Citrus Research and Development Foundation on ineffective approach of HLB

In a recent statement, Rick Dantzler is, chief operating officer of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), didn’t really talk glowingly about CRDF’s…

Shipments from Argentina continue to increase

Demand for lemons boosting thanks to foodservice reopening

Shipments of lemons into North America from Argentina continue to increase. Salix Fruits is a year-round lemon supplier shipping currently from Argentina as well as Chile (May to September) but also moving lemons from Mexico (August -December), Turkey (November-February) and Spain which overlaps with…

Sandra Sitjar, Marketing Director of Cultivar:

"The reopening of the food service and hospitality sector and the good weather reactivate the lime market and prices increase"

The closure of the food service and hospitality sector as a result of restrictions to curb the pandemic has been taking a toll on lime consumption since last year. Household consumption of this citrus is more limited, yet large volumes are used in the food service, which, until recently, has not been…

At week 22, the country has shipped 444 tons

Chile's orange export season begins

The ASOEX Citrus Committee stated that the orange export season had already started. The country exported 279 tons in week 22, accumulating 444 tons to date.59% of the…

USDA raises projections to 52.7 million from 51.7 million boxes

Outlook for Florida’s citrus growers improves

Florida’s beleaguered citrus growers got a slight bump Thursday in their production forecast as the 2020-2021 season approaches its end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on…

Florida Citrus Industry welcomes appeals court decision to block harmful pesticide

Florida citrus growers and farmers were pleased when they received the news that an appeals court ruled in the farmers’ favor to protect the crops against a potentially…

A farmer's experience

Italian lime grower achieves a yield of 30 kilos per tree

Domenico Maraglino, an Italian citrus grower from Massafra (Taranto), decided to start producing limes. In order to provide added value to his fruits, he decided to do it with organic farming. "I have two covered plants, one of which is 7 years old and the other 5 years old. I am obtaining very good…

Ava-Asaja: "The situation of the citrus sector in 2016, when the agreement was signed, has radically changed"

The European citrus sector will request an investigation before the imminent review of the trade agreement with South Africa

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese citrus contact group met online on June 9 and decided to request their respective Ministries of Agriculture to defend, within the…

South Africa: Rex Union oranges are in season

The Rex Union orange, a cross between a Seville orange and pomelo, a variety unique to SA, is only grown commercially on one farm in the nation, just outside Rustenburg. The…

'Mexican growers should focus on increasing organic citrus production'

Mexican citrus growers are beginning to explore types of production that are more respectful of the environment and associated with a healthier lifestyle, including organic…

Gert Upton – Schoonbee Landgoed

Collaboration and trust: how to pack and process a million cartons of citrus every day

At Schoonbee Landgoed, a family farm which celebrates fifty years of producing high quality grape and citrus in the Loskop Valley, the navel harvest has come to an end, making way for Valencias and Leanri mandarins.Last year’s orange scenario will not play out again due to higher orange yields in the…

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese citrus contact group will analyze the 2020/21 campaign

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese citrus contact group will meet on June 9 online to analyze the 2020/2021 campaign and future forecasts, among other issues. The meeting…

Project Orange partners up to deliver 14 million oranges to people at risk

Project Orange 2021 aims to deliver vital Vitamin C to at-risk women and children across South Africa thanks to the generosity of Citrus Producers in the Olifants River Valley.On 7 June 2021 at Namakwaland Sitrus, Twee Riviere farm in Clanwilliam, Project Orange 2021 was officially launched. “My hope is…

The lime season kicks off with high prices

After a protracted period of low prices, lime quotations are now around €2.00 per kilo. The main countries of origin are currently Brazil and Mexico and the crop is of good quality, although there is scarcity. What worries importers is the very high cost of shipping.  Brazilian limes (all photos are provided by…

Francisco Guanter, Technical Director of Citrus Nostrum:

"The first Red Kalesi pigmented oranges of the season have been well received"

The new late pigmented orange season has just started for the Spanish company Citrus Nostrum. The Red Kalesi orange, with its orange skin and ruby red flesh, is its flagship product in this category. "At Citrus Nostrum, we are starting our third commercial campaign with this variety, of which we plan to harvest…

Florida citrus funding of $32.6 million

On June 2, Florida governor DeSantis approved all $32.6 million worth of citrus-related funding in the state budget, Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) Executive Vice President/CEO…

