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USDA Citrus Semi-annual

Turkish grapefruit production to increase by 8%

The yield of Turkish oranges, mandarin and lemons is expected to decrease in 2019/20, while the yield of grapefruits is estimated to be 8% higher than the last season as a…

San Miguel sends their first shipment in history

Argentinian lemon shipment is sent to China

After twenty years of negotiations between Argentina and China, a shipment from San Miguel with 20 pallets and a total of 24 tons of fresh lemon sailed from the port of Buenos Aires to Hong Kong. In the next few days, another 21 tons will be shipped from Chile, a route that the company has used before to…

Snyman Kritzinger – Grown4U, Eastern Cape

Navels are great, Midknights are small and late mandarins are early

Citrus sales have been going very well in Europe thus far, with the exception of lemons (but even so, better than elsewhere). An annoyance has been the simultaneous arrival of multiple boatloads of citrus due to port delays and it has caused some nervousness, particularly among traders, putting pressure…

Lucien Jansen - Perishable Products Export Control Board

South Africa's export inspection agency refutes claim of service suspension

The Perishable Products Export Control Board has confirmed that no inspections or checks of any kind have been suspended this year for any reason whatsoever, despite a claim made to this effect in the article 'Lots of space for overseas citrus on an empty European market' published on FreshPlaza…

Francisco Rotella, commercial director of Citrusvil: "This is the end of a season to forget"

"This situation will bring changes for future Argentinian lemon campaigns"

As of July 1, the suspension of Argentinian fresh lemon exports to Europe came into force following several detections of black spot in some shipments upon arrival at European ports. "In the last two weeks, the number of black spot detections has skyrocketed, so we believe that this has been a correct and…

Citrus Grower's Association - Citrus weekly reports

Cumulative volume of exported South African citrus at 11,889,038 cartons

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, citrus exports to the rest of Africa (and surrounding islands) stood at 28,301 cartons in week 26, up 24% year -on-year. In week 26, the cumulative number of citrus exported to all regions stood at 11,889,038 equivalent cartons.…

Lots of space for overseas citrus on an empty European market

Bad weather in Spain and enforced coronavirus lockdowns have caused an explosive demand for citrus in Europe. The market situation, therefore, looks entirely different from that of last year. As does the start of the 2020 Southern Hemisphere citrus season. Orange and lemon supplies in Spain, Morocco, and…

"We demand an agreement that avoids tariffs on the export of citrus to the United Kingdom"

London's announcement about tariffs being imposed on EU agro-food products if no trade agreement is signed between the United Kingdom and the European bloc has raised concerns…

Bee Sweet Citrus

New digital campaign launched to promote the power of immunity-boosting citrus fruits

As consumers around the nation continue to invest in their health, Bee Sweet Citrus has launched a month-long campaign that’s designed to showcase the positive correlation…

Mariano Sangronis with Citromax

“Our lemon volumes are expected to increase 40 percent this year”

Mother Nature timed the start of Argentina’s citrus season well this year as overlap with the northern hemisphere was limited. “Spain and Turkey finished early, and thanks to strengthened demand from COVID-19 in February and March, the northern hemisphere market was relatively empty by the time we…

"Price of Egyptian oranges in China picks up after reaching bottom"

"This year, the Chinese fruit market as a whole has been sluggish. Affected by this, the market for Egyptian oranges continued to decline, from 110-120 yuan per box (15 kg)…

Jaap den Boer, Olympic Fruit:

"Even Navels are now being sold as juicing oranges"

A challenging market, that is the common denominator that Jaap den Boer of Olympic Fruit sees when it comes to the citrus market. “Logistics in South Africa is quite difficult in the ports, although I must say that it is improving at the moment. Ships are often delayed by 7 to 14 days. We also see that…

A middle-southern business owner commented on the situation

Italian retailers are after domestically produced lemons

"Large-scale retail chains are asking for high quantities of Italian produced lemons, in preference to those from overseas or other parts of Europe. In fact, buyers are preferring fresh, Italian quality lemons, to the point that they are willing to pay even more for the product" - explained an…

The benefits of coatings and postharvest treatments on fresh fruits for reducing food losses and waste

Technical benefits of fresh fruit post-harvest treatments have been scientifically demonstrated and established during last decades and it is fully accepted that they deliver…

Peru

Piura has exported more than 6,000 tons of lemons so far in 2020

The Peruvian region of Piura has exported 6,368.29 tons of lemon so far in 2020. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the main consumer of this…

