High adaptation to Colima and Michoacán growing regions

New lemon variety Lise developed

The National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural, and Livestock Research (INIFAP) developed Lise, a Mexican lemon that has high yields, better characteristics, and high adaptation to the producing…

Chilean citrus season projects volume increase to the U.S. market

In its initial forecast for the 2021 season, the Chilean Citrus Committee of ASOEX estimates a six percent increase in citrus exports, encompassing navels, lemons and easy peelers (clementines and mandarins). With a total citrus forecast of 387,000 tons, Chile expects to ship roughly 85 percent of all…

MSC supports South Africa’s citrus industry ahead of export season

The Mediterranean Shipping Company has stepped in to support South Africa’s citrus industry ahead of the export season between May and October. Amid a global shortage of…

April 2021

2020-2021 final orange crop forecast update for São Paulo & West Southwest Minas Gerais

The final 2020-2021 orange crop for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on April 12, 2021 by Fundecitrus – performed in cooperation with Markestrat, FEA-RP/USP and FCAV/Unesp2 – was 268.63 million boxes of 40.8 kg each (90 lb), which represents a decrease of 6.65% in…

Mourad Ben Salem, Med’Essor:

“We had difficulties selling the merchandise at reasonable prices”

Med’Essor, which is based on the MIN of Rungis, is currently finishing the campaign of Maltese oranges from Tunisia and citrus fruit from Spain. The company is slowly beginning the Moroccan melon campaign. “We are currently between two seasons and we’re expecting the summer fruit. It is the end of the…

"A year marked by day-to-day expectations of improvement"

Taking stock of the 2020/21 orange campaign and looking forward to the next one

"The 2020/21 Italian orange campaign started off under pressure and now seems to be ending worse. It was a year marked by daily expectations of a change of weather and increase in demand," said the company Martucci of Massafra (Taranto), specialized in marketing citrus fruits in Europe, which has…

Peruvian Tahiti and Sutil lime exports increased by 33.5% in the first quarter of the year

Peruvian lime exports have registered a notable increase in the first quarter of 2021. According to Fernando Cilloniz Benavides, the president of the Inform@cción consulting…

Northern Territory Government:

Citrus Canker eradication 2021

Citrus canker, a significant bacterial disease of citrus plants that was detected in the Territory in April 2018, has now been eradicated thanks to the support of the local community and industry.…

USDA

April

Florida all orange forecast maturity test results and fruit size

The 2020-2021 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is down 3.80 million boxes to 51.7 million boxes. If realized, this will be 23 percent less than last season’s revised final production. The forecast consists of 22.7 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges…

'Family Segments' series connects citrus, cooking and family

Sunkist Growers recently debuted Family Segments, a new three-part series on YouTube. Hosted by chef influencers in Canada, the at-home cooking tutorials give viewers an intimate window into how families connect with one another over conversations, culture and citrus. The first YouTube segment, featuring…

Midori

Spain will be able to produce Shiranuhi oranges in two years

Beauty resides within, as evidenced by Shiranui oranges. These 'ugly' Japanese oranges have become a hit in the United States, where they are marketed as Sumo Citrus in…

Spanish lemon sector aims to further reduce carbon footprint

Although Spain’s lemon industry is a net fixer of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and its carbon footprint is favorable, the industry could promote even greater CO2 fixation…

IMG Citrus has acquired citrus grove in Charlotte County, Florida

One of Florida’s largest growers and suppliers of citrus fruit has purchased the 2,500-acre Chiquita grove off Bermont Road, east of Punta Gorda. According to Brianna Palfi,…

700 refrigerated containers arriving in South Africa

Maersk Vallvik arriving in Durban, South Africa with over 700 refrigerated containers to support the upcoming citrus season and customers needs. Providing fresh fruit to various markets around the world. "Phasing into our AMEX (America – South Africa) service, Maersk Vallvik repositioned empty reefers from…

Mandarin season off to a sweet start

T&G Fresh has started the harvest of the first of this season’s satsuma mandarins with great weather conditions bringing an earlier harvest than usual for the fruit.T&G Fresh began harvesting the fruit late last week and is expecting between 12-14 million mandarins to be sold in New Zealand retail…

Egyptian oranges have successfully entered Japan

Yesterday, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Mohamed El Quseir revealed that the first shipment of Egyptian oranges has reached Japanese shores. All…

