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Lemon production drops by 40%

Just like for all other segments, the lemon trend is rather different than usual this year. However, in this case, there are factors that can be traced back to a series of variables that do not apply to other productions. To better understand this, FreshPlaza talked to Francesco Tarallo, a producer from Syracuse.  "Production is 40%…

Corona crisis affects day-to-day business at Dortmund wholesale store

"Growing demand for citrus and ginger, declining sales of standard vegetables"

The consequences of the current corona crisis are now also inevitably being felt at the Dortmund wholesale store. Due to the closure of the catering trade, the number of…

Mexico

Citrus growers from Veracruz stop harvesting limes due to the coronavirus

Citrus growers in the Mexican municipality of Martínez de la Torre, in the state of Veracruz, have temporarily halted the lime harvest due to the consequences of the spread of…

"Chinese honey pomelo from Pinghe encountered chaotic market conditions in final stage of export season"

"The honey pomelo export season is already over in Pinghe. The regular export season begins every year in August and continues into February of the subsequent year. This year, however, just as the export season entered its final stage, China suffered from the outbreak of COVID-19, which created a…

US: Ventura County lemon growers see reduced demand

Over the past few weeks, people have flocked to grocery stores to stock up on items like pasta, toilet paper and bottled water. Unfortunately they have not been stocking up on…

Citrus industry to benefit from strengthened research and innovation consulting hub

Following a short period of negotiation, Citrii Agri Services, a subsidiary company of the ANB Group of agricultural companies, and First Fruits Consulting (FFC), recently…

Joey Deen, Denimpex:

"Global demand and declining export volumes for Egyptian oranges"

The Egyptian orange season is in full swing, but faces many challenges due to the Corona virus and the lower yields. "Although not many containers were shipped to China in…

Transit restrictions put northern Argentina's citrus campaign at risk

The development of citrus campaigns in the north of the country is being affected by the mobility restrictions decreed by Argentinian authorities to stop the expansion of…

Spain

Latest floods in Castellon could cause citrus crops to rot

The countryside of Castellon has been hit again by a squall from the Atlantic that brought with it strong storms. The precipitations exceeded by far the accumulated 100 l/m²…

Citrus Australia explores blockchain traceability system

Citrus Australia, the organisation representing Australia’s citrus fruit growers, has commissioned a pilot study to improve traceability using unique digital identifiers on a…

'Including coronavirus types'

South African biotech company makes disinfectant from orange juice

A small South African Biotech company says it has made a disinfectant which can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus types. Bizarrely the secret behind it…

Australian Government provides certainty for farm workforce through temporary visa changes

Australia's farmers and producers have been given a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Federal Government announcing changes to visa arrangements, following concerns…

Less minneola acreage but demand stays stable

“Decline in minneola acreages in favour of other citrus”

The minneola is a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin. This citrus fruit is especially well-known for its juiciness and easy peeling. Yet, the minneola is known mainly…

Peter Maes, Zeghers

“Quadruple the demand for lemons in Belgium now”

"There is currently a four or even five times higher demand for lemons. There are products, including lemons, that are currently selling very fast. But there are also products you…

Rising costs, limitation due to rains and increasing tension with buyers

"There is a huge demand for Spanish lemons"

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis in Europe and the rest of the world, the demand for lemons has increased enormously. The Spanish supply, which currently dominates the European markets, has been limited by a smaller harvest this year. The sector has also had to deal with other obstacles, such…

Spain

Sale of Cordoba oranges up by 15%

According to Antonio Carmona, president of the Cordoba-based Professional Citrus Association Palmanaranja, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, orange sales have…

Hans Korsten - coronavirus’ effect on Egyptian citrus season

“The citrus industry will be one of the few sectors to see a positive in these dire times”

Things are sometimes scary for a Dutchman in Egypt, as is the massive difference in capacity to combat the coronavirus. It does, however, look like the Egyptian citrus sector will be one of the few that will make it through this dire situation successfully. “I read somewhere that 205 countries in the…

Citrus industry in negotiation with Transnet to increase staffing levels at harbours

Many vessels delayed in berthing due to lockdown

"The situation at the harbours is very, very bad at the moment and if it continues like this over 21 days we’re going to have a very big problem on our hands,” says Mitchell Brooke, logistics manager at the Citrus Growers’ Association, about the skeletal staffing at South Africa’s harbours that have…

Egyptian citrus in high demand, despite shipping costs

“I hope shipping rates will have stabilized by the 1st of June”

