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University of Florida research

'Citrus microbiome might be key to fighting citrus diseases'

University of Florida researchers hope to discover how microbes may benefit citrus trees in their natural fight against diseases. Nian Wang, professor of microbiology and cell…

Use of drones can really help southwest Florida citrus growers

In recent years, the Florida citrus industry has suffered a staggering decline due to several problems, including citrus greening, damage from hurricanes, and a dwindling…

California navel crop projected to be down 14 percent this season

The initial 2021-22 California navel orange forecast is 70.0 million cartons, down 14 percent from the previous year according to the results of the 2021-22 Navel Orange Objective Measurement (O.M.) Survey, which was conducted from June 15 to September 1, 2021. Keith Wilson of Cecelia Packing Corporation…

The Ministry of Agriculture certified a historic shipment of Argentine citrus

The president of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), Carlos Paz, expressed his satisfaction with the work carried out by the agency within the…

Turkish Interdonato lemon export started, grapefruits should start soon

“This year, the supply of citrus in general is better than last year”

Turkish citrus is finding its way to the markets, with both Interdonato lemons and grapefruits about to pick up steam. One exporter states that the quality of the produce is a lot better than it was last season, but demand is facing some issues due to irregular shipments from South African producers.…

Xian Huang, Yex, the Netherlands:

"Sea freight situation hitting Chinese pomelos exports to Europe hard"

The new Chinese pomelo season is pretty challenging, says Xian Huang of Yex, a Dutch wholesaler. Not least because of the current logistics situation. "Expensive sea freight is hitting China's pomelo exports hard," he says. "Rising tariffs are raising prices from China/East Asia to Europe. That currently…

Postharvest solutions are being studied to reduce cold damage in blood oranges in prolonged storage

Blood oranges (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck) are a rich source of phytonutrients and bioactive compounds such as anthocyanins, flavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, and ascorbic…

Egypt tops world orange exports

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in 2020 managed to achieve an unprecedented boom regarding agricultural exports, reaching about 5.2 million tons, at a value of about US$2.2…

Historic shipment of Argentine citrus to EU and Russia

Argentinian Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez, has called the shipment of 13,634 tons of fresh fruit (lemons, tangerines and oranges), in addition to pears and…

La Costiera

Lower volumes for PGI Interdonato lemons from Messina

"PGI Interdonato lemons from Messina start the Italian citrus fruit season as they are the first PGI lemons available on the market. This year, volumes are approximately 20% lower due to the temperature changes of the past few months, which damaged the crops," reports Valentina Sanna from La Costiera. "Our…

Limoneira Company announces joint venture with Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc.

Limoneira Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc., to come together to sell their combined citrus volumes…

First effects of the storm

A storm in the Valencian Community affected more than 20,000 tons of persimmons and citrus fruits

This week's storm in the Valencian Community has already had its first effects on agriculture. According to a provisional estimate of the Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja), which was carried out in anticipation of new rainfall in the coming days, the rains have been generally beneficial for…

Giumarra expands domestic citrus program with new California volume

The Giumarra Companies has expanded its domestic citrus program with the addition of a new influx of California-grown mandarins in October. The company is working with a new grower base in the San Joaquin Valley. “We’re nearly tripling our domestic mandarin volume during a key time frame when citrus is…

Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković:

‘Mandarins are important part of Croatian fruit farming’

Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković has called on fruit and vegetable producers in the Neretva river valley - southern Croatia - to form an association in order to increase…

Kölla

KÖLLA Ltd & Co.:

Peak heat wave season - citrus from southern Europe

Tasty citrus from Spain, Italy and Greece have their peak season from October to May. Due to increased heat waves and dry spells this summer, there have been water shortages that will result in a decrease in overall availability, as well as price increases. SpainThe Spanish citrus crop is showing significant…

Remembering Rupert Smith: a prominent man in Belize’s citrus Industry

In late August, Santiago Rupert Smith passed away. His contributions to Belize’s citrus industry should not be forgotten. Rupert, or “Bungu” as he was affectionately known,…