South African citrus will soon be on sale in the Philippines for the first time

For the first time ever, South African citrus growers will be able to export their fruit to the Philippines. The Bureau of Plant Industry in the Philippines recently signed…

European Commission

DG agri dashboard - Citrus fruit

Weighted average European oranges price at €74 per 100 kg in Feb 2021

According to the latest Citrus Fruits Dashboard published by the European Commission, prices of oranges stood at €74 per 100 kilograms in February 2021, a €5 year-on-year increase. Citrus prices paid in other European Union producing countries, such as Italy (-10% compared to last month), Portugal (+1%) and…

Peruvian mandarins are one step closer to entering India

Peruvian mandarins are getting closer to entering the Indian market. Sergio del Castillo, the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), said…

Analysis of the first half of Cajamar's 2020/21 citrus campaign

"The general balance of the citrus campaign until February is positive"

According to the analysis of the first half of the 2020/21 citrus campaign, the general balance of the campaign up to February is positive. The analysis was prepared by…

Ailimpo

Phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga

The Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) analyzed the phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga in its latest published…

New pigmented orange varieties allow for year-round red orange promotions

BioGold North America, a citrus variety development company, is now licensing growers to plant two new red orange varieties in California.BioGold North America is a part of the BioGold International family of companies, which has footprints in Australia, Spain, the Mediterranean Basin, South Africa,…

Price of Wuxian tangerines is twice the price of Orri mandarins

Chinese Wuxian tangerine season is open

The Wuxian tangerine is a relatively recent variety. Farmers only began planting this variety a few years ago. The production volume is not that large, but the unique flavor of this tangerine as well as the staggered production season have quickly won over the Chinese market. The new retail season of…

Florida citrus company adds 2,500-acre grove to portfolio

IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, announced the acquisition of a large citrus grove in Charlotte County. The 2,500-acre grove increases their control of citrus land management in Florida by 27%, bringing their total acreage in Florida…

Originally from Japan

Sumo orange is trending in US

Fruit farming in Japan is still a labor-intensive process, which leads to high prices. However, there are now a number of native Japanese fruit varieties being grown overseas and the latest fruit to…

Best Management Practices: Addressing the costs and benefits

Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are essential to protect Florida’s natural resources by mitigating agriculture’s potential negative impact on the environment.…

'Too much sunshine in the Sunshine State'

Tweaking sunshine for better citrus health and yield

It may surprise you to learn that citrus trees can get too much sunshine in the Sunshine State. Manipulating the light environment around a plant can have several surprising…

Florida Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida Citrus Production by County 2019-2020

Citrus Statistics report: Florida accounts for 42% of total US production

The Florida Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released its Florida Citrus Statistics 2019-2020 report.United States citrus utilized production for the 2019-2020 season totaled 7.78 million tons, down 4 percent from the 2018-19 season. California accounted for 54 percent of total United States…

Extending the harvest of late mandarin varieties will be key in the future

Spanish mandarins close the season with price increases and orange sales remain stagnant

The Spanish mandarin and clementine season is almost over, while oranges will remain available until the end of July. Mandarins are doing well at the end, while in general, oranges are hardly yielding any profit margins. The last Nadorcott and Orri mandarins are currently being sold, and although most of…

Citrus Research Institute Sargodha experts:

'Cooperation between Pakistan and China in citrus industry remains untapped'

According to Pakistani scientists of Citrus Research Institute Sargodha (CRIS), the cooperation between Pakistan and China in the citrus industry remains untapped. The claim…

Shine.cn / Ti Gong

Fake 'Chu’s oranges'

Five suspects held for selling repackaged oranges

Shanghai police has reported that five suspects have been detained over allegations they were illegally selling oranges repackaged in boxes from a well-known brand. Fruit worth over 3 million yuan (US$456,000) had already been sold, which were advertised as "Chu’s oranges". Chu’s oranges are produced by…

"Demand for tangerines grows as fruit juices become more popular"

The Chinese market offers an increasing variety and a growing volume of oranges and tangerines as more and more countries obtain permission to export citrus fruit to China. Imported tangerines sell well. Andy, a spokesperson for Shanghai E-Fresh recently talked about current conditions in production…

