Citrus

"Dutch imports of Mexican citrus have been falling since 2017"

In December 2020, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its yearly Mexican “Citrus Annual”. It includes harvest forecasts for the current (2020/2021) season. So,…

Vicente Mingarro, of Frutinter: "Frosts have no impact on the citrus supply"

"This appears not to be a good year for the export of citrus fruits overseas"

While the supply of vegetables or berries has been limited by the impact of the cold, the citrus harvest in Spain hasn't been notably affected. “There is always a risk of frost and, of course, when we have a cold wave, this risk is much higher; however, at the moment this is not really having an impact. Only…

Cold weather reactivates lemon operations and triggers the prices of citrus and vegetables in Alicante

ASAJA Alicante has reported that, despite forecasts, there were no significant frosts in the Vega Baja area. The cold wasn't as harmful to the region's agricultural sector as…

New year kicks of the 10th season of Sumo Citrus®

The start of the new year signals the return of a special citrus variety: Sumo Citrus®.  This citrus variety, which originates from Japan, is grown in the Central Valley of California. The harvest kicked off in late December and limited shipping began on January 4th.  10th season of Sumo Citrus®With shipping for…

“The issues in Spain will have a positive effect on the Egyptian citrus season”

The Valencia sizes appear to be smaller this year than they were last season. This could put pressure on some markets, while causing shortages in others. Overall production of the Egyptian citrus has increased by about ten per cent this year, according to one exporter this means they have the potential…

Fresh Florida citrus marketing order continued

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that fresh citrus producers voted to continue the marketing order regulating the handling of oranges, grapefruit,…

Egyptian citrus season in full swing, Valencia starting shortly

“Issues in various markets mean we’ll have opportunities to reach new markets”

As it is the start of a new year, it is certain that most Egyptian fruit exporters have their hands full on the citrus season. The Valencia season is coming up, and every exporter has a different experience. One exporter feels they’ll have a lot of opportunities in the South American markets, as Brazil…

Mountain Food Products, North Carolina

Local produce distributor steers its business over rough roads

At 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of 2021, a rapid and practiced choreography unfurls at Mountain Food Products’ warehouse and loading dock behind the WNC Farmers Market. Meghan…

Pressure on Chinese lemon export grows as the price of raw material doubles

The lemon market has been depressed from the beginning of this season, and there are many different reasons for this situation. Even though the price is reasonable, there is no market for Chinese lemons. The competitive position of Chinese lemons in the international market has significantly declined.…

European demand for Italian clementines on the up after frost hits Spain

A positive start of the week for a few clementine traders after a few difficult days when prices and consumption were really low. "We have noticed an increase in orders from various European countries - Poland, Ukraine, Germany and France in particular. This was due to the frost in Spain, which caused…

Does citrus fruit have a future in Spain?

Over the last 25 years, citrus production in Spain has grown by 50%, from 5,000,000 tons to the current 7,500,000 tons, but during that period there have been notable changes,…

Florida orange groves decrease amid increased juice consumption

According to new government data, Florida’s famous orange groves are projected to bear one of the smallest crops in decades, even at this period in time when Americans are…

Potential OJ marketing order leaves growers hesitant

Many Florida citrus growers are skeptical of the proposed federal marketing order for orange juice (OJ). The proposed marketing order would allow all U.S. fruit used in OJ and…

Georgia: Heavy snows delay exports of mandarins to Russia

This week, the Georgian Roads Department published information on the closure of the Gudauri-Kobi section of the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Larsi international transit road…

LA UNIÓ demands measures to avoid the new plague detected in citrus in Andalusia

"Citrus import protocols from third countries must be more efficient"

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has requested more information about the new foreign pest that has been detected in citrus plantations in Huelva - a thrips called Scirtothrips aurantii.…

USDA January Citrus Forecast

Florida orange production down 4% from December forecast

In its January Citrus Forecast, the USDA shows how all Florida orange production is down 4% from the December forecast. Non-Valencia oranges had a forecast production of 22 mln boxes, but this has been adjusted to 20 mln boxes in January. The Florida Valencia orange production forecast remains unchanged at…

Citrus cartons unveiled for Lunar New Year

The 2021 Lunar New Year celebration begins February 12 and to mark the start of the Year of the Ox, Classic Harvest is joining in on this message of hope and health. New this year, Classic Harvest is introducing cartons for Navels, Cara Caras and mandarins which depict not only the Ox, but all 12 of the…

