Producers raise awareness of the threats from HLB

Higher prices have allowed companies in Sicilian citrus farming to survive

"The 2021/22 orange crop year showed a -30% drop in production compared to the previous one, which instead saw an overproduction. The drop occurred firstly because of the spring frosts, then because of the intense and already summer-like heat, which weakened all the island's crops, since the recorded…

2022-2023 forecast for São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt

Orange crop forecast at 316.95 million boxes

The 2022-2023 orange crop forecast for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on May 26, 2022 by Fundecitrus in cooperation with Markestrat, FEA-RP/USP and FCAV/Unesp, is 316.95 million boxes (40.8 kg). Total orange production includes: 59.48 million boxes of the Hamlin, Westin…

10.7 million kg for Arancia di Ribera DOP

"The official data transmitted by ISZ (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale) concerning the 2021/22 commercialization campaign in Sicily confirm the growth of Arancia di Ribera DOP with 10,700,000 kg," reports Giuseppe Pasciuta, president of Consorzio di Tutela Arancia di Ribera DOP. Giuseppe Pasciuta "This…

High summer temperatures take a toll on citrus trees

Measurement of plant body temperatures has become common for many field crops, not to screen for infectious diseases, but to assess seasonal heat impacts on plants. Citrus…

Oranges seeing slight shift in consumption habits

Supplies of oranges look steady right now. Bill Weyland, vice-president of sales for Seven Seas in Iselin, NJ says that California is busy finishing up with production of Navel oranges and should wrap up by late June. Meanwhile import oranges are also well underway. “We have seen a large volume arriving…

Important clarifications on the Florida Citrus Research Order referendum

As the voting period for the Florida Citrus Research Order winds down, it is important that growers have a clear understanding what the vote is for and the role the Citrus…

Controversial changes to cold treatment of Southern African citrus pushed through

An extraordinary session of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) of the European Commission yesterday approved changes to the cold treatment for oranges imported from third party countries where false codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta is present, Intercitrus, the Spanish…

Peruvian mandarin exports have decreased by 21% so far this year

According to information from Fresh fruit, after reaching their peak in 2020, mandarin exports stagnated in 2021; a trend that seems will continue or even get worse this year.…

Luis Planas, regarding the European Commission's decision on cold treatment for non-EU oranges

"I'm not revealing anything if I say there obviously are interested parties and intense pressure"

The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, asked the European Commission on Monday to adopt soon an effective decision to apply cold treatment to extra-Community…

Francois Dillman – Noordgrens Landgoed

Closely managed South African grapefruit peak runs later and flatter

South Africa’s grapefruit campaign is currently in its peak supply weeks and through a combination of weather-related interruptions and the careful weekly monitoring and reporting of packing data from the three major areas, the 2022 peak is not only later, but also substantially flatter than prior…

Trends in the market for import oranges and grapefruit

"Fewer imported oranges arrive, but overall sales conditions are predicted to be the same as last year"

Importers have struggled with unprecedented challenges in the last few years as a result of frequent outbreaks of Covid-19. Importers deal with a lot of uncertainty related to distribution, labor, and resources. It is of vital importance in this uncertain market to flexibly adjust operation policies, accurately observe changes in market demand, and consistently gu…

Suiderland Plase’s third and largest citrus packhouse becomes operational

Suiderland Plase is a South African grower, packer and marketer of citrus and table grapes. In May last year, site preparation started for Bergpak, their third packhouse and one that will specifically be used to pack various citrus cultivars. The construction process commenced under challenging…

In fight against Citrus Greening Disease

Florida Reps. Cammack & Lawson lead letter to EPA to fast-track pesticide approval

Last week, Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) and Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL-05) led a bipartisan letter with members of the Florida congressional delegation to the U.S.…

Florida Department of Citrus

Chairman Johnson: Moving quickly on the Donaldson Tree

As the season winds down, the journey toward an HLB-tolerant or resistant tree is heating up. FDOC Executive Director Shannon Shepp provided an update at the Commission…

Asian citrus psyllid found at packinghouse and juice plant in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has urged all citrus industry members to be extra vigilant in their Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) mitigation steps and adherence…

Unión de Uniones

"Spanish citrus producers' income has fallen by 26% this season"

"Spanish citrus producers have experienced a 26% decrease in gross income in the 2021-2022 campaign over the previous campaign, which accounts for 618 million euro less," according to the balance made by the Unión de Uniones with information from all production areas. "The gross income of this campaign…

European investors take a stake in Lona, one of the largest South African citrus exporters

On May 20, Freshplaza published an article on how the Lona Group acquired a majority stake in the Unlimited Group, creating an entity with a combined export and import volume…

Zimbabwean citrus fruit sector turns to China

Zimbabwean government officials say plans are underway to export citrus fruits to China, following the 2021 Citrus Phytosanitary Protocol signed between the two nations. The…

What are the expectations for this season?

