Citrus

Spain

The orange harvest in the Vega del Guadalquivir is 15-20% complete

The agrarian organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that the orange harvest is currently between 15 and 20% complete. The production is expected to be similar to the previous one for the early varieties and around 10% lower for the late varieties in a framework where the national orange production is…

Citrus Australia reacts to health star rating on Australian juice

"Health Star Rating credibility broken beyond repair"

Citrus Australia is shocked and disappointed with today’s decision by State Ministers to endorse a Health Star Rating system that gives diet coke a higher rating than fresh…

Nepal: Eastern hills growers produce oranges worth Rs 1 billion

Nepal’s eastern hill region is expected to produce oranges worth Rs1 billion (€7.1 mln), despite a sharp drop in production this year, expected to turn out at 25 percent.…

Azerbaijan: Citrus yield up

According to Head of the Fruit Growing Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Surkhay Novruzov, the yield of citrus fruits has gone up in Azerbaijan. Novruzov states that the increase in yields…

Vicente Tejedo, of IVIA:

"The new Murina late mandarin will be perfectly able to compete with the club varieties"

Varietal innovation in the mandarin segment has become very important in recent years, in which club varieties have gained a lot of ground in the Spanish citrus sector, not only because of the fruit's organoleptic quality, but also because of the high profitability levels for the producers. One of the organizations…

Clementines from the Gulf of Taranto

"Prices are below production costs"

The pandemic should have pushed citrus fruit demand, yet consumption is slow. The mild weather and commercial uncertainty are putting producers from the Taranto province to…

Demand is strong for imported citrus

South American citrus supplies make way for the transition to Moroccan easy peelers. “We are slowly transitioning from Chilean to Moroccan fruit,” says Luke Sears, President and Founder of LGS Specialty Sales based in New Rochelle, NY. “The Moroccan season is currently underway with roughly the same…

Florida citrus grower surveys damage from Eta

Citrus grower Maury Boyd is one of the unlucky growers in Florida who saw significant damage from tropical storm Eta. The outer bands of the storm blew many Hamlin oranges off…

Enrique Parias, General Director of La Joya de la Corona:

"The good size of the Queen Selection mandarins will give them a great competitive advantage this year"

The current clementine and mandarin campaign is characterized by the abundance of medium and small sizes, so the fruits with a good size are the most coveted. A little less than two months before the start of their harvest, the Queen Selection mandarins may arrive in a very favorable market. “We are happy…

Australians could be paying $2.50 for a single lemon

Prices in major Australian retailers have skyrocketed up to $13.80 per kilogram. The four-fold increase in prices is, according to the industry, a result of multiple factors…

US: Remedy for EU grapefruit tariffs sought

The European Union (EU) recently imposed approximately $4 billion in tariffs on U.S. grapefruit and other agricultural products. The tariffs, authorized by the World Trade…

Apulian Clementine prices are generally lower than last season

"A few weeks ago we ended the sales of the early Apulian clementine harvest carried out on about 10 hectares of land. The prices were not particularly satisfying. The commercial campaign of traditional Apulian clementines will start at the beginning of December, ten days later than expected. The high…

Uruguay launches its new citrus varieties

After more than 30 years of research and development, Uruguay has launched its new mandarin, orange, and lemon varieties. The varieties have been tested from the agronomic and…

Anyue County, Sichuan Province Levente Gyori

Chinese ‘lemon capital’ witnesses bumper harvest

Thanks to its favorable natural environment, Anyue County - Sichuan Province, southwest China - has seen a bumper harvest of lemons. Anyue has grown the fruit on about 34,667…

Naranjas Torres is preparing for its new project at Biomarket

"The new consumer is increasingly more organic-oriented and thinks differently"

In November, Mercabarna will launch the first wholesale market specialized in organic food in Spain, and the second in Europe: Biomarket, which will concentrate the supply of this growing segment and will facilitate marketing and distribution from a single platform. One of the companies that will have a…

Peru establishes the requirements for importing mandarins and fresh oranges from Spain

Peru has published  Directorial Resolution No. 0019-2020-Minagri-Senasa-DSV,  which establishes the mandatory phytosanitary requirements for the importation of fresh mandarin (Citrus reticulata)…

OrriApp implements new functionalities

Orri Running Committee extends control of its mandarins to all links in the value chain