La Costiera has introduced innovations in its packaging and is ready for new foreign markets

The Sorrento PGI lemon season is in its early stages

The Sorrento PGI lemon season at La Costiera started on 1 January and will continue until 15 October. "This season comes with a new packaging, which will be used in addition to the traditional wood and plastic packaging. These new  practical cardboard trays can contain two or four lemons (see Freshplaza of…

Snow storm in Spain leading to increased demand for clementines

In Spain, storm Filomena has brought wintery conditions more typical of Scandinavian countries, with abundant rains, snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures in various parts of the country. Although vegetables are among the products most affected by this storm, it does not seem to be causing a significant…

Supply volume of Chinese Shatang tangerines declines, but price remains relatively stable

The Chinese market for Shatang tangerines recently warmed up. The price of Shatang tangerines increased by 0.2 yuan [0.03 USD]. The price of top-quality Shatang tangerines is…

Need for government funding continues for US citrus

The recently $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for this fiscal year -for government programs approved by Congress- continues to fund programs to battle citrus disease.…

Spain

New quarantine pest in Huelva affecting citrus and berries

The presence in Huelva of the quarantine pest Scirtothrips aurantii Faure has been confirmed by the General Directorate of Agricultural and Livestock Production of the…

Price of Chinese lemons higher than last year because the production volume declined

Tongnan in Chongqing is located at 30 degrees north and the average annual temperature is 17.9℃. The soil is acidic and drains well. The area is one of the three most famous lemon production areas together with California in the USA and Sicily in Italy. This is where the Huida lemons come from. "We are…

Zitrus Project (WWF)

"It is absolutely possible to produce high-quality oranges in a sustainable way"

In the framework of the Zitrus project, 1,132 hectares of conventional orange farms in Andalusia, located in several municipalities of Seville, Huelva and Córdoba, have been…

Citrus exports contribute almost $1 billion to Turkish economy in 2020

Turkey exported 1.8 million tons of citrus last year, with the top exported products being mandarins, lemons, oranges and grapefruit. In 2020, Turkey’s citrus exports grew by…

Pakistan protests hamper kinnow exports

In Pakistan, kinnow exports were suspended due to a sit-in on roads in Karachi, interior Sindh, and Punjab. The traffic on several roads was disrupted due to a protest of the…

Weather issues in Spain could prove an opportunity for Egyptian Valencias

“Only a small increase in price for Valencia oranges this year”

The season for Valencia oranges has kicked off in Egypt, and although demand is still slow, the growing and harvesting has been going well. Egypt as a country expects to produce 30% more Valencia oranges compared to previous seasons, and as Spain is having some serious weather issues, Egypt could take…

Citrus line of post-harvest solutions protects produce

Reducing food waste is one of the main challenges facing the agricultural sector. What’s more, access to fresh fruit is crucial to people looking to boost their immune systems…

Louisiana faces several citrus woes

Hurricanes, development, demographics, disease and other issues combined in recent decades to severely reduce citrus acreage and crops in Plaquemines Parish, which has the…

Marketing department changes for citrus agribusiness

Limoneira Company, a citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced organizational changes to its marketing department. John Chamberlain retired from Limoneira after more than 15 years with the company. John Chamberlain,…

Third packer for cold-hardy citrus

A third packinghouse started packing fresh South Georgia and North Florida citrus in 2020. The newest packer, The Satsuma Company, is in Tifton, Georgia. The others, Corbett Brothers in Lake Park, Georgia, and Florida Georgia Citrus in Monticello, Florida, have been packing citrus since 2016. “I have…

APMC Fruit Market sees more than 300 fruit trucks arriving

Sources from Navi Mumbai's APMC market state that more than 300 vehicles have arrived at the location, carrying tons of fruits. This has meant that the prices of fruits have also come down as the demand for the same has dropped over the last few months. Marketers have also seen a lack of customers…

Manuel Baides, general director of the new company Fruta de Autor:

"There is an interesting gap to fill in the premium market"

Four Spanish production companies have joined forces in a consortium to position themselves in the premium market under the Fruta de Autor brand. "Although the project has just been launched, both the companies that are part of this group and the sales people have extensive experience and background in…