Sumo Citrus® really popular on Instagram

Instagram seems to be deeply in love with the #sumoorange hashtag. For some, the orange, pomelo and mandarin hybrids even inspire poetry. To these, Sumo Citrus is "heaven in a…

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Lemon prices are going up due to summer and Covid

While lemons were already in high demand due to the pandemic, now, with the onset of summer, prices have shot up three-fold over the past 10 days. Market sources say most…

Mexican lemon sector seeks to improve and expand reach

According to Bernardo Bravo, president of the National Committee of the Mexican Lemon Product System, Mexican lemons are produced on more than 90,000 hectares distributed in the states of Michoacán, Colima, Oaxaca and Guerrero.   Regarding the challenges facing this sector, Bravo points out that “global phytosanitary alerts regarding…

Citrus campaign progresses slowly in Andalusia, but with good prices at origin

The Andalusian citrus campaign progresses slowly, with a delay of "up to a month and a half compared to the previous year," says Manuel Altava, vice president of Asaja…

Asoex Citrus Committee

Chile is expected to increase its citrus exports by 6% in the 2021 season

The Asoex Citrus Committee forecasts the volume of citrus exports will increase by 6% in the 2021 season. This means the country will export a total shipment volume of 387,000…

Morocco ranks at third place among biggest exporters of mandarins

According to the Association of Citrus Producers of South Africa (CGA), Morocco has become the third biggest exporter of mandarins globally. The report takes into…

California citrus could see longer term pressures

Following February’s freeze in Texas and Northern Mexico, California citrus is already seeing increased pressure on supplies. “We’re seeing some fall out from the Texas freeze. And we’ll continue to feel the impact of it well through the summer,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World in Reedley, CA,…

Agricoop Bio

An overview of the organic Syracuse Lemon PGI campaign

"This year we exceeded the production quota of 1,500 tons in regard to the Limone di Siracusa IGP (Syracuse lemon PGI). Of this, 80% was supplied to domestic retail, 10% to wholesale markets and 10% was destined for export. Satisfactory results for volumes were achieved, but prices and demand declined…

Argentina

“Tucuman is the world's leading lemon producer; production can't depend on the rains"

The appropriate supply of water is a key factor for the productive and commercial success in the production of fruits. The citrus industry in Tucuman should not depend only on…

South Africa

Transnet Port Terminals preparing for successful citrus season

Transnet Port Terminals has issued a statement saying it is getting ready for another successful citrus season this year. This would follow a 16% year-on-year increase in the…

ProVega produces nearly 50 million kilos of oranges and 7 million kilos of mandarins

Three large companies join forces to create the largest citrus marketer in La Vega de Sevilla

Three orange and mandarin producing companies from Sevilla (Productores del Campo cooperative (Alcafruit), from Alcala del Rio; the San Sebastian cooperative, from Lora del…

"Chinese lemons are expensive and overseas market demand is smaller than usual"

The export market for Chinese lemons has grown weaker since last September. The price was reasonable, but there was no market. The competitive market position of Chinese lemons declined. Mr. Zhang, Head of Sales at Jining Greenstream Fruit & Vegetables Co., Ltd., recently talked about the export market…

190 tons of product, for 270 thousand orange juices

PGI Sicilian Red Oranges are back in McDonald's Italian McCafés

The partnership between McDonald's and Oranfrizer, which is part of the Unifrutti group, is confirmed for McCafés in all Italy with one of the best fruits that Sicily has to offer, the Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP (Red Orange of Sicily PGI). McDonald's will buy 190 tons of oranges that will be freshly…

Mercedes Auris, CEO of Viveros Los Viñedos: "Great growth in the demand for mandarin plants"

Peruvian company Vivero Los Viñedos reaches agreement with Eurosemillas to propagate the Tango mandarin

The cultivation of Tango seedless mandarins continues to expand in Peru, where interest is growing in planting citrus fruits that will make it possible to export to the most demanding markets. Seeking the genetic improvement of citrus plants, the Peruvian company Vivero Los Viñedos has closed commercial alliances…

Largest growing region struck by labor shortage

Australian mandarin prices likely to go up

Where the Picky Packers Hostel in North Burnett, Queensland, would normally house hundreds of backpackers for the citrus harvest, this year it's almost empty. According to…

