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Bumper Brazilian orange harvest forecast for 2020/21

Bumper Brazilian orange harvest forecast for 2020/21

Brazil’s 2020/21 orange crop is projected to rise 14% from the previous year, reaching 16.93 million tons, according to FAS/Sao Paolo data. The forecast assumes normal weather conditions will prevail to support fruit setting and development of the second blossoming in the Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais commercial citrus belt. The current orange crop estimate was revised downward due to the low rainfall and high temperatures between September and October. Total Brazilian FCOJ 65 Brix equivalent exports for 2020/21 are forecast at 1.08 million tons, similar to the revised level figure for 2019/20.

Total fresh orange exports for MY 2020/21 are projected at 8,160 tons, according to data published by the Brazilian Secretariat of Foreign Trade (Secex). The majority of exports occur between June and December). Portugal, Italy, the UK, and France are the major export destinations for Brazil’s fresh orange exports. 


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Brazil to step up fruit exports to Middle East

Brazil to step up fruit exports to Middle East © Réussir Fruits et Légumes

© P. Gaillard, Réussir Fruits et Légumes


Brazil’s fruit sector has its eyes firmly set on Asian and Middle Eastern markets. In the first 10 months of 2020, Brazil’s fruit exports were up 2.8% to 725,000 tons, compared to the same period of 2019. Shipments to the Middle East accounted for about 15,000 tons in 2019, with the UAE being the largest market. The main products shipped to these markets are melons, table grapes, mangoes and limes. This growing interest has led to a growing number of Brazilian operators to become halal certified. Omar Chahine, commercial manager of Brazilian certifier Cdial Halal, said the certification has been increasingly required in Arab countries and beyond. China and South Korea are also becoming major markets for Brazilian fruit exports.

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World orange crop slumps

World orange crop slumps, Source: USDA FAS


The world’s total orange production for the 2019/20 season is projected to drop 11% to 47.5 million tons due to unfavourable growing conditions in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco, according to USDA data.  As a result, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also expected to plummet.

Brazil’s production is forecast to fall 22% to 15.1 million tons due to weather-related problems (warm temperatures and below-average rainfall after the first two blooms and fruit set). Oranges for processing are down 3.9 million tons to 10.4 million, while fresh orange consumption is lowered to 4.7 million tons, the lowest in 4 years. 

In contrast, China’s orange crop is estimated to climb slightly to 7.3 million due to favourable climatic conditions. Imports are up 3% as consumer demand is rising for premium, high-quality oranges.  Egypt and South Africa are the top suppliers to China, accounting for over 70% of imports.

US production is forecast to rise for the second consecutive year, albeit only by 1% to 4.9 million tons. Consumption, exports, and fruit for processing are all expected to be up in line with the larger crop.

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Huge rise in Brazil fruit shipments

Huge rise in Brazil fruit shipments


Brazil’s fruit exports soared 21% in the first six months of 2019. Abrafrutas (the Brazilian association of fruit producers-exporters) announced that grape export volumes are up an astonishing 224%. The reason for the huge increase is mainly due to the favourable weather conditions compared with previous years, when fruit did not reach export quality. Most of Brazil’s grape varieties are seedless. 

Brazil’s other major fruits have also enjoyed a good first half of 2019. Exports of banana are up 57%, mango shipments have risen 56% and melon exports have increased by 39%.

Mango is Brazil’s main fruit export, with the country shipping nearly 7,500 tons, for a value of US$81.7 million. Next come lemon and lime (6,500 tons, US$65.9 million), followed by melons (9,100 tons, worth US$57.7 million). The main market for Brazilian fruit exports is the EU.


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Brazil to reopen borders to Argentina’s apples and pears

Brazil to reopen borders to Argentina’s apples and pears

Following several weeks of closure, Brazil has agreed to lift its ban on Argentinian pears, apples, and quinces entering the country. The agreement was reached during meetings on Wednesday, March 6, between officials from the two countries seeking a resolution to the issues which led to the border closure on February 27. Brazil’s Department of Plant Health and Agricultural Consumption intercepted 9 shipments of Argentinian fruit with carpocapsa in January and February.

