EU citrus output drops 10%

Citrus production in the European Union is projected to fall by 10% year-on-year to 10.4 million tons, according to a USDA report. This volume is 0.7% lower than the previous estimate.
Mon 26/06/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

The decline especially affects oranges and lemons. Spain is the most affected country, where citrus production is down by almost 18% from last year due to a combination of 2022 spring rains that negatively affected flowering and fruit set and a severe drought experienced in 2023. There has also been an expected decline in domestic consumption due to rising citrus prices, meaning that imports are down except in the case of oranges. 

Spanish citrus represents approximately 65% of the EU citrus production. A reduction in citrus production is also expected in Italy, mainly oranges, and also in Portugal. However, in the 2022/23 campaign, Greece expects a rebound from the previous campaign.


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