Citrus

Luc Rodiers, wholesaler Rodiers

"Citrus and grape prices high due to limited supply"

“The citrus market is currently fairly well balanced. There is sufficient demand, but there is slightly less citrus available this year than last year. We can meet demand, but the prices are on the high side," says Luc Rodiers from wholesale Rodiers. “There is currently a lot of demand for Nadorcott and…

Menton Lemon Festival held in France

On February 18th, the 87th Menton Lemon Festival took place in Menton, France, with the theme of "Parties Around the World”. The sculptures made using fruit caught a lot of attention. Image source: ICphoto Image source: ICphoto Image source: ICphoto Source: Chinaqiaowang.com  

High speculation in Spain makes selling difficult and facilitates competition from third countries

"We will not ship oranges to China until normality is restored"

Spanish orange exporters are still uncertain about how the events in China and the trade crisis caused by the coronavirus will develop. "At the moment, exports of Spanish oranges to China are very slow due to the influence of the coronavirus," says Daniel Blanco, commercial director of the Andalusian…

First prison sentence for the illegal exploitation of the Orri mandarin in Spain

The Criminal Court number 12 of Valencia has sentenced a producer to three months and one day in prison, losing also the right to passive suffrage during the time of the sentence, as well as the payment of the costs, for the illegal exploitation of the protected vegetable variety Orri on a plot of…

Second year in a row

Egypt tops list of countries exporting oranges

For the second year in a row, Egypt has topped the list of countries that export oranges, with exports totaling 1.7 million tons in 2019, accounting for 38 percent of the…

South African grapefruit producers watching Chinese market very closely for signs of recovery

Rain disrupts lemon packing as Northern Hemisphere markets run empty

Alliance Fruit, citrus and subtropical grower-exporter based in Hoedspruit, has been exporting lemons for a month, as Northern Hemisphere markets are running short, but all through last week the lemon harvest was suspended after very heavy rain in the area ended last Monday. As lemon exports resume (to…

CEO Citrus Australia:

Poor prices could spell the end for fresh Australian orange juice

According to Citrus Australia, major retailers must lift the prices they pay juice growers, as the latter are facing a decline in production. Citrus Australia CEO Nathan…

Overseas customers are increasingly demanding on Chinese honey pomelos

Chinese honey pomelo is an affordable, good-quality fruit with a pleasant taste. It is a relatively established fruit on the market and is popular among overseas consumers. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to export Chinese honey pomelos to overseas markets, as customers…

Vietnam: Prices green-skinned pomelos drops sharply

Mr. Dam Van Hung, is the owner of Huong Mien Tay fruit trading facility in Ben Tre Province and the leading green-skinned exporter in the Mekong Delta. According to him, the…

CitrusBR

Brazil orange juice stocks jump 41.8% after large crop

On Dec. 31 2019, Brazil orange juice stocks (FCOJ, frozen concentrated equivalent) were projected at 853,778 tonnes, 41.8% more than seen a year earlier, local orange juice…

Lemon markets expected to become stronger

Argentina may be poised to ship more lemons into the U.S. come May. Currently, domestic production on lemons comes largely from California on both the West and East Coasts. This is because there are some concerns with crops from other countries currently producing lemons. “Turkey is basically done with…

Australia: Dangerous citrus tree disease stopped at border

Australian Biosecurity officers recently intercepted a number of fruit items at the border, which were found to be carrying a citrus disease. According to Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, the items were intercepted on separate occasions and all tested positive for citrus canker pathogen. “This is an…

UC Riverside maintains Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection - to hold off fruit apocalypse

Spread over 22 acres, UC Riverside’s 113-year-old Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection was founded as a place to gather and study as many citrus specimens as possible — right now, the inventory numbers at over 1,000. It’s an open-air temple where innovations in irrigation, fertilization, pest control,…

More biosecurity funding needed to battle wave of illegal imports

Citrus Australia urges the Federal Government to increase its investment in border biosecurity following the interception of fresh limes and dried citrus infected with citrus…

Keeping Citrus Greening out of Georgia groves

Citrus greening disease is not yet a problem in Georgia. Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist, wants to keep it that…

Citrus Leprosis is a considerable threat to Florida citrus

Citrus leprosis is an exotic viral disease not currently present in Florida. This disease is of interest since it was reported in citrus in Florida and Brazil in the early 1900s, where it caused great crop and tree losses, but it was eliminated from Florida in the early 1960s. Currently, the disease is…