End of year weighted average European orange prices at €74 per 100 kgs

The December 2020 weighted average European orange prices stood at €74 per 100 kgs Those in Spain were at €59 and the prices in Greece stood at €56, both being slightly above the levels from 2019-2020. In Italy, traders paid €110 per 100 kgs, in Portugal, this was €73. For the EU overall, the December 2020…

USDA citrus annual report

Australian citrus harvest to rise by 10%

Good rainfall in 2020 benefitted Australia's citrus cultivation. It will affect 2021's expected yields considerably well. The orange harvest is estimated at 535.000 tons, with mandarins at 175.000 tons. These are both about ten percent higher than in the drought-affected 2019/2020 season. It's not only the improved…

"Warmer winter pattern doesn't rule out citrus freeze"

A moderate La Niña climate phase is expected through spring 2021. This indicates that slightly above average temperatures and slightly less rainfall than normal can be expected in Florida’s citrus belt. Multi-county citrus Extension agent Ajia Paolillo made that announcement during a virtual Dec. 22 OJ…

Mexican citrus exports to the United States decline

The President of the Persian Lime Product System, Cesar Cortes Bello, told the press that the start of 2021 will present difficulties for producers and packers of tropical…

USDA estimate

European citrus harvest to increase by 7.5% in 2020/21

In 2020/21, the citrus harvest in the European Union is expected to increase 7.5% year-on-year to 11.4 megatonnes. Favourable weather conditions in the main citrus growing EU countries and a rebound compared to the previous season form the basis for the expected increase. The recovery in EU production…

Procitrus

Peru's citrus fruits are getting closer to the Indian and Vietnamese markets

Sergio del Castillo, general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), said they expected to open the Indian and Vietnamese markets for the export of…

Ori mandarins from Wuming enter Chinese market in large volumes

The harvest season of Ori mandarins in Wuming officially began with a ceremony on the fifth of January, 2021. Ori mandarin orchards in the area cover more than 27 thousand hectares. Ori mandarins from Wuming The activities on the opening day included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the orchards, an invitation…

Data points at impending orange shortages in US

Experts forecasted a decline in the number of harvested boxes of oranges back in August 2020. Official end-of-the-year numbers from the USDA published in December have…

Argentinian lemon harvest decreased by 30% due to cold and dry weather

The harvest estimate for Argentinian lemons for 2020/21 is 1.03 mega tonnes, a decrease of 30% compared to 2019/2020. This is the result of cold damage and the dry growing conditions. For sweet citrus the harvest of oranges is estimated at 700,000 tonnes and 360,000 tonnes for mandarins. This is a year…

Mexico's citrus production is expected to decrease due to the drought

The decrease in Mexico's citrus production, which could have fallen by 50% in 2020 due to the severe droughts that hit the country, could benefit US citrus producers as it…

Egyptian orange season has begun, but Chinese importers are waiting to see how the market will develop

This is the beginning of the Egyptian orange season. The Egyptian orange market was not great last year when Covid-19 broke out. Many importers suffered significant financial loss. Manager Wang, a spokesperson for citrus export company, Forwell, recently talked about current conditions in Egyptian orange…

Meyer lemon prices up in Tajikistan due to COVID-19 sales

While in January 2020, when lemons were in abundance on the Tajik market and the low demand caused prices to drop rapidly, one year later, the situation is the exact opposite.…

Mexican orange cultivation faces difficult recovery this year

Mexican orange production is expected to partially recover in 2020/21 after drought cut last year's harvest by nearly 40%. A full recovery is unlikely as the soil of the…

Production costs for oranges and mandarins estimated at €0.23 / kg and €0.28 / kg

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has asked the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture “to stop announcing the making of more and more studies on the value chain and to apply the reform of the Food Chain Law once and for all, establishing effective production costs for our…

The EU is considering banning an active ingredient used in the fight against South Africa's "cotonet"

The agrarian organization AVA-Asaja has reported that the European Union "is considering banning" the active phytosanitary substance sulfoxaflor, an insecticide used in the…

Pakistan: 2.3 million tonnes of citrus produced annually

Yesterday, Punjab Agriculture Secretary Asad Rehman Gilani said that Punjab’s annual citrus production stands at 2.3 million tonnes. Presiding over a meeting to review the…

Bhutan: Tsirang orange exporters worried over export drop

As the demand for oranges has dropped by almost eighty percent compared to past years, Bhutan’s exporters are worried. Tsirang-based exporter Dina Nath Adhikari, who exports…

