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Citrus warehouse worker in Castellon dies because of legionella

A worker from a citrus warehouse in the Castellon municipality of Nules died on Friday, December 6, at the Hospital La Fe in Valencia, where she was admitted because of a…

"Great opportunities for Italian blood oranges in the Chinese market"

"Italian blood oranges enter the market in early February if the weather conditions are regular. The oranges are ready for transport to China in March. Sicily produces two…

Japanese delegation to open Tokyo markets to Egyptian citrus

Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine, Ahmed al-Attar, said a delegation of the Japanese agricultural quarantine authorities will visit Cairo to get acquainted with the export requirements ahead of opening their markets to Egyptian citrus exports. “The delegation will visit a number…

Sumo Citrus will return to US stores in January

Sumo Citrus will make its highly-anticipated return to stores across the U.S. in January. Look for the Sumo Citrus' signature 'top knot' in fruit aisles nationwide but you won't find Sumo Citrus piled up in the orange bin, however, this is a fruit that demands a place of its own. The Sumo Citrus was originally…

California citrus growers face new contractor rules

Citrus growers in California need to re-evaluate their working relationships with independent contractors, ensuring they follow new state regulations that redefine who is an independent contractor. The new rules, signed by California governor Newsom last fall,  state that any worker is an employee unless the…

Masseria Fruttirossi

Lome Super Fruit orange juice line makes its debut

As mentioned in our previous article (see FreshPlaza of 10/09/2019), the agri-food plant Masseria Fruttirossi from Apulia, renowned for its 100% pomegranate juices under the brand 'Lome Super Fruit', has recently started producing and packaging new cold-pressed local orange juices. These are treated with…

Peruvian citrus sector awaiting renewal of the Law for the Promotion of Agriculture

Peru has succeeded in positioning itself as a major player in the citrus market, alongside China, Brazil, India, Mexico, the United States and Spain. Luis Olivares, president of ProCitrus, says that this has been achieved within the framework of the development of the Peruvian agricultural sector, which…

Seedless lemons are now available in the market

An important American citrus company has launched to the market a new variety of seedless lemon that hasn't been genetically modified and that was discovered by an Australian…

Equal or slightly higher prices for the main varieties

Rains in Spain accelerate the citrus harvest

According to sources from the Lonja de Valencia, the rains have accelerated the citrus harvest in the province. With regard to prices, they have either remained stable or increased. In the case of oranges, increases have been recorded by the Navel Lane Late, reaching € 0.23-0.38 / kg. The Sanguinelli has…

Pakistani kinnow exports begin - target set at 300,000 tons

For Pakistani exporters, the kinnow exports have started. Traders have set a target to export 300,000 tons this season, expecting to fetch $19.5 million in foreign exchange,…

Export markets for Georgian tangerines expanding

According to Georgian Minister of Environment and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, “2019 will be especially successful for farmers.” Levan Davitashvili told sdrz.ru: ”The…

With Aerobotics, crop yield estimation is up to 95% accurate

Shaping the future of farming: latest AI tech for accurate citrus yield estimates lands in the USA

After much anticipation, Aerobotics has launched its Citrus Yield Estimation product and is offering a 33% discount to US growers signing up during December (see below for more details). The product was successfully trialled with premium citrus growers in the USA and South Africa during 2019. Aerobotics…

Citrus season nearing its peak in Switzerland

"Italian clementines are slightly more expensive than Spanish mountain produce."

Citrus fruits are now available in abundance in Swiss wholesalers and retailers, at the beginning of this December. Parallel to the usual clementines and oranges, the specialist wholesalers also offer their customers a rich selection of so-called 'mountain goods' - fruit grown at greater heights. David…

South African citrus growers dispute claims of ‘Spanish fines’

According to an article on farmersweekly.co.za, there is no truth to the media reports that the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (GSA) imposed fines on companies…

Vietnam: Bac Giang farmers cash in on citrus fruit

Citrus farmers in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang have been earning high incomes from growing oranges and grapefruit. They started growing citrus fruit in Luc…

Success for Bangladeshi organic mandarin growers

Ten years ago, Murshed Mia and his wife Swapna Begum tried their luck farming mandarins in Moulvibazar’s Juri district. After finding out how chemical-tainted fruits pose threat to human health, Murshed and Swapna decided to grow fruits following only organic methods. Their profit from the first harvest…

First Chilean cherries arrived China by sea

"This year pomelo season is shorter than other years"