Demand could strengthen on increasing lime supplies

Supplies of limes are beginning to increase which may make for some pricing adjustments. “The supplies of limes have been pretty high this year and we’re starting to see a…

The coronavirus boosted the Valencian group's winnings

Fontestad Citrus increased its turnover by 31% in 2020

Coronavirus did not harm Valencian Fontestad Citrus in 2020Fontestad Citrus, a company within the Valencian orange, real estate, and services group controlled by the Fontestad…

Manuel Altava, - Asaja Sevilla

"Egypt entered the market early and flooded Europe with a production that has already surpassed that of Spain"

“The production, quality, consumption, and price expectations we had for the campaign that just ended were great. However, as we feared years ago, Egypt has become a new…

Productos Frescos Ruiz exports more than 2,000 tons of Mexican fruit annually

Persian lime from Zacatecas shipped to the United States

Through the company Productos Frescos Ruiz, more than 2,000 tons of Persian limes produced in Trinidad García de la Cadena, in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, are currently…

Positive feedback for Basilicata strawberries, with harvests up until mid-July

"Strawberries arriving these days from Basilicata are fresh, tasty and with a juicy texture. Despite the wide availability of summer fruit on the market, sales are doing well," said Raffaele Antonelli from the CAR (Rome's agri-food center). "The shelf life ranges between three and four days, if kept in…

Nonprofit partnership offers families a “Brighter Summer”

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is partnering with Brighter Bites to launch the “Brighter Summer” promotion. Now through July 16,…

Substance, banned in more than 100 countries

Federal Appeals Court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed in March by farmworker and conservation groups after the EPA…

Now set to challenge Australia & Argentina for market share

After 12 years, first shipment of South African citrus to the Philippines

Today, a delegation from the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) visited the Durban Port to see off the first South African shipment of citrus to the Philippines. This historic occasion follows twelve years of negotiations between the two countries with a landmark workplan finally being…

Citrus in high demand in Bengaluru due to Covid

Generally, citrus fruits are recommended for Covid patients to help them boost their immunity and build antibodies. As there are still many Covid-19 cases in India, the demand…

La Unio demands rigorous audits and special surveillance plans from the community authorities

Record rejections of Turkish and Egyptian fruit and vegetable shipments containing pesticide residues

La Unio de Llauradors said that the rejections of Turkish and Egyptian fruit and vegetable shipments, due to pesticide residues or banned substances in the EU, continued on…

Inma Sanfeliu, president of the CGC: "It is a difficult destination, but a potential way to reduce dependence on the EU"

First test shipment of 11 containers of Spanish oranges to India with cold treatment in transit

A first experimental shipment of nine containers (about 242 tons) of Spanish Valencia oranges has recently been loaded at the facilities of the Port Authority of Castellón for them to be shipped from the Port of Valencia to India. In the same week, another ship with another two containers departed to the…

Suhanra Conradie on exporting citrus from South Africa to the US

“We proudly serve the world’s most demanding market”

South Africa is the world’s second largest exporter of citrus fruit, after Spain. A small percentage of total production and only premium fruit is shipped to the United States from the Western Cape and Northern Cape regions. “Shipments to the US started slowly this season, but have now picked up,” says…

Argentina sends first 5,500 tons of citrus to Russia

The National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa) certified this year's first export of fresh citrus to Russia. The shipment left from the Euroamerica SA port complex,…

Valencian grower arrested for planting and selling Orri mandarins without license

The Civil Guard of Sagunt (Valencia) has arrested a 54-year-old farmer for an alleged crime against intellectual property. The man was charged with producing and marketing…

Spain: Costa Blanca lemon growers frustrated

Fruit growers association La Union de Llauradors is warning of problems ahead for lemon farms in Alicante Province, as the sector is facing cheap imports. Local incomes could…

Egyptian trade deficit dropped by 25.2% in March 2021

Egypt’s trade deficit dropped 25.2 percent during March 2021 touching $2.69 billion. According to the state statistics agency CAPMAS, it stood at $3.59 billion in the same…

Problems in Chinese ports cause oversupply of citrus in Australian markets

Dandaragan-based AGRIFresh director Daniel Ying has stated that domestic citrus prices were down on last year. China's taste for Australian fruit hasn't waned, but getting…

