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China: How did Shatang and Wo oranges spread so quickly across the country?

The Shatang orange is a relatively early-season product variety. The orange gradually expanded its market share over more than 10 years and is already well-known throughout…

Leo Pels:

“Larger citrus production globally is our biggest competitor”

Large or small harvests, large or small sizes: it doesn’t matter either way to Leo Pels of the Dutch import company of the same name. In his long career in citrus, he’s seen it all. He prefers taking a step back and looking at the larger trends now seen on the citrus market: overproduction, (too)…

Warm autumn curbs start of citrus season

The warm autumn weather in the Netherlands and Belgium resulted in a difficult start to the Spanish citrus season; demand lagged. Yet David Remy of the Belgian wholesaler’s and importer Jacques Remy isn’t pessimistic. He expects a season with good quality and a larger volume to market. “We do our own importing from Spain under our…

Argentina: The San Miguel citrus company receives a $100 million-dollar financing

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, BID Invest, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, and Rabobank will finance San Miguel, the largest citrus exporter in the southern hemisphere, with US $100 million. This financing will complement San Miguel's capital structure, whose export…

US: Bill is potentially a $25 million step forward for citrus

Citrus has been under siege in the United States. Research to combat the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the deadly greening disease it spreads, Huanglongbing (HLB), has been…

Market supply unable to meet demand

China: Wei orange becomes "dark horse" of citrus market

The Wei orange is produced in "China's hometown of late-season oranges"--Meishan Prefecture in Sichuan. The orange variety was established by the overseas Chinese researcher, Dr. Wei Gang, who returned from England. This late-season variety is a new variation introduced from Japan and it began to…

Russia tightens control of Turkish citrus fruit imports

Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture imposed extra controls on Turkish citrus fruit imports, reports newspaper Sözcü. The Ministry said it held meetings with Turkish officials…

Dramatically different situations for Florida and Brazilian citrus

When compared to last season’s output, expected orange production this season is dramatically different in both Florida and Brazil. Florida up The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s November forecast…

Medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed on oranges, tangerines

Trump administration approves antibiotic residue on citrus fruit

The Trump administration has approved a maximum level of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed in citrus fruits. The Environmental Protection Agency…

“This situation this season is more rational than the last”

China: "Yunnan Xinping Chu orange enters the market in bulk"

Xinping County, Yunnan Province is a famous Chu orange planting base. After years of development, the “Chu Orange” has brought Yunnan's sugar orange production into a fairly mature stage with its excellent quality and taste. The total output has reached more than 1 million tons. Xinping County has also…

Zimbabwe: Citrus producers urge government to remove trade barriers

Citrus producers in the southern part of Zimbabwe have asked policymakers and authorities to fast track the implementation of export measures. Their main focus is on removing…

Citrus Management Committee calls for streamlined border crossings

Spain: French blockades affecting citrus campaign

The Citrus Management Committee (CGC) has called on the Spanish Ministry of Public Works to urgently streamline the border crossing procedures in La Jonquera and Irún, after these were closed by the Guardia Civil following the protests by the French 'yellow vests'. In the same line, it has asked the…

Chile: Korean supermarket E-Mart visits lemon orchards

Last week, the people responsible for purchasing fresh fruit for E-Mart, the largest retailer chain in South Korea, visited lemon orchards in the area of Curacavi. During the tour they were told about the coordinated work that the Citrus Committee carries out in the citrus sector regarding: research to…

PlanetProof Citrus from South Africa

A few years ago, Jaguar the fresh company and SMK jointly invested in an On the Way to PlanetProof standard for the cultivation of Citrus in South Africa. A standard which is…

‘Staggering’ financial and management costs of CBS measures are disproportionate to the risk

Rigid EU stance on CBS overburdens South African citrus industry

The scientific dispute between the EU and the South African citrus industry has again resulted in stalemate as the latter’s three proposals to manage citrus black spot (CBS) in a more financially and environmentally sustainable manner were summarily rejected. This season there were two interceptions of CBS among…

Jolene Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

“The time around Sinterklaas are top weeks for clementines”

“Each year, around Sinterklaas (5th December when Dutch children receive presents) , we see a peak in demand for clementines. We are currently in the top weeks for citrus”, says Jolene Gijbels at Euro Gijbels' location in Spain. This Belgian company mainly cultivates its own product. It also cooperates…

