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Quico Peiró, Director of Operations of Cañamás Hermanos:

"This campaign will be more balanced, with lower volumes and larger calibers"

The 2021/2022 Spanish citrus campaign started a few weeks ago with the first clementines. "We have our eyes set on our warehouse in Betxí (Castellón), which specializes in packaging citrus fruits with leaves. It is a point of reference and differentiation in the market, due to the proximity between the…

“We’ve seen an increase in volumes for grapefruit and lemons”

There are more volumes for both grapefruits and lemons, says one Polish fresh produce trader. Sizes for Star Ruby grapefruits aren’t the largest, but the upcoming Rio Red grapefruits should fill the gap for larger sizes when the season starts next week. The Polish fresh produce trader Fresh Point is in the…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Spanish mandarin sales are now starting to pick up. Lemon ones are still dramatic"

The Spanish mandarin season is slowly starting up at Marni Fruit. "For us, the main focus is on the leafy mandarins, which we supply under the Pardo and King's brands. That's what our customers really come to us for," says Erik-Jan Thur. "At the beginning of the season, the market conditions for Spanish…

In collaboration with leading California academic institution

Save Foods completes multiple pre-harvest application trials on citrus fruits

Save Foods, an Israeli-based agrifood tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure the safety…

‘Georgia growers need to consult buyers and ensure there is a market for more satsumas’

Citrus production from the state of Georgia could flood the market in less than three years. According to Jake Price, University of Georgia Extension coordinator for Lowndes…

Florida citrus harvest underway

Florida citrus production has begun, though at varying rates of development. On oranges, Gabriel Bernal of All American Citrus, whose head office is in Miami but works with growers throughout the state’s Citrus Belt, notes that harvest began on early season Navel varieties two weeks ago. “But for our juice processors, we’re…

A treatment with paraffinic mineral oil against the cotonet pest was tested in Sagunto and tests show it is highly efficient

A few days ago, the Minister of Agriculture, Mireia Mollà, visited the fields in Sagunto where researchers were testing a classic treatment that has already shown high…

Spanish farmer embroiled in legal fight with Moroccan king over mandarins

A grower from Spain is embroiled in a legal battle over the growing of a ‘nadorcott', a type of mandarin orange developed by the Moroccan National Institute of Agricultural…

PGI Cítricos Valencianos kicks off the citrus season with the harvest of the first Valencian orange

On October 14, the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) Cítricos Valencianos held the symbolic harvest of the first Valencian orange to kick off the citrus season. The event, which was held for the second consecutive year, is meant to promote the qualities of oranges and mandarins just at the time…

Seckin Yildirim (Or-Pa Ltd) on the start of the season:

"European citrus season gets off to a slightly slower start this year"

In the citrus fruit sector, overseas batches are now increasingly being replaced by products from the northern hemisphere. The supply of -mainly Spanish- citrus fruits is increasing at the Munich wholesale market as well, but at a much slower rate than in other years, said Seckin Yildirim, site manager…

Nepal

Sindhuli farmers forecast excellent sweet orange harvest

Sweet orange growers in Sindhuli are hoping to see a bumper harvest. The citrus fruit in question is cultivated on 1,345 hectares in Sindhuli, which lies in Nepal's eastern…

Moroccan citrus exporters call for help as campaign promises to be problematic

Moroccan citrus growers and exporters are in a pickle. “The export campaign that starts this week is shaping up to be very difficult,“ says M’Hammed Loultiti, president of the…

Florida growers react disparately to crop forecast

The initial Florida orange crop forecast for the 2021-22 season was well below last season’s 52.8 million boxes of Florida orange production. It was issued by the U.S.…

Mexico: different regions, different sizing on limes

Supplies of limes out of Mexico are coming in via a two-tier market right now. Tony Campos of International Citrus and Produce of Burlingame, CA says it brings in the majority of its limes from Martinez de la Torre, which is nearing the end of its current crop. “They don’t have a lot of supply right now…

The European Commission will study this week the safety of citrus imports from South Africa

The European Commission, through the General Directorate of Health and Food Safety (DG Sante), has informed La Unió de Llauradors that on October 21 and 22 it will analyze…

