Citrus

José Antonio García, Ailimpo:

"Difficult times ahead for all Spanish citrus"

José Antonio García is the representative of the Spanish Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit, Ailimpo. The economist has been its director since its foundation in 1998, and chairs the citrus committee of Freshfel, a European lobby that brings together large companies involved in the…

Greening has devastated Florida citrus, but some growers are increasingly hopeful

As some economists question the viability of Florida’s iconic citrus industry, there are local growers who call themselves increasingly hopeful. Louis Schacht is one of them.…

University of Florida Department of Plant Pathology

Scientists advancing citrus greening research efforts

Citrus greening, a devastating disease, has reduced Florida citrus production by 70%, according to most accounts. Efforts to develop disease control methods have been stymied…

University of Florida prepares growers for winter weather

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension educates growers on how to protect their crops and prepare for winter weather at the upcoming…

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…

Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development Yubak Dhoj GC:

"Nepalese agro-subsidies to become productive, predictable, sustainable and transparent"

Despite being an agricultural nation, Nepal imports food items worth billions of rupees every year. Farming practices in the country are still traditional and newer…

"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…

José Mechó: “Working with mandarins with leaf requires experience and knowledge”

"Given the fruit shortage, we have more bargaining power this year"

The production of clementines in the province of Castellón - one of the main producing areas of this citrus in Spain - has fallen by around 50% this year. This, together with the slow ripening of the fruit due to the high temperatures, is causing the demand to be well higher than the supply, as reported by…

Alejandro Peiró: "Clementine supply is 30-35% lower"

Spanish mandarin exporters forced to sell with some control

Spanish citrus exporters are facing some necessary challenges this season. "Last year, there was product oversupply and things were tough, but this year the situation is even more difficult," says commercial director Alejandro Peiró, of Peiró Camaró. "In our region, we will have about 30-35% fewer…

Life for Citrus, the European project to protect citrus against the HLB

The Huanlongbing disease (HLB), also known as citrus greening, poses a serious threat to Spanish and European citrus growers dedicated to the production of these fruits. The…

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, Ets Meseguer:

Clementines: “A complicated situation in the orchards”

Given the low availability of Spanish clementines, the situation on the market is complicated. “Very soon, there won’t be any more clementines available. The transition to mandarins is planned for the end of December, which will be 2 or 3 weeks earlier than the previous years,” reports Benoît…

Salicylic acid, an alternative to maintain citrus fruit quality

Salicylic acid (SA) is an important plant molecule, involved in defense mechanism, stress regulation and other processes regarding plant growth and development. It is also…

Anné Pretorius – Katlego Sitrus

Valuable strategy to market your own crop

Right on the border between Limpopo and Mpumalanga, an area very suitable to all types of citrus. Katlego Sitrus grows Bahianinha, Palmer and Cambria navels, Cara Cara navels, Midknight, Turkey and Lavalle Valencias, Valley Gold mandarins and Eureka lemons. Katlego Sitrus orchards from the air (All…

Can Nepal export citrus fruits?

Citrus is one of the most important fruit crops of Nepal in terms of area coverage, production and export potential. It is grown in more than 54 districts out of the total 77 districts. All the 40…

Japan town turns orange as it prepares New Year dried persimmons

Katsuragi, a town in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture with a 400-year-old tradition of producing dried persimmons for use in New Year decorations, has turned orange as farmers begin hanging the fruit on bamboo skewers. In one of the districts of the town, some 70 farm households have been busy peeling…

Dismal yield expected as industry faces worst crop in 25 years

Belize citrus harvest begins

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Florida citrus growers’ latest hurdle: produce oversupply

Hurricane Irma continues to challenge Florida’s citrus industry. Two growing seasons separated from the September 2017 storm that flooded groves and uprooted citrus trees across the state, the industry has seen production rebound quicker than some anticipated. But now the problem is an oversupply of…

"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…

Lionel Beltran: "We want to reintroduce people to how mandarins really taste"