The demand for immune system boosters has led to an increase in demand for Egyptian citrus. Despite the logistical challenges the industry is facing, Europeans are willing to pay the higher prices that are caused by increased freight rates. Fruit traders in Egypt are having a difficult time dealing with…

Andres Ribas van Oosterom (FruitOne Europe) looks ahead to overseas citrus season

"Huge demand for citrus, but supplies are being held up”

On the eve on the Southern Hemisphere’s citrus season, the coronavirus outbreak is already having a considerable impact. “The various lockdowns have social, financial, and economic consequences. There is an enormous demand for vitamin C, in general, and citrus fruit, in particular. However, at the same…

Sicilian oranges sales have tripled in the last 20 days

"Sicilian citrus fruits are greatly appreciated in Great Britain, where requests keep increasing uninterruptedly," according to Nello Alba, CEO of Oranfrizer, in a phone interview.  The Sicilian entrepreneur engages in the production and distribution of citrus fruits and juices in Italy and across the world.…

Challenges at South Africa's ports remain the biggest issue

According to recent estimates, the South African citrus industry is expected to export a record 143,3 million cartons of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries in 2020. This is a 13% increase on the 126,7 million cartons exported in 2019. While there was optimism that the 2020 season would be a success,…

Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa

Weekly report on citrus exports worldwide

The Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa has brought out its latest report on citrus exports to the nations of the world. Up until now, the total weekly volume for all major cultivars shipped to the Middle East is at 1,067 15-kg cartons, while the Russian Federation imported 5,017 and 19,907…

Second citrus shipment from Pakistan arrives in China

“A container of 40 feet containing around 27 tons of kinnow imported from Pakistan has arrived in Dalian,” Adnan Hafeez, Partner-You Lian Feng Food Trade (Dalian) Co. Ltd told…

SunProd Srl

Supply of processed citrus fruit below demand

"I believe that, from May/June onward, there will be a general drop in consumption with an additional damage for Italian produce exports. This will be a consequence of the domino effect deriving from the fact that northern Europe has underestimated the effects of Covid-19. Germany and the United Kingdom…

Australia's Citrus Tree Census showing some positive growth trends for the industry

The Australian citrus industry is in the middle of a growth phase, with more plantings going in and existing trees set to bear more fruit in coming years, according to the latest data from Citrus Australia. Collation of plantings data had been happening nationally for many years, but only started to…

Citrus canker restrictions lifted in Darwin

Citrus canker restricted areas have been lifted in the Darwin, Palmerston and rural Northern Territory. Following a minimum six-month host free period without detection of…

Turkey to stop lemon exports

The Western Mediterranean Exporters' Association (BAIB) informed its members in an announcement that lemon exports will be regulated under the "Communique on the products that are banned from exports or subject to permission". The decision taken by the association will be in effect until August 2020.  The association's written announcement…

"US oranges sell well in the Chinese market"

"Chinese fruit import is warming up again"

Domestic sales are gradually recovering as China brings the spread of the corona virus under control. The fruit import trade is warming up again as well. The overall import volume of fruit is gradually growing. However, outside of China many countries are still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which…

"Purchase price of Chinese tangerines in Sichuan production areas shows signs of recovery"

"The peak of Chinese tangerine sales usually falls in the period around Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020], but the outbreak of the corona virus delayed the harvest season by one month in comparison with previous years. This has put immense pressure on tangerine sales. We have temporarily halted…

Demand picks up slightly on lemons

Demand for lemons has seen only a slight jump compared to the increasing demand for oranges. “There’s a bit of a spike in demand for lemons. But with navel oranges for example, the movement is up 250 percent on typical volume. Lemons have seen only a slight uptick,” says Michael Chavez of Golden Star…

Fruit from Southwest China exported to Singapore via land-sea freight service

Last Sunday, a train loaded with refrigerated containers of citrus departed from southwest China's Chongqing Municipality to Singapore. The cargo of 25 tonnes of fresh citrus…

Florida: Orange juice industry expecting boost in sales amid coronavirus pandemic

Florida citrus growers are expecting to see a huge rise in sales in the coming months as people find ways to stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. As fear rises from…

Huanglongbing detection results in expansion San Bernardino county quarantine zone

A citrus quarantine expansion has been declared following the detection of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) in one residential citrus tree in the City of San Bernardino.…

Egyptian citrus season still has another month to go

"We’re selling half of our produce at cost price, to help people in these difficult times"