Argentina’s lemon harvest has kicked off

Argentina is ranked as the world’s largest lemon producer with the state of Tucumán in the north growing almost 90 percent of the country’s production. Lemon harvest started the first week of April and is expected to run until August. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing season allowed the…

29,400 Valencian citrus farmers will benefit from 24.1 million in aid to alleviate the effects of the war in Ukraine

The Ministry of Agriculture stated that a total of 24.18 million euro will be allocated to the production of citrus fruits, which will benefit 29,400 citrus farmers in the…

José Carbonell, president of Federcitrus:

"Our Argentinian lemon shipments to Brazil are consolidating and we have started exporting to Mexico"

Argentinian lemons are already being shipped to the international markets. "So far, throughout the month of May, we have been exporting just over 12,000 tons of lemons. It is…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

Price is somewhat lower than around the same time last year

Product quality of early-season grapefruit from South Africa is stable

Most of the imported grapefruit in the Chinese market comes from South Africa, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco. "The production volume of South African grapefruit is the largest…

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Indian Institute of Horticulture and Research releases two sweet pummelo varieties

The Indian Institute of Horticulture and Research (IIHR) has identified and released two sweet pummelo varieties- Arka Chandra and Arka Anantha. Both varieties are suitable…

New technology improving quality

Global fresh produce grower and prepared fruit specialist Jupiter Group are continuing to harvest and pack Star Ruby grapefruit from their Limpopo based farms in South Africa. The Group, constantly working to their vision of being the most transparent company in fresh produce, have shared that newly installed technology at…

Orange yield and quality in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region also affected

Uttar Pradesh: Heat wave hits watermelon yield

The heat wave that has struck Uttar Pradesh has affected watermelon growers, as the crop yield has fallen and the weight of fruit is also less. Farmers from Prayagraj,…

Lona Group acquires a majority stake in the Unlimited Group

Two of South Africa’s largest fresh produce companies are joining forces: the Unlimited Group and the Lona Group will have a combined export and import volume of more than 8…

DeSantis signs bill that will suspend the state’s gas tax from October onwards

Help underway for Florida growers facing high fuel prices

Gas prices in Florida are at an all-time high. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Florida on May…

‘Evaluation of new rootstocks for the Australian Citrus Industry’

Investigating the potential of dwarfing rootstocks for the citrus industry

The Horticulture Innovation funded project ‘Evaluation of new rootstocks for the Australian Citrus Industry – CT17002’ is led by Dr Tahir Khurshid from the NSW Department of…

The event will be held in person on June 21 and 22 in Alicante and on June 23 in a 100% online session

More than 40 expert speakers to present the latest developments at Citrus Forum

The technical program of the 1st International Citrus Forum CITRUS FORUM is going to feature more than 40 expert speakers. The event will take place on June 21 and 22, 2022 at…

Late and heavy rains lead to larger South African lemons

Late and heavy rains, especially in parts of Port Elizabeth, where key citrus-producing regions lie, have caused South African lemons to become larger than expected. This…

Statement by CGA CEO Justin Chadwick

CGA calls on Minister Gordhan to provide an urgent update on interventions at the ports

"Tomorrow, Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan will be delivering his department’s 2022/2023 budget speech in Parliament. The Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA)…

Moroccan citrus soon heading to Japan

The procedure relating to the export of Moroccan citrus fruits to the Japanese market is at its final stage. This was confirmed during the meeting held last Monday in Rabat…

Dominica: Simulation exercise to address plant health challenges focuses on citrus canker

A ‘tabletop simulation exercise’ as an emergency response to resolve plant health challenges in Dominica, was conducted as part of activities to mark the observance of…

Israeli grapefruits suffered from logistical issues

"There were some delays in the transportation"

The war in Ukraine has had a negative impact on the grapefruit season in Israel. As the invasion started, the prices and demand for grapefruits dropped significantly. Grapefruit exporters also had to deal with challenging circumstances for the logistics, and had to spend significantly more money to get…