Il Girasole

Lower temperatures boost citrus fruit consumption

The high temperatures in Sicily seem to be over as the temperatures are starting to drop. This will benefit citrus in more ways than one. "The return of the cold weather is good for the citrus market, for both the shelf life and, on the other hand, the upturn in consumption, especially of juices. This…

Navel oranges from Hunan, China exported to Southeast Asia with zero tariff

On March 22, 25.8 tons of fresh navel oranges produced in Baojing County, Xiangxi, were inspected and released by Xiangxi Customs under Changsha Customs. The products were…

Due to dependence on Texas crops

Canadians might soon be paying more for citrus

As Canadians are relying heavily on Texas for citrus imports, particularly grapefruit, higher prices are probably underway as Texas is still pulling itself back together after…

FruitOne gears up for record season of South African grapefruits, lemons and tangos

"Biggest challenge for the South African citrus season lies in logistics"

The Citrus Growers Association of South Africa released the 2021 citrus production estimate last week and are anticipating a record crop for the region. Favourable weather conditions in the northern production regions have resulted in a good citrus blossom and fruit set, but more importantly good rains…

Price of Chinese fragrant lemons doubles and sets new record

The wholesale and retail prices of lemons in Jiangmen, Guangdong, recently increased. The price of fragrant lemons doubled. The purchase price of lemons in production areas is…

Texas freeze fuels demand for North America grapefruit supplies

Grapefruit demand in North America has been strong this season and following the February freeze in Texas, it’s likely going to continue to get stronger. In Florida, DLF International of Fort Pierce, FL purchased 600 new acres of citrus groves last year, most of which is grapefruit so the company doubled…

Global citrus company shares their water initiatives to celebrate World Water Day

In their four origins, San Miguel carries out different actions and programs to manage water resources efficiently and responsibly. "Every March 22, World Water Day is…

State of California

Supervisors to approve modified agreement to fight citrus disease

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors was ready to sign off on an amended agreement with the state of California for ongoing use of the Riverside County Office of Agriculture…

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Maersk points to year-on-year increase in reefer supply to their SA customers

Little sign of let-up in reefer equipment shortfall as citrus season starts

South African fruit exporters feel particularly vulnerable to the vagaries of global trade at the moment as they see ships, not prepared to wait outside a congested South African port, sail off with empty containers meant for their trade. There’s a sentiment of abandonment caused by international…

Joey Deen, Denimpex, NL:

"This Egyptian orange season differs vastly from last year"

The Egyptian orange season actually started in January, that was with limited Navel volumes. But the Valencia season only truly got going a few weeks ago," says Joey Deen of Denimpex in the Netherlands. "This season differs vastly from last year. That was an exceptional (good) season. COVID-19 broke out,…

IVIA and the Dareton Primary Industries Institute of Australia will collaborate to research citrus and persimmon

The Plenary of the Consell has approved a collaboration agreement between the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA) and the Dareton Primary Industries Institute of…

Fighting HLB disease with finger limes?

Could finger limes be part of the solution in Florida’s struggle with the HLB disease affecting its grapefruit? Dr. Manjul Dutt thinks possibly so. Dutt, a research assistant scientist in Horticultural Sciences with the University of Florida has been observing finger lime growth in Florida for almost a…

Florida growers confronted with Citrus Greening

DeSoto County’s citrus producers are struggling more with Citrus Greening this growing season than with the Covid situation. While the pandemic has slammed the US economy, its…

Texas growers see price bumps due to storm

Last month’s winter storm, that knocked out power across Texas, has become the latest example of Mother Nature picking agricultural winners and losers. In fact, at this point…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Sufficient Egyptian oranges en route"

The Spanish mandarin season has reached the last phase of the season. "We are currently selling the last Clemenlate and Fortuna with leaves. The volumes are decreasing. The Clemenlate has a nice appearance, but these mandarins are more difficult to peel. The Fortuna's, on the other hand, have a little…

La Costiera

Domestic and foreign retail chain are promoting Italian lemons

"Domestic and foreign big retail chains are promoting Italian lemons, which means demand is constant and in line with the volumes available. However, there is a net drop in orders from wholesale markets and the catering industry, also due to the global crisis and the fact that the economy is slower than…

Andalusia's citrus industry continues to gain ground in Spain

Andalusia is a large citrus producer in Spain. According to data from the Junta de Andalusia, Andalusia produced 2,043,456 tons of citrus in the 2019-20 campaign, which…