Spanish company's new leaf mandarin packing station running at full speed

The Spanish mandarin supply started up very slowly this year. This is due to the lack of cold nights in that country. However, the renewed sorting and packing plant at V. Ros in Les Alqeries is running at full speed. "We knew an alternate bearing year was coming. We anticipated this well. We bought in a…

South Africa is now second-largest global citrus exporter

The National Treasury’s downgraded growth forecast in the Medium-term Budget Policy statement, coming on the heels of South Africa’s quarterly labour force survey, paints a…

Asaja Córdoba

Cordoba's 2019/20 citrus campaign starts with an estimated 15% fall in the production

The agricultural organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that a 15% drop in the province's production is expected this citrus campaign compared to the previous one. There is also uncertainty regarding prices in a year in which the national production is expected to fall by more than 20%. According to the…

Report on the 20 priority pests for the EU in agriculture

Three weeks ago, the European Commission published the list of the 20 priority pests for the EU, which includes plant enemies such as the fearsome yellow dragon (caused by a bacterium of Asian origin that has devastated 72% of the production of juicing oranges in the US in the last decade) and the Asian…

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.…

Paul Yin, B&C Lifestyle

"Due to growing popularity there is a lot of competition in the pomelo market"

In addition to exporting baby food from Europe to China, the Chinese company B&C Lifestyle took on the import of Chinese ginger last year. “We started with the import of conventional ginger, but in order to offer our customers a wider range, we now also import organic ginger, pomelos and nashi pears,”…

USDA - APHIS

Mexico: HLB found in Tijuana

California Citrus Mutual received an update from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the samples they took from the ACP/HLB finds in Tijuana a few months ago were found…

Japanese Ehime oranges to be exported to Malaysia

Japan’s Ehime prefecture, in the northwest quarter of Shikoku and many smaller islands in the Seto Inland Sea, is a breathtaking prefecture known for its “onsen” (hot springs)…

Mexico: Tamaulipas' Italian lemon campaign concludes with a record harvest

A few days prior to the end of Mexico's Italian lemon campaign and according to the data that the nine packing facilities of this fruit provided to the National Service of…

EU interceptions of citrus pests increase by 17%

According to the Unió de Llauradors, between January and September of this year, the ports of the European Union have intercepted a total of 124 shipments coming from third countries with citrus fruits infested with pests and diseases. This is 17% higher than the 106 interceptions there were in all of…

Citrus oversupply is latest hurdle for Florida growers to overcome

Hurricane Irma continues to challenge Florida’s citrus industry. Two growing seasons separated from the September 2017 storm that flooded groves and uprooted citrus trees…

The original heirloom Florida grapefruit returns to the U.S. market

​IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically-integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, is reintroducing white grapefruit to the U.S. market. Most white grapefruit is exported directly from the U.S. to its primary market in Japan where it maintains consistently high popularity; however,…

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.…

Citrus Australia calls for government to remove “toxic tax” on agriculture

Citrus Australia has called on the Federal Government to repeal the backpacker tax legislation entirely, with CEO Nathan Hancock calling it toxic for agriculture. Last week…

A long-term cultivation project, with a technical-scientific approach

Italy: A new cooperative to promote the lemons of Rocca Imperiale

On 28 October 2019, in Rocca Imperiale, in the province of Cosenza, (Italy) a new cooperative was founded, under the name Produttori di Limoni di Rocca Imperiale Soc. Coop. Agricola. Lemon cultivation is the most important agricultural activity in this area, which received a European recognition PGI in 2011.…

Jack van Beek, Looije Verpakkingen, the Netherlands

"Having our own citrus washing line means fewer people and a better end product"

Looije Verpakkingen packs and repacks fruit. This company is busy at many cooling warehouses and importers in the Netherlands. This company's first site was at Cool Port Packing Rotterdam. This gave them a taste for more. Last summer, they moved into a building at ABC Westland in Poeldijk. It is 1.800…

"Export prospects look good"

"Nanfeng mandarins entering the Chinese market in large volumes"

The production season for Chinese oranges and mandarins has officially opened. Oranges and mandarins are beginning to enter the Chinese market in large volumes. However, not all of the Chinese harvest is aimed at the domestic market. A sizable share is destined for export to neighboring countries. One of…