Intercitrus to ask Commission to fulfil its commitment to approving the application of cold treatment on Friday

"The session of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (ScoPAFF) next Friday, May 20th, should support the modification of the European regulation to start…

"We'll have to wait until summer to see if it has more mobility or if we are really controlling it"

"It's very difficult to spot the cotonet in the countryside, we are seeing much less of it"

The battle that has been taking place in the Valencian Community against the South African cotonet pest (Delettococcus aberiae) seems to offer hopeful results. It's still too…

Hannes de Waal – Sundays River Producer Forum

Shipping costs far outstrip production costs on Eastern Cape citrus farms

The Sundays River Valley lost over two weeks of harvesting and packing, but since last Monday workers have been catching up on lemons, Novas, some clementines and the first navels from the Eastern Cape.Intimidation kept citrus workers away and two people were killed, one during an attack on a farm at the…

Final days of sales in Italy and abroad for Limoré

The last days of harvesting and sales for the PGI Rocca Imperiale Lemons are almost over, and yet orders, and yet orders still seem to be on the rise, thanks to warmer temperatures and the consequent increase in consumption during the summer months. "Each day the large-scale retail chains are asking us…

FruitOne Europe receives the first quality lemons from the southern hemisphere

"For the last couple of weeks, FruitOne has been receiving good quality lemons from it owns farms,” says Andres Ribas, Managing Director for Europe. “And this week we are receiving top quality Argentinian lemons (from Ledesma), what for many would be the best packing standard from Argentina in Lemons and…

Camposol clementine harvest in Uruguay slightly higher

The mandarin clementine harvest in Uruguay is currently going well with slightly higher than estimated volumes for Camposol Uruguay being packed and shipped thus far. While the first containers are still to arrive in their main export market of the USA, the company hopes to have better prices than last…

Grewar Oosthuizen - Agri Gamtoos Farmers Association

Gamtoos Valley citrus campaign runs uninterrupted

In the Gamtoos Valley of the Eastern Cape, the Satsuma crop has been picked, and it is now followed by Novas, clementines and lemons. The area didn’t experience the same unrest as the nearby Sundays River Valley which lies to its east. The Cockscomb Mountain towers behind citrus orchards in the Gamtoos…

Florida orange production up in May forecast

Florida Orange production is projected to hit more than 40 million boxes in the 2021-22 season, according to the USDA. This represents a 2 million box increase since the April…

Francisco Vicente Gea, commercial director of Belsán:

"Argentinian and South African lemons will make up for the lack of commercial sizes of Verna this year"

The Verna lemon season is underway in southeastern Spain. This year, the supply of this variety has been marked by low yields and an abundance of large sizes, which has caused the price of the medium sizes (more commercial) to be quite high at the beginning of the season. For this reason, some companies have…

Zeafruit

NZ Satsuma mandarin volumes down but domestic demand for citrus growing overall

One of New Zealand's leading fresh produce marketers notes that this year's Satsuma Mandarin crop will be a little lighter as it bounces back after a heavy season last year. Satsuma season has just started, and Zeafruit CEO Glen Dunseath says while crop tonnage will be down, it will still be a good year…

Predicting disease and pest risk for fruit crops through digital innovation

Big businesses trading in citrus fruits tend to remain stuck in the past, but in 2017, serendipity brought Martina Drobná into contact with biologist and entomologist, Dr.…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

2022 has been one of the most challenging growing seasons many growers have experienced

Sai World is a global fruit trading company that grows packs and markets fruit, head quartered in Queensland, Australia. The company has gained a wide reputation for choosing the best produce, preparing and packing them to comply with international specifications. One of Sai World’s main growers is…

Great opportunities for Botswana citrus farming

In a recent update on citrus farming in Botswana, agricultural extension officer Oarabile Letsatsi said that in 2020 and 2021, an increased number of farmers imported citrus…

Dawie Scholtz – Maputo Port Fruit Terminal

Long-awaited breakthrough as citrus is loaded from Maputo

A significant volume of South Africa’s citrus is produced in the north-eastern parts of the country, located much closer to Mozambique (Maputo) than to Durban where the congestion grows yearly. Indeed, Maputo had until six years ago been an established port for loading conventional and container vessels…

Cartel violence threatens harvests of avocados, limes and peaches in Mexico

Mexico's produce industry has taken another hit from cartel violence, as tens of millions of dollars worth of peaches seem to be lost as farmers abandoned their fields. An…

"Colombia is becoming increasingly strong in the production of high quality oranges"