Jan-Kees Boon, Fruit&Vegetable Facts

EU: The Netherlands import far fewer oranges from third countries

Last season, the EU27 imports of oranges from outside the Union were more than ten percent lower than the previous one. The season ran from October 2020 to September 2021. Those imports totaled 830,000 tons compared to 960,000 tons in 2019/2020. That was also less in the season before, notes Jan-Kees…

Market conditions remain depressed

Chinese lemons enter new export season

The new lemon season began when fresh lemons entered the market in the middle of September. The harvest season is expected to last until late December. Production areas suffered from extreme weather conditions this year, including low temperatures and frost, as well as drought in spring. Some of the…

Tangerines ripen later than usual

Production volume of Chinese Xinyu tangerines declined

China is one of the world's largest producers of citrus fruit. Production areas are numerous and spread across the country. The honey tangerine from Xinyu is one of the most drought-resistant and cold-resistant tangerine variety in the world. Under regular weather conditions the Xinyu tangerines enter…

USDA

Statement by Commissioner Nikki Fried on 2021-22 Citrus Forecast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the initial citrus crop forecast for the 2021-22 season. The forecast includes an increase in Specialty Citrus production and decreases in Florida Orange and Grapefruit production. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried offered the following…

The growth in shipments from Egypt stands out

EU orange imports from third countries have decreased by 12.3% in 2021

According to the latest report on the "Strengthened monitoring of EU citrus imports" that was published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, between January…

Some areas allocated 25 to 30% less water for irrigation this season

Cordoba's orange campaign is about to start marked by drought

Orange producers in the Vega del Guadalquivir de Cordoba expect to begin the harvesting work in the coming days, possibly at the beginning of next week, and the marketing…

Valle Verde became the country's leading exporter of Tahiti lime

"We want to organize the entire Colombian lime industry to access North American and European markets"

Valle Verde, the Tahiti lime packing and cold storage plant in Apartado (Antioquia), became Colombia's largest exporter of Tahiti limes in August. According to data provided…

Spain

Price of citrus land stagnates in Region of Valencia, while it grows in Murcia and Andalusia.

The latest Land Price Survey published by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, corresponding to the year 2020, shows the difference in prices between the citrus cultivation…

Australian-Chinese relations impact table grape and citrus exports

Political troubles with China have affected the Australian table grape export market to the tune of $168.4 million. While much attention has gone to losses by the wine sector…

Ruan van Graan – Banhoek Fruit Packers

Stonefruit packhouse offers low chem citrus packing to Boland growers

Well-known plum and nectarine packhouse Banhoek Fruit Packers this year packed lemons for the first time in its 16-year existence, after last year diversifying into pomegranate packing. Putting pomegranates over the pack line has been good preparation for packing citrus as both are wet tipped and treated…

Gisborne region, New Zealand

Great orange crop, but many export challenges for citrus growers

The quality of the Gisborne region navel orange crop is said to be excellent, but Covid challenges have made for a tough 2021 season for citrus exports. First Fresh NZ…

China: Sugar Tangerine starts a new season at a high price

Recently, early ripening sugar tangerines have been on the market, and the market performance has been good. Compared with last year and the beginning of this year, the price has increased a lot. The early-ripening variety, Jinqiu Tangerine has been on the market since the end of September. Since the…

Tamaulipas' lemon harvest will decrease by 40%

According to the National Agrifood Health, Safety, and Quality Service (Senasica), Tamaulipas will harvest up to 40% fewer lemons due to weather factors, such as the frosts at…

Philippe Peiró from Port International:

Many years of expertise importing Spanish citrus fruits

Port International is one of the leading fruit importers in Europe. The company, which has a 146-year family tradition, has a global network and thus naturally also offers a wide range of European products. Philippe Peiró, Managing Director at Port International European Sourcing, talked to us about the…

The opinion of an Apulian operator

Italian 2021/22 citrus campaign: higher quotations compared to the same period in 2020

The Italian citrus season is about to begin. But what can we expect from the new year and what will the prices be? Gianni Martucci, owner of Martucci, an Apulian company specialized in citrus processing and marketing, provided some answers. The Lorentina variety, photo taken on 11 October 2021 "These last…

DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Fresh oranges continuing to replace processed orange juice consumption

EU orange production forecast to decline slightly

In 2021/22 EU orange production is expected to decline by 3% to 6.4 million t (stable compared to 5-year average) driven by a 4% drop in IT (29% of the EU production) notably due to adverse weather conditions. Production in ES, the main producer of oranges in the EU with 52% of the EU total production,…