Precision Agriculture: Drones detecting infected citrus trees create new opportunities

Israeli company Agrowing Ltd. has already established itself when it comes to enabling powerful horticultural tools. The provider of AI-enabling multispectral sensors…

Huanglongbing bacteria found on insects in San Diego

Californian state agricultural inspectors have detected bacteria which can cause a disease deadly to citrus trees during routine pest trapping in Fallbrook, San Diego County.…

José and Carla Vercher, Bollo International Fruits: analysis of a difficult citrus year and campaign

"Nothing happens if earnings fall one year, what matters most is not to disappoint the consumer"

2020 has been a very difficult year for the fruit and vegetable sector, marked - as for everyone else - by a health crisis that has really put it to the test. The way of living together and making contact with one another has radically changed this year, as have consumer habits and shopping trends.…

Spain: Three men apprehended in Alicante for orange theft

In two separate operations, Spain’s Policia Nacional have arrested three men for the theft of 1,600 kilos of oranges from properties around Valencia. On the first occasion, agents pulled over a car when they noticed the suspension was very low, and discovered around 600 kilos of oranges in crates in the…

Strong demand continues for California citrus

California organic and conventional citrus is moving well as the state begins moving into production on some new varieties this month. Mandarins: “Everything was about two to four weeks late this year on conventional and organic mandarins,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World in Reedley, CA. She notes…

‘Acceptance issues slowing down kinnow exports’

Afghanistan imposes duties on kinnows from Pakistan

Afghanistan has imposed an import duty on kinnows from Pakistan, upsetting the 100,000-tons market to exporters. The two countries remain in talks, aimed at signing a…

Kinnow prices fall as well - growers claim no link to protests

Orange prices drop as protests in Delhi affect movements

The ongoing growers’ protests in New Delhi have hit orange growers from Maharashtra hard. With the movement of the fruit to the capital and other markets in the north being…

Improved quality control to secure Egypt’s position as top orange exporter

Egypt aims to secure a second bumper crop of oranges this season in order to keep its spot as the world’s leading exporter of the citrus fruit. The nation has been rapidly…

Drones assist growers in remote areas of China

During the harvest season for navel oranges, drones carrying boxes of the fruit have become a common sight in a district of Ganzhou, Jiangxi province. These unmanned aerial…

Alberto Torres, founding partner of CVVP:

"We will seek to expand the Nadorcott production schedule in Spain and Portugal"

In January, the harvest of one of the flagship mandarins of the second part of the citrus campaign will start in the Iberian Peninsula: the Nadorcott; a protected variety managed in Spain and Portugal by the Club de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas (CVVP). “The Nadorcott has become an icon among the protected…

Citrus demand expected to ramp up even more with New Year’s health resolutions

The California citrus season continues to move along at a steady pace, though some recent rains have slowed down the harvest a bit. Jesse Silva of Kings River Packing shares: “The past months the weather has been really dry, so we saw really excellent picking conditions. In the last two weeks, however,…

Exports going smoothly despite pandemic

Mandarins shipped from Phuentsholing, Bhutan

Despite the second nationwide lockdown -and those all over the world- the mandarin orange exports from Phuentsholing are going smoothly. The Department of Agricultural…

University of California research

Scientists examine citrus hybrids in fight against Citrus Greening Disease

Researchers, working to address the largest problem among citrus growers – Huanglongbing, or HLB- are investing in an old technique by creating new fruit species with…

USDA GAIN Report

China: Fresh citrus production and consumption forecast to continue upward

In line with historical trends, fresh citrus production and consumption are forecast to continue upward in MY2020/21 to 35.6 million tons and 34 million tons, respectively. However, looking ahead, the rate of production growth is expected to slow as prices drop and consumer demand reaches its saturation…

Sparacino Farms - Reemoon Fruit Sorting Machine

"This system was as good or better than anyone else's and the price is much better"

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies in 2020, but one Australian avocado and citrus producer has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine over a video call. Sparacino Farms, on the New South Wales Central Coast, this year set up the Reemoon technology systems in the company's…

Price of Chinese blood oranges declines by around 20% this year

China is one of the largest orange suppliers in the world. Production areas are distributed across the country and they produce a wide variety of oranges. Improvements in agricultural technology in recent years as well as a growing awareness of innovative plantation management have produced an increasing…