Shipments up to week 21 increased by 16% compared to the previous season

First Chilean lemons of the 2021 season are intended for the Far East and the US

The ASOEX Citrus Committee reported that the 2021 lemon season has already started. The harvest kicked off in week 15 with the Messina, Eureka and Genova varieties, and the…

Jean-Pierre Bezuidenhout, Olympic Fruit

“It looks like it will be a good season for South African citrus”

The production of citrus in South Africa is growing. USDA reports in 2019-2020 season an increase by six percent. Just like in the 2018-2019 season. About half of the South…

Alicante producers destroy large quantities of lemons due to low prices

La Unió de Llauradors stated that the lemon campaign in the province of Alicante was disastrous and that losses compared to a normal year could exceed 52 million euro (22 million in the Fino variety and 30 million in Verna), as the producers' income for the Verna and Fino variety decreased by 72% and…

Hein Potgieter - San Miguel South Africa

San Miguel expects a challenging, yet rewarding citrus year for South Africa

South Africa is experiencing an excellent citrus year, as the country did last year when San Miguel reported a 24% increase in their South African citrus export volumes, despite logistical impediments like worldwide port congestion, vessels omitting ports and container shortages. Those factors are likely…

Orange juice price rises to near 5-month high during Atlantic Hurricane Season

After a very slow start to 2021, orange juice has made a great recovery, as the approach of summer and the Atlantic Hurricane season are bringing a new boon to those long on…

Australia: Minister Littleproud defends government plan to import limes from Mexico

The Australian government has stood behind its controversial plan to import limes from Mexico, despite strong protest from the local citrus industry. Agriculture Minister…

Research on the future of California’s citrus industry

Citrus growers’ confidence in being able to control HLB is increasing

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California accounted for 52 percent of citrus production throughout the US and 63 percent of the nation’s…

Plastic prohibition forces packaging reform

Production volume of Chinese honey pomelo is expected to decline by 15%-20%

The new production season of Chinese honey pomelo proceeds as usual. Poor weather conditions earlier in the season will have an impact on the production volume this year. The production volume is estimated to decline by 20%.  Mr. Wen, spokesperson for specialized honey pomelo exporter Pinghe County Lipeng…

Save the Children campaign keeps kids reading and learning all summer long

Tarrytown, NY-based Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. is excited to announce that through its SUNRAYS® brand it will support Save the Children’s annual summer reading campaign in the United States, which starts today. The 100 Days of Reading campaign gives children fun ways to keep reading and learning this summer,…

Juan-Ivan Smuts – Lucerne Agri Investments

Boland soft citrus growers bring Valencias and avocados into the fold

In the Robertson area of the Western Cape lemons and clementines and Novas are being harvested at the farms of Lucerne Agri, and with little wind damage during the growing season, the crop is clean and packouts are high. “There's uncertainty ahead regarding market prices,” notes Juan-Ivan Smuts, managing…

According to a study by La Unió, citrus production costs have already risen by 55%.

Valencia's citrus sector affected by fight against South African mealy bug

La Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Union) has shown through a study that the costs that producers are forced to make to fight the imported mealy bug pest from South Africa already represent an increase of 55% over total production costs in citrus. Although the pest is now widespread throughout the Region of…

Global commodity update on citrus, apples, cherries, and grapes

Four fruit commodity focal points play a key role in the programs that Vanguard International will bring onto the global markets in the next few months. Citrus global“Citrus is a huge focus for us right now,” says Tim Clarke, President of Vanguard International. “The crops in Egypt are winding down and…

Citrus crop is critical to Costa Group in 2021

The Costa Group ((CGC)) has offered a disappointing outlook for the remainder of 2021; unfortunately, problems encountered in the agricultural industry throughout the pandemic…

Keeping HLB out of California groves

The recent annual report from California’s Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) offered insights into ways the state’s citrus industry has kept HLB out of…

"Importers maintain a positive attitude towards the upcoming orange season in the southern hemisphere"

The variety of domestic fruit on the Chinese market increases as the weather gradually grows warmer. The market demand volume is huge. Many varieties of imported fruits are currently in their off season, but the sales volume of import oranges has recently been rather large. US oranges and Egyptian…

2021-2022 forecast for the São Paulo and west-southwest Minas Gerais Belt

Brazil: Fundecitrus orange crop forecast at 294.17 mln boxes

The 2021-2022 orange crop forecast for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on May 27, 2021 by Fundecitrus, in cooperation with Markestrat, FEA-RP/USP andFCAV/Unesp, is 294.17 million boxes (40.8 kg or 90 lb). Total orange production includes: 51.37 million boxes of the Hamlin,…