More competition for Spanish citrus

The overseas season for tangerines is lasting longer every year. Competition from other Mediterranean countries is increasing, and the water supply in many Spanish regions is challenging. These are three fronts on which the Spanish sector has to come up with solutions. Albert den Braven from Zoutewelle…

Citrus from third countries and abusive royalties blamed for it

Spain: Citrus prices fall by an average of 23% compared to last season

The Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has carried out a study quantifying the losses of the first part of the citrus campaign, which they estimate at 130 million Euro. 65% of this figure ​​(85 million) is blamed on an anomalous market situation caused by the massive presence of fruit from third…

Mexico: Michoacan will produce more than one million tons of lime

There are more than 71,219 hectares devoted to citrus crops in the state of Michoacan, which produce more than 1,300,000 tons of citrus products, where Mexican and Persian…

Price drops

China: Pomelo market loses balance between demand and supply

The pomelo price showed a downward trend in the market this week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, the pomelo market lost a balance between demand…

Corsica: clementine harvest halted due to yellow vests

Corsican clementines are much consumed during holidays in Cosica. However, they will most likely be scarce. Indeed, because of the movement of yellow vests, nearly 700 tons of…

The comparative analysis by the president of Consorzio Euroagrumi, Salvatore Rapisarda

Orange production: more bananas and apples than oranges

Salvatore Rapisalda is the president of the Consorzio Euroagrumi, and he told to FreeshPlaza: “Until the beginning of the 80s, orange was the most consumed fruit in the world, surpassing bananas for almost three million tons. By that time, indeed, the oranges produced were 40 million tons while bananas…

Orafrizer: an outlook on citrus fruit production and export

Italy: Promoting Sicilian red-oranges

The last citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was extremely positive. However, this year the volumes are not the same as last year. This is mainly because of the Tristeza (CTV) effects and of the heavy and persistent rains which devastated the Western-Sicilian production areas. Despite all these issues,…

Spain leads the European citrus market

The citrus production in the 2018/2019 campaign, which started just a few weeks ago and will last until May or June, is expected to reach around 7,292,692 tons. This entails…

163 M€ lost in first part of Valencia's citrus campaign

After holding a meeting, the representatives of the citrus sector within the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) have decided to organize protests and demand measures to counteract "the current dire situation that the citrus sector is going through as far as the incomes of citrus…

Mexico: Zacatecas will strengthen its lemon sector

On Tuesday, the producers of lemons from Trinidad Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas, were visited by Governor Alejandro Tello who pledged to strengthen the lemon sector, which currently generates hundreds of jobs, and who said he would work so that producers obtain a health certification to increase exports…

China: First wholesale export of Xiangshan Red Beauty oranges

Xiangshan Dachang Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. received a pre-order from Singapore for 5000 boxes of Red Beauty oranges. The harvest season of Xiangshan "Red Beauty"…

California kumquat season begins with a flourish

Cooler weather initiated an earlier start to the kumquat season in California this year. Growers began harvesting a week earlier than usual as the cooler temperatures quickened the deepening of the fruit color. Overall though, weather conditions have been favorable, particularly in the desert regions. "Our kumquat harvest…

AU: The exercise boosting New South Wales' preparedness for Citrus Canker

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is expected to release an official report into a mock exercise in dealing with the state's potential response to an outbreak of Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) later this month. Exercise Orange Juice was held in October in Griffith and was…

Syrian government providing financial support to boost citrus exports

A senior official in the Syrian Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade revealed a plan to support the current citrus season by providing financial facilities for each shipment…

Farm Bill negotiations indicate big wins for US citrus

Leading farm bill negotiators in the House and Senate have announced that they have reached an “agreement in principle”. This fuels hopes that a final deal will be made before…

Thanos Bobos:

“Greece needs a more liberal course”

Thanos Bobos, the 70 year old president of the Greek cooperative Argeas, has major plans for the future of the company. The assortment has to become more extensive, besides oranges and tangerines, he has already started with the export of strawberries and watermelons as well. Yet he’s also worried about…

Argentina wants to prevent EU from imposing more barriers on its citrus

The citrus producers entrepreneurs grouped in Federcitrus, together with technicians of the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality (Senasa), will hold meetings with phytosanitary technicians from the European Union to stop the imposition of new barriers to the entry of citrus fruit into this…