OrriApp, the first mobile application designed to identify plots that are exploiting protected varieties of citrus fruits without proper authorization, specifically the ORRI mandarin variety, has been renewed with new functionalities. The new app allows Orri Running Committee (ORC) associates to notify…

Mohamed Shaaban on the Egyptian orange season

“We’ll have to make sure the orange quality is premium for the Japanese market”

The Egyptian orange season has recently started and due to the coronavirus, demand is quite high. Volumes are similar to last year, but one exporter expects to ship about 5,000 tons more than he did the previous season. The export of citrus to Japan will be a major theme this season, as this will be the…

Tim Wehmeyer (Fruchtimport Schmidt) on exclusive citrus brand Numen Nature

"Untreated Spanish leaf clementines can be sold well into February"

The winter season has begun and thus the supply of European citrus fruit is increasing rapidly. In addition to the 'standard' oranges, clementines and lemons, untreated citrus fruits have gradually gained in importance in recent years. Fruchtimport Albert Schmidt has been offering untreated citrus fruits…

Last minute bid to stop 2-star rating for fruit juice

Fruit growers have slammed a proposal to change the Health Star Rating (HSR) system which would see fresh Australian juice labelled with 2 stars… whilst diet cola gets 3 ½…

The damage Eta caused to Honduras’ infrastructure affected the country’s citrus industry

Tropical depression Eta did not cause significant losses to Honduras' citrus production, but it generated serious problems in marketing the fruit, stated Rene Bendaña, a…

Wonderful Halos® welcomes 2020 season with a new marketing campaign

Wonderful Halos welcomes its 2020 crop season with a new integrated marketing campaign that draws upon Halos’ quality and sweet taste. The brand’s marketing plans include a regionally geo-targeted social media campaign, new point-of-sale bin bases and a robust PR program. Driven by extensive consumer…

'What citrus can learn from avocados'

Sales of avocados in the U.S. market have become one of the biggest produce success stories in the past two decades. During the recent Global Citrus Congress Live webinar…

Solid supplies expected for organic citrus out of Mexico this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, is prepared for a solid organic Mexican citrus season. TerraFresh Organics will provide a consistent supply of organic citrus throughout the 2021 season. TerraFresh Organics is providing…

"Open your eyes, Enjoy!"

Cítricos Valencianos participates in a campaign to promote products with quality seals

The Citricos Valencianos PGI is participating in the  “Open your eyes, Enjoy!” campaign promoted by ORIGEN ESPAÑA and the European Commission. The goal of the campaign is to inform consumers about the advantages of consuming agri-food products with quality seals so that they can recognize them and understand…

Rains having a positive influence on the size of the citrus fruits from Castellón

The lack of rainfall during the first part of the citrus campaign in Castellón has taken its toll on the size of part of the production, making it less commercially attractive…

Antonio Llobell, Biogold EM (Euro-Mediterranean):

"South Africa and Spain can and should work together in the citrus market"

The South African group Biogold encompasses a global network of companies dedicated to the management of intellectual property in the agricultural sector, mainly regarding…

Florida citrus packers: 'South African imports pose risk'

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) announced it is authorizing the importation of cold-treated fresh citrus from South Africa into all U.S. ports of entry. Previously, APHIS restricted the entry of cold-treated citrus fruit from South Africa to…

Rene Bouman, FMI:

"European hospitality sectors' closure makes selling limes tough"

The lime market had a strong summer season. But, it's been under considerable pressure for several weeks now. "Volumes have decreased. There are, however, too many limes on the market for the current sales level. The quantities being loaded in the traditional export countries - Brazil and Mexico - are…

"It is currently difficult to find batches of quality clementines"

At the moment, it is possible to find clementines from Portugal and Spain on the market. "We are now seeing the transition from one clementine variety to another; the end of the Oronules variety and the arrival of the Clemenules. Although there are a lot of clementines on the market, there is little…

Texas citrus movement ahead of last year for all varieties

The Texas citrus season has been underway since September, after enjoying an on-time start, and the movement of volumes this year has been ahead of last year in all categories. Dale Murden from Texas Citrus Mutual shares: “Grapefruit is ahead of last season by 108,000 cartons, while oranges are ahead of…

Jorge García, of García Ballester: "Some Chinese customers have already started showing interest in the oranges"

Demand for clementines is starting to pick up, but prices are low for the small sizes