More citrus from South Africa coming to North America this season

Supplies of citrus from South Africa look to be up this year. Peter Martino of F.P.D. East. based in Montreal, QC breaks down the different varieties of citrus being shipped to North America currently. Source: Dreamstime Lemons: Lemon supplies have increased over last year and have been arriving steadily…

Three oligopolies in Brazil could control the citrus industry in Europe after the approval of the EU-Mercosur agreement

The Spanish citrus sector is monitoring the final approval of the EU-Mercosur agreement, which is still pending its final ratification for environmental reasons. Companies,…

Gujarat lemon prices crash after damage from Cyclone Tauktae

Lemon prices in Gujarat have crashed as farmers are bringing in fruits that had either dropped due to cyclone Tauktae, or those who have been harvested from damaged orchards.…

The Gocitrus Operational Group obtains the genetic sequence of 4 out of 10 orange and lemon varieties

The Gocitrus Operational Group has already obtained the DNA sequence of 4 out of 10 orange and lemon varieties, as well as of 30% of more than 300 commercial mandarin…

Navel and lemon prices reach equivalence on South African market

The navel harvest has been running for a few weeks in South Africa's Senwes area (Groblersdal/Marble Hall) and while it looks like an "on" year volume-wise for Bahianinha navels, with slightly smaller fruit sizes,  Palmers navels have an average crop with average sizes. The 2021 navel estimate is very close…

Fredri Kok – Patensie Citrus

Excellent quality and similar citrus volumes to 2020 expected from drought-stricken Gamtoos

In the Gamtoos Valley they are harvesting lemons, clementines, Novas and navels. Significant volumes will start coming in next week and in two weeks they'll be running at full capacity. The Kouga Dam (right) is 4.3% full, and a mere 0.05% of its water is released every day to all of its water users.…

Egypt’s fresh orange exports spurred by a pandemic-induced global demand

Since the late 1980s, key Egyptian agricultural producers have increasingly channeled their resources into improving orange production. At the same time, they have been…

Santa Paula, California

Beneficial insects aid coastal avocado & lemon production

Associates Insectary from Santa Paula, California is a grower-owned cooperative that provides insects and pest control advisors to assist growers with integrated pest…

It will bring together more than 700 producers, with an estimated production of 30 million kilos

Cipla and Nulexport negotiate their merger to create a new cooperative: Cítrics de Nules

After a logical and lengthy negotiation process, the directors of Cipla and Nulexport have signed a merger agreement. The viability of the agreement was endorsed by external…

First four months of 2021

Belize: Export revenues up more than 10 percent

According to new data published by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), Belize’s export revenues were up more than 10 percent for the first four months of 2021. The…

South Africa

Leaf-sucking stink bug strikes Mzansi's mandarin oranges

According to Citrus Research International, mandarins all over South Africa are under threat from the leaf-sucking stink bug. In various parts of the country, mandarin growers…

Weixia Wang/ University of Melbourne

Researchers identify Australian fungus strain that causes citrus rot - call for effective controls

Protecting Australia's citrus industry

Researchers have identified an Australian strain of fungus that causes citrus rot, calling for effective controls to protect the citrus industry A dark mark on the skin can detract from these positive associations, and many consumers will be put off buying them. A dark, tear-shaped mark is often a sign…

Florida Department of Citrus

Florida citrus industry continues to be vital player in state's economy

Despite a decrease in citrus production, the Florida Citrus industry contributed more value to the State of Florida in 2019-20 than the previous season. According to a study conducted by the University of Florida, the Florida Citrus industry had an economic impact of $6.762 billion to the state and…

The PGI lemon has crossed national and European borders

Limorè closes lemon campaign with astonishing results

The Rocco Imperial PGI-labeled lemon is marketed under the Limorè brand and the marketing will continue for several days. The lemon is known for its essential oil, high juice content and the intense aroma of its edible peel. "The last batches are now being shipped and this will continue for about a week.…

Their production in Spain has increased by 386% in 8 years. It is the citrus fruit with the largest organic acreage

"Consumers are demanding more and more organic lemons"

The acreage devoted to organic lemons grown under the European model in Spain reached 8,300 hectares in 2020, so it has increased by 386% compared to 2012 and already represents 17% of the total area. Last year, the organic production of this citrus reached 172,642 tons, which is 14% of the total lemon…

