July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Citrus

Australia: Costa hopes to raise AUD$600M in July IPO

June 23rd, 2015

It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.

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South Africa: Smallholder Eastern Cape citrus farmers receive funding

June 15th, 2015

The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.

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Mandarins drive Uruguayan citrus growth

June 10th, 2015

While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.

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“Planets realign” for recovery of Australian oranges to U.S. market

May 29th, 2015

A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.

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Indonesia to suspend citrus imports for four months

May 28th, 2015

The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.

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South African citrus set for early U.S. arrival

May 28th, 2015

The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.

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Chile: ASOEX asks for govt intervention in ongoing customs strikes

May 26th, 2015

ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.

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Russia blocks Egyptian orange shipment after Medfly detection

May 25th, 2015

Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.

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Chile: Fedefruta slams ‘illegal’ customs strike

May 25th, 2015

Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.

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Weather, exchange rates favor strong China-bound export deal for Aussie citrus

May 19th, 2015

Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.

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Turkish citrus company declares bankruptcy with US$78M debt

May 18th, 2015

The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.

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Spain sees “disturbing” price falls for late mandarin varieties

May 15th, 2015

AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Please report poor treatment and wage violations, says Citrus Australia

May 7th, 2015

In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.

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South African citrus growers gear up for U.S.-bound export season

May 5th, 2015

Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes allowing citrus imports from whole of Peru

May 5th, 2015

APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.

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Citrus workers strike in Argentine province

April 29th, 2015

A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.

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U.S.: Falling orange juice consumption levels affect Florida growers

April 20th, 2015

Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida’s citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.

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California: CCM criticizes Central Valley Project’s water allocation

April 14th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.

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South Africa: Smaller citrus sizing could further impact exports, says CGA

April 14th, 2015

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.

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South Africa: CGA releases citrus export forecast

April 10th, 2015

The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.

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Citrus black spot in Europe would be ‘catastrophic’, says Copa Cogeca

April 10th, 2015

The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.

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Peru set to export larger mangoes and citrus from all regions to U.S.

April 8th, 2015

Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA proposes converting 10,000ha of citrus production

March 27th, 2015

An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.

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South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus sector receives funding to boost exports

March 27th, 2015

Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.

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Californians called upon to save citrus industry

March 20th, 2015

California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.

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South Africa suspends citrus shipments to Spain

March 17th, 2015

Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.

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Pakistan kinnow campaign boosted by Russian market

March 11th, 2015

Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.

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U.S.: Expenses squeeze Limoneira results in Q1

March 9th, 2015

Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.

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Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

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South Africa: Dry weather may hit citrus sizing but quality “excellent”, says CGA

February 26th, 2015

South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.

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NZ: T&G profit falls short of expectations for 2014

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.

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Aussie grower expects “balanced” citrus crop for 2015

February 25th, 2015

“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.

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China: AQSIQ puts U.S. citrus industry on notice

February 25th, 2015

China’s quarantine branches have been put on high alert for citrus imports from all U.S. growing regions.

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Argentina: San Miguel anticipates ‘loss in competitiveness’ this season

February 25th, 2015

San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.

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California: China citrus import suspension means ‘robust trade won’t materialize’

February 24th, 2015

There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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Imported fruit losing exotic appeal in China, says trader

February 19th, 2015

China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.

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South Africa: Limpopo citrus producer eyes first trial U.S. shipment this year

February 17th, 2015

A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.

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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.

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Australia: Citrus industry steps up biosecurity surveillance

February 12th, 2015

A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.

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California: Port situation ‘couldn’t have happened at a worse time’, says CCM

February 10th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.

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U.S.: Limoneira and Cadiz in citrus growth

February 9th, 2015

Limoneira has acquired an additional 200 acres of lemon trees for around US$1.2 million.

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U.S.: Researchers develop ‘fast, easy and accurate’ citrus greening detector

February 5th, 2015

A portable and inexpensive citrus greening detector developed by University of Florida scientists could soon be available to citrus growers.

