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“We expect companies failing to adapt to global warming to struggle”

Global warming is shifting the seasons in Turkey, with some produce having their window shifted by as much as 15 days. Due to rains being unpredictable, growers will have to adept, or they will start to struggle, says one Turkish exporter. The year 2019 had a lot of investments for Turkish fresh fruit exporter…

Better season for California citrus

“It’s been a great California citrus season so far, and we’ve just entered the high flavor part of the season.” So says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca., and the good season is especially welcome after challenges last year. “We had a lot of challenges, primarily due to the heavy…

Introducing the seedless lemon

Israel: Annual Citrus Conference

At the annual Citrus Conference held by the Fruit Division of the Training & Professional Services Unit (Shoham) at the Ministry of Agriculture, there were seven new citrus varieties on display,…

Citrus season: slight rise in prices in the face of a 40% drop in production

"Our company, which covers 35 hectares, 30 of which are used for the cultivation of citrus fruits, is located between the areas of Lentini and Carlentini in the province of Syracuse, in eastern Sicily. These are two areas suitable respectively for early and medium-late crops, and particularly suitable…

Lino Manduca (Italia Natur) on the current citrus season

"Coloring of Sicilian blood oranges still not right - due to weather conditions"

Although the climate change in the current era is creating new opportunities for Sicilian producers regarding the cultivation of crops, the weather is also causing them some difficulties. The excess sunshine and lack of rainfall is particularly noticeable in the citrus sector. "Increased volumes from Sicily…

Heavy fogs led to highway closure

Citrus prices in China expected to rise then fall

The Spring Festival is only just over a week away. Driven by the demand for the preparation of holiday purchases, coupled with the heavy fogs that led many provinces and…

Request for quotes for research greenhouse to support work on citrus pests

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is seeking quotes from greenhouse construction vendors to build a 24’ x 30’ greenhouse to grow high-quality citrus plants free of pests to…

"First Moroccan Nadorcott welcome addition to empty mandarin market"

The offer on the citrus market is significantly lower this year than last year. The demand is reasonably good and therefore nice prices are achieved. "The supply of clementines from Morocco was a good 50% lower and the quality was less because of the lack of water. There were even 80% less of the Nour…

Good expectations for lemon campaign

"2019 was a positive year in terms of both quantities and value and demand was good for the organic produce as well. We are currently processing lemons from Syracuse and Basilicata and will start with Sorrento lemons towards the end of the month," reports Ferdinando Vinaccia from La Costiera.  "Production was…

Citrus volumes

December 2019 orange prices Greece higher year-on-year

In December 2019, the average market price for oranges in Greece stood at €50 per 100 kgs. That was a rise of €4,- per 100 kgs year-on-year, and €9,- above the five-year average. This price is expected to climb -slightly- in January and February. Orange prices in Portugal were at roughly the same price level…

The price of Spanish oranges exceeds that of Portugal and Greece, but not that of Italy

According to data from the citrus panel of the European Union, released on January 13 by the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, the average price…

Russian citrus ban brings bleaker prospect to Chinese farmers

The lunar year of 2019, a bleak year for most farmers in China, is coming to an end. Many varieties of produce saw the strange phenomenon of “good yields but no good…

Loads of limes sending prices downward

An abundance of limes coming into the U.S. from Mexico is making for a bit of an unsure market. “Supplies of limes right now are coming in at a very high rate. A higher rate than was anticipated,” says Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in Edinburg, Texas. He notes that for the past three years at least,…

Syria exported 140,000 tons of citrus fruit this season

This agricultural season, Syria exported some 140,000 tons of citrus fruit, stated director of Support to Production and Exports, Ibrahim Mayeda. In a statement cited by…

Low production 2020/21 may underpin Brazilian fruit prices

Brazilian agents expect the São Paulo and Triângulo Mineiro region orange production to be low in the 2020/21 season. Although lower productivity constrains growers’ revenue,…

Gene Loudon of Dovex:

“These are the first Fair Trade Certified™ lemons in the world”

Within the fresh produce industry, the Fair Trade Certified label has historically been associated with the banana industry but now includes many products. Now, the label can also be found on a select amount of organic lemons. These lemons are produced by Quatro Aces in Mexico and imported into the…

USDA January forecast

Florida citrus forecast predicts 3 percent increase over last season

The 2019-2020 Florida all orange forecast released by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 74.0 million boxes, unchangedfrom the December forecast. If realized, this will…

