Citrus

Andres Ribas of Oosterom, Vientosur / FruitOne Europe:

"Boat delays cause challenges for citrus import"

Rain in Argentina, delays from South Africa and Argentina and temperatures in Western Europe in July between 20 and 40 degrees Celsius: citrus sales haven't been easy. Andres Ribas of Oosterom of Vientosur / FruitOne Europe sums it up. "It was hard for Argentinian lemons to come in at the start of the…

AU: Government funded program trains dogs to detect citrus canker

Citrus Australia has welcomed a Federal Government-funded Australian first project to develop a scent lure to help detector dogs detect citrus canker. The project was announced by Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie and Member for Mallee Anne Webster at the Mildura Fruit Company today. Federal…

20% increase in volume

Delite mandarins back on the shelves

This season’s harvest of Australian-grown Delite mandarins hit Woolworths stores earlier this month. Nutrano has the exclusive rights to market Australian grown Delite mandarins in Australia and to Woolworths. “The Delite mandarin brand is defined by very stringent product specifications,” explains…

Analysis of Chinese market for imported oranges

The imported oranges currently on the Chinese market mainly come from Australia, South Africa, and Peru, with a small additional supply volume from Egypt. The sales volume of Peruvian oranges is relatively large. Oranges from Peru are available between the middle of June and the end of August. The peak…

The Spanish lime season begins in a complicated market

Isla Bonita, the tropical and exotic fruit brand of the Eurobanan Group, is kicking off the national lime campaign with an expected harvest of between 500,000 and 700,000 kg of Tahiti limes, grown in the southeast of the peninsula. The delay to the start of spring and the weather conditions in 2019 have…

Pakistan: Citrus growers reject exporters’ purchase price

Citrus growers have rejected the rates of Rs600/40kg fixed by the fruit exporters and processing plant owners to purchase their produce for the coming season 2019/20, an…

China begins the process of opening its market to Chilean citrus fruit

A group of professionals from the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) arrived in Chile to visit orchards and citrus packing from Monday, August 12 to the 20th, to learn about the production and export process of citrus fruits in greater depth. This visit officially…

Novel biosensor for early management of citrus greening disease

Limonin is responsible for the bitter taste in citrus fruits such as oranges, grapes etc. The abnormally high level of limonin is indicative of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which results in stunted tree growth and affects fruit quality in terms of nutritional value, taste,…

California grower begins shipping organic lemons

A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. has begun shipping organic lemons. The lemons are part of a new partnership with organic farmers in Hermosillo Mexico, the company said. A & A Organic Farms is currently offering both Fancy & Choice Lemons in sizes 75ct, 95ct, 115ct, 140ct, 165ct…

Man in Spain arrested for illegal cultivation of Orri mandarins

The ROCA team of the Guardia Civil in the Spanish municipality of Cartaya, in the province of Huelva, which is specialized in tackling rural theft, has discovered several…

In the absence of a legal definition of bee-friendliness, advertising body rules claims of bee-friendly seedless citrus are misleading

Ambiguity around citrus claims of bee-friendliness

The South African Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB)’s ruling in favour of the complainant on the purported bee-friendliness of a seedless citrus cultivar has highlighted the ambiguity around claims of bee-friendliness in the citrus industry. A complaint was lodged by Citrogold that the marketing claim…

Strong start for Tangold Seedless™ mandarins

Freshmax Australia has announced the nationwide launch of Tangold Seedless™, the new mandarin within its seedless citrus product lines. Originally developed by the University of California, Tangold Seedless™ is a seedless mandarin that is easy to peel, deliciously sweet and has a smooth rind with an…

South African Star Ruby grapefruit back on South Korean shelves

Six years ago after a citrus congress in South Korea, South African growers noticed that there was an appetite for the Star Ruby grapefruit. Then last year, after various visits to the country during the past years officials from the Fresh Produce Export’s Forum and the Grapefruit Variety Focus Group had…

Seald Sweet sponsoring Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet said it is honored to be a proud sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and supports them in their mission to save and improve the lives…