Price of shatang mandarins in China falls while shipment increases

Recently, the market price of shatang mandarins in production areas has declined slightly. Fruit grown under protective covers are mostly sold at 1.3-1.5 yuan/half a kilo,…

EPA greenlights continued use of antibiotic to fight citrus disease in California & Florida

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued another emergency approval for farmers in California and Florida to continue applying a medically important antibiotic to citrus crops. Because the drug is used to treat tuberculosis in humans, the move has raised concerns that it could exacerbate…

West Asia coming up as a major market for Indian oranges

For the first time, the west of Asia has emerged as a prospective major market for Indian oranges as growers began to treat the citrus fruit with a wax coating, officials of…

Late season cold allows Central Valley Citrus to remain strong

Citrus growers in California's Central Valley were able to make it through the recent cold front relatively unscathed. At World Ag Expo last week, President and CEO of…

Safeguard clause gives American oranges a head start on Japanese import market

Japan imports a third of its fruit, with the US as the second largest supplier. The US is Japan's largest supplier of oranges, lemons, grapes and cherries. The Japanese fruit…

First Spanish orange brand to participate in China International Import Expo two years in a row

New crop of OhSmiles oranges arriving in China soon

New crops of OhSmiles, a well-known brand of imported Spanish oranges, are scheduled to arrive in the Chinese market at the end of this month (February 2020), marking the fourth year of the brand’s presence in China. Thanks to their excellent taste and high quality, these oranges have been well received…

CCM President Creamer in various meetings

California Citrus Mutual discussed disastrous impacts with top trade officials

CCM president Casey Creamer held meetings last week with top trade officials within the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).…

"The next step is for all crops to be uprooted"

Producers in Spanish town of Algemesí get 3 cents per kilo for their Okitsu

On February 14, the desperate situation of many Valencian agricultural producers led to about 300 tractors and more than fifty buses leaving La Ribera bound to the capital to…

APEDA develops district as fruit cluster

Nagpur oranges ship to Dubai

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has announced that the first consignment of Nagpur oranges was flagged off to Dubai on 13 February from Vashi, Navi Mumbai. A total of 1,500 crates were loaded in…

Egypt: Daltex company expects good returns for citrus this season

Hesham El-Naggar, CEO of Daltex, expects to achieve good returns for the citrus crop this season, with the support of the declining production locally and internationally,…

Government committed to safeguarding Jamaican citrus industry

Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries has stated its commitment to safeguarding the citrus industry. This commitment comes with the knowledge…

Exporters in Southern Turkey had a good start to new year

The Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association exported 138,199,000 USD (127,490,000 Euro) worth of products in January. This means that the association…

José Peiró, of Escrig Gourmet: "The coronavirus prevents us from exporting to China this year"

Strong demand for Spanish mandarins in northern Europe

The overall production volume of Valencian clementines, mandarins and oranges is around 35% lower than last year. At the same time, the production in other Mediterranean countries, such as Italy or Morocco, is also lower, so sales have been limited and under pressure by a high demand. "Fortunately, we…

Abnormal cold front in Turkey affects citrus groves

A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation…

Market conditions of Shatang tangerines slightly improve

Chinese production areas gradually resume operations

Many production areas in Guangxi have gradually resumed operations in recent days. Some visiting traders began to arrive and place orders of Shatang tangerines. Although…

Harvest Season and Garcia Ballester join forces

A new alliance promises to revolutionize Asia's citrus import market

The Harvest Season and Garcia Ballester companies have decided to establish a strategic alliance with the objective of becoming leaders in Asia's citrus import market, with a quality product and with maximum food safety. Garcia Ballester, the Cordoba-based company, is known as one of the oldest leading…

DG Agri Dashboard - citrus fruit

Spanish orange prices recovering

According to European Commission numbers, last month, prices for Spanish oranges made a recovery from €54 to €59 per 100 kg. That was slightly below the monthly 5 year Max, but €9 above the 5-year average. Orange prices in Greece were at €42 per 100 kg in January, although a rise in prices is expected, certainly up until April.…