The Late and Lane Navel orange harvest decreases by 25 to 30%

"We hope the markets can pay the high prices of mandarins"

The first part of the mandarin and clementine campaign has practically ended in the Valencian Community, with a 35 to 55% decrease in production compared to last year, depending on the producing area. The second part is starting now at quite high prices. Will the market pay for them? "We are finished…

Castellon

Second stage of mandarin campaign begins early to prevent shortage

The sale of Castellon's entire Clemenules harvest during the Christmas campaign has led to the harvest of the late mandarin varieties being advanced so as to prevent a shortage in the European markets. The second stage of the season is thus taking place up to ten days earlier than usual. The decline in…

Opening up new avenues for studying pathogen & understanding mechanisms of HLB

Citrus Greening bacterium now available in culture

A dynamic research collaboration between several labs at Washington State University (Gang, Beyenal and Omsland labs), University of Arizona (Brown lab) and University of…

California citrus growers optimistic about progress in Chinese trade

As is well-known, the Chinese trade market is a significant export destination for California citrus growers and the ongoing trade dispute has created substantial challenges…

Growing popularity for Fragolino® oranges by Motta Cooperativa Agricola

In a fluctuating segment such as the Sicilian citrus fruit one - affected by competition from abroad, price wars and unusual weather - there is only one exception: the extraordinary demand for Tarocco Lempso oranges. FreshPlaza visited Motta Cooperativa Agricola to better understand the reasons behind…

Iran one of largest markets for kinnow export

Ahmad Jawad is the federal Secretary General of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)’s Businessmen Panel. Last Sunday he stated that the recent…

US navel oranges sold in Vietnam

Navel oranges out of California, the United States, have been officially sold in Vietnam, starting on January 11. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Jim Phillips, President and CEO of Sunkist…

California citrus growers pleased with weather

The Weather Watch tool from California Citrus Mutual (CCM) provides daily updates on forecast temperatures in the Central Valley and the Ventura region to help citrus growers…

US orange production up 1 percent from forecast

A recently released crop report put together by the USDA founds that the orange production in the United States is up 1 percent from the December forecast. The United States…

Chinese companies provide over 30,000 job opportunities in Egypt

China encourages Egyptian firms to increase exports to its markets

A Chinese delegation from China International Import Expo (CIIE) has invited more Egyptian companies to join the upcoming CIIE session and seize the chance to increase their…

Citrus fruit - niche markets help smaller companies survive

The citrus fruit campaign is proceeding as reported so far. However, at times, we should take some elements less for granted. Angelo Migliorisi (in the photo below), producer and expert, talked about the current situation. The value of heritage"Citrus fruit cultivation is now a considerable environmental,…

Argentina will increase its fresh lemon exports to the US in 2020

According to forecasts by the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, Argentina could export 30,000 tons of fresh lemon to the United States in 2020. Lemon shipments from Argentina to the North American market have shown a growing trend in recent years; the country exported 10,640…

Russia temporarily suspends the import of Chinese citrus

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has decided to temporarily ban the import of citrus from China after intercepting harmful organisms in shipments of these fruits. After issuing a warning to China on December 13, 2019, the Rosselkhoznadzor made…

Hawaiian family claims pomelo sets world record

A family from Moanalua (Honolulu) is claiming their tree produced a world record-setting fruit. The Nishimura family says their tree created a massive jabong, or pomelo. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest pomelo weighed 10 pounds 11.3 ounces. It was grown by the Kumamoto…

Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk AGF:

"Tang Gold mandarin season supplements Spanish Clemenule season well"

There is much demand for Spanish mandarins and oranges. This is according to Ronnie Moorman of the Dutch company, Willem Dijk AGF. "We received our first Tang Gold mandarins from Filosofo again. That was just before the end of last year. The current demand is something extraordinary." "Moroccan citrus is…

The production of the Amalfi Coast Lemon sees a 30% reduction

The production of the Amalfi Coast Lemon registered a 30% reduction due to the climate change together with the latest wave of bad weather recorded in December. The data were released by Coldiretti Salerno through a video in which the president of the Consorzio Limone Costa d'Amalfi mentioned a 30%…

Arancissima

High temperatures and narrow temperature ranges slowed down citrus fruit pigmentation

The Sicilian orange campaign is in full swing and it is being affected in terms of quality and volumes by both the weather and factors that characterize the single plots.  "There is an overall drop in volumes, although not in my case. This is due to production alternation and, in fact, the 2018/19 campaign was…