Argentina

"The start of lemon exports to China has generated great expectations in the sector"

According to the president of the Argentine Federation of Citrus (Federcitrus), Jose Carbonell, the opening of the Chinese market to Argentine lemons has generated great…

Ban to last for at least 15 days

Argentina establishes export ban for lemons to EU after finding Citrus Black Spot

Due to findings of Citrus Black Spot in Argentinian lemons in European ports, Argentina made the decision to put an export ban into place starting today (July 1st) which is to…

Citrus Expo 2020 has been canceled due to pandemic

For nearly three decades, Citrus Expo has been a tradition that growers look forward to each year. Citrus Industry has reported that unfortunately, that tradition will be on…

Seville is the leading exporter, with oranges as the main product

Andalusia achieves record-breaking citrus exports in the first quarter of 2020

The Spanish region of Andalusia has broken a new record in citrus exports, with 184 million Euro sold in the first four months of 2020. This has been possible thanks to a 16.3% growth compared to the same period in 2019. With this, the region remains the third largest citrus exporter in Spain, with 9.8%…

Argentina is about to export lemons to China for the first time

The Argentinian minister of agriculture, Luis Basterra, confirmed that Argentina will export lemons to China for the first time since China opened its lemon market in December…

Summer citrus import program update

Strong summer lemon season from Argentina and Chile

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes, and persimmons shares an overview of the various commodities offered throughout the summer months. During the summer citrus season, LGS sources lemons, navels, minneolas, mandarins and cara cara oranges to the U.S. for its Darling Citrus®…

No HLB found in commercial citrus groves in North Florida since 2018

Since 2018, there have been no huanglongbing  finds in commercial citrus groves in North Florida, and there have still been no disease detections in Georgia groves, according to…

Organic South African easy peeler variety Nova on its way to the Netherlands

In a few weeks, OTC Organics will start the soft citrus season with the easy peeler variety Nova from its grower SOGA Organic from South Africa. The fruits have already been harvested and packed and are expected in their warehouse in Poeldijk in The Netherlands, mid-July. Never before has OTC Organics,…

Citrus in the UK

Could Spanish citrus soon fall foul of British import duties?

The British government's power play is now threatening also to drag fruit and vegetable trade into the Brexit negotiations. The British government wants to place a 3,5% import duty on orange imports from EU countries. It wants 16% for mandarins. Those are the same percentages that are currently in place…

The C.A.I. of Messina is becoming a reference point for the horticulture sector in Maremma

The Sicilian summer lemon season is off to a good start

Società Agricola C.A.I., a Sicilian company for the production and marketing of high quality citrus fruits, is now also expanding also in Tuscany. Brothers Carmelo and Salvatore Scarcella (in our photo taken at Fruit Logistica 2020) The new warehouse located in Grosseto, is now a reference point also for…

The Peruvian tangelo campaign begins with an increase in exports

Peruvian tangelo exports between the start of the export campaign, in May, until the first fortnight of June increased by 28% over the same period of 2019, totaling 785 tons.…

Alicante, Spain Fotostraveller

Two men arrested for scamming Costa Blanca fruit farmers

Two men have been arrested for scamming Costa Blanca fruit farmers to the tune of €143,000. Tehir modus operandi was to approach respected farmers in towns such as Callosa de…

Marina Fistina

Florida citrus growers back bill to preclude Chinese imports

A bill to ban the importation of all citrus from China has gained support in Florida. That state’s growers have invested billions of dollars to battle citrus greening disease…

Joey Deen, Denimpex:

"Dramatic market for limes after collapse of catering and explosive harvest from Brazil"

The lime market is currently under pressure. According to Denimpex's Joey Deen, this is mainly due to the extremely large numbers exported from Brazil. "The exchange rate of the Brazilian Real to Euro was very good for the exporters. At one point they even received more than 5 Real for 1 Euro. In…

Rains impact quality

Tight supplies ahead of Mexican limes?