China: Yulin pomelo season sees a bumper harvest

The Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching, and local pomelos in Yulin are already on the market in large numbers. This year, the city has a bumper harvest of pomelo, with an estimated output of 280,000 tons, showing a good situation in which production and sales are booming. The city's pomelo planting area…

Fruit importer launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month-related sweepstakes

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is launching its “One Step at a Time” consumer sweepstakes to elevate the limited-time pink…

Volumes up significantly this season

Lemon harvest in California desert starts this week

California lemons start harvesting out of the desert this week. “The desert supply in our minds is the start of the 2021-2022 season and we started harvesting a bit last week out of Coachella Valley. Then this week we’ll be size picking strongly for the first six to eight weeks to go through the crop,”…

The boxes that are used for the collection of the fruit have been identified as the main source of dispersal of the pest

How to prevent the arrival and dispersal of the mealy bug in Andalusia?

The Delottococcus aberiae or mealy bug is wreaking havoc in the citrus orchards of the Valencian Community. This small mealybug, which arrived in Spain from South Africa in…

Ortogel

Double-digit drop in the availability of Sicilian citrus fruit

The citrus fruit campaign that is about to start will be affected by the drought of May-August 2021 which, combined with the limited water supplied by the consortium, hindered irrigation in the crops with no water resources. "There will be a 40-50% reduction in the availability of blonde oranges and tangerines…

Exotic viruses relevant for citrus fruit cultivation in the Mediterranean

Less than two months before the start of the citrus fruit campaign, the difficulties linked to production are emerging in Sicily. First of all, there are the problems caused by the main plant diseases. Times have changed with globalization and the effects of virus-related disease propagation must be…

Greater demand likely for Florida citrus this season

The Florida citrus crop this season isn’t likely to see significant growth in volumes. But growers and shippers are readying for strengthened demand. “The big thing this year will be the impact of Texas from last season with their freeze. Some growers may be completely out while others will be short--but…

Peru can now export its citrus and blueberries to the Indian market

The Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (Promperu) stated that India had published in its official gazette the phytosanitary requirements for the…

Keeping watch on 10,000km of northern coastline

Northern Australia has roughly 10,000km of coastline between Broome and Cairns and it is the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) that plays a critical role in…

South Africa terminates Valencia & lemon inspections for EU export

This past Saturday, 18 September, was the last day that Valencias and lemons from South Africa’s summer rainfall citrus black spot (CBS) regions were inspected by officials from the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) for export to the European Union.Citrus black spot interceptions on South…

Richard Bevelander, de Groot fruit & vegetables, the Netherlands:

"Far fewer Spanish mandarins this year"

The Spanish stone fruit season went well at de Groot fruit & vegetables. It is nearing its end now. This Dutch wholesaler is presently preparing for the new Spanish citrus and persimmon season. "We had a good stone fruit season. Supply was lower. So, the average peach and nectarine prices were…

Manipur’s oranges and chillis get GI tag

Manipur’s Tamenglong orange, a species of the mandarin family, and a unique fruit crop found in the state, along with Hathei, a special chilli variety, have acquired the…

Spain will produce an estimated 6.705 million tons of citrus this season

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) has made public its forecast for the 2021/2022 citrus campaign in a meeting held yesterday with representatives of the…

Grove Corporation

New South Wales firm expects big returns from citrus expansion

Grove Corporation is one of Australia's few vertically integrated juicing businesses. It has been converting the 2267-hectare cotton and barley fields of owner Dick Estens…

Pomelo farmers see their goods stranded on Covid-19-hit Evergreen ship

The 2,800 TEU Ever Balmy, operated by Evergreen Marine Corporation, arrived in Kaohsiung on 4 September and was to have departed for Singapore the following day, with its…

"We have to work to ensure an orderly transition between the two hemispheres"

2021/2022 Spanish Primofiori lemon harvest gets underway

The first Primofiori lemon harvests of the 2021/2022 season are already starting this week in the Region of Murcia, the main citrus production area in Spain. After a 2020/2021 campaign with a record harvest, Ailimpo (the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit) predicts that the Spanish…

