Citrus

Slim volume on imported Persian limes

Supplies of Persian limes are looking tight. “The market was being pushed up at the beginning of the year and now there’s very, very low supply,” says Rodolfo Uresti at Jade Produce in McAllen, Tex. “I’ve never seen it when it goes up in January/February/March, comes back down at the end of March…

Some Florida orchards see recovery from citrus greening

Orange Groves in the central part of Florida are experiencing a recovery after dealing with the destructive Citrus Greening disease. Just west of Orlando there is Polk County.…

Most of the fruit is intended for export

Organic citrus production remains stable in Spain

The acreage devoted to organic farming in the Region of Valencia continues to expand every year. The current government has promoted this type of production, which has become rather fashionable. But in the citrus sector, the most important one for the region, only 3,027 hectares out of a total of 114.509…

Brazilian exports fall 14% in 18/19; tahiti lime price is the 2nd highest for April

The combination of a lower orange supply in the Brazilian citrus belt (São Paulo and Triângulo Mineiro) in the 2018/19 crop, along with the recovery of Florida production, is…

Lemons with an edible peel are the most popular on the market

Wholesaler Daniele di Mauro reports that prices are good at around €1.20/kg (of course for larger grades such as 3). These lemons have an edible peel and therefore are not treated with chemical principles or wax. Daniele di Mauro "You can tell, as the peel has imperfections. These lemons are not…

4.2% increase compared to the previous campaign

Over 4 million tons of citrus fruits harvested in the Region of Valencia

The Council of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development of Valencia has published the results of the second citrus season in the region. The harvest of…

Holy Week celebrations affecting US lime supplies

Supplies of fruits such as limes and honeydew melons are coming under pressure as the Holy Week observance in Mexico means less fruit is being shipped over the border. The Holy Week is celebrated in the lead up to Easter and millions of Mexicans take the week off for observance and celebration. For US…

USDA GAIN Report

South Korea - US Orange FTA quota change

US oranges coming into Korea from September 1- February 28 do so under a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) negotiated under the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The system for allocating these quota will change in Year 11 (2022) from an import license auction system to an import license allocation system.…

"Satisfactory start for organic citrus in dramatic Spanish citrus season"

Oversupply and too-low prices characterize the 2018/19 Spanish citrus season. This is according to Marcel de Koning. He is Agribur's Commercial Manager. This company is based in La Vall d'Uixó, Spain. "There were reports to expect a much larger production volume in Spain than the previous season," he…

Hans van Helvoirt, Goldra Citrus:

“Rising sales of Portuguese oranges and tangerines despite broad citrus range”

People thinking of the Algarve, often think of beautiful sandy beaches, rock masses and the excellent climate. The Dutch fresh produce trader Hans van Helvoirt mostly thinks of two words when thinking about the Algarve: Portuguese citrus. Years ago, he entered a packing station during a holiday in the…

India: Persistent droughts threaten mosambi orchards in Marathwada

Persistent droughts may mean that mosambi orchards (Citrus limetta) in Marathwada could be on the verge of extinction. Farmers in the village of Aurangabad -350 km from…

More than 300 producers haven't been paid for their harvests

The Spanish citrus firm Fruterca files for bankruptcy

The Spanish firm Frutas Hermanos Catalá Benicolet, better known as Fruterca, based in the Valencian municipality of Palma de Gandía, has filed for bankruptcy with a liability…

Zimbabwe and Belarus to sign business agreement

Zimbabwe is seeking to diversify its production base by focusing on latest technological innovations that have a potential to increase output at a time when most productive…

“As a former surgeon I can’t accept risks or mistakes in our packhouse”

When a packhouse of citrus lacks expertise in its field, a lot of produce can go to waste without there being a need for it. How could somebody who runs a packhouse not have the know-how? It was a challenging journey for former surgeon Said Eldeeb, who instead of saving lives is now saving a big amount…

Peruvian citrus season starts for Origin Fruit Direct with first Satsumas this week

“A lot of Peruvian citrus growers are focusing on new varieties”

This week, the first Satsumas from Peru will arrive at Origin Fruit Direct. Gijsbert van Leeuwen visited the growers in the various Peruvian regions last week, and reports: “They’re currently harvesting the Okitsu variety, and this is looking very well. The harvest is generally a bit earlier than…

