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…

Rise in lemon prices echoes onion inflation from a decade ago

Thieves steal 60kg of lemons from Shahjahanpur warehouse

Thieves in Shahjahanpur stole 60 kilograms of lemon stored in a vegetable trader’s warehouse. They also stole other high-priced vegetables from the warehouse. The duped…

Land-sea freight service brings Chinese blood oranges to Singapore

A truck carrying 26 tons of blood oranges left southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on Tuesday for Qinzhou port on the country's southern coast. From there, they will be…

South Africa unsure about grapefruit destined for Russia

The Citrus Growers' Association says it is difficult to predict if the local or other markets will absorb a potential market loss if Russian orders take a dip, as Russia is a…

DECCO

Solutions for the storage of Valencia Late oranges

In the Mediterranean basin, March this year has been one of the wettest on record. In fact, the Region of Valencia has had the wettest March in 138 years. The recent rains are…

Cirad

The citrus sector is faced with the yellow dragon disease

Huanglongbing (HLB), or yellow dragon disease, is a deadly bacterial disease for citrus fruit. Already present in almost all producing regions, HLB is now threatening the…

Sicily

The harvesting campaign of the Primofiore lemon is in full swing

"We hope that the 2022 edition of this fair, the most important for the fruit and vegetable sector, will mark the start of a new beginning and that the next editions will see a return to peace and normality, both in the world and in the fruit and vegetable sector. It would be nice to meet again for the…

"The fruit continues to ripen on the tree and varieties such as the Salustianas are starting to fall"

Low demand for Andalusian citrus in the European market

No improvements have been observed in the situation of the Andalusian citrus sector. In week 13 (March 28-April 3) there was a delay in the harvesting and marketing of citrus…

North of Minas, Brazil

Citrus fruit exports still have room to grow

The export of orange reached, between July 2021 and February this year, at almost 660,000 tons. This represented an approximate drop of 1.02% compared to the same period of…

Volume of banana imports increased as well

Uzbekistan exports $1.3 millions worth of lemons in two months

Uzbekistan exported 1,200 tons of lemons for $1.3 million to six different nations in January and February 2022. According to the State Statistics Committee, the volume of…

Christo Naudé – Malelane Citrus

“If we can get through this season, we can achieve anything”

The Star Ruby grapefruit harvest will start after the Easter weekend at Malelane Citrus (MSK), a grapefruit specialist that exports around 800,000 cartons (17.5kg) per year. The exports will then pick up every week until reaching the peak in middle May, running until the end of June, explains Christo…

Promising new research discussed at Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute

On April 5, growers gathered in Avon Park at South Florida State College for the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute. The event was organized by regional citrus Extension agents…

Fundecitrus

Orange production for the 2021-2022 crop season totaled 262.97 million boxes

Final orange crop forecast update for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt

The 2021-2022 orange crop for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on April 11, 2022, by Fundecitrus – performed in cooperation with Markestrat, FEA-RP/USP and FCAV/Unesp2 – is 262.97 million boxes of 40.8 kg each.  Approximately 23.35 million boxes were produced in West MinasGerais.This…

DG agri dashboard - citrus fruit

Average weighted price for oranges at €76 per 100 kgs in March 2022

The average weighted price for oranges (in € per 100 kgs) stood at €76 in March 2022, an increase of €6 YoY. It was €9 above the monthly 5-year average. Production of oranges, small citrus fruits and lemons all saw a slight increase in the 2020/21 season. Click here to view the datasheet. Source: ec.europa.eu

Florida finishes up grapefruit season

The season is winding down on Florida grapefruit. “The internal quality was good this season. Looking back on this season, it was a positive relative to our quality,” says Dan Richey of Riverfront Packing Company based in Vero Beach, FL. He does note that the challenges were largely in lacking volume of…

Qingdao's first batch of nectarines hit the market with record prices

As "the first fruit in the spring of northern China", the Malan nectarine in Baishahe Street, Pingdu in Qingdao can be said to fill the gap of fresh fruit in the spring of northern China. According to the bandao.cn, at present, the Malan nectarine has been listed on a large scale. The Malan nectarine has…

Golden Grove Nursery uses smart technology

Golden Grove Nursery at Torbanlea, Queensland, has reimagined its entire business operation by utilising remote sensing technology. It is one of Australia's leading commercial…

Former Chairman of FPCCI, Ahmad Jawad:

‘Pakistan kinnow season saw export drop by over 40 per cent’

Former Chairman of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Horticulture Exports, Ahmad Jawad, has stated that the kinnow season saw a drop in…

USDA Economic Research Service:

US orange juice output to reach 50-year low

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, total US orange juice production in the current 2021–22 season is forecast at 286 million…

Lemon prices finally start to drop in Yucatán

The price of lemons has dropped in Yucatan. After a sustained rise of almost 100 percent in the cost of the fruit in markets and supermarkets, it is now regularizing, little…

Queensland

Burnett citrus harvest set to be a big one

With the fruit almost ripe and ready to pick, Burnett citrus growers are getting ready for a big season. Although the fruit is expected to be a mixed bag in terms of physical…

Citrus Centre of Excellence opened in Griffith

This week, the state government's $300,000 Citrus Centre of Excellence opened in Griffith. It will be home to the latest technology as well as research to help the industry…

Also expanding quarantine areas in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties

APHIS establishes new Mexican Fruit Fly quarantine in Zapata, Zapata County, Texas

On March 22, 2022, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a new Mexican fruit fly quarantine in…

Bangladeshi lemon prices decrease due to Vietnamese imports

In recent weeks, ahead of Ramadan, prices of lemon surged all over Bangladesh, owing to insufficient availability and spiking demands. However, on Monday 3 April it was…

RaboResearch:

Global orange juice market: decreasing demand and supply uncertainty

The global orange juice market is seeing the lowest inventories in five years, with diminishing output from Brazil and Florida. In normal times, this would push prices steadily higher. However, long-term demand headwinds and a possible mild recovery in Brazilian juice output in 2022/23 could limit price…

But many cold storages are defunct

Odisha is India’s largest mushroom & lemon producer

The state of Odisha is the largest lemon and mushroom producer in the country, said Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo. Replying to a query in the House, the Minister stated that…

Disaster assistance addressed at Florida Ag Conference

Disaster assistance was one of the topics discussed at the recent Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference held at the University of Florida Institute of Food and…

Despite ongoing challenges

SA citrus 2022 export estimates predict positive growth

Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association, recently issued a statement saying: "With the 2022 South African citrus export season kicking off later this month, a…


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