First Colombian orange exports to the Dominican Republic

Following the opening of the US market for Colombian sweet citrus exports in 2018, the Colombian company Celifrut has once again become a pioneer with the start of orange exports to the Dominican Republic. "This shows that Colombia is increasingly strong in the production of high quality oranges, which added…

Eastern Cape protests have cost citrus growers R270 million in export fruit and infrastructure damage

Citrus growers in a part of the Eastern Cape have lost almost R300 million over the past three weeks after Sundays River Valley, a key producing region in that province, was…

High pricing slows organic lime demand

Demand is outstripping supplies of organic limes right now. Stefan Misse, President of Discovery Organics based in Vancouver, Canada says that larger sizes of organic limes…

Inflation in Pakistan continues to rise as the price of lemons has surpassed that of meat

Inflation in Pakistan continues to rise as the price of lemons has surpassed that of meat. The price hike was reported by ARY News on Sunday. As per the details, even the…

Orange growers appeal for board establishment

The Union of Orange Growers in the Muheza district, Tanga has asked the government to form an orange board, as other crops have boards, in order to rescue the crop from low…

Gert Upton – Schoonbee Landgoed

“The way everything plays out this season will be very different from other seasons”

In the Loskop Valley of Limpopo, the citrus harvest was held back by rain and many recent public holidays. Last week, harvesting and packing of clementines and Novas resumed, along with the lemons already running and their early navel harvest starts next week.“We have to pack day and night because of the…

Tjeerd Hoekstra and Menno Hogenelst, Total Produce:

"Good expectations for South African lemons, grapefruit at season's start"

The first lemons and grapefruit shipments are on their way. It is, thus, almost time for the South African citrus season to begin at Total Produce BV. This Dutch company currently occupies its sister company, Total Exotics' building. Tjeerd Hoekstra and Menno Hogenelst recently visited their South…

Output to drop this season

Vidarbha region heatwave hits orange crop

Orange crop growers in the Vidarbha region are seeing soaring temperatures, that will probably affect the yield by over 50%, if the progressive and major players in the field…

Monica Coito, Guarino: “lemons seem to have good demand in Europe”

Uruguayan citrus producer expects bigger crop, but shipping and costs are an issue

One of the leading citrus producers from Uruguay, Naranjales Guarino, expects a 10% increase in their production volumes of early mandarins (clementines) that are mainly exported to the USA. Europe is the main market for their oranges and lemons, where there is good early demand. For this 2022/23 citrus…

Lemon exports affected by continuing strike

Kirkwood packhouses stand empty while citrus producers remain in talks with community

Two weeks and two days into the violent strike in the Eastern Cape's Sundays River Valley, and orchards and packhouses are still deserted, although there is an expectation that a resumption might be possible on Monday. Apart from the incidents of arson that accompanied the start of the strike, FreshPlaza…

Early Argentina 2022/23 citrus campaign figures show less sent to Russia

As the first containers of Argentina's 2022/23 citrus campaign have just been packed and sent on their way to world markets, the early statistics for week 18 shows an immediate shift of -54,7% away from Russia, with more early mandarins exported to South America and Europe compared to the same time last…

Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct

"We'd received the first grapefruits loaded in Durban before the deluge hit that area"

The first shipment of South African grapefruit has arrived at Origin Fruit Direct in Rotterdam. "The fruit looks excellent; they're well colored and have the correct internal values," says Randolf Aaldijk. The grapefruit is packed in open-top crates with net weights, depending on the fruits sizes, of 15 to…

Charles Gantz – Anlin Shipping (Reefer Alliance)

Specialised reefer vessels take the reins in Russian trade

Conventional shipping to the USA, taking a variety of citrus from the Western Cape, kicks off in two weeks, says Charles Gantz, managing director/CEO of Anlin Shipping, Reefer Alliance representative in South Africa. "There’s a definite space for South African citrus in the USA and the limited discharge options…

Japan pledges to reduce restrictions on oranges & mangosteen from Thailand

Yesterday, Japan’s visiting Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Kaneko Genjiro promised his Thai counterpart Chalermchai Srion that his country would make it more…

Ample import summer citrus could face consumers inflationary challenges

While there looks to be no shortage of imported citrus headed to North America this summer, inflationary pressure on growers and consumers will no doubt present issues. South Africa: The U.S. draws its South African citrus principally from the Western Cape. Canada, on the other hand, brings in fruit from…