The citrus campaign is moving forward in Spain with slightly more early-season clementines than in the unusual previous season, when the production was historically low, especially that of the Clemenules. “This year, the recovery in the volumes is being reflected in the number of units of fruit produced.…

Final rule allowing access for all growing regions still awaited

South African citrus exports to US increase by 63.4%

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the authorisation of imports of South African citrus into all United States ports of entry. The announcement has been welcomed, because of the astronomical costs of transporting produce across a…

Vanguard shares California citrus update

The California citrus growing season is well underway and Vanguard International shares an update straight from the orchards on lemons, navel oranges, and the ever-popular…

Tunisia experiences difficulties in marketing citrus harvest

The Tunisian 2019/2020 citrus harvest is encountering difficulties with regard to domestic marketing, similarly to date, apple and pomegranate's, due to the lack of visibility…

Mission Produce joins Eurosemillas in international avocado platform, Green Motion

Mission Produce has strengthened its global leadership by joining Eurosemillas in Green Motion. Green Motion is an international platform that broadens the varieties and rootstocks available to growers, advances the creation of diversified and sustainable markets, and facilitates access to the University…

Rain hinders harvesting of limes in Mexico

Supplies of limes out of Mexico are slightly down compared to last year at this time for a variety of reasons. “We had three days of rain last week and that slowed down the harvest,” says Alex Landin of Limonik Produce/Limones Monica based in McAllen, TX. “We are still in old crop and we are getting 65…

2020-2021 Florida all orange forecast at 57.0 million boxes

The 2020-2021 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is carried forward from October at 57.0 million boxes, down 15 percent from last season’s final production. The total includes 23.0 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, and Navel…

Welcome to the Lemon Age will bring the urban art exhibition Lemon Art to 7 European cities

Eight 2 meter high lemons take over downtown Madrid

The lemon era has arrived in the field of art and culture. Eight outstanding artists from Spain, France and Germany have each designed a 2 meter high lemon weighting 330 kilos, and these have been placed in the streets of downtown Madrid on November 11. It is the impressive launch of the traveling…

San Miguel Global's table orange exports increased by a range of 50 to 80%

The San Miguel Global company's table orange exports increased substantially during the pandemic, showing a growth that ranged from 50 to 80% depending on the destination…

End of the 2020 Season

Chilean citrus exports grow by 10%

According to the Citrus Committee of Chile ASOEX, the country exported a total of 368,000 tons of citrus fruits during the 2020 season, i.e. 10% more than in the previous…

Demand and competition on mandarins getting stronger

North America’s mandarin season looks to be a competitive one on several fronts this winter. Domestically, California is already in production on mandarins. “They have started harvesting and we’re hearing that there’s already a build up of inventory of domestic mandarins in California,” says Miles…

Denis Piper, Melzig LLC, on club apple varieties and the start of the citrus season

"Every year we are being offered five varieties that claim to be the new Pink Lady"

Apples are one of the staple foods in the German retail trade; right now consumers are enjoying freshly harvested produce. Every year there are new club varieties that want to conquer this market, but these unfortunately often only have moderate successes, says Denis Piper from Melzig LLC in…

Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa

Cumulative volume of oranges exported to rest of Africa at 838,276 cartons

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, the cumulative exports of oranges to the rest of Africa (and surrounding islands) stood at 838,276 cartons in week 45, down 4% year -on-year.   In week 45, the cumulative number of oranges exported to all regions stood at 72,146,955 equivalent cartons.…

Alicante, Spain

"Citrus orders are increasing every day"

The citrus season in Alicante started with 40% higher average prices than last season for many varieties, like mandarins. Jóvenes Agricultores Asaja Alicante considers the…

Egypt hopes orange exports to Japan will boost economy

After long negotiations between the two sides, the nation of Japan has allowed the Egyptian government to export citrus fruits. Officials and experts believe this will…

Market supply is larger than demand

Product quality of Chinese tangerines is less than ideal

The overall surface area devoted to tangerines in Sichuan has not increased this year, and the production volume is more or less the same as last year. However, the product quality is less ideal than last year because this year the production areas suffered from excessive rainfall. The sugar content of…

Chinese citrus companies signed $82-million-worth of export contracts

The first virtual International Citrus Buyers Conference took place in Yichang, where 103 buyers from 27 countries and regions associated with the Belt and Road initiative had…

