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Northern European markets require perfect lemons

As soon as you enter the La Costiera warehouse in Fondi, managed by the Vinaccia brothers, you are welcomed by the intoxicating aroma of fresh lemons. Everyone works tirelessly and trucks come and go at all times. Lemons arrive at the facility at all hours and come mainly from Italy (Sorrento and…

40-60% of Vidarbha region orange orchards stricken

Maharashtra orange farmers in grip of drought as nearly 40-60% crop dries up

Farmers of oranges in Maharashtra are caught in the grip of a severe drought, their orchards withering amid an intense heat wave. Nearly 40-60% of the orange orchards in the Vidarbha region have gone completely dry. Shridhar Thakre, executive director, MahaOrange, a body that facilitates the export of…

Cold weather poses challenges to Kenyan farmers

Kenyan farmers have to contend with high cost of production as a biting cold weather hits several parts of the east African nation. The cold weather, which normally kicks off in July, started in late May, worsening an already bad situation for farmers after the March-May rains failed. The rains started…

Astrid Antillon about the citrus and apple situation in Latin America

“We aim to be a bridge between Latin America and the rest of the world”

The Chilean campaign for citrus and apples is going extraordinarily well. Volumes are exceeding expectations, meaning the region is ready to supply the world. Considering the lower availability in Europe, one importer feels there are big opportunities ahead. Chile is having a good citrus campaign, with…

Purpose-built health food factory in Skelmersdale

UK factory in Lancashire opens - creating 100 jobs

The factory, operated by Spanish firm AMC group, produces a variety of dairy free products, baby food and soups, and fresh juices. Construction of the new 55,000 m 2 site…

Inspections to export oranges from Spain to Japan cost more than the oranges

Spain's citrus fruits sector sends two-thirds of its production to the European markets. However, they are often congested, according to many in the sector. To decongest sales…

Spanish province of Murcia supplying organic lemons to Coca Cola

Coca Cola, the soft drinks multinational, has chosen the Region of Murcia as a supplier of lemons for the production of its brand Honest, the best-selling organic teas in the…

80% of the country's total production comes from Tucuman

Argentina is the world's leading producer of lemons

Argentina is the country with the largest lemon cluster worldwide. In 2017, it produced 65% of the lemon from the southern hemisphere, 1.3 million tons. Approximately 1 million tons are destined for the production of essential oil, concentrated juice, and dehydrated peels. The remaining 300,000 tons are…

Chinese citrus prices may increase this year

It is reported that there are currently small volumes of super early and early satsumas on the market. These satsumas are grown in Longzhou County, Chongzuo City, Guangxi…

FMI expands limes collection with The Lime King

FMI starts their summer season by launching a new brand: The Lime King. In cooperation with partners in Brazil, FMI’s team developed this new line as an addition to their lime assortment. “It fits our philosophy to expand our collection of ‘classic Royal Fresh’ and ‘energizing Toro Verde’ with The Lime…

University of Florida

UF researchers to study integrated approaches to protect young citrus trees from greening

While citrus growers continue to look for best management approaches to deal with the deadly greening disease, some scientists at the University of Florida will take an integrated look at how to protect young trees, by using tools growers already can use. Five scientists from the UF Institute of Food and…

USDA Citrus Semi-Annual Report 2019

Turkeys most exported citrus items are lemons and tangerines

The Turkish citrus sector reported good yields for MY 2018/19 despite the Mediterranean fruit fly problem and rough weather conditions. In order to mitigate those negative factors and not face export rejections, Turkish producers started to harvest their products earlier than normal. Other factors also…

USDA - South Africa Citrus Semi-annual

Strong growth of South African soft citrus and lemon exports

The production and export of soft citrus, lemons and limes is expected to continue its strong growth in the 2018/19 MY, based on the increase in area planted, high level of new-plantings coming into full production and improved water management techniques by farmers who have been forced to adapt to the…

How many lemons does it take to start a car?