"Production volume similar to last year"

China: Market demand for Eureka lemon reaches stable position

Tongnan County in Chongqing, China, is located on latitude 30 degrees north. The annual average temperature is 17.9℃. The soil is slightly acidic and suitable for irrigation. It is one of the world's three largest lemon production areas, along with California in the USA and Sicily in Italy. The lemon…

China: So Orange makes impression at Asia Fruit and Veg Expo

The 2018 Asia Fruit and Vegetable Exposition, in its 11th edition, took place at the Shanghai National Conference Center between November 21st and 23rd. This 3-day exposition attracted more than 440 participants from the USA, the Netherlands, Japan, France, and 26 other countries, as well as more than 40…

Due to low yield and quality problems

Pakistani traders cut kinnow export targets

Pakistani traders have set a kinnow export target for the current year at 325,000 tons, which is 50,000 tons less compared to last year, owing to low competitiveness, mounting…

Egypt prepares for citrus export rush into rest of Africa

Egyptian container shipping line Transmar will be spearheading the export drive of lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits and especially oranges, using containers from its…

Freshmax Australia invests in seedless citrus production

Freshmax Australia has recently made significant strides in its ongoing 40Ha planting program of Tangold Seedless™ mandarins on their own farm in Swan Hill. With an initial 20Ha now in the ground, and a further 20Ha planned for the next 18 months, this move will further diversify the Swan Hill property’s…

Cuties mandarin brand launches holiday promotion

Mandarin brand Cuties® launched its holiday promotion – Spread the Cheer – encouraging people to share their favorite ways to give back, while also giving them the chance to…

Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Pakistan to raise kinnow exports to China to 50,000-80,000 tons

This Wednesday, Shamsul Islam Khan, Member Managing Committee of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) stated that Pakistani manufacturers, businessmen and…

Bhutan: Exporters expect better mandarin business

In Bhutan’s southern border town of Phuentsholing, the export of mandarin has started in and exporters are expecting to do much better this season. The trade started late, so…

University also looking to improve laser technology

UF/IFAS event combines latest citrus varieties with new breeding research

Citrus growers can see if they want to grow the latest varieties from UF/IFAS breeders -- and then learn more about commercializing crops – all on Dec. 4 at the University of…

Orri is still Israel's main citrus export

“The prices of Orri have stabilized at a certain level. They are not sky-high, but it is still a good level”, says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. “However, since the Orri production costs are so high, farmers need crops of a certain level to cover these. If your average yield is below, let’s say, 25 tons…

Citrus fruit: the dynamics between producers and markets

Next week, December will start, which means that we will get to the heart of the Italian citrus fruit campaign. The season has just ended in the southern hemisphere – it was characterised by a tendency to focus on late supplies. We contacted Salvo Laudani, the Freshfel Europe vice-president, in order to better understand…

Italy: novel Italian citrus fruits for the German market

Stefano Restuccia is the marketing manager for the Sicilian Red Co.p PO and he said to FreshPlaza, “We have just started the Tarocco marketing campaign with the harvesting of the produce coming from early ripening areas where we farm the Tarocco Nocellare and the Tarocco 2062. In this way, we can package…

Spain: La Ribera Alta requests withdrawal of 250,000 tons of low-caliber citrus

The Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta has recently approved a resolution asking the Council of Agriculture to withdraw between 200,000 and 250,000 tons of low-caliber citrus from…

Brazil: Orange juice exports decreased by 21% from July to October

On Monday, the National Association of Exporters of Citrus Juices (CitrusBR) stated that Brazilian exports of orange juice fell by 21% in volume and by 16% in revenue in the…

UK: Popularity of the 'yuzu' is growing

As a fruit, oranges are traditionally associated with Christmas, but this year some people would really like to find a yuzu in their stocking. The Japanese fruit has become so…

Totai Citrus

Bolivia's growing importance in international lemon markets

“Nowadays Totai Citrus is exporting fresh lemons to Europe (Netherlands, England, Italy), Uruguay and Hong Kong. We are also looking forward to exporting to the Japanese market. In addition, we are working to open the fresh fruit market in China, France, Germany, Canada and the USA. In South America, we…

Despite SA Citrus efforts

"EU remains aggressively protectionist on Citrus Black Spot"