China’s pomelo season is for most people coming to an end. The weather this season had a large influence on the start and end of the season. Mr. Henry Wang from Jiutai Modern Agriculture Co. Ltd. explained this year’s situation: “This year the pomelo season started later than last year, but ended…

Concept first introduced in test setting

Lidl Switzerland introduces juice presses in its branches

Since late November, orange juice presses have been installed in the Lidl branches at Weinfelden, Baar, Wettingen and Zurich Fraumünsterpost. Lidl Switzerland wants to offer…

Organic lemons experience steady demand in North America

Pampa Store supplies yellow lemons from both Mexico and Argentina. The export season for the Mexican product to the U.S. is coming to an end soon, running from April through December, and the season has been a good one for Pampa Store, according to Hugo Flores, in terms of quality and fruit reception.…

Mª Dolores Pelegrín, of Apemar: "It will be a shorter campaign"

Less grapefruit than expected in Spain and abundance of large sizes

The grapefruit campaign is underway in Spain with greater than expected drops in the production volume. "Although initial forecasts pointed to a 26% drop in the production in October, we have confirmed that, depending on the farm, the decline has actually been greater," says María Dolores Pelegrín,…

Specialized retailer Franz Laslo soon to open third "Beit Shalom" store

"We are increasingly turning to Israeli fruits."

Nowadays, every retailer tries to stand out from the crowd with certain specialities and exclusive products, not only in the wholesale sector, but also in the retail trade. Franz Laslo from Schorndorf is no exception: the committed retailer has been operating a shop under the name "Beit Shalom" (House of…

Geert Baecke, Tino’s Fruit

"Greek citrus popularity increases every year "

The citrus season has started well at Tino’s Fruit. "The mandarins and clementines are doing very well," says Geert Baecke. “The demand is very good at the moment, but we are also very satisfied with the quality. In addition to the Spanish product, we have also been importing Greek citrus for years. In…

Valencian citrus lobby has yet to be created

"The lobby has been promised and announced repeatedly"

The Unió de Llauradors has stated that a year after the agrarian organization asked in Brussels for the creation of a citrus lobby to defend the interests of the Region of…

Egypt has exported over 5 million tons of fruit and veg so far in 2019

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation has published the weekly report on agricultural exports for the period from January 2019 to November 27, which was…

Three Juice for Good machines - New South Wales

Juice vending machines a hit in Macarthur

An innovative new vending machine which is reducing waste in Australia has proven a success in Macarthur, New South Wales. Three Juice for Good machines, which sell juice created from 'imperfect' oranges sourced from Australian farmers, have been installed in Campbelltown since September. Two machines…

Llombart Handels- und Treuhandgesellschaft mbH:

"The shortfall in the Clemenules is very noticeable."

The Spanish citrus sector is in a time of crisis. Last year, rain caused major quality problems and overproduction. Prices plummeted and the market collapsed. Now the 2019 citrus season is in full swing. Hopes were high, but there are problems again. Llombart Handels- und Treuhandgesellschaft mbH, based…

Georges Helfer SA and IMG Citrus offer Flamingo, the Florida grapefruit

Georges Helfer SA and IMG Citrus introduced the Florida pomelo from Indian River 50 years ago. They will now develop a new partnership. This collaboration will allow the importer Georges Helfer SA to offer Florida grapefruits under the brand Flamingo. IMG Citrus recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary…

Vincenzo Malagrino' (Fruttone Bio) speaks of the Calabria citrus fruits campaign

Chances are that clementines will not be available after Christmas

The Plain of Sybaris experienced heavy rains which, while lasting over 30 hours, did not cause any damage. Regarding citrus fruits, the biggest risk right now is represented by water spot. "This year the harvesting campaign resulted in a 40% decrease and even 50% in some cases, but the sales of our…

"Papagan orange season in China started late by a week"

The orange season in most of the production areas of China started later this year, and production in some has decreased. "This year's harvest of papagan oranges began on November 21, one week later than last year. This is mainly due to the insufficient accumulated heat units this year. The starting…

Mehdi Haddadi, Med Fruit:

"It is definitely a different season than last year”

Spain faces a difficult year in terms of its citrus quality and volume. This is according to Mehdi Haddadi of Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Med Fruit. “There is a discrepancy between expectations and the amounts of Clementines and Navels now being harvested. It was already evident during these…