Chinese imports of Peruvian tangerines increased by 40% last year

The Peruvian website "Peru Retail" reported on March 16 that data from the Peruvian Foreign Trade Research and Development Bureau (Idexcam) shows an increased demand for…

Francisco Vicente Gea Belmonte, commercial director of Belsan:

"There is a significant lack of demand and a lot of lemons have yet to be sold"

The end of the second part of the Primofiori lemon season has been really difficult, with a lot of lemons yet to be sold and plenty of discards. In fact, most growers are strongly considering cleaning up their orchards and preparing them for the next harvest. The processing industry handled a record…

María Dolores Pelegrín, manager of Apemar:

"Grapefruit supply becoming scarce in Europe and Spanish grapefruit is increasingly alone"

The grapefruit season is already well underway in Spain, where the harvest is expected to be completed by mid to late April. As we are also seeing with other citrus fruits, the demand is slow, since this product depends even more on sales to the horeca channel. "While the situation is not as difficult for…

La Unió denounces orange promotions in Spain selling at below production costs

La Unió de Llauradors denounced several commercial distribution chains who have orange promotions with prices below production costs, a practice that distorts the market and…

Castellon has lost 10,000 hectares of mandarin and orange trees in the last two decades

According to data from the Conselleria on the agricultural area in Castellon, the province has lost an estimated 10,000 hectares of citrus fruits since 1999. Based on the…

Pakistan has potential to become top citrus fruit exporter

Pakistan is the ninth largest citrus exporter in the world in terms of volume. In 2019, more than US$14.9 billion of citrus fruit was traded across the world. Despite this…

Spanish lemon growers optimistic about tariff suspension

The Agricultural Association of Young Farmers (ASAJA) Murcia has expressed optimism for the suspension of tariffs agreed to by the United States and the European Union (EU).…

Moree, northern New South Wales

Australian citrus farm expanding with intensive tree planting

All week long, a team of enthusiastic backpackers led by Queensland contractor Alex Zoch have been busy planting 30,000 citrus trees by hand on about 45 to 50 hectares at…

Citrus Australia’s succession plan sees new Chair elected

Citrus grower Richard Byllaardt was elected Chair of Citrus Australia following the peak industry body’s annual general meeting. Mr Byllaardt was elected Chair following…

Peruvian citrus exports grew by 37% in 2020

Peruvian citrus exports set a new record in 2020 after the country shipped 244,783 tons of citrus worth 262 million dollars, a value that is 37% higher than in the previous…

Formosa, Argentina

"More and more producers are abandoning the plots dedicated to banana cultivation because of their lack of profitability"

Panfilo Ayala, director of the Argentine Agrarian Federation and a reference for the Laguna Naineck subsidiary, stated that many banana producers in the province of Formosa,…

Chinese JD Fresh officially opens the tangerine festival in Pujiang, Sichuan

Tangerines from Pujiang in Sichuan supply the Chinese market between January and March. JD Fresh officially opened the online Pujiang tangerine festival on the 14th of March.…

Larger sizes still available

Grapefruit season in Israel coming to an end

The grapefruit season in Israel is coming to an end soon. As availability slows down, demand shoots up. At the moment, most of the grapefruits still being shipped are the larger sized ones. Unfortunately, China, one of the main markets for Israeli grapefruits, prefers importing smaller sized grapefruits.…

Poland: Lemons no longer in such high demand as during first Corona wave

March 2020 saw a sharp rise in the price of lemons in Europe, including Poland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health implications sparked interest in the procurement of…

Initial Texas agricultural loss estimates from Uri exceed $600 million

AgriLife Extension estimates citrus crop losses of at least $230 million

Winter Storm Uri, which swept through the entire state of Texas from February 13 to 17, caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses. This number is based on…

Brazil: Integrated citrus greening management proves essential

Huanglongbing or citrus greening, is a threat to the citrus industry worldwide and was reported in the central region of São Paulo state (SPS) in Brazil in 2004. The disease…

Southern African citrus to reach new heights as 2021 export estimate is released

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) is excited to announce that the South African citrus industry will likely break all previous export season records with…