Despite one of South Africa’s best seasons on record in terms of preventing Citrus Black Spot (CBS) symptoms on fruit arriving at EU borders, the European Union seems…

French overseas departments and territories:

Destruction of a citrus nursery at Gros-Morne

State services have announced the destruction of thousands of citrus plants in Gros-Morne, in Martinique. This measure concerns 47 citrus trees planted and 6,000 citrus plants…

Italy: Spanish competition is an obstacle for the Sicilian Lemon

The Sicilian lemon campaign started a few weeks ago. Yet, immediately, Spanish competition represented quite an obstacle on the European market. The Sicilian agribusiness expert Salvatore Magliocco pointed out that “this year, we have been facing a tough situation with the Spanish competitor. The European markets were…

Spain: Citrus production to grow by 10%

The citrus production in Spain this campaign will reach the 7,292,692 tons, a greater volume than those recorded in the five previous seasons. This has been revealed in the…

US: Citrus doing well in Southeast Georgia

Georgia is well-known as “The Peach State,” but a different fruit crop continues to find a home here. Franklin’s Citrus Farm says their fifth crop of Satsumas will be their…

South African Lona Group approaches agriculture in an innovative way

Fruit is king when it comes to South Africa’s agricultural economy. And the Lona Group is providing a platform for progression across South Africa, approaching agriculture in…

Alfons Royo, manager of Royo Fruits:

"Delay in harvest and rain will extend the Clemenules campaign"

"We started harvesting the first Clemenules at the end of October. The fruit's ripening is about fifteen days behind, so the rains recorded a month ago have not taken a toll on the quality. If the fruit had been ripe, the damage would have been much greater," explains Alfons Royo, manager of Frutas Royo,…

"It is very difficult to trade Moroccan citrus on the free market"

The current market for Moroccan mandarins is definitely not smooth. "We had a difficult start with the Clementines. Just as was the case with Spain, the supply only started two or three weeks later. There was a shortage of rain during the hot summer months. However, in recent weeks harvesting was…

Stelios Lykoskoufis:

“Exporting outside of the EU would be a good adventure”

The early start of the orange harvest is the only remarkable thing about the Greek season, according to Stelios Lykoskoufis and George Sellis. The old-school trader has been active in the sector for quite some years. Unfortunately, the export of leafy tangerines is no longer allowed, and the sector is…

Spain: Protests organized by the citrus sector

The CCOO Industry Union and the Industry, Construction and Agro Federation (FICA) of UGT have agreed to call for protests in Valencia. They are initially scheduled for…

Castellon, Region of Valencia

Spain: Citrus demand increases with the arrival of the cold

Despite the bad start of the campaign, marked by the massive entry of clementines from the southern hemisphere and the heavy rainfall that came later, cooperatives and…

China-Europe Railway Express train leaves from Wuhan

China: Dawn Red orange export from Yichang to Russia

A train full of delicious oranges from Yichang and mangoes from south China departed for Russia on November 22nd. The China-Europe Railway Express train left from Wuhan Station and will cross the border at Manzhouli. The train is expected to arrive in Irkutsk in 15 days. Fruit destined for transport to Russia The China-Europe Railway…

India: Punjab’s kinnow to beat Maharashtra’s orange

Kinnow growers of Punjab are looking forward to a bumper crop this season, due to some excellent spells of weather. Despite expecting surplus production, they are anticipating…

Citrus production in South Africa: A season of records

Despite water constraints and dry conditions in some major citrus-producing regions, South Africa’s citrus industry experienced a particularly good season this year. According to Justin…

Ronnie Motorman, Willem Dijk AGF:

"Orange prices acceptable, fewer large sizes"

According to Ronnie Motorman of Willem Dijk AGF the orange prices are at an acceptable level at the moment. "Larger sizes in particular have a better price. Nature has meant that there are less large sizes on the market compared to previous years. We expect a normal season with Elegant, just slightly…

China: Gannan Navel Orange Trade Center officially in business

The Gannan Navel Orange Trade Center officially opened for business on January 17th. The trade center is located in a new industrial park in Anyuan County, Ganzhou. This…

Turkey: Lemon prices drop as production increases

Mugla is an important city for citrus fruit production and exports in Turkey, but lemon prices in Mugla have dropped significantly as the production has increased by more than 50%. The production volume in the city is around 80,000 tons this year and the price at the grower has dropped to 0.10 USD per…