Sainsbury sold 34 million oranges off the back of a Christmas ad

According to Sainsbury chief executive Mike Coupe, the store sold 34 million easy peeler clementines off the back of its Christmas ad, created by Wieden & Kennedy London. As…

At some supermarkets, New Zealand limes top $75 per kilo

Limes from New Zealand are selling for more than $75 per kilo in some supermarkets, with one grower saying it's the highest price he's ever seen. A New Zealand Reddit user…

Citromax organic lemon grove surpasses 100,000 tree mark

Citromax Group has announced that the company’s organic lemon groves have reached a substantial milestone, passing the 100,000-tree mark and approaching 110,000 organic lemon trees. Citromax’s organic lemon groves are located in the foothills of the Andes, in a unique sub-tropical climate that creates an…

EU and US are the main markets for Uruguay's citrus

The European Union and the United States were the two main destinations for Uruguayan citrus fruits at the end of 2019, accounting for 38% and 30% of the sector's total sales,…

Citrus belt of Brazil

Higher demand and record productivity in the field kept profitability positive

Fruit production in the citrus belt (São Paulo and Triângulo Mineiro) will be higher in the 2019/20 season. The demand for fruits was firm in 2019, because of low ending…

Bigger decrease in pomelo output than expected

This year the pomelo volume decreased in some main production areas in China. This mostly had to do with the warm and dry weather during the first part of the season when the pomelo fruits were still growing. Because of the drought, the volume declined and the season also started a bit later. Currently…

Ledesma exports lemons to the US for the first time

During the 2019 campaign, Ledesma, the Argentine company from Jujuy that is dedicated to the production and marketing of citrus fruits, managed to enter the US market by…

Moroccan exports to EU slowing down

In the winter, Spain traditionally supplies fruit and vegetables to the market in Europe. However, across the Strait of Gibraltar lies another major European market player.…

50% of the reduction of the citrus area in Eastern Spain is Clemenules

According to the official report on the production by varieties in the Region of Valencia, released this month by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Clemenules accounts for almost half of the hectares lost in citrus cultivation during the current campaign. Specifically, of the 1,100 hectares of land…

Japan Citrus Annual

Japan offers opportunities for global lemon farmers

Fruit cultivation in Japan is dominated by citrus production. In particular, growing mandarins - the Unshu Mikan and Chubankan varieties - and kumquats. Over the past 46 years, the country's citrus production share has, however, been dwindling. This is due not only to aging growers. There is also a lack…

Due to weak consumer market in China

Prices of Shatang mandarins at origin slump further after New Year

Since New Year's Day, there have been fewer merchants purchasing Shatang mandarins and prices have dropped significantly. Many merchants visit Laibin and Guilin to purchase…

Vietnam Airlines serves Canh oranges in business class

Passengers travelling with Vietnam Airlines between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as on international flights departing from these cities will get to enjoy Canh oranges – a popular variety of oranges from Vietnam. The oranges are harvested in the Luc Ngan District -Bac Giang Province. The airline…

Derek Vaughn of Johnston Farms on CA citrus season:

“Mandarin demand is higher than it has been for 10 years”

California oranges are harvested from the first of November through the first of May, and so far the season has been going really well. Derek Vaughn of Johnston Farms says: “This year, everything was about a week late, but this hasn’t impacted volumes or quality. The growing season has been great – we…

"Cold climate weakens market demand for mandarins in China"

At this stage, China's mandarin production season is in full swing. Due to the impact of the climate, the overall output has decreased to a certain extent compared with…

Albania: 7th in European orange production

Albania ranks seventh in Europe for oranges production in 2018. This data was revealed in a recent Eurostat report, according to which 300 hectares of oranges were cultivated…

US: Huanglongbing remains a threat to Ventura County orchards

Ventura County growers remain vigilant against a disease that’s led to an expanded Southern California quarantine zone aimed at protecting the state’s huge citrus industry. The recent addition of 107 square miles encompassing Corona and Norco and part of Chino followed the discovery of a dozen trees with…

Question: Why does toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible?