Xavi Nolla, manager of Naranjas Torres: "This is undoubtedly the year of the clementine"

"I believe a campaign like this is better for everyone than the previous one"

The Spanish citrus campaign has taken a 180º turn compared to last year's, when there was overproduction and unsatisfactory quality due to the excess rainfall, causing demand to fall and sales to stagnate and bringing prices to record lows. “The worst that could happen to this sector happened. It looks like…

The great influence of Egypt on Spanish citrus prices

When a fruit trader tries purchasing oranges from a citrus grower a few months before the harvest, the producer, noticing the buying pressure in the environment, will ask for an upward price. The former will then usually say that such a price is out of reach; that someone may pay it later on, but that it…

Silk Road takes Chinese Chongqing lemons far and wide

David Adamia, the sales director of Russia Green Planet Co., Ltd., first traveled to Tongnan District in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in November, to look for new…

Peelz - Fowler Packing presents new brand name for its mandarins

In the mid-1990s, Fowler Packing was one of the first South Valley growers to plant groves of mandarins. Within a few years, it partnered with two other growers, Sun Pacific and Wonderful Brands’ Paramount Citrus, putting out bags of mandarins that hit grocery produce shelves under the brand name…

North American oranges: later but better fruit

Supplies of oranges in North America are steady right now. In California, some growers such as Golden Star Citrus began packing Navel oranges the first week of November and are just wrapping up Valencia oranges this week. In another week, it will begin harvesting Cara Cara Oranges and then Minneolas in…

Syria will import citrus fruit and grain from Russia-annexed Crimea

Thousands of tons of Russian grain will be delivered to Syria next year, said, according to News.ru. Exports from the Black Sea Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from…

Cristóbal Aguado: "It is immoral for South Africa to avoid the ports with the strictest controls"

"The new global citrus lobby should not facilitate the entry of more citrus from South Africa"

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) considers it "immoral" for South Africa to avoid introducing its oranges and mandarins into the European Union (EU) through the ports that carry out the most professional and rigorous phytosanitary controls. The agrarian organization has…

Spanish researchers develop a method to identify organic oranges

Through a study called 'A holistic approach to authenticate organic sweet oranges (Citrus Sinensis L. cv Osbeck) using different techniques and data fusion', a group of researchers of the Cordoba-based Alameda del Obispo center, which belongs to IFAPA, have  developed a system to differentiate organically-grown…

The January campaign of the Tango and Nadorcott will be normal

“In 29 years there has never been a clementine campaign like the current one”

“This campaign, the price at origin of clementines and lemons has improved compared to the previous year; however, this higher price may not compensate for the reduction in the volume of clementines,” says Sergio Orobal, manager of Catman Fresh. According to Sergio, the queen of the clementines, the…

Seven additional countries join World Citrus Organization

The recently-launched World Citrus Organisation is set to expand its membership from seven to fourteen countries. Together, these countries represent 70% of global citrus…

Turkey: Citrus producers in Adana win struggle against Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Adana, a city located in southern Turkey, has managed to overturn the damage cause by the Mediterranean Fruit Fly. According to a well known local farmer and a former councillor, Adana is the only city which has succeeded in its fight against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly. Recently, Russia sent back some…

Soroti fruit factory - Arapai sub county

Ugandan fruit factory restricts business to registered groups

The Soroti Fruit Factory has restricted its purchase of oranges to farmer groups and associations. The processing plant that commenced the production of orange and mango juice…

Morocco limits citrus exports after 50% production drop

Morocco’s citrus production is experiencing a setback, leading to a  MAD 2 billion export loss. At a meeting examining the situation of citrus fruits’ exports as of November 23, 2019, the Technical Committee of the Association of Citrus Producers (Regional ASPAM of Souss Massa) has said that citrus fruit production…

"Quality of Aiyuan citrus with bagging treatment stabilizing"

Aiyuan, a cross-bred citrus variety grown in Sichuan has been available for about two weeks. Due to abundant rainfall this season, the harvest period has been delayed and the fruit quality has been affected to some extent. Liu, manager of Binguo Agriculture Co., Ltd. talked about the production and sales…

Parasite of HLB vector psyllid in citrus

First experimental releases of "Tamarixia dryi" in Spain and Portugal

For about five years, citrus plantations in Galicia and northern Portugal have been home to one of the biggest threats to Mediterranean citrus farming: the African psyllid…