Egypt has put a curfew in place, but work and trade is still functioning. The citrus season will run for another month, but concessions will have to be made in terms of prices. With shipping rates going through the roof, one exporter has decided to sell half of his produce without profit, to help people…

Gert Upton – Schoonbee Landgoed

Limpopo citrus grower-exporter started Covid-19 prep three weeks ago

As South Africa records its first coronavirus mortalities on the first day of lockdown, fruit production continues and the Southern Hemisphere’s entry into the citrus market looks more positive than last year. The strong demand in the Northern Hemisphere as well locally for citrus and particularly lemons…

"Red grapes maintain high price"

"Chinese market conditions for imported pineapples and oranges are weak"

Chinese consumer demand for fresh fruit is growing now that the COVID-19 epidemic in China is gradually weakening. In the last few weeks, the three largest import fruits were pineapples, oranges, and red grapes. Manager Zhong of GoGo Qingdao Limited Shanghai recently provided insight in the market…

Demand spikes across North America for oranges

Oranges are seeing a serious spike in demand in North America that is likely tied to the COVID-19 virus making its way throughout the continent. “We’re seeing increased demand from retail and wholesale while the foodservice sector has slowed down. That’s to be expected because of the change in the hours…

Good pace and improvement of prices in Vega del Guadalquivir

Orange harvest campaign in Cordoba is about 70% complete

The agrarian organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that the orange harvest campaign is currently about 70% complete. This season has been marked by a general decline in the production in all citrus growing areas of Spain, with an improvement of prices compared to the previous year, when they hit rock…

Two million cartons of lemons already shipped from South Africa

The South African citrus season in underway with an estimated record export of 143.3 million cartons, an increase of 13% on last season.  According to Justin Chadwick CEO of the Citrus Grower's Association, 2 million cartons of lemons have already been exported, a figure way ahead that of last season. "We…

Rise in demand and prices for citrus fruits in Spain

The weekly report from the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia devoted to citrus fruits corresponding to week 11 of 2020 (from March 9 to 15) highlights that, due to "consumer fears of a possible shortage in the supply, as well as the healthy properties of citrus in the face of the threat of…

"Chinese export of W. Murcott mandarins proceeds as usual"

"The isolation measures in the last few weeks had a definite impact on our sales conditions, but we continued nonetheless. The sales did not smoothly proceed, but we are happy that the market is still in quite a good shape all things considered. Some other companies may have to deal with significant…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

UK: Average prices Panamanian bananas up 10%

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. Average prices of Bramley's seedling apples were up 13%, with…

Early start of Andalusia's stone fruit campaign and uncertainty about the policies against the coronavirus in Europe

"This crisis is revaluing the orange"

After the usual break for the Chinese New Year, the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan delayed, slowed, and in some cases prevented the restart of European fruit exports to Asia. This was the case for the Andalusian oranges Primor, from Sat Sintesis, a brand recognized by the Chinese market and other countries in…

Negotiations for the entry of Peruvian mandarins to India hit setback

The start of exports of Peruvian mandarins to India, which have already been approved at a technical level, has been hampered by India's request to open the Peruvian market to several Indian products that are sensitive to the country, stated the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of…

Tangerines have been on the tree for longer than usual

Orri tangerines enter Chinese market in large volumes

The tangerine harvest in China has begun. Several new product varieties enter the market one by one. However, the COVID-19 epidemic, which broke out shortly after the Chinese…

Ojai Pixie tangerines measure between 17.5 – 18.3 Brix this season

Just under 50 co-op growers in the Ojai Valley have recently begun harvesting their crop of pixie tangerines. This late-season citrus comes at a time when communities are looking for fresh immune-boosting options at grocery retailers nationwide.  Just one cup of pixie tangerines offers 87% of the recommended…

California

Mating disruption necessary to minimize damage from Navel Orangeworm

David Haviland, an Entomologist with UCANR Kern County, the mating disruption for navel orangeworms is critical in certain agri hotspots. It’s something that's growers need to…

Excellent commercial campaign for oranges, especially for red varieties

"Everyone knows that the Tarocco orange season is in its final stages: we are at 80-90% of the campaign, well in advance compared to the previous years, because of the warmer weather". So said Vincenzo and Angelo Di Pasquale, co-founders of the Sicilian brand Donnalia. "It was a year with many surprises -…