Vietnam and Chile will exchange grapefruits and cherries

Chilean cherries, one of Chile's star products, will reach the Vietnam market. In exchange, the Asian country will send grapefruits to Chile. The agreement reached between…

UC Cooperative Extension Southern California & UC Agricultural Issues Center

Examining Californian lemon production costs and returns

A new study on the costs and returns of establishing and producing lemons in Ventura County has been released by UC Cooperative Extension in Southern California and UC Agricultural Issues Center, both part of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. California lemon acreage was at roughly 47,000 acres in…

Moroccan citrus fruits: A rarity in German trade

"Early season start and good yields expected"

The season for Moroccan citrus fruits starts quite early this year. The first Berkane clementines are expected to arrive in week 47, followed about three weeks later by the first Navel oranges from the North African country. Despite the good prospects for this year's season, Moroccan citrus fruits have…

Richard Bevelander, De Groot van dommele, the Netherlands

"Large citrus selling well, larger supply of smaller sizes"

Spanish citrus sales are currently going very well for this Dutch company. "We've just started with the first Navelina oranges. They're rather small, just like the mandarins. That makes it difficult for us. It's precisely the larger sizes our clients prefer," says Richard Bevelander of De Groot van…

Price of Chinese sugar tangerines plummeting

Jinqiu sugar tangerines have been on the market for more than half a month. Now, in some production areas, where the crop has been ordered early or who have limited…

Confagricoltura asks for more border controls on citrus fruits

"We need to save Italian oranges from the diseases that are entering the country together from imported citrus fruits." Confagricoltura has asked for more border controls after the black spot (CBS-Citrus Black Spot) was also found in Campania on products from South Africa. This phytopathy, which Europe has…

Ring fruit may help Texas citrus industry finish strong

All citrus growers know this is the time of year to start the holiday season tradition known as ring fruit. Ring fruit is an important part of the south Texas agricultural…

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, of Ets Meseguer:

"The geopolitical situation does not help stimulate citrus sales"

"It is quiet in the citrus market," says Benoît Maillard-Guillon, of Ets Meseguer, in Rungis. "The geopolitical situation does not help stimulate sales. In general, trade is good when things are going well. After the terrorist attacks and the spread of Covid-19, there is a great feeling of fear and…

AMS revises U.S. standards for grades of grapefruit and oranges

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Grapefruit (Texas and States other than…

First edition of Global Citrus Congress highlights health benefits of citrus

Yesterday, the first edition of the Global Citrus Congress, co-organised by the World Citrus Organisation (WCO), CIRAD and Fruitnet Media International, was held online with…

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Neil Murray – IHS Markit

Orange juice is back on the menu but a global shortfall is expected

Neil Murray of IHS Markit, the market analytics provider, yesterday told delegates at the inaugural Global Citrus Congress: “Global orange juice production is not looking particularly good for the current season, at about 1.6 million tonnes, down from 1.7 million, which was in turn  down from over 2 million…

The US authorizes the importation of cold-treated fresh citrus from South Africa in all its ports of entry

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS) authorized the importation of fresh citrus fruits from South Africa with cold…

"Chinese honey pomelo are bigger than before, but sales are still difficult"

Chinese market demand for honey pomelo is always huge in the period around National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, which both took place on 1 October this year. Honey pomelo suppliers cannot help but increase their domestic sales to satisfy Chinese market demand. Now, however, the peak sales period is over…

Crate of oranges sells for $9,600 in Japan

On Thursday, at Tokyo's central wholesale Ota Market, a single, 20-kilogram crate of 100 Japanese mandarins hit the auction block. It was the year's first auction of satsuma mandarin oranges, a famous citrus species from Ehime prefecture, on Shikoku island, southern Japan. Nishiuwa is one of Ehime's…

Vitalityfruits offers Turkish mandarins from its own trees

"Direct import from Turkey is win-win situation for all parties"

Turkish satsumas have been enjoying increasing popularity in the European trade in recent years. The Turkish mandarin variety is particularly popular with consumers in the first half of the European citrus season. But a direct line between European traders and the Turkish orchards is often missing. That…

BLE market report KW 44:

'The scope of Italian table grapes was limited'

Italian grapes dominated events, but their importance was limited: First and foremost there was Italia, Crimson Seedless, Michele Palieri and Regal Seedless. Red Globe complemented Seedless as well as Regina and Flame. From Turkey came Sultana and Crimson Seedless, whose relevance had not changed…