An intensive and sustainable citrus fruit cultivation starts in the nursery

Azienda agricola Vivaistica Terre Bianche is located at the foothills of Mount Etna, on the Catania plain. The company boasts an experience spanning four generations and specializes in the production of citrus fruit and olive trees for Sicilian, national and foreign intensive groves. Giuseppe Crisafulli (in…

Ava-Asaja

"The citrus production expected in Spain will allow producers to receive acceptable prices"

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture forecasts that the country's citrus production in the 2021/22 season will be reduced to 6.7 million tons; a 4.8% drop compared to the previous season. Oranges will grow by just 0.4%, while mandarins and lemons will record 9.9% and 11.4% drops, respectively. The Council…

Optimistic about the commercial campaign

The 2021/22 Sicilian Orange campaign has yielded excellent crops

At this time of year, Sicilian citrus cultivations are in the final stages of fruit growth, before the fruits begin to ripen. We discussed the orange season with Angelo Migliorisi, an agronomist and grower with an acclaimed background in the sector. "From a climatic point of view, the seasonal trend was marked…

Guatemala shipping more finger limes in 2021

Supplies of the specialty citrus item finger limes have increased out of Guatemala. Guatemala grows the citrus fruit year round. “We have more production this year because our trees are reaching production potential,” says Edilson Hernández of Prime Tropics, which he says is the only finger lime…

September 2021

2021-2022 Orange crop forecast update for São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt

The first 2021-2022 orange crop forecast update for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on September 10, 2021, by Fundecitrus is 267.87…

Lemon season in Turkey has started

“Demand for lemons is very strong”

The Turkish lemon season has already started, but exporters might want to wait a while for the Argentinian and South African lemons to disappear from the market. Overall sizes are similar to last year and Turkish growers have worked hard to make sure they adhere to the European regulations when it comes…

California growers flag growing volumes of lemons from Argentina

California lemon growers are increasingly concerned over the volume of lemons being shipped to North America from Argentina. In 2017, a 16-year import ban on Argentinian lemons was overturned under then-president Donald Trump. “Argentina had been barred for phytosanitary reasons. They have to ship per…

70 million cartons

Updated: Initial California Navel orange production forecast down 14 percent

The initial 2021-22 California Navel orange forecast is 70.0 million cartons, down 14% from the previous year. Of the total Navel orange forecast, 67.0 million cartons are estimated to be in the Central Valley. Cara Cara variety Navel orange production in the Central Valley is forecast at 6.0 million…

The initiative aims to sensitize consumers about the PDO and PGI European seals of differentiated quality

IGP Cítricos Valencianos joins Origen España in a new television campaign

IGP Cítricos Valencianos has joined Origen España in its new national television campaign aimed at sensitizing consumers about the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) European seals of differentiated quality. The goal is for the public to be able to recognize…

Dutch wholesaler gets new Filosofo satsuma harvest

"Spanish mandarins still in high demand despite huge overseas fruit supply"

Every year, Dutch wholesaler, Willem Dijk AGF, expects its first Spanish mandarins in about week 36. "There's an excess of overseas fruit available. Nonetheless, Spanish mandarins are already in high demand," says Ronnie Moorman. "We've received the first shipment, and it meets our expectations. It's an excellent…

Frutacloud and Hema Fresh organize a promotional event for ClemenGold® mandarins

Frutacloud and Hema Fresh recently organized a promotional event for ClemenGold® mandarins. The event took place in Shanghai and was a great success! Frutacloud is one of the authorized distributors of ClemenGold® in China. Ding Rong, Sales Manager for Frutacloud East China, said: "ClemenGold® mandarins barely…

No details disclosed yet

Major HLB discovery announced

A researcher from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently determined how bacterium causes the devastating citrus disease HLB. UF/IFAS Citrus Research and…

UF/IFAS economists strive for economic trends & disaster analysis

Christa Court, assistant professor of regional economics and director of the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, recently spoke about the economic trends of Florida’s…

Jiwaka Development Corporation

Papua New Guinea: Jiwaka province citrus supply thrives

In order to be able to market and distribute citrus fruits grown by small scale farmers in Jiwaka, the Jiwaka Development Corporation has entered a strategic partnership with…