Movement is good on limes out of Mexico though some tightness in volume may be imminent. “The supplies of limes are good. But our concern is the rain from the last three weeks. The quality is starting to decrease a little bit,” says Alex Landin of Limonik Produce/Limones Monica based in McAllen, TX.…

BANZZAI® receives 'Superior Taste Award'

The 'Superior Taste Awards', granted by the International Taste Institute (ITI) from Brussels, have recognized BANZZAI® for its commitment to quality and iconic taste. BANZZAI® is the first ever citrus fruit to receive the esteemed 'Superior Taste Award' which is based exclusively on taste and is…

Spain

"Verna's lemon campaign has been affected by the entry of lemon from the southern hemisphere"

The weekly report of the Observatory of Prices and Markets dedicated to citrus production corresponding to week 24 of 2020, highlights that "Andalusia's Verna lemon campaign has been affected in its final stretch by the entry of lemon from the southern hemisphere. "The high demand for citrus in the…

"Product quality is stable"

"Commercialization of Zigui Summer orange production is going well"

The orange orchards of Zigui in Hubei are located in the Three Gorges area. The orchards mainly cultivate Navel oranges, Jin oranges, Taoxie oranges, and Summer oranges. This is the Chinese "hometown of oranges". The weather conditions in Zigui are uniquely suitable for the cultivation of oranges, and…

"The prohibition on lemon exports in Turkey affected our company gravely"

It’s been a bit of a weird lemon season for Turkey, thanks to the government imposed ban on lemon exports. Although the ban has since been lifted, clients had already started getting their produce from other countries. The pre-coronavirus part of the season was really good, says a Turkish exporter. It’s…

One chapter closes, another opens in citrus postharvest research

Postharvest is the crucial link between the orchard and the consumer. To consistently and efficiently deliver high quality, safe and nutritious fruit to domestic and export…

Man arrested in Almería for scamming more than €140,000 in citrus sales

The Civil Guard has arrested a 49-year-old Italian resident in El Ejido (Almería) and has taken a statement from a 48-year-old Spaniard from Santomera (Murcia), who is also…

High value export commodities such as citrus, fruit and macadamia’s will also be affected

South African farmers hard hit due to the increase in cost & limited availability of diesel

Agri SA is calling on the South African government to launch an urgent inquiry into the continuous shortage of diesel to various industries. One of the key reasons is the…

Gijsbert van Leeuwen, Origin Fruit Direct:

"South African citrus exporters have Europe well in their sights this year"

In recent years, South African citrus exporters' focus seems to have shifted. They were looking at Russia, and the Far and Middle East. This year, Europe is well in its sights again. "Demand is super strong. But, a lot of trade's coming this way too. The record volumes must all be sold now," says…

An assessment of the 2019/20 Ribera orange season

The data is finally available to analyze the Ribera orange campaign. FreshPlaza talked about it with Paolo Parlapiano, sales/marketing manager of Parlapiano Fruit Srl and councilor of the "Arancia di Ribera D.O.P." consortium. Left to right: Paolo Parlapiano (sales/marketing manager), Biagio Parlapiano…

Argentina is ready to ship its first lemons to China

The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries of Argentina, Luis Basterra confirmed that Argentina would send its first shipment of lemons to China after the opening of this market to this citrus in December 2019. The shipment, which will leave Buenos Aires on June 30, consists of 24 tons of…

$20,000 donation to aid fight against HLB

Demonstrating commitment to Florida citrus through financial support

For the fourth consecutive year, Certis USA has donated $20,000 to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. to help fund the non-profit’s research aimed at finding…

Market of imported citrus in China low in first two quarters

"Due to major influences such as the China-US trade war and Covid-19, the overall market for citrus from Egypt, Spain, and the United States this season is not as good as in…

USDA report

Moroccan government supports citrus exporters with 6.4 million Euro

The yield of Moroccan citrus cultivation in the 2019/20 season has decreased due to the unfavourable weather in the south of Morocco. Heat stress limited flowering during the 2019/20 season, resulting in a 30 percent decrease in year-on-year citrus yields and exports. Despite the smaller yield, the…

Mercadona brings back freshly-squeezed orange juice at 600 stores across Spain

Mercadona has reported that the freshly-squeezed orange juice service, which was stopped last March due to the health crisis, will be back at 600 of its supermarkets. The…

Presence of HLB vector detected in Spanish region of Cantabria

The Council of Rural Development, Livestock, Fishing, Food and Environment of Cantabria has warned of the presence in the region of the African citrus psila (Trioza erytreae),…

Argentina

Sale of mandarins with leaf detected in Mar del Plata

After the presence of mandarins with leaf was detected in the Mar del Plata market in recent weeks, the Citrus Federation of Entre Ríos (Fecier) has announced that it will…

Ledesma led Argentine citrus exports in 2019

Ledesma, a company from Buenos Aires, led Argentine citrus exports in 2019. It exported 28,429 pallets, i.e. almost 10% of all the citrus exported by the country. The…

Marks and Spencer’s new limelon in store now

With the heatwave in full swing, summer fruits and foods are very much on the menu. But if you fancy something a little different as a refreshing snack this season, Marks and…