“This season’s high mandarin demand resulted in a tough market for Navel oranges”

The summer citrus import season has come to an end and is making way for the domestic season. Miles Fraser-Jones of Seven Seas Fruit says: “This season was really successful for mandarins, and it was a big improvement over the 2018 season, both in demand and in quality. We begin receiving mandarins at…

Citrus Australia questions proposed export price hike

Citrus Australia has rejected a proposal from the federal government that would result in export certification fees increasing by 277%. It says this would cost the average grower $30,000 before any cartons would have even been exported. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Agriculture released…

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…

McCarthy & Calvert urge inclusion of US citrus protection under trade deal with China

US representatives Kevin McCarthy and Ken Calvert, Republicans representing California, have pushed to ensure that US citrus products were included in the Trump…

Peruvian Tahiti lime exports exceed $ 6.2 million in 2019

According to data from the Agrodata Peru website, Peru exported 6,852,007 kilos of Tahiti limes for an FOB value of $ 6,269,729 during the first nine months of 2019. These…

Start of citrus campaign in Andalusia marked by bad weather

The 2019-2020 citrus harvesting campaign has started in Andalusia, marked by weather conditions that have taken a negative toll on the flowering period and, therefore, on the production. This has been revealed in the latest report prepared by the Prices Observatory of the Council of Agriculture,…

Spanish clementines from Castellon lose US market

The tariffs that US President Donald Trump has imposed on European agro-food products have caused the Spanish province of Castellon to stop exporting clementines to the United States this year. The last two exporters that were shipping citrus fruits to the US market, Bagú and Nulexport, have decided to…

New non-GMO seedless lemons to be released Nov. 2019

Wonderful Seedless Lemons, a naturally seedless, Non-GMO ProjectVerified variety of lemon, is now rolling out in produce aisles at grocery stores across the U.S. and online at Amazon Fresh. Wonderful Seedless Lemons will be available in limited supply in year one, launching seasonally this November…

Brazilian citrus supply to increase

The availability of citrus fruits should increase in the market of São Paulo State in November. Besides the harvesting of late oranges, the supply of tahiti lime should also…

Lemon and avocado groves escape from California’s Maria fire

This past Friday, the Maria fire hit Santa Paula, home to Limoneira’s headquarters and the company’s thousands of acres of lemons and avocados. “The fire was on the south side of the river and fortunately, it stayed there,” says John Chamberlain with Limoneira. “Although largely dry, the riverbed is…

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…

Russia sends mandarins back to Turkey due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Rosselhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, detected dangerous pests in 370 tons of mandarins imported from Turkey in 16…

A 6.5 million euro budget assigned to promote lemons in Spain, France, Germany, USA, and Canada

Producers, cooperatives, industries, and manufacturers united in the Interprofessional association, AILIMPO, have secured EU funding to launch the most ambitious promotion,…

Lemons and avocados

Southern California blaze threatens orchards

A fast-moving scrub fire threatened orchards, oil fields and homes while displacing thousands of residents in Southern California last Friday. The only good news was that diminishing winds helped fire crews tame a rash of wildfires elsewhere across the state. The latest in a spate of conflagrations…

Peel color and fruit quality in navel oranges under different storage methods

Fruit color is one important trait that largely determines the quality of navel orange fruits. Scientists at Jiangxi Agricultural University (Nanchang, China) have evaluated…

Turkey: 7th International Citrus Festival in Mersin

Mersin, a city located in southern Turkey, hosted the 7th International Citrus Festival for two days on November 2 & 3. The festival used 100 tons of citrus for decoration. On the coastline, 30 figures were displayed. The citrus theme was also used in a fashion show and a gastro show. Festival Executive…

"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…

California citrus: early fruit with good quality

Early with a strong showing. That’s the trend for California citrus this season as crops are beginning early but coming out with good quality supplies. Conventional mandarins: Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca. notes that conventional mandarins started the season 10 days earlier than…