For those among us that ever drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing our teeth: that was a lesson learnt. And it’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? In fact, it is all in the taste buds. Our taste buds can detect different…

United States Department of Agriculture Report

Sharp decline in European citrus production in 2019/20

Unfavorable weather conditions have been the main cause for the fall in the citrus production in the current 2019/20 campaign in Spain and Italy, two of the largest producers…

USDA citrus annual: Israel

Israel citrus production down, exporters seek new markets for grapefruit

The USDA citrus annual for Israel shows that the citrus production in Israel for market year 2018/19 was much lower than was originally forecast, and for the new market year…

The EU harvested 6.5 million tons of oranges in 2018

The Member States of the European Union (EU) harvested 6.5 million tons of oranges in 2018. This was the highest production level since 2010 and was underpinned by the record harvest in Spain (3.6 million tons of oranges, or 56% of the EU total). Climatic requirements for oranges mean that production is…

Californian research

"First study to compare citrus varieties with combination of metabolomics and microbiome"

To the citrus industry, citrus greening disease or Huanglongbing (HLB), is deadly, incurable, and the most significant threat. Most HLB research focuses on the tree canopy,…

The fund enters Fruxeresa and Natural Fruits, leading to the merger of both groups

GPF Capital and A. Pierron from Planasa invest in the Spanish citrus sector

The Spanish investment fund GPF Capital and Alexandre Pierron-Darbonne, chief executive of Planasa, have joined forces to acquire capital of Fruxeresa and Natural Fruits, leading to their merger and the creation of one of the European leaders in the citrus sector. The combined sales of both companies…

FnV Farms to revolutionize food chain delivery India

Mumbai-based Fnv Farms is all set to revolutionize the food supply chain with data science and vertical delivery. The start-up delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to the…

Strong period for California specialty oranges

It's been a positive start to the specialty orange season in California. Weather conditions have been favorable enough to allow for good coloring on the fruit, according to suppliers. Additionally, supplies are steady and are set to improve over the next few weeks. "The Cara Cara season is going strong,"…

Main supplier is Turkey

Ukraine increases imports by 10% to 73,400 tons

Between January-October 2019, Ukraine increased the import of tangerines by 10% (or 6,600 tons) to 73,400 tons year-on-year, said the Ukrainian Club of Agricultural Business…

Russia is imposing temporary curbs on Chinese citrus imports

Last Monday, Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it would impose temporary restrictions on imports of citrus fruit from China, starting on January 6. The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, which first warned about possible restrictions on December 13…

USDA citrus annual report

Increase in citrus production in South Africa forecast

The citrus production in South Africa has been increasing in the past few years, and Limpopo is the largest citrus producing area, accounting for 43 percent of the total area planted. Oranges are the biggest citrus type produced in South Africa, accounting for 53 percent of the citrus produced. The USDA…

‘Tariffs on oranges and mandarins both falling’

New Year kicked off key tariff cuts Australia

For Australian traders, a fresh round of tariff cuts has come into effect from January 1, 2020, under some key free trade deals struck with China, Korea and across the Pacific. Minister for Agriculture Senator Bridget McKenzie said the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), which came into force…

USDA Citrus Annual

Citrus production Republic of Korea projected to increase 645,000 tons

South Korea’s total citrus production for Marketing Year 2019/20 (October – September) is projected to increase six percent to 645,000 tons from 607,638 tons in MY 2018/19. The production increase is primarily driven by increased yields from open field “Unshu” orange production with an increased number…

Ortogel Spa

Blood orange prices extremely low

Ortogel confirms the difficulties that affected the 2019/20 citrus fruit campaign caused by the weather and market dynamics and reports a 520% drop in volumes. "Unfortunately, the segment is also affected by the fact that Sicilian blood oranges are quoted at the same price of the produce from South…

2019 was the year of the citrus fruit campaign for Donnalia

A good product performance is guaranteed only through a sustainable approach

"Quality, value, respect for the environment and for the consumers are the elements we focus on every day in our work, by implementing all the information we receive from our customers", stated Vincenzo and Angelo Dipasquale, creators of the Sicilian brand Donnalia, which is proving to be very popular in…

Turkish citrus exports to Russia are led by mandarins

During the first eleven months of 2019, Turkey exported 393,548 tons of citrus fruits worth 214.7 million dollars to Russia, according to data of the Eastern Black Sea…

The first Moro blood oranges arrive in Karlsruhe just in time for Christmas

"Despite extreme weather, so far we are satisfied with the Italian citrus season"

Christmas is the citrus season: while the Spanish have been marketing their produce for over two months, Italian citrus fruits traditionally take a little longer. The fine leafy clementines, blood oranges and blond oranges are not only readily available, but are also popular with consumers because of their…