Turkish citrus export volumes continue to increase

Between January and February 2020, Turkey exported 442,000 tons of citrus for $ 228 million. As highlighted by the president of the National Citrus Council Kemal Kaçmaz, this…

Spain

Mobility of citrus fruit pickers slowly back to normal in Region of Valencia

The state of alarm decreed by the Government and the limited mobility have not made things easy for citrus fruit pickers working on farms in the Region of Valencia. Due to…

"Guanxi honey pomelos blossomed early this year"

The weather is gradually warming up and the Guanxi honey pomelo production areas in Pinghe are gradually entering the blossoming season. Manager Zhang, a spokesperson for specialized Guangxi honey pomelo exporter Pinghe County Huaermei Fruit Industry Co., Ltd., recently talked about current conditions in…

"Overseas demand for Chinese Orri tangerines continues to grow"

The orange and tangerine supply seasons in China were delayed during the Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] and the subsequent COVID-19 epidemic, but now the oranges and tangerines are entering the market. The majority of citrus fruit on the Chinese market is domestic, but there are also imported…

Xavier Rosario, Louis Rosario Sarl:

“The rain in Spain will reduce the volumes of citrus fruit in the coming days”

“Since last Monday, people have been rushing to buy citrus fruit because of the coronavirus. The demand is especially high for grapefruit, lemons and oranges,” explains Xavier Rosario of Louis Rosario. The demand is increasing on all markets. For the coming days, the company is expecting a decrease of…

"We heard whispers that Gisborne navel oranges were one of the best-kept secrets"

The taste of New Zealand citrus becomes an iconic biscuit flavour

The flavour of New Zealand oranges has been immortalised, with the taste and flavour being used in the iconic Tim Tam biscuit. Gisborne fruit and produce supplier First Fresh supplied the fruit, which has been used directly in the biscuit - and the selection even caught the company's managing director…

France is the leading import market for US grapefruit in Europe

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS 2018), France is the leading import market for US grapefruit in Europe. In the…

Citrus canker restrictions to be lifted in Darwin

Citrus canker restricted areas will be lifted in the Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas from today, 20 March 2020, as this serious plant disease is moving towards being…

Australia: Citrus at risk without government intervention

The availability of fresh Australian citrus and other critical fresh food items is at risk this year without the immediate intervention of the Australian Government. Prime…

Willem Koole, Frukar:

"Quick citrus sales, melon sales under pressure"

The Corona virus has not left Dutch importers and exporters unaffected, with very diverse consequences for the various products. "We have a fair amount of sales in the wholesale markets throughout Europe (the Netherlands, Brussels, Rungis, Barcelona, ​​etc.). These people are currently missing some of…

Uncertainty for stone fruit, for which large volumes are expected

"What everyone is asking is, how much can we take?"

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the fresh fruit and vegetable sector, as well as that of food products in general, has been among the ones that have fortunately been able to continue its activity. The effects of this situation, however, are quite remarkable. "The demand in the domestic…

Limes climb in price and popularity

Limes are having a moment as demand increases for the citrus fruit. “Demand is extremely unique right now. Our foodservice account orders on limes have greatly diminished due to COVID-19. But the accounts that are active are active almost in double the capacity,” says Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in…

Global sales: Orange exports by country

While global sales from orange exports by country totaled US$5.3 billion in 2018, overall the value of exported oranges appreciated by an average 18.2% for all exporting countries since 2014 when shipments of oranges were worth $4.5 billion. Year over year, the value of global oranges exports rose by…

“Getting our produce to China is quite challenging right now”

The Egyptian season for Valencia is going a bit slower than usual, no doubt due to the challenges in logistics. One exporter has a positive view on the upcoming months, though, hoping things will improve in the months of April and May. In Egypt, the season for Valencias is well underway. According to Mohamed…

Citrus Grower’s Association data

Week 12 South African lemon sales expected to near the 450,000-mark

In week 12, lemon sales in equivalent 15 kg cartons from South Africa are expected to near the 450,000-mark, with some thousands of cartons of lemon seedless topping things off. Satsuma sales will stand at approximately 13,400 cartons. Total cumulative shipments of green apples are at 1,444,112.   Click here for the Soft…

Lab tests confirm the high vitamin C content in lemons

"In such a delicate moment for the history of our planet, our sector cannot stop. The agri-food industry must maintain supplies constant while trying to comply with provisions in force. What is more, the entire food production sector cannot make mistakes nor risk stopping," explain Andrea and Giovanni…

Bottlenecks in the lemon market and rise in production costs

"Some clients should understand that we are doing everything we can"