Egyptian orange exports to the EU tripled in the last ten years

Egyptian orange exports to the EU have almost tripled over the last ten campaigns, while Spanish orange exports have decreased in volume, according to data from the Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat) statistical service corresponding to the period between September 1 and August 31 of each campaign. Orange sales…

30 M€ less in wages generated in shortest citrus campaign in Castellon

The shortening of the citrus campaign in Castellon, caused by the decline in the production of Clemenules, the main variety in the province, will lead to the harvest coming to an end around mid-December. This in turn will result in the loss of approximately 30 million Euro of wages for pickers and…

Uruguay's citrus production increased by 12% in 2019

According to the results of the Spring 2019 Citrus Survey presented by the Office of Agricultural Statistics (DIEA) of the Uruguayan Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries, citrus production in the country during the 2019 harvest amounted to 242,645 tons, i.e. 12% more than in the previous…

Tecnovill has new facilities

“In the citrus sector, warehouse productivity is vital”

The Spanish citrus sector increasingly needs the services of the auxiliary industry in order to meet the demand. “Both the national and the international markets continue to grow. In our case, we have noticed a clear increase in the demand for warehouse machinery. That is why we are going to move to our…

Mandarin prices on the rise in Russia

Since the beginning of last week, the demand for mandarins has noticeably increased in Russia, report analysts of EastFruit project citing market participants. According to…

Tunisian 2019/20 citrus production down 17%

Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Samir Taieb Thursday told reporters that a the national citrus production for 2019-2020 stood at around 366,000 tons…

Belize citrus farmers mostly spared from drought

Whіlе Веlіzе’ѕ сіtruѕ іnduѕtrу hаѕ bееn suffering from problems caused by dіѕеаѕе, іt wаѕ fоrtunаtе еnоugh tо еѕсаре аnу mајоr іmрасt frоm thе drоught thаt саuѕеd ѕеrіоuѕ…

Spanish citrus prices remain virtually unchanged

During week 48, citrus prices have remained virtually unchanged. According to sources from the Lonja de Córdoba, the market is now quiet as a result of the days of continuous…

Uruguayan citrus seduces Asian markets

The opening of Asian markets to Uruguayan citrus consolidates the continent as a new destination for these fruits. The country has been exporting its citrus fruits to China…

Significant supply shortfall in clementines on the horizon

"Spanish Clemenules will be sold out right after Christmas."

The Spanish citrus season is already in full swing and is traditionally approaching its peak in the pre-Christmas period. At the moment, lots of oranges, clementines and lemons are being sold at the German freshness centres. The Nuremberg citrus expert Enrique Pedros from the company of the same name is also…

Citrus industry is growing in Georgia

Around 2016, Georgia had around 21,000 citrus trees. Since then, that number has more than doubled. More cold tolerant varieties and better growing practices are making the…

Growers from Riverina, New South Wales

Australian citrus growers head to China

Ten citrus growers from Griffith, in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, are ready for their first citrus study tour to China, supported by the NSW Department of Primary…

Over half of Georgian mandarins exported to Russia

According to the data of November 20, 2019, the export of Georgian mandarins amounted to 1,658 tons, the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Agriculture stated. According to…

Clementine industry too fragmented

Agrusib, a company specializing in the production and commercialization of clementines, founded the Sibarina brand in 1999. The objective was to gather citrus fruit producers from the Sibari plain (Calabria). Twenty years later, Agrusib is well-known both in Italy and abroad for its clementines and…

The price of orange in Seville, Spain, increases by 40% when compared to last season

According to Ricardo Serra, the president of Asaja Sevilla, this campaign in the Andalusian province has improved when compared to the previous citrus campaign, when orange prices sank below production costs. In fact, the prices of the Navelina variety at the beginning of the campaign, which differ…

Mexico

Tamaulipas expects to harvest 20,000 tons of lemons

The lemon export season of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, during which 20,000 tons of the fruit are expected to be marketed with a price exceeding six thousand pesos per ton, will come to an end on December 20. According to Humberto Vázquez Ramírez, representative of the National Service of Agro-food…

But prices are good

Weather and smog hit Indian kinnow output Fazilka and Muktsar districts

Climatic changes and the smog caused by stubble burning have hit the kinnow crop in Fazilka and Muktsar districts. This has not just affected the size of the kinnows: fruit…