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Moroccan ClemenGold mandarins about to hit Irish shelves

January 26th, 2015

Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.

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Peruvian citrus exports to jump 10%

January 23rd, 2015

Many of Peru’s W. Murcott trees are reaching adulthood and will add to shipping volumes this season.

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Moroccan citrus expectations drop following adverse weather

January 21st, 2015

Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.

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AHEA delighted with Australia-Japan FTA ratification

January 15th, 2015

Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.

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More centers of excellence promised across India in joint Israeli agri-tech project

January 15th, 2015

The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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U.S.: California citrus industry gives mixed views on storm

December 12th, 2014

While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.

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Texas citrus mite encroaches further in Spanish fields

December 12th, 2014

AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.

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China: Conditions improve for Peruvian citrus trade

December 2nd, 2014

A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.

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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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U.S.: LoBue’s Cara Cara nets to reel in new shoppers

November 17th, 2014

LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.

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Egyptian citrus kick-off just around the corner

November 11th, 2014

An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus to go national with Wonderful Sweet Scarletts

October 27th, 2014

Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.

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Brazilian citrus growers welcome heavy rainfall

October 8th, 2014

Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.

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UN expert panel to address EU-South Africa CBS dispute

September 30th, 2014

The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA puts price tag on hail damage

September 26th, 2014

Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.

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Brazilian opening a “great opportunity” for Chilean citrus

September 25th, 2014

The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.

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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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South Africa: citrus suspension ‘unfortunate, but best decision’, says CGA

September 11th, 2014

South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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U.S. could open doors to Chinese citrus

August 29th, 2014

Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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Egyptian produce company expects minimal U.S.-bound citrus exports

August 26th, 2014

An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.

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Russian ban a “rare opportunity” for Chinese produce, says Goodfarmer

August 12th, 2014

“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.

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Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

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South African citrus industry cautious about Russian trade implications

August 11th, 2014

While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.

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Spain: Valencia growers had held “great expectations” for Russian market

August 7th, 2014

Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.

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China re-opens market to California citrus

August 5th, 2014

After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.

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Uruguayan citrus industry reaps benefits of its strategic plan

August 4th, 2014

The Uruguayan citrus sector is delighted with progress being made gaining access to critical world markets.

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Apartheid citrus documentary airs in Ireland

July 25th, 2014

A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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California Citrus Mutual upbeat after positive Chinese visit

July 2nd, 2014

A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.

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U.S.: Florida citrus merger a ‘slam dunk’ in changing business environment

June 30th, 2014

Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.

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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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Brazil: Fundecitrus releases HLB presence forecast

June 26th, 2014

Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.

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El Niño already impacting Peruvian fruit crops, says weather agency

June 26th, 2014

Peru’s El Niño phenomenon is not in a strong phase, yet slight temperature upticks are having an effect on mango, grape and citrus crops.

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Australian lemons in ‘massive demand’, says grower

June 25th, 2014

Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.

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Huge step made for developing disease-resistant citrus

June 19th, 2014

Researchers have analyzed citrus genomes for the first time, opening up new possibilities.

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Vietnam finds excessive pesticide traces in Chinese fruit

June 19th, 2014

Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.

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Chilean citrus exporters forecast less trade with U.S.

June 17th, 2014

With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.

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South Africa reduces grapefruit export estimates

June 16th, 2014

South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.

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U.S.: Giumarra expects good acid-to-brix ratio from NZ Meyer lemons

June 13th, 2014

Giumarra Wenatchee is optimistic for the upcoming import season of New Zealand-grown lemons.

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First South African citrus shipments hit the U.S.

June 11th, 2014

A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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Peruvian citrus varieties pass the bar for Japan-bound export

June 11th, 2014

SENASA has found cold treatment eliminated fruit fly pests, paving the way for shipments to Japan.

