Citrus

Government committed to approving measures

Bitter campaign for Spanish citrus sector

The citrus campaign is being bitter for Spanish producers. The prices at origin for oranges and mandarins have sunk and protests have become widespread in the Region of…

Honduras expects to export Persian limes to the US this month

Agribusinesses expect to start exporting Persian lime to the United States in January, which will strengthen the citrus industry, especially in the Atlantic Coastal zone. "We are going…

US lime prices set to escalate

Importers in the United States say shipments of limes into the country have been slowing down since early last month. This has been influenced by two main factors - one of them being cooler weather and the other, the holiday season. As a result of the reported cooler weather, US importers are seeing larger fruit sizes entering…

Tim Hurner inducted into Florida Citrus Hall of Fame

Tim Hurner Jr. remembers many weekends picking oranges and grapefruits at his grandfather’s farm in Pasco County. As a young boy, barely able to reach the bottom of trees, Hurner became smitten with citrus. Now, he will be recognized for decades of work helping the industry thrive. Hurner will be inducted into the…

India: Organic farmer says there’s plenty of money in lemons

Most farmers in the Surendranagar district, India’s largest cotton producer, have harvested little crop following last year’s monsoon failure. Surendranagar, like much of…

India: Kinnow from Punjab succesful in southern & eastern markets

Small and marginal kinnow farmers of Punjab are accessing southern and eastern markets of the country and getting good prices for their produce, compared to the local market.…

USDA GAIN report

EU-28: Expected rebound of citrus production may reduce imports for 2018/19

EU orange production is concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Spain and Italy represent 80 percent of the EU’s total production of oranges. The remaining 20 percent is distributed among other Member States (MS), such as Greece and Portugal. For MY 2018/19, EU-28 orange production is forecast at 6.5 MMT, 3.8…

USDA GAIN Report

2018-19: US was Japan's second largest supplier of fresh grapefruit

Japan remains the largest export market for U.S. grapefruits, which are forecast to increase 15 percent to 30,000 metric tons (MT) in market year (MY) 2018/19 due to reports of improved production in Florida. Successive weather challenges decreased Japanese citrus production, especially of lemon and lemon-like acidic citrus…

California citrus season turning a corner

The California citrus season began with some headwinds that have resulted in a slow start. One of these was the hot summer which caused the fruit in some areas to be smaller than usual. However, according to Joel Nelsen of California Citrus Mutual, more favorable weather has recently provided hope for a…

Israel: Start-up 'Better Juice' reduces sugar in orange juice

Jaffa oranges have long since been one of the most famous Israeli export products. And while orange juice is full of vitamins and minerals, it’s also packed with sugar – one…

Iraq bans orange imports to 'protect' local yield

The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has announced an unexpected halt on all imports of oranges that will go into effect the following morning to compensate for an overabundance…

Oranges from Nagpur set to arrive in Pune markets, but with a higher price tag

Nagpur oranges have a cult following across the country. Oranges from Nagpur (Nagpuri santras) are set to be costlier as drought looms large over orchards in parts of the state, and with supplies expected to dip by 40 per cent, both retail and wholesale prices may increase considerably. Maharashtra has around 1.24…

China: Orah mandarin production surged this year

In recent years, the sugar orange has been slowly overtaken by the Orah mandarin. After the difficulty selling sugar oranges last year, this change has become more marked and…

USDA GAIN report

Israeli citrus production 2017/18 falls well below 2017 estimates

Israel’s area planted in citrus in MY 2018/19 is estimated at 17,843 hectares, 957 ha less than the planted area in MY 2017/18. The productive area is 17,000 ha, with the remaining 843 ha being young orchards, which have not yet reached maturity. The total area has decreased mainly due to uprooting easy…

Limoneira reports growth despite delayed lemon harvest

Although the harvest was delayed in the third quarter and this affected figures of the final quarter of the fiscal year, Limoneira reports a larger turnover in fiscal year…

Spain: Good prospects for second part of citrus campaign

The prospects are good for the second part of the citrus campaign, which will start with the New Year. Unlike in the first part, growers expect oranges to be sold for…

Spain

AVA-ASAJA is happy with withdrawal of 50,000 tons of citrus, but demands more measures

The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) is happy with the results of the meeting held by the leaders of state agricultural organizations, commercial operators (both private ones and cooperatives) and the processing industry with senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. The goal of this…

Specialized wholesaler is happy about large quantities

"Availability of Italian specialties is a real pleasure"