Florida citrus to make comeback

Steven Callaham, CEO of Dundee Citrus Growers Association, says the groves look great. He states that the Association is the largest fresh fruit cooperative in Polk County, with more than 200 citrus…

Israel: Larger quantity of lemons leads to competitive prices

Multiple countries have found their way at the start of their lemon season and it’s no different for Israel. Although lemons aren’t the country’s biggest product in terms of export, they do cultivate quite a large amount for local distribution. The know-how is there and opportunities for export of the…

Compatibility Chart

Chile's Citrus Committee leads project to reduce seeds in mandarins

Chile already has its own variety compatibility chart, which will allow decreasing the amount of seeds in mandarins, a growing requirement from export markets and consumers. Chile's Citrus…

India sees value in Cítricos Valencianos PGI

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 and 21, Feria Valencia hosted the third edition of the Go Global Congress, an event aimed at Valencian SME's interested in expanding in the international market. The Cítricos Valencianos PGI has participated for the first time and aims to open the Indian market. According to the…

China: Pomelos enter market in bulk but sales are slow

In south China, the mostly mountainous areas are suitable for all kinds of fruit plantations, and fruit is generally quite cheap. Take for example the pomelos that are currently entering the market in bulk. The price is low at only several cents per kg, and still traders are unable to sell them. Some of…

Northern Californian mandarins not affected by Camp Fire smoke

While the smoke from the Camp Fire has impacted the air quality, local mandarin farmers are reporting the fruit, which is just now coming into season, is unaffected and this year’s crop is good. At Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch, Chris Layton, said he hasn’t noticed any effect from the smoke on the fruit: “Our crop is…

“This Turkish citrus season is the worst in history”

The Turkish lemon season does not appear to be as good as some growers made it out to be. A combination of strong rivalry between Turkish exporters and the downswing of the Lira has made the situation very delicate. The fact that the calibers of the lemons started out rather small doesn’t help either. The season for…

Turkey: Hailstorms cause production losses in oranges

The orange harvest has started in Finike, Antalya, one of the most important orange production areas in Turkey. Finike Chamber of Agriculture Chairman, Halil Saricobanoglu, said: “Orange gardens in Finike cover 3,100 hectares and this year we expect around 200,000 tons of oranges. However due to hailstorms in the…

10% growth

Peru: More citrus exports expected in 2019

In 2019, Peruvian exports of citrus fruits (mandarins, tangelos, oranges, grapefruit and lemon) are expected to grow by 10% over the 180,239 tons dispatched in this year's…

Argentina: Entre Rios declares a phytosanitary emergency due to HLB

Through Decree 3757, the government of Entre Ríos declared a phytosanitary emergency due to the Huanglongbing (HLB) and urged producers and authorities to adopt and / or…

California navel season filled with small fruit

California’s navel orange season is looking to be the opposite of last year’s season. “We’ve got lots of small oranges in this year. Last year’s crop caused a heavier set and we’ve had an unusually warm fall. It’s been hot here in the valley,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. “We’ve…

Francesco Perri's opinions

The clementine situation

In the last few hours, sources from Coldiretti Calabria have been pointing out a difficult situation for the citrus fruit farming sector, especially regarding the clementine. The weather has been very unusual with widespread warmth and humidity. Among the damages, there is an increasing number of spoiled fruits which will…

Celebrating 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US

Next year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is celebrating 20 years of success for providing fresh citrus to the U.S. market. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2016, Summer Citrus from…

Pakistan kinnow harvest current season: plus 400,000 tons

The Citrus Research Institute Sargodha is making all-out efforts to aid Pakistani citrus growers, hoping that during the current season growers would get 25-40 percent better…

Turkey: Harvest of citrus fruit starts in East Black Sea region

The citrus fruit harvest has started in the East Black Sea region where citrus fruits are grown as alternative products in an area where hazelnuts are the main product for many growers. Other alternative products grown in the region are kiwi, strawberry and walnut. Persembe town in Ordu, a city located in northern…

Spain: Valencian citrus growers, on alert due to flooding

Citrus producers are concerned about the threat of the "pixat" and about the risk of mandarin skins being affected by the excess water; a result of the latest rains. In fact, the harvest has been delayed due to the flooding of fields in the Region of Valencia. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA) has…