Italy: Good performance for lemons

"While there were a few commercialization problems for Sicilian oranges, things are better for lemons," reports Salvatore Magliocco, vice-president of PASAM Agrumi, a cooperative working in the production and commercialization of lemons. Salvatore Magliocco "There was a strong increase in the demand of…

The Netherlands is the largest European importer

Brazil and Mexico are the largest exporters of fresh limes to Europe

Limes are becoming increasingly well-known among European consumers, with higher volumes of consumption in summer. Brazil and Mexico dominate the market, although new players…

Chinese tangerines sell well

The Chinese citrus market was strong between the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] and April. Baba tangerines and Orah tangerines maintained leading positions and Shatang oranges closely…

Ukraine almost doubled imports of citrus in March

In the current season, Ukrainian consumers increasingly prefer exotic fruits, despite the fact that there are a sufficient number of local apples at an affordable price.…

China: Price of Pujiang Chunjian tangerines is rising

As the supply volume of Orah tangerines declines, the price goes up. Furthermore, data from the Pujiang Chou Tangerine Association shows that the supply volume of fresh…

Peru lacks a mandarin variety with good development for the mid-season

Peru has established itself as Latin America's leading producer of mandarins and the main exporter of this fruit in the Americas. Each year these indicators continue to…

Oaxaca is Mexico's third largest producer of Persian limes

The entity of Oaxaca ranked as the third biggest producer of Persian limes in Mexico after producing 285,986 tons of this product in 2018, and it is also the seventh state…

Corsica begins harvesting its first pomelos

In Corsica, the tangerine season has given way to pomelos, which will be available until June. This fruit, emblematic of the region, is a cross between orange and grapefruit.…

Citrus greening threatens Nepal’s groves

Nepali citrus is a Rs 2,470 million (€20 mln) per year industry. Cultivation of citrus fruits has been the income provider for people living in the mid-hills for ages. In…

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U.S. citrus production set to rebound in 2018/19

U.S. citrus production in the 2018/19 marketing year (October–September) is rebounding from previous-year lows. The current citrus crop forecast of 8.02 million tons for 2018/19 is up 31 percent from the previous season, reflecting expected expanded national production across all major citrus…

Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa are Spain's main competitors

EU citrus imports grow by 40%

In recent months, various statements have been made from both Europe and the Spanish Government, claiming that the size of orange imports into the EU is comparable to that of previous years, before…

90% of the oranges from Veracruz enter Tamaulipas without controls

Mexico: 15% of the oranges from Tamaulipas could remain unsold

According to estimates, 15% of the production of Tamaulipas' oranges might not be marketed due to the invasion of oranges from Veracruz in the market of the northeast of the country, the president of the Union of Citricultors of the center of the state, Javier Ibarra Echartea, stated. He also said that…

Argentine lemon shipments to Europe to start at end of April

One of the largest exporter of lemons in the world is preparing to send its first shipments of the season from Argentina to Europe. Citromax is already shipping lemons to the US and by the end of the month, lemons will also be on their way to Europe. "Loading exports to the European market will start in…

California orange grower reports good season

As temperatures begin to climb in the Central Valley, Cecelia Packing Corp. said it is steadily packing and shipping a number of its citrus varieties. Available now are Dimples™ Gold Nugget Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Cara Caras, Sky Valley Heirloom Navels, Minneola Tangelos, and Sanguinelli Blood Oranges.…

Azerbaijan promotes agriculture and food industry

For the last couple of years, Azerbaijan is paying special attention to the implementation of agrarian reforms and the development of agriculture. Production in the…

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

Egypt: Mandarin season ending

As winter in Egypt is ending, the Egyptians say goodbye to one of their most favourite winter fruits, the mandarin. Cultivated locally, mandarin is considered one of the top budget-friendly fruits,…

Tunisia: Value of citrus exports reaches 24.9 million dinars

Tunisian citrus fruit sales reached nearly 24.9 million dinars (MD) in the last six months of the 2018-19 season, compared with 24.1 million dinars last season, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. The increase in revenue is due to the 9.9% rise…

Transport strike affects Argentina's lemon exports

A stoppage by transporters in Tucuman - for an indefinite period of time and in support of an improvement in freight rates - is affecting the start of the lemon export…

China: Baba tangerine market warms up again

The price of Baba tangerines showed an upward trend this week. Sichuan is the main production area of the Baba tangerines that are currently on the market. There are several…