Steve Beghin – Premier Fruit

Weekly arrivals of airfreight South African kumquats kick off soon

With the Spanish kumquat season almost over, the South Africa season is about to start, says Steve Beghin, director of Premier Fruit, and this year they’ll be flying out all of their exports.“The current delays to the shipping schedules are a problem for everyone,” he notes. “South African kumquats will…

Yweenns Ferraz, export manager of the Brazilian company Lima Citros, of Grupo Tonheiro

"We expect to reach one million Tahiti lime plants in the coming years"

According to foreign agribusiness statistics published on the portal of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (AGROSTAT), in 2021, Tahiti lime shipments totaled 144.94 million kilos, increasing by 21% over 2020; and in this first quarter of 2022, export data reflect a new…

Lake Wales, Florida Citrusindustry.net

Hunt Bros. citrus packinghouse will be closing

The Hunt Bros. citrus packinghouse in Lake Wales will close for good at the end of this season, primarily due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma on company groves in 2017. The…

Citrus committee seeks new members

The Texas Valley Citrus Committee (TVCC) is currently seeking producer and handler nominees. “The TVCC plays an important role in ensuring producers and handlers get the best…

Peru could export 300,000 tons of citrus in the 2022 campaign

"I believe we'll grow by 8%-10% in the entire Peruvian citrus category"

In 2021, Peru exported 266,000 tons of citrus products to different international markets. This year, the country is expected to export 300,000 tons of citrus products, stated…

Mathilde Jakobsen, Fresh.Land:

“The fruit still hangs on the tree when customers order it from Fresh.Land”

Fresh.Land, the disruptor of the fruit and vegetable value chain,  allows consumers in Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands, to order fruit that still hangs on the tree, directly from farmers. According to Mathilde Jakobsen, founder of Fresh.Land, their model, “eliminates artificial ripening, cold-storage and surface…

California Citrus Mutual

Review of the 2020–21 California citrus season

California Citrus Mutual has released its 2020–21 Final California Citrus Season Perspective report, which included the following summary conclusion: “For the majority of the season, the fruit quality was excellent. The movement was steady, and shippers managed to hold prices fairly steady. The crop…

Palma del Rio subsists on oranges managing only 50% of its production

Oranges are the economic engine of the municipality of Cordoba de la Vega del Guadalquivir, Palma del Rio. This town has 20,910 inhabitants and, according to Elena Quiles,…

Dr Hennie Ehlers - Sundays River Valley Citrus Producers Forum

Violence and destruction of property harms economic development and opportunities for all

Following the outbreak of violent protests on citrus producing farms in the Sundays River Valley region last week, which saw growers suffering over R70 million in damages to…

Sicily's Il Girasole Soc. Coop.

The citrus campaign is later than expected due to the drop in consumption

"It has been an amazing campaign, which has defied all the initial forecasts, starting from the lower volumes that predicted a short campaign, which would have ended by April. Instead, the drop in consumption and the stability of the fruit have ensured the availability of fruit at least until 15 June. We…

Florida fruit growers combat HLB to keep on exporting to Japan

With Florida's citrus farmers facing some of their toughest ever times due to the combined effect of a spreading tree blight and the fallout from the pandemic, innovation…

Chile ships its first citrus shipment for the US market

The Chilean citrus season began in week 15 with the first shipment of clementines to the US market. According to the latest forecast, Chile will produce 45,000 tons of…

Continued success for SA citrus industry demands integrated management

More than 60% of South Africa’s annual citrus production is destined for the export market, a trade that earned R30 billion in foreign exchange in 2021. Over the past two…

The Verna lemon campaign kicks off with a smaller harvest and an excess of large sizes

"Due to the persistent rains, lemons are reaching giant sizes"

The Fino lemon season is practically over, driven by good prices in recent weeks due to the lower supply of fruit. At the same time, the first Verna lemons are starting to be sold, and their volumes are expected to be reduced by more than 40%, according to Ailimpo. Moreover, their sizes are excessively…

Miguel Barber, gerente de Pomelos MBC:

Will the consumer pay any price for off-season grapefruit?