"China will displace Canada as the fourth largest market"

Peru: Citrus exports to China increased by 51%

In the 2018 campaign, Peruvian citrus exports amounted to 180,239 tons, i.e. 8% more than the 166,616 tons exported in 2017, said the general manager of the Citrus Producers…

North East India:

State of Tripura focuses on marketing oranges

The Tripura government has planned to focus on marketing delicious and juicy oranges of the state. Furthermore, they see the orchards as a way of promoting tourism, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today after opening 6th Orange Festival at Killa of Gomati district. The Chief Minister began the festival by plucking…

Citrus brand invests in brand awareness ahead of California season

Cuties® mandarin brand said it has invested in marketing efforts to increase brand awareness and excitement in anticipation of the California Cuties season. In an effort to generate brand engagement…

India: Oranges and opium threaten Rajasthan Chief Minister

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has two important problems in her constituency Jhalrapatan, in Rajasthan: opium and oranges. Farmers of these cash crops claim that their demand for more licences to cultivate opium and the compensation for their orange farming losses due to hailstorm and drought in the…

Turkish lemon market stable, Spain’s issues create opportunities

The Turkish lemon market seems to be stabilizing after a rocky start. That shift comes just in time, as Spain is having issues with sizes and quality due to the weather. For Turkish exporter Aksun this news comes with opportunities, or at least makes the competition less fierce. Although the Turkish lemon season started…

Lieve Michielsen, Special Fruit

"Mediocre quality of Mexican limes as a result of rain"

"The lime prices are back at a normal level as a result of a lack of volume from Brazil. The restart of the Brazilian harvest starts next week and we expect a stable price until the end of December and  from then on," says Lieve Michielsen of Special Fruit. "At the moment Mexico is still on the market, but…

Peter Maes, Zeghers

“Spanish citrus getting more competition from Morocco”

“Last week' s citrus sales went smoothly. It is quieter this week", says Peter Maes of Zeghers. “Everything has been running very smoothly since the start of the season. Since…

The Taranto Gulf situation

Italy: difficult start for the clementine campaign

Recent data on climate change shows that this fall is the warmest in the last 100 years. This is an unusual situation that is proving to be very difficult for the citrus fruit season in the Taranto Gulf region – the land of the PGI clementine. The current weather makes harder for the fruit to reach the…

"Huge price gap between large and small-sized citrus fruits"

The Valencian company, the  Venser Group, has been marketing Navelina oranges for more than 3 weeks thanks to the harvest in areas south of Valencia, where the fruit ripens earlier. Also, they finished selling Oronules mandarins last week and are already working with the first Clemenules, a variety that will…

Demand kicks in for Spanish leaf clementines and oranges in southern Germany

"Availability of large citrus fruits currently low"

Although the temperatures in southern Germany are still too high, demand in the citrus sector is already satisfactory. On the Stuttgart wholesale market in particular, the leaf clementines and Navelina oranges can sell quite quickly. Despite the predominantly good fruit quality, large calibers are…

Shanghai, China

Chongming Island: First harvest of high-quality Jinsha oranges

The ‘Chongming Jinsha’ is a local brand of oranges from Shanghai's Chongming district. The bright-orange colored fruit boasts smooth, thin skin and sweet, juicy pulp. Gift…

California Citrus Network: Forum to facilitate communication and information exchange"

The University of California Cooperative Extension office is launching a new website for those involved in citrus production in California, from growers to academics. The…

2018 Valencia seasonal review:

Record Valencia crop gives southern African citrus exporters a full house of records

The record Valencia crop gives southern African citrus exporters a full house of records in terms of volumes packed and passed for export. The 2018 final packed figure of 54 million cartons slightly up on 2017’s 53.8 million. The Valencia Focus Group did a great job in estimating the final volume packed (after being…

Wilmington port welcomes first Moroccan citrus in US of the season

The Port of Wilmington Delaware had the honor of receiving the first breakbulk shipment of fresh Moroccan citrus of the season to arrive in the United States. The M.V. Belgie Reefer, a specialized refrigerated vessel, was welcomed on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, to the marine terminal for perishable cargo on behalf…