Mexico: 300,000 tons of citrus at risk in Tamaulipas, due to drought

The Union of Citrus Farmers in Tamaulipas has reported that some 300,000 tons of citrus are at risk. The producer organization has asked the government for support to save this season's fruit harvest. “We asked the government to continue supporting the citrus industry. We are mainly asking for support to…

Price stability for citrus in Spanish Region of Valencia

According to sources from the Lonja de Valencia, sales in the citrus market continue at a good pace and the harvest is being carried out as the fruit ripens. Orange prices…

Del Monte presents its new pink lemonade

The Venezuelan company Del Monte Andina CA, which was founded more than 59 years ago, has presented its new refreshing drink, Limonada Rosada Taf, which is now part of the…

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…

"Production volume increased, product quality stable"

"Sha Tin pomelos aimed at Southeast Asian market"

"The pomelo production areas are widely distributed across China. There is an abundance of product varieties as well. One of the most popular varieties is the Sha Tin pomelo.…

Price of Chinese 'Chu oranges' from Xinping County continues to rise

The growing popularity of Chu oranges in recent years has drawn attention to the "hometown of Chu oranges", which is Xinping County in Yuxi City, Yunnan. The oranges from…

William Willems, Central Fruit

"Spanish citrus quality is much better than last year"

The South African orange season is coming to an end, but according to William Willems of Central Fruit, the Spanish oranges will be ready during next week. “This year we are going to have a nice switch from the South African to the Spanish season with regard to orange supply. Maybe we will have a few days…

Reduction in production of Spanish Clemenules shortens campaign by a month

The general secretary of the Unió de Llauradors, Carles Peris, said that the citrus harvest in Castellón is developing "at a good pace," with high quality fruit and good calibers. However, he warns that this year's Clemenules harvest will come to an end on December 20; that is, almost a month before last…

Sesame Street's 50th anniversary

Limited time "Party Mode" Cookie Monster Mandarin packaging

Classic Harvest is now shipping limited edition Sesame Street Anniversary eat brighter!™ mandarins nationally. Classic Harvest’s sweet, juicy eat brighter!™ mandarins - featuring the Cookie Monster character celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street. Cookie Monster leads the charge with eating mandarins from…

Frozen characters used to encourage children's fruit consumption in Germany and Austria

SanLucar is launching an “icy, royal” promotional campaign at the points of sale to celebrate the movie release this winter. The main focus of the campaign is on mandarins, lemons, oranges andpersimmons. Stickers and labels attached to these products show the image of the lovely Snow Queen Elsa and her…

Due to elevated pesticide levels

Bosnia Herzegovina denies entry to 21 tons of Turkish tangerines

Last Monday, the phytosanitary inspection office of Republika Srpska (RS), one of the entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has forbidden the import of 21 tons of tangerines…

Citrus harvest in Spanish province of Cordoba expected to fall by 8 to 15%

The lack of rainfall in the Vega del Guadalquivir is the main factor behind the expected reduction of the citrus harvest in Cordoba, whose campaign is about to start. The official prospect is that the campaign will come to an end with a production totaling 350,047 tons, which is 30,093 less than in the…

Citrus Australia opposes government increases to export fees and charges

Citrus Australia has rejected the Federal Government’s proposal to raise fees for export certification by as much as 277 percent, a move that would cost the average grower…

Orri mandarin presents a new image

The Orri Running Committee (ORC) presented the new image of the Orri premium mandarin variety as part of a new communication and marketing strategy of the Orri Tangerine…

Florida citrus welcomes boost in citrus quality

Florida citrus growers are optimistic about what they’re seeing on their trees this season. “With grapefruit, we’re seeing very similar numbers as far as volume as last year. But the quality—it’s probably the best quality I’ve seen in several years,” says GT Parris of Seald Sweet in Vero Beach, Fl. “Our…

Honduras produces 100,000 tons of citrus

According to the representative of the Regional International Agency for Agricultural Food Health (Oirsa) in Honduras, Moises Molina, the country is producing 100 thousand…

Detlev Köster, Johann Köster GmbH & Co. KG:

"We have sunshine right now, so nobody wants to eat citrus fruits"

The Spanish citrus season is slowly but surely starting: The first clementines are already available in the German trade - but the demand is still sluggish due to the good weather. Nevertheless, the people at Köster Fruchtgroßhandel in Lilienthal (near Bremen) are pleased with the arrival of the first shipments…

Will this affect the price of oranges this year?