In the winter season, there are traditionally a lot of specialties available in wholesale and retail. In Italy in particular, people have always relied on extraordinary fruits and vegetables. Zurich-based wholesaler Jehle AG is pleased with the current availability of goods, offering its customers the…

Morocco: big waste of citrus fruits

In Morocco, huge quantities of citrus fruits are left in the orchards or spilled out on the side of the country roads. This is common procedure for damaged fruits but the situation this year…

Citrus was Egypt’s most exported produce in 2018

Last week, Ahmed al-Attar, Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Agriculture Ministry said that citrus fruits and potatoes are the most exported…

Citrus areas China continue to expand

Overall, in marketing year 2018/19 citrus production in China is forecast to continue to increase, although much of this growth will be for mandarins and tangerines. The expansion of citrus  production in China is being driven by increased area in western regions such as Guangxi and Sichuan provinces. Because of the rapid…

UF/IFAS Report: 2016-17 citrus season saw smaller harvest, higher prices

Higher prices offset production declines during Florida’s 2016-17 citrus growing season and so the industry’s overall economic contributions changed little from 2015-16, according to a new report from economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Economic Impact…

Egypt could take Spain's place as world's main orange exporter

Spain's dominant position in the European and global citrus market is threatened by the competition from Egyptian oranges, which are increasingly present all over the planet and have already seen their sales in Europe grow by 17%. This has been highlighted in a report by Radio France Internationale…

China: Slow market for pomelos

Recently, the weather in Shanghai has been dry and cold which is usually great for pomelo sales. But this year the situation is different. According to reports from the Central Broadcasting Network,…

L’As du Ventoux introduces its own citrus brand

It was a complicated year for the citrus market. Prices were about 30% lower than usual and the rains in the Valencia region of Spain have damaged much of the harvest. In France, the situation is even more difficult because of the ‘yellow vests’ movement. It was in this unusual context that the company…

Gerrit van der Merwe Sr, ALG Estates: “The greatest thing we can do, is to create hope for our people in South Africa.”

Well-known South African citrus farmer unexpectedly passes away

Gerrit van der Merwe Sr (68) of ALG Estates was on holiday with his wife in Malawi where, according to the Landbouweekblad, he slipped and injured his foot. He was airlifted back to South Africa but he had developed cerebral haemorrhaging and passed away on Wednesday. Van der Merwe, one of the founders with his…

Turkish citrus attracts European traders

Citrus, one of Turkey's the top export products in the fresh produce sub-sector, attracted many Europeans in November. Eight European countries were in the list of the top 20…

More cooperation and facilities for Rocca Imperiale lemons

Thanks to its soil and weather conditions, the Rocca Imperial plain in the Cosenza province has the ideal conditions for the cultivation of fruit plants. The production of lemons is the most promising activity for the future. FreshPlaza interviewed the President of Consorzio di Tutela del Limone di Rocca Imperiale IGP Vincenzo Marino to…

Spain

Spanish call for action to lower imports of South African citrus

The Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño, assured today that the Government is not aware of an increase in citrus imports from South Africa that would make it…

Specialist launches this year's campaign, but fears for the long-term future

"Moroccan navel oranges are increasingly becoming a by-product"

This year's Moroccan citrus campaign has begun. At the end of November, the first Clementines arrived and since last week, the Navel oranges are also ready to go. Although these Moroccan products still cover an interesting niche, the long-term future of the import is not certain, according to Krino Röben…

China: High yield for Taizhou mandarin oranges

October to December is the peak period of the Taizhou mandarin orange but this year farmers are worried. "The best mandarin wholesale price last year was 3.5 yuan per jin.…

China: Shatang oranges from Guangxi hit the market early

People have recently kept a close watch on the market price of Shatang oranges. The weather in Guangxi and Guangdong is relatively warm and the oranges matured early, about…

Peak season for Southern California mandarins

December is a time when the Southern California mandarin season produces even sweeter fruit, according to suppliers. This comes at a time when Satsuma mandarins are at the peak of their season, with mid-season varieties also starting around this time of year. Overall supply is good. "The mandarin season in Southern…

India: Jhalawar economy benefits from sweet taste of oranges

Over the last few years, the Indian region of Jhalawar has seen bumper orange crops. A large number of farmers in Bhawanimandi, Pedawa, Sunel, Jhalrapatan, Bakani and Dag…

Italian plaintiff: R1.3 mln payout after South African oranges arrived square

One of the largest players in the Italian citrus trading market ordered and bought round oranges from a Limpopo orange company. Square oranges instead arrived in Sicily,…