Market price increased in comparison with last year

China: Hainan "Qiongzhong green oranges" are ripe and entering the market

The "Qiongzhong green oranges", produced in the Qiongzhong Li and Miao Autonomous County in Hainan, recently ripened and entered the market. The price is great this year. The purchase price in orange orchards is 13 yuan [1.87 USD] per 0.5 kg, while the market price is between 16 and 18 yuan [2.31-2.59…

Nepal: Orange harvest in eastern Hills up 50 percent

Early indications show that orange production in the Eastern hilly districts for this season will increase by almost 50 percent compared to  the same period last year. The Agriculture…

Hans Tabak from Dutch Green about the start of the Spanish citrus season:

"We are not one of those early starters"

The first Spanish citrus arrived at Dutch Green in Amsterdam yesterday. "We got Clementines and Clemenules from Aranda. From Frutas Morell, we got the first Navelina's", says Dutch Green's Hans Tabak. Hans Tabak and Vicente Morell Last year, the importer started on 1 November already. This year, the first product arrived almost two…

Orange imports increase as domestic juice supply remains squeezed

Until a solution for citrus greening is found, imports will be key to keeping Florida's citrus industry afloat Domestic orange production has been declining steadily over the last two…

Dimitros Argentos:

“New citrus markets hard to find”

A group of ten Greek growers in the Argos region decided to take control of their own sales four years ago. In the past, the products were sold by traders. “It’s the fourth season for us operating as Helmi King,” says Dimitros Argentos. “We had to start from scratch.” The company trades oranges,…

Spain: "The delay of Huelva's mandarins causes production overlap"

This year, due to climatological reasons, the ripening of Huelva's earliest mandarins has been delayed by almost a month, causing that production to overlap with that of later varieties, including the Clemenules, which is the most marketed in Spain. Thus, although the first batches reached good prices, now we…

Spain: Citrus fruits allegedly being sold again at open prices

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) has warned that some citrus buyers are bringing back the old practice of acquiring oranges and mandarins without setting the price to be paid to the producers, which is illegal. The procedure consists in buying the fruit with no other condition than including…

Sharp increase of Georgian mandarin exports

“From 1 to 11 November 2018, 610 tons of mandarins have been handled and exported abroad by Georgia,” reports EastFruit citing the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of…

Spain: Processors start buying oranges at very low prices

The orange juice industry has started buying fruit for just 10 cents per kilo, half as much as last season. The stockists and commission agents, who are the ones buying the…

Crisis officially over but Greeks hardly notice it

Greek exporters endured the crisis years well in this Southern European country. Despite the focus on export markets, the decline on the domestic market passed by these companies. However, the exporters have also noticed the consequences indirectly, and these are most visible on the citrus market.…

US: Florida orange production down 3 per cent from October forecast

The USDA released some interesting numbers on their Twitter today, stating that all orange production is down three per cent compared to the October forecast. When breaking it down, Valencia orange production remains unchanged, but non-Valencia orange production is down by six per cent. All Florida grapefruit production has…

Spain: "Citrus volume from South Africa will start falling sharply soon"

The vice president of the Professional Association of Fruit Exporters of Castellón and manager of Nulexport, Pasqual Pla, said that the start of the campaign has been marked…

Spain: Quality of Cordoba's citrus will be higher this campaign

The agricultural organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that the recently started citrus campaign will be similar to the previous one in terms of prices, but with higher…

Pre-order reaches 70%

Taiwan: Market entry of Taidong Navel orange delayed

Taidong Navel oranges enjoyed an abundant harvest this year. However, the oranges need colder weather to achieve their characteristic sweetness. Farmers have decided to wait…

How to prevent the appearance of 'creasing' in Navel oranges

The application of the Harpin αβ protein, marketed as ProAct®, prevents the appearance of creasing in Navel oranges. That is the conclusion of a study recently published by the Institute for Agricultural Research in Valencia (IVIA) after four years of testing in trees while the production was in full…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Good harvest of, somewhat smaller, Berkane Clementines"

Last week, the first Berkane clementines arrived from Morocco at Dutch fruit wholesaler, Wilko Fruit. "The temperature in Berkane is perfect. During the day, it is about 20 degrees, and at night it is around ten degrees", says Wilko van der Zwaard. "These temperatures are good for the clementines' color and high…