Chinese Navel orange orchards suffer from drought

Ganzhou City in Jiangxi Province is known as the "world's hometown of oranges". This is one of the most important Navel orange production areas in China. The production area…

Michel and Veronique Sallin from Florida-based IMG Citrus:

“We are re-introducing the white grapefruit into the U.S.”

Two-hundred years ago, French native Count Odet Phillipe introduced the grapefruit into Florida. The original grapefruit didn’t look like the grapefruit we usually see in stores today: the flesh was white instead of red. The white grapefruit is the original grapefruit, and Veronique and Michel Sallin,…

Florida Department of Citrus tax rate still under debate

The Florida Citrus Commission continues to discuss the current season budget and grower tax rates for the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). Commission Chairman Ellis Hunt…

California Citrus Mutual election results finalized

Last week, the ballots for the 2019-2020 CCM Board of Directors were counted and Julia Inestroza and Maribel Nenna were elected to fill vacancies in Tulare County.  Directors Carlos…

"Chinese pomelo exports increased this year"

The official opening of a new pomelo production season in China took place several months ago. The price was not ideal at the beginning of the production season and showed a downward trend once the season was under way, but now the price is gradually recovering. Mr. Wen of Pinghe County Li Peng Fruit…

Florida Citrus Commission explores tax increase on orange growers

The Florida Citrus Commission is considering new orange juice marketing programs to kick-start sales of the state's new orange crop. According to omny.fm, the program could…

Australian citrus industry could boom further in Far North Queensland

Lime growers on Queensland's Atherton Tableland are afraid that a lack of export opportunities will stifle future growth of the region's growing citrus industry. Citrus fruits bring in about $55 million annually to the region, and more growers are looking to tap into the industry to complement their…

Good start to the citrus export season in Turkey

Turkey exported 132.941 tons of citrus in the period between September 1 - October 15. In return, the country earned 64,376,581 USD (57.8 million Euro). The top three citrus export products were lemons, mandarins and grapefruits. According to the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association's (DKIB) figures,…

US - Texas

Citrus Greening Quarantine expands to Brazoria & Galveston Counties

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, te citrus greening quarantine has expanded to Brazoria and Galveston counties. Citrus greening - a devastating…

Saudi authorities again holding Turkish goods at customs

Saudi relations with Turkey became strained following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. Now Saudi Arabia is reported to…

The Sicilian clementine campaign has started

The citrus fruit campaign in south-eastern Sicily has started with clementine varieties such as Monreal. They are indeed seeded, but continue to be appreciated by the Italian market for their very aromatic flesh.  FreshPlaza talked about it with agronomist and expert Angelo Migliorisi. "The season is rather peculiar,…

200 Spanish citrus growers denounced for non-payment of 1 million Euro in royalties

The commercial company Sando Clementine, which owns the rights of the Sando variety, has denounced 200 citrus growers, 95% of them based in Castellón, for the non-payment of…

World Citrus Organization launched at Fruit Attraction

The newly founded World Citrus Organization (WCO) was officially launched at Fruit Attraction, Madrid. With this official presentation, citrus fruits are finally placed at the same level of coordination worldwide as other fruit categories, such as pears & apples, kiwis, avocado or red fruits, which…

Dry rot causes concern as Louisiana's citrus harvest gets underway

Louisiana citrus growers have raised concerns regarding the amount of dry rot in fruit they're seeing this year. Dr. Raj Singh, from LSU AgCenter, says growers have noticed a…

Grupo Campo Verde on entering the Japanese market this year:

“We are the only Peruvian company to export Satsuma mandarins to Japan”