Peru steps in to fill Chilean mandarin gap

While there’s a gap right now in imported mandarins, September may bring a very different picture for the fruit. “Right now there’s a gap in mandarins from Chile. It’s being filled by Peru mandarins,” says Frank R. Telge of Gold Cup Fresh, a Miami, Fl.-based U.S. company owned by La Calera in Peru and…

Lime prices high in all export markets

Lime growers and shippers are reporting a good season overall, despite some weather challenges. Demand is up in all regions including the US and Europe, and with volume strained, prices are edging higher once again. USDA figures indicate prices are in the mid $20s for a 40lb carton, with prices peaking…

Citrus greening recovery causes orange juice prices to fall

Orange farmers in the U.S. and Brazil are recovering from the citrus-greening disease that decimated fruit farms across the Americas over the past decade. But with production…

Peter Bouman, FMI:

"Argentinian lemon season one to be quickly forgotten, lime market picking up again"

At the Dutch produce wholesaler, FMI, the Argentinian lemon program runs through to the beginning of September. "There was a lot of rain in Argentina in May and June. This has resulted in far less volume being loaded than last year," says Peter Bouman. "The European market for overseas lemons was also…

Trinidad and Tobago moves to revitalise citrus industry

In Trinidad and Tobago, the citrus industry forms an important component in Government's efforts to diversify the economy. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, in charge of this diversification thrust, said -based on consultation with stakeholders- that it has found that domestic manufacturers of citrus…

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - University of Florida

New early diagnosis method could help protect crops from citrus greening

Researchers have found a fast and low-cost staining method to diagnose Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), potentially helping to mitigate crop loss. The method identifies insect feeding sites, which are the transmission agent. The sites can then be tested for the causal agent ( Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus…

Egypt and Japan hold talks to end ban on Egyptian citrus fruits

On Wednesday, the Head of the Egyptian Trade Representation Office in Tokyo, Hossam Negm, said that Egypt and Japan are holding talks to lift a Japanese ban on Egyptian citrus…

Trade war, small size fruit and flood of imports

California orange season “one of the worst”

According to a statement from Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual (CCM), “The 2018-2019 navel orange season will go down in history as one of the worst seasons outside of a…

Unusually large sizes & wind marks on Cape navels compounded by logistical difficulties, but outlook for imminent Cape Valencia crop more positive

A perfect storm for South African navels

In the Western Cape it’s a good navel quality year, but, alas, a lot of wind late last year as well as good growth conditions following several years of drought have led to unusually large sizes. The navel season is in its final two weeks, and it’s uncertain whether the South African industry will be…

Limes and mangoes

Colombia will implement new phytosanitary measures to export to Europe

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), through an official communication that was addressed to the European Commission, confirmed that Colombia will begin the…

Thailand: Increase of production needed to export red pomelos

Red pomelos can be cultivated year-round in Thailand, but the period for the tastiest fruits is about to come to an end. The majority of the harvest is used for local consumption, but the Thai growers are looking into increasing their exports of the fruit. The demand for red pomelo is increasing and…

Importer expands citrus line with Cara Cara oranges

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS) has expanded its Darling Citrus line with the addition of seasonal Chilean Cara Cara oranges, available August through mid to late September. “We are so excited to be adding Cara Caras to our Darling Citrus line,” said Luke Sears, president and founder of LGS Specialty…

São Paulo State

Brazil: Harvest of murcott tangor stepping up

The harvesting of murc ott tangor, which started at a slow pace in the second fortnight of June, is now stepping up in São Paulo State. According to Cepea collaborators ,…

Florida

One of US largest citrus producers reports higher revenue, profits in third quarter

Alico Inc., the agribusiness and land management company based in Fort Myers, Florida, reported stronger results in its third quarter. In its fiscal quarter ending June 30, it earned $16.2 million, or $2.17 a share. That was up from $9.1 million, or $1.09 a share, a year ago. The company reported…

Considerably fewer quantities of citrus fruit expected in the Ionian area

"The stone fruit campaign is coming to an end in the Metaponto area. While we are waiting for the last late varieties harvested in early August to be commercialized, we are already planning the new citrus fruit campaign," explains Franco Lillo, technician at OP AssoFruit Italia. "The climate changes…