High demand for strawberries from Germany, Great Britain and France

The strawberry campaign in the Metapontino region (Basilicata - Italy) is going on unabated. What makes it even more interesting are the prices and the increase in requests from Europe. "We ship around 35 pallets a day to various European destinations, such as Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, London and…

Florida Classic Growers

Strong movement of oranges continues in North America

Oranges continue to see a pandemic-related lift in demand. “Demand has been a little better than normal years. I’d assume COVID-19 and people being at home are the reason for that,” says Adam Flowers of Booth Ranches in Orange Cove, CA. “With the extra harvest production and extra harvest numbers that…

Grapefruit suffering during lockdown

With the closure of the H&R channel, grapefruits are going through a difficult period. At the moment, wholesale prices hover between €1 and €1.30/kg (Bologna market) depending on quality and origin. The produce from Spain and Israel is more expensive than that from Cyprus. Photo taken in a supermarket on…

AVA-ASAJA aims to give visibility to the profitability crisis affecting citrus growers

A symbolic "cremà" brings attention to the uprooting of 2,000 Valencian fields over the last year

The Spanish city of Valencia would normally be celebrating its Fallas festival this week, but with the festivities canceled due to COVID-19, AVA-ASAJA has aimed to give visibility to the severe profitability crisis currently affecting producers through a symbolic "cremà" (burning) of freshly plucked…

New promotional campaign for PGI lemons from Syracuse

The 2021 promotional campaign for PGI lemons from Syracuse has started with the aim of illustrating this delicacy to final consumers as well as to the business audience. In 2000, the European Union granted the PGI mark to lemons from Syracuse. The produce can be grown in the Syracuse, Noto, Avola,…

Citrus production in La Ribera decreases by 30% because of the weather and pests

According to AVA-Asaja estimates, the citrus production in the Valencian region of La Ribera has fallen by nearly 30% as a result of inclement weather and pests. The abundant…

Punjab: Assured prices for potatoes and kinnows

The Punjab government is set to bring two horticulture crops — potato and kinnow — under the assured price regime from coming financial year. This move is intended to ensure a…

New Annual Market Report

Ontario retail: Citrus, garlic, ginger and turmeric, lead the way in year-on-year growth

Citrus, Asian and Indian vegetables including cooking roots such as garlic, ginger and turmeric, lead the way in year-on-year growth during 2020 in Ontario retail produce…

South Africa:

Black citrus growers see 40% increase in production figures in just one year

The Citrus Growers Association (CGA), with its Grower Development Company (GDC), is proud to announce that black citrus growers have achieved a 40% increase in production during the 2019-2020 citrus season. Several farms and black growers have increased output by over 40 000 cartons – with one black…

Despite the increase in exports of citrus and tomatoes

Tunisian food trade balance sees deficit of 180.6 million dinars

According to data released by the National Observatory of Agriculture (ONAGRI), Tunisia’s food trade balance saw a deficit of 180.6 million dinars (€54 mln) in February 2021,…

A strong season for P.D.O. Persimon despite lower volumes

Growers in the Ribera del Xúquer valley near Valencia were able to overcome volume challenges due to adverse weather conditions, in order to achieve a decent supply and the excellent eating quality that consumers have come to expect. Heavy rainfall and hailstorms earlier in the season resulted in a 15%…

“Demand for Egyptian citrus has improved recently”

China and India have been importing large volumes of Egyptian citrus. After a slow period where demand was rather weak, demand has now picked up and shipments are sent to both of these regions, as well as Senegal, Malaysia and Singapore. Volumes are already higher than last season, thanks to new markets…

Spectre

Major New Zealand citrus grower signs on for Spectre

First Fresh NZ, a major citrus supplier to the domestic market in New Zealand, has taken the global lead as the first citrus enterprise to sign on to Spectre, the computer vision fruit sizing tool developed by New Zealand start-up, Hectre. "Spectre uses computer vision, machine learning and AI technology…

China remains a main export market

2020/2021 Citrus production in Egypt and South Africa rises

As a result of expanding acreages in production and favorable weather during the flowering and fruit setting periods, the total production of Egyptian oranges is expected to…

An overview of the situation with a wholesaler

Downturn for oranges with the exception of the organic ones

The fact that the orange market has so far had below-average returns for producers is nothing new. This situation has been going on since the beginning of the campaign, but it is not always the case, according to a wholesaler who operates in the north of Italy and produces in Sicily. "Many factors…