Peru’s fruit exports have been increasing in the past few years and they have been successfully developing their international markets and becoming a strong competitor of other Latin American countries. Grupo Campo Verde is a Peruvian export company that works with three main products: avocados, Valencia…

Search for alternative routes for citrus fruit exports to the EU due to roadblocks in Catalonia

Roadblocks in Catalonia, carried out in protest of the ruling against separatist leaders, have caused some agro-food cooperatives to start looking for alternative routes for…

Turkish Satsuma mandarin exports start

Turkey opened the 2019/20 export season for Satsuma mandarins on October 18. Yields are lower this year, however there will be no decrease in mandarin exports, said Aegean…

Spanish orange producers only receive 14% of the final price

According to a study carried out by the organizations that make up the Union of Unions, with data from the Food Chain Observatory, the producer receives an average of 30% of what the final consumer pays for agricultural products. In the case of oranges and mandarins the situation "is much worse", because…

Australian and US imports are down

"Quality of imported Egyptian oranges improves"

In recent years, China has granted permission to a growing number of countries for direct export to the Chinese market. As a result, the Chinese import volume of oranges grows year by year. The oranges available in the Chinese market has also become more varied every year. Manager Zhong Hui of GoGo…

South African citrus exporters present citrus "lobby" to exert influence on the EU

South Africa is taking action and responding to the attempts to force its oranges to go through the same controls as the fruit from Valencia. And it is doing it in a big way. Next Tuesday, October 22, within the framework of Fruit Attraction (the biggest Spanish fruit and vegetable fair, where almost the…

Jochen Blust, Früchte Blust KG:

"In the coming season I will probably not be able to get cherries anymore"

From plums, nuts and cherries to vegetables, everything within a radius of 50 to 80 km can be sourced from the Kaiserstuhl. These particular regional products are the specialties of the fruit wholesaler Blust from Freiburg. "We are a very regional wholesaler; this is highly valued here in the area and by…

"Taiwanese grapefruit production declined by 20% because of excessive rainfall"

Taiwanese grapefruits are currently entering the market. The harvest season begins every year in September, under normal weather conditions, and continues until late October. Mr. Kimi of Gama International Co., Ltd. explained the current condition of the grapefruit market in Taiwan. "This year the…

Why is the once popular Chinese pomelo now in trouble?

The harvest season of pomelos begins around Mid-Autumn Festival [13 September 2019]. And this is the time of year when pomelos enter the market in large volumes. This year,…

Taiwan seeks to return to Japan's hirami lemon market

Taiwan is making a strong push to return to the expanding Japanese market for a citrus fruit that is considered a health product. Hu Jong-i, director general of the Agriculture and Food Agency under the Council of Agriculture has stated that Taiwan, that previously exported hirami lemon juice to Japan…

Brazilian Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice increases by 30% in 2019-20 season

For the last three months, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) Equivalent have been increasing. Between July and September 2019 (2019/20 crop), Brazil…

The CVVP announced it would manage the new Kibi Gold and Red Kibi kiwi varieties

Leanri mandarin yields first harvest - Summer Prim lemon's will come in spring

the new variety of late mandarin Leanri, managed by the CVVP, will yield its first production, estimated at 600,000 kilos, this season. Said production will be sent to the European market before the Premium mandarin campaign. In addition, the lemon Summer Prim will have its firstmarketable production next…

Pakistan Horticulturist Chaudhry Ahmad Jawad:

‘Kinnow exports may hit around 400,000 tons in coming season’

Former Chairman of FPCCI Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports and renowned Horticulturist, Chaudhry Ahmad Jawad has expressed hope that kinnow exports may hit around…

Mexican lime producers are looking for new markets

The intense drought recorded during the first half of 2019 in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas has hurt the production of Italian limes. Prices have plummeted and it's been difficult to export this citrus to the United States. “There is demand for the product so far, but this year the price per ton has…

'Consumption orange juice is dropping at slower rate'

An annual report on global orange juice consumption, based on data from CitrusBR (Brazilian Orange Juice Exporters Association), Tetra Pak, Euromonitor International, Planet…