USDA Florida citrus production forecast

Florida grapefruit production estimated to be down by 9%

The USDA has released the Florida citrus forecast for the season 2018-2019. All orange production will be down 1%, Non-Valencia orange production will be down 2% while the…

Uganda: Museveni to commission Soroti Fruit Factory

This Saturday, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is expected to commission the newly constructed multi-billion, Soroti fruit factory situated in Arapai Sub County, Soroti district. It is the culmination of a four-year construction processes that started in 2015. The factory has been built by Korea…

Valencian citrus growers take to the streets in protest once again

Under the slogan "Per la defensa de la nostra citricultura" ("Defending our own citrus sector"), about four thousand producers took the streets of downtown Valencia a couple of days ago. The demonstration was called to show their discomfort for the crisis that the sector is suffering and to ask, once…

Consumers paying 8% more than in the previous campaign

Spanish citrus prices are below production costs, according to AVA-ASAJA

AVA-ASAJA has asked the administrations for a commission to investigate and clarify the disparity in the commercial margins along the value chain of oranges and mandarins. The…

Sicily strengthens agricultural exports to Chinese market

The Italian Minister of Agriculture, Gian Marco Centinaio, recently participated in the 30th Representative Meeting of the Italian Chef's Federation, which took place in the…

Increased imports expected as Argentine lemon season begins

Imports of lemons into the US from Argentina began its second season a few weeks ago after returning to the market last year. Early volumes are trickling in as production steadily increases in the growing regions. Overall, importers have described the growing conditions as normal, with sufficient rain…

Italian lemon

Mexico´s newest 'green gold'

The production of Italian lemons in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas generates an economic income of $20 million dollars a year. This state exports 30,000 tons of this produce to countries like the United States, Japan and Europe. “In Tamaulipas, an area of 4,700 hectares planted with Italian lemon produces 81,000 tons per year,…

US importer grows and enhances Peruvian summer citrus and avocado programs

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS), importer and distributor of citrus, avocados and grapes, is preparing to kick off their Peruvian avocado program and summer citrus season with plans to visit partners and growers across the globe. To supply US market demand with quality fruit throughout the summer, LGS…

First Italian oranges shipped by air to reach Shanghai on April 19th

Entrepreneurs in Sicily are increasingly at the forefront of the European agricultural economy. After the first Sicilian blood oranges arrived in China by sea a few days ago, now it is time for the first shipment by air. Aurelio Pannitteri The first load will arrive in Shanghai on April 19th. "Rosaria…

Peru's Satsuma Mandarin will arrive to Japan in May

Peru's Citrus Producers Association (Pro Citrus), in coordination with the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), will send satsuma mandarins, in self-refrigerated containers, to Japan for the first time ever. In order to define the latest operational details and export protocols, the Japanese…

"Chinese Maogu tangerines enter peak market period"

"The market season of Orah tangerines and Baba tangerines is almost over. Their supply volumes are limited. The price of Orah tangerines is around 4 yuan [0.60 USD] per 0.5 kg in production areas. Their absence in the market is filled by Maogu tangerines. The peak period of Maogu tangerine harvest is…

2019 analysis for import oranges in Huizhan Market, China

Oranges are one of the most important products in the Chinese market. The domestic production of oranges declined between January and March 2019, which provides an interesting…

Florida citrus grower adds 1,600-ha grove to portfolio

IMG Citrus is a family-owned, vertically-integrated citrus grower, packer and shipper in Vero Beach, Florida. It has announced the acquisition of one of the largest grapefruit groves in St. Lucie County. The 1,600-ha grove increases IMG’s control of citrus land management in Florida by over 75 percent,…

Region of Valencia

Citrus crisis in Spain causes relocation of companies

At least two large citrus companies based in the province of Castellon have opened work centers in other autonomous regions in order to save costs, as the conditions of the…

Mohamed Khamis shares his views on the increased quality of Egyptian citrus

“Nature’s Delight is on its way to becoming the citrus brand of the world!”