We have known for a number of years that the acid found in lemons can be used to generate electricity. In the video below Russian mechanics try to find out how many lemons it takes to start a car. The lemon battery is only 1.5 milliampere. To start a car you need around 100 ampere. Around 66 million…

Genesis Emers, Hagé International:

"Abundant supply, weather not good for Dutch lime market"

The lime market can be characterized as unexpected and unstable. This is according to Genesis Emers of the Dutch Import/Export company, Hagé International. "No year is the same, so there is no real pattern to be discovered. It is, therefore, important to be observant. You must be able to anticipate…

With local season ending and supply of imported oranges limited

China: Spanish Bollo oranges enjoy best marketing opportunity

The local orange season in China has now ended, and imported oranges are taking over the market. As a leading fruit import company, Grandfruit directly imports oranges from Spain. It is expected that the supply of Spanish oranges this season will last through to the end of July. “As the current total…

Strong citrus volumes from Karsten in the Northern Cape

The Karsten Group is a farming enterprise based in the Northern Cape, taking advantage of their proximity to the Orange River to produce (in order of volumes) table grapes, dates, citrus, pecan nuts, top fruit and cherries, the latter two on their farms in the Western Cape. Around 85% of their production…

USDA - Brazil Citrus Semi-annual 2019

'Favorable weather conditions sustained excellent blooming'

ATO/Sao Paulo forecasts the total Brazilian orange crop for MY 2018/19 (July/June) at 494 Million 40.8-kg boxes (MBx) or 20.16 million tons. This would be an increase of 26 percent relative to the previous season. The commercial area of the state of São Paulo and the western part of Minas Gerais should…

New variety Wuxian Orange hits the market

Grown in Wuxuan County, Guangxi Province, the Wuxian Orange is a brand new citrus variety. It’s a variety with a firm and consistent fruit and smooth, red, shiny, and delicate peel. It enjoys a high brix level, and its pulp melts in the mouth. Its taste is sweet and palatable, coupled with a unique…

"Production remains stable"

"Our new season pomelos will hit the market around July 15"

As one of the most popular fruits in the Chinese and overseas markets in recent years, the pomelo is fragrant, sweet and tart, rich in nutrients, and contains high medicinal value. These characteristics that they possess cater well to the public's pursuit of healthy eating habits. Mr. Junjie Wang of…

Turkey: Lemons are the top citrus exports

This season, Turkey exported 1,7 million tons of citrus of which 563 thousand 703 tons were lemons. Despite a harsh winter, lemon exports increased by 15% compared to last…

Santo Tomas and Palmar de Varela, the most affected municipalities

Yellow dragon disease devastates Colombia's citrus plantations

Citrus producers from the municipalities of Santo Tomas and Palmar de Varela in the department of Atlantico have had to suspend the production on 1,270 hectares due to the…

Ruby Valencia Late variety

"This summer, we hope to stand out with our Red Kalesi pigmented oranges"

The new summer Red Kalesi orange campaign has just started. The variety is the Ruby Valencia Late, which has orange peel and ruby red flesh. "This is our second commercial campaign with this variety, and the prospect is to harvest and sell around 250,000 kilos in Europe, mainly in Italy, France, Spain…

Peruvian satsuma and clementine exports decrease by 5.5%

Peruvian exports of satsuma mandarins and clementines has fallen by 5.5% this season (March-May) when compared to the same period of the previous season, according to a report published by the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), an association that concentrates 85% of exporters and 12%…

The Spanish citrus sector needs structural changes

The 1st Agricultural Convention, which was attended by more than 150 people, including producers, representatives of cooperatives, university students and members of the administration, served as a meeting point to discuss the Spanish orange crisis. The sector concluded that the threat posed by imported…

US importer reports good start to Argentinian lemon season

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS), an importer and distributor of citrus, avocados and grapes, has reported a solid 2019 Argentinian lemon season. Since introducing Darling Lemons® into the Darling Citrus product line in 2018, LGS said it has received positive feedback and increased demand from both retail…

Brazilian 2018-19 export season still lagging behind

The Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice Equivalent in the 2018/19 season are ending, but the volume shipped to all destinations is still low. The month of May…

University of California study

California: Current mandarin integrated pest management needs more work

According to a study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, current integrated pest management (IPM) techniques used in California mandarins may need to be adjusted…

USDA Citrus Semi-annual EU-28

Production rebound expected to lower EU citrus imports

MY 2018/19 EU citrus production is projected to reach 11.6 MMT, an eight percent rise compared to previous year and consistent with previous estimates. The regional increase is due to an expected rebound in Spanish production, the EU’s main citrus producer. Favorable weather conditions facilitated good…

The biggest challenge is the competition with other countries in the southern hemisphere

"Chilean citrus production must continue to improve its quality"

Even though Chile is the second largest exporter of citrus fruits in the southern hemisphere after South Africa and is expected to export an estimated 344,000 tons this season, competition between traditional producing and exporting countries, such as South Africa, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, and…

Limes from Mexico:

“More fruit available and the quality is still good”