Tunisia confirms the presence of the fungus that causes black spot

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) has issued an alert confirming that the Tunisian authorities have officially declared an area infected with Phyllosticta citricarpa , the fungus that causes black spot. We are talking ​​about 2,000 hectares in the Nabeul Governorate; a…

17th citrus import season for US grower and shipper

After concluding the citrus season in the United States, Duda Farm Fresh Foods launched its import citrus program for the 17th consecutive summer. Beginning mid-May through October, Duda imports citrus to the U.S. from the southern hemisphere. During the 2019 season, Duda introduced Argentinian lemons,…

Drop in citrus fruit quantities in Sardinia

Sardinian agronomist Orazio Casalino talks about the phenological state of citrus plants and fruits. "The situation in Sardinia reflects what is happening on a national level. The heat and drought in March and April followed by the frequent heavy rains in April and May and the strong Sirocco winds in…

Citrus harvest in Spanish Region of Valencia to fall by 30%

Based on a survey carried out by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA), in which about 100 citrus growing members participated, the next citrus harvest in the Region of Valencia will fall by between 20 and 30% compared to the previous campaign. The crop reduction will be much…

Summer Citrus From South Africa launches summer sweepstakes

For the third consecutive year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) has announced its 2019 consumer promotion, the “Taste of Summer” sweepstakes. Through August 21, SCSA…

Wonderful Halos achieves top spot in US brand survey

Wonderful Halos was recently named the most-loved healthy snack brand among both parents and kids, according to a 2019 Brand Love™ study released by youth and family market…

Many groves seem to be on the rebound

Florida citrus: Great strides in fight against HLB

The Florida citrus industry has suffered some setbacks over the last few years, primarily due to the scourge of citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB). The good news is that…

First forecast for Spanish lemon harvest 2019/2020 season

Ailimpo's first estimate of the lemon harvest for next season 2019/2020, forecasts a total production in Spain of 1,104,000 tonnes, representing an overall decrease of 14% compared to the 2018/2019 season when production reached record levels. This first crop estimate will be confirmed depending on the…

Canada: "Orri mandarins are popular when available"

Seedless mandarin arrivals into North America from the southern hemisphere are remaining steady, with no reports of any major issues or delays. Toronto-based North American Produce Buyers are currently sourcing seedless mandarins from Chile and Argentina, with arrivals expected soon from Peru and South…

"South African orange prices currently at a low level in China"

“Oranges from South Africa became available in China in mid-June this year. The initial supply was limited, and the season started later than in previous years. At the moment, prices are quite low, with navels at about 120 yuan per 15kg unit and summer oranges at about 130 yuan, much lower than the range…

Mexican limes lean on good quality supplies

Supplies of imported limes from Mexico are looking slimmer right now. “The overall supply of limes has tightened after hitting record-breaking crossings in mid-June. And it’s especially tight for bright green color fruit, which many North American consumers perceive as quality,” says Nico Giraldo,…

Florida governor DeSantis announces $100 mln in Irma recovery for citrus

In what governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday called “…great news for our citrus industry … showing our commitment to ensuring Florida growers make a full recovery,” the Florida…

Production volume and production volume both improved

Hainan honey pomelo enters market early, price goes up

The Hainan honey pomelo has already entered the market in large volumes. The highest wholesale price in production areas reached 4.5 yuan [0.65 USD] per 0.5 kg. The lowest…

China: How are pomelo prices looking this year?

In recent years, pomelos have become increasingly popular at fruit markets. However, since last year, prices have fallen sharply, and they has even experienced poor sales. So…

George Hall - Dibanisa Fruit/Unipack Fruit

“The rest of the country can’t touch us on soft citrus”

“Our exposure to the deciduous fruit industry changes the way we farm citrus,” says George Hall, marketing manager at Dibanisa, of the grower-exporter-shipper’s eight farms in Ashton, Bonnievale and Swellendam, where you’re more likely to find wine grapes or persimmons than citrus. “We farm our citrus a…

The EU won't reconsider the negative impact of the Mercosur agreement on citrus fruits

The European Commissioner of Agriculture, Phil Hogan, has been harshly criticized by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) after saying on Monday…