'Oran-go'

Nigerian orange juice 'on the go' innovation

Nigerian Business Ideas in fusion Limited have created a concept called Oran-go (Orange juice on the go) with the invention of the Oran-go pushcart in 2015, a unique feature…

Moroccan exports to Spain increased 6% since 2017

Moroccan exports to its European neighbor increased by 6.2 percent in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, ensuring that Spain remains Morocco’s…

The Sicilian Lemon does not fear Spanish competition

"The harvest season for our lemons started about a month ago, although the high temperatures and the resulting uneven colouring of the lemons have unfortunately had a somewhat negative effect on us". "At the moment, the plants have green fruits, far from having the colour of when they are ripe. We assume that the fruits will have…

Parlapiano Fruit: increased volumes for this year, again

Italy: The PDO Ribera Orange is increasingly successful

The Riberella Winter Food Festival (Agrigento) ended a few days ago. It started as a very local fair but today it is a very important event, especially because the PDO Ribera Orange has grown to become the principal source of income for the entire area. For the occasion, we contacted Paolo Parlapiano, marketing and sales manager of…

Global trade growing but Spanish export decreasing

Tangerines from Southern Hemisphere on the rise

The global trade in tangerines is still growing, but that’s not the case for Spain, the most important exporter in the world. Seen absolutely, the Spanish tangerine export declined by about 10 per cent in 10 years, while the export of all other countries combined increased by about 60 per cent in that…

Spain: 1 kilo of mandarins per consumer in December

In December, each Spaniard consumes an average of 1 kilo of mandarins. Christmas smells of this citrus fruit, which makes this month the best for the fruit in terms of sales.…

Tamaulipas

Mexico: Producers denounce "coyotes" in the citrus market

Citrus producers complain about the presence of intermediaries, commonly called coyotes, in the marketing of lime and oranges, as they usually eat up to 80 percent of the…

Spain: Citrus growers in Valencia and Catalonia join in Castellon's protests

A total of 27 municipalities, mainly from Castellon, but also from Valencia and even one from the south of Catalonia, have raised their voices in defense of the citrus sector…

Price comes down

China: Shatang oranges hit the market in large volumes

The average price of Shatang oranges in the Zhengzhou Wanbang Market decreased by 13% last week. The main suppliers of Shatang oranges currently are production areas in…

AU: Mareeba growers experience no major weather effects from heat and cyclone

The early December weather conditions has had little effect on the summer production season across the Mareeba/Dimbulah Tablelands area, according to the Far North Queensland Growers association. Throughout the past month, North Queensland has experienced heatwave conditions with several days above 40 degrees, and last…

REWE and Penny launch Fairtrade orange Juice

Germany’s REWE group has announced that, starting in the spring of 2019, it will be introducing Fairtrade-certified orange juice in its stores. The product will be available…

Only small citrus exports drop

Citrus fruit EU dashboard: Export of citrus relatively stable 2014-2018

According to the DG Agri Dashboard, exports of citrus have been relatively stable in the harvest years from 2014-2018.Only exports of smaller citrus has seen somewhat of a drop off. Click here for the full report.

This year, we've had a perfect storm

Spain: "The worst citrus season in 25 years"

Francisco Climent owns plantations in Nules that yield 24,000 kilos of Clemenules, the flagship citrus variety in Castellon. He retired a month ago and is now distressed about the sector's situation. "The campaign is disastrous," he says. Pascual Pla, president of the Nulexport cooperative, claims that…

Spain: 190,000 Euro for Castellon's citrus sector in 2019

The Provincial Council of Castellon will support the provincial citrus sector with an investment of 190,000 Euro in 2019 in order to promote its development and improve its…

"Hongjiang orange season starts and traders compete for product"

Hongjiang oranges are produced in the Hongjiang Farm in Zhanjiang Prefecture, the "Chinese hometown of Hongjiang oranges" in Guangdong. The fruit is relatively large. The fruit peel is thin and smooth. The fruit itself is orange-red and moderately sour. The unique flavor and excellent product quality are…

Early start in Turkey resulted in good citrus season

Although the Turkish lemon harvesting season will be heading towards its end in February, the season for other citrus fruits is still only half way done. For Eren Tarim it has been a moving season, with ups and downs and complete opposites. Whether it’s the currency, weather or sizes, the results have…

Turkey: Delegation from Rosselkhoznadzor holds talks on citrus shipments to Russia