USDA Forecast February

Florida all orange production down 3 percent from January forecast

According to the most recent USDA numbers, Florida all orange production is down 3 percent from the January forecast. The current February forecast production stands at 72,000,000 boxes. Florida’s Valencia orange production forecast is down just 2 percent, while the grapefruit production is up 9 percent.…

In 2018, Italian producers charged 172% more for their oranges than the Spanish

According to data from Faostat, the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in 2018, the average price charged by Italian orange producers exceeded that obtained by Spanish growers by 172.72%. In fact, the latter were surpassed even by Moroccan producers,…

Saturated citrus market causes falling prices in US

The Texas citrus season started on time this season, beginning in mid-October. Volumes are lower than they were last season, and the general citrus market is being challenged with an oversupply. Despite this, Texas is producing good quality citrus and has had a good growing season. Good quality this season…

Lack of large grades led to increase in the demand for netted lemons

"A few weeks ago, we presented our lemons in 1 kg nets with our personalized band. The objective is to retain those customers who, over the years, have strayed from the netted produce. This happened because most suppliers use nets to commercialize low-quality lemons with a ruined peel and mostly obtained…

Peruvian citrus exports are expected to increase in 2020

The general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, stated that Peruvian citrus exports would exceed 200,000 tons…

Chinese Shatang tangerines experience enormous sales pressure

A wide variety of Chinese industries are affected by the outbreak of the corona virus. The loss is disastrous. The Chinese citrus industry is also affected. Take the sales of…

South Africa

Citrus Growers Association calls on President to address port challenges

The Citrus Growers Association (CGA) calls on President Ramaphosa to provide an update on government’s efforts to address the serious challenges at South African ports in his…

Pricing pressure on organic Mexican limes

Organic limes from Mexico are feeling the effects of strong supplies on the conventional side of the business. “We’ve been bringing in a lot of limes and there are really good supplies right now. It’s been pretty steady in the past couple of weeks,” says Andy Martin of A & A Organic Farms Corp., a…

Chinese fruit farmers find a way to combat financial loss due to virus

Rather than cave in to the inevitable fears of a modern-day epidemic, some of China’s fruit farmers decided to think outside the box. They have found a way around coronavirus…

Australian citrus industry to benefit after Free Trade Agreement was ratified with Indonesia

The new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Indonesia will provide an incentive for growers to export additional citrus, according to the peak industry body. Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock has welcomed the ratification of the Australian-Indonesian Free Trade Agreement, saying it will support current…

Sanzo, the latest clementine variety, makes its official debut

"There are around 170 thousand hectares of citrus groves in Italy, and the region with the highest biodiversity is Calabria. The new selection of Sanzo clementines is named after its quarter of origin, located in the territory of Corigliano Calabro in the Sibari plain," explained citrus specialist…

Growing citrus is an opportunity for local Botswana farmers

Botswana’s import bill shows that the country imports a lot of citrus products; a gap that needs to be filled by local farmers to consistently meet the demand. One such local…

Andalusian growers furious over 532% price hikes on oranges

A group of farmers in Spain revealed the shocking disparity in orange prices from field to shelf. Figures from the Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG)…

USDA Gain Report - Citrus Annual

Argentine lemon exports to US estimated to reach 30,000 tons in 2020

Fresh lemon production for MY 2019/2020 is forecast at 1.6 million tons, down 11% from 2018/19, as trees cyclically lower production in response to a heavy blossom the prior marketing year. Orange and tangerine production is projected at 720,000 tons and 390,000 tons, down 10% and 13% respectively, due…

Citrus quarantine affects four Redlands groves

A few days ago Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as the Citrus Greening Disease, was detected in Colton, prompting a 5-mile radius quarantine that affects at least four Redlands…

Bengaluru - India

Start up builds hi-tech machine that grades ten oranges per second

A Bengaluru-based IT start-up has developed a machine that can grade fruits with high speed. This machine, said to be the country’s first ‘optical fruit grading system’, can grade ten oranges per second, on various parameters, according to Jagadeesh C. Sunkad, who was part of the team that developed the…

More Mexican limes makes for a buyer’s market

An abundance of limes coming in from Mexico is shifting the market this week. “Supplies right now are coming in at a very high rate. A higher rate than was anticipated,” says Wayne Warren of Chef’s Table Produce based in Palm Beach, Fl. “For whatever reason, supplies over the last few years in January…