New agreement signed by Chinese cargo airline and local orange association

On November 1, HNA Cargo, a subsidiary of HNA Group, and Qiongzhong Orange Industry Association signed a cooperation agreement in Qiongzhong Li and Miao Autonomous County.…

Peruvian orange exports grew by 57% in value and 37% in volume

According to a report by Fresh Fruit, Peru exported 25,713 tons of oranges for 11 million dollars between January 1 and October 26, which represents a 37% increase in volume…

Nicoló Sparacino, Biofruit Trading:

"When it is 25°C out, you go to the beach. You are not picking oranges"

The European citrus season is slowly gaining momentum. The warm weather in Italy is still delaying deliveries, but soon it should really start to get going, says Nicoló Sparacino from Biofruit Trading. "So far, the quantities look good, with similar volumes as last year. But it is still too warm to…

Slightly less citrus production overall

World Citrus Organisation (WCO) presents annual Northern Hemisphere production forecast

The WCO Secretariat has released its first crop production forecast for the forthcoming Northern Hemisphere citrus season 2020-21. The preliminary forecast is collected from industry associations in Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States (California and…

North American lemon supplies moving into mostly domestic production

Supplies of lemons remain strong as the import period of the fruit winds down. “There are some limited supplies from Chile, Argentina and Mexico on the market but those will continue to close out by the end of December,” says Hans Weaver of Earth Source in Ephrata, PA. “Then we’ll rely mostly on the…

Looking into Chinese market

Cuban growers allowed to start exporting products

Grower Lazaro Rafael Fundora, who runs a farm in the Cuban province of Mayabeque, became the first Cuban farmer to sell products abroad over the past six decades after…

Antonio Arjona, of Cítricos Reunidos

Mandarin production in Spanish province of Huelva down by 30 to 35%

The extra-early mandarin campaign has already started in the province of Huelva. The price of the fruit, which is selling well in both national and international markets,…

Orange season expected to be hectic

Most Sicilian orange producers are completing the final, finishing touches before operations fully start, although the first negotiations have already begun. Donnalia, one of the most elegant brands of the Italian citrus fruit cultivation world, thanks to its refined packaging and excellent production,…

Spain

The protected Leanri mandarin hits the market this season

The Leanri protected mandarin, a variety developed by ANBGCM Material Vegetal, a company owned by Biogold EM (based in Seville and devoted to plant varietal innovation) and…

Castellon (Spain)

Complaint filed against a cooperative from Nules for reproducing and growing a licensed citrus variety without authorization

The Court of First Instance and Instruction No. 4 of Nules has admitted a complaint filed by the Sando Clementine company against the owner of a cooperative from Nules for an…

Chilean orange exports fall by 40%

Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) reported that this season, clementine and mandarin exports had increased by 3% and 4% over the 2018-2019 season amounting to…

PO Esperidio

A sustainable citrus fruit campaign

"The first blood oranges were launched on the market a few weeks ago. The prices are very good and there is a lot of demand for the oranges. From 8 December onwards the citrus season will be in full swing and  there will be larger quantities and more medium-sized citrus. Many (new) foreign customers have already…

Dutch fruit wholesaler gets first Moroccan clementines of the season from Gharb region

The first Moroccan clementines arrived at Wilkofruit in the Netherlands on Friday. "These clementines come from the Gharb region. That's the first area in Morocco where the better clementines come from," says Wilko van der Zwaard. "The fruit is delicious; juicy with good color. That has to do with the…

Chinese mandarin market is not doing well this year

Winter is the season for mandarins but this year the season started earlier than in previous years. Mandarins have already entered the Chinese market in large volumes. Shatang…

Sonoran citrus season begins

Pacific Organic Produce announced the beginning of another Sonoran citrus season and an exclusive marketing agreement with Citrus Game. Citrus Game, or Flavor King, is a high quality citrus grower and post-harvest handler servicing several growers in the Hermosillo Sonora growing region. Citrus Game/Flavor King is a vertically…

Bangladesh: Tangail lemon growers incur heavy losses due to floods

Lemon is being cultivated commercially in six out of total 12 counties in the Tangail district; Delduar, Nagarpur, Mirzapur, Sakhipur, Ghatail and Madhupur. According to the…