In normal circumstances, the Spanish grapefruit campaign should be finishing in about a month, but sales have been slow throughout the season (although with stable prices), so there will probably still be domestic grapefruit available until mid-June. Perhaps in the next few weeks, before the South…

DP World Maputo handles first citrus reefer exports of 2022 season

DP World in Maputo will offer a great gateway for the South African citrus sector, enabling shipping to the Middle East and Southeast Asia through a mix of new options,…

Acnoa report up to Week 17:

Early Argentine lemon exports delayed

The first early exports figures of Argentinian lemons show -29.21% less fruit is certified compared to the same time in 2021, pointing to a clear delay in the beginning of the lemon campaign. Although there is an 88% increase to Europe, the stats show a drop of -25% in exports to Russia,  -66% less to  the USA,…

Chilean citrus season kicks off

The Chilean Citrus Season kicked off in Week 15 as the first shipment of clementines set sail for the U.S. market. Chile will supply clementines, mandarins, navels and lemons to the U.S. market, with promotional support starting in June and continuing through October. The current total Chilean Citrus forecast across categories…

Incurable citrus tree disease found in Carson, California

Although it has been pervasive in Southern California for a while, California agricultural officials have now identified a deadly plant disease in Carson for the first time.…

A tense calm in the Sundays River Valley but citrus workers not yet returning

On the eve of a long weekend, an uneasy calm has returned to the towns of Kirkwood and Addo.  Work has not yet resumed at the packhouses and in the citrus orchards of the Sundays River Valley and the citrus industry is  waiting for feedback from yesterday's community meeting. News outlet New Frame reports: "Commercial…

Lemon pricing could strengthen in short term

Supplies of lemons are moderate at this time. Michael Chirico, president and co-founder of McDaniel & Chirico Worldwide based in Fallbrook, California says the majority of supplies are currently going towards committed programs, which is typical of the winter season. “As domestic supplies wind down, we…

Southern hemisphere 2022 summer citrus update

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, has an update on its 2022 summer citrus season that will include fruit from Chile, Peru, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay. LGS sources citrus from trusted growing partners around the world to supply U.S. customers with the…

Peter Bouman, FMI:

"Overseas lemons face a challenging summer season"

The overseas lemon season is about to begin. "The first containers of lemons are currently being loaded in Argentina. We've been working well with our regular supplier Argentilemon for many years, and we expect the first arrivals in the Netherlands in the second half of May," says FMI's Peter Bouman.  FMI…

Intercitrus urges Brussels to enforce the application of cold treatment

The application of cold treatment in transit for oranges from countries that have reported the presence of the codling moth, which primarily affects South Africa and Zimbabwe, was backed by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on February 1. The consultation period to…

Unifrutti reopens Sicilian blood orange trade route to Japan

Unifrutti Group, producer and distributor of fresh produce, in partnership with the freight forwarder Nippon Express, is reopening the trade route of Sicilian blood oranges to Japan. The first 10-tonne test shipment by air, which has just taken place, represents a fundamental step towards enhancing the value…

Serious arson damage on some farms

Labour strike halts citrus packing in Sundays River Valley

Since last Thursday no citrus – lemons and the first soft citrus at the moment – have been packed in the Eastern Cape’s Sundays River Valley as an illegal strike, accompanied by numerous incidents of arson, have paralysed the community in a repeat of the strike of July 2018.The Sundays River Producer…

Alert in Castellon after the "Pseudococcus longispinus" was detected in citrus orchards

Pseudococcus longispinus, known as long-tailed cochineal, is not an unknown species in the Valencian Community. In fact, the Institut Valencià d'Investigacions Agràries (IVIA)…

Sarwat Radwan, AKL Exofresh, about the first shipments

"Pleasing market position for early watermelons from Morocco"

Classic summer fruit is now gradually arriving on the market, including watermelons, which are currently imported mainly from Africa. The supply from Senegal is now slowly coming to an end, and batches from Mauritania are being offered to tide us over. "At the beginning of week 17, we then expect the…

Luz Santos Bollea: "Shipping lines now strategic partners"

Terri Citrus has high hopes for Argentina’s 2022 lemon harvest

The first containers of the Argentinian Terri Citrus lemons brand, called Carmencita, have just been loaded for Europe and the USA. Clients in Spain have already asked them to send lemons earlier, while they face uncertain global markets says Luz Santos Bollea, marketing director of Terri Citrus. The…

Laura Vargas: "The promotion of Spanish and Valencian oranges requires institutional support"

"It's absurd that government representatives had to taste 'alleged' Valencian oranges at a private stand in Berlin"

Undeniably, the situation for oranges is difficult this season. This citrus fruit, which is a hallmark of the Region of Valencia, has been the source of income of agricultural producers for decades (and even centuries) and shaped the Valencian landscape with its traditional smallholding orchards, but it…