More marketers in organic citrus category in 2019-2020

Additional marketers in the organic citrus industry are making the marketplace a bit more of a challenge this citrus season. At Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca., it has navel oranges, lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, Cara Caras, blood oranges, pomelos and limes all in production currently.…

Wonderful Citrus secures 846-acre ranch to grow seedless lemons

Wonderful Citrus recently signed a long-term lease on 846 continuous acres within California's Central Coast region to grow their new brand of Non-GMO Wonderful Seedless Lemons. The land is being leased from the multigenerational landowners; the Bianchi Family based in Soledad. The Mendrin Group…

Boost for export program

Volume up on California easy peelers

California citrus growers continue to report great seasons compared to last year. “We’re in good supplies of Easy Peelers in California,” says Linda Cunningham of Classic Harvest based in Paramus, NJ. “We’re starting Tango and W. Murcotts. We’re a little bit early—about a week and a half early. Last year…

Justin Chadwick:

Citrus Growers’ Association elects co-chairperson of newly launched World Citrus Organisation

Yesterday, the World Citrus Organisation (WCO) was officially launched at the international fresh produce trade show Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The WCO is the first global platform aimed at increasing coordination, dialogue and action between citrus producing countries across the world. All founding…

Punjab, India

Farmers urged to transition to horticulture and grow more fruit

According to data from the Department of Horticulture, in the past 10 years, the area under horticulture in the state of Punjab has increased by 48 per cent, while crop output…

The opinion of an operator of a wholesale market

A slowdown in the sale of oranges in the past few days

It could be because the temperatures are higher than normal, or it could be because we are at the end of the month, in any case the wholesaler Daniele Di Mauro has been experiencing a slowdown in the sale of oranges for ten days. "Up to 20 January we worked well, with prices that were more than fair and…

Donnalia is a leading market model, now also with its Red Orange PGI

The big brands choose blood oranges

"A citrus season of high expectations is how we could describe the current campaign. A few days ago we started the commercialization of blood oranges, known and appreciated all over the world, which adds an extra edge to the business," stated the brothers Angelo and Vincenzo Di Pasquale, creators of the…

Cultivated in Valencia: Mandarin, orange, grapefruit and satsuma crossing

Banzzai citrus fruit breaks into the markets

A surprising mandarin variety developed in Japan and produced for the first time in Valencia just barged into stores in Britain and Germany this week. Banzzai™, an exceptional citrus fruit the size of an orange, a result of multiple crossings between a satsuma, an orange, a mandarin and a grapefruit. "It…

Syria exports over 20,000 tons of citrus to Iraq

According to official numbers, Syria's exports of citrus to Iraq have reached 20.500 tons. Some 750 trucks loaded with fruit entered Iraq between December 2019 and January 2020 through the Bukamal border crossing, said Assem Iskander, customs officer of the crossing. He stated that the overland exports…

U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory - Florida

Trained dogs highly efficient in searching for citrus greening

Dogs specially trained by Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientists have proven to be the most efficient way to detect huanglongbing -also known as citrus greening. This is according to a paper just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, the best hope of…

UK: Jersey grower comes out with fruity lemons

Jersey Island grower Joe Freire has been carefully cultivating 100 trees at his St Lawrence farm and says he now has 25 that are producing fruit. His locally grown lemons are…

Australia: Korean buyers aim at Sunraysia fruit deals

Last week, three Korean traders and retailers visited Sunraysia on Wednesday, hoping to strike a marketing deal for the region's top-quality produce. Ko Myung Soo and Lee Joon…

The top 10 orange-producing countries

This video shows the top 10 largest orange-producing countries worldwide in the period between 1961 and 2017. Until 1979, the US dominated orange production. From that moment Brazil was the largest producer. In 2017, Brazil produced nearly 17.5 million tonnes. 99% of the fruit produced in Brazil is…

Tango Fruit mandarin arrives in Italy exclusively through Spreafico

Spreafico will be Tango Fruit's exclusive partner to expand the Eurosemillas brand in the Italian market. The alliance will be presented at Fruit Logistica, which will be held in Berlin. There, the operator will have its own stand and will showcase this brand's new formats and differentiated packaging.…

Cuba exports Guantanamo limes for the first time

The Cuban province of Guantanamo has decided to bet on the production of Persian lime due to its export potential. This lime, also known as Tahiti lime, is a seedless citrus…