Developing niche markets for Florida’s small citrus growers

The current state of the commercial citrus marketplace in Florida justifies the need for small growers to find niche markets in which to sell their fruit, reports Citrus…

Citrus Weekly Exports Week 25

South African orange exports to Europe at 1,209,213 cartons

Cumulative volumes of orange exports from South Africa (in 15-kg cartons) stood at 9,136,540 in total in week 25. Exports to South East Asia came to 542,636 units, but shipments to Europe were even larger, at 1,209,213 cartons. Shipments to the Middle East amounted to 177,029 cartons, and those to the UK amounted…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"This season will be either an opportunity or a disaster"

Sai World has been established for 5 years and in the beginning focused on the Indian market as Director Sam Vasala has Indian heritage. In the last 3 years the company started to import and export to various countries around the globe. Sai World deals in many products but are strongest in cherries,…

Spain

Alzicoop lends part of its citrus handling facilities

The Alzira-based cooperative Alzicoop and the citrus company Juan Motilla, SL have reached an agreement that will allow the latter to use Alzicoop's facilities to continue…

Large impact on processed lemon market

30% decrease in Argentina lemon production estimated for this year

The uncertainty surrounding the development of the world´s coronavirus pandemic, and the good weather conditions during the second half of March, encouraged Argentine growers to accelerate the lemon harvesting. This season, Salix Fruits started a new business unit “Processed Products,” and its managers…

Market conditions are worse than last year

China: Production volume of Wenzhou Satsuma mandarins declines

While other mandarins are only just ripening, the harvest of Wenzhou Satsuma mandarins already began in Longzhou, Guangxi, in the middle of June. The harvest officially opened…

Impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh Vaneap

Jhalakathi lemon growers feel the pinch

Despite high demand at retail markets where it is selling for good prices, lemon growers are failing to sell the produce at profitable rates due to a drop in the number of…

Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa

Cumulative volume of citrus exported to all regions at 1,977,302 cartons

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, citrus exports to the rest of Africa (and surrounding islands) stood at 12,8686 cartons in week 24, down 46% year -on-year. In week 24, the cumulative number of citrus exported to all regions stood at 1,977,302 equivalent cartons. Most of…

Irish Revenue officers seize €5.5 mln of cannabis hidden inside fruit container

Revenue officers have seized cannabis worth €5.5 million at Rosslare Europort. Officers discovered the drugs this morning following a routine profiling operation at the port. Staff made the find when a container that arrived from Spain was chosen for a random check. Officers on duty identified an unaccompanied…

Commercial Director of ProChile in Shanghai: Grafvision

"China has changed - the consumer is going to be much more demanding"

Juan José Vidal, Commercial Director of ProChile in Shanghai and Catalina Cuevas, Head of Sustainability of ProChile spoke on the seminar that the institution organized…

Mandarin oranges fetch record price in Japan

Mandarin oranges in western Japan have fetched a record price of 100,000 yen (€830) in the fruit’s first auction of the season. An original variety of oranges grown in western Japan fetched a record high 100,000 yen apiece at the first auction of the season for Obarabeniwase mandarins, which took place at…

Gary Britz - ELE Trading

Silver lining for South African citrus industry in challenging season

Gary Britz of ELE Trading notes that among the uncertainties and drastically altered market dynamics, there is, from the citrus industry’s point of view, a silver lining to this season. “We’ve been very fortunate to continue trading as an essential service and I don’t think Covid-19 has affected our…

Florida Classic Growers announces partnership with three major citrus organizations

Florida Classic Growers, Inc. announced their new partnership with Riverfront Packing Company, LLC, The Packers of Indian River, Inc. and Quality Fruit Packers, Inc. The…

US: Gulf Citrus Growers Association elects representatives

The Gulf Citrus Growers Association has elected officers and directors to serve the organization for the 2020-21 season in representing the citrus-growing industry in…

Simon Raj - Nutrano Produce Group

High domestic and export demand for Australian citrus

Nutrano Produce Group is in the middle of its citrus season and have started their export program for Navel oranges, which is going well. “Our first export containers of Navels left during late May, and we are just about to start the Hickson mandarins, a tasty prelude to our Murcott mandarins which are extremely…

Market promising

Tangerines from Peru available in China soon

“Grapefruit from South Africa is currently a popular item on the market. Their prices have dropped from 280 yuan/carton in May at the beginning of the season to the current 150-160/carton. The decline in prices is mainly due to the increasing volumes and the lack of notable advantages in quality,” says…

