in Russia

While few traders wish to go on record, many agree: it’s been a memorably bad season for South African citrus in Russia –  even “horrific”, in the opinion of an experienced trader. Ironically, the season started off well when South African Satsumas met a market short on soft citrus during the hemispheric transition…

According to a Tarantine cooperative

Clementines: Real test of prices will take place in a few weeks time

In the past few days much has been said about the downward price war affecting clementines, since they are sold at bargain prices in supermarket chains. On this topic, we have a comment from the Cooperative Clemj Puglia of Palagiano, in the province of Taranto, which deals with the storage and processing…

"Effective preventions are the key to controlling Huanglongbing"

"Oranges from Guangdong, China will be available early"

Huanglongbing is a deadly disease that affects the orange industry worldwide, especially in China whose production is huge. As the epidemic increasingly becomes a serious…

"Indonesia is currently the best export market for our Chinese mandarins"

"October is the time of year when Chinese mandarins in production areas all over the country enter the harvest season. Mandarins from various major production areas enter the Chinese fruit market one after the other. However, the mandarins entered the market around 10 days later than last year because…

Tougher times for South African citrus growers and exporters during past season

China and Russia stood out as the more difficult markets of the 2019 citrus season, says Snyman Kritzinger of Grown4U, a grower-exporter of citrus from the Sundays River and Gamtoos valleys in the Eastern Cape. The harvest is over and their last lemon containers are on the way to the UK and Hong Kong.…

Heat in spring has reduced Israel easy peeler crop by 30%

Easy peeler season in Israel will begin late November and wrap up around April. For exporting company UMS Trade, the season will kick off with the earlier variety Suntina in a few weeks. Alex Shindler says: “It looks like the season will start with a small delay, but the overall quality is looking good.…

Efrain Saucedo Nuñez, Fruta del Huerto:

"Retailers like to work with specialist companies"

In December 2017, Efrain Saucedo Nuñez started in Breda as the European sales office for Mexican lime grower San Jose Tropical. Less than two years later, Fruta del Huerto is one of the five largest importers of limes in Europe. Efrain started in the warehouse at Hagé and then worked for several years at…

Climate change is affecting the ripening of the fruits

Turkish mandarin season started slow, expected to pick up pace soon

In Turkey, the mandarin season has been going kind of slow. The season started in October with varieties like Dobeshibeni and Mihowase, which underperformed compared to last year. The increasing heat in the Turkish climate is also proving challenging, as the fruit ripens sooner every year. For Turkish exporting…

"Larger volume of small Chinese oranges this year"

China has welcomed a new orange season as domestic citrus enters  the market to compete with imported produce, which has dominated the market for several months. Yang Zong of An Anyuan County Orange Orchard Modern Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. recently talked about the continuous price increase of Chinese…

FreshPlaza Citrus Global Focus

Our November Global Focus is all about citrus. Global orange production for 2018/19 is forecast to surge by 6.3 million metric tons (tons) to 54.3 million, the highest level in 8 years, as favorable weather leads to larger crops in the United States and Brazil. China’s production is projected to be down slightly to 7.2 million…


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