When it comes to limes, “we work almost exclusively with the Mexican origin,” explains Kevin Guinet, product manager at Total Produce Indigo. “We have loyal clients for this origin. We also made this choice to remain loyal to the producers we have always worked with in this group.” The company offers to…

Slight dip in exports for citrus from Chile expected in 2019

Total clementine citrus exports from Chile in 2018 were estimated to be at 52,000 metric tons, and at the end of 2018 they ended up being 63,198 MT, up 54 percent from 41,000 metric tons in 2017, according to the Chilean Citrus Committee. This estimate for 2018 is about double the exports of 2014.…

Britain continues to import Sicilian blood oranges

The British market is very important for Oranfrizer citrus fruit. "It has sophisticated tastes and appreciates all varieties like, for example, Tacle or Mandared tangerines and even Etna Mandarin. In addition, the British appreciate blood oranges a lot. The UK and Norway are the countries where the…

Mexico: Michoacan doubles its grapefruit production

According to data provided by the Agricultural and Fisheries Information Service, SIAP, grapefruit production in Michoacan has reached historic figures during the first four…

South Africa has doubled the purchase of citrus trees in the last 5 years

South Africa has been betting heavily on citrus in recent years, doubling the purchase of citrus trees between 2012 and 2017 and reaching the 6.77 million trees. This interest in the production of citrus fruits is a concern for the Spanish sector, since both markets increasingly overlap one another and…

Biogold EM develops new citrus and subtropical varieties

Varietal innovation in the Spanish province of Huelva

The Sevillian company Biogold EM (Euro-Mediterránea) is specialized in citrus and subtropical fruit varietal innovation. It is mostly focused on the development, management…

Argentina: Tucuman's lemon campaign is complicated

The province of Tucumán, located in northern Argentina, is the leading producer of lemons in the world with a harvest of more than 1,500,000 tons, which accounts for 20% of the world's production, according to data from the Institute of Productive Development (IDEP). However, due to the bad weather…

Florida: CRAFT Program moving forward

The massive Citrus Research and Field Trials (CRAFT) program will probably be run by a direct support organization, to be established within the Florida Department of…

Australian orange growers tackle industry problems at Griffith juice forum

The Australian orange juice industry is "at a crossroads" and needs a radical shakeup in order to survive, says Citrus Australia chief executive officer, Nathan Hancock. Hancock spoke to orange growers, processors and other industry players at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club last week. He was one of…

USDA - Morocco Citrus Semi-annual

Record citrus production results in challenges for Morocco

Following the 2018 annual report, Morocco experienced record citrus production this season in some regions. Berkane, in eastern Morocco, saw a 25 percent increase and Beni Mellal, in central Morocco, reported an 18 percent increase. The increase in production in the MY2018–19 brought marketing…

"Consuming orange peel can boost your total intake of nutrients"

Oranges, the citrus fruit with the pitted peel, are well-known for their vitamin C content which is a powerful antioxidant, helping protect your cell damage. They also contain…

Brunel University student

New packaging - made from orange peels

Bio-Peel is a new material unveiled by design student Denny Handley, a product design student at Brunel University London. It blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly. “Initially I had…

Imported lime market breaks through pricing gaps

Regular supplies and steadier pricing is the state of the imported lime market. “Right now, there’s a steady flow of fruit,” says Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in Edinburg, Texas. “We’re not inundated with fruit but it’s a good steady summer supply showing up.” The limes are coming in from Mexico…

Hail destroyed a promising Valencia crop estimated at 4,000 tonnes

Late navels & mandarins to improve frustrating season for Joubert & Sons

At Joubert & Sons, in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, the citrus season has been between two and four weeks earlier than usual, except on the Nadorcotts, notes Lionel Eva, general manager, and it will probably end a month earlier, especially seeing that hail ruined their Valencia crop just before Christmas…

Certis USA makes donation to fund research on Citrus Greening

Certis USA, a big player in the world of biopesticides, has donated $20,000 to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (CRDF) to help fund the non-profit’s research aimed at finding a cure for huanglongbing (citrus greening). The check was presented by Dr. Michael Dimock, Certis USA…

Spain

10% of citrus growers in Valencian county of La Safor have abandoned the activity

According to data provided by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA), 10% of the citrus growers of the Valencian county of La Safor have abandoned their…

Florida's Valencia orange season coming to a close

Growers in Florida are about to finish up the Valencia orange harvest. Some are already packing the last of their fresh oranges and moving on to the cold storage crop, while others still have a bit of fruit left on the trees. Shippers will continue to supply Valencia oranges from cold storage for several…