Florida Citrus Commission approves preliminary 2020-21 budget of nearly $20M

The Florida Citrus Commission approved a preliminary 2020-21 operating budget for the Florida Department of Citrus of nearly $20 million. The Department’s total preliminary…

Turkey increased citrus exports by 30%

In the first five-month of the year, Turkey increased citrus exports by 30%, according to the Turkish National Citrus Council. The president of the council Kemal Kacmaz said that citrus products have an important share in fresh fruits and vegetables exports. "Last year from January to May, Turkey…

Lemon demand turning around as country opens up

As lemon production continues out of California and imports are readying to arrive, the timing might just be right for lemon demand to come back on the foodservice side of the business. Michael Chavez of Golden Star based in Woodlake, Ca. notes that production is just wrapping up in the District 1 region…

Increase in the export of Spanish citrus fruits to the EU

As reported by the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia, orange exports in the 2019/2020 campaign have increased by 10% in terms of volume and by 17% in terms of value…

Uruguay's orange production falls in the 2020 harvest

Uruguay's 2020 citrus harvest will be 3% smaller than the 2019 harvest, totalling 234,913 tons, according to the results of the 2020 citrus harvest forecast prepared by the Directorate of Agricultural Statistics (DIEA) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fishing (MGAP). According to the…

Karel Bittner

Jump of nearly 50%: Turkish citrus exports to Russia in January-May

Exports of citrus fruits from Turkey to Russia increased 47% from January to May, compared with the same period last year, reaching $118 million (TL 812 million), according to…

Re-closure of Beijing market disrupts South African Nova sales

The first Valencias from Zimbabwe and Limpopo are on the water to a mix of retail and wholesale markets in the EU and the UK, where the start to the Valencia season is better than last year, with fruit moving faster as the Northern Hemisphere ran out of fruit very early. Colour wasn’t quite good enough…

Rains in Spain prevent record citrus production

The frequent rainfall this spring has taken its toll on the citrus production in the Spanish Region of Valencia. After the forecast that the harvest could reach record figures in the 2020-2021 campaign (given the exuberant flowering registered this season), the impact of the rains will not only prevent…

"Price of Egyptian oranges remained low"

"Egyptian orange export to China less than Ideal this season"

"This was one of the most miserable years in the history of Egyptian orange export to China. The price maintained a low position throughout the export season. The main reason…

Korea and Canada stable, but limp trading conditions in Japan, China, Russia

Mixed bag of grapefruit markets for South Africa

About three-quarters of South Africa’s grapefruit, both white and red, have been shipped. Fruit quality and packouts have been good. After an early crop that was almost “abnormally” skewed towards the larger calibres (with a peak on count 35), fruit at either end of the size spectrum are being held back…

Volume building on Citriburst Finger Limes

Production of Citriburst Finger Limes is ramping up as the crop begins its climb towards the peak of its supplies in July. Megan Shanley Warren of Morro Bay, CA-based Shanley Farms notes that production of Citriburst Finger Limes remains at peak until September, with fresh supplies remaining available…

Orange yields drop by 34% per hectare

Drought and heat puts strain on Mexican citrus farming

The persistent drought and heat are having an ever-growing negative effect on Mexican citrus farmers. It means that this year, Mexico's citrus yields will decrease…

Turkey: Farmers in Adana shift production from corn towards citrus

Cukurova, Adana, Turkey's most important agricultural hub, has started to shift away from corn towards more profitable products such as citrus and greenhouse products. The Chairman of Yuregir Chamber of Agriculture Mehmet Akin Dogan said: "Since they can sell both domestically and abroad, producers…

Sunkist Growers shares sneak peak at United Fresh LIVE!

California citrus grove simulation to be featured on Animal Crossing

Sunkist Growers, the 127-year-old citrus cooperative, is heading to the United Fresh LIVE! Expo, sharing a sneak peek of the ‘Sunkist Island’ in the virtual world of Animal…

USDA crop production report

US all orange forecast 5.08 million tons for 2019-2020 season

The United States all orange forecast for the 2019-2020 season is 5.08 million tons, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down 6 percent from the 2018-2019 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 67.7 million boxes (3.04 million tons), is down 3 percent from the previous forecast…

Daniël Bosman – Werda Cargo / LCL Logistics

“Fresh produce is what we know and what we’re good at”