The increase in the demand for lemons has been very notable since the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis broke out, partly due to its vitamin content that helps strengthen the immune system. The panic buying situation, combined with difficulties in the production due to the restrictions to prevent the spread of…

Peru's mandarin campaign starts normally despite current situation

In 2019, Peru exported around 160,000 tons of mandarins and in 2020 the sector plans to export 170,000 tons thanks to an improvement in cultivation conditions. This, despite…

Panama exports oranges to Guadalupe for the first time

On Tuesday, March 17, Panama shipped to the island of Guadalupe the first container of premium Panamanian oranges of the Valencia Roja variety, grown in Toabre, in the province of Cocle. The shipment departed from the port of Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), located in Colon, with 1,200 boxes of…

Chinese citrus harvest in Sichuan is delayed

"The harvests of several citrus fruit varieties in Sichuan orchards are delayed because of the COVID-19 epidemic. The harvests are delayed by around one month. More and more visiting traders have arrived in the production areas in recent days to purchase citrus fruit. Our market sales are also slowly…

University of California-Berkeley and USDA

New technique might protect oranges from citrus greening

Citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing (HLB), is devastating the citrus industry all over the place. Florida alone has experienced a 50 to 75 percent reduction in citrus…

Eren Tarim sees citrus demand triple during COVID-19 crisis

"I believe our situation will be similar to Europe in the upcoming weeks"

Turkey's current situation is alarming, as the country has hit 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March the 17th. The first fatal victim to the virus was also announced. In terms of citrus export, demand from Europe has tripled, says one Turkish exporter.  Turkish citrus exporter Eren Tarim has seen that the…

Citrus industry expects record export season

"Southern Africa is expected to export a record 143.3 million cartons of citrus fruit to over 100 countries in 2020. This is a 13% increase when compared to 2019, which saw…

Morocco faces tough citrus season

It’s been a challenging season for Moroccan citrus. “There’s been a general shortage of citrus out of Morocco—there is about a 75 percent decrease in volume from last year,” says Michel Matouk of Cherry Hill, NJ-based World Fresh Produce, who brings in lemons, grapefruit, clementine and oranges from…

The blockade of northern Italy takes toll on the export of Valencian citrus

The blockade measures in place in northern Italy to stop the spread of the coronavirus have caused a setback to citrus exporters in the Spanish province of Alicante, since 20% of their shipments were intended for that now blocked Italian region, to supply its street markets and stalls. Until a week ago,…

Rise in the demand and prices of Spanish citrus fruits

As revealed by the latest report from Valencia's Lonja de Cítricos, the prices at origin of citrus fruits from this Spanish region have increased compared to previous weeks.…

Price Pakistani kinnow goes up 18-fold when exported to China

After a month on sea, 2,650 boxes of Pakistani kinnow reached northeast China’s Dalian port for customs clearance on February 21. This marked the first successful and…

Avocado and citrus grower Richard Eckersley

Harvey grower tapped by Alterra for avocado data & expertise

Agricultural investment developer Alterra and Harvey avocado and citrus grower Richard Eckersley have inked "Local Partner and Data Access" agreements that provide Alterra with access to the expert grower's cropping data for 15 years and Eckersley will also act as something of a forward scout in the…

East Coast Satsuma supplies continue to be steady

Domestic East Coast production of Satsuma mandarins still looks continuous out of Florida. “We finished up mandarin supplies out of Georgia mid to late January,” says Eric Bolesta with the Lake Park, Ga.-based Grower Network, LLC. “The Florida supplies seem to be pretty steady and I think will continue…

Fiji: Batiri oranges will soon hit supermarket shelves

Food Processors Fiji Limited today launched its branded Batiri oranges at its Batiri farm in Dreketi, Macuata. This means consumers will soon find the famous Batiri citrus from Dreketi back on supermarket shelves. Officiating the launch this morning, Permanent Secretary for PM’s Office Yogesh Karan…

USDA proposes to amend US standards for grapefruit and orange grades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to amend the U.S. Standards for Grades of Grapefruit (Texas and States other than Florida, California and Arizona) and U.S.…

Consumers and shareholders want improvement in responsible sourcing of labour

Woolworths will meet with some suppliers before the citrus harvest in a bid to counteract any potential responsible sourcing issues related to labour. This comes as it warned…