From December 3 to 21, a legation of Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will visit Turkey. Meetings are held with representatives of the Food and Control Directorate of the Ministry…

India: Citrus greening disease takes a toll on oranges Nagpur

A vector-transmitted pathogen has already rendered a large volume of Indian citrus non-marketable.  The Nagpur orange crop has taken a major hit this winter. Almost 72,000 hectares…

Wonderful Halos partners with young YouTube star

Wonderful Halos debuted a new YouTube video, “Ryan Takes a Trip in an Airplane to the Wonderful Halos Mandarin Orchards in California” featuring seven-year-old Ryan of Ryan ToysReview. Ryan is one of YouTube’s top video creators, with over one billion views per month and 17 million subscribers. The video is another…

USDA GAIN report

Morocco expects record citrus production in 2018-2019

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent…

Spain: Castellon's citrus fruits have a great ambassador

Chef Martín Berasategui stars in a video broadcast by the Provincial Council of Castellon, in which he recommends consuming citrus from the province and praises the quality and versatility of the oranges grown in it. The initiative is part of the actions carried out by the provincial institution to promote citrus consumption…

”Our tangerines are sold 20% cheaper than last year”

The situation on the citrus fruit market is not easy. “All the citrus fruits are quite available this year in the Mediterranean,” explains Thibaud Havet, of Pulp Fruits. “We also have a lot of logistical problems because of the ‘yellow vests’ movement. It has really been hindering our daily activities.”…

Tokyo citizens preparing for traditional yuzu bath

In what may seem like a curious tradition, the Japanese practice of bathing with yuzu on Winter Solstice –Saturday December 22, this year–  is said to help promote beauty, health and general well-being. Yuzu, a lemon-like native Japanese citrus with a distinctive refreshing aroma, has been lauded for centuries…

Abkhaz tangerines for the Russian market

In Abkhazia, the tangerine season has begun. It is the most active post-summer period in Abkhazia, since the main earnings for the local population are derived from these two…

Farmers began an early harvest to avoid freezing temperatures

Turkey: Early harvest of oranges starts in Aydin

Orange harvesting has started in Aydin, a Turkish south western city which is one of the most important citrus production areas in the country. As citrus producers lost a great amount of mandarins earlier this year, due the Mediterranean fruit fly, they made an early start to the harvest in order to…

There is hope for the second part of the campaign

Spain: Disastrous citrus campaign in Murcia

The professional agricultural organization ASAJA Murcia has described the citrus season as "disastrous and very negative," and has blamed the "productions of third countries, especially South Africa, which are seriously damaging the Spanish citrus sector." The Secretary General of ASAJA Murcia, Alfonso Gálvez Caravaca, has said that…

Citrus production in the southern Turkish town increases by 22%

Turkey: Bumper citrus harvest in Cukurova

Citrus production in Cukurova, one of Turkey's most important agriculture hubs, is expected to reach 1 million 650 thousand tons - an increase of 22% compared to last year. The orange, mandarin and grapefruit harvests continue in an area of 47.000 hectares in Cukurova, which is located near the southern Turkish city…

Diego Oneto, Fruticola Olmos

Peru: "We only offer organic limes"

"The lime season started well for us, as there were no weather problems caused by rain. This has allowed us to have a good performance in the harvest and post-harvest, reducing the mechanical and transport issues we have when taking the product to the packing plant. We work with fixed prices all season,…

Tom Meissner, T. Meissner Fruchthandelsgesellschaft mbH:

"Strikes in France are harming customers all over Europe, not just those in their own country"

For those who are dealing with vegetable and potato specialties from France, it is currently peak season, because on the Christmas dinner table, colorful beets and special potatoes from French soil are always popular eye-catchers. At the same time, the strikes and blockades in many parts of France are…

US importer announces fifth year of expanded Spanish fruit imports

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), importer and distributor of citrus, grapes, and avocados, has announced the expansion of its Spanish imports to include lemons, clementines, and…

Energid citrus picking system & Agrobot E-Series

Robots that will change the industry

There is not yet a real end in sight for the growth of the world population. With the current increases, there will be an enormous growth in agricultural needs and demands. To cover these needs fast, farmers are turning their attention toward robots. From planting to growing to collecting, all functions…

New UF/IFAS citrus trial data available soon

New research data are available from trials for citrus rootstocks, scions and combinations of the two that University of Florida scientists hope will broaden the options of…