Californian navel crop is back to good sizes

This year, the California navel orange crop looks better than it did in 2018, a year when so much of the crop was never harvested due to poor sizing. UCANR Kern County…

IMG Citrus celebrates 40th anniversary in Florida citrus industry

IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically-integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, is celebrating its 40 years of business. Their Florida Citrus business began in 1979 when Michel Sallin, IMG Citrus President, traveled to Florida seeking investment opportunities in agriculture.…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"Hardly any supply and high prices for limes after two lean years"

"It has not been easy in the lime market for the past two years. As a result, many people do not want to get their fingers burnt," notes Marcel Verdellen of Satori Holland. "At the moment there is hardly any supply on the market. Prices are between 9 and 10 euros, so if you have limes, you are currently…

South African parasitoid is effective against the cotonet de les Valls in citrus

In the framework of the collaboration agreement signed between the Council of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Government of…

China: "Gannan Navel orange season opens for orders"

"The Gannan Navel oranges did not absorb enough moisture this production season because the production areas suffered from drought late in the year. Many oranges are quite small and the overall production volume slightly declined in comparison with 2018. However, the market price is not expected to…

Spanish supermarkets betting on domestic citrus

After the complaints of agricultural associations during the previous citrus campaign, when fruit of other origins, such as South Africa, was available on Spanish shelves…

Corsican clementine supply down 15%

The volumes of clementines from Corsica are 15% down on last year. “Because the quantities are small, the campaign will only last until the end of December. There won’t be any left in January,” explains Armand Fabre of the company Armand Fabre. The marketing of the clementines from Corsica will begin in…

Pakistan's exporters oppose minimum purchase price

Uniform rate for kinnows could jeopardise exports

Pakistan’s local Punjab government has fixed a uniform rate of Rs1,000 per mound for kinnow fruit. Declaring the decision taken by the Sargodha Deputy Commissioner as an…

Cédric Geens, W. Jockheere

"Florida grapefruit a little late to market, thanks to Hurricane Dorian”

“We are currently in an intermediate phase when it comes to fruit. A week ago, we ended with the summer fruit. In recent weeks, we still had an outstanding period of Spanish melons and stone fruit. Now, however, that has completely run its course," says Cédric Geens of the Belgian importer, W.…

U.S. tariffs will affect Spanish citrus fruits starting October 18

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has officially authorized the rise of US tariffs on European products, valued at 7.5 billion dollars, in response to the aid that Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom provided to the giant of the Airbus aeronautics. Said tariffs will affect the community…

Pakistan: Orange orchards drying up in Lower Dir district

Hundreds of orange orchards have dried up in the Rabat area of Lower Dir due to which the owners of the crops have been deprived of their cash crop. Meanwhile, persimmon orchards in the area have been damaged by bats. There were originally hundreds of orange and persimmon orchards in the Lower Dir…

Alfons Royo, from Royo Fruits:

Spain: "Demand for clementines set to outstrip supply this year"

The citrus campaign in the south of Tarragona has begun with the first Oronules and Orogros clementines. Producers expect a decline of nearly 40% in the harvest volumes in this producing area, which concentrates a large area of clementines and tangerines, In some areas, the decrease will amount to more…

Schliecker Fruchthandel: "Prices will gradually drop until late October"

Spanish citrus and kaki campaign slowly gaining momentum

The supply of Spanish citrus fruits and kakis is now expanding at a rapid pace. Just over a week ago, the first kakis from Spain arrived at Bremen's wholesale market. "The season started - as usual - very high priced, but until the end of the month, prices for both products will gradually drop," said Britta…

Heat delays orange harvest in Huelva, Cordoba and Seville

As reported by the coordinator of the technical services of Asaja Seville, Antonio Caro, the orange harvest in this Andalusian province will be delayed by a couple of weeks due to the heat that has been recorded recently which is preventing the fruit's ripening and the change in color that is needed for…

Turkey: Mugla exported 4000 tons of lemons this season

Mugla, a city located in southwestern Turkey, produces GlobalGAP certified Interdonato lemons. Producers sell these certified lemons under contracts to be exported to Europe.…