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SIPPO to lead buyer mission at Expoalimentaria Peru

June 3rd, 2014

A Swiss Government-backed import promotion program will be bringing buyers to Peru in August.

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U.K.: FPC slams ‘fortress Europe’ approach to plant safety

May 29th, 2014

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.

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South African citrus growers claim mismatch in new EU regulations

May 29th, 2014

South African citrus growers are wondering why they’ve been singled out for a disease other exporters have too.

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New EU requirements ‘within South Africa’s capabilities’, says Chadwick

May 28th, 2014

Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.

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EU imposes emergency control measures on South African citrus

May 27th, 2014

The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.

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Peruvian citrus projections squeeze up again

May 21st, 2014

Peru’s latest citrus export expectations have been lifted since April, while a fresh market access deal edges closer.

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Chilean citrus sector pursues export deals in Asia, Latin America

May 12th, 2014

Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.

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China Fruits Corporation announces Miss Fruit winners

May 9th, 2014

China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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Caution the order of the day for South African citrus exporters

May 7th, 2014

The amount of South African citrus orchards voluntarily withdrawn for EU export is more than 10 times what it was last year.

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U.S.: University of Florida releases two new citrus cultivars

May 5th, 2014

A new mandarin and a Navel orange-like variety will go to market thanks to the University of Florida.

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South Africa set for citrus variety export shift in 2014

April 30th, 2014

South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.

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U.S.: citrus groves dry up under California drought

April 29th, 2014

California’s citrus industry has demanded its fair share of water resources to keep growers in production.

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Lemons to drag down Southern Hemisphere citrus production in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.

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Copa-Cogeca calls for immediate action on South African citrus

April 24th, 2014

European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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U.S. proposes new rules for Philippine mangoes, Japanese oranges

April 11th, 2014

A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.

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Australian citrus, nuts and cherries to benefit from Japan FTA

April 10th, 2014

Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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Uruguay looks to win back Chinese citrus market

March 14th, 2014

Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.

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Russia lifts ban on Pakistani plant products

March 3rd, 2014

Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.

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China: Kashgar Airport to become designated fruit entry point for Xinjiang

March 3rd, 2014

Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.

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NZ: positive results for Seeka, T&G in 2013

February 27th, 2014

Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments rise despite challenges in 2013

February 25th, 2014

A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.

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Egyptian exporter prepares bumper citrus volume

February 17th, 2014

Cairo-based Elwadi Export is celebrating 50 years of business with large volumes of navel oranges.

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Argentina prepares first orange shipments for Japan

February 14th, 2014

After a decade of talks, Argentina will be able to ship fresh oranges and mandarins to Japan.

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U.S.: citrus may be next in line for Florida pilot program

February 13th, 2014

Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Peruvian citrus exports forecast for 10% increase

January 21st, 2014

New plantings and strong fruit set are some reasons behind Peru’s citrus outlook.

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U.S. Congress directs funding to fight HLB

January 16th, 2014

Funding from the U.S. Congress seeks to prevent a potentially devastating threat to the citrus industry.

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Florida and California citrus avoid ‘polar vortex’

January 8th, 2014

Two key U.S.fruit-growing states avoided frosts, but the lack of snow is not entirely positive news.

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EU announces ban on South African citrus

November 29th, 2013

After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.

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Walnuts Australia wins top gong for agriculture in export awards

November 28th, 2013

Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.

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California-China citrus agreement nears final stages

November 27th, 2013

After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.

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Australian industry backs South African citrus in Europe

November 26th, 2013

The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.

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Brazil: Bayer CropScience and Fundecitrus team up on HLB

November 15th, 2013

The “Citrus Unidos” plan provides a US$4 million investment to fight citrus greening in Brazil.

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Italian representatives call for extensive citrus import ban

November 6th, 2013

Representatives from Italy have called for an import ban on South African and South American citrus.