Ghent Integra Fund invests €5 mln Spanish Fruit Giant Citri & Co

Belgium’s Ghent Integra Fund has invested €5 million in Spanish citrus and stone fruit giant Citri & Co. It is to be used by the latter to further expand its presence as a…

Grapefruit harvest started in Turkey

Producers in Adana, a city located in southern Turkey, have started to harvest grapefruits that are destined for Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Romania and Saudi Arabia. Adana is one of the most important citrus producers in the country. The city is responsible of 75% of the overall grapefruit production in…

Agricola Altieri

New CTV-resistant citrus groves produce high-quality fruits

"The bad weather is penalizing us as, due to the frequent rain, we cannot harvest citrus fruit with continuity. In addition, the high temperatures in October affected the ripening and coloring of fruits in some cases. The campaign started a week ago with Navel oranges and will continue with Tarocco,…

When the value of a brand transfers to a product, it acquires prestige and becomes a value in itself

When the value of a brand transfers to a product, the latter acquires prestige and becomes a value in itself. This applies to Arancia Rosaria now available as non-blood oranges too.  Aurelio Pannitteri The Rosaria Bionda campaign started this year with 240 hectares in total producing around 3.5 million kg.…

More secondary pests in citrus crops in Spain

The ban of certain active substances and the impact of climate change are causing some secondary pests affecting citrus crops to become a bigger issue. "In the coming years, we will have both macrobiological and microbiological solutions for the control of emerging pests, whiteflies, Cicadellidae,…

Peru reinforces prevention measures against the Huanglongbing disease

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) has reported that the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) has increased its actions to prevent the entry of the Huanglongbing or yellow dragon plague, which affects citrus production, into Peru. These measures were implemented especially in…

Egyptian Navel season shorter than expected

The Navel season in Egypt will be shorter than expected, as the start has been delayed by at least two weeks. This is significant as Valencia will start in the middle of January of 2020, which doesn’t leave much room for the Navels to thrive. The season for Egyptian navels is looking reasonably okay, says…

Turkey: Aydin started to harvest Washington oranges

Aydin, a city located in southwestern Turkey, started to harvest Washington variety of oranges. The majority of oranges harvested in Kuyucak district are exported to countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Iraq. Producers aim to complete the harvest before January when the temperatures might drop below 0…

Citrus industry generates billions in exports despite bruising year

South Africa has packed 126 million cartons of citrus fruit for export to countries around the world this year, and remains the second largest global exporter of citrus fruit.…

Belgian equity fund invests in Spanish citrus group

Integra Fund is an equity fund based in Ghent, Belgium. This investment fund has invested a minimum of €5 million in Citri & Co. This is a Spanish citrus group. The citrus…

Spain has imported 237 million kilos of citrus this campaign

During the 2018/2019 campaign, Spain has imported a total of 237.06 million kilos of citrus fruits, according to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency)…

Few oranges but good quality

"There are still a few Italian oranges on the domestic market. Most of the fruit has started to change color, but it will take another fifteen days for it to be considered suitable on a commercial level," explains Domenico Maraglino from Maraglino Agrumi in Massafra (Taranto). "Not only do we have to deal with a drastic drop in…

María Morales, vicepresident of Intercitrus:

"The price at origin of Spanish citrus is rising weekly"

After a decade-long hiatus, the Spanish Citrus Interprofessional, Intercitrus, was reactivated last year in the middle of a citrus growing crisis. The idea was for it to defend the sector's interests in a campaign that has started with the hope of a recovery of prices at origin. María Morales, president…

At least 40 murders in vicinity of Sun Valley export citrus farm

Vendetta between KwaZulu-Natal communities drives away citrus operating company

The years-long implosion of the Sun Valley citrus farm in Weenen, KwaZulu-Natal, has come to a head with the decision of ACG Fruit, the operating company at Sun Valley, to withdraw due to the threat of violence caused by the long-standing murderous vendetta between two communities on whose land the…

Export of overseas citrus lasting longer but there is still a market for early Spanish varieties

Late overseas citrus on the rise

A recent semi-annual USDA report showed that, in 2018/2019, the cultivation and export of, among others, South African easy-peelers, is expected to rise significantly. This report is based on preliminary figures. This increase is a result of the acreage that was being expanded and is now in full production. This trend is not…

Police drones monitoring citrus campaign in Spanish town of Nules

Last week, the Local Police of Nules launched an aerial surveillance operation in the municipality, using drones to ensure the safety of agricultural plots now that the citrus…