Good production continues on US grapefruit

U.S. grapefruit growers are in various states of supply, though overall volume still looks steady on grapefruit. Florida: “Right now, most shippers are winding down,” says Jimmy Johnson of  Premier Citrus in Vero Beach, Fl. “There are about three more weeks of shipping for most but some will go into the middle…

US: All orange production down 1 percent from February forecast

The United States all orange forecast for the 2019-2020 season is 5.24 million tons, down 1 percent from the previous forecast and down 2 percent from the 2018-2019 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 71.0 million boxes (3.20 million tons), is down 1 percent from the previous forecast…

Focusing on HLB, impacts of labor laws & trends in the citrus market

Citrus showcase details the state of the US industry

California’s biggest citrus showcase has come to Visalia, highlighting the state of industry and exploring the issues citrus growers currently face. Hundreds attended the…

Boosting eating quality of New Zealand Navel oranges

Maturity standards recommended by crop quality specialists Delytics Ltd have significantly improved the eating quality of New Zealand navel oranges, over the past four seasons. Retail monitoring carried out each season by New Zealand Citrus has shown that the consumer acceptability of navel oranges has…

Hopefully, citrus canker restrictions will be lifted next season

Australia: Northern Territory pomelos meet big challenges to get to market

Since an outbreak of citrus canker in the Northern Territory in 2018, citrus producers near Darwin have had to comply with a number of biosecurity requirements to sell their…

Florida Citrus Statistics 2018-2019

Florida’s share of US citrus production: 77.3 million boxes in 2018-2019 season

United States citrus utilized production for the 2018-2019 season  totaled 7.94 million tons, up 31 percent from the 2017-2018 season. California accounted for 51 percent of total United States citrus production; Florida accounted for 44 percent, while Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 5 percent. Florida’s…

Data reveals opportunities for growth Australian citrus sales

According to Chanel Day, Director of Analytics at Nielsen, the Australian citrus industry could gain $149 million a year if customers added one more type of citrus to their regular purchases. Utilising information from Nielsen Homescan –a panel of 10,000 households who record their grocery sales– Chanel…

Weighted average orange prices EU at €67 per 100 kg in January

Weighted average orange prices for January of this year were at €67 per 100 kg, which is €4 above the weighted avg prices one year ago. And where the price trend saw a considerable drop in 2019, the predictions are less clear now, certainly in view of the current global economic situation. Click here for the full…

Grapefruit harvest season begins in South Africa

For South African grapefruits, the harvest season has begun. Most producers will commence their harvest in March 2020. The year initially began with much optimism, with…

Reyes Moratal, manager of CVVP: "We have spent years fighting against its illegal cultivation in Spain and Portugal"

Elimination of first illegal Nadorcott plantations in Portugal

The first illegal plantations of the Nadorcott mandarin variety have been eliminated in southern Portugal. The Protected Plant Varieties Club (CVVP), which manages and defends this variety in Spain and Portugal, has received a financial compensation for the illegal exploitation of this mandarin. The CVVP…

Spain

Average mandarin prices expected to continue increasing in the coming weeks

According to the weekly report on the citrus production published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia corresponding to the first week of March…

California Sumo Citrus® season is progressing well

California grown Sumo Citrus is back in stores and will be available until April. Halfway through the season, growers are pleased with the way the season is progressing. “It has been an excellent growing season, but we haven’t had a winter at all,” says Keith Cosart, Sumo Citrus General Manager. “That…

Import market is slowly recovering

Egyptian oranges reach Chinese market in larger volumes

In China there is a large production of oranges which has come on the market for the last few months. Besides the local supply, imported oranges are also doing well. Currently Egyptian oranges are coming on the market. This year the shipments were a bit delayed in the beginning of the season, because the…

Colombian students develop a robotic system to classify oranges

Students from the National University of Colombia (UNAL) developed a new robotic system that is capable of automatically classifying oranges according to their size and degree of maturity, through the use of ABB industrial robots and artificial vision techniques. The system was developed as part of a…

Orri Jaffa season gets off to a slow start

It was a difficult start to the season for Orri Jaffa mandarin growers in Israel. “The season started off very slowly. Weather conditions had delayed the maturing of the fruit,” says Tal Amit head of citrus at Israeli Plants Production & Marketing Board. “We have been more than 30% behind schedule over…

US citrus gets no support from Phase One trade deal

Protocol for exporting Californian nectarines to China nearer

Although California citrus growers were hoping that the Phase One trade deal with China would boost their export prospects, this appears not to be the case. US citrus exports…