Murcia seeks to promote underground irrigation for citrus crops

The Government of the Spanish Region of Murcia seeks to promote the use of underground irrigation in citrus cultivation. This irrigation system is an alternative that not only…

In the Netherlands, Schrijvershof gets its first shipment of Egyptian Navels

The Egyptian citrus season began at Schrijvershof this week. All these products are packaged under this Dutch company's 'Kelly Green' label. The season kicks off with navels in open top boxes. Most are Valencia oranges in telescopic boxes. “We got our first navels at the start of this week. These are of much…

No Christmas euphoria for clementines and oranges this year

"The atmosphere is usually joyful as Christmas approaches and demand increases. This year, however, there has not been the much awaited increase in orders. The foreign markets are doing better than the Italian ones despite the new measures introduced to counter the spreading of Covid-19," explained…

Fernando Durà, of Copal:

"We believe that pigmented citrus could be key to differentiate ourselves"

The pigmented orange campaign is about to start in the Spanish province of Valencia. This year, it will start well in advance due to the mild temperatures recorded this autumn. "The fruit is at quite an advanced stage of development due to the lack of cold during the autumn, but in recent days there has…

AVA-ASAJA makes its technical services available to producers to report any violations to the AICA

Many breaches of contract detected in the peak of the Spanish citrus campaign

In the peak of the citrus season, the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has detected an increasing number of breaches of contract by commercial operators in the sale of citrus fruits, mainly oranges and mandarins. The most common abusive practice reported by AVA-ASAJA is that of…

Due to bumper crops, pandemic, weather problems and transportation issues

Kinnow prices not great in India this season

Kinnow prices have dropped sharply in India this season. This is due to bumper crops, the Covid pandemic, weather problems and transportation issues due to the ongoing…

Chinese firm invests US$6 million in citrus venture

The China Industrial International Group (CIIG) is investing US$6 million towards the production of citrus seedlings; the organisation is hoping to sell the seedlings and…

Unmanned aerial vehicles revolutionise scouting in citrus production

Traditionally, sensing technologies in citrus production, where growers are looking for pests and diseases and are field phenotyping, rely on manual sampling. This method is…

Louis Melbourne - Seedless Valencia Oranges

"It is a clear winner with price and quality when compared to imported oranges"

A Melbourne-based wholesale company is expecting the popularity of its Australian-grown seedless Valencia oranges to be high over the coming months. Louis Melbourne Business Development Manager Nuwan Talpawila says consumer demand for the citrus variety will be at its peak during summer as it is the only…

CRAFT Research on HLB remedies funded as well

Elemental Enzymes receives $61,000 in funding for research on peptides

Elemental Enzymes, a company that recently obtained a patent for a natural peptide solution to treat HLB has received Citrus Research and Development Foundation funding to see…

Sicitrus, the new project of two young Italian entrepreneurs in the Netherlands

Sicilian blood oranges delivered to the Randstad

In the Netherlands the blood orange is very popular and is still a niche, while the common oranges are very sought after and widely known. "Our goal is to develop and increase the market share of blood oranges in order to become a reference point for the Dutch market," said Luca Pappalardo and Emilio…

Azienda agricola Pezzino di Geronimo

Lab tests on the aromatic components of Limone del Barone lemons

The Italian lemon campaign has just started and demand on a domestic level is good thanks to the nutritional value of citrus fruit, which has become even more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Il Limone del Barone grows citrus fruit, seedless Femminello lemons in particular, on 70 hectares…

Efrain Saucedo Nuñez van Fruta del Huerto:

"Dutch lime market finally recovers"

It's recently been an enormous struggle on the lime market. "We've been through an exceptionally long, bad time. The market has been dismal for 11, 12 weeks," says Efrain Saucedo Nuñez of Fruta del Huerto, in the Netherlands. "We sell a lot of limes to the hospitality sector, which has been hard hit.…

New irrigation systems combat drought

Moroccan citrus yield to grow by 32% in 2020/2021

In 2021/2021, Moroccan citrus yields are expected to reach 2,3 million tons. That's an increase of 32% compared to the previous season. This increase is based on more planted…

