The global citrus trade expanded by 2% between 2012 and 2016, reaching a total of 16.2 million tons, with a value of US$14.5 billion. The largest importers of citrus in 2016 were France and Germany (8% each), followed by Russia (8%), the Netherlands (7.8%) and the US (7.3%).
Shares in Fresh Del Monte Produce dropped 4.64% in value following the launch of an FDA investigation into salmonella in the firm’s vegetable trays. The FDA announced that five people became ill with salmonella after consuming Fresh Del Monte Produce. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services linked Del Monte to an outbreak of salmonellosis after inspecting one of the firm’s facilities that produce these vegetable trays.