Some imported oranges have no obvious advantage in Chinese market

South African oranges are not yet selling well in the Chinese market because Egyptian oranges are still available from storage. There is enough market demand for top-quality…

Challenging year for domestic orange production

Following a tricky season, supplies of California Navel oranges are wrapping up. “There are some California Navels still available on the market. But we finished last week. It was a pretty long season for us,” says Michael Chavez of Golden Star Citrus in Woodlake, Ca. Chavez says supplies of Navels began…

Spain

Negative balance for the Region of Valencia's 2018/19 citrus campaign

The 2018/19 citrus campaign in the Spanish Region of Valencia has been one of the worst in recent years, according to figures published by UNIÓ de Llauradors, which reveal a 32% drop in profits compared to the previous season. The LA UNIÓ report shows that the income has fallen by 151 million Euro (40%)…

USDA Citrus forecast

Florida all orange forecast 2018-2019: 76.5 million boxes

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange fore cast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 76.5 million boxes, down slightly from the March forecast. The total…

Argentina: Intense frost in Entre Ríos damages citrus production

The Argentine province of Entre Rios was affected by an unusual frost this weekend when the temperature dropped to -5º C. The intense cold affected a large part of the…

More delays in getting Port Elizabeth crane operational, while govt ministers put pressure on the port authority

South Africa port crisis: Berthing delays, shortages of containers and hauliers

Harbour personnel are cautiously optimistic that the situation will start improving at Ngqura Port Terminal (NPT), but it will take two weeks, at the least, to get back on schedule. Staffing shortages and low productivity at all of the country’s containers terminals mean that Transnet Port Terminals…

New citrus canker fighting technology announced

Certis USA announced new citrus canker fighting technology to combat bacterial diseases and antibiotic resistance in citrus. AgriPhage™ Citrus Canker is the only citrus canker…

Virginia Tech research

New study on citrus greening disease

It is a well-known fact that the future availability of citrus products is threatened by the global spread of huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease.…

Southern Europe citrus volumes dropping slightly

Although the weighted orange prices in the EU are at about 5 euros/100 kg lower than in the 2017-2018 crop year, they are relatively stable and might even go up a little. In any case, they are again approaching the 5-year average. Citrus fruit production in Spain is of course still dropping off somewhat…

Wim Bezemer, Four Seasons Fruit Supply:

"New Brazilian limes arrive in the Netherlands"

The first Brazilian limes arrived at Four Seasons Fruit Supply (FSFS) in the Netherlands last week. This importer is based in the Dutch town of Barendrecht. They work with Jagro Brazilië, where Dutchman, Marcel Jacobs, is in charge. FSFS receives weekly supplies under the Louise and Frutador brands. "We…

Víctor Martínez, of Amefruits: "We don't want rapid growth, we like taking care of the fruit"

"Good Verna lemon campaign, despite low prices in the processing industry"

The Spanish Verna lemon campaign will be longer than last year's, when imports from the southern hemisphere had to start earlier due to the lack of fruit. Sales remain stable despite the fact that the processing industry is paying rock bottom prices, and the quality is remarkable. The last batches will…

The CGC alerts of a great economic impact on the citrus producers and the environment

Tariffs on Brazilian orange juice will progressively disappear over ten years

Even though the EU treaty with Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay) was announced on June 28, the Commission and the Spanish government still haven't clarified the specific conditions it has set for the citrus sector. The Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, however, has already done so:…

Sumo fruit trending on Instagram

Sumo Citrus is a type of citrus fruit (sometimes called Sumo Mandarins or Sumo Oranges) that looks like a smaller version of the -slightly- larger navel orange. In fact, they are a mostly-seedless…

South African citrus industry wants minister to deal with port crisis

"Minister Patel can save citrus from Transnet Go-Slow"

The South African citrus industry has called on Minister Patel to intercede on behalf of the industry, and the jobs it represents, and prevent the industrial action at Transnet’s Port of Ngqura from developing into a deeper economic crisis. "Minister Patel is a friend and ardent supporter of South…

Argentina: Producers concerned about lack of domestic demand for citrus

Argentinian citrus producers from the region of Litoral are concerned about the lack of demand for citrus products in the domestic market. In addition, producers are being…

Florida citrus industry

Citrus numbers improve as struggles continue

Florida’s citrus industry ended its growing season on a slight uptick, regaining its dominance in orange production over California. Growers, who l ast year posted 75-year…

USDA July Citrus forecast

Production forecast for Florida non-Valencia oranges at 30.4 mln boxes.