South African seedless lemons to China

"The signing of the new protocol agreement with China opens up new opportunities"

Seedless lemons have already found a sweet spot in various global markets at premium retailers where the seedlessness of the product addresses culinary frustrations experienced by chefs, home-cooks, health enthusiasts, mixologists and lovers of all things lemony. The seedless lemon has been described as…

Newhall oranges boast the highest vitamin C content

Never before has the attention of consumers and, therefore, of the citrus fruit industry, focused so much on the vitamin content in oranges. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Paola Caruso, researcher at CREA-Centro di ricerca in Olivicoltura, Frutticoltura e Agrumicoltura in Acireale (CT), Sicily.…

Taiwan pomelos will enter Japanese supermarkets before Mid-Autumn Festival

In excess of 50 tons of Taiwan-harvested pomelos will hit store shelves in Japan before the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is celebrated on Sept. 21 this year. Due to their…

Rong County

Honey pomelo season starts early, production increases by 40%

Since late August, honey pomelos have started to be harvested one after another in Rong County. Every day, many merchants come from Nanning, Wuzhou, Shenzhen, Maoming,…

Azienda Agricola Arcobio

Aware consumers increasingly interested in organic products

"The previous citrus fruit campaign was good. There may have been a few problems with the fruits, especially of the Tarocco variety, due to the abundant rain that lead to rot issues and small grades, however we were pleased with both the production and economic results," reports Angela Arcoria, owner of…

USDA

Citrus Fruits 2021 summary - September 2021

US citrus utilized production down 12 percent, value down 3 percent

Citrus utilized production for the 2020-21 season totaled 6.90 million tons, down 12 percent from the 2019-20 season. California accounted for 60 percent of total United States citrus production; Florida totaled 38 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 2 percent. Utilized citrus…

Chilean citrus committee partners with rewards app Shopkick

With Chilean lemons, mandarins and navels all in bountiful supply, the Chilean Citrus Committee has launched a program with shopping rewards app, Shopkick, to educate and inspire shoppers online and incentivize Chilean citrus purchases at the store level. The program launched on August 30 and will run…

Strong customer demand & market potential are key drivers to build new production line

CP Kelco invests more than $50 mln in citrus fiber capacity expansion

CP Kelco, a global company creating nature-based ingredient solutions, announced today that it will invest more than $50 million to expand production capacity for NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber, based on strong customer demand and market potential. With this significant capital investment, the company will have…

Pixie Fruit is highly lucrative for Kenyan growers

Pixie fruit is a fleshy, easy to peel and highly nutritious citrus fruit. The crop has been gaining traction in Kenya with the market extending to the Eastern and Coastal…

USDA

Commercial citrus inventory - preliminary report

Florida: All citrus acreage down 3 percent

Results of the annual Commercial Citrus Inventory show total citrus acreage is 407,348 acres, down 3 percent from the last survey andthe lowest in a series which began in 1966. The net loss of 12,104 acres is 955 acres more than what was lost last season. New plantings at 10,448 acres are up from the…

State of Alabama is attempting to contain Citrus Canker

The Alabama Department of Agriculture is determined to contain Citrus Canker before it becomes a major problem, said Kassie Conner, director of the Auburn University Plant…

Citrus Under Protective Screen production systems

CUPS shows promising results in protecting grapefruit against HLB

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research seems to indicate that there is an innovative way to manage Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. Arnold…

Peru produced 553,000 tons of Valencia oranges in 2020

According to data from the General Directorate of Agricultural Development and Agroecology of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Midagri), Peru produced a total of…

Limoneira Company announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 financial results

Limoneira: "Well positioned for solid lemon growth in fiscal year 2022"

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today…

Pick n Pay shows love through its mandarins

South African retailer Pick n Pay is again using its premium mandarin line as a canvas for its social commitment: for the month of September, the mandarin boxes will be Springbok green – the colour of the jersey of the national rugby team – as South Africa meets the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby…

First Spanish Tone Wase and Maxim kakis of the season

"People are already tired of summer fruit and need a change"