For a long time, Egypt had a hard time exporting their produce to Europe due to quality issues. It takes hard work, investment and a lot of commitment to change the mindset of most of Egyptian growers. Oriental Weavers started as a company that specialized in weaving carpets, but Mohamed Khamis set…

Spain presents 16 measures to revitalize the citrus sector

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has presented 16 measures to revitalize the citrus market. The objective is to control the supply, improve the structure and promote internationalization. The Ministry has said in a statement that these measures have been presented by the…

Natural Light Labeling on Florida citrus given green light

Florida-based Premier Citrus is set to begin shipping citrus with Natural Light Labeling (NLL). Fruit with the new technology label is expected to start being shipped soon. The Natural Light Labeling system works by concentrating a beam of light onto the fruit, in order to remove the outer pigment and…

Mexican avocado exports grew by 8.5% in January

The Mexican export of avocados increased by 8.5% in the month of January, according to the fruit and vegetable balance presented by the Group of Consultants of Agricultural…

Success requires improvement of product quality

Chilean oranges hope to conquer Chinese market

It is of the utmost importance for Chilean orange producers to enter the Asian market, and the Chinese market in particular. This will also help them reduce their dependence…

Rebounding supplies in the U.S. citrus market

U.S. citrus production in 2018/19 is rebounding from previous-year lows. The U.S. citrus crop is forecast to be up 31 percent to 8.02 million tons in 2018/19, reflecting an expectation for expanded national production in all major citrus commodities, except lemons, and overall larger crops in the four…

NZ: New agreement to protect citrus industry

Date: 03 Apr 2019 Biosecurity New Zealand and Citrus New Zealand have reached an agreement on how to prepare for and respond to future biosecurity threats. Both parties signed…

National Bureau of Statistics

Croatia’s mandarin orange production up 156%

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) shows that Croatia’s mandarin orange production increased by 156% to 48,678 tons in 2018 from the previous year. Increases…

Italy is the leading global producer of organic citrus fruit

With almost 40 thousand hectares, Italy is the leading global producer of organic citrus fruit - it is quite an impressive figure if you think that Mexico, a much larger country, occupies the second place with only 12,570 hectares destined to this segment. In general, Italy is one of the leading growers…

Plant pathologist leads research to stop spread of HLB

The Florida citrus industry is fighting an epidemic that has reduced its yield by about half in the last 15 years. A molecular geneticist at the University of California, Riverside has secured a four-year grant aimed at halting the spread of a deadly bacterial disease that continues to spread among…

Sicilian Navel oranges fetch higher prices in the Chinese market

The first container with 18.7 tons of Sicilian blood oranges recently left Catania and, after two weeks at sea, landed in China on March 19th, 2019. The oranges were available…

Peru is the biggest exporter of mandarins in the Americas

According to the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus), Peru is currently the leading exporter of mandarins in the Americas. In 2018, mandarin exports amounted…

Frutas Tono exports oranges from Citricos Valencianos PGI to China

The Citricos Valencianos Protected Geographical Indication Regulating Council continues to work on reaching new export markets, and in this campaign they are betting on China. As a result, the Valencian company Frutas Tono shipped out the first Lane Late, Navel Powell, and Navel Chislett orange varieties…

Egyptian orange exporter hires South African expert to improve efficiency

“We are pretty close to the best we can possibly be”

Six years ago, South African agricultural expert Marius Bouwman could never have imagined he would one day be living in Egypt, but fast forward to today and he has no intention of leaving that very same country. He was hired to increase the efficiency of their farm operations and this has led to great…

Australia: Wide Bay food producers take on the world

Two export-ready food businesses from Australia’s Wide Bay region will soon be conquering international markets with funding from the Palaszczuk Government to help grow their…

Alibaba - the first global platform to take Sicilian oranges to China

Thanks to the support of Mipaaft and Distretto Agrumi Sicilia, Alibaba will be the first global platform supplying Sicilian blood oranges to China. The fruit will be sold within the premium range and distributed as of the next few weeks, initially through Mr Fresh by Tmall, one of the group's online…

Transitioning to organic practices

Pomelos from Corsica on the market this week

For 10 years now, the Agrucorse company has been packaging and shipping the citrus fruits of some 30 producers selected for their expertise. After the clementines last winter, it is the turn of the pomelos Star Ruby PGI of Corsica to transition to organic farming. Dedicated facilities are being built in…

Combatting Citrus Greening

Israelis launch intelligence network for trees

SeeTree co-founder and CEO, Israel Talpaz, a former military intel expert, chose to apply his intel knowhow to commercial orchards. Among more than 450 Israeli ag-tech companies, Talpaz focused on trees, because unlike field crops they require year-round care and monitoring, and farmers are always…