Iran lifts ban on fruit imports days before Iranian New Year

Officials from the Iranian Market Regulation Headquarters agreed to import fruits and other basic goods through importers and border markets. The market regulator also…

The Plant Health Service confirms the presence of the pest in an orange farm in Mula

South African "cotonet" detected in Spanish Region of Murcia

On March 9, the Plant Health Service of the Region of Murcia announced the detection for the first time of South African "cotonet" (Delottococcus aberiae) in the region, in an…

Feedback from an operator who has just wrapped up his campaign

A very difficult clementine campaign

"Our clementine campaign ended more than 2 weeks ago. About 800 tons were sold during the whole season, with an average price of 0.55-0.60 €/kg compared to 0.70-0.80 €/kg of the previous year. The 2017/18 campaign saw over 3,000 tons of sold clementines, while in 2010/11 they were about 5,400. The…

Limore' brand growing both in Italy and abroad

The current Limorè lemon campaign, brand of the Produttori di Limoni associati di Rocca Imperiale PO, is doing well and demand has grown over the weeks. PGI lemons from Rocca Imperiale, known for their organoleptic qualities, intense aroma, edible peel and high juice yield, is used in many dishes of the…

Scientists make the first anatomical atlas of 'Diaphorina citri', the insect responsible for HLB

Scientists from the University of Granada have made the first anatomical atlas of a tiny 3-millimeter insect called Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP),…

All EU citrus rejected in January and February came from Tunisia and China

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors stated that the EU had rejected a total of 30 shipments of citrus fruits from third countries in January and February because they contained pests. All…

Uwe Sakowski, Josef Stapf Großmarkt LLC:

"After a brief lull, demand for citrus has recovered"

After a week of spring-like temperatures, winter has caught up with Germany again - and correspondingly, demand for citrus remains high. "Because of the higher temperatures, we had a little lull in citrus of all ages, but now it's cold enough again and demand has recovered," said Uwe Sakowski, managing…

Citrus fruit harvest in Sicily

Sicily is known for its sights and landscapes, as well as for its citrus fruit. Currently taking place at the foot of the Etna is the Tarocco harvest, the famous seedless blood orange loaded with vitamin C. But Sicily also has organic hand-picked lemons. 90% of the country’s lemon crops are found on the island. Pasam Agrumi,…

Mexican lime market unpredictable

“The theme of the week is unstable.” This is what Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in Edinburg, TX says about the current lime market in which supplies coming in from Mexico…

Australia: Macquarie raises bid for citrus orchard owner Vitalharvest

Macquarie’s real estate business has upped its offer for citrus orchard owner Vitalharvest. This action pushes shares in the farming investment trust higher as a takeover…

New Dekopon mandarin meets good consumer demand

The California citrus season has been going strong these past months with good volumes and strong demand. California-based Trinity Fruit launched a new variety of mandarin this season and the company has been seeing a good response from consumers.  First season for the Dekopon varietyTrinity Fruit offers a…

First legal actions against unlicensed producers of the Spring Sunshine variety in Spain

Before reaching its first year of life, the Spring Sunshine Running Committee (SRC) Producers Association is already operating at full capacity and, as a consequence, it has…

Wuxian tangerines enter Chinese market

Chinese tangerine market gradually stabilizes

Many tangerine production areas suffered from hailstorms and heavy rainfall during the previous production season. A significant portion of the tangerines fell from the trees because of these extreme weather conditions. Some of the many tangerines that were harvested turned out to be of inferior quality,…

Record fresh lemon volume sold

Limoneira Company announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 financial results

Limoneira Company has reported financial results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2021. Management CommentsHarold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the…

Egyptian orange season in full swing

“We expect a growth in volumes of 40% compared to last season”

Demand for Egyptian oranges has been reaching high levels as the competition either finish their seasons or have been dealing with weather issues. It’s opened up quite a few new markets, and it’s expected that export volumes will increase by 40% compared to last year. According to Abdullah ElRehiewy, CEO…

“90% of oranges that are shipped over next two months will be from Egypt”

The Valencia season in Egypt has really picked up steam, according to one exporter. With Spain and India now also importing their oranges from Egypt, both demand and prices have increased for the Valencias. Volumes are solid, with about 30% more produce already exported compared to last year. According…