Southern China

Navel orange: A great Jiangxi province success

Yuan Shougen was the first to grow navel oranges in Jiangxi province half a century ago. The farmer introduced the highly reputed variety, now known as the Gannan Navel…

Unifrutti Italia triples imports of counter-seasonal lemons with edible peel

Unifrutti Lemons: Segmented demand met all year round

Covid-19 accelerated the consumer trend for all citrus fruits worldwide in 2020, and in the case of lemon, the acceleration was not only in terms of quantities, but also in…

Agrumi-Gel

This season, twice the volume of blood orange was destined to the processing sector

"We processed large quantities of citrus in a year marked by exceptional volumes which were difficult to place for the fresh market. Specifically, the volumes processed compared to last year have more than doubled," said Antonino Imbesi, owner and marketing manager of the Italian company Agrumi-Gel.…

Ojai Pixie tangerines available now for a limited time

Available now through June, Sunkist is offering Ojai Pixie tangerines. Named after the Ojai region in Southern California where they are grown, and for their small size, Sunkist Ojai Pixie tangerines are seedless, easy to peel. “In addition, they are the season’s sweetest tangerine,” Sunkist says.…

Lemonagro

Cold storage cells are completely saturated for large quantities of Sicilian processed citrus fruits

"The Sicilian citrus processing campaign has not gone as expected, due to the prolonged closures of the reference channels of citrus derivatives. The large amount of small-sized product that has characterized this season has doubled the volumes available for the industry, with the result that now we have…

Crop update on South African early citrus

“The new citrus season in South Africa has kicked off, bringing with it excitement and cautious optimism for the 2021 season,” Vanguard International shares in a release. All…

Unifrutti Italia triples imports of counter-seasonal lemons with edible peel

Covid-19 accelerated the consumer trend for all citrus fruits worldwide in 2020 and, in the case of lemons, the acceleration was not only in terms of quantities, but also in terms of the segmentation of consumer demand. The new demands that had manifested for some time in the face of different offers,…

Is high demand for fruit trees in Florida affecting growers?

With reports of nurseries in Florida seeing a run on fruit trees from shoppers, is this something that the industry is feeling as well? No says Gabriel Bernal of All American Citrus, whose head office is in Miami but works with growers throughout the state’s Citrus Belt. He says that the high demand that…

Seedless lemons go on sale at Tesco

From today, Tesco will sell a new variety of guaranteed seedless lemon that will put an end to chefs and mixologists having to retrieve fallen pips out of their cocktails,…

"Some Chinese traders still import Australian oranges in small volumes, so that the price remains high"

"Australian fruit has a difficult time in the Chinese market"

Many Australian fruit traders have complained about the problems they face in the export of fresh fruit to the Chinese market. Their fruit is delayed in Chinese ports and they…

Why Australians need some yuzu in their lives

After appearing at places such as Tetsuya’s in Sydney and Minamishima in Melbourne, the yuzu is spreading to cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars - including Glebe’s The Wedge…

9News

Australian growers dump tons of citrus fruit due to labor shortages

Hundreds of tons of Australian citrus fruit are being dumped due to labor shortages and a lack of supermarket demand. Across Queensland's North Burnett region, Australia’s largest citrus supplier, entire paddocks of mandarins, lemons and grapefruits rot on the ground. Image: 9News  Citrus grower Bevan Young said a shortage…

René Bouman, FMI, the Netherlands

“Lime market recovering thanks to increasing demand”

In many European countries, the hospitality sector is being allowed to gradually reopen. "A boost for the lime market," says René Bouman of FMI in the Netherlands. "The lime market's improving. Summer weather and the southern European holiday season lie ahead. So, demand for limes is increasing, and prices are…

Lemon prices soared to 36 yuan per half a kilo in China

Lemon tea, a classic beverage that has been popular since the early days of the tea industry, once again became a focus of the industry in 2021, with beverage chains creating…

Francisco Rotella, of Citrusvil: "We will see if we can meet the requirements to export to the EU"

Argentinian lemon season hampered by increasing pressure from South Africa and strikes

The lemon season in Tucumán, Argentina's most important producer of this citrus fruit, is progressing with severe difficulties. The unstable weather conditions during the fruit's development, the strikes, the growing competition with South Africa, or the harsh conditions imposed on exports to Europe are…