Forecast production of Florida non Valencia oranges is currently at 30.4 mln boxes. (June/July). Production in California & Texas are projected at 40 and 1.3 mln boxes…

Spain

Increase in the export of Andalusian citrus, while Valencia's falls

Although the Region of Valencia and Andalusia share the same pressure from other markets in the southern hemisphere and the Mediterranean basin, the development of citrus…

Egypt: Ministry issues recommendations to protect citrus from climate change

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture urged spreading awareness of the threats that climate change poses on agriculture, as well as the different measures needed to protect…

US: California state tries to defeat citrus disease

The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee endorsed a set of best practices on how to combat huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that devastates citrus orchards. The…

European lime market on the up

So far 2019 has been a more positive season for limes in the European market, following last year which saw low demand and low prices, according to Hamza Sethi from BE Fruit who provides a service for lime growers in Mexico and Brazil to supply European customers directly. “The beginning of 2019 started slowly but prices…

Gijsbert van Leeuwen, Origin Fruit Direct:

“Retailers are switching directly from Spanish Nadorcott to South African Clementines”

The South African citrus season is in full swing. Although lower harvests were expected for many varieties, Gijsbert van Leeuwen of Origin Fruit Direct doesn’t fear for shortages on the European market. “The summer holidays aren’t the best period for citrus sales anyway, and besides, demand from markets…

"Spanish citrus fruits need brands in order to overcome the crisis"

Good start for Valencia's watermelon campaign The watermelon campaign started a week ago in Valencia with good prices, as consumption was boosted by the high temperatures recorded across Europe. The campaign in Murcia is currently in full swing, while the Region of Valencia is just starting, Morocco has…

Andries du Preez, San Miguel South Africa

“I think it will be a good lemon season for South Africa”

In the Sundays River Valley, San Miguel is about a third of the way through a lemon harvest which was delayed by some weeks due to slow colouring. While lemons have been late, Eastern Cape navels have been early, placing pressure on packhouses. At San Miguel South Africa, Cara Cara navels ended last week…

Warning about detection of citrus mealybug in kakis in the Spanish Region of Valencia

The Plant Health Service of the Region of Valencia has warned of a citrus mealybug pest affecting kaki plantations, after finding indications of biological activity in the…

Spain: Primor bringing high quality oranges to China

“Fruit marketed under the Primor brand is exported from all over the world, such as Spain, South Africa, and Australia. We have a variety of fruit, such as peaches, avocados, plumes, and plums. We have our own orange cultivation centers, processing plants and packing houses in Spain. In the other…

Wind in the Cape reduces soft citrus packouts

The soft citrus season is busy catching up on an initial slow start due to delayed colouring in many areas. With some southern regions earlier and the northern regions later, there may be a clash in the timing of late mandarins. In the far and central north of the country harvesting is underway of late…

Summer Prim lemons gaining popularity in southern Italy

Southern producers are placing their bets on a new lemon variety, Summer Prim®, a cultivar managed by CVVP (Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas A.I.E.) and for which Comercial Gallo obtained exclusive distribution rights for Italy on a limited number of hectares (500 hectares). In the Metaponto…

A new record for Arancia di Ribera DOP with 10 million kg sodl

A new record for the sales of Arancia di Ribera DOP . Parlapiano Fruit, managed to stand out in particular for a Sicilian company specializing in the production and commercialization of this citrus fruit. During the 2018/19 campaign, certifying body I..S. for Sicily certified almost 10,000,000 kg of…

7.9% growth in first four months of the year

Record Andalusian citrus exports

The value of Andalusian citrus fruit exports in the first four months of the year has almost reached 160 million Euro for the first time in history. Out of the ten most important regions in terms of exports, it was the only one that saw its sales increase in January-April 2019, with 158 million Euro. This represents an increase…