During peak citrus season Werda Cargo has between 60 and 70 independent loads on the road daily. Within the larger LCL Logistics group (of which Werda Cargo became fully part 18 months ago) as many as 120 loads of citrus are on the road during South Africa's winter months, every truck constantly…

After 20 years of negotiations, Argentina can finally export its lemons to China

After 20 years of negotiations between Argentina and China, Argentina can finally export its lemons to that Asian market, one of the most important markets in the world. After signing a phytosanitary protocol on December 17 of last year, China's opening of its markets to the Argentine lemon was completed…

South Africa considerably increases its grapefruit exports to Europe

Early end of Spanish Verna lemon campaign

The Spanish Verna lemon campaign is now coming to an end and it is doing so earlier than usual. The high demand in recent months and the anticipation of the arrival of lemons from Argentina, South Africa and other overseas countries to Europe due to the so-called COVID-19 effect are the main factors…

Australian citrus still has plenty of potential in the Asian market

With Asian cultures switching to a diet that includes more fruit, an Australian agribusiness consultant believes there are still plenty of opportunities for Australian citrus exports to grow. Head of Agribusiness Insights at ANZ, Michael Whitehead says consumption, particularly in China, traditionally…

USDA citrus forecast report

Florida Valencia orange production down 5%

The USDA has released their June citrus forecast for Florida. The Florida all orange production is down 3% from May. Broken down, the Florida Valencia orange production is…

"Argentina is one of the countries with the cheapest oranges in the world"

The Picodi.com analysis team developed a list with the prices of three of the most popular fruits in the world, apple, banana, and orange, in 98 countries. The list was developed based on the fruit prices published on the numbeo.com website and on the statistics on fruit production from the United…

Opposition to South African citrus imports into Georgia ports

Two associations representing Georgia citrus growers expressed strong concerns about a federal proposal to remove restrictions on the ports of entry into which South African…

Lime market under pressure due to good supply but less demand

The lime market in the UK and indeed Europe is under pressure as volumes arrive from both Mexico and Brazil.  “At this time of year we would normally see high prices and high demand with bars and restaurants full and warm weather meaning more limes used for cocktails, but the lockdown has changed this,” explained…

Chilean citrus meets increased market demand in the US with strong volumes

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for Citrus from Chile! The Chilean Citrus industry is forecasting export volume of 347,000 tons across all categories, which represents a 4% increase over 2019. Growth will be driven mainly by mandarins and clementines, with navel volume slightly…

Study by Pathology and Microbiology researchers at Texas A&M University:

‘Infected insects may warn of impending citrus disease a year in advance’

Texas scientists surveyed commercial and residential citrus trees from 2007 to 2017, closely monitoring the proportion of citrus trees and the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). The…

Showface

Cold snap troubles Australian growers

With temperatures plunging across many regions of Australia, growers in those areas have been forced to take radical action in a bid to save crops, but some are already badly…

June 10, 2020, organized by Sanifruit

New webinar on cold damage during post-harvest conservation of citrus

In 2020, for reasons known to all, we have not been able to hold our bi-annual post-harvest event, where we share our knowledge and the knowledge of our guest speakers.…

Rudolf Mulderij

Heat wave caused severe damage to citrus growers in the Jordan Valley

The high temperatures recorded in the Jordan Valley during the last week of Ramadan has taken a toll on citrus trees in the northern Jordan Valley. Citrus growers have…

Production stabilises around 2.11 million boxes Martin Muránsky

Belize 2019-2020 citrus crop comes to an end

Тhе 2019-2020 Сіtruѕ Сrор іѕ соnсludіng wіth thе lаѕt fеw lоаdѕ bеіng rесеіvеd bу thе Сіtruѕ Рrоduсtѕ оf Веlіzе Lіmіtеd (СРВL) fасtоrу іn thе Ѕtаnn Сrееk Vаllеу. Dеlіvеrіеѕ оf…

Gulf Citrus Growers Association elects Ron Mahan as President

Ron Mahan of Tamiami Citrus, LLC has been elected president of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association for 2020-21, Citrus Industry reported. Other officers are Vice President…

Otay Mesa cargo port

US: Officers discover 5.5 tons of marijuana in limes shipment

Late last week, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port seized more than 5.5 tons of marijuana that was hidden in a shipment manifested as “limes.”…

USDA report

Dry, hot weather and citrus greening affects Mexican orange groves

Many of Mexico's citrus-growing areas are suffering significant, unrelenting drought. That's led to a decrease in total citrus production compared to last year. Orange yields are expected to drop by 45%. This meager orange supply for processing affects exports. These exports are of fresh, concentrated…