Gary Britz – ELE Trading

Interesting times for South African citrus

When considering the current citrus season, a number of uncertainties appear: why is the Middle Eastern lemon market so quiet? How is South East Asia, and China specifically, going to react to the increased volume of Star Ruby grapefruit sent there? And on the topic of China: will hostility between that…

Far North Queensland citrus growers oppose plan to import limes from Mexico

Far North Queensland citrus growers have condemned a federal government plan to import limes from Mexico. They warn it could destroy the local industry and risk bringing in a…

Botswana citrus farmer strives for electricity installation subsidy

Daniel Magwana, who has 800 citrus plants in the initial phase of his three hectare project, saw that horticulture famers faced serious challenges of electricity owing to high…

George Hall – Tangelo Citrus Estate & Dibanisa Fruit

Flood damage in Boland soft citrus orchards

“We've got a very big crop, with nice size, generally a very good crop,” says George Hall, director at Dibanisa Fruit and a citrus grower himself at Tangelo Citrus Estate, located on Sovereign Farm at Buffeljagsrivier. Right: Rob Semple, citrus consultant at Tangelo Citrus Estate, doing a preharvest…

Gijsbert van Leeuwen, Origin Fruit Direct, the Netherlands:

"Good grapefruit and mandarin demand, orange market still a bit reserved"

The overseas citrus market started in week 17 at Origin Fruit Direct in the Netherlands. That's when the first South African grapefruit arrived. "We'd expected to start even earlier. But shipments were unreliable, especially in the beginning. There weren't enough containers available to get the fruit out…

Invaio Sciences announces key agreement with Fundecitrus in Brazil to combat Citrus Greening

Invaio Sciences, Inc.,a company focused on unlocking the potential of the planet's interdependent natural systems to solve pressing agriculture, nutrition and environmental…

Proposed lime imports an unacceptable biosecurity risk

Officers from the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment held a meeting in Mareeba today to discuss an import risk assessment that proposes to allow lime…

Citrus fruit on the table directly from the tree

"To follow the trend, especially in the luxury H&R segment, of offering citrus fruit directly from the tree after a meal, we have specialized in the cultivation of these zero-residue plants," explains citrus fruit producer Antonio Torre. Antonio Torre "Despite the stand-off caused by the pandemic, the…

Yigit Aslan of Kalinex Fruit

Turkish cherries on Italian markets from June

"We are Turkish exporters of fruit from the Mersin area. We operate in different countries of the world and for each destination we ship different productions. In Italy, in particular, we export: grapefruits from October to the beginning of May, lemons from September to the beginning of November,…

South African Tango mandarin harvest gets underway

Another challenging citrus season has started with the southern hemisphere already filling up some of the retail channels with grapefruit, satsumas, clementine’s and even the first lemons. The northern hemisphere citrus season will come to an end in the next two months as Spanish Verna lemons and late…

Bangladesh: Tangail lemon growers cash in on pandemic

Lemon growers in Tangail are quite pleased by the huge demand and increased prices for their goods this season. According to traders, the demand for citrus fruits increased…

The Spring Sunshine premium mandarin has a new website

The Spring Sunshine Running Committee (SRC) Growers Association has launched the new Spring Sunshine premium mandarin website. This new website aims to be a meeting point for distributors, producers, and the parties interested in this excellent mandarin that reaches its optimum ripeness point when the…

Il Girasole Soc. Coop.

Low foreign demand and prices below average for Sicilian citrus fruit

"We are commercializing the last batches of Tarocco Gallo in addition to the late pigmented Tarocco Meli and Sant'Alfio varieties, with which we will reach late May and June respectively. Saturday we will start with late blonde oranges Valencia and Ovale. Volumes are higher than last year by at least…

Mouton Citrus: First in South Africa to get fruit sizing solution

Mouton Citrus, located in the Western Cape, has become the first citrus company in South Africa to gain access to the fruit sizing app, Spectre. Created in New Zealand by fruit tech company Hectre, Spectre is a fruit quality computer vision AI tool, detecting large sample sizes and serving up accurate…

World’s orange supply may be at risk as Brazil has serious water problems

Brazil is the world’s biggest exporter of orange juice, but the nation just had a rainy season that brought hardly any rain. The ground is parched and river levels are low in…