First harvest sold out at 10 yuan/half a kilo

Papa tangerine trial successful in Tibet, China

Papa tangerines trialed in Chayu County, Linzhi City, Tibet, have just hit the market. The first harvest of over 1,000 kilos were sold out at a price of 10 yuan per half a…

Government rejects creation of distinctive label for Spanish citrus

For more than two years, the Government has rejected a proposal approved by a large majority of the Senate in December 2017 to create a distinctive label for citrus fruits of…

Israel exchanges oranges for technology

Citrus exports from Israel have plummeted by almost 75% since the 1980s when the country exported about 1.8 million tons of oranges a year. According to an article written by…

Italy and Poland increase their imports

Stabilization of citrus exports from Castellón

Despite the fact that the 2018 citrus campaign in Castellón was marked by low prices and a reduction of exports, the results achieved in 2019 are promising for the sector. According to data from the Institute of Foreign Trade (Icex), international sales of Castellón citrus fruits were worth 696.9 million…

Researchers study the effectiveness of a component of oranges and mandarins against obesity

Researchers at the Western University of Ontario, Canada, have conducted a study on the effectiveness of nobiletin, a flavonoid naturally found in oranges and mandarins,…

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, Ets Meseguer:

“The quality of Spanish grapefruits is improving each year”

At Ets Meseguer, it is possible to find grapefruits 10 months out of 12. The company is currently based in Rungis and imports the citrus fruit from Spain, mainly produced in the region of Murcia. Off-season, around April, the company offers the South-African origin to its clients. The qualities of…

Conclusions of the technical day held in Valencia by the COITAVC

Keys to combat HLB: anti-insect meshes and efficient irrigation and nutrition

The College of Agricultural and Graduate Technical Engineers of Valencia and Castellon (COITAVC) held on Thursday 5 in Valencia a technical day of advanced agronomic practices for citrus production during the Huanglongbing era, also known as HLB or greening. The HLB is a disease that, if unattended,…

Citrus prices in this Spanish province on week 9/2020

Rising prices for Midknight oranges in Cordoba

The Citrus Board of the Lonja de Córdoba has published the prices of the main citrus fruits marketed on week 09 of 2020 (February 25 to March 3) in the Andalusian province.…

High prices and challenging citrus season for Turkey

The citrus season in Turkey has been quite challenging this year. Although the weather has been quite nice, the produce is currently very expensive, says Mustafa Arslan, owner of MDA Agricultural Products. “For Turkish exporters, the citrus season hasn’t been too bad, but not great either. Prices are…

UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

US researchers find viruses that might control insect that causes Citrus Greening

Citrus Greening is present in about 95 percent of the citrus trees in Florid. That is why University of Florida scientists are working toward establishing a new biological…

First container immediately sold out

Spanish Oh Smiles oranges enter Chinese market

Spanish Oh Smiles 'smiley face' oranges first entered the Chinese market three years ago. This is the fourth year in a row that they have begun to prepare for the long journey to China. The first container arrived in Jiangnan Market in Guangzhou on the 20th of February. Jinsheng International Trade Co.,…

Lemons: extraordinary results thanks to the Iridium Fluo protection net

In Rocca Imperiale (Cosenza), an area known for its PGI lemons, Pietro Buongiorno, a farmer with 25 hectares of citrus fruit, has decided to install the Iridium Fluo protection net over his lemon crops, with surprising results in terms of fruit diameter, weight and juice yield. "The plant examined is in…

Rene Bouman, FMI International:

"Too much supply and moderate quality results in a difficult market for limes"

Lime trading has been very difficult in recent weeks. "There is too much supply and moderate quality on the market, mainly caused by the rain in Brazil," says Rene Bouman of FMI International. He also does not expect the market to recover in the short term."At the moment there is still too much stock at the…

Spain

Smart agriculture cuts water and fertilizer use by half in citrus cultivation

A project developed by the Frutinter company and the Universitat Politècnica de València, within the framework of the Frutinter Chair that both institutions signed in July 2018, has managed to reduce the water and fertilizer needed to grow oranges and clementines by 50 and 60%, respectively, by using…

Spanish mandarin prices remain stable for another week

This week, the prices of Spanish citrus have remained stable, with slight variations in the case of oranges and no changes in that of mandarins. In the Lonja de Córdoba, the…