The first Spanish kakis of the season have been arriving to the European markets this week. In general, volumes this season are expected to be lower than the productive potential due to the impact of pests. "We are starting the kaki campaign this week with the Tone Wase and Maxim varieties, which allow…

Piet Hoek, Hars & Hagebauer, the Netherlands:

"Receiving the first Chinese pomelos is quite special"

In the Netherlands, Hars & Hagebauer received its first Chinese pomelos of the 2021 season yesterday. "It's, of course, a very different year than 2020," says Piet Hoek. "The absurd…

High global demand and elevated prices bode well for South African exports

The stage is set for another record export year for agricultural products. International demand remains good and prices for its major export products continue to be high. The…

Peruvian clementine exports between January and August 2021 amounted to 12.9 million dollars

According to data from Agrodata, between January and August 2021, Peru exported 10,018,439 kilos of clementines for a FOB value of $12,953,090. The main destination for the…

Amendment to shipping protocol signed by both parties

Late season amendment allows greater access for South African lemons to China

While for some South African exporters it comes too late, there are a number who say they are definitely going to load lemons for China now that a long-awaited amendment to the shipping protocol has been bilaterally signed. The demand for South African lemons in China is strong, the industry says. The…

Prices for oranges and strawberries down

Uruguay: August inflation above government targets

Late last week, Uruguay's National Statistics Institute (INE) issued its monthly report according to which the country's Consumer Price Index for August 2021 showed a 0.85%…

From January to July 2021

Mexico’s citrus exports up 28.3%

Between January and July this year, exports The percentage of citrus fruits and their derivatives increased by 28.3% It has a total value of $912.3 million, above $711 million in the same period in…

Hennie de Beer – Vaalbos Trust

Vaalbos Trust: all hands on deck at high-diversity farm

Vaalbos Trust in the Loskop Valley is a highly diversified farm, as is the norm in this region that straddles Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Right: potatoes planted for the processing sectorBy this time of the year, the enterprise aims to have finished its Valencias, although, notes Hennie de Beer, the owner of…

Darling Group welcomes investment from Booster

New Zealand based horticulture company, Darling Group is pleased to announce an investment by Booster Tahi LP, the investment arm of Booster, a New Zealand owned…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Fruit harvests see mixed result in Q2 2021

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that harvests of four major fruits were mixed in the second quarter; banana and pineapple output gains shadowed by declines for…

E-commerce and Social Media are effective tools for citrus marketing

According to two reports from the Florida Department of Citrus, social media and e-commerce have become major, effective tools for marketing citrus and other products. FDOC…

Florida Citrus Mutual seeks FDA enforcement discretion regarding orange juice Brix

Florida Citrus Mutual is attempting to protect growers in the event Florida oranges don’t meet the minimum Brix requirement for not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice. FCM…

The lemon campaign in Vega Baja to start with a 50% drop in production and good prices at origin

Lemon producer from Vega Baja, who last year had a ruinous campaign in which, according to calculations by Asaja Alicante, they had economic losses that amounted to 110…

Egypt displaces South Africa as the EU's main non-EU supplier of oranges

According to the 'Strengthened monitoring of EU citrus imports' report released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), last season, Egypt displaced South…

Thomas Heeren, Fruchtagentur Altes Land about the lemon season:

"We have slightly larger volumes of organic lemons this year than last year"

Fruchtagentur Altes Land Ltd is located in the largest contiguous fruit growing area in Northern Europe, directly in the Altes Land. It has been working closely with the company P.A.S.A.M Agrumi - a lemon producer from Sicily - daily for over 15 years. "We exclusively market the organic lemons from…

Aimed at increasing Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops

Hort Innovation puts $28 million into increasing tree crop productivity

A current Hort Innovation productivity project intends to benefit Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops. The five-year $28 million National Tree Crop…

Ankia Rabie-Gerber & Ryno Palm – Rooted Global Fruit Co.