Piet Hoek, Hars & Hagebauer:

"Pomelo market is hotter than hot"

Late last week, it was reported that Chinese pomelo prices were declining. In the Netherlands, that took Piet Hoek of Hars & Hagebauer aback. "Purchase prices are sky-high," he says. "That's mainly caused by the absurdly increased sea freight rates. Despite that, sales continue to go well. There's…

APEDA and ICAR-CCRI join hands to boost Nagpur citrus exports

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute…

Northern Bangladesh sweet orange growers dominate local fruit market

Sweet orange grown in Bangladesh’ northern districts of Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Dinajpur are dominating the local fruit market this season thanks to increased demand and…

Scientists recommend doubling dose of vitamin C

According to a recent study, the recommended dose of vitamin C people have been advised to take should be doubled. At present, the NHS and World Health Organization both…

Seven appointed to Florida Citrus Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed three new members to the Florida Citrus Commission Friday and reappointed four others. The appointments of John Smoak and Daniel Sutton fill…

Did collaborative approach save South Africa’s citrus exports to the US?

South Africa’s citrus fruit has been steadily entering the US market since June. With harvest of all varieties now having finished for the season, the last shipments of easy peelers, Navel oranges, as well as Midknight oranges are on their way to the Port of Philadelphia. “Arrivals of Navels will soon…

Llusar and Naranjas Torres merge to create the largest Spanish group of premium citrus

Llusar, the company that specializes in premium citrus fruits, and Naranjas Torres, a producer of high-end citrus fruits, have reached an agreement to integrate and create the…

Brazil: September´s estimate oranges at 13.8% less against last year

According to the September estimates of the Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production (LSPA), Brazil's harvest of cereals, legumes and oilseeds should reach 250.9 million…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack confers with Central Valley leaders

Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked about Central Valley farmers’ role in a climate-safe future, and about families stressed by food costs. During a…

Organic California citrus season is here

While other parts of the country embrace fall's cooler temperatures, Progressive Produce is entering its prime growing season for its extensive California-grown citrus program which includes organic navels, lemons and grapefruit. Progressive is expanding its organic heirloom navel program this season and…

Domestic market under pressure because pandemic complicates pomelo export

Chinese pomelo price steadily declines as weather conditions cause excessive market supply

Pomelo production areas in China are primarily located in the warm south. Market conditions were quite good in recent years, so the overall surface area devoted to pomelo…

Price of logistics a challenge, lemon prices could increase slightly

More volumes for Egyptian lemons this season

The Egyptian lemon season is starting and thanks to the weather the Egyptians will have larger volumes available this year. There is a lot of variety when it comes to sizes, which is good for one Egyptian exporter as his markets all required different sizes. According to Mohamed Elkhtib, there will be…

Marcel de Koning, Agribur, Spain:

"This year's Clemenules season will be very short"

The new Spanish citrus season has begun at Agribur. This year, this Spanish citrus producer has invested €5 million in packaging machinery. That is for both citrus without and with leaves. "We're expanding considerably," says commercial manager Marcel de Koning. "We should reach between 30 and 40 million…

While Chile is still battling the current citrus season, it hopes for a better one next year

Chile is coming out of a challenging clementine season and the country’s lemon season didn’t rank as the best in history either. “In general, it was a difficult year,” says Jose Manuel Ortiz with San Osvaldo, a vertically integrated citrus company based in Chile. Hopes are a bit higher for the mandarin…

Miguel Barber, from Pomelos MBC:

"Our challenge is to continue to lead the national grapefruit export market"

The Spanish grapefruit campaign is about to start with the prospect of a lower harvest due to the persistent spring rains, which took a toll on the flowering, although the forecasts are good because of the recovery of the food service channel, which will facilitate the sale of lower categories. According…

Francisco Vicente Gea, commercial director of Belsán:

"There could be a shortage of lemons in the second part of the campaign, both from Spain and Turkey"

The lemon harvest has already started in Spain, the leading country when it comes to the export of fresh lemon worldwide. This is a campaign in which a considerable drop in the production is expected, according to the estimate presented by the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit…

Victoria Martin, from Plus Berries:

"Organic citrus will be a differentiating element to face the competition from third countries"