Fertile oranges from Wuming popular in Canada

In April 2022, fertile oranges from Wuming once again embarked on a journey to Canada after passing the inspection. They were transported from Wuming, Nanning to Qingdao Port, and after 40 days at sea, listed on the Canadian market (Right: Fertile oranges from Mingming Orchard, which will be on the shelf…

Sicily's Ortogel Spa

The upcoming citrus campaign runs up against assumptions devoid of logic

"As already highlighted at the beginning of the citrus campaign in October 2021 during the international fair Anuga in Cologne, the entire citrus supply chain has suffered unsustainable increases on all production assets including energy costs, packaging, chemicals. In addition, compared to the campaign…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"This season will be a good one for anyone who has medium to large sizes"

For exporter Sai World the grape harvest is reaching its end. With the last orchard in New South Wales starting the crimson harvest, Sai World exports the fruit exclusively for the grower. “Colour has been a problem for some growers this season, but the colour from our grower is very good,” said Sam…

Asoex Citrus Committee

Challenging season ahead for Chilean citrus

With the start of the Chilean citrus season just around the corner, the Citrus Committee published its estimates of what is expected for exports this year, and pointed out…

CMA CGM launches new sustainable solution for citrus fruit’s exports at the port of Maputo, Mozambique

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, launched in April a new service allowing the export of citrus fruits in reefer containers from Mozambique at the port of Maputo, to Asia at Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas through CMA CGM’s Asia Mozambique Express (MOZEX) service. This innovative…

Highs and lows for the exotic segment

The situation of the exotic segment differs depending on the product considered. Consumption was lively before Easter, and the trend seems to be similar now. There were a few quality problems for some products due to the weather, such as papayas from Brazil, but there was also a good market for others,…

“Challenging” Israel Orri mandarin season nearly over

The Israeli premium mandarin Orri season, described as “challenging”, is nearly over with about a week of shipping to go. Jacobo Strimling from Mehadrin, Israel’s largest growers and exporters of citrus and other fruit and vegetables, says they had a very mixed and challenging season. This was due to…

New proposed EU regulations threaten the export of Southern African oranges to the region

This week, the European Union’s (EU) Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) will discuss and, possibly vote on, new and arguably misinformed regulations…

European citrus sector considers the new controls against black spot insufficient

The Citrus Contact Group of Spain, France, Italy and Portugal considers the new control measures adopted by the European Union to prevent the introduction and spread of black…

"Spring orange sells well in the Chinese market"

The spring orange is a popular domestic fruit in the Chinese market. Unlike most domestic oranges, which enter the market in the winter, spring oranges generally enter the market between late March and early April. The spring orange is a late-season orange variety that blooms between March and April, and…

Drone to aid Brazilian growers in battle against HLB

The use of a drone for chemical control of the psyllid that spreads HLB adds to Brazil’s efforts to battle the citrus disease, recent research indicates. The research was…

Honduras' citrus fruit exports decrease by up to 50% due to high temperatures

The high temperatures recorded in Honduras in the first quarter of this year have had a strong impact on the citrus campaign. As citrus grower René Bendaña explains, this…

Between September 2021 and January 2022, the EU market purchased a total of 824,000 tons

The EU-27 increases citrus imports by 4.6%

This season, in the period between September and January, the European Union has imported 4.6% more citrus fruits than in the same period of the previous season, and 1.5% more…

"Rain washes away expected record Spanish mandarin production"

The steady rainfall in Spain has not benefited citrus cultivation, says a producer in that country. "At the start of the season, we were glad of some rain." "But the abundant…

Justin Chadwick:

KwaZulu-Natal floods: Major progress to return Durban port to full functionality ahead of the 2022 citrus export season

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has been engaging closely with government and stakeholders across the citrus value chain on efforts to return the…

Falfurrias

Texas region plans citrus revival

The area of Falfurrias, Texas, was a very prosperous citrus-growing region from 1909 until 1951, according to Romulo Montilla, who has a ranch there. “However, in 1951 there…

Updates from Florida Citrus Mutual

Discussions about Florida legislative session and efforts to cope with reduced orange Brix levels

The Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) board of directors voted earlier this month to support the continuation of the Florida Research Order. It encouraged Florida citrus growers to…

Packing house expansion includes new mandarin facility

Bee Sweet Citrus is expanding its packing house to include a state-of-the-art mandarin facility adjacent to California Highway 99. “Bee Sweet’s investment in a mandarin facility solidifies our place as a key player in mandarins,” says Ben Ladd with the company. “Our goal has always been to run as…