Ortogel Spa

The key to rebalancing market prices relies on a collaborative supply chain

"For a long time, the criticisms addressed by large-scale retail buyers towards Sicilian citrus producers and traders of citrus fruits have regarded three aspects, in particular that of a high fragmentation of the productive base, the lack of standardization regarding product quality and a reduced…

Citrus importer optimistic about summer season

Tarrytown, NY-based importer, Jac. Vandenberg has high expectations for the 2021 summer citrus season as it begins receiving its first citrus containers from the southern hemisphere. Of the 28,000 tons of citrus Vandenberg imports, just about half of this volume is in mandarins. With citrus remaining a hot…

WhatsApp & Baba Ramdev causing lemon prices to soar in Delhi

The price of lemons rose from Rs 35/kg on 3 April to Rs 100/kg on 3 May in Delhi. This was due to a popular social media post suggesting that lemon therapy — two drops of…

Oranges and mandarins in the final stretch of the Andalusian campaign achieve better prices than in other years

The orange and mandarin campaign is nearing its end in Andalusia and, as the supply of citrus fruits in the fields and sales operations decrease, prices increase. According to…

2021 citrus Southern Hemisphere crop is expected to reach 22.7 million tons

On 12 May 2021, the World Citrus Organisation celebrated its first Annual Meeting online, following the official creation of the organisation last year. During the AGM, the…

Firm global orange juice prices due to tight supplies

Front-month orange juice prices on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) rose by 5% month-on-month to USD 1.15/lbs on the 13th May 2021. The price increase can be attributed to…

Chile and Argentina

Transition to South American lemon imports as California harvest begins to slow

As part of its “One World of Citrus™” strategy, Limoneira has made significant investments to ensure its customers receive a consistent supply of high-quality citrus year-round. This strategy is paying off as the California coastal lemon harvest begins to show signs of slowing and the South American…

Procitrus expects that global demand for citrus will continue to grow this year, although at a slower pace than in 2020

The Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus) expects another good year in sales after the demand for fruit with vitamin C due to the pandemic led to a remarkable…

Marius Deyzel - Delmar Direct Marketing

Flattening the South African grapefruit curve

South African grapefruit production has only increased marginally when compared with the other citrus varieties such as lemons and late mandarins, specifically in the northern region of South Africa where +/- 88% of the grapefruit is grown. The later export regions supply volumes estimated for the…

UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

Promising advancements in biocontrol treatment that slows citrus greening

Florida citrus growers may have a new tool to help them slow the presence of citrus greening in already diseased trees. While there is no cure for Huanglongbing (HLB),…

Dominican Republic

Avocados, pigeon peas, oranges and bananas see large increases in April

Statistics from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic say that among the groups with the highest incidence in the growth of the April 2021 price index were food and…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"2020 was a challenging season, but 2021 will be even more challenging.”

As the Australian citrus season gets underway with a good crop of high-quality fruit, exporters still face many challenges. “The main worry is the delays in the logistical chain,” explains Sam Vasala from SaiWorld. “Many countries are either still in lockdown or going into lockdown again and vessels are…

Citrus costs in the Valencian Community have increased by 70% in 30 years

The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) stated that according to data from the 'The Valencian citrus industry, the evolution of its production costs and inputs' study published by Maria Angeles Fernandez-Zamudio of the Valencian Research Institute Agrarias (IVIA) the production costs of citrus…

The 75 tons shipped will arrive in the Netherlands

Authorities certify the first shipment of Argentine lemons to the EU after this market was reopened

The first shipment of Argentine lemons sent to the European Union after the reopening of citrus exports will arrive in the Netherlands in the next few days. The shipment is…

"The increases are out of touch with the reality of an activity that is undergoing a national emergency"

NEA citrus exporters are concerned about a request to increase wages by more than 100%

The Chamber of Citrus Exporters of the Northeast of Argentina (NEA), Cecnea, expressed its concern about the request for a salary increase of more than 100% for the 2021/2022…

South Africa prepares to increase citrus export capacity

The Citrus Growers Association of South Africa (CGA) will on Friday engage the officials from “MV Cool Eagle” as they move to prepare to increase citrus exports. The CGA said they would meet the officials at the port of Durban to discuss how to increase exports. “The MV Cool Eagle is the largest reefer vessel…

Florida’s Aldicarb decision challenged

Amid arguments about the troubled citrus industry and the health of farmworkers, a chemical company is challenging a state decision to block aldicarb, a pesticide that could help fight citrus greening disease. AgLogic Chemical, LLC filed an administrative challenge on May 11, about three weeks after the…