Asian causal agent of citrus greening disease

Oman's citrus trees under threat

A research team from Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has found symptoms of a disease that is affecting Omani lime trees. Dr Abdullah Mohammed al Sadi is a plant pathologist and dean of the…

Florida’s Indian River citrus makes comeback

Good news for the citrus industry this season in Indian River County, where growers finally saw gains in production, after years of hurricanes and invasive diseases that hurt…

"Our lemons from Sichuan, China, are aimed at the European market"

"Everybody knows that the quality of lemons from Sichuan is much better than the quality of lemons from other production areas in China, because the lemon trees benefit from the unique natural environment in Sichuan. The supply volume is also quite stable, but marketing is less than ideal. Many…

China: How will the price of Shatang tangerines develop in 2019/2020?

"The price of Shatang tangerines from Guangxi started high when the tangerines entered the market in the retail season of 2018/2019, but quickly began to fall. The high price…

Why do Sicilian blood oranges not reach Japan?

We talked to Yoshinori Ishikawa ( in the photo below ), manager of H & F International headquartered in Tokyo, to understand why Sicilian blood oranges do not reach the Japanese market. "I still remember the moment when I tasted Sicilian blood oranges at Fruit Logistica in Berlin very vividly. It was…

500 hectares licensed in Spain

End of registration period of the Spring Sunshine variety

The voluntary registration period for pre-existing plantations of the Spring Sunshine variety came to a close in December 2018, as announced during the variety's presentation; however, the sale of new licenses will remain active until the maximum of 700,000 plants allowed to be licensed in Spain is…

Danleng Dekopon mandarin becomes new "market favorite"

Citrus has the most stable supply in Xinfadi Market, Beijing

The "Meishan Spring Mandarin - Danleng Dekopon 2019 (Beijing) Specialized Brand News Conference" and simultaneous "Production and Marketing Link-up Meeting" recently took…

South Africa’s Citrus Summit: Fruitful opportunities in technology

South African citrus is world-renowned with a reputation for excellent quality, but maintaining this exceptional international reputation needed constant investment in…

Australian citrus industry focuses on increasing exports

Fresh fruit exports from Australia exceeded a billion dollars in 2018 for the second consecutive year, and citrus led the way. Citrus Australia chief executive officer, Nathan…

Joey Deen, Denimpex:

"Shortages and rising prices on the lime market"

"It seems it is eventually the end of the bad limes prices. European importers have been plagued by extremely low demand and prices since mid-December. Brazil also sent far too many limes to Europe. We were, therefore, not able to rid ourselves of old stock," says Joey Deen of Denimpex in Amsterdam, the…

EC to increase controls on Brazilian citrus fruits due to black spot

The European Commission (EC) has decided to increase the entry controls for citrus consignments from Brazil after they found the harmful organism Phyllosticta citricarpa…

From Sunkist

China: First imports of Royal Rhino Lane Late navel oranges

A great number of orange varieties are currently on the market and many different orange production areas are in the middle of their supply season. Comparatively speaking, the Orah mandarins and Baba tangerines are the most popular varieties in the citrus market. Traders are also quite happy with the…

Italy: Bad year for oranges

According to the analysis carried out by Borsa Merci Telematica Italiana and Italmercati, the trend of the 2018/19 orange campaign has not been particularly positive. The increase in temperatures from January onward led to a drop in demand and therefore to decreasing prices especially when it comes to medium and big fruits. The…

ProCitrus looks cautiously at Peru's mandarin market

The Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus) is looking at the national market with caution, due to the high production of mandarins there has been in recent years…

Prices and volumes of Orah mandarins show uniform increase throughout China

The Shatang orange from Guangxi, which entered the market relatively late this year, had almost disappeared by March 18th, 2019. Date shows that the overall surface area…

“There’s a price war going on on the citrus fruit market”

“At the moment, there is no product that sells properly on the citrus fruit market,” says José Martinez of Enbata Fruits, importer of fruits and vegetables. “This season is a big disaster. There is no demand and supplies are abundant. This situation gave rise to a price war.” Enbata Fruits only offers…