Alico announces purchase of 3,280 acres of citrus

Alico, Inc. announced that on October 30, 2020, the Company purchased approximately 3,280 gross citrus acres located in Hendry County for a purchase price of $16.45 million.…

Bangladesh: Rangamati sees rise in malta production

The malta, though only introduced several years ago, is winning the hearts of Rangamati growers as the fruit is continuing to bring in profits. The malta is very similar to…

Ideal fruit set conditions in northern orchards

Crop manipulation uppermost on the minds of South African citrus growers

South Africa's Limpopo and Mpumalanga citrus production regions enjoyed mild temperatures during an "almost ideal" fruit set this spring on all cultivars, including on seedless Valencias. Regions that have been receiving sub-average rainfall for years now, had substantial rain early last month.…

Central California citrus season is underway

The Central California citrus harvest is underway. For now, the early oranges are picked when mature on the inside but still green outside and they’re quick-ripened in…

Control-Tec TM from AgroFresh packs leading technologies into post-harvest treatment

AgroFresh continues to develop new technologies and products that have extended the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and decreased food waste across the grower-to-consumer supply chain. These innovations continue in the line of Control-Tec post-harvest equipment. For sustainability management,…

Encompassing three geographical indication citrus fruits

China: Six Yichang firms sign deals worth $82 million

During an online event last week, six companies from Yichang -Hubei province- signed agreements for the sale of 110,000 tons of citrus fruits and related products to foreign…

Russian Federation: Citrus imports down 6.7% in period January to August

According a statistics report from the RF Federal Customs Service’s, in the period January to August, citrus fruit imports were down 6.7% to over 889,600 tons. Banana import increased by 0.9% up to more than 1 million tons and apple import by 6.4% up to 740,500 tons. Compared to July 2020, the import of palm…

New Zealand orange season relatively stable

First Fresh NZ managing director Ian Albers said that this orange season, growers have had their fair share of trials and tribulations due to Covid. Only the late navels and…

FreshPlaza November Global Focus on citrus

Our November Global Focus is all about citrus. In a very turbulent year citrus has been one of the winners, is this set to continue as we enter Northern Hemisphere supply?  How has the growing season been? How are the markets looking? Are you a Southern hemisphere producer? How was you export season? Did the…

The price shows a significant decline

Chinese import season of Australian and South African oranges is almost over

Most of the imported oranges on the Chinese market come from Australia and South Africa, and the latter dominates. The outbreak of Covid-19 was brought under control in China…

Packaged citrus is in high demand

DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic are ready to deliver organic and conventional citrus for the coming citrus season. DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic have seen tremendous growth in specialty and organic citrus over the last 5 years. "Citrus is one of the leading categories of all organic…

Vietnam: Dong Thap province preserves endangered pink mandarin

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has approved a project to preserve the specialty pink mandarin of its Lai Vung district. The fruit allegedly faces extinction. The 73…

“It’s exciting that we’ll enter the Japanese market this year”

High demand for Egyptian citrus in Europe and Saudi ArabiaThe pandemic still brings a lot of uncertainty to the Egyptian citrus exporters, as they’ve been working on the Navel and Baladi varieties already. They expect is to be a good season, with high demand from Saudi Arabia, as they’ve banned the…

No more coca, but organic limes for Colombian farmers

When the first shipment of Colombian limes from "Persian Limes" arrived at organic fruit specialist Eosta in Waddinxveen last week, they came with a very nice surprise. On the 800 boxes of fresh green limes, almost a hundred postcards were stuck with personal messages from the farm workers of the valley…

A 30% increase in production is expected for the new campaign

Limore' marks its first year of business

The cooperative Produttori di Limoni di Rocca Imperiale, that markets its lemons under the brand Limorè, created by a dozen producers with the aim to promote their production, celebrated its first year of business on 28 October 2020. "We are very satisfied with the results achieved so far both in terms of…

Orange production in Region of Valencia down by 40% due to spring rainfall

The orange campaign officially started in the Spanish Region of Valencia just over 15 days ago, although the earliest varieties have been harvested since the beginning of…

Pandemic creates ups and downs for California lemon growers

So far, 2020 has been a rough year for California lemon growers, due mainly to the pandemic.  Glenn Miller, president of the Saticoy Lemon Association in Ventura: "This has been…

Xavier Rosario, of Louis Rosario SARL:

"Against all expectations, there is little demand for clementines"