Partly thanks to weaker Egyptian pound

Egypt: Orange exports continuing to expand

During MY2018/19, a 5.1 percent increase in area planted and 9.6 percent increase in production was forecast, based on growing demand for Egyptian oranges. Egyptian orange prices in the international markets are more competitive than prices offered by other international suppliers due to a devalued Egyptian pound. Though…

“The only thing customers ask for is the right product of the right quality at the right place and time”

New player in organic sector: Lema

Another company has joined the organic fruit sector. Peter Abma started his new company, called Lema, in September. It’s no surprise he focuses on Greek product, considering his background. Besides, he’s paying a lot of attention to building good relationships. What about threats? “Climate change is one…

China: Will Shatang oranges avoid the unmarketable condition of Nanfeng tangerines?

The news of unmarketable oranges in Guangxi has recently gone viral. The Nanfeng tangerine in Guilin, for example, sells at 0.25 yuan [0.04 USD] per 0.5 kg, and traders are…

Spain: Government to support processing of citrus into juice to tackle price crisis

The Government of Spain seems willing to take action to tackle the serious citrus crisis of this first part of the 2018/2019 campaign, which is the result of a lack of transactions, the massive imports of citrus fruits from South Africa into the European Union (EU) and the collapse of the prices of the…

South Africa asks EU to relax controls on its citrus exports

While the citrus sector demands that the safeguard clause of the free trade agreement with South Africa be activated for next summer and insists that the South African oranges…

“Rational regulation of shipments help Egypt's oranges in China's market”

“This year, the Egyptian navel orange season kicked off in December, and the harvest of Valencia Oranges will start in two weeks. It is estimated that the export supply period to China will last for 5-6 months. In terms of total production, it is basically the same as last year.” James from Forwell…

China: Booming citrus industry lifts Guangxi villagers out of poverty

The citrus industry is booming in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; this growth is playing a big part in the region's efforts to eliminate poverty by 2020. Harvest in the…

Tal Amit of the Israeli Plant Production and Marketing Board:

"Jaffa Orri is the best mandarin in the world"

“In my 30 years of experience in the citrus industry, and with my knowledge of the many varieties, there has never been a better variety of mandarin”, says Tal Amit of the Israeli Plant Production and Marketing Board about the Jaffa Orri mandarin. “Even our competitors admit to this.” Nevertheless, there…

Finger lime: Looks and pops like caviar, tastes like lime

Despite their rather dull outer appearance, it’s difficult to find an ingredient that is as delightful as a finger lime. Inside the tube-shaped fruit are pearl-like citrus spherules in hues of pale green, yellow, coral, and dusky red. The citrus hails from Australia, where it’s also known as a caviar…

VLAM's annual program for 2019

The Flemish Center for Agricultural and Fisheries Marketing (VLAM) has presented its marketing plan for the year 2019. Next year's annual program has a budget of EUR27 million. This budget is similar…

After gaining Geographical Indication status:

Cambodia: Koh Trong cultivation of pomelos expanding

Pomelo farmers on Koh Trong island - Kratie province - have expanded their cultivation after the fruit was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) status. According to the Koh Trong Pomelo Producer Association, Koh Trong island pomelos are the third Cambodian agricultural product to the obtain GI status, after Kampot’s…

Companies Valdibella and Paterna Bio

Sicilian approach: Sustainability, authenticity and short supply chain

There are Sicilian companies that have chosen a different model of producing and selling. Their underlying idea is to recover the ‘human’ contact with the product and with the…

USDA projections

Florida citrus crop shows untypical stability

In its most recent crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture held Florida’s projected 2018-19 citrus crop rock steady. This season’s orange crop remained at 77 million…

Lior Gal of Galilee Export about the Sharon Fruit

“We can’t compete in Europe”

“In general, there is less Israeli Sharon fruit every year”, says Lior Gal of Galilee Export. He is the Sharon Fruit Product Manager at the second largest export company of Fruit and Veg owned by a cooperative of growers. “This is because this fruit cultivation has grown rapidly in Spain for the past few years. They pretty much…

Spain: Union of Unions convenes meeting to address citrus crisis situation

The Union of Unions of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers has decided to take action to address the crisis that has hit the Spanish citrus sector. For that reason, it has convened an urgent meeting, to which all Agricultural Professional Organizations, cooperatives and exporters have been invited…

Spain: Citrus exports to non-EU countries down by 14%

The citrus sector is not achieving good results as far as exports are concerned. At a time with on-going protests by agricultural organizations, such as those convened by the…