Indian entrepreneur exports 10 tons of Katol oranges to Oman

After exporting oranges to Dubai by air last year, this Tuesday Sonali Loharikar, sent as much as 10 tons of oranges and 10 tons of pomegranates to Oman from Mumbai, by ship.…

Extreme weather in California leaves citrus growers uncertain over quality

David Hicks of Vegalab Produce in Lindsay, California: “Supplies of navels are strong. We do have a good supply this year. It’s probably a little on the higher end than normal, yet size has been dramatically smaller. We had a really, really good growing year early on. The yields were so good in December…

Italian Tarocco and Moro oranges arrive in China

Italian red oranges Tarocco and Moro have arrived by sea from Italy into China. In Ningbo, Zhejiang, an inaugural ceremony will be held on March 23th and on March 28th in Shanghai, in Dahua, at Jinxiu DongJiao Industrial Park, the blood oranges will be the attraction during a business event organized…

Spain: The headquarters of Intercitrus could be moved to Madrid

The citrus interprofessional Intercitrus may be leaving the Region of Valencia, as both the sector in Andalusia and its new government have been working in private and in…

Line of funding devoted to varietal conversion

Cajamar: New lines of funding for the citrus sector

The cooperative bank Cajamar has arranged some special lines of funding to give support to citrus producers, given the serious crisis that the sector is suffering. To be…

Low quality and high prices

Lemons are scarce in Mexico

The scarcity and increase of lemon prices is already noticeable in the supermarkets of Villahermosa. The supermarket has very few lemons and the prices of seedless lemon stand at almost 30 pesos per…

Marijn Scholk, Fruitfactor: “Supply of exclusive R10 brand until mid-May”

“Market for Israeli Orri tangerines recovering”

The Israeli Orri tangerine season is in full swing for Fruitfactor in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. “People are increasingly appreciating this variety. We sell this tangerine under our own R10 brand throughout Europe to a large number of clients,” says Marijn Scholk. “It’s an ideal tangerine to extend the…

South Africa: Cape wine farmers swap grapes for citrus

As the popularity of citrus exports spikes, many South African farmers are replacing their grape vines with lemon, mandarin or lime trees. This year the country is expected to…

New solutions for citrus

One of the most urgent challenges for the world citrus sector at the productive level is dealing with the main pests and diseases that are somehow present in all production areas. Studying their behavior, combating them, and eradicating them is therefore a key objective for the Research Centers such as IFAPA, which is…

Load of oranges lost

Cyprus: Limassol-Nicosia highway closed last Saturday

On the island of Cyprus, a stretch of the Limassol - Nicosia highway has been reopened after it was closed on Saturday morning. At that time, the road was covered in oranges. A large quantity of the fruit had fallen off a truck, resulting in the road surface becoming extremely rich in Vitamin C, but also…

Arrival of HLB bacterium would put an end to Spanish citrus sector in 15 years

Citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), is the biggest threat for the citrus sector. In fact, the Mediterranean is the only large productive area which, for the time being, has not yet been affected by the appearance of this bacterium. The situation turned upside down in 2014, when the presence of one…

Chinese orange prices may become polarized

The production of oranges in China greatly expanded in recent years. The production volume is expected to grow even further in 2019. The surface area of orange trees that will…

Special ingredient in Pepsi’s new Japan Cola

Pepsi, through its partnership with local distributor Suntory, has also offered special flavors just for Japan. Now, this spring, Pepsi Japan is set to roll out its newest creation, featuring one of Japan’s most delicious and refreshing traditional seasonings. Pepsi was impressed at how many Japanese…

Organic Cuties® another step for producer's organic expansion

Sun Pacific, the company behind Cuties® Mandarins and Mighties™ Kiwifruit, has been busy expanding its organic offerings, launching organic options for Cuties and Mighties within the last six months. This adds to the company's already existing organic grapes under the Air Chief brand that have been in…

In shipment of fresh lemons

Cocaine seized at Port of Santos, Brazil

The large quantity of cocaine was allegedly found aboard a vessel at South America’s largest port, Santos. Police claimed the drugs were found by two sniffer dogs in a container carrying fresh lemons packed in paper boxes and headed towards Cartagena. The group behind the alleged smuggling attempt are…

San Miguel strengthens its operation in Argentina

Pushing ahead on their investment and growth plan, San Miguel made a comprehensive upgrade their operation in Tucumán, including its facilities, machinery and equipment. San…