"So far, the clementine season has been very tough. Consumption is not at the expected level at all," says Xavier Rosario, commercial director of Louis Rosario Sarl in Perpignan. "At the beginning of the season, the sales of the Clémenruby variety were relatively good, but this is no longer the case…

New calamondin and limequat grab-n-go pouches available after Thanksgiving

Immunity will be top of mind this winter. In fact, according to a recent study by Hartman Research, 68% of consumers are either using functional foods or are interested in using functional foods for immunity benefit this year. Frieda's aims to give shoppers easy, delicious ways to dose-up on vitamin C…

Morocco: Increase in citrus production expected

Production in many Moroccan fruit sectors is expected to increase after the decline from the previous season. Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development…

Texas citrus down because of hurricane Hanna

The volume of citrus out of South Texas is somewhat down this season. “Supplies are decent but lower than last year due to Hurricane Hanna,” says Mariam El-Agha with Global Harvest based in Texas. (Hanna hit late August into early September.) “Some fields saw 20-30 percent crop losses due to the storm so…

January-August 2020

The value of Peruvian citrus exports grows by 43%

Peruvian citrus shipments have achieved historical figures in the first eight months of the year. According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (ComexPeru), between January…

Traceability trial a “game changer” for citrus industry

A $200,000 trial of traceability technology for citrus exports has seen more than 400,000kg of premium fruit traced and verified from Mildura orchards through to international…

Citrus Weekly Exports Week 43

Week 43 cumulative volume of oranges exported to all regions at 71,754,996 cartons

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa, the week 43 cumulative volume of oranges exported to all regions stood at 71,754,996 cartons. In week 43, the number of orange cartons exported to Africa and the associated island stood at 15,999 equivalent cartons. Some 73,299 units…

Bosnian company cannot bring in Turkish citrus

Serbia bans import of tangerines due to pesticide content

The Inspectorate of the Republika Srpska has stated that the Phytosanitary Inspection of the Republika Srpska banned a Bosnian company from importing 20,900 kilograms of…

Filosofo Navelina off to an early start at Dutch wholesaler

Pedro Aranda usually begins exporting Navelinas from Spain in about week 46. "So, we were pleasantly surprised with the first arrival last week. It includes some 10kg packs of anniversary packaging. These are nicely colored products with an acceptable Brix level. We also got Navelina in the traditional…

Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa data

Weekly tonnage of South African oranges exported to Europe at around 5,000 tonnes for weeks 41 and 42

The weekly tonnages of South African oranges exported to Europe in weeks 41 and 41 of 2020 are way beyond those of last year, hovering around 5,000 tonnes for both time periods. Shipments to Southern Europe are more or less the same as i 2019. The tonnages for export to China hover around 1,000 tonnes…

Salva Dosdà, manager of Naranjas Orange:

"There is a very strange and uncertain environment in the citrus market"

The citrus campaign is moving forward in Castellón with the harvest of the first Clemenules, the most common clementine variety in this province, which accounts for most of the production of this fruit in Spain. The early clementine production is recovering somewhat from last year's historic drop,…

José Castelló, of San Antonio Fruits: "We can know what the fruit sizes are and learn about the distribution of the color in real time"

Revolutionary technology to manage the production using drones arrives at the Spanish citrus sector

Selecting the citrus fruits in the field at the time of harvesting in order to meet a specific demand is difficult to plan and very expensive when most of the farms are organized under a smallholder model, as is the case in Spain. The Spanish citrus sector is facing increasing competition from third…

Spain

Ramón Espinosa appointed new president of Intercitrus

Ramón Espinosa Sáez, representative of ASAJA Nacional for the branch of production and agricultural professional organizations, has been appointed new president of the Spanish…

Production volume of Wuxian tangerines remains stable

Chinese tangerines are falling off the trees due to excessive rainfall

The Wuxian tangerine is a variety that has only been planted for a few years now. The production volume is not that large, but the flavor is excellent. This tangerine variety is quite popular in the Chinese market and sells well. The new harvest of Wuxian tangerines is already growing on the trees.…

Adam Roe of Noble Citrus:

“We’re seeing high retail demand for our Florida pummelos this season”

Good weather conditions have moved up the start of the Florida citrus season, and growers are seeing good sizing and Brix this year. “We got started in early September with our two main products, which are Florida pummelos and Florida tangerines. We started about two weeks earlier than normal for the…