Andreas Schindler (Don Limon) on this year's overseas citrus season

"Increased demand and above-average prices characterize the market"

"Since the beginning of the year, we have observed increased demand for the citrus fruit category at stable, high prices. We suspect that in times of Corona, people want to strengthen their immune system with vitamin C. Partly because of this increased demand, people have been able to access goods from the…

Jason Sadoian of Bee Sweet Citrus:

“Both volume and quality look very good for imported citrus out of Chile this summer”

The summer citrus program in the United States is kicking off now, and for Bee Sweet Citrus this means working with a combination of domestically grown and imported products. Monique Bienvenue shares: “Bee Sweet’s Star Ruby Grapefruit, lemons, Sanguinelli Blood Oranges and Valencia oranges are grown…

Faith Nyamai - Nation Media Group

Corona-crisis creates boom for Kenyan orange growers

The red soil of the semi-arid Kathonzweni area in Kenya’s Makueni County appears barren, but at Joseph Muthama’s Sweet Waters Farm, hundreds of orange trees are flourishing, sagging under the heavy weight of the fruits. It is the orange season in Ukambani and other parts of the country like Embu and…

Alp Aksoy

Cumquats bring success for growers' zero-waste operation of Australian citrus fruit

Native to China, the cumquat is a versatile citrus fruit that could be eaten fresh straight of the tree or processed.  Cumquats are known for their edible rind and unique taste,…

Okkie Burger – Quattro Citrus/AMFresh

It’s a good year for a good orange crop

As a frontal storm approaches the Cape, citrus picking teams are hard at work to bring in as much fruit as possible before the heavy rain and storm winds start, expected by tomorrow evening. The Olifants River Valley has seen an auspicious start to the citrus season and chilly mornings are helping colour…

US premium market for South African citrus

The cultivation of South African citrus, mainly easy-peelers, lemons and limes, is expected to continue to grow strongly in the marketing year 2019/20, based on the increase of the planted area, the improved yields, the high level of new plantations full production and the minimal impact of Covid-19 on…

400.000 euros for the promotion of Spanish oranges and mandarins in Canada

The Spanish Ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and of Industry, Trade and Tourism have signed a collaboration agreement to promote Spanish oranges and mandarins in the Canadian market for the next three years. This campaign, funded with 400,000 Euro, will be essential to consolidate the market…

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Malaysia: Pomelos flown out from Sabah's fruit basket to Singapore

Sabah has sent its first air shipment of pomelos from Sabah’s fruit basket of Tenom, to Singapore on Saturday, June 6th. State Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk…

Florida citrus board considers raising grower taxes to keep up sales momentum

On June 17th, the Florida Citrus Commission will consider increasing the tax rate on juice oranges, the state’s largest citrus commodity, by 71% to 114% in hopes of continuing…

Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa

South African growers ship out 1,197,233 units of oranges in week 22

The Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa has brought out its latest report on orange exports, with a total of 1,197,233 cartons exported up until now in week 22. 237,202 of these went to North-America, 430,081 to Europe, 178,736 to the Russian Federation, and Southeast Asian countries imported 119,093…

Mexican fruit fly quarantine established in Zapata, Texas

Citrus Industry reported that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha…

Kenny MacLeod - Jupiter Group

"Midknight Valencia orange can provide a huge 116% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C"

Jupiter Group are among the first in season to start with Valencia’s due to the prime location of their orange trees on farm in South Africa. Valencia oranges are typically large and juicy fruits with great flavour. "Our earliest harvesting varieties, of Benny and Turkey Valencia’s have an impressive…

DG Agri citrus dashboard - update 5th of June 2020

Average weighted prices for European oranges at €100 per 100kgs

The average weighted price for oranges in May 2020 stood at an incredible €100 per 100kgs, some €33 above the price in the same period of 2018-2019 and still €18 above the monthly 5-year maximum. The average prices in Spain stood at €97 per 100kgs, Those in Greece were at €71 and the same volume of…

Mudwalker

Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai victims working hard to export citrus and avocados still

Citrus and avocados from the Zimbabwean regions around Chimanimani and Chipinge are attracting international buyers from Europe and Asia. That is why victims of Cyclone Idai…

Automated facilities stimulate export of Chinese honey pomelo

"Fujian recently suffered from hailstorms, but the extreme weather conditions only had a very limited impact on fruit production in the area. Honey pomelo farmers have already placed protective pouches around most of the fruit. The harvest of this production season will enter the Chinese market in the…