New Zealand, Japan, and Brazil

New export destinations for Egyptian oranges

Orange exports are set to rise to 1.5 million tons in the 2020/2021 season. In 2019/2020, it was 1.37 million. That's according to the US Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in Cairo. There should be more exports, thanks to increased cultivation under favorable weather conditions. Saudi Arabia, Russia,…

Baby Rosaria Rossa

Grades are not what makes a blood orange good

"Nature has its own rhythms and there is nothing we can do about it. This year, it led to smaller grades for Sicilian blood oranges, though this is actually a reflection of how our produce is fully natural," reports Aurelio Pannitteri, a citrus fruit entrepreneur based in Sicily and known all over the…

Sri Lanka withdraws increase in levy on Pakistani oranges

The Sri Lankan government has repealed its decision to increase the cess (levy) on Pakistani kinnow after officials from Pakistan’s High Commission in Colombo approached the…

Illias el Mrini, Med Green Import, the Netherlands

"There's a lot of Moroccan supply, but demand's lagging"

The 2020/2021 Moroccan fruit and vegetable forecasts have improved dramatically. Citrus production has risen by 29% this year. That's according to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture. So, Illias el Mrini of Med Green Import in the Netherlands can't complain. "But the current demand is disappointing.…

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors questions the viability of the export protocol for Peru

"The protocols for exporting citrus or kakis from Spain to third countries are very tough"

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has denounced that the protocols for the export of citrus fruits or kakis from Spain to third countries are very tough. They make it very difficult to enter new markets and the cost of their administrative management entails a great economic effort for the sector due to the strict…

South Africa's citrus area further expanded in 2020

Citrus is cultivated throughout South Africa. But mostly in the Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, North Cape, and North-West provinces. In 2019, a total of 86,808 hectares of citrus trees were planted in South Africa. That's an increase of six percent compared to 2018. This…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"The price of small sizes of oranges is now also pulling up"

"Towards the holidays, there are always fewer trucks available, which results in expensive transport. This means that everyone does not act too crazy and not much more is ordered than necessary. Everyone is alert and makes sure that they keep up to date with their trade," notes Erik-Jan Thur of Marni…

Lemon and grapefruit campaign hurdled by increased production and falling demand

The increase in the lemon and grapefruit production this year and the reduction of the demand due to the impact of the restrictions to contain the pandemic are resulting in a difficult 2020/2021 season. Lemon prices at origin amount to around 23 cents, lower than at this time last year and than in…

South Africa citrus farmers reaping fresh profits

South African citrus growers have gained greater market access to the US, while Brexit will mean better prospects and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)…

"Zebediela citrus farm, pride of Limpopo"

Limpopo’s biggest citrus farm situated in Zebediela, just outside Polokwane, is said to be one of the main producers of citrus in the province, supplying its produce…

AU: Strategic pivots help citrus succeed overseas in 2020

This year, the Australian citrus season has had great success in key Asian export markets with an increase in value from the previous season seen in Japan and Vietnam. The 2020 Taste Australia Citrus campaign worked to drive sales of Australian citrus in Asian markets by positioning Australian citrus…

Chinese fruit market dominated by citrus

This month, locally grown mandarins, apples, tangerines, pomelos, and pears dominated the fruit market in China, and the traded volume has been on the rise, accounting for…

Citrus fruits served directly on trees

How to make eating citrus fruit at the end of a meal a true experience? Simple: by presenting trees with the fruit still on the branches. The 'wow' effect is guaranteed and it contributes to a healthy diet featuring super-fresh food. Antonio Torre "Our trees are usually destined mainly to the H&R sector,…

Chinese honey pomelo season is expected to finish early because of rising shipping costs

There is a shortage of shipping containers and this drives the price of shipping up. Many Chinese honey pomelo exporters are gradually slowing down honey pomelo export because of this development. The honey pomelo season is expected to finish 5-6 weeks earlier than last year. Manager Wen, a spokesperson…

The research center CREA is testing new varieties to obtain red pulp mandarins

A research program for obtaining new varieties of mandarins with red pulp and without seeds, meeting the tastes of the consumer, has been launched by CREA. With its Center for Olive, Fruit and Citrus Growing, it has already created five unique mandarins, Tacle, Mandared, Early Sicily, Sun Red and Red…

Texas grapefruit grower launches "Sweeter in Texas" sweepstakes

Winter Sweetz, a Texas based grapefruit brand owned by Lone Star Citrus, announced the launch of “Sweeter in Texas” sweepstakes to celebrate Texas red grapefruit season during…

Florida growers concerned about fruit drops

Many Florida citrus growers are experiencing heavy fruit drop this fall. Grower Jim Snively, with Southern Gardens Citrus, said he is hearing talk of around 30 to 50…

Large and sweet Naniarchar mandarin is a hit

Sajek in Rangamati's Baghaichhari county used to be known for producing sweet mandarin oranges. Slowly but steadily, that fame is being taken over by Naniarchar county of the…

Il Girasole Soc. Coop.