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Brazil develops natural treatment for citrus greening

November 1st, 2013

Brazilian researchers have teamed up to develop the nation’s first natural pesticide against citrus greening.

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Peru: Camposol earnings more than triple in Q3

October 30th, 2013

Avocado volumes and asparagus prices helped raise profitability for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the third quarter.

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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Tropical pepper plant could provide tool against HLB

October 23rd, 2013

A compound in the Matico pepper plant could provide a natural insecticide against Asian Citrus Psyllid.

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Europe leads volume growth for Northern Hemisphere citrus

October 21st, 2013

While estimates for the U.S. citrus season did not look good, European nations forecast a strong season ahead.

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Spain: biodegradable citrus packaging eases waste disposal

October 14th, 2013

Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.

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U.S.: California researchers near HLB early detection

October 11th, 2013

Research led by a University of California team could improve HLB treatment and diagnosis.

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Spanish citrus industry makes fresh calls to ban South African citrus

October 10th, 2013

Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.

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U.S.: new Florida cultivars show citrus greening tolerance

October 1st, 2013

University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.

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With California out, Spanish citrus looks to China

September 27th, 2013

Europe’s ARC Eurobanan will be filling a gap in the Chinese market with shipments of Spanish citrus.

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U.S.: California expects strong citrus year, despite doubt in China

September 25th, 2013

California citrus volume should remain similar to last year, even with pressure from pests and drought.

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Chile: frosts may cut some crops by 25% in two key regions

September 25th, 2013

Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.

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South Africa imposes restrictions on citrus shipments to EU

September 25th, 2013

Under pressure from black spot, South Africa could miss out on two million boxes of citrus sales meant for the EU.

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South African citrus exporters see continued U.S. Midwest expansion

September 23rd, 2013

The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.

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South African citrus growers aim to improve China protocol

September 16th, 2013

South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.

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Spanish union calls out non-payment for citrus

September 4th, 2013

Spain’s La Unió de Llauradors has accused buyers of withholding payment for citrus from Valencia.

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Spanish association calls for action against South African citrus

August 30th, 2013

Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.

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South African citrus waits in limbo on EU market

August 28th, 2013

With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.

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Egyptian citrus approved for return to U.S. market

August 22nd, 2013

High shipping costs could be a key barrier to Egypt’s re-entry to the U.S. citrus market.

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Australian authorities intercept citrus pest in curry leaves

August 13th, 2013

Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.

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Port congestion delays citrus out of South Africa

August 9th, 2013

Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.

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Spain: researchers develop citrus red scale treatment

August 8th, 2013

A team in Spain has found two wasp species effective for eradicating citrus red scale.

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U.S.: California looks to ease Chinese citrus doubts

August 2nd, 2013

The California citrus industry is working to re-open the Chinese market before next season.

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U.S.: new quarantine zone for California’s citrus

August 1st, 2013

New detections of Asian citrus psyllid have sparked a quarantine zone in California’s citrus country.

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South African citrus industry looks to India, China

July 30th, 2013

South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.

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U.S.: cryopreservation offers hope for citrus genetics

July 22nd, 2013

Citrus plants are being prepared for long-term cold storage to fight disease and preserve genetics.

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Spain: citrus rinds bring alternative fuel possibility

July 22nd, 2013

Scientists in Spain hope to turn discarded citrus rinds into a feasible bioethanol choice.

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South Africa expresses citrus concerns in EU trade talks

July 18th, 2013

South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.

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Uruguay expects drop in citrus production

July 17th, 2013

Severe weather has dealt a blow to Uruguay’s citrus production, taking a toll on all major crops.

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Uruguayan citrus formally welcomed to U.S. market

July 11th, 2013

After three years of work, Uruguayan citrus has been approved for sales in the United States.

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Australia: orange juice imports decline, alongside consumption

July 5th, 2013

Orange juice concentrate from Brazil is rapidly declining in Australia, but that isn’t necessarily good news for local growers.