Pakistan to achieve the target of 300,000 metric tons of kinnow

Pakistan is expected to successfully reach its kinnow export target of 300,000 metric tons for 2019-2020 and generate valuable foreign exchange worth $19.5 million, said Ahmad…

Turkey: "New Year celebrations started, citrus exports increased"

Turkey's citrus exports increased due to the approaching New Year's festivities abroad. Adana, a city located in southern Turkey, is responsible for one third of citrus production in Turkey. The city has seen a noticeable increase in exports right before Christmas and New Year. Adana produces 1.5 million…

USDA GAIN report

Warm temperatures and below-average rainfall cut Brazilian orange production

The Brazilian orange crop for MY 2019/20 is forecast at 370 million 40.8-kg boxes (MBx), equal to 15.1 mmt, a decrease of 22 percent relative to the current season, due to weather-related problems (warmtemperatures and below-average rainfall after the first two blossoming periods in Sao Paulo state).The…

Lemons lead Argentina's citrus exports

Although in 2019 Argentine citrus exports fell to the lowest levels of recent years, lemon continues to lead international citrus exports accounting for 70% of the country's…

How much can Florida growers spend on caretaking processed orange groves?

Citrus growers are presented with challenging decisions due to the lower prices for processed oranges this season. Projected prices, forecast by the Florida Department of…

Murray McCallum - Freshmax

A big year of business integration sets up Freshmax for future international growth

2019 has been a busy year for Freshmax, focusing on consolidating and integrating the different arms of the company as it sets itself up to grow stronger in the global market, according to CEO Murray McCallum. "It was part of my role after coming into the business two years ago, to better integrate the…

Gareth Edgecombe - T&G Global

"We're actively future proofing the business, investing in new genetics and diversifying product offer"

While T&G Global experienced improved trading in Asia and Australia, strong results in the Pacific Islands and a positive performance in the US market, the company says its financial performance this year will be impacted by a difficult growing season and market conditions at home in New Zealand, largely…

Italy will start using blockchain technology for Sicilian red oranges

The Italian Ministry of Agriculture has announced that it would use blockchain technology –a complex digital verification method that also facilitates the use of crypto…

We must avoid damaging the market by hurrying to commercialize

Blood orange campaign started well

While the orange campaign has been going on for several weeks now, the production of the blood orange in Sicily has started as well. To take stock of the situation, we spoke with Pietro Russo, a historic player Italian and European agribusiness. Pietro Russo. "With the production, the export of Moro blood…

The price of Spanish lemons increases by almost 60%

Although the price of lemons in the Spanish province of Alicante has fallen slightly this week, standing between 0.38 and 0.45 Euro per kilo, they remain at high levels. To be…

Quarantine extended to include new infections

HLB found in residential citrus trees in City of Corona, Riverside County California

 A quarantine has been declared following the detection of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in multiple residential citrus trees within the City of Corona,…

Samson’s launch Citrus Twist

Fresh solution to liquor Industry

Sydney Markets based Samsons Fruit & Vegetable Supply is excited to announce the launch of Citrus Twist Premium Fresh Australian Limes. Partnering with BWS stores throughout NSW from the end of November 2019 with planned roll out nationwide in 2020. Citrus Twist is bringing innovation to the market as it…

New labour agreement will aid citrus industry growth

The new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement will prove beneficial to citrus businesses across Australia, helping them fill labour shortages and remain competitive on a…

Ayse Ozler on the Turkish citrus season

“Saudi Arabia’s unofficial ban on Turkish fresh produce needs solution”

The year 2019 was full of challenges for Turkish citrus. Weather did not play nice for the entire season and as a total surprise, Saudi Arabia put an unofficial ban for Turkish fresh produce in place. On top of that the floods that took place last year impacted the 2019-2020 yield severely. For Turkish…

Spanish retailer Caprabo to sell citrus under PGI quality seal

With the aim of doubling the sale of citrus fruits under a quality seal in 2020, Caprabo has chosen to start marketing Clementine mandarins with a Protected Geographical…

"The prices of late mandarins are exorbitant; we will finish with the Clemenvillas"

Slow off-season melon sales and limited citrus supply

“Although it is true that melon and watermelon consumption is much lower in the autumn and winter, for about a month, the sales of melons and watermelons in Spain and France have been lower than usual at this time, despite the fact that they usually pick up ahead of Christmas. The bad weather has not…