Larger volumes but smaller grades for Sicilian citrus fruit

Giovanni Scavo, sales manager for Girasole Soc. Coop, reports that the citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was characterized by larger volumes and smaller grades. Compared to last year, in fact, the company -located in Paternò, right at the foothills of Mount Etna - produced 30% more fruits. In the photo:…

Peru will open its market to Spanish mandarins, oranges, and persimmons

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru (Minagri) has approved the phytosanitary requirements needed to start importing fresh mandarin (Citrus reticulata), orange…

José Manuel Pardo: "Despite the pandemic, the sale of clementines with leaf is going well"

"It was a mistake to buy citrus so early this year"

Last week, the number of orders for clementines and oranges increased significantly due to the strike in citrus handling and packaging warehouses announced by the unions, and which was to take place between December 14 and 20, although it was eventually called off. "It was a crazy week and now the market…

US: Strong demand for domestic citrus continues

Citrus is a staple during the holidays, and with the US domestic citrus in full swing, the market is well supplied. Trinity Fruit, who grow their citrus in California’s San Joaquin Valley, is currently packing clementines, navels, blood oranges and Cara Caras. “The season has been good so far,” says…

Californian mandarin growers harvest ‘robust’ crop

Casey Creamer, president of California Citrus Mutual in Exeter, has described this year's mandarin quality as ‘superb’. "Sizing is good, and there's a good quantity this year,…

Prof Ailsa Welch, Norwich Medical School

Vitamin C can preserve muscle mass in people over 50

A new study reveals that older people who eat plenty of vitamin C –commonly found in citrus fruits, berries and vegetables- have the best skeletal muscle mass. This is…

Ori mandarin price likely to remain stable in the next 4-5 years

Ori mandarins find opportunities for profit in Chinese high-end market

The Ori mandarin variety was introduced to Wuming, Guangxi in 2012. After several years of development, the surface area currently devoted to Ori mandarin plantation has already reached 33,333 hectares. That is roughly 20% of the overall surface area devoted to Ori mandarin plantation in China. At the…

Alex Teague with Limoneira comments on domestic lemon demand

"It has been an absolute roller coaster ride”

Domestic lemon supplies look to be down somewhat, though quality is up. Alex Teague of Limoneira based in Santa Paula, CA notes that harvest is approximately 90 percent finished in the Arizona desert crop and about 80 percent out of Coachella, CA. “The crop is about 28-30 percent down from last year. In…

Unions and employers reach a preliminary agreement on the citrus handling agreement

Strike of citrus warehouses in Spanish Region of Valencia called off

The strike in citrus handling and packing warehouses, which was to take place between December 14 and 20, was eventually called off after a preliminary agreement was reached…

Problematic situation for Pakistan kinnow exports

As kinnow exports commenced at the beginning of this month, sellers have said they’re targeting a 17 percent increase in exports by volume as compared to the previous season.…

Botswana citrus project is go

Botswana President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has stated that the P300 mln (€22.5 mln) Selebi Phikwe citrus project -launched last Friday- will help reduce the import bill. With the project, Botswana…

Profits hampered by high transportation costs

Bhutan: Orange exports from Tsirang district commence

Dina Nath Adhikari, a Damphu-based exporter initiated the orange export from Tsirang and Dagana districts. The first truckload of oranges -about 300 boxes- were sent to…

Pakistan mango exports fetching $104 million in 2019-20

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan’s mango exports increased 33 percent, reaching $104 million in 2019-20 from $78 million in the last…

Bhutan mandarin oranges cannot be packed - boxes are stuck at Indian border

One of the major mandarin orange exporting regions, Samtse is yet to really get started as exporters are unable to import the wooden boxes to pack their products from India.…

UGT and CC. OO maintain the strike in the Valencian citrus stores after mediation without an agreement