Micro-climate in Northern California makes for unique mandarin-growing area

A hidden gem in the foothills of Northern California. That’s probably the best way to describe the mandarin groves located around Newcastle, CA. While virtually all California citrus is grown down south, residents of the Newcastle area prefer locally-grown Satsuma mandarins. What makes the Newcastle area…

Grenada’s agriculture sector to tackle Citrus Greening

In order to contain the spread of the Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease, which is devastating citrus crops worldwide, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation…

USDA GAIN report

Morocco expects record citrus yields in 2018-2019

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent over the previous marketing year. Tangerine/mandarin production should increase by 14 percent over the previous year to 1.35 MMT,…

Prices as low as 0.25 yuan [0.04 USD] per kg

China: Guangxi mandarins become unmarketable

This is the harvest season of Nanfeng mandarins in major production areas in Quanzhou County, Lingchuan County, and Xing'an County, in Guilin, Guangxi. The sales of Nanfeng…

Spain: UGT and CC.OO. demand a minimum wage for pickers

Last Wednesday, the unions UGT and CC.OO. protested in Valencia to demand a minimum wage for citrus harvest laborers, who, in the best cases, receive 700 Euro per month. They also asked for a salary increase within the framework of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. More than 300 people participated in the protest,…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

“Tangerines from Agadir and Berkane are in each other’s way”

“Trade in citrus is currently going quite well. Prices are under slight pressure, but consumption is increasing somewhat thanks to the colder weather,” says Erik-Jan Thur of…

USDA GAIN report

Australia’s fresh orange production forecast at 500,000 tons

Australia’s fresh orange production is forecast at 500,000 metric tons (MT) in 2018/19, down 3 percent on the estimate for the previous year. Australia is a counter-seasonal…

Italy: extremely good market debut for the Tarocco red-orange

Giacomo Rizzo is the CEO of SPO Zentrum which, among other things, consists of different production sites in Sicily and an extremely well-organised distribution platform in Tuscany. He claimed, “In these days, we have started the harvesting of the Tarocco red-orange. We are expecting a great campaign in…

Specialized wholesalers welcome the first Sicilian blood oranges of the season

"Smaller yield, but better quality and bigger fruit"

The Advent season is truly citrus time. All the important growing areas of Southern Europe are currently bringing their clementines and oranges to the market. Blood oranges are usually marketed very quickly around Christmas time. On Sicily, this year's harvest started this week. According to specialized…

"We see great potential in untreated limes”

Brazil: Bigger limes expected to be available soon

“Our Brazilian lime season started a few weeks ago. From now on, we expect to receive the better volumes. This is necessary as the retail always demands more around Christmas time. This is why Mexico is still in the market with the necessary volume as well. After Christmas, we expect Mexico will lower…

Persimmon market continues to grow

Lisan van Koppen of Jaguar The Fresh Company can sum up the Spanish persimmon and citrus season in two words: small sizes. There’s naturally a more nuanced image behind these two words. She talks about the delayed harvest, the growing market for persimmons and the early tangerines that are being pushed…

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…

Among shipment of oranges bound for UK

Spain: Guardia Civil intercepts 1,335 kilos of hashish

The Guardia Civil have made one of the most significant drug busts in Spain in recent years, when discovering more than a 1,000 kilos of hashish in a lorry heading to the UK. As a part of the Guardia Civil’s Action Plan for the Surveillance of Communication Roads (PAVICOM), officers are charged with…

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…

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…

Julio Aparicio, of Sienz/Compac:

"In a citrus campaign like the current one, every cent counts"

Unlike previous years, 2018 has been quite rainy in Spain, and the citrus sector has been struggling as a result. "Last year, the weather was quite dry and this allowed plenty of citrus fruits to be marketed with 'zero waste' treatments, or at least with few active substances," says Julio Aparicio, new head for Northern Spain at…

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…

Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano:

‘El Niño may cut Colombia's rainfall by 80 percent in early 2019’

In the first quarter of 2019, the El Niño weather phenomenon could reduce rainfall in Colombia by 80 percent, according to the country’s environment minister. This would cause…

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…

Spain: 1,335 kilos of hashish hidden in orange shipment

The Guardia Civil has seized 1,335 kilograms of hashish, which could have been sold for two million Euro in the market, hidden among oranges that were being shipped in a truck near Salamanca, on the Ruta de la Plata highway (A-66). The Lieutenant Colonel of the Guardia Civil in Salamanca, Jorge Montero, highlighted that…

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…


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