The sales of Andalusian organic clementines are starting to shape up less than two weeks after the start of the campaign in Huelva. European markets are welcoming the Spanish fruit, but Europe's weather is still not cold enough to boost demand. "We started our citrus campaign on September 24 with the…

Citrus fruit: Asian citrus psyllid discovered in Guyana

The Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri, a dreaded insect for citrus trees and a vector of one of the most dreaded citrus diseases - citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) -…

Intercitrus warns that the entry of new pests is unsustainable and can only be stopped with "cold treatment"

The Spanish Citrus Interprofessional (Intercitrus) claims that the rate of entry and settlement of foreign pests in the Spanish citrus sector -some as destructive as the cotonet from South Africa (Delottococcus aberiae) or the Trioza erytreae (already detected in the citrus growing area of the Portuguese…

Argentina +11%, South Africa +3%, Chile +5%

Southern hemisphere orange exports exceed 2020 levels

Salix Fruits, importer and exporter of fresh fruits, announced that the southern hemisphere orange season, which is about to end, will have a positive balance compared to 2020. "The balance shows a recovery of 11 percent of the volumes of Argentine oranges, with 4,000,000 boxes of 15kg shipped in 2021",…

The largest citrus marketer in La Vega de Sevilla will increase its production volume this season

ProVega, the largest citrus marketer in Vega de Sevilla, was born as a result of the commercial alliance formed last season by the Productores del Campo cooperative…

Citrus Australia spearheads innovative traceability project for high-value exports

Agriculture Victoria is funding an innovative $770,000 traceability pilot for high-value exports. This will be led by peak industry body Citrus Australia. Minister for…

Hannes de Waal, vice-chair of Citrus Growers Association, addresses problems Twitter.com

South Africa could miss citrus export boom due to port issues

Demand for citrus fruits has been booming throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, but South Africa’s exports industry, may miss out on this boom. Presently, millions of tons of…

Citrus Greening inevitable for North Florida and South Georgia

Citrus greening disease will most certainly become an issue for North Florida and South Georgia citrus growers. Fred Gmitter, a University of Florida Institute of Food and…

Zimbabwean horticulture exports up $30 million in six months

For the first half of 2021, Zimbabwe’s total horticulture exports have gone beyond US$30 million, as firms benefit from government incentives, bumper harvest and reopening of…

Florida citrus farmers cautiously optimistic

The coming Florida citrus season is holding some promise. Hamlin juice orange grower Frank Stivender is waiting for his crop to mature for picking.  In the weeks to come, Florida's…

All Sicilian PDO and PGI citrus fruits featured on 1 October 2021

Forum on Sicilian citrus farming

The Forum on citrus fruit growing in Sicily is an opportunity for citrus producers, represented by their consortia, to meet with the regional institutions in charge of guiding and supporting marketing and sales strategies. The event will see the participation of numerous national and regional experts, who will discuss issues…

Abel Alarcón, of Brio Fruits: "Clemenules are already being purchased in the fields at higher prices than usual"

First Spanish clementines reach a market with growing volumes of South African mandarins

The sale of early clementines from Valencia has already started. The fruit is taking a little longer than usual to acquire the right color due to the heat, while the European markets still have large quantities of fruit from overseas.  "This week we have started selling the first Clemenrubí of the season,…

Ava-Asaja demands drastic measures to prevent the advance of the insect

Trioza erytreae, the vector that transmits HLB, arrives in the Portuguese Algarve

The Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja) demands that the Spanish Government and the European Union (EU) assess and implement drastic measures to prevent the advance…

First carbon neutral certified organic lemons hit the market

The Spanish organic lemon campaign is starting at a very good pace and with an optimal transition between the organic fruit of the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. Also, this year, the market supply will be expanded with the first carbon neutral certified lemons. They will be brought by…

Hyderabad-based startup helps citrus farmers increase their yields

Hyderabad-based precision farming advisory Samhita Crop Care Clinics has helped Telangana citrus farmers increase their yields. Through its Samhita Citron App, the platform…

They request citrus fruits be considered as a very sensitive product to imports from third countries

The Government of Spain asks the EC to apply cold treatment to South African citrus imports

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, Luis Planas, and the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, have asked the European Commission to consider citrus fruits are very sensitive to imports from third countries, urging that there be no further concessions. Faced with the…

Argentina stands out among main lemon producers

Lemons are one of the most important foods that Argentina produces, generating hundreds of jobs, especially in the north of the country. In addition to being consumed in sweet…