The UGT and CC. OO. unions have issued a joint statement declaring that, since no agreement was reached in this Thursday's mediation, they would carry out the strike in the…

Europe is the world's leading producer of certified quality lemons

Europe is the world's leading producer of lemons with an average of 1,200,000 tons per year, thanks to a unique production model that guarantees that the fruit has the highest…

AVA-ASAJA warns that to stop harvesting would cause losses to producers

Concern about the strike of citrus warehouses called in the Region of Valencia

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has expressed its concern about the announced strike of citrus warehouses from December 14 to 20, since this is happening at a crucial moment for the citrus campaign and could have a direct impact on the prices perceived by producers. These…

Abel Alarcón, of Brio Fruits: "Good sales of Cara Cara oranges"

Lower temperatures and Christmas season expected to give a boost to citrus demand

Pigmented orange sales are going well, with greater price stability compared to the Navelinas. “Last week, we started working with the first orange-skinned and red-pulped Cara Cara. This is a niche variety within the group of pigmented varieties whose popularity seems to be in vogue in recent years. The…

Product quality is less than ideal

Shatang tangerines and Ori mandarins enter the Chinese market early

The product quality of Chinese tangerines is less than ideal because many production areas suffered from excessive rainfall. Sub-par product quality in turn pulled down the market price. The entire market is depressed. Mr. Yi Zhonghua, spokesperson for Guangxi Jizhiyuan Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.…

Rich Colwell of the Mountain Mandarin Growers Association:

“Direct-to-consumer mandarin orders have skyrocketed”

The California mandarin season is in full swing, and for the Mountain Mandarin Growers Association, who are located in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, the volume and quality this season are looking really good. Rich Colwell, who was President of the association for seven years, and who owns the Colwell…

Lemon prices going up in western Uganda

In Kasese and Bunyangabu districts in western Uganda, lemon prices have shot up in the markets. Hoping to boost their immunity against the Coronavirus, more people are now…

Australian shoppers complain of 300% price hike on mandarins

Australians were outraged after discovering the cost of a children's pack of mandarins has been raised by almost 300 per cent at Coles. Some shoppers pointed out that…

Produce from Brazil and Argentina available on the Italian winter market

In a peculiar year such as 2020, it is essential to keep working and reach Christmas trying to find some sort of "new normal": "The passion that generally pushes the import of some product has died down. We do not want what we have created in over 40 years, and especially during the last 15 years, to be…

Gazetting of new citrus export levy will see R1 billion invested into the industry over the next 4 years

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) welcomes today’s gazetting of the new statutory export citrus levy by the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and…

Oranfrizer, "Despite requests, we are waiting for the fruit to ripen at the right time."

Sicilian blood oranges have increased in production

The blood orange season has begun and the first harvests have reached the tables this week, all thanks to the Sicilian company Oranfrizer. Asia and Northern Europe will be the destinations of 2021, with the hope that Covid-19 and Brexit will not impose any logistical obstacles to the entry of the fruit. The…

"Argentina could place around 40,000 tons in that market in 2021"

US has positioned itself as the second destination for Argentine lemons behind Russia

Despite the drop in global lemon production, which this year reached 1.5 million tons compared to 1.85 million tons in 2019, the season has been positive for the citrus sector, which had a turnover of approximately 650 million dollars. Approximately 1.1 million tons of all the lemons that Argentina…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

"The Portuguese leafy orange season has had a really good start"

While the marketing of Portuguese oranges started at the beginning of November, that of the oranges with leaf kicked off in mid-November. "This year, we have started strong with the Newhall variety. We started marketing the one with the PGI last week," says Eric Tastayre, manager of Apifood. "Although…

University of Florida

Decision support system to manage postbloom fruit drop on citrus

Postbloom fruit drop (PFD) is a severe fungal disease of citrus that causes fruitlets to fall off trees prematurely and is linked to wet weather during bloom. Florida growers have recently struggled with PFD outbreaks, especially during the spring of 2015. The PFD control is usually managed with…

Florida all orange forecast 17% down on last season's production

The 2020-2021 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 56.0 million boxes, down2 percent from the October forecast. If realized,…

São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt

Updated orange crop forecast totals 269.36 million boxes

The 2020-2021 orange crop forecast update for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt is 269.36 million boxesof 40.8 kg each. The first forecast update,…


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