Trying to suppress the Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Morocco sets up Pest Surveillance Network

The continued growth and success of the Moroccan citrus industry has been threatened by the presence of a pest species: the Mediterranean fruit fly. This is not a small thing, as the cultivation and export of citrus plays a significant role in Morocco’s economy: it employs more than 13,000 farmers and…

Study aims to use orange peels for something useful: better heart health

Yu Wang, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, part of the USDA. With the award, Wang plans to lead a research team to ensure extracts from…

Overcoming the effects of hurricane Irma

Governor DeSantis announces $75M for Florida citrus recovery

Governor Ron DeSantis brought more than enthusiasm for agriculture to the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference. He announced $75 million in funding had been released to…

Provincial Growth Fund boost for New Zealand businesses

The Provincial Growth Fund grants for two Wairoa businesses are expected to boost job opportunities for road and horticulture workers in the region and provide some hope for Wairoa’s prospects. This week, the government announced it would provide $355,000 to fund expansion of The Limery, as well as…

Welcome respite from negativity in the orange sector in Europe

China exerts a strong and early pull on South African navels

An Eastern Cape citrus exporter is sending more navels to China than ever before: the market is a welcome counterpoint to Europe. “Our quality allows us to send more to China where there’s a definite opportunity for South African fruit, albeit within the limitations of cold treatment capacity to send…

They account for 36% of the fruit volume exported to Asia

Citrus exports to Asia from the southern hemisphere increase

The role of the Southern Hemisphere regarding fruit exports to Asia is becoming increasingly important, as they account for 36% of the total volume exported. Chile, South…

Nearly 500 hectares have been authorized in Spain

Producers to create committee for the promotion of the Spring Sunshine mandarin

In the coming months, the Association of producers of the Spring Sunshine mandarin variety will constitute the Spring Running Committee (SRC), an entity that will begin to operate in January of 2020 and will be in charge of the control, defense, and promotion of the Spring Sunshine variety. This was…

Lime supplies into the US improving

Supplies of limes into the US market are improving after a period of lower production in the Mexican growing regions. Recent rains had hampered fruit development but for the past week or so, better conditions have resulted in improved volumes crossing the border. Additionally, more larger fruit is…

Florida citrus production continues downward trend

The 2018–19 Florida all-orange forecast released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on June 11 is 71.4 million boxes. The total includes 30.4 million boxes of…

Andres Ribas van Oosterom, Vientosur / FruitOne Europe:

"Good market for South African grapefruit and mandarins"

The situation in the grapefruit market is currently very good. "The market in Europe is almost empty and that is resulting in high prices for the South African grapefruit. South Africa has slowly started shipping to the EU, after sending the largest volumes to Asia and Russia. Larger batches are now…

Peter van de Laar, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf

First chilled ship with citrus from South Africa has docked in Rotterdam port

Last week the first ship with new season citrus from South Africa arrived in the port of Rotterdam. The 'Crown Garnet' docked at the port of the Rotterdam Merwehaven, which was full of cooling houses for the storage and overhaul of fruit prior to 2009. This part of the port was known as the fruit haven.…

Arrival of first shipment of citrus in breakbulk vessel into China

The Baltic Summer reefer vessel carrying citrus from South Africa to the People’s Republic of China had arrived at Shanghai Port on 10 June 2019. The historic shipment of 5200 tons of citrus in a breakbulk vessel was launched on 6 May 2019 at Maydon Wharf Port in Durban. The reefer vessel was cleared…

Tackling the rising temperatures and water shortages will require new investments

Climate change: the biggest challenge for the Spanish citrus sector

Global warming is already taking a toll on some of Castellon's most important economic sectors, including citrus growing. The changes in the region's climatic conditions will make it necessary to invest in ways to avoid the loss of productivity of some citrus fruit varieties. The rising temperatures or…

The Wonderful Company introduces seedless lemons

The Wonderful Company today announced the introduction of a new produce brand, Wonderful Seedless Lemons, a naturally seedless, Non-GMO Project Verified variety of lemon that…

Research highlights menu trends and opportunities for Chilean lemons

The Chilean Citrus Committee, the promotional arm for Chilean citrus in North America, conducted a multilevel foodservice research project to better understand foodservice…

Zimbabwe targets Chinese citrus market

According to a statement by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo, plans to export citrus products to China are at an advanced stage as Government intensifies efforts to pursue low hanging fruits while awaiting bigger projects to take off. Speaking after meeting Chinese…