Guillermo Soler, manager of ORC Spain:

"The consumption of Orri mandarins should not be slowed down by high prices"

"Due to the lower production of citrus fruits, Orri mandarins are arriving earlier. Because of this, the prospect is that sales will also come to an end early. The fruit's harvest started in mid-January, when it usually kicks off at the end of the month. One of the peculiarities of the Orri is that the…

APHIS determines Unshu oranges can be safely imported from Japan into the US

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public that we are revising our requirements for the importation of…

Organic mandarin program to run from Dec. to April with California supplies

Morning Kiss Organic offers an organic mandarin program from December through April, working with suppliers in California. DiSilva Fruit continues to grow its year-round program supplied by growers in California, Chile and Peru. Mandarins will be available in 1lb, 2lb, 3lb, and 5lb bags. Varieties…

AILIMPO forecasts a 22% reduction on this season's lemon crop

AILIMPO's 3rd lemon crop estimate for the 2019/2020 season updates the figures published in September and forecasts a total production of 1,020,000 tonnes, which represents a…

Spain has imported 160 million kilos of oranges and mandarins during the campaign

According to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency) processed by Hortoinfo, Spain has imported a total of 160.66 million kilos of oranges and mandarins…

Michoacan leading Mexican state in lemon production

The lemon campaign in the Mexican state of Michoacan ended with a harvest volume of 780,000 tons, i.e. 6.3% more than in the previous year. These figures consolidated Michoacan as the largest producer of lemons in the country, a position that was occupied by Veracruz at the beginning of the decade. In…

California - US

HLB detection causes expansion of quarantine zone in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

A quarantine expansion has been declared following the detection of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in two citrus trees in Colton. This is the first time the disease has been confirmed in Colton, and the detection came on the heels of the first detection in San Bernardino…

Unusual climate in the Ionic area causes early stone fruit already in bloom

In the Basilicata region, in particular in the Metapontino area, it has not rained for weeks and the weather is not wintry at all. During the day, temperatures can even reach 18-20 degrees and, at least for the next few days, no significant changes are expected. The producers are worried about the…

Pak-Africa Trade Conference begins

Kenya shows interest in Pakistan's mangoes and citrus fruits

According to All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed, Kenyan importers have expressed keen interest in…

California: Trade truce with China gives hope but does not yet raise prices

News of a truce in the tariff war with China has offered some hope to the Californian citrus industry, but despite all this, so far there has been no relief in the grower’s…

Venezuela: Crop diseases pose extra threat to food situation

After struggling to find the fertilizers and pesticides he needed to keep his fruit trees healthy, in 2018, Venezuelan citrus farmer Carlos Romero saw his worst fears had come…

University of Florida research

Oak trees may help HLB-infected citrus trees

Old oak trees may hold an extract that citrus growers can use to protect their fruit trees from the deadliest citrus crop disease the world has known. The plant disease…

Moroccan orange production expected to fall by 31% due to water shortages and adverse weather

Agriculture is one of the central pillars, if not the mainstay, of the Moroccan economy. The North African nation has much to be proud of, and it is among the top 3 countries…

New red-fleshed mandarin variety debuts

Pro Citrus Network announced the debut of MandaRosa®, a new brand of proprietary variety red-fleshed mandarins, exclusively offered by PCN. MandaRosa mandarins are a natural cultivar of a Tarocco Blood Orange and Clementine, also known as the Mandared variety, and are officially the world’s first patented…

Pakistan government to increase kinnow exports

The Government of Pakistan is not only intent on increasing the export of kinnow; it also is determined to increase the production of the fruit. Provincial Minister for Human Resources and Development Ansar Majeed Niazi said on Monday that PTI led government was determined to increase the production of…

Mandarins essential for a great Chinese New Year

The celebrations for the Chinese New Year (CNY) that will be in full swing for two weeks, are certainly impossible without mandarin oranges. They are sought after during CNY,…

Turkey increases export of citrus to Turkmenistan

According to a source in the Turkish Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association, the export of citrus fruits from Turkey to Turkmenistan increased by 30 percent in…

Limoneira focuses on educational program

California lemon season going well

The California lemon season is well underway. The district 3 harvest has finished and currently the pickings are taking place in districts 1 and 2. John Chamberlain of Limoneira says: “As we move through the next couple of months, the picks will be lower in district 1 and become heavier in district 2.…