Francois Myburgh – Bet-el Fruits

Pressure on Middle East orange market expected as Valencia campaign winds down

Bet-el Fruits is still harvesting the last Midknight and Delta Valencias from Citrusdal in the Western Cape. “The fruit is very small, which is related to the flowering period last year when there was quite a bit of cold and some of our producers had water shortages which impacted the fruit counts and…

China: ClemenGold® cross-border in "pop-up event", lands in Shanghai gym

On September 14, 2021, a cross-border brand event jointly organized by Frutacloud and Justin&Julie Fitness (hereinafter referred to as J&J Fitness) -"Be the best you are with Clemen" Zumba Dance Party, sparked an enthusiastic collision at the J&J Fitness flagship store on Hanzhong Road in Shanghai. Brand…

OP Zuccarella - Italy

The Clemenruby harvest is about to start in Italy

For the Italian growers' organization Zuccarella, based in Basilicata, the 2021/2022 citrus harvest is about to begin. "We start next weekend with the extra early variety Clemenruby. That is about a week earlier than last season. The vast majority of the crops have an average size of Category I and…

Spanish lemon crop estimate for 2021-2022 at 1,035,000 tons

Spain begins a new harvesting season this September with good quality and a lower production than in previous years, but ready to consolidate its position in the market. "We are prepared to face any difficulties, to protect and respect the environment and sustainability. We are ready to start producing…

Kristen Carlson, executive director of Florida Citrus Processors Association:

'HLB still a big problem for Florida orange processors'

It is well-known that the HLB disease is the bane of Florida’s citrus growers. Kristen Carlson is executive director of the Florida Citrus Processors Association (FCPA).…

Oliva released 10,000 predatory insects of the cotonet in 10 hectares of citrus fruits

The Department of Agriculture of Oliva has carried out a controlled release of the Cryptoleamus montrouzieri predatory insect in 10 hectares of citrus fields in the…

Argentina has already doubled the volume of fresh lemons it exported to the United States in all of last year

According to data from the National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa), so far in the 2021 season, the country has exported 72,981 tons of fresh lemons to the US,…

"There is high demand for Chinese honey pomelo in countries with strict standards for agricultural residue"

This is the peak period of the sales season for honey pomelo from Pinghe in China. However, export is complicated due to a global transport crisis with high shipping costs and a shipping container shortage. Many traditional honey pomelo exporters have adjusted their strategy. They have shifted their…

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Transnet Port Terminals handled 12% more export citrus this year after heavy infrastructure investment

Last year Transnet SOC Ltd made a capital investment of R2 billion (113,582 million euros) into equipment at its terminals and it has recently announced its intentions to approach the market seeking an investment partner in its ports and terminals. Recent discussions between Transnet and industry…

Bay Area Jews deprived of local kosher etrogs

For the first time in 20 years, Berkeley Bowl had to go without its small supply of kosher etrogs this Sukkot. The reasons? An an earlier than usual Jewish holiday season and…

The Commission is considering including them in the list of producers to be audited in 2022

Europe could establish new measures for citrus imported from Egypt and Turkey

Egypt has already displaced South Africa as a major citrus supplier in the EU; during the last season alone, it shipped almost 310,000 tons of oranges, 21% more than a year…

Mandarin gains momentum in Seville as orange production falls

The sweet orange is the undisputed leading citrus fruit in the Andalusian countryside and in Seville, the main citrus-producing province of the autonomous community. However,…

Clemengold International clamps down on trademark infringements

For ClemenGold®, a mandarin brand managed from South Africa, its widely recognised teardrop-shaped fruit sticker has become a symbol of consistent quality. Consumers have come…

China might ban oranges from Taiwan

It is very possible that China will ban the import of oranges from Taiwan after the recent ban on custard apples and wax apples. Beijing maintained that the ban on apples was…

University of Florida research

'Citrus microbiome might be key to fighting citrus diseases'

University of Florida researchers hope to discover how microbes may benefit citrus trees in their natural fight against diseases. Nian Wang, professor of microbiology and cell…

Use of drones can really help southwest Florida citrus growers

In recent years, the Florida citrus industry has suffered a staggering decline due to several problems, including citrus greening, damage from hurricanes, and a dwindling…