Good volumes and quality regardless of the bad weather

The Sicilian PGI Red Orange campaign has officially started

Giovanni Selvaggi is the president of the Consorzio di Tutela dell’Arancia Rossa Igp. The company is officially starting the 2018/2019 citrus fruit campaign, “For this campaign, we are marketing a produce the organoleptic characteristics of which are widely acknowledged by the retailers, the MMRs and the…

China: Green oranges from Qiongzhong enter market in bulk

The production season of "Qiongzhong green oranges" has already started. The price in orchards is currently around 13 yuan [1.87 USD] per 0.5 kg, while the market retail price…

Greek exporter feels Turkish competition

Devaluation of Turkish lira puts pressure on citrus market

The expectations for the Greek citrus season are high. The harvest is looking well, and unlike last year, hail didn’t damage the fruit. The only thing that could cause problems for the exporters on Eastern European markets is the devaluation of the Turkish lira. Poland is the largest export market for the citrus. “The distance from Spain is…

Tunisia: Citrus production up 35% in Cap Bon

Citrus fruit production in the Cap Bon region of Tunisia will reach 330 thousand tons this year. Compare this to the 255 thousand tons a year earlier; it is a rise of 35…

China: Mandarin harvest from Linhai enters market in bulk

Linhai is known as the hometown of seedless mandarins. Harvest season recently began in the 12 thousand hectares of mandarin orchards in Linhai. The production volume per…

China: Relatively good market prospects for Jinqiu Shatang tangerines

Even though the price of Jinqiu Shatang tangerines dropped last year, it is still a product that is not easily replaced, and remains one of the market regulars. The tangerine still has the potential to "make money". Although the tangerine only enters the market in large volumes between December and…

Peru: Lime exports increased by 40% this year

The general manager of the Association of Producers of Citrus of Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, stated that Peruvian exports of Sutil and Tahiti lime…

Plenty of small fruit in early California Navel crop

California's Navel orange season has just started. Over the last couple of weeks, an increasing number of growers are picking fruit and starting to ship the new season crop. The weather has remained fall-like, with dry conditions and temperatures not low enough to allow fruit to size up. As a result,…

Water restrictions, hot temperatures squeeze Arizona's lemon industry

As one of Arizona’s founding five C’s, citrus production predates statehood. Today, citrus trees still line roadways across the Valley, but the industry is stuck — and for one…

Agreement reached for the export of citrus fruit to China by air

During an interview to Radio Radicale, given during his trip in China, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Development Luigi Di Maio discussed the agreement for the export of Italian citrus fruit to China. He said that a new agreement was reached to carry out shipments by air as well. "I truly hope that…

Argentina: Internal problems hamper the entry of citrus fruits to international markets

Argentina's citrus fruits production takes place in two well differentiated scenarios. On one scenario exporters are victorious, as they have opened new markets and are now…

Enrique Fuentes, of Hijos de Alberto del Cerro:

"European chains forced to change their caliber requirements for lemons"

Murcia's lemon campaign started more than two weeks late this year, in late September, as the fruit had yet to reach the right commercial caliber. In fact, there is a predominance of smaller calibers this campaign, although they could still improve after the recent rains. "This year, there is a greater fruit load in the trees,…

New mandarin snacking stations aim to attract health-concious buyers

Cuties® has announced the launch of its new “fuel-up” themed snacking stations in-store. The Cuties snacking station’s design and placement helps retailers get the attention of parents looking for healthy snacks that the company says are affordable, proportioned, healthy and convenient. “Our new Snacking Stations help…

Egypt: CIIE and Belt & Road initiative will open Chinese markets

The nations of Egypt and China are clearly trying to open up to each other. Posters on Chinese shopping sites advertise Egyptian oranges, bathing in the African sun. Talking about the significance of the CIIE, Rashad Abdel, economics professor at Cairo University, told the Global Times that it's worth recognizing that China…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere:

“Hurricane Irma causes lower volumes of Florida grapefruit until January”

“Last year, hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage in Florida. Tropical storms rarely affect the interior, but at the time, Irma also wreaked havoc on the grapefruit plantations. We’ll be feeling the consequences of this due to a lower production, resulting in less supply, this season,” says Cédric Geens…

Determining whether screenhouses protect against the disease

US: University of Florida citrus greening research gets $3.5 million grant

Florida’s grapefruit growers, devastated by the citrus greening disease, might get some hope from four half-acre, white screenhouses in a research field. Inside the screens, 512 young…


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