25% reduction of citrus production in the Jordan Valley

Producers in the northern Jordan Valley have confirmed that the citrus production this campaign has been reduced by 25 percent compared to the previous one, mostly due to the…

USDA report on Citrus & Agricultural situation

Mandarin trade and policy in Chile

The USDA post in Santiago indicates fresh fruit importers regard Chilean citrus as high quality, but the volume that Chile exports is not enough to fulfill export demand. The marketing season for Chilean mandarin ranges between May and October each year, which provides a window of export opportunities…

House-approved spending is major win for California Citrus

On December 17, 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion appropriations bill to fund the government. Cacitrusmutual.com reported that included in the package is $61 million for the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) and $8.5 million for the citrus HLB multi-agency…

Strengthing export potential of oranges, lemons, tangerines and more

Azerbaijan produces list of products covered by agri insurance

In June 2019, a law on agricultural insurance was adopted in Azerbaijan. In August 2019, by the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the Agricultural Insurance Fund was established. Now, a decree has been signed in Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers on products subject to agricultural insurance,…

USDA - Citrus Annual Egypt

Lower 2019 orange yield anticipated in Egypt

In MY 2019/20, FAS Cairo forecasts orange production to decrease by 20 percent, or 600,000 tons. The decrease in production is attributed to severe weather conditions, mainly strong winds and high temperatures at the peak of the flowering season during the third week of April 2019 thus impacting fruit…

"Drought results in poor tasting navel oranges in Southern Jiangxi, China"

Recently, with oranges from various production areas flooding into the market, competition has become increasingly fierce. In comparison, branded products are selling more smoothly, as consumer awareness of brands is gradually deepening. Among the myriad of brands, Shancheng Shidai, founded about three…

515 hectares less than in 2018

Clemenules production continues losing ground in Spanish province of Castellon

The cultivation of new citrus varieties in the Spanish province of Castellón, as well as the abandonment of fields, have caused the acreage devoted to the Clemenules in 2018…

"With our new partner, we hope to assure better quality"

"Chinese companies still hesitant to buy Egyptian oranges"

The Egyptian orange import season will start next month. At this stage, many companies are busy processing their oranges and preparing to ship them from Egypt to China. Mr.…

Spain prevents the entry of four citrus shipments with Black Spot

The phytosanitary controls that are carried out in the Port of Castellón have prevented the entry of four shipments of citrus from Argentina and Uruguay infected with the…

China opens its market to the Argentine lemon from Tucuman

China opened its market to the Argentine lemon from Tucuman. The phytosanitary export protocols between Argentina and the People's Republic of China were signed by the Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Luis Basterra, and the Deputy Minister Li Guo of the General Administration…

After 15 years of negotiations

Argentina to export lemons to China

After 15 years of technical negotiations, Argentina will export lemons to China, as reported by the Government. Argentina is the fourth world producer of lemon and the first processor of derivatives of this product. Tucumán -the most densely populated and second-smallest by land area of Argentina’s…

Price announcement from Fairtrade International Standards & Pricing

New pricing for limes from Colombia

Fairtrade International Standards & Pricing has decided on new prices for limes from Colombia. The changes in the prices and premiums are presented in the table below. The…

Brazilian orange juice exports up 54%

The months of July through November saw 535,714 tons of orange juice shipped abroad from Brazil. This is in fact up 54% from a year ago. Exports fetched USD 921 million, up…

The EU reconsiders the extension of tariffs on canned citrus from China

The European Commission has decided to reconsider the extension of tariff measures on canned citrus fruits from China. The Regional Minister of Agriculture of the Valencian Community, Mireia Molla, expressed her satisfaction at this decision. In a visit to Agriconsa, a cooperative that is controlled by…

Indonesia’s trade deficit widens due to China’s apple & orange imports rising

With Indonesians spending more on imported fruits, the nation’s trade deficit widened to US$3.11billion as of November, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data has revealed. BPS…

Brazilian citrus belt: 2019/20 production estimates confirmed by Fundecitrus

The higher 2019/20 season production estimates for the Brazilian citrus belt (São Paulo and the Triângulo Mineiro) were confirmed by Fundecitrus (Citrus Defense Fund) in a…

Sicilian lemon campaign characterized by lack of large grades

"The Primofiore lemon campaign started around 10 days ago with significantly lower volumes and smaller fruits compared to last year. Just think that, in Syracuse, grade 5 lemons are being harvested weighing approximately 90/100 grams. This is due to the warm weather that, up until a few weeks ago, kept…