Pinghe honey pomelo will enter Chinese market in mid-August

The weather conditions in honey pomelo production areas in Fujian were quite regular in the last few weeks. Plantation activities are taking place as usual. Manager Wen of Pinghe County Flourish Fruits Co., Ltd., a company specialized in the export of honey pomelo, recently talked about current…

Cutting costs to gain customer loyalty in the citrus industry

Grocery stores have trained the customer to expect exactly one type of fruit: spotless, according to Citrus Industry. Anyone who grows citrus for a living knows that achieving…

Argentina

Entre Rios' citrus production is expected to drop by up to 40%

The vice president of Entre Rios' Citrus Federation (Fecier), Dante Grigolatto, stated that the province's citrus production is expected to drop by 30 to 40% when compared to…

Citrusricus focuses on sustainable Demeter project in Valencia

"We hope to motivate other orange growers to switch to organic farming"

After a very difficult season with unusual climatic conditions and other difficulties, Spanish company Citrusricus is looking confidently into the future with new projects. "Our Demeter project is particularly close to our hearts, because the step towards strictly organic cultivation with certification…

Rowan Vickery - FruitOne

Start of an excellent Tango season

The first Tangos for export are being picked in FruitOne’s orchards in Hoedspruit and Letsitele, one of the earliest Tango mandarins in the country, and it’s proving to be an excellent crop, says Rowan Vickery commercial manager at FruitOne, the country’s biggest single Tango producer in terms of area…

Dana Rothstein

US officers discover $1.75 million of cocaine in boxes of oranges at Savannah port

In May, federal agents discovered more than fruit in a shipment of fresh oranges that had arrived at the Port of Savannah. The agents seized $1.75 million in cocaine from a…

The demand and prices of organic and biodynamic lemon have remained high this year

"We will produce 50% more organic lemons than last year"

This has been the first year in which the Almeria-based company Bio Campojoyma has been able to offer Demeter-certified lemon, grown following biodynamic practices. "We are very satisfied with our first harvest of biodynamically-grown lemons. We had received many calls and there was great interest even…

Peruvian lemon exports increase

Peruvian exports have increased thanks to the high global demand for citrus fruits due to their high content of vitamin C. Between January and the third week of May 2020, Peruvian fresh lemon exports…

South African grapefruit industry pulls back exports after speedy start

About two-thirds of South Africa’s grapefruit crop has been exported in a season which got off to a sprint but has since settled into a steady jog. If the grapefruit season can be stretched until the beginning of August, growers could benefit from the traditional upswing at the tail-end of the season.…

Portugal: Citrus industry Algarve reports booming business

José Oliveira, President of AlgarOrange, has stated that it’s one of the sectors that has “suffered the least from the pandemic”. AlgarOrange is Algarve’s Citrus Operators…

Florida citrus growers sign up for 46 HLB research projects

Florida growers have signed up for 46 HLB research projects representing 2,032 acres through the Citrus Research and Field Trial (CRAFT) Foundation, Executive Director Kristen…

COVID-19 led to 34% spike of orange juice consumption

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered consumer behaviors, especially in relation to food and beverage consumption, reports Citrus Industry. Bennett Travers, senior…

New packing facility for ANB Investments

The Arisa Packhouse, located on the N2 at Buffeljags near Swellendam in the Southern Cape, has undergone a change in ownership. ANB Investments – a group with holdings in several South African agricultural companies – has recently acquired a 51 % stake in the Packhouse and it is planned that the facility…

Spain: LA UNIÓ de Llauradors takes stock of the 2019/20 citrus campaign

"It has been an atypical campaign, with many ups and downs"

The citrus division of LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has taken stock of the current citrus 2019-2020 season, which is about to end. It has found that despite the noticeable increase in the prices received by producers (up by more than 80% on average), their income has only increased by 20% compared to last…

World Citrus Organization

Southern hemisphere 2020 citrus exports are expected to increase by 12%

After the formal adoption of the Statutes of the organization in March 2020, the Secretariat of the World Citrus Organization (WCO) has just compiled and published the first production and export forecasts for the next citrus campaign in the southern hemisphere. The forecast report is prepared with…

Georgia citrus orchards work toward certification

The majority of trees in Georgia’s young citrus industry have come from other states, Citrus Industry reports. “That statistic could soon be changing, meaning that the…

Prospects at Costa Group improving

The Costa Group is Australia's largest horticultural company and a major supplier of produce to food retailers in that nation. As citrus recovers and strong prices hold out…


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