New fruit exporter: “We’ll meet the challenges with high energy”

Rooted Global Fruit’s first blueberries, initially from Zimbabwe and then moving over to South African blueberries, will be flown to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong this weekend, marking the debut of the company based in Hong Kong, and in South Africa’s Hex River Valley. “We do have a strong focus in Southeast…

Georgia citrus acreage continues to increase

Citrus acreage in Georgia continues to increase. According to Jake Price, University of Georgia Lowndes County Extension coordinator, it increased by 50%. During a citrus…

Florida citrus exports still frustrated

EU canker protocols, as well as difficulties transporting fruit to Asia are among problems frustrating Florida’s fresh citrus exports. The canker protocols that the EU has…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

“We have had good consistent orders from Japan, Korea, Canada and Malaysia"

Shipping delays and lockdowns continue to hamper fruit exports around the world, the knock-on effect is making market demand very different to other seasons. “Citrus export has been very challenging this season due to a lot of factors,” explains Sam Vasala from Australian fruit exporter Sai World.…

Valencian citrus growers face millions in losses this season due to cotonet

Cotonet continues to expand in Valencian citrus groves despite the efforts of producers to stop its spread. Since the prohibition of methyl chlorpyrifos, which will now only…

Calls on Brussels to impose cold treatment on their exports

EFSA questions South Africa's pest control system

The Thaumatotibia leucotreta or false moth (FCM) is a widespread pest in Africa and it's also present in Israel. It is endemic to South Africa and, so far, it hasn't spread in Europe. It is classified by community regulations as a quarantine pest and it is one of the top 20 priority diseases to fight due…

USDA

Apples and oranges are top US fruit choices

Apples held the top spot for total fruit available for consumption in 2019 with loss-adjusted apple juice availability at 12.6 pounds (1.4 gallons) per person, fresh apples at roughly 10 pounds per person, and canned, dried, and frozen apples totaling to 3.3 pounds per person. Source: USDA  Bananas (13.4 pounds per person)…

Fremman Capital takes control of The Natural Fruit Company's citrus

In August, Fremman Capital took control of the citrus companies that make up The Natural Fruit Company (TNFC) group through the replacement of the boards of directors after…

Ghana: Agricultural Development Bank set to revamp citrus industry

Ghana’s Agricultural Development Bank has recently partnered with the OVCF to revamp the citrus industry. Via this partnership, ADB gives financial support to Central Citrus…

Mildura, Australia

Gill Farms has heavy focus on business management investments and technology growth

Years ago, Indian-born Billa Gill made the leap to New Zealand where he worked in agriculture and invested in a cattle farm. In 2005, Billa made another switch; this time to…

New South Wales farmers struggle in pandemic - despite bumper crop

New South Wales grower Mark Watkins has never seen a larger crop at his orchard on the northern outskirts of Sydney. Unfortunately, instead of reaping the rewards of a bumper…

"Chinese retail conditions for Clemen Gold were not as good this season as we expected"

The biggest advantage of South African Clemen Gold mandarins is their lack of seeds. Nearly 95% of the Clemen Gold on the market are seedless. That is unique. In addition, the nutritional value of Clemen Gold is very high. The Clemen Gold mandarins are delicious, juicy, and their fragrance is subtle.…

Texas

APHIS removes portion of Harris County from the Citrus Canker Quarantine Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing a portion of Harris County within the Braeswood area of Houston, Texas, from citrus…

Navel oranges in Florida: current status and future

Navel oranges are fairly tolerant of HLB, are popular and easy to sell, and offer a stable source of income that is only marginally related to worldwide supply and demand.…

Neil Barker - BGP International

The whole trade is influenced by the current shipping delays

The Australian citrus harvest is underway and is going well, there were no big weather events during the growing season and the crop is looking reasonable, according to Neil Barker founder of BGP International. “We are looking at a reasonable citrus crop this season, there are concerns about the Navels…

Citrus growers worried about lack of water in Corsica

Since the 9th of July, the French department of Upper-Corsica has been placed in a state of drought vigilance by the prefecture. Some restriction measures have been taken for…

South African citrus industry shows great resolve in chaotic season

Amid a chaotic and extremely difficult season, the South African industry kept a cool head and revealed a collective spirit of getting the job done. According to Citrus…

European lemon market a respite to South African citrus growers

The European lemon market has provided welcome relief to South African citrus growers over the past two months in what has otherwise been a profoundly challenging season. A few weeks of lemon sales are left to South African exporters before Spain and Turkey starts; some exporters loaded their last lemons…