3rd Meeting of Agroecological Health

Great interest in the organic production of citrus fruits and berries in Huelva

The Huelva town of Lepe has hosted the 3rd Agroecological Health Meeting, organized by Fundación Agroecosistema, which has been attended by almost 150 participants. At the inauguration, the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Huelva, Álvaro Burgos,…

Reduction of South African and Egyptian citrus exports to the EU

A poor global citrus production has caused the volume that South Africa and Egypt have sent to Europe to fall for the first time in five years. The reduction of South African imports is quite important for Spain, since the end of the South African citrus campaign overlaps with the beginning of the…

Florida delegation asks USDA to increase funding for orange juice purchases

This week, the Florida delegation, led by US Rep. Darren Soto and US Rep. Ted Yoho wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, requesting the USDA increase funding for orange…

San Bernardino County, California, quarantined due to HLB detection in single citrus tree

A quarantine has been declared following the detection of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in a single citrus tree in an unincorporated area of San…

Leaved clementines are synonymous with freshness and high quality

De Maria Michele in Rosarno (RC) was founded in 1913 and owns four hectares of SRA Comune clementines as well as four hectares of Soreli and Dorì golden kiwifruit. The former are commercialized with leaves mainly in 10 kg plastic crates sent to the general markets in northern Italy, France and the…

The Port of Castellón suspends shipments of Spanish Clemenules to the US

The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo, has confirmed that the port's traditional Clemenules exports to the US have been suspended this year due to the imposition of tariffs of up to 25% on the entry of goods from the European Union into the US market. "As a result of this,…

Turkey: Samandag exports Satsuma mandarins

Samandag, Hatay, a city located in the south of Turkey, has started to export Satsuma mandarins. Producers grow mandarins in an area of 2500 hectares. Farmers start the day early to harvest Satsuma mandarins that are seedless and have thin peel. This year, due to weather conditions productivity is high.  Samandag…

Northern Territory

Australia: Restricted area for control of citrus canker disease been removed from Cossack

The declared restricted area for the control of citrus canker disease has been removed from properties in Cossack, Katherine (Northern Territory). The restricted area was…

"Navel crops from South Jiangxi, China are small in size due to dry weather"

The harvest season of navels in South Jiangxi Province, China is to kick off on November 20. Although a large part of the harvest is comprised of small sizes due to dry weather, this hasn’t posed any adverse effect on the order volume and prices. Liu Hui, Manager of Yuan’an County Navel Brother…

Aartsen is Zniber's exclusive partner in the Benelux and Asia

The Moroccan clementine season has only just begun. However, the first shipment of Zniber Berkane mandarins has already arrived at the Dutch company, Aartsen. Aartsen is the exclusive seller of Zniber in the Benelux and Asia. "We not only import clementines. We also get Nour and Nadorcott mandarins, navels,…

Pre-order prices of shatang mandarins from Xilin rose to 5.3 yuan/half kilo

Shatang mandarins from Xilin are to become available on November 20. Two days prior to this date, pre-order prices rose again, from 4.8 to 5.3 yuan/half a kilo. Meanwhile,…

Frusoal

Sweden, a new destination for Portuguese organic oranges in 2020

Frusoal, the leading citrus growers organization in Portugal, will start exporting organic oranges to the Scandinavian countries next year under the Algarve organic citrus…

Spanish and Italian firms to control quality of Syrian citrus

The Syrian Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmed Al-Qadri, has announced that two Spanish and Italian companies will be granting certificates of accreditation…

Funds were intended for new advertising campaign

Divided citrus panel votes down tax increase – US growers fear collapse

US citrus growers are having trouble selling their harvests because buyers are importing citrus from Brazil and Mexico. However, while millions of gallons of unsold orange…

Vincent Keesenberg, Origin Fruit

Exporter looking for small, sweet citrus fruit droppings for medical processing

This is the time of year that fruit trees abscise superfluous fruit, the so-called November drop. What if a farmer could get an income from the small fruit annually shed by mandarin, grapefruit and orange trees? Vincent Keesenberg of Origin Fruit (Pty) Ltd and Sarah Naidu of the Havillah Group (Pty) Ltd are…

Ultra-thin layer of seal packaging increases citrus shelf-life up to 40%

Extending a product’s shelf-life has been an important goal for people at almost all points on the supply chain. Longer shelf-life means less product loss, less food waste, and more efficiency. Extending a product’s shelf-life can be done in different ways: some growers and breeders focus on developing…