Comparison with last year

Clementine campaign ends in the Gulf of Taranto

The PGI clementine campaign is ending rather early in the Gulf of Taranto, an area known for producing citrus fruit with unique organoleptic qualities and an intense aroma.   The 2019/20 campaign will be remembered for the drastic drop in production (over 70%) also due to climatic reasons. FreshPlaza talked about…

Lack of commercialization puts Argentine citrus in check

The citrus sector of the Argentine province of Misiones is concerned because it might, once again, lose thousands of kilos of fruits due to lack of commercialization. Nothing…

Castellón citrus strengthens in Europe despite the competition

The current citrus campaign in Castellón is marked by a recovery of prices compared to previous campaigns; a result of a decline in the production of about 40%. Despite this, according to data from the Institute of Foreign Trade (Icex), sales show great strength, especially in the main citrus market for…

Looking back on the Chinese citrus industry in 2019

There were ups and downs in the Chinese citrus industry in 2019, but looking at the overall conditions, the worries outweighed the positive developments. Market conditions…

Market developments after Chinese Spring Festival are difficult to anticipate

More than half of Shatang tangerine production sold

Visiting traders in major production areas gradually returned home for Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. The sales of Shatang tangerines also slowed down during the…

Turkish citrus exporters eye Far East markets

Turkish National Citrus Council's Chairman Kemal Kacmaz said that last year Turkey exported 755 million USD (685 million Euro) worth of citrus and that Russia was the top export market. Then Kacmaz announced that they were aiming for new markets this year such as China, Malaysia, Singapore and South…

“Mexican lime industry has evolved in past years”

Veracruz is the main lime-growing area of Mexico, but lately weather issues have reduced the volumes coming out of this area. José Rodriguez, co-owner and partner in HTS México, says: “Our business have been exporting Mexican limes to Europe for over five years now, but last year was really tough,…

Dale Murden of Texas Citrus Mutual:

“Texas citrus exports to Europe really low this season”

The Texas citrus season is about halfway done, as it typically starts in late September and runs through early May.  So far, the season has been running pretty smoothly: it started on time and the volumes harvested so far are comparable to those harvested at the same time of last year. That doesn’t mean that…

Good season for PDO oranges from Ribera

"The trend is more than positive for the 2019/20 campaign of PDO oranges from Ribera, which confirms us as leaders in the commercialization of this precious citrus fruit. Oranges are of good quality when it comes to both grades and organoleptic quality. This year, there has been a drop in production…

Sri Lanka - Project Orange Elephant

Orange trees can help keep troublesome elephants away

At this point in time, human-wildlife conflicts are an increasing problem as human land use encroaches on wildlife habitats. Augmenting farmers’ crops with orange trees through Project Orange Elephant (POE) has proven to be a simple and effective method for mitigating the Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri…

The final campaign compensated for the difficulties occurred in springtime

Crops with limited damage in 2019, thanks to organic farming

Canova, whose brand is Almaverde Bio, drew a balance on 2019 which saw a boost in the second half of the year. "We got off to a very bad start," explained director Ernesto Fornari, "because of the weather in May. The cherries underwent a major knockdown and it was only after the middle of June that we…

USDA - Citrus: World Markets and Trade

Unfavourable weather leads to smaller citrus crops in Brazil, Egypt, the EU and Morocco

Global orange production for 2019/20 is forecast to fall 5.8 million tons from the previous year to 47.5 million as unfavourable weather leads to smaller crops in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco. Consequently, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also forecast lower.…

La Forcina Antonio

Lively demand for high-quality clementines slows down orange consumption

"The citrus fruit campaign is in full swing, however the produce is lacking and the weather is out of control. Fruits are not as ripe as they should be this time of year, even the most highly pigmented are finding it difficult to develop their color. When it comes to our production, consumers are indeed…

Phase One China Agreement starts on February 15th

Last week President Trump signed the Phase One Agreement with China. As reported on cacitrusmutual.com, China agreed to purchase at least $40 billion annually over two years…

Peace River Citrus expansion in Bartow

Some 175 jobs to open up due to US juice processing plant expansion

An expansion of the Peace River Citrus Products Inc. juice processing plant in Bartow will bring 175 new high paying jobs to Polk County when it opens in early 2021. According…

USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report

Florida: Non-Valencia harvest in full swing

Florida temperatures were higher than normal this week, with maximum temperatures reaching the low to upper 80s. The highest maximum reading was in Bartow (Polk County), at…

Giovanni D'Agati: "It is necessary to understand nature's rhythm"

The season of the Tardivo di Ciaculli tangerine is starting: volumes down 40%

The campaign of the Tardivo di Ciaculli tangerine has started. The initial harvest phase shows a good coloring of the fruits and an excellent sugar level, with consequent consumer satisfaction. However, volumes reduced by at least 40% are expected. These conditions and the early end of the collection of…

Clementines: prices never seen before , similar situation for oranges

The current citrus campaign will be remembered not only by producers for the scarce availability of goods and, consequently, for a reduction in profits, but also by the consumers, who, especially in these last few days, find on the fruit and vegetable pallets very high prices for a kilogram of…

Salvador Ribes Ibáñez, of Betrex:

Storm Gloria: "Some say that about 80% of citrus in Valencia has been lost"

Road AP-7 between the Catalan towns of Figueres and La Jonquera, in the province of Girona, has reopened after being cut for 12 hours. This is also the case of the A-23 between Teruel and Zaragoza. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) and Abertis, "traffic has been restored and is back to…

Better fruit for 2019-2020 Mexican citrus

Better quality this year. This seems to be the take away from Mexico’s current citrus season. “Overall there are the same volumes as last year but the quality seems to be better,” says GT Parris of Seald Sweet in Vero Beach, Fl. “Mexican citrus is still trying to gain a foothold here but it’s making its…

University of Florida research

Cover crops amidst orange groves – a way to save Florida’s citrus?

Citrus greening has devastated Florida’s orange industry. Researchers and pioneering farmers now see cover crops as a possible road to recovery. For the last couple of decades, a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid has fed on the stems and leaves of the orange trees in Florida, infecting them…

Syria sends 1500 tons of citrus to Crimea

The Syrian Ministry of Transport announced that a ship loaded with more than 1500 tons has set sail to the Russian Republic of Crimea. “The first batch of 1539 tons (distributed over 57 containers of 27 tons each) will be loaded with more than 85 percent of its capacity with the citrus crop, specifically…

Growing export volume of Chinese Guanxi honey pomelo leads to price decline

"The Guanxi honey pomelo trademark was registered in 2003. Since then, the overall surface area devoted to honey pomelo production in Fujian production areas has grown larger every year. There are more and more Chinese companies who produce honey pomelo for export, so that the supply volume greatly…

Andalusian citrus fruit prices above those of the previous campaign

According to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, the average prices reached by Andalusian citrus fruits so far in the 2019/20 campaign remain at higher levels than those recorded in the previous campaign, when prices were especially low. Furthermore, the upward…

Some farms shipped 70% of their crops

Orah mandarins sold at over 4 yuan in China

Over the past days, citrus from Nanning, Laibin, and Guigang have trickled into the market. Prices of good-quality fruits remain stable at 4.0-4.2 yuan/half a kilo, and even…

Argentinian lemons increase market share in the U.S.

The Argentinian lemon season runs from March through August, and the outlook for the upcoming season is a positive one. Citromax has been producing lemons in Argentina since 1964, and currently cultivates approximately 12,000 acres in the foothills of Tucuman. Bernabé Padilla explains: “This region has a…

Andy Froggatt, Ansgar Flaatten, Charlene Nieuwoudt, ClemenGold

ClemenGold’s quality consistency differentiates the brand

ClemenGold mandarins are available almost year-round, produced on farms geographically spread across South Africa from June to October and then from November to May from partner farms in Spain and Morocco. This lengthened availability and growing volumes have bolstered the global growth of the brand over…

"Production volume of red honey pomelo has greatly increased"

"The supply season of honey pomelo is already approaching its end. The overall sales conditions were mediocre this season. In previous years, many pomelo exporters supplied large volumes to the Russian market towards the end of the supply season. In January of this year, however, Russia prohibited the…

USDA: citrus annual Mexico

Mexican citrus exports expected to rise

Mexico remains as the second-largest lime producer in the world. Growers there are expecting a slightly better yield this year, compared to 2019. Grapefruit cultivation has…

Blockchain to protect Sicilian oranges

A blockchain system is being used to ensure the authenticity of Sicilian oranges as part of a campaign against counterfeit citrus fruits. The Red Orange Upgrading Green…

Rosaria Arancia Bio is debuting with organic oranges and aims to produce 1.500 tons

The Rosaria brand has announced its latest addition. The long-established Sicilian brand, renowned for its Rosaria Red Orange, which has just entered its fourteenth season (the…

"De Valencia, faites le bon choix!"