California navel crop projected to be down 14 percent this season

The initial 2021-22 California navel orange forecast is 70.0 million cartons, down 14 percent from the previous year according to the results of the 2021-22 Navel Orange Objective Measurement (O.M.) Survey, which was conducted from June 15 to September 1, 2021. Keith Wilson of Cecelia Packing Corporation…

The Ministry of Agriculture certified a historic shipment of Argentine citrus

The president of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), Carlos Paz, expressed his satisfaction with the work carried out by the agency within the…

Turkish Interdonato lemon export started, grapefruits should start soon

“This year, the supply of citrus in general is better than last year”

Turkish citrus is finding its way to the markets, with both Interdonato lemons and grapefruits about to pick up steam. One exporter states that the quality of the produce is a lot better than it was last season, but demand is facing some issues due to irregular shipments from South African producers.…

Xian Huang, Yex, the Netherlands:

"Sea freight situation hitting Chinese pomelos exports to Europe hard"

The new Chinese pomelo season is pretty challenging, says Xian Huang of Yex, a Dutch wholesaler. Not least because of the current logistics situation. "Expensive sea freight is hitting China's pomelo exports hard," he says. "Rising tariffs are raising prices from China/East Asia to Europe. That currently…

Postharvest solutions are being studied to reduce cold damage in blood oranges in prolonged storage

Blood oranges (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck) are a rich source of phytonutrients and bioactive compounds such as anthocyanins, flavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, and ascorbic…

Egypt tops world orange exports

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in 2020 managed to achieve an unprecedented boom regarding agricultural exports, reaching about 5.2 million tons, at a value of about US$2.2…

Historic shipment of Argentine citrus to EU and Russia

Argentinian Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez, has called the shipment of 13,634 tons of fresh fruit (lemons, tangerines and oranges), in addition to pears and…

La Costiera

Lower volumes for PGI Interdonato lemons from Messina

"PGI Interdonato lemons from Messina start the Italian citrus fruit season as they are the first PGI lemons available on the market. This year, volumes are approximately 20% lower due to the temperature changes of the past few months, which damaged the crops," reports Valentina Sanna from La Costiera. "Our…

Limoneira Company announces joint venture with Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc.

Limoneira Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc., to come together to sell their combined citrus volumes…

First effects of the storm

A storm in the Valencian Community affected more than 20,000 tons of persimmons and citrus fruits

This week's storm in the Valencian Community has already had its first effects on agriculture. According to a provisional estimate of the Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja), which was carried out in anticipation of new rainfall in the coming days, the rains have been generally beneficial for…

Giumarra expands domestic citrus program with new California volume

The Giumarra Companies has expanded its domestic citrus program with the addition of a new influx of California-grown mandarins in October. The company is working with a new grower base in the San Joaquin Valley. “We’re nearly tripling our domestic mandarin volume during a key time frame when citrus is…

Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković:

‘Mandarins are important part of Croatian fruit farming’

Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković has called on fruit and vegetable producers in the Neretva river valley - southern Croatia - to form an association in order to increase…

Kölla

KÖLLA Ltd & Co.:

Peak heat wave season - citrus from southern Europe

Tasty citrus from Spain, Italy and Greece have their peak season from October to May. Due to increased heat waves and dry spells this summer, there have been water shortages that will result in a decrease in overall availability, as well as price increases. SpainThe Spanish citrus crop is showing significant…

Remembering Rupert Smith: a prominent man in Belize’s citrus Industry

In late August, Santiago Rupert Smith passed away. His contributions to Belize’s citrus industry should not be forgotten. Rupert, or “Bungu” as he was affectionately known,…

China: Yulin pomelo season sees a bumper harvest

The Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching, and local pomelos in Yulin are already on the market in large numbers. This year, the city has a bumper harvest of pomelo, with an estimated output of 280,000 tons, showing a good situation in which production and sales are booming. The city's pomelo planting area…

Fruit importer launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month-related sweepstakes

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is launching its “One Step at a Time” consumer sweepstakes to elevate the limited-time pink…

Volumes up significantly this season

Lemon harvest in California desert starts this week

California lemons start harvesting out of the desert this week. “The desert supply in our minds is the start of the 2021-2022 season and we started harvesting a bit last week out of Coachella Valley. Then this week we’ll be size picking strongly for the first six to eight weeks to go through the crop,”…

The boxes that are used for the collection of the fruit have been identified as the main source of dispersal of the pest

How to prevent the arrival and dispersal of the mealy bug in Andalusia?