To get the government to stop importing large quantities of fruit & citrus

Mexican farmers’ leader threatens blockades

The leader of a farmers’ organization in Tamaulipas state is not afraid of the possible consequences of blocking highways and international bridges on the Mexico-United States…

"It's a great promotional year for California citrus"

With the California citrus season at its peak, producers are busy getting the message out to consumers that the season is going well. Good volumes and excellent quality are being reported, especially for those in the Central Valley of California. Most varieties are in season now, with only Valencia…

Specialists discuss new fruit standards

Meeting for the promotion of Spanish citrus convenes in Shanghai

The Shanghai Agricultural Trade Center joined with the Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia (hereafter 'Extenda') to organize the Spanish Andalusia Citrus Fruit Promotional Meeting in the Shanghai Shenyarui Harmony Orchard on March 12th, 2019. Chinese imports of Spanish citrus fruit grew threefold over…

FMI introduces ‘Toro Verde ‘

Grass green limes in fire engine red box

"The lime market has not been easy over the past few months. Prices were under considerable pressure. Fortunately, however, demand is increasing again. FMI is still moving ahead," says Peter Bouman. Toro Verde is the latest exclusive house brand Fruit Market International (FMI) has developed. They have…

Valencian Council of Agriculture approves measures to limit cross pollination

Conflict between beekeepers and citrus growers in Spain

"The Valencian Administration is again turning its back on the beekeepers of the Region of Valencia." This has been the statement made this week by many agrarian organizations…

Spain: Valencian citrus growers have lost about 300 million Euro

With 87% of the Region of Valencia's harvest already marketed or currently on the shelves, this year's citrus campaign is entering its final stretch, and it is doing so with a truly catastrophic balance for the producers. A detailed report prepared by the technical services of the Valencian Association…

The French market has absorbed 90% of the Maltese exports

Tunisia: 11,500 tons of citrus fruits exported

Between October 2018 and March 12th, 2019, Tunisia exported 11,573 tons, compared to 10,206 tons at the same period last year. According to Rim Dridi, assistant director of…

Pakistan: Kinnow exports likely to reach 400,000 tons this season

Pakistan has exported around 350,000 tons of kinnow during the current season, registering an increase of 5% as compared to the 335,000 tons exported in the previous season. “As the exports are likely to continue till April, it is expected that by the close of the season, the exports will touch 375,000…

Photo report of citrus summit

Black citrus farmers tell citrus summit of need for organised agriculture in rural farming areas

The biannual citrus summit that took place last week in Port Elizabeth brought together a comprehensive group of people involved in the South African citrus industry. Citrus Summit 2019 photo report The image that ran through the summit was that of the strength of the collective. Wandile Sihlobo,…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL ORANGE MARKET

The situation on the European orange market is mainly dominated by the massive Spanish production. Prices are low, the demand is limited and there is a lot of competition from Egypt and Turkey. Despite the import duties, China continues to import US fruit, while growers in California are eager to find out how much of an impact…

Andalusia is Spain's second largest exporter

Andalusian oranges promoted in China through Extenda

Five Andalusian citrus companies have held a meeting with 54 Chinese export firms to promote the sale of oranges in that Asian market. It is the result of a commercial mission organized through Extenda-Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion by the Andalusian Council of Presidency, Public Administration…

Mercosur does not put certain policies into practice

Argentina's coastal farmers do not receive enough help

Like almost all regional economies, citrus producers on the coast do not receive enough aid: "60% of what we produce goes to the State and we do not see it returning to the…

Need for a strategic plan under consideration

Forum in Seville to deal with Andalusian citrus fruits

The threat of emerging diseases, the work of the Member States and the EU in the face of diseases and pests, the Andalusian phytosanitary surveillance plan, the structural…

Researchers expect the imminent arrival of the disease vector or the bacteria, aiming to emulate Brazil’s HLB strategies through a new HLB action plan for South Africa

HLB in South Africa: “It’s not if, but when”

The South African industry should be very concerned about Asian greening disease, Dr Vaughan Hattingh, CEO of Citrus Research International, told delegates of the recent citrus summit in Port Elizabeth ( right ). The South African arrival of the disease, also called huanglongbing (HLB), is not a case of…