Technicians from the National Plant Protection Directorate of Senasa explained how it intends to strengthen pest control in the Alto Valle. Industry representatives claim that only 500 of a total of 1,200 officially recognised producers in the Upper Valley of Rio Negro and Neuquen currently comply with all the control regulations. However, the government of Rio Negro disagrees with this assessment: “There are very few producers that do not carry out controls and there are 3,000 hectares of abandoned fruit trees; that weighs more than inefficient controls,” said a provincial source to Telam, as reports

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Brazil closes border to Argentinian apples and pears

Argentina’s apple and pear exports rise despite smaller crop

Brazil has stopped imports of apple and pears crossing into the country from Argentina’s provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén due to pest detections in shipments of fruit. Codling moth larvae was reported to be found in several loads of apples and pears. Meanwhile, Argentina’s phytosanitary agency Senasa is negotiating with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture to enable shipments to resume as soon as possible. Senasa is also working with the affected growers and exporters and taking steps such as closing production sites and packhouses. These incidents echo a similar occurrence in 2015, when Brazil suspended market access for Argentine fresh apples and pears for several weeks following codling moth detection.

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New port call in Pecem for fruit en route to Europe

Fruit shippers will benefit from a new port call in Brazil this year, thanks to an additional call announced by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced a new port call in Brazil which it says will benefit fruit shippers.

From the start of this August to the end of January next year, its South America East Coast/North Europe service (NWC-SAEC I) will include a last port call at Pecem, in the state of Ceará, before sailing to Europe.

“The period coincides with the peak fruit season, and will be of particular interest for exporters of melons. Main destinations for this commodity, and other fruits exported on this route are Rotterdam and other ports in North Europe.

“Transit times from Pecem with direct calls: Antwerp 10 days / Rotterdam 12 days / Hamburg 14 days / Bremrehaven 16 days / Le Havre 18 days,” it said.



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Carrefour now has 70 convenience stores in Brazil

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

Carrefour opened its 70th convenience store in Brazil on December 29.

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

The French multinational retailer said in a press release the opening reinforces its investment “in a sector that offers customers improved levels of flexibility and comfort in shopping, focusing on a daily range of fresh and ready-to-consume items.”

It said its Express brand is the group’s response to growing customer demand for smaller purchases at stores located in close proximity to home or the workplace.


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Dia now in Paraguay and 5 states in Brazil

Dia Brazil

The Dia group has opened its first stores under the Dia label in the state of Rio de Janeiro, bringing to five the number of Brazilian states it now operates in.

In a press release, the retailer said the initial outlets are in the city of Rio de Janeiro but it already has plans to open at least 32 establishments in the wider state – which has a population of more than 16 million – thanks to an agreement with a local partner.

Dia, which has its headquarters in Madrid, has been present in Brazil for over 15 years and has just passed the 1,000-store mark there.

Recently it also opened a new warehouse, in Mauá, in the state of São Paulo, for distribution to its network of stores, bringing its number of warehouses in Brazil to a total of six.

The five states Dia Brasil is now present in are São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro.

Dia said it is the highest selling brand in Brazil, representing 35% of all sales in 2015, and the ClubDia loyalty card now has more than 3.8 million members, after just a year in operation.

Gross revenues for the label in Brazil reached €1.6 billion in 2015, with 11.6% growth in the local currency. In the last five years, Dia Brasil has logged 16% growth year-on-year in its store network, going from 480 in 2011 to more than 1,000 stores at present.

First Dia store in Paraguay

Dia also said that this week its first store in Paraguay also began operations as part of an agreement with a local partner, Distribuidora Gloria. It said stores operated under this partnership will carry the Dia label.



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Decco expands in Brazil

Postharvest products company Decco has opened a factory in Brazil that will act as a platform for its supply to Mercosur markets.

Postharvest products company Decco has opened a factory in Brazil that will act as a platform for its supply to Mercosur markets.

Located in the city of Ituverava in São Paulo state, the new plant is the only one in the country able to emulsify the polyethylene and shellac waxes that meet both domestic and export treatment requirements, Decco said in a press release.

An inauguration ceremony held in Ituverava on October 27 was attended by the local mayor, other government officials and representatives of local universities.

Decco said in recent years it has invested heavily in developing Latin American markets and seen a payoff in gains in its sales and market share.

The new plant underlines the importance of emerging countries in its growth strategy.

Decco is constantly helping markets with little or no post-harvest treatment philosophies to adopt this technology in order to increase their competitiveness and profitability, it said.

“Investing in Brazil is a very interesting development for Decco in a key region for the growth of the company,” said Decco Worldwide president & CEO François Girin.
Decco is the post-harvest division of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), a global group in the field of agricultural supplies that also has phytosanitary products and seed treatments.