Mexican lemon sector sets sights on Asia

The Mexican lemon sector is betting on the diversification of international markets and has its sights set on the Asian market. Oliver Huesmann, director of Fruit Consulting…

Anecoop opens trade channel with Peru by shipping first container of oranges from Spain

The first container of oranges of Spanish origin, shipped from Valencia by Anecoop and packed by its partner cooperative Green Fruits, based in the Spanish municipality of Oliva, arrived on May 4 at the Port of Callao, in Peru. On May 11, the pertinent inspection was carried out and then the goods were…

Texas citrus trees showing green foliage after freeze devastation in February

Texas citrus is fighting its way back after a February freeze destroyed it. But how much of a comeback is it making? The orchards are showing some green. It wasn’t long ago…

Lemon trees showed less response to citrus greening disease pathogen than orange trees​​​

Citrus greening disease was first discovered in Florida in 2005. Since then, production of oranges in the United States for processing has declined by 72 percent between the 2007-2008 growing season and the 2017-2018 growing season, primarily in Florida. The disease was discovered in California in 2012,…

USDA Florida citrus forecast May

Florida grapefruit production down 2%, orange production unchanged

Florida all orange and non-Valencia production is unchanged from as is Valencia production. Grapefruit production is down 2 percent and tangerine and Tangelo is down 5 percent…

San Miguel expects to increase citrus exports

San Miguel plan to keep expanding their business programmes and increasing the exports to reach ever more consumers in different markets worldwide. With the campaign in full…

Citrus mold tackled with air-purification technology

IMG Citrus, a Florida grower and distributor of fresh oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons, overcame bacteria issues by investing in Miatech’s air-purification technology. Last year, the company invested in Bio Turbo for its Vero Beach facility and shortly thereafter observed improvement in…

First Korean export of Jeju lemons to Hong Kong

According to the Eastern Agricultural Technology Center of the Jeju Agricultural Research & Extension Services, it is exporting Jeju lemons to Hong Kong for the first time.…

The first shipments are destined for the United States

Chile kicks off the clementine season

Asoex's Citrus Committee reported that Chile made its first shipments of clementines in week 15 and that the country had shipped 573 tons by week 17. By the same week of the…

Arance Speciale

Oranges actually more refreshing in the summer

"We were among the first to plant this late Tarocco Meli variety in the late 1990s. Our production areas are particularly suitable for citrus fruit cultivation, as they guarantee a pleasant crisp flavor while preserving organoleptic qualities even this time of year," explains Biagio Speciale, CRO at…

New citrus varieties obtained by INRA Morocco

A call for competition to grow the new citrus varieties obtained by INRA Morocco. According to Agrimaroc, several new hybrid rootstocks have been obtained by directed crossing…

Tight market for Mexican limes

Supplies of limes currently from Mexico are tight. “We had a significant amount of rain back in January so the weather conditions messed up the bloom,” says Alex Landin of Limonik Produce/Limones Monica based in McAllen, TX. “With the rain and the winds, the flowers were falling and those are limes we’re losing. If a tree was…

Penn State and USDA research:

CRISPR/Cas technology could enable early diagnosis of devastating citrus disease

Penn State and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have used cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas technology to develop a diagnostic test that could enable early diagnosis of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing, a serious disease that threatens worldwide citrus production, which is valued at roughly $17 billion…

Citrus producers from Buenos Aires, Tucuman, and Catamarca are included in the tax extension

The Government of Argentina incorporated the direct actors of the citrus production chain of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Tucuman, and Catamarca to the extension of the…

Tunisian citrus production: 20% increase in 2021

Citrus production in 2021 saw a 20% increase, to reach 440,000 tons, against 367,000 tons during the previous season. Development in exports of citrus fruit exceeded the…

Analyzing consumer preferences for gene edits in the fruit industry

University of Delaware researches gene editing solutions to combat citrus greening

Citrus greening is still a disease that is fiercely attacking the U.S. citrus industry’s bottom line. Spread by the invasive Asian citrus psyllid insect, the disease now…

Pakistan exports record 460,000 tons of oranges in 2020-21

In Pakistan 2020-21, has exported record 460,000 tons of oranges, marking this as the highest ever volume during any season. The export season that ended in April 2021,…


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