University of California - Riverside

$3.5 million Givaudan gift will protect Citrus Variety Collection

The University of California, Riverside announced a $3.5 million donation from Givaudan to support their Citrus Variety Collection. The gift will help protect one of world’s most extensive citrus diversity collections from the impending threat of citrus greening disease. The gift will pay for a 2.8-acre…

"Shatang oranges leave the market wide open for Orah mandarins"

The Orah mandarin production season is still in full swing. "We are right in the middle of the retail season. Up until now we have already sold about half of our production volume. We expect that the Orah mandarin supply season will last at least until late April. The production season of Shatang oranges…

Chinese Baba tangerines from Leshan enter market cheap and in bulk

The price of Baba tangerines in the fruit and vegetable markets and supermarkets in Leshan, Sichuan, is lower than it had been in recent years. Consumers are quite pleased…

Located in Switzerland and in Italy, both producing ready-to-eat salads

Grupo Alimentario Citrus acquires two new plants in Europe

Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC) has acquired two companies, both specialists in producing ready-to-eat salads, with a branch in Switzerland and another in Italy. This operation adds to the acquisition of the German company Thurländer last October and is encompassed in the growth and internationalization…

Radicepura

Italy: A botanical park at the service of citrus fruit production

The Faro family has finally managed to fulfill its dream of creating a botanical park that represents the distinctive elements of Sicilian citrus fruit production. Michele Faro Within Radicepura, the Faro family showcases its experience when it comes to international nursery gardening over 5 hectares…

Intention to withdraw from International Plant Protection Organisation process as the European Commission announces the extension of CBS emergency measures

Govt official: South Africa prepares to launch a WTO dispute over EU’s CBS measures

The biannual summit of the South African citrus industry is taking place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, a gathering of over 600 delegates that brings together all the links of the citrus chain in a holistic way, from farm to market. The inclusive approach of the summit was remarked upon by some…

Record year for South African citrus exports

The citrus growers from Southern Africa will export a record crop of close to 137 million boxes of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries this year. The rise in exports…

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan:

'Pakistani exporters to tap into Russian demand'

The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) asked local exporters to increase exports of agriculture products to Russia. As Russia extended ban on the import of…

South Africa is an important player on the global market of fresh fruit

The Netherlands most important buyer South Africa is an important player on the global market of fresh fruit. Fresh vegetables hardly play a part in the export. In the past year, South Africa exported approximately 3.6 million tonnes of fresh fruit, valued at 2.7 billion euro. Seen in volume, South…

Impact of cold weather

"Consumers reach for soup instead of oranges"

Domestic supplies of oranges are currently in a bit of a wait and see situation. “Supplies of Navels are strong. We do have a good supply this year. It’s probably a little on the higher end than normal, yet size has been dramatically smaller” says David Hicks of Vegalab Produce in Lindsay, Ca. Growing…

Annie Lebleu, wholesaler’s Verdigro:

“Sometimes we get more demand than supply of Cordero citrus”

After a somewhat calm period as a result of the warm weather, the citrus trade is now recovering again. “Now that the weather is a bit colder and the holiday is over, we’ve noticed demand for citrus recovering again,” says Annie Lebleu of wholesaler’s Verdigro. Verdigro is active on the wholesaler’s…

France: Lemon production surpluses and low prices

At the moment, there are a lot of lemons from Spain, and the demand is quite stable since the beginning of the season. The most beautiful lemons are sold around 1 euro/kilo [0.51 USD/lb], while the more standard quality is sold at about 0.70 euro/kilo [0.36 USD/lb]. According to a wholesaler from the…

Could genetically engineered citrus be the answer to citrus greening?

Farmers in the major U.S. citrus-producing regions—Florida, California, Texas and Arizona, in particular—see their fruits being decimated by an incurable disease, a lethal, bacterial infection known as “citrus greening”—or Huanglongbing. The disease was found in South Florida in 2005 and has spread…

Drones can now accurately count citrus trees

Florida citrus growers can find out how many trees live in their groves and, eventually, they may detect the health status of the trees; all by using drone technology. Imaging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can accurately detect and count citrus trees and spaces where trees have had to be removed…

New global leader arising?

Egypt on the rise in orange markets

This year, Egypt might surpass Spain on the list of the biggest orange exporters, as was announced late in 2018. Because of this, the North African country threatens the dominant position of Spain on the European market. The prediction that Egypt will start playing a more important role on the orange…


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