"We'll now be able to meet the rising demand for organic"

Hijos de Alberto del Cerro inaugurates facilities for organic lemons

The Murcia-based lemon producer and marketer Hijos de Alberto del Cerro has inaugurated its facilities for the handling and packaging of organic products. "It has been a tough project due to the limitations we have faced, but it has finally become a reality and we will soon be able to meet the growing…

A disastrous citrus campaign comes to an end in the Spanish province of Cordoba

As reported by Asaja Córdoba, the citrus campaign has been "disastrous" in terms of prices at origin. The association blames this situation on the overlap with the productions from third countries, especially after the trade agreement between the European Union and South Africa. 15 to 20% of the…

Drones, artificial vision and "machine learning" at the service of agriculture

Citrus production in Spain estimated with drones

Through a project developed by the Andalusian Operative Group with the participation of Agrosap, Cooperativas Agroalimentarias and the University of Seville, a system is being developed to detect oranges with RGB images obtained by a flying UAV drone in combination with a machine learning model. This…

The Tango Italy consortium has been set up

"Over the past few years, there has been an increased need for businesses to aggregate according to varieties having the same organoleptic qualities, shared growing techniques and following a same zero-residue production specification," explains Francesco Paolo Gallo, president and administrator of Tango…

Alleviating heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer

Limoneira highlighting health benefits of lemons

During the month of June, Limoneira is launching a new campaign that is focused on the health benefits of lemons. The company says the food as medicine and functional foods movement is gaining traction and millennials in particular are responding. The two campaigns are called "Take a Healthy Stand™ - The…

Wonderful to showcase new pistachio and citrus products at United Fresh

The Wonderful Company will be taking the opportunity to highlight some of their new products at United Fresh this year. Among these will be two new pistachio flavors as part of their No Shells line. The company will also be talking about the launch of a new citrus product, details of which will be…

Orange and Tahiti Lime prices drop in Brazil

In May, orange prices dropped off somewhat in the Brazilian market, due to both the colder weather and high supply at the orchards from SP. As juicing increases in Brazil,…

Easy does it, SA grapefruit industry tells growers after good first half

The current South African grapefruit season is just past the halfway mark, but from here on out it’s expected that the estimated 16% drop in export volumes will make itself felt. If the season is stretched out with steady and constant supply, the CGA grapefruit focus group says it could expect a good…

Roelant Komen, Fairtrasa:

"Mexican organic limes come when needed after long period of shortages"

At Fairtrasa in 's-Gravenzande the Mexican season for organic limes started at the end of last week. "Thankfully this means we have more supply available. Over the last few weeks there has been a huge shortage of organic limes and the prices shot up to 16-18 Euro, simply because there was little product…

Alliance between Unica Group and Suranan

"We expect the production to grow to 450 million kilos in the next campaign"

The Almeria-based Unica Group has just signed an integration agreement with the citrus cooperative Sunaran, based in Palma del Río, Cordoba. With the move, the production is expected to grow to 450 million kilos in the next campaign. The cooperative Sunaran SAT brings together 100 producers who cultivate…

Juice consumption in Spain has been reduced by 20%

On the occasion of the celebration of World Juice Day on May 30, the Spanish Association of Juice Manufacturers (Asozumos) prepared a report analyzing the sector's situation.…

US mandarin boom forces citrus pest management to evolve

Since the 1990s, mandarin oranges have become the 'Rising Stars of the Fruit Bowl'. In the US, mandarins are almost all grown in California, supporting a $2 billion industry and accounting for almost half of the nation’s citrus production. The surge in growing this small fruit, native to Asia, has…

Citrus exports might offer some relief

South Africa: Economy is shrinking

South Africa's economy shrank by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the last quarter – the worst performance in a decade. The nation could already be in a recession, with little evidence that the economy has caught fire in the second quarter. Weak levels of investment and more than 270 hours…

Approval of landside facilities for Japan in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth could boost Northern Cape grapefruit exports

First inspection and loading of citrus for Japan at two Cape facilities

For the first season ever, Cape citrus growers can have their fruit destined for Japan inspected and loaded in their own provinces. Starting last week, citrus for Japan was inspected at Cape Fruit Coolers close to Cape Town ( right: Remember Dzombe, DAFF chief agricultural food and quarantine technician…

China: Apple and orange prices remain high

Various media outlets continuously point to the high overall prices of fruit in the Chinese market, which are relatively high in 2019. The fruit market conditions were positive in the first half of this year. Farmers, importers, and fruit stores all received their profit. The conditions of Shanghai Fruit…