Citrus production in Castellón expected to fall by 33.2%

According to the regional government, the citrus production in the Spanish region of Castellon will fall by 33.2% compared to the previous campaign. In the specific case of the Clemenules, the volume will fall by 42% (-181,450 tons); and in that of the Orogrande, the volume is falling by 16,700 tons…

"Many Chinese tangerine varieties from Sichuan entered the market late this year"

Excessive rainfall in production areas in Sichuan have affected the growth of many tangerine varieties. The harvest season of Baba tangerines and Aiyuan tangerines was delayed because of the weather, and the flavor of many tangerine varieties is below the level of last year. Market supply is also slower…

India - Jammu & Kashmir

About 60% citrus crop damaged due to recent snowfall

About 60 percent of the citrus crop was damaged due to recent snowfall in the valley of Bhaderwah and the adjoining areas in Doda district, a senior government official said.…

Chongqing, southwest China

Xinhua-Fengjie Navel Orange Price Index released

The Xinhua-Fengjie Navel Orange Price Index was released on Sunday in Fengjie County, southwest China's Chongqing municipality. The price index was compiled jointly by the Information Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the China Economic Information Service (CEIS) of Xinhua News…

USDA - Australia Citrus Annual

Australian fresh orange production 2019/20 forecast at 500,000 tons

Australian fresh orange production in marketing year 2019/20 (April 2020-March 2021) is forecast at 500,000  tons, down slightly from the revised MY 2018/19 estimate. Drought conditions have persisted across much of eastern Australia, and dry and hot weather is forecast to continue for the coming months. Because…

USDA - Citrus Annual European Union

EU citrus exports expected to grow for markets like Canada, Middle East and China

Although Spanish citrus production is primarily exported to other EU countries, the EU is a net importer of citrus. Major non-EU citrus suppliers are South Africa, North Africa and South America. Due to the rise of EU’s citrus imports from third countries, in February 2019, the Spanish Young Farmers…

Mario Iuzzolino, VerDi Import:

"Decent Spanish full soil vegetables volumes available again now"

Spain has experienced storms and cold weather. These factors have ensured that autumn started with inevitable shortages on the market. However, according to Mario Iuzzolino of VerDi Import, in the Netherlands, this is no longer the case at the moment. "There were certainly shortages in the full soil…

New import agency Nord Frucht LLC in Bremen

"As an agency, we concentrate on all of Europe's major growing regions."

Murat Türengül took his first steps in the fresh produce industry back in 1991. Since then, the committed retailer has worked, among other things, at the Bremen wholesale market, where he was able to establish excellent relationships with partners and customers at home and abroad. This year - after a 28-year…

Federal government will give $30 million+ to citrus growers

Darling River water bought back from irrigators

The Australian federal government has signed off on a water buyback worth more than $30 million from struggling farming families along the lower Darling River, in New South Wales. They have been seeking compensation to get out of an industry that has failed because of an erratic water supply, with the…

Florida grapefruit supplies running short

Grapefruit supplies from Florida look tight. “This is due to good demand at this time of the year. Grapefruit along with all varieties are in good demand during the holiday season,” says Jimmy Johnson of Premier Citrus in Vero Beach, Fl., noting that chain stores are running ads on grapefruit. “Supplies…

Jordan Valley citrus fruit production down about 25 percent

According to statements by Northern Jordan Valley growers on Saturday, December 14,  their citrus fruit production this year was down about 25 percent from the previous season.…

Citrus Australia endorses Victorian Government move to increase water market transparency

Citrus Australia endorses measures introduced by the Victorian Government that aim to increase transparency in Victoria’s water markets and has called for other states to act…

Turkish pomegranates and quinces are now increasingly offered as well

"Slightly increased demand for Turkish Satusumas in December"

The Stuttgart wholesale market is currently seeing an increasing demand for Turkish satsumas. "Demand is growing gradually and prices are quite stable. Now we hope that the quantity standing for marketing will be sufficient also in the coming weeks, said a salesman of the company Fresh Maximum LLC.…

Lemon farmers Andhra Pradesh bitter over dropping prices

Indian lemon prices have dipped following exports from Bijapur. Normally, lemon traders in Gudur export their stocks to Bengaluru, Ernakulam, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy,…