The Delottococcus aberiae or mealy bug is wreaking havoc in the citrus orchards of the Valencian Community. This small mealybug, which arrived in Spain from South Africa in…

Ortogel

Double-digit drop in the availability of Sicilian citrus fruit

The citrus fruit campaign that is about to start will be affected by the drought of May-August 2021 which, combined with the limited water supplied by the consortium, hindered irrigation in the crops with no water resources. "There will be a 40-50% reduction in the availability of blonde oranges and tangerines…

Exotic viruses relevant for citrus fruit cultivation in the Mediterranean

Less than two months before the start of the citrus fruit campaign, the difficulties linked to production are emerging in Sicily. First of all, there are the problems caused by the main plant diseases. Times have changed with globalization and the effects of virus-related disease propagation must be…

Greater demand likely for Florida citrus this season

The Florida citrus crop this season isn’t likely to see significant growth in volumes. But growers and shippers are readying for strengthened demand. “The big thing this year will be the impact of Texas from last season with their freeze. Some growers may be completely out while others will be short--but…

Peru can now export its citrus and blueberries to the Indian market

The Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (Promperu) stated that India had published in its official gazette the phytosanitary requirements for the…

Keeping watch on 10,000km of northern coastline

Northern Australia has roughly 10,000km of coastline between Broome and Cairns and it is the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) that plays a critical role in…

South Africa terminates Valencia & lemon inspections for EU export

This past Saturday, 18 September, was the last day that Valencias and lemons from South Africa’s summer rainfall citrus black spot (CBS) regions were inspected by officials from the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) for export to the European Union.Citrus black spot interceptions on South…

Richard Bevelander, de Groot fruit & vegetables, the Netherlands:

"Far fewer Spanish mandarins this year"

The Spanish stone fruit season went well at de Groot fruit & vegetables. It is nearing its end now. This Dutch wholesaler is presently preparing for the new Spanish citrus and persimmon season. "We had a good stone fruit season. Supply was lower. So, the average peach and nectarine prices were…

Manipur’s oranges and chillis get GI tag

Manipur’s Tamenglong orange, a species of the mandarin family, and a unique fruit crop found in the state, along with Hathei, a special chilli variety, have acquired the…

Spain will produce an estimated 6.705 million tons of citrus this season

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) has made public its forecast for the 2021/2022 citrus campaign in a meeting held yesterday with representatives of the…

Grove Corporation

New South Wales firm expects big returns from citrus expansion

Grove Corporation is one of Australia's few vertically integrated juicing businesses. It has been converting the 2267-hectare cotton and barley fields of owner Dick Estens…

Pomelo farmers see their goods stranded on Covid-19-hit Evergreen ship

The 2,800 TEU Ever Balmy, operated by Evergreen Marine Corporation, arrived in Kaohsiung on 4 September and was to have departed for Singapore the following day, with its…

"We have to work to ensure an orderly transition between the two hemispheres"

2021/2022 Spanish Primofiori lemon harvest gets underway

The first Primofiori lemon harvests of the 2021/2022 season are already starting this week in the Region of Murcia, the main citrus production area in Spain. After a 2020/2021 campaign with a record harvest, Ailimpo (the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit) predicts that the Spanish…

An intensive and sustainable citrus fruit cultivation starts in the nursery

Azienda agricola Vivaistica Terre Bianche is located at the foothills of Mount Etna, on the Catania plain. The company boasts an experience spanning four generations and specializes in the production of citrus fruit and olive trees for Sicilian, national and foreign intensive groves. Giuseppe Crisafulli (in…

Ava-Asaja

"The citrus production expected in Spain will allow producers to receive acceptable prices"

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture forecasts that the country's citrus production in the 2021/22 season will be reduced to 6.7 million tons; a 4.8% drop compared to the previous season. Oranges will grow by just 0.4%, while mandarins and lemons will record 9.9% and 11.4% drops, respectively. The Council…

Optimistic about the commercial campaign

The 2021/22 Sicilian Orange campaign has yielded excellent crops

At this time of year, Sicilian citrus cultivations are in the final stages of fruit growth, before the fruits begin to ripen. We discussed the orange season with Angelo Migliorisi, an agronomist and grower with an acclaimed background in the sector. "From a climatic point of view, the seasonal trend was marked…