Egyptian citrus exports at 1.6 million tons since beginning of season

Egypt’s citrus exports have grown to 1.6 million tons since the beginning of the season as indicated in a report issued by the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at…

“The Interdonato lemon is not organic, but it might as well be”

At the MIN of Rungis, Gérard Lliso, president of Select Agrumes, offers his clients a special kind of lemon. “It is a variety which appeared in the 1950s in Sicily. It is cultivated on a land of 18.6 miles in length, between the towns of Messina and Taormina, which is the tourist jewel of Sicily. Its…

Alarm raised due to import agreement between the EU and Mercosur

Spanish citrus sector concerned about threat of new pests

The trade agreement signed between the EU and South America, specifically with the countries that make up the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), has become a cause for…

Export discipline plus smaller crop could mean a very good grapefruit year

A great deal of discipline from the grapefruit sector, keeping marginal counts out of the market, has set the current grapefruit campaign – just over halfway through – on the right course, says Rowan Vickery, head of citrus at Capespan South Africa. “And if this discipline is maintained, coupled with a…

Colombia must control HLB

The Huanglongbing disease (HLB) of bacterial origin affects the different types of citrus fruits, such as lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerines. After affecting the leaves and fruits, the sick…

Sunrays mandarins become first plastic-free packaged food product in US

New York-based Jac. Vandenberg has launched what it says is the first plastic-free food product to be awarded the Plastic Free Trust Mark in the United States. The company's mandarin brand, Sunrays®, initially introduced the sustainable packaging at last year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida, with…

The Government allocates 242 million pesos to fight against pests

Mexico's National phytosanitary strategy plan for the citrus sector

The Mexican citrus production sector has weight in the country's agricultural production. Mexico has 589 thousand hectares of oranges, limes, lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit distributed in 24 states, which yield 8.2 million tons of citrus products that have an estimated value of 23,924 million pesos.…

Citrus growers associations request measures to promote consumption

Mexico: Tamaulipas only consumes 5% of the local orange production

Even though oranges are the main crop in the state of Tamaupilas, consumption of this fruit in that state's domestic market is minimal. Only 5% of the 600 thousand tons that the region produces each year is consumed as fresh product, and 15% of the production is abandoned in the trees due to a lack of…

California citrus supplier prepares for summer import season

As California's citrus domestic season nears an end, the Bee Sweet Citrus sales team is gearing up for another summer import program. "As a grower, packer and shipper of premium citrus, our team takes pride knowing that we can provide product to our consumers year-round," said Bee Sweet Citrus Sales…

US Citrus: USDA May forecast

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 72.4 million boxes, down 5 percent from the April forecast. The total includes of 30.4 million…

Spanish citrus crisis: Not everything is because of South Africa

The serious problems suffered by the Spanish citrus sector are not only due to circumstantial causes arising from competition from third countries, but they also have revealed structural challenges that Spain must address. Several factors have contributed to what some have called the “perfect storm”. One…

Russia and Iraq imported largest volume of lemons from Turkey

This season, Russia and Iraq have become top importers of Turkish lemons. Each of these countries imported 142,000 tons of citrus. The list of the largest importers also…

Hot summer in Australia affected volumes

Higher prices for Australian fruit in Chinese markets

Australian products are quite popular on the Chinese market. The quality is high and transport is quite fast because of the relatively short distance between China and Australia. In February Australian cherries and grapes were entering the Chinese market. For now the grape season is over and David Yang…

Seedless lemon brand launches in South Africa

The new LemonGold® brand, which follows in the footsteps of the globally successful ClemenGold mandarin brand, will launch in one of South Africa’s high-end retailers in June. Although seedless lemons are not new to the local or international agricultural market, previous South African consumer-facing…

The most affected crops will be citrus fruits, vines and olive trees

Fruit production in the Mediterranean will be affected by climate change

A study carried out by the research group in Ecophysiology and Biotechnology of the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (UJI), in Spain, working in partnership with scientists…

Lemon prices are increasing, but oranges continue becoming cheaper

Orange prices in Spain are three times lower than last year

According to data provided by the Lonja de Valencia corresponding to the week between May 20 and May 26, 2019, oranges are currently three times cheaper than at this time last year. Orange prices at origin oscillate between 0.09 and 0.23 Euro per kilo while mandarins, for which there are almost no stocks…

Campo Verde: "The export price doubles the one paid on the domestic market"