Agrumi-Gel

"Proud to strengthen our partnership with Japanese company Sumitomo Corporation Foods"

"Last week, we hosted a Japanese delegation from Sumitomo Corporation Foods with outgoing president Tetsuro Tajima, a confirmation of the mutual respect we have built together over the past twenty years. Years during which we have become the exclusive European suppliers of Sicilian citrus juice to the…

First for South African retail

Pink Tiger lemons available to Pick n Pay consumers

After seeing pictures of the striped, pink-fleshed lemons called Pink Tiger lemons, Rebecca Fifield and Dewald Naudé (respectively food technologist and buyer for South African retailer Pick n Pay) say they hounded their citrus suppliers for half a decade to at least get a sample. Photos supplied by Pick…

Lemon prices India have increased dramatically over last few days

The price of lemons in India has increased dramatically over the last few days. The fruit was available in the market at Rs 2, but it is now being sold for Rs 15. However,…

Mark Tweddle - Jupiter Group

"No fruit will be sent on the off chance of a good market, the high costs make it too much of a risk"

The South African citrus season has been underway for a few months and with the lemon harvest almost finished in some regions, the general feeling within the sector is that it will be one of the most challenging seasons for many years. The Jupiter Group, a South African citrus grower with UK based Head…

Brazilian fruit exports up 2% in volume in Q1 2022

In the first three months of the year, Brazil’s fruit exports registered a 2% increase in volume compared to the same period of the previous year. The total volume of fresh…

Israeli exporters face real difficulties shipping produce to Russia and Ukraine

Israeli exporters are still able to send some produce to Russia and Ukraine, but they face severe logistical difficulties and they are not sure if they will be paid. Russia is a major market for Israeli exports but like the rest of the world, they are desperately searching for alternative markets for…

Studies supports measures against oriental fruit fly

Researchers want to halt development of unprecedented pest in Brazilian fruit farming

Embrapa specialists have mapped areas of the Brazilian territory that have more favorable conditions for the development of the insect pest Bactrocera dorsalis, currently…

Rocca Imperiale Lemon

"In less than 2.5 years, we've launched our own brand Limoré and designed different types of packaging"

Until a few years ago, it was difficult to find the Rocca Imperiale lemon with Protected Geographical Indication in the Italian supermarkets. Today, this fruit, which is known for its high juice content and the intense aroma of its edible peel, is on the shelves in dozens of Italian chains, as well as in…

“There are some markets that still depend heavily on the Egyptian market for Valencias”

Demand for Egyptian Valencia oranges is expected to increase over the next few weeks, especially from European markets. The war between Ukraine and Russia did affect the season significantly, as both countries imported large volumes of the Egyptian oranges in the previous seasons. Mahmoud Esawy,…

Jan-Louis Pretorius – Groep 91 Uitvoer

Significant volume of grapefruit may not be exported this year due to cost pressure

The South African grapefruit season started around two weeks earlier than usual, with the majority of grapefruit growers in the northern areas currently undertaking selective harvesting from the inside of tree canopies, which are usually the larger fruits.Although the international sales and consumption…

Tariffs to be reduced on Australian citrus exports to India

India and Australia have reached an interim outcome in free trade agreement negotiations that will reduce tariffs on Australian citrus exports by 50%. When enacted, the…

Good expectations for Brazilian orange exports

Between July 2021 and February of this year, Brazil exported nearly 660 thousand tons of oranges. This is 1.02% less than in the same period of the 2020/2021 harvest. The…

CGC

"The ratification of Mercosur is not a solution to alleviate the lack of cereals due to the Ukraine crisis"

The Spanish citrus sector could be negatively affected in three ways by the war in Ukraine. "On the one hand, the sanctions on Putin's regime and the war situation in the Black Sea have made exporting fruit and vegetables to Russia more difficult, so the supply from competing countries, such as Egypt,…

In Florida and Brazil

Citrus crop problems are pushing juice prices to 5-year highs

Citrus crop problems in Florida and Brazil are pushing juice prices to 5-year highs. Orange juice stockpiles are dwindling around the world, propelling prices to five-year…

Low production, high logistics also add to lemon inflation

Reducing mismatch between supply and demand lies in boosting storage capacity

All over India, lemon prices are squeezing household budgets. Reportedly, the supply of lemons has fallen due to a decline in overall production. Lemon orchards are very…


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