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Spanish citrus rattled by hail storms

June 28th, 2013

Spanish citrus growers have requested government aid after storms sent a blow to late-season crops.

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Northern Chilean citrus struggles to keep above water

June 27th, 2013

Citrus from northern Chile enjoys an early season but drought has made production difficult.

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U.S.: Texan agriculture warns Mexico to respect water rights

June 25th, 2013

If water trends with Mexico continue, researchers warn that Texan citrus production could drop to zero.

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Argentina invests in citrus and rural development

June 4th, 2013

Improved rural roads have been inaugurated in Argentina to connect the citrus industry with commercial centers.

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Citrus Australia backs National Food Plan

May 28th, 2013

Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani says “Let’s get on with transforming the mining boom into the dining boom”.

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Temperature extremes slash Moroccan citrus output

May 27th, 2013

Heat waves and cold spells took their toll on Morocco’s citrus volume and quality.

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Argentine citrus approved for Philippine market

May 23rd, 2013

Citrus fruits are just the start for Argentina’s export plans in the Philippines.

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South Africa: citrus build-up brings Port of Durban delays

May 13th, 2013

Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.

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Opinion: the outlook for Australian produce imports

May 9th, 2013

Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.

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South African citrus feels uncertainty from China, E.U.

May 6th, 2013

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.

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Export outlook up for Southern Hemisphere citrus

April 26th, 2013

Peru expected the greatest percentage growth for citrus exports while South Africa came out on top for volume.

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Markets remain uncertain for South African citrus exports

April 24th, 2013

Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.

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Egyptian citrus exporter reflects on new markets

April 22nd, 2013

El Gebaly’s Sherif Mezar gives insight into new opportunities for Egyptian citrus and the possible U.S. market.

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Chinese citrus ban leaves California scrambling for answers

April 17th, 2013

Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.

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Florida citrus growers cross fingers for greening solution

April 16th, 2013

Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.

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Brazil releases new tangerine variety

March 25th, 2013

A new hybrid tangerine stands out for high output and disease resistance.

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Mexico: Citrus growers rush to sell for fear of drought damage

March 22nd, 2013

Drought in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state is forcing producers to rush and sell citrus before it goes bad.

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Dominican Republic: citrus growers struggle to fight locusts

March 18th, 2013

Dominican citrus producers cannot keep up with the costs of fighting locust swarms.

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Uruguay turns focus to international citrus branding

March 14th, 2013

Uruguay has its focus on perfecting its national product brand “Uruguay Natural”.

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Spanish grower group calls to control South African citrus imports

March 11th, 2013

Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.

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Australia: costs add up as flood waters recede

March 4th, 2013

An Aussie citrus grower says floods have taken their toll financially, but crops should still be stable.

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Uruguay ranks among top blueberry and citrus exporters

March 1st, 2013

Uruguay ranked highly for Latin American citrus exports last year.

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Mexico: Veracruz explores guava to fight HLB citrus infections

February 26th, 2013

Guava fruit could hold the key to maintaining citrus production in Mexico.

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U.S. poised to approve Uruguayan citrus imports

February 6th, 2013

Approval of Uruguayan citrus is entering its final stages in the U.S. and open to public comment.

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Aussie supermarket to support local growers

January 31st, 2013

An Aussie supermarket has vowed to support local flood hit growers and not stock extra foreign citrus.

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A balancing act for South African citrus exporters

January 22nd, 2013

The challenge for South African citrus growers this season will be to maintain quality expectations under strict export standards.

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Uruguay and U.S. close to citrus trade agreement

January 18th, 2013

After a decade of negotiations, Uruguayan citrus could soon be on its way to U.S. consumers.

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U.S.: California citrus growers brace for freezing temperatures

January 11th, 2013

The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.

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Chile developing cleaner alternative for citrus pest control

January 10th, 2013

A team of researchers in Chile are working to find a new method to fight the Saissetia oleae beetle.

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