Colombia proposes eradicating 1,500 hectares of citrus affected by the yellow dragon

Agrosavia and the Ministry of Agriculture have raised a proposal to eradicate at least 1,500 hectares of citrus crops in the department of Atlantico, especially of lemon…

Sunkist grows fresh fruit sales team

Sunkist Growers have made some sales team changes. Jeff Gaston has been promoted to Managing Director of North American Sales, while Brian Slagel will take on the new role of Director of Southeastern Sales. Sunkist is also pleased to announce that Timothy Forseth will be joining the sales team as…

Carrefour Brasil incorporates blockchain for the traceability of premium oranges

As reported by the Bitcoinfeed and TIinside, media, Carrefour, the international supermarket chain, has announced that it will carry out the traceability of oranges harvested and sold in its supermarkets in Brazil through the use of blockchain.  According to the media outlets, the idea is to guarantee the…

John Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

“Fewer clementines mean fast picking and trading”

Several weeks ago, John Gijbels of Euro Gijbels traded in the Campine region in Belgium for Catalonia in Spain. He is there supervising his company's Spanish citrus cultivation. "I have left behind the sale office in Geel for the time being. Currently, I am fully involved in the citrus orchards and…

Mexico has lost 20,000 hectares of citrus due to the drought

The prolonged drought that has hit the Mexican state of Veracruz has caused the loss of at least 20,000 hectares of citrus. According to Marcelino Bustos Castillo, the…

USDA releases citrus crop forecast

On Thursday, the USDA released its initial crop forecast for the 2019-20 citrus season. Citrus is an important item for the Florida produce industry and Florida as a state. In recent times, there has been a lot of concern about movement of the product and exports coming in, as well as effects still…

US: Current volume low on mandarins and clementines

This year’s domestic supplies of mandarins and clementines are getting underway with some lower supplies. “The supply situation is very different from last year at this time where we had an oversupply,” says Veronique Sallin with IMG Citrus in Vero Beach, Fl. She notes that Florida is just starting with…

Spanish retailer Mercadona selling foreign oranges as temporary solution

With the arrival of autumn, complaints start arriving at Mercadona's fresh produce section. This week, the Valencian supermarket chain received a wave of criticism on social…

The campaign will be shorter than usual

Spanish grapefruit production fell 26% in 2019/20 campaign, down to 60,740tn

The Spanish trade association AILIMPO estimates the grapefruit harvest of the 2019/2020 season at 60,740 tons. This means that the supply of this fruit will be considerably reduced…

Lemons from Sichuan - good volumes despite extreme weather

Sichuan is one of the most important lemon producing areas in China. The new lemon harvest will start in early October, around the same time as last year. The lemons suffered from extreme weather conditions during the growing season. Mr. Jiang Minghai of Shanghai Sea Fruit Trading Co., Ltd. explained the…

Orange market has recently been stable

Small oranges as a result of drought in Chinese orchards

Orange sales flourished during the holidays, but the drought in several major production areas still continues. The fruit size is relatively small in comparison with the same…

Customs barrier for Turkish mandarins destined to Iraq

Customs officials at the Habur Border Gate stopped Turkish mandarins destined for Iraq, allegedly due to their green color. 80-90 trucks of citrus were sent back and Yuregir Chamber of Agriculture's Chairman Mehmet, Akin Dogan, has asked the Ministry of Trade for a solution. Producers in Yuregir, Adana,…

Citrus Australia launches protective screenhouse to prevent HLB

Auscitrus has strengthened its capacity to protect the nation’s budwood supplies from disease, focusing specifically on any future incursion of HLB, with the completion of its new protective screenhouse. Grower levies, through Hort Innovation, funded the new climate-controlled structure, which will house…

Spanish grapefruit forecast estimates -26% drop in supply, prices expected to increase

AILIMPO's grapefruit production estimate for the 2019/2020 season indicates a crop forecast in Spain of 60,740 tons, a figure which means a significant drop of -26% in supply this year due to weather conditions. This crop volume allows the sector to face this new season with optimism. The global reduction…


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