Specialty citrus increasingly of interest to consumers

While demand remains solid for citrus fruit, there may be even stronger demand on the specialty citrus side of the business. “The interest has just really been growing on the specialty items,” says Nelly Czajkowski with DiSilva Fruit in Chelsea, Mass. While she notes that there’s a particular push in…

UC Riverside and Florida collaborate on HLB research

Professor Georgios Vidalakis of the University of California, Riverside (UCR), recently provided an update on the state of California citrus for researchers in Florida.…

Fabien Ruiter has been with Spanish citrus and kaki exporter, Barber Caballero, since May

"Canada, Asia, and the Middle East are our most important markets"

In May this year, Fabien Ruiter left for Spain. He went to go and work at the Spanish exporter, Barber Caballero, in Valencia. Fabien was born and raised in a fruit and vegetable trading family in Limburg, the Netherlands.  Many of his Dutch contacts have asked him to send some business there way. That is,…

$130,000 for Australian citrus industry to bolster biosecurity

The Marshall Liberal Government has teamed up with South Australia’s citrus growers to fight the war on fruit flies. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development…

EU demand for Brazilian frozen concentrate orange juice remains strong

Last October, for the fourth consecutive month, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) equivalent increased. This season (July to October/19), Brazil has…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece:

"Delayed harvest of Greek organic citrus"

The season for organic citrus fruit from Greece is starting late this year. The weather during flowering delayed the growth and now the Swiss market has to be patient for a little longer until the popular goods arrive. George Stergiou, the CEO and export manager of ANYFION GREECE spoke to FreshPlaza…

The area devoted to organic citrus in Spain grew by 16% during 2018

The demand for organic products by Spanish consumers is being backed by the confidence of the producing sector and the supply of supermarkets and restaurants. As far as fruits are concerned, the citrus sector has experienced a significant increase in the acreage devoted to organic production. In fact,…

Ronnie Cohen of Vision Import Group:

“The lime industry is like the wild-west”

The drought in the Mexican state Veracruz has affected a lot of growers in the area, with limes and pineapples being two of the most important products that are affected. Ronnie Cohen of Vision Import Group says: “Veracruz currently holds about 60% of the market share for limes in Mexico, but the…

Produce brand releases original YouTube series: "Camp Halohead"

Wonderful Halos launched a new family-friendly, animated entertainment series on YouTube called "Camp Halohead,” which is now available to watch on the “Camp Halohead” YouTube channel. Created by Wonderful Pictures, an original content studio and division of The Wonderful Company, in collaboration with Six…

New line of ready-to-use lemonade bases introduced

John Cavallo, PhD, Senior Vice President, Technology & Commercial Development, Citromax Group, is pleased to announce that Citromax has launched a new line of lemonade bases,…

Orange juice on wheels

"Juice, the smart way to recycle fruit and vegetables"

The juice sector is a key and strategic sector for Spain. Last year's citrus campaign was disastrous and one of the alternatives to avoid losses and the uprooting of trees was to resort to the juice industry and the vending style. The current citrus campaign, marked by low volumes and high prices, is not…

David Benezra, Total Produce Indigo:

“It is quite a good production year for the Florida grapefruit”

“The harvest of the Florida grapefruit started a month ago and we received the first shipments a couple of weeks ago. Supply on the European market should increase as early as next week,” reports David Benezra, director of Total Produce Indigo. According to Benezra, the start of the campaign is positive.…

Lemon supplies good but imports face challenges

It’s an interesting time for lemons in the U.S. market right now. In California, regular supplies are coming out of District 3, which began about a month ago, as well as District 1 which is just getting started. “There’s about the same amount of product as last year,” says Armen Karapetian of Fresh…

Isla Cristina hosts the 4th Meeting of Citrus Producers in the Spanish province of Huelva

Isla Cristina has hosted the 4th Meeting of Citrus Producers of the province of Huelva, whose objective has been to address current issues related to the citrus sector. As highlighted in his presentation by the deputy of Territorio Inteligente, Salvador Gomez, the citrus sector is increasingly playing a…

Three year terms for each of them

Three appointed to Florida Citrus Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Paul Meador, Steve Johnson and William “Bill” Poulton to the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC). The FCC is dedicated to…

"High prices of Turkish mandarins will compensate for loss of yield"

