Citrus Australia expects better mandarin consistency in 2012

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Citrus Australia expects better mandarin consistency in 2012

Australia has witnessed better growing conditions for mandarins this year while the adoption of new quality assurance standards will mean more consistent eating fruit, according to the country's chief citrus body.

Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani said more than 10 different varieties would be hitting domestic shelves, with consumers expected to welcome the diversity and new quality controls.

"The industry has really come on board with the new standards and we think consumers will definitely see the difference," she said.

"Aussie mandarins are sweet, easy to peel and convenient, high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C, making them the perfect and delicious health snack at school, home or work during the winter months.

"With the season now underway, we’re urging those shoppers who haven’t had Australian Mandarins on their list to think again."

Last year more than 70,000 metric tons (MT) of mandarins were consumed in Australia, with the season running from April to October.

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