Oranfrizer presents its short and carefully developed supply chain at Cibus 2021

Oranfrizer has become an integral part of the international Unifrutti group and continues to nurture its future growth in Sicily, the most fruitful island in the…

Uzbekistan gets permit to export lemons to China

The Uzbek Agency for Quarantine and Plant Protection and the General Customs Administration of the People's Republic of China have signed a protocol on phytosanitary…

Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Chief Operating Officer Rick Dantzler

Still optimistic regarding HLB

Citrus Research and Development Foundation Chief Operating Officer Rick Dantzler told a Citrus Expo crowd that even in the face of negative industry trends, he remains optimistic regarding HLB. He…

Fernando Blasco, Product Manager of the KÖLLA Group

"There will be significant shortages of clementines"

The internationally connected KÖLLA Group, offering a wide range of fruits and vegetables, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In an interview with Fernando Blasco, he tells us about the current state of the upcoming citrus season, among other things. Losses in lemons, better qualities in…

Citrus cultivation to be redefined in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Citrus production has increased from 1.73 mln tons in 1970 to 14 mln tons in 2019 at an average annual rate of 5.24%. Even though India ranks 3rd in terms of production after…

South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus exports need intense efforts to improve logistics

The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s biggest lemon producer, exporting more lemons than the US, Brazil, Egypt or Italy. South Africa itself is the world’s second largest…

South African industry experts

‘Challenge for satsuma growers is farming for quality’

South Africa's citrus industry is expected to break all export season records this year.  According to Mitchell Brooke, logistics development manager at the Citrus Growers Association,…

Vision Produce Company acquired

Sole Source Capital LLC, an industrial-focused private equity firm,  announced that its portfolio company, Worldwide Produce (“WWP”), has acquired Vision Produce (“VP”), a premier importer and distributor…

Few Chilean citrus fruits to be found in Dutch stores

In 2020, three percent more Chilean fruit was exported to the Netherlands. That is what the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality reports. That makes the Netherlands the third-largest trading partner for the South American country. That is according to Fruit & Vegetable Facts' figures.…

Suspects conned farmers out of 5,000 tons of produce

Fruit fraudsters with Italian mafia connections arrested in Valencia

Nine members of a criminal gang connected to the Italian mafia have been arrested in La Safor district (Valencia Province). They were apprehended for allegedly conning…

USDA

Citrus: World Markets and Trade

Global 2020/21 citrus production estimated up 4 percent

Global 2020/21 citrus production of the countries and commodities included in Citrus: World Markets and Trade is estimated up 4 percent to 98 million metric tons (tons). Oranges account for half of the production followed by tangerines/mandarins, lemons/limes, and grapefruit. China is the largest…

Belize

Massive diversification efforts approved to support pineapple, soursop, coconuts as well as citrus

This week, the cabinet decided to inject $15 million through the Development Finance Corporation as loans to farmers to support a revival of Belize's citrus industry. Also, it…

Citrus is major export commodity

South Africa sees agri trade surplus in Q2

The results of both the first and second quarter of 2021 agriculture export performance reflects the resilience of the industry, even in the face of ongoing Covid-19 related…

NLaws Produce announces new partnership, formation of new venture

NLaws Produce, Savannah's family-owned wholesale produce distribution company, announced a new relationship with the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), the Georgia Department of…

UF scientists use AI to try to more accurately predict citrus yield

Researchers from the University of Florida are using artificial intelligence to help citrus growers improver their seasonal production forecasts. In a preliminary study…

Summer fruit sales marked by low temperatures at destination

"The mid-season clementine production could drop by as much as 50% this year"

The summer fruit campaign is still underway. Although the beginning of the next citrus season is already around the corner and will start with the earliest varieties in just a few weeks, there is still a significant supply of Spanish stone fruit and watermelon on the market. This year, summer fruit has…

Gladstone Land acquires citrus groves in South Florida

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired two lemon and orange groves, totaling 617 acres in South Florida for approximately $5.2 million. In connection with…