Due to cold weather conditions, the productivity of mandarins decreased by 50% this year. While, the quality remained the same, the lower supply increased the prices.…

China: Navel orange production declines by 30% in Hengyang, Hunan

The Navel orange harvest in Hunan begins in the middle of November. The harvest season is expected to last one month. The overall production volume declined this year as a…

Sardinia citrus: -60% for clementines -30% for oranges

"This summer we had predicted (see FreshPlaza of 26/07/2019) a drastic reduction in citrus production for the region of Sardinia. Now that the harvest has begun, we are aware of the actual percentages", explained Orazio Casalino, a Sardinian agronomist, who added: " There has been a significant…

Spanish entrepreneur on trial for scamming €180,000 worth of oranges out of 24 producers

The Valencian entrepreneur Vicente Chaveli was on trial on Thursday, November 14, at the Provincial Court of Valencia, after being accused of scamming 24 producers in the regions of La Ribera and La Safor out of more than 183,000 Euro in oranges in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 campaigns. At that time,…

"Export volume of honey pomelos produced in Heping, China increasing each year"

The local honey pomelo season in China has been underway for nearly three months. Although the taste of this season’s crops is less than ideal due to adverse weather,…

UF/IFAS Plant Improvement research

Growers & researchers seek citrus varieties that are resistant to Citrus Greening

Researchers at the University of Florida provided state citrus farmers and business owners the opportunity on Thursday to sample the fruits (literally) of their latest efforts…

North-eastern India

State government of Tripura to revive orange cultivation in Jampui Hills

The Tripura government has initiated re-planting of orange trees in the North Tripura district, said agriculture minister Pranajit Singha Roy on Wednesday. The goal is to…

New market observatory for citrus fruit launched

On 13 November 2019 in Brussels, the European Commission launched the new Market Observatory for Citrus fruit. On this occasion the European Commission requested Jose Antonio…

Oron Ziv of Befresh Europe:

“It is tough to make good margins in the fruit export business.”

“At the end of the day, we are an export company. We work closely with the farmers. If it is a bad season, it affects us too. If we do our job well and we have no big issues, every season should be okay for us. You cannot make huge amounts of money from it.” Newly planted grapefruit. Fruit exporters must…

Texas red grapefruit season commences, big sizes expected

Winter Sweetz, a Texas based grapefruit brand owned by Lone Star Citrus, announced the start of its twelfth season supplying quality, sweet grapefruit throughout the U.S. Now in full production, Texas Red Grapefruit will be available through April 2020, with peak sweetness from November 2019 to March…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

It is currently quiet on the lemon market. The South African season has already finished and people are looking back on record export figures this year. The Spanish season has just started with the Primafiori lemons, although the production volume is expected to be 20% smaller than last year. Market prices seem to be under…

Average citrus prices in week 44 of 2019

The lower citrus harvest in Andalusia will prevent a new price crisis

The citrus campaign in Andalusia will be marked by a lower production; however, this factor, together with the decline in the harvest in Greece and Morocco, suggests that there won't be a repeat of the price crisis that severely hit the sector in the previous campaign. In general, the 2019/20 citrus…

"The price difference between products of various quality degrees is growing bigger"

"Expensive green oranges from Qiongzhong enter Chinese market"

"The price of green oranges from Qiongzhong in Hainan began to rise in 2016 and still continues to do so. Farmers in other counties gradually begin to grow green oranges as well. The overall production volume of green oranges has rapidly expanded in the last two years as a result of the rising price.…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Sky-high mandarin prices, kaki market very depressed"

The lower supply of Spanish mandarins is evident on the market. "It is actually one of the few positive products on the current import market," states Jan Thur of the Dutch company, Marni Fruit. "Mandarin prices are between €12 and €15. This is truly exceptional. We have not experienced anything like…

The Fruit Factory

South Georgia citrus farm thrives in cool weather

As temperatures took a dip from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, South Georgia farmers experienced the first freeze warning of the season. A local citrus farm in Pavo…

Saturated market and quality problems

Memorably bad season for South African soft citrus in Russia

While few traders wish to go on record, many agree: it’s been a memorably bad season for South African citrus in Russia –  even “horrific”, in the opinion of an experienced trader. Ironically, the season started off well when South African Satsumas met a market short on soft citrus during the hemispheric transition…

José Antonio García, Ailimpo:

"Difficult times ahead for all Spanish citrus"

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

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

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

University of Florida prepares growers for winter weather

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


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