Carrefour Brazil launches blockchain in citrus chain

On Monday, Carrefour launched a new line of products with blockchain technology: citrus fruit. From now on the Pera, Bahia, lime and tangerine oranges with the Sabor &…

2021 Louisiana State University AgCenter Citrus Symposium

Disaster Assistance Programs for Citrus discussed in US

Two disaster assistance programs available to citrus growers were discussed during the virtual 2021 Louisiana State University AgCenter Citrus Symposium. The Non-insured Crop…

USDA

Florida All Orange Production down 1 percent from February forecast

USDA: Minimal change for Florida production in March Citrus Forecast

In its March forecast, the United States Department of Agriculture projected a minor decrease in production of Florida Oranges and kept Florida Grapefruit steady for the 2020-21 season. Released yesterday, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report predicted a less than 1 percent decrease…

Ortogel Spa

Finally a national citrus fruit register is under consideration

It was not Covid-19, nor the closure of some sales channels due to the restrictions, nor the abundant quantities available that dealt a dramatic blow to the Sicilian citrus fruit sector, as there have been problems for years, forcing producers to sell fruit below production costs. Salvatore Imbesi,…

Important development for grapefruit and sweet potato importers

US and EU agree tariff freeze in Boeing-Airbus dispute

The European Union and the US agreed to suspend tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s products, easing a 17-year dispute over illegal aid to the world’s biggest…

Bangladesh: Lemon prices go up due to efforts to boost immunity

While health awareness about the pandemic has increased, lemon prices have soared in the current off-season, benefiting many growers in the Sylhet sector, especially…

Colombia: First Orange Export lime grower gets Demeter certified

Germany is desperate for Colombian Demeter-certified limes. Now, Orange Export SAS can start supplying them. It took three years of intensive training and conversion. But last week, Abelardo Herrera, an Orange Export SAS grower, received his Demeter certification. He's the first lime grower in Colombia…

ASAJA Alicante warns of millionaire losses in the Fino lemon campaign

"Daunting scenario in the lemon fields of the Vega Baja region"

ASAJA Alicante has warned of the serious crisis that is affecting Fino lemon farmers in the province of Alicante, who are facing millions in losses that have yet to be…

Costa announces agreement for acquisition of Sunraysia region KW Orchards citrus farm

Costa Group Holdings Limited, Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables, advises that it has signed conditional agreements for the…

Murray River Organics sells Gol Gol citrus property for $5 million

Murray River Organics Group has sold its Gol Gol citrus property for $5 million. The sale includes $4.75 million for the property and a further $250,000 for hanging citrus…

Bhutan: Gelephu exported $2.5 million worth of oranges to Bangladesh

Despite working in lockdown and struggling with the deployment of workers for grading, packing and loading, Gelephu -in Bhutan’s Sarpang District- has been able to export more…

Eurostat, Comext

DG agri dashboard - Citrus fruit

Current EU weighted average orange price €5 above 2019/2020 average

2019/2020 EU imports of saw a new high regarding oranges, at about 950,000 tonnes. the same was true for small citrus fruits, with imports coming in at about 410,000 tonnes. The current weighted average orange price per 100 kgs over the EU stands at €74. This is €5 above the 2019/2020 average and €14 above…

Sila Louw with Oppy in South Africa

“Our strength is to sell produce from Africa directly to North American retailers”

Oppy recently opened an office in South Africa and discusses the journey of setting foot on the African continent, combined with the immense opportunities the country offers. Having representation in South Africa had been on Oppy’s radar for several years and about five years ago, the company started…

Fruit importer Fred Ringwald looks back on an average Spanish citrus season

"Large-caliber Powells are popular with the retailers"

The Spanish citrus campaign is now well into its second half. Volume offtake of clementines is gradually winding down. Meanwhile, the supply of Spanish table oranges is dwindling. Despite the pandemic, it has been a fairly satisfactory season so far, fruit importer Fred Ringwald says, looking back. The…

Citrus Australia welcomes Queensland Government’s decision to extend on-farm quarantine program

Citrus Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to extend existing quarantine arrangements for workers under the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers…

Bhutan: Samdrup Jongkhar orange exports up 30 percent

Samdrup Jongkhar is the seat of the Samdrup Jongkhar District in Bhutan. The town is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan, bordering the Indian state of Assam. Despite…


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