Japan starts receiving Peruvian mandarins

Japan is the newest export market for Peruvian mandarins, and the citrus company Campo Verde has already made the first shipment. The cargo consists of 22,880 kilograms of…

Australian success: A citrus variety helps industry recover

The road back from a natural disaster can be a long one, especially when you're talking about tree crops, but a Burnett farmer whose citrus trees were wiped out in the floods…

Niek van Rijsbergen, Exsa Europe, looks ahead at South African citrus season:

"Empty grapefruit market, late start to Satsuma mandarins and sale of Navel started in pallets"

With temperatures in Europe still at relatively low levels, this is perfect citrus weather, which means the consumption is at a higher level than last year. Sales manager Niek van Riesbergen of Exsa Europe looks ahead at the South African season, a season with a late start to Satsuma mandarins, an…

Texas Valley Citrus Committee seeks new members

The Texas Valley Citrus Committee (TVCC) is currently seeking producer and handler nominees. Ted Prukop, TVCC Manager said, "The TVCC plays and important role in ensuring…

The main destinations are Russia and Iraq

Turkish lemon exports increase by 15%

Turkey has established itself as an important exporter of lemons internationally. The country's lemon export volume has increased by 15% over the previous season, with 563,703…

Rosaria oranges doing well in China

The second shipment of Rosaria oranges arrived in Shanghai on 17th May. The interest of consumers and of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for made in Sicily oranges is now confirmed. Aurelio Pannitteri Alibaba is in charge of distribution, thanks to the support from the Ministry of Food, Agricultural and…

First shipment of Peruvian Satsuma tangerines left for Japan

This Wednesday, the first container of Satsuma tangerines departed from Huaral province (in the region of Lima) to Japan. It took a decade of negotiations to even reach this…

Italy appreciates Spanish lemons

Italy appreciates Spanish citrus fruit a lot, as prices are competitive and the fruit is available almost 12 months a year. This year, though, the entire sector is not doing so well, with prices at origin lower than last year for both oranges and lemons. "The last Fino lemons are available in fields and prices are low at…

"Chinese demand for Disney's late-season Navel oranges exceeds supply"

Any trader would leap at the opportunity to obtain permission from Disney to feature a world famous cartoon on the packaging of their products. The cartoon immediately raises the overall product value. Disney naturally has high standards for the products that are allowed to feature their cartoon figures,…

Ample lemons from domestic and import growers in 2019

The 2019 summer U.S. lemon market looks significantly different from the 2018 scene. “This year, California had a very big crop,” says Luis Elortondo of Salix Fruits LLC., a U.S. fruit importer/exporter specializing in citrus and based in Atlanta, Ga. This is unlike 2018 when the region saw low…

Producers might export the product due to low prices

Mexico's lemon harvest has decreased by 20%

According to the president of the National and State Council of Citrus growers, Oscar Armando Avalos Verdugo, lemon production has decreased by 20% nationwide. Currently the…

Greek Valencia season difficult due to weather and competition

In Greece, the Valencia season has been a difficult one. Weather and prices have made it hard on the exporters. The hail in particular has led to a lot of damages and the prices for Egyptian Valencias has made it hard to compete. Greek company Sparta Valley Fruits is currently in the midst of its…

First Summer Prim groves planted in southern Italy

"We specialize in selecting new varieties based on market demands. Specific varieties make it possible to obtain higher productivity and grades, particular organoleptic characteristics and color and, most of all, fruit that ripens when there is little domestic produce available," explains Francesco Paolo…

"Export price of Chinese lemons is slightly higher than last year"

The supply seasons of different lemon varieties have recently started. The Eureka lemon variety is the most popular variety in the Chinese lemon market. The Eureka lemon has a bright yellow, thick fruit peel. The fragrance is strong and the fruit is juicy. The harvest season of Eureka lemons generally…

Citrus Australia disagrees with calls for moratorium on new water-use licences

Citrus Australia does not agree with calls for a moratorium on issuing new water-use licences. Citrus Australia will ask the Federal Government to support a review of the…

Hardee County, Florida

Florida citrus growers know what it takes to survive in a tough industry

Finally, some Florida citrus growers are starting to see an increase of orange production. Those who managed to stick around as the greening disease ravaged their groves have…

Australian grower believes whole-heartedly in local citrus

For the first time this harvest, Yambellup Estate citrus producer Richard Eckersley will pluck this season’s latest seedless mandarin, the Tango. Mr Eckersley said the…

Primofiore lemons still being processed as there are very few Bianchetto available