More than 1,000 buses will promote Valencian citrus fruits in France

A fleet of 1,043 buses will promote the consumption of citrus fruits from the Spanish Region of Valencia in six French cities. This is happening within the framework of a campaign launched by the Council of Sustainable Economy and Agriculture, with which they seek to support the citrus sector in one of…

Orange juice from faucets becomes reality

A long-running joke that orange juice flows like water in western Japan's Ehime Prefecture has come true, for a little while. Two faucets serving up the fruit juice have been set up at an orange festival that started in a department store in the city of Matsuyama on Saturday. The joke that orange juice comes…

Albania could become a major exporter of oranges

According to Eurostat, in 2018 Albania had the seventh largest acreage devoted to orange orchards in Europe. In just a year, the country's acreage grew by 50% and reached 300…

Indonesia doesn't release kinnow import quota for Pakistan

The federal government has been asked to approach Indonesia for issuance of quota for importing kinnow from Pakistan. Waheed Ahmed, Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Fruit and…

MahaOrange gets orders from Qatar and Bahrain

Although, orange growers in Vidarbha faced financial losses as a huge crop has been destroyed by calamities like untimely rainfall and hailstorm, whatever produce is…

Fanie van der Merwe, Boplaas1743

Oldest family business in South Africa diversifies into citrus

After 280 years in the Ceres area, growing apples, pears and stonefruit, the Van der Merwe family of Boplaas1743 jumped at the chance to buy two fully planted fruit farms in the Simondium area, thereby bringing citrus into their portfolio. Marlenique farm (photo by Frans van der Merwe) Eighty percent of…

“We expect companies failing to adapt to global warming to struggle”

Global warming is shifting the seasons in Turkey, with some produce having their window shifted by as much as 15 days. Due to rains being unpredictable, growers will have to adept, or they will start to struggle, says one Turkish exporter. The year 2019 had a lot of investments for Turkish fresh fruit exporter…

Better season for California citrus

“It’s been a great California citrus season so far, and we’ve just entered the high flavor part of the season.” So says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca., and the good season is especially welcome after challenges last year. “We had a lot of challenges, primarily due to the heavy…

Introducing the seedless lemon

Israel: Annual Citrus Conference

At the annual Citrus Conference held by the Fruit Division of the Training & Professional Services Unit (Shoham) at the Ministry of Agriculture, there were seven new citrus varieties on display,…

Citrus season: slight rise in prices in the face of a 40% drop in production

"Our company, which covers 35 hectares, 30 of which are used for the cultivation of citrus fruits, is located between the areas of Lentini and Carlentini in the province of Syracuse, in eastern Sicily. These are two areas suitable respectively for early and medium-late crops, and particularly suitable…

Lino Manduca (Italia Natur) on the current citrus season

"Coloring of Sicilian blood oranges still not right - due to weather conditions"

Although the climate change in the current era is creating new opportunities for Sicilian producers regarding the cultivation of crops, the weather is also causing them some difficulties. The excess sunshine and lack of rainfall is particularly noticeable in the citrus sector. "Increased volumes from Sicily…

Heavy fogs led to highway closure

Citrus prices in China expected to rise then fall

The Spring Festival is only just over a week away. Driven by the demand for the preparation of holiday purchases, coupled with the heavy fogs that led many provinces and…

Request for quotes for research greenhouse to support work on citrus pests

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is seeking quotes from greenhouse construction vendors to build a 24’ x 30’ greenhouse to grow high-quality citrus plants free of pests to…

"First Moroccan Nadorcott welcome addition to empty mandarin market"

The offer on the citrus market is significantly lower this year than last year. The demand is reasonably good and therefore nice prices are achieved. "The supply of clementines from Morocco was a good 50% lower and the quality was less because of the lack of water. There were even 80% less of the Nour…


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