The Generalitat asked the Ministry to request the EU to declare citrus fruits are a sensitive product

At the end of July, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency, and Ecological Transition, Mireia Mollà, asked the Ministry of Agriculture to request…

The fall in citrus production will also bring down employment contracts in Castellon

"The lower the production, the fewer contracts there will be"

The foreseeable drop in citrus production in Castellon, especially in Clemenules, the main variety grown in the province, will presumably affect the amount of labor that will…

Improved market access for Australian citrus in US

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has agreed to expand access for citrus exports following negotiation from the Australian…

Taylorville Produce

Great quality citrus for a South Australian grower despite the challenges of a COVID-affected season

A citrus grower in South Australia's Riverland region says conditions this season have been "wonderful", leading to cleaner fruit that is in abundance. Taylorville Produce is based in Taylorville, and Farm Manager Navjot Singh says while there have been challenges the company has had to manage due to the…

South Africa: citrus exports 2021 confirm sustained industry growth

As South Africa’s 2021 citrus season is approaching the end, it has become clear that there was export growth, even during these challenging times for South African. Apart…

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Edd China owns a Mini shaped like an orange

Back in the ’70s, a fruit distribution company called Outspan had a few custom Minis built to represent oranges. They were called Outspan Oranges and they’re quite the sight. They’re also extremely rare. Edd China, former co-presenter of Wheeler Dealers, bought one and shows it off in this video. In the video,…

Belize: Cabinet approves $15 million in loan financing to revitalize the citrus industry

The Cabinet said that in “recognizing that the citrus industry is critical to Belize’s socioeconomic development, approved the allocation of $15 million in loan financing to…

“We spent probably the last 12-18 months looking at installing more drainage"

Bec Grant manages two properties for Southern Cross Farms – Hillston Citrus at Hillston, in NSW’s Riverina; and Sunmar Orchards in the Sunraysia district. This is her third…

Pick n Pay launches locally grown blood oranges, a first for SA retail

South African retailer's citrus display wows customers

This Women’s Month, Pick n Pay has teamed up with fresh produce suppliers, Nu Leaf Brands and Market Demand Fruits, and turned their usually black premium citrus cartons pink to demonstrate the retailer’s longstanding commitment to women’s rights. Pick n Pay introduced pink boxes for their premium citrus…

Australian Delite Mandarins celebrates its 10th season

Nutrano Produce Group unveils a new marketing campaign to support the 10th season of Australian Delite seedless mandarins focused on driving Delite as the ultimate portable snack for Busy Healthy Bodies. “Citrus consumption remains strong with Aussies prioritising their health and wellbeing; whether they…

Steger Forecast for 2021-22 Florida Orange Crop

Florida will produce 1.5% less oranges than 2020-21

Private consultant Elizabeth Steger on Aug. 16 forecast Florida will produce 52 million boxes of oranges in the 2021-22 season — 1.5% less than the 52.8 million boxes produced…

Production volume declined by around 30%

Production season of Taiwanese pomelo has officially begun

The Taiwanese pomelo has long been popular with consumers for its superior product quality, tender fruit flesh, and ideal balance between sweet and sour. The new production season of Taiwanese pomelo has officially begun. The supply season lasts for one month until the middle of September. Weather…

APHIS updates the Citrus Black Spot (Phyllosticta citricarpa) quarantine area in Florida

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 37 sections in Charlotte County, 17 sections in Collier County, 45 sections in Glades…

Pricing picking up on domestic oranges

The market is picking up on California Valencia oranges. Cecelia Packing Corporation in Orange Cove, CA, is packing Valencia oranges, which are more of a juice orange. “Supplies on Valencia oranges are somewhat limited. As we get into the summer months here in the San Joaquin valley, there’s limited…

South Australian citrus showcased in gift packs

The South Australian citrus harvest started in late May and the crop is looking very good. "In South Australia, where we are the largest grower of citrus in Australia, we are having a fantastic crop in 2021," said Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager at the South Australian Produce Market. "The cooler summer…

USDA expanding importation of fresh citrus fruit from Australia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the production areas in Australia authorized to import fresh citrus fruit…


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