Guatemala shipping more finger limes in 2021

Supplies of the specialty citrus item finger limes have increased out of Guatemala. Guatemala grows the citrus fruit year round. “We have more production this year because our trees are reaching production potential,” says Edilson Hernández of Prime Tropics, which he says is the only finger lime…

September 2021

2021-2022 Orange crop forecast update for São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt

The first 2021-2022 orange crop forecast update for the São Paulo and West-Southwest Minas Gerais citrus belt, published on September 10, 2021, by Fundecitrus is 267.87…

Lemon season in Turkey has started

“Demand for lemons is very strong”

The Turkish lemon season has already started, but exporters might want to wait a while for the Argentinian and South African lemons to disappear from the market. Overall sizes are similar to last year and Turkish growers have worked hard to make sure they adhere to the European regulations when it comes…

California growers flag growing volumes of lemons from Argentina

California lemon growers are increasingly concerned over the volume of lemons being shipped to North America from Argentina. In 2017, a 16-year import ban on Argentinian lemons was overturned under then-president Donald Trump. “Argentina had been barred for phytosanitary reasons. They have to ship per…

70 million cartons

Updated: Initial California Navel orange production forecast down 14 percent

The initial 2021-22 California Navel orange forecast is 70.0 million cartons, down 14% from the previous year. Of the total Navel orange forecast, 67.0 million cartons are estimated to be in the Central Valley. Cara Cara variety Navel orange production in the Central Valley is forecast at 6.0 million…

The initiative aims to sensitize consumers about the PDO and PGI European seals of differentiated quality

IGP Cítricos Valencianos joins Origen España in a new television campaign

IGP Cítricos Valencianos has joined Origen España in its new national television campaign aimed at sensitizing consumers about the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) European seals of differentiated quality. The goal is for the public to be able to recognize…

Dutch wholesaler gets new Filosofo satsuma harvest

"Spanish mandarins still in high demand despite huge overseas fruit supply"

Every year, Dutch wholesaler, Willem Dijk AGF, expects its first Spanish mandarins in about week 36. "There's an excess of overseas fruit available. Nonetheless, Spanish mandarins are already in high demand," says Ronnie Moorman. "We've received the first shipment, and it meets our expectations. It's an excellent…

Frutacloud and Hema Fresh organize a promotional event for ClemenGold® mandarins

Frutacloud and Hema Fresh recently organized a promotional event for ClemenGold® mandarins. The event took place in Shanghai and was a great success! Frutacloud is one of the authorized distributors of ClemenGold® in China. Ding Rong, Sales Manager for Frutacloud East China, said: "ClemenGold® mandarins barely…

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Major HLB discovery announced

A researcher from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently determined how bacterium causes the devastating citrus disease HLB. UF/IFAS Citrus Research and…

UF/IFAS economists strive for economic trends & disaster analysis

Christa Court, assistant professor of regional economics and director of the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, recently spoke about the economic trends of Florida’s…

Jiwaka Development Corporation

Papua New Guinea: Jiwaka province citrus supply thrives

In order to be able to market and distribute citrus fruits grown by small scale farmers in Jiwaka, the Jiwaka Development Corporation has entered a strategic partnership with…

South African seedless lemons to China

"The signing of the new protocol agreement with China opens up new opportunities"

Seedless lemons have already found a sweet spot in various global markets at premium retailers where the seedlessness of the product addresses culinary frustrations experienced by chefs, home-cooks, health enthusiasts, mixologists and lovers of all things lemony. The seedless lemon has been described as…

Newhall oranges boast the highest vitamin C content

Never before has the attention of consumers and, therefore, of the citrus fruit industry, focused so much on the vitamin content in oranges. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Paola Caruso, researcher at CREA-Centro di ricerca in Olivicoltura, Frutticoltura e Agrumicoltura in Acireale (CT), Sicily.…

Taiwan pomelos will enter Japanese supermarkets before Mid-Autumn Festival

In excess of 50 tons of Taiwan-harvested pomelos will hit store shelves in Japan before the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is celebrated on Sept. 21 this year. Due to their…

Rong County

Honey pomelo season starts early, production increases by 40%

Since late August, honey pomelos have started to be harvested one after another in Rong County. Every day, many merchants come from Nanning, Wuzhou, Shenzhen, Maoming,…


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