India: Kinnow project awarded to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University

The government Departme nt of Science and Technology (DST) has awarded a research project on kinnow storage and value addition to the Department of Food Science and…

Reemoon and KW Automation expand reach in Australian market

Hort Connections 2019 was a success for Reemoon, a Chinese based company that manufactures and distributes fruit sorting equipment. The recent partnership between Reemoon and KW Automation, has now made this equipment available to the Australian market. Dennis Clock representing Reemoon at Hort…

Uneasiness in Chinese market after strong rise in YTD arrivals, while Russian market is “spiralling downwards”

South African grapefruit season to end earlier

A very marketable crop of grapefruit, with a size distribution peaking on counts 40 and 45 and a higher percentage of class 1 exports over last year, will end earlier this season, which may cause some markets to run short of fruit. The South African industry’s grapefruit focus group notes in a memo that…

Threat to the export of Valencian oranges

Egypt gaining ground globally as orange exporter

The export of Egyptian oranges is recording a huge increase globally thanks to the fruit's lower production costs and the problems of its competitors. In fact, the country could become the world's leading exporter of oranges by the end of this year. The crop's expansion started 15 years ago, when the…

Argentina expects to double lemon exports to the US

The current lemon campaign, which began in April and will end in August, has been marked by intense autumn rains and a stoppage of transporters at the beginning of the season that significantly delayed the harvest of lemons in Tucuman, which accounts for 80% of the national production. This led to an…

EU-Mercosur agreement: Is there a threat to EU agriculture?

Last Friday, 20 years after negotiations began, the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur reached a free-trade agreement. Deemed "historic" by European…

Texas Crop and Weather Report:

Texas citrus growers had difficult 2018-2019 growing season

According to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert, Texas citrus growers had a difficult 2018-2019 growing season, with production down more than 20 percent. Dr.…

Free Trade Agreements boost Australian fruit exports

Australia’s wide-ranging Free Trade Agreements are helping the nation’s companies to expand their global presence. Joseph Ling, Co-Founder and Managing Director of AGRIFresh, Western Australian citrus grower, packer and exporter, describes himself as a farmer at heart. Driven by a commitment to producing…

"We haven't suffered any frosts this season, so we're doing very well"

The president of the Citrus Committee said that in Chile, citrus orchards are located in protected areas and they are subject to constant monitoring, making it possible to act…

Faster procedures as customs took place at source

First shipment of Argentine mandarins to the Philippines

Argentina has already sent its first shipment of mandarins to the Philippines. The mandarins exported came from the San Francisco de Monte Caseros cooperative, located in the province of Corrientes. The shipment consisted of 22 tons of mandarins, which were packaged complying with the demanding…

Lidl in talks with producer to export Algarve oranges

According to Algarve-based orange producer Cacial, Lidl supermarkets outside of Portugal could soon start selling Algarve oranges. “We are working with Lidl to have our…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research receives $1.7 million-plus from USDA to combat citrus greening

Texas A&M AgriLife Research has been awarded more than $1.7 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for two projects in multi-state, multi-institution grants in collaboration with the University of California System and others to combat citrus greening. Citrus greening, also known as Huanglongbing…

Brazil: Number of mid-season fruits may increase in July

Major processing companie s in São Paulo have speculated that, in July, contract shipments of mid-season fruits of the 2019/20 season might be increasing. According to players…

Each year is unique for lemons from the Amalfi Coast

"The 2019 lemon season is paying the price of the heavy rain in May, which slowed down harvesting. In fact, a lot of fruit is still found in the groves near the sea." "Fruits are slightly overripe with large grades. The heat is definitely making itself felt, leading to numerous drops. Unlike this year,…

"Development of new varieties is key for the future of Spanish lemons"

The commercial window of Spanish lemons in the summer months has become more important in recent years and exporters are finding more and more opportunities. The sector is investing more in this part of the campaign by expanding the acreage and betting on new varieties, although it is also facing various…

Interview with Sebastián Lahoz, CEO of Espalmex

Spain: "Orange prices haven't gone up in the entire campaign"

