Global focus citrus

Bigger volumes of California organic citrus

Organic citrus supplies are starting strong out of California. “We’re only in the first month of the organic crop. We’ve got another six months to go but we have a very solid crop set with plenty of promotable opportunities,” says Craig Morris of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, CA. Morris notes HGO…

Vicente Tejedo, of IVIA:

"The new Murina late mandarin will be perfectly able to compete with the club varieties"

Varietal innovation in the mandarin segment has become very important in recent years, in which club varieties have gained a lot of ground in the Spanish citrus sector, not only because of the fruit's organoleptic quality, but also because of the high profitability levels for the producers. One of the organizations…

Clementines from the Gulf of Taranto

"Prices are below production costs"

The pandemic should have pushed citrus fruit demand, yet consumption is slow. The mild weather and commercial uncertainty are putting producers from the Taranto province to…

Enrique Parias, General Director of La Joya de la Corona:

"The good size of the Queen Selection mandarins will give them a great competitive advantage this year"

The current clementine and mandarin campaign is characterized by the abundance of medium and small sizes, so the fruits with a good size are the most coveted. A little less than two months before the start of their harvest, the Queen Selection mandarins may arrive in a very favorable market. “We are happy…

Apulian Clementine prices are generally lower than last season

"A few weeks ago we ended the sales of the early Apulian clementine harvest carried out on about 10 hectares of land. The prices were not particularly satisfying. The commercial campaign of traditional Apulian clementines will start at the beginning of December, ten days later than expected. The high…

Naranjas Torres is preparing for its new project at Biomarket

"The new consumer is increasingly more organic-oriented and thinks differently"

In November, Mercabarna will launch the first wholesale market specialized in organic food in Spain, and the second in Europe: Biomarket, which will concentrate the supply of this growing segment and will facilitate marketing and distribution from a single platform. One of the companies that will have a…

Tim Wehmeyer (Fruchtimport Schmidt) on exclusive citrus brand Numen Nature

"Untreated Spanish leaf clementines can be sold well into February"

The winter season has begun and thus the supply of European citrus fruit is increasing rapidly. In addition to the 'standard' oranges, clementines and lemons, untreated citrus fruits have gradually gained in importance in recent years. Fruchtimport Albert Schmidt has been offering untreated citrus fruits…

Naturkost Schramm: Spanish season is going full speed ahead

"Despite Corona, there is a good supply situation for organic citrus"

The supply of citrus fruits from the Mediterranean region is currently going full speed ahead, in the area of organic goods as well. "About four weeks ago, the first organic clementines arrived from Spain. There are increased quantities of oranges as well now," says a purchasing agent from Naturkost…

Solid supplies expected for organic citrus out of Mexico this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, is prepared for a solid organic Mexican citrus season. TerraFresh Organics will provide a consistent supply of organic citrus throughout the 2021 season. TerraFresh Organics is providing…

Rene Bouman, FMI:

"European hospitality sectors' closure makes selling limes tough"

The lime market had a strong summer season. But, it's been under considerable pressure for several weeks now. "Volumes have decreased. There are, however, too many limes on the market for the current sales level. The quantities being loaded in the traditional export countries - Brazil and Mexico - are…

Texas citrus movement ahead of last year for all varieties

The Texas citrus season has been underway since September, after enjoying an on-time start, and the movement of volumes this year has been ahead of last year in all categories. Dale Murden from Texas Citrus Mutual shares: “Grapefruit is ahead of last season by 108,000 cartons, while oranges are ahead of…

Demand and competition on mandarins getting stronger

North America’s mandarin season looks to be a competitive one on several fronts this winter. Domestically, California is already in production on mandarins. “They have started harvesting and we’re hearing that there’s already a build up of inventory of domestic mandarins in California,” says Miles…

Market supply is larger than demand

Product quality of Chinese tangerines is less than ideal

The overall surface area devoted to tangerines in Sichuan has not increased this year, and the production volume is more or less the same as last year. However, the product quality is less ideal than last year because this year the production areas suffered from excessive rainfall. The sugar content of…

Moroccan citrus fruits: A rarity in German trade

"Early season start and good yields expected"

The season for Moroccan citrus fruits starts quite early this year. The first Berkane clementines are expected to arrive in week 47, followed about three weeks later by the first Navel oranges from the North African country. Despite the good prospects for this year's season, Moroccan citrus fruits have…

Richard Bevelander, De Groot van dommele, the Netherlands

"Large citrus selling well, larger supply of smaller sizes"

Spanish citrus sales are currently going very well for this Dutch company. "We've just started with the first Navelina oranges. They're rather small, just like the mandarins. That makes it difficult for us. It's precisely the larger sizes our clients prefer," says Richard Bevelander of De Groot van…

Vitalityfruits offers Turkish mandarins from its own trees

"Direct import from Turkey is win-win situation for all parties"

Turkish satsumas have been enjoying increasing popularity in the European trade in recent years. The Turkish mandarin variety is particularly popular with consumers in the first half of the European citrus season. But a direct line between European traders and the Turkish orchards is often missing. That…

North American lemon supplies moving into mostly domestic production

Supplies of lemons remain strong as the import period of the fruit winds down. “There are some limited supplies from Chile, Argentina and Mexico on the market but those will continue to close out by the end of December,” says Hans Weaver of Earth Source in Ephrata, PA. “Then we’ll rely mostly on the…

PO Esperidio

A sustainable citrus fruit campaign

"The first blood oranges were launched on the market a few weeks ago. The prices are very good and there is a lot of demand for the oranges. From 8 December onwards the citrus season will be in full swing and  there will be larger quantities and more medium-sized citrus. Many (new) foreign customers have already…

Control-Tec TM from AgroFresh packs leading technologies into post-harvest treatment

AgroFresh continues to develop new technologies and products that have extended the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and decreased food waste across the grower-to-consumer supply chain. These innovations continue in the line of Control-Tec post-harvest equipment. For sustainability management,…

FreshPlaza November Global Focus on citrus

Our November Global Focus is all about citrus. In a very turbulent year citrus has been one of the winners, is this set to continue as we enter Northern Hemisphere supply?  How has the growing season been? How are the markets looking? Are you a Southern hemisphere producer? How was you export season? Did the…


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