Citrus Australia to lead a major traceability pilot program

Citrus Australia will head a new traceability pilot program, encouraging better traceability in fruit supply chains. Agriculture Victoria’s Program Manager for Traceability, Caroline Barrett made the announcement of $200,000 of funding from her organisation, to partner Citrus Australia, at the industry's…

Victoria: $162 million citrus export industry to be strengthened by new program

Victoria’s $162 million citrus export industry will be strengthened by a new program backed by the state’s Labor Government to encourage better traceability in fruit supply chains. Minister for…

Kern County, California

Local citrus farmers state that COVID-19 is impacting sales

Kern County citrus growers are claiming that the coronavirus is now impacting their sales and labor cost. Derek Vaughn from Johnston Farms said the price of a typical box of…

Ugandan fruit growers decry lack of market and demand factory

Fruit farmers in Uganda’s Bugwere sub-region have said a lack of market for their produce has continued to stifle their efforts to fight poverty. Cultural leader, John C…

University of Kansas Researchers

Study finds 100% orange juice is good as water or sports drinks

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences found drinking 100% orange juice after exercise, contributes to hydration equally as well as water and sports drinks. Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and principal investigator, Dr. Dawn Emerson: “There were no symptoms…

Organized by the COITAVC, it will take place on March 5

Valencia to host event devoted to advanced agronomic practices against the HLB

The College of Agricultural and Graduate Technical Engineers of Valencia and Castellón (COITAVC) is focusing its efforts on a disease that attacks citrus, the most important…

Food is more effective than supplements in fighting the flu

Flu season is underway, and Limoneira’s John Carter and Megan Roosevelt are making recommendations on how to stay healthy. “Don’t feel like you have to face this battle alone,” says Carter. “Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which plays are crucial role in helping the immune system to adapt to new…

Mercedes Saraceni and Alejandro Lucas of San Miguel Global:

“We differentiate ourselves through our product’s attributes and our sustainability programs”

Sixty-five years ago, San Miguel Global began producing lemons in Argentina. Today, the company cultivates a total of 8,100 hectares of citrus, avocados and grapes in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and South Africa. The company estimates 185,000 tons of fresh fruit exports annually, of which 70% is their own…

Morocco's new agricultural plan threatens the sale of Spanish citrus fruits

Markets currently closed to Spanish citrus fruits, such as the US, which maintains tariffs on Spanish fruits, or Russia, with a veto on imports from the European Union since August 2014, are established export destinations for Moroccan citrus fruits. In fact, in this latest campaign, Morocco has shipped…

Spain

End of Castellon's citrus campaign affected by another storm

This Tuesday, storm Karine brought strong wind gusts to the interior of ​​the province of Castellón, which reached 106 kilometers per hour in the municipality of Morella, or 95 in Fredes, and which have caused damage to local citrus fruits plantations that had yet to be harvested. As explained by the…

2019 was a record export year for Australian Citrus

PHOTO REPORT: Citrus Market Outlook Forum 2020

As the Citrus Market Outlook Forum wrapped up, and the attention turned to the upcoming season, there was a chance to celebrate recent achievements. 2019 was a record export year; it was the first time more than 300,000 tonnes of citrus was exported from Australia and the first time the value had broken…

Update orange juice market - February 2020

Average price US orange juice dropped by 6% over the last six months

The recent six-month average price of Brazilian orange juice dropped by 4% compared to the previous six-month average (Mar-Aug 2019), driven by higher production and end…

King Abdullah of Jordan visits two agricultural projects in Northern Ghor

Jordan’s King Abdullah, accompanied by Crown Prince Hussein, visited two agricultural projects in the Northern Ghor District on Tuesday. These are affiliated with the Economic…

Sicilian lemons: focus on niche markets in the United Arab Emirates and, as soon as possible, China

"We are focusing on continuity, in terms of product availability, in order to satisfy an increasing demand from national and international markets that assiduously ask for high quality Italian lemons". So stated Vincenza La Torre, manager of "Il Noto" who named her company after the baroque city where it…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Every country is currently fighting for their place on the mandarin market"

The market for Spanish mandarins has been at a good level for a long time, but at the moment it is urgent at the front. "Right now there is more than enough trade for sale,"…

"We're quietly confident that exports will get over the $500million mark again"

Citrus Australia quietly confident of another strong season

The Citrus Australia Market Outlook Forum wrapped up in Melbourne today, with the industry looking forward to the season ahead. Citrus Australia Chair Ben Cant says there were a number of take-home messages he hopes got across to the 200+ delegates over the two days. "There is a huge amount of…


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