Bhutan agencies attempt to help orange exports

The pandemic is causing Bhutanese citrus growers many problems, some are struggling to find buyers. In preparation for orange export, the district agriculture sector was…

Booming Queensland citrus industry under threat by Paradise Dam decision

The Burnett region’s growing citrus industry, currently worth $183 million to the region, is under threat from the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to lower the Paradise Dam…

Citrus cultivation under a new all-female signature trait

"We embraced tradition, but we also introduced innovative techniques, and by expanding our horizons, we are constantly growing the company. Women, too, can lead an agricultural business, with competence and great dedication to the land. Our experience shows how two sisters can run a business in a sector…

Willem Koole (Frukar): "Do the extra retail sales compensate for the mediocre free market"

"The Corona boost in citrus sales has fairly cooled off"

The citrus trees seemed endless at the beginning of this year. What does this mean for the Spanish season? Willem Koole of Frukar gives his view on the market, which he believes is surrounded by many uncertainties. "Whoever has a crystal ball, feel free to enlighten us, but this is how I see it." "There has…

Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa

Week 42 volumes of oranges shipped at 1,239,530 cartons

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, total week 42 orange exports at 1,239,530 cartons, up 124% as compared to the same week in 2019.   In week 42, the cumulative number of citrus exported to all regions stood at 70,688,328 equivalent cartons. Most of this (at 28,176,407 units) went…

Juanjo Cárcel, of Frutas Juanito:

"Large grapefruits of Spanish origin are among the most sought after"

The citrus campaign is moving forward in Spain with the prospect of an increase in the volumes produced and a rise in the demand. However, the products mostly demanded by the hospitality industry have been affected by the industry's closure in part of Europe. "This week, the sale of these fruits has slowed…

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

When the brand-new fruit fall off a citrus tree, post-bloom fruit drop (PFD), as it’s called, can cause major losses for citrus growers. Infection of flowering citrus by the fungus that causes PFD can lead to crop loss of up to 80%, although losses are seldom that high, UF/IFAS researcher say. In the…

Research to combat Huanglongbing

​USDA-NIFA tackles harmful citrus disease with $45 million in research grants

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 12 grants totaling over $45 million for research to combat Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as…

Egyptian orange export volumes surpass those of Spain and South Africa

According to Cairo officials, Egypt has become the world’s largest exporter of oranges by volume, surpassing rivals Spain and South Africa. Egypt exported almost 1.8 million…

Martucci company

Italian citrus will supply European markets with less competition

"The 2020/21 citrus fruit campaign seems to be promising. We started the new season only two days ago. Requests are arriving and so are and new customers. We are ready to ship the Apulian citrus fruits to Europe, the commercial transactions will continue throughout March, when the markets will receive…

Threat to citrus plantations of El Guerdan

Moroccan growers see reservoirs running dry

Two years of drought have drained the reservoirs in southern Morocco, threatening the region’s crops. In the rich citrus plantations of El Guerdan, east of from the city of…

Message from the ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force:

‘Now is the time to act against increased Asian citrus psyllid’

The ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force has sent out a message to the San Joaquin Valley citrus growers. "To all Citrus Growers in the San Joaquin Valley, The ACP/HLB San…

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South African lemons a hair’s breadth away from better China access

At this point, South African lemon exports stand at over 25,7 million cartons (15kg equivalent), a surge of more than 5 million cartons from last year’s total. Of that, only around 175,000 cartons went to South East Asia, 7% of the whole volume of South African lemons. And of that, China takes a paltry…

'COLEACP Guidelines on Exporting Fresh Citrus from Africa, Madagascar, Cape Verde and Mauritius'

New guide on phytosanitary rules for fresh citrus destined for EU

There is a new guide out that provides a clear explanation of what needs to be done in order to ensure that citrus exports are in compliance with EU phytosanitary…

Florida Citrus Commission approves 2020-21 budget

The Florida Citrus Commission approved a revised 2020-21 operating budget for the Florida Department of Citrus Wednesday of nearly $19.8 million. The commission voted to…

BLE market report week 42:

'Dutch and Belgian tomatoes constantly formed the basis of the range'

The basis of the tomato range was constantly formed by Dutch and Belgian offers, although their presence was limited overall. Meanwhile, the importance of Spanish, Turkish and Moroccan imports grew. Italy participated exclusively with cherry tomatoes. Rare domestic batches hardly generated any attention.…


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