Russia might put temporary import curbs on Chinese citrus in place

Russia’s agriculture safety authority, Rosselkhoznadzor,  might put temporary restrictions on imports of citrus fruit and potatoes from China after finding pests in several supplies.…

Citrus Australia reports record export figures in 2019

Citrus Australia is celebrating another successful export season. Despite growing conditions providing several challenges, particularly around water shortages and access to labour, Citrus Australia General Manager David Daniels says the industry broke the half billion dollar mark in exports for the first…

Australia’s 2018/19 trade figures

Fresh horticulture exports exceeded expectations yet again

Australia’s 2018/19 trade figures are now in and the results speak for themselves. Fresh horticulture exports have exceeded expectations yet again, with the sixth…

FarmForte Europe

Navel Chocolate oranges now available

A few years ago, a grower in a citrus orchard in Valencia discovered brown-coloured oranges on a navel tree. The fruit on all other trees had the usual orange colour. He decided to have the brown oranges analysed and the result was surprising. The brown-coloured oranges turned out to be better in quality…

Spanish society Frescitrus expects citrus production to fall by up to 30%

According to the Huelva-based agrarian society Frescitrus, the citrus production in the current campaign (2019/2020) will fall by between 25 and 30% compared to the previous season, when 16,235,000 kilos of oranges and 21,281,000 kilos of clementines were harvested. Alfonso Tomé, manager of the entity,…

'Claims of lower mandarin production in Turkey not correct'

As the end of December is getting close, so is the start of the Clementine mandarin season in Turkey. For the next couple of months the citrus, which is growing in popularity every year, will be the focus of one Turkish exporter. A shortage in mandarins in Morocco, Egypt and Spain will lead to a…

Sando expands development to South Africa

Alcanar Verd Citrus i VIVERS and Stargrow Cultivar Development announced that they have recently concluded an agreement for the development of the citrus variety, Sando, in South Africa. Sando is a late maturing clementine mutation of Fina with outstanding fruit quality. It was development by Alcanar…

Citrus Growers’ Association Cultivar Company cautious of more late mandarin or lemon plantings

South African soft citrus plantings set to overtake navel hectares

South African growers have added just under 25,000ha of citrus groves over the past decade. Newly planted citrus orchard in Limpopo Province The South African citrus industry has grown so much during the past decade that even though navels have decreased as a percentage of the total citrus plantings, the…

Weekly report of the Prices and Market Observatory, week 48 of 2019

"Stable prices and a positive trend for Spanish citrus fruits"

According to the weekly report of the Prices and Markets Observatory regarding the production of citrus fruits in week 48 of 2019 (from December 3 to 10), "the citrus campaign continues at a good pace when it comes to the harvesting, marketing in the handling centers and packaging at warehouses.…

Citrus harvest starts in the Gaza Strip

A number of Palestinian producers have recently started harvesting the oranges and clementines that have completed their ripening process. These growers work in the Shanti…

Meanwhile, in Grapefruit County...

Truck spills grapefruit on turnpike ramp Orange County, California

A truck spilled its cargo of grapefruit on an interchange last Wednesday afternoon in Orange County. The incident was reported on the ramp linking Florida’s Turnpike and West Colonial Drive in Ocoee. Skywitness 9 saw crews using pushing the citrus toward the shoulder of the road. Source: wftv.com

EU Agri Dashboard - citrus

Orange imports saw steeper climb in Aug-Sep 2018-2019 than in previous years

Citrus production within the EU was reasonably stable, with oranges at about 6.5 mln tonnes in 2018. Small citrus was at about 2.4 mln tonnes in that period, with lemons at about 1.8 mln tonnes. EU orange imports are still predominantly coming from South Africa, followed at some distance by Egypt and then…

Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton:

Florida’s citrus industry ‘Pretty Close To A Cliff’

After 15 years of fighting the impacts of hurricanes, citrus greening disease, a reduction in acres because of the state’s rapid growth and changes in drinking habits, Florida Citrus Mutual Executive Vice President Michael Sparks said the condition of the industry has gotten “better.” However, Sparks…

Turkish citrus overview: Lower yields, high prices, new markets

Turkey National Citrus Council's President Kemal Kacmaz announced that Turkey exported 1.230.000 tons of citrus in return of 560 million USD (505 million Euro) in the first 11 months of the year. The share of citrus in overall fresh fruits and vegetables exports is 36%, said Kacmaz. Pointing out to the…


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