Espalmex is a Seville-based company devoted to the marketing of citrus fruits. It produces 30 million kilos of oranges per year in 750 hectares, and around 90% of that is…

"Chinese mandarin export performance of 2019 expected to improve"

“The Nanfeng mandarin is a low-cost, export-friendly fruit,” said Mr. Hu, Manager at Jiangxi Luyuan Fruits Co., Ltd. in Nanfeng City. “It is a low-end fruit in China because there are better mandarins on the market for consumers to choose from. Most of our products are for export, and we even sell the…

The International Citrus Seminar to be held in Veracruz, Mexico

After the enormous success of the agricultural seminars on blueberries and avocados in Mexico, Spain, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina, International Agronomic Seminars and AGQ Labs will host a citrus seminar in Mexico. The first citrus seminar in Mexico will be held on September 5 at the Galería…

Italian limes aim at being available through all channels

"Citrus fruit cultivation has been going through a crisis for the past few years. Just think that, during the past campaign, many producers from Taranto decided to cut down their groves when they saw their fruits being sold off. We started working on new cultivars to find an alternative," explains…

Uganda: Soroti fruit farmers cut down orange trees

The Soroti Fruit Factory in Aloet village in the Soroti district was recently commissioned by president Yoweri Museveni. Last week, however, fruit farmers in the district have started cutting orange trees down after the Soroti Fruit Factory management declined to take their oranges, saying they are not…

Major production region drops export estimate by 25%, but fresh varieties from other strong regions coming on-stream

South African navel crop down by 2.5 million cartons

Across the country the navel harvest has had a slow start and the industry is seeing bigger fruit (up to 60% of count 64 and larger) and a smaller crop. A poor start to the navel season could have a ripple effect on Valencias. The navel export estimate from the start of the season has been revised…

Difficult season for Sicilian lemons

FreshPlaza talked to Salvo Magliocco, a producer from the Syracuse area, about the lemon season. Salvo Magliocco "Lemons are currently lacking due to various reasons. Everything started with the strong wind in February that wrecked a good part of lemon orchards in the Syracuse area. Many harvested plenty…

Argentina: Unification of tariff payments to move citrus fruits

The unification of the payment of tariffs for the movement of fresh citrus fruit outside the region of the Argentine Northwest will benefit Argentine citrus farmers. The…

Uruguay forecasts an 8% increase in the citrus season

Uruguay expects its citrus harvest will increase by 8%. Given their production volumes, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and oranges are the country's most important citrus fruits. According to the forecast of the Directorate of Agricultural Statistics (DIEA) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture,…

Importers expect strong and stable South African citrus season

The first major volumes of South African citrus are due to arrive on the US East Coast in the first week of July. Canada has already been receiving the full range of South African citrus - including Navel oranges, easy peelers, grapefruit and lemons – since mid-May, while the US has only received limited…

AU: "Eating quality best in seven years"

This season’s fruit eating quality is the best it has been in seven years, according to MFC Grower Services Manager, Bill Robinson. “All our maturity testing and taste testing show that the eating quality of Australian fruit is the best in the last seven years,” Mr Robinson said. “Sugar levels are quite…

The estimated sales volume would amount to 205,000 tons

Peru expects a 10% increase in its citrus exports

Peruvian citrus exports increased in the middle of the season, as initially they were expected to increase by 8% and now are expected to have a 10% increase. The general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said that in week 24 exports had…

Losses in the province's 2018/19 citrus season affect almost everyone

Millions of kilos of oranges left unharvested in Spanish province of Huelva

The lack of demand for citrus fruits and the low prices paid to producers have resulted in millions of kilos of oranges being left unharvested in the province of Huelva. According to the president of the Association of Citrus Growers of the Province of Huelva (ACPH), Lorenzo Reyes, the 2018/2019 campaign…

Egypt & New Zealand agree on exporting oranges to New Zealand markets

On Wednesday, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture Ezz el-Din Abu Steit and his New Zealand counterpart Damien O’Connor agreed on exporting Egyptian oranges to New Zealand markets. They discussed export measures that would meet the requirements of New Zealand markets. The two ministers also signed a…

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%…


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