"Production is in full swing and will go on like this until June/July. We are still packaging and commercializing a lot of good-quality produce from Sicily and are working mainly with Primofiore, as Bianchetto volumes are low this year and there should also be very few Verdello lemons," explains…

Brazilian processing plants start purchasing oranges in spot market

One of the large-sized processing plants from São Paulo State started purchasing oranges in the spot market at the start of May – early varieties from the 2019/20 crop as well…

The weather has affected the season

Mexico's lime harvest will decrease by an estimated 20%

The worrying weather conditions being experienced in the central region of Tamaulipas have severely hit the fruit sector, specifically the lime crops. According to estimates,…

African oranges will arrive next month

High retail price for Egyptian oranges in Chinese market

Summer is approaching and Chinese oranges have completely disappeared from the domestic market. The main supply of oranges to the Chinese market currently comes from Egypt and Spain, and these import oranges are selling well. The production season of South African oranges is about to begin and Shirley…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"Everyone very wary on the lime market"

Lime prices have been on a good level in recent weeks. "For a long time, the prices in America were at such a level that it was not interesting for the Mexicans to send limes…

"Chinese markets for grapefruit and lemons are like day and night"

More and more domestic and overseas fruits will enter the Chinese market in large volumes as the weather gradually warms up. Consumers have an increasingly wide variety of fruit to choose from. The market conditions for different fruits are not the same. Competition is fierce. The markets for grapefruit…

The majority were oranges, mandarins and clementines

Citrus fruits account for 44% of the fresh produce withdrawn by Spanish supermarkets

According to data published by the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), fruit and vegetable producers' organizations (OPFH) withdrew 103.03 million kilos of horticultural products from the market between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. 44% of that volume, that is, 45.65 million kilos, corresponded…

Lemon income well down from its 2016/17 high; soft citrus now highest earner per tonne

South Africa: Inevitable diminishing citrus returns as volumes keep growing

Normal market forces have been responsible for the downward trend in export earnings over all citrus commodities. In his latest newsletter Citrus Growers’ Association CEO Justin Chadwick points out that the much-vaunted increase in citrus production of the past few years has had its corollary in…

Colombian Agricultural Institute authorizes the port entity

Colombia's Port of Santa Marta can now export avocados to the US

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has authorized the export of Hass avocados to North America from the Port of Santa Marta, as part of the Work Plan agreed between Colombia and the United States. To ratify the authorization, the US Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducted…

Uruguay has a new maritime route to export citrus to the US

A new maritime route has been opened for the export of citrus from Uruguay to the US and a first shipment of 150 reefer containers, loaded with Uruguayan mandarins, oranges, and lemons, will depart for the first time from the port of San Antonio to Philadelphia. The container ships hired to make the…

The benefits of oranges for the skin

Rich in flavonoids and other important photochemical substances, an orange contains 71 mg of vitamin C. Its skin contains more than 133 mg! It is also rich in copper, calcium,…

9,000 kgs of lemons seized

Pakistan: Hoarding leads to price hikes during Ramadan

The Peshawar district administration seized around 9,000 kilograms of lemons from a cold storage and arrested a man in a raid on a tip-off in Peshawar on Wednesday.…

Brazil: 2019-2020 Orange crop forecast

The 2019-2020 orange crop forecast for São Paulo and west-southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on May 10, 2019 by Fundecitrus in cooperation with Markestrat,…

Consequences of CBS may be devastating for Italian citrus fruit production

Europe is raising the alarm against CBS Many ask for imports to be contained so as to prevent the disease from spreading, as the only solution seems indeed to block imports. 90 reports have been recorded in just over two years on produce coming mainly from Argentina, Brazil and South Africa but also from…

2019 brings a tale of two imported citrus seasons

The volume of imported lemons will likely be ample while imported mandarins may see more moderate production. Gold Cup Fresh, a Miami, Fl.-based U.S. company owned by La Calera in Peru and San Miguel in Argentina, is embarking on its imported lemon and mandarin seasons. “Argentina is in the second year…

Packers of Indian River sell citrus grove to grapefruit grower IMG Citrus

Last month, it was announced that IMG Citrus acquired one of the largest grapefruit groves in St. Lucie County. Since then, the citrus company, based in Vero Beach, bought nearly 4,000 acres of citrus grove land from the Packers of Indian River, for the sum of $31.25 million. The grapefruit grove is west…

Battambang oranges from Cambodia next in line for GI

Oranges from Battambang and Pursat may become the next product to be awarded geographical indication (GI) status in Cambodia. At this time, the Minister of Commerce is…


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