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5% drop in global peach and nectarine crop 

5% drop in global peach and nectarine crop 

 

The global peach and nectarine crop is estimated to fall 5% to 21.0 million tons, due to adverse weather conditions in top producers China and the EU, according to USDA/FAS data. The reduced harvest is expected to lower global exports. 

After the bumper 2019 crop, the EU’s 2020 harvest is predicted down 15% to 3.5 million tons, due to a variety of damaging weather events in leading producers Spain, Italy, Greece, and France. In addition, a saturated market in recent years has led to reduced planted area in Spain, Italy, and France, with Spain shifting some production towards tree nuts. Exports are forecast down 13% to 155,000 tons. However, imports are only marginally up as domestic supplies can meet most local demand.

In China, heavy snow in April caused damage during fruit set and is expected to the crop by 3% to 14.5 million tons. Exports are projected to plummet 33% to 80,000 tons as Russia continues its ban on imports of fruit from China. Russia was China’s third-largest market until August 2019, when phytosanitary concerns led to a ban. China’s imports are expected forecast up jump 40% to 38,000 tons, with much of the rise due to greater shipments from Chile before COVID-19 disruptions had an impact.

Source:USDA/FAS

 

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40% smaller Spanish onion crop

40% smaller Spanish onion crop

 

Spain’s 2020 onion crop is down by about 40%, due in part to a 14% smaller production area. High temperatures have led to smaller sizes. The lack of larger sizes is likely to increase prices for these in-demand calibres. Meanwhile, as the catering sector recovers with the opening of schools, demand in Spain is starting to recover.

The Netherlands’ crop is expected to be lacking in quality due to poor growing conditions, including a very dry spring. Dutch onions are currently being exported to West Africa and the Far East.

India’s ban on onions exports in September was good news for its rival producers, with demand rising for Dutch, Spanish, Egyptian, Turkish and Chinese onions in Asia and the Middle East.

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Global citrus crop shrinks

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The 2019/20 global citrus crop is down for all categories, except grapefruit. Orange production is down 11% to 47.5 million, due to weather-afflicted seasons in Brazil, the EU, Morocco and Egypt, with small increases in China and the US unable to compensate for these losses. The global mandarin crop is down 1% to 31.7 million tons, with drops in all major production regions, especially Turkey (-9%) except China.  The world’s lemon crop is estimated to be down 7% to 7.9 million tons, with Argentina (-11%), the EU (-13%), Turkey (-9%) and the US (16%) all suffering challenging seasons due to weather events. Mexico’s and South Africa’s lemon and lime production are both expected to be up. Lastly, grapefruit was the one citrus category that registered a larger crop in the 2019-20 campaign, with larger harvests in China, South Africa, Turkey and the US more than offsetting the 18% fall in the EU’s crop.

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World’s citrus crop hits record high

Global citrus production in 2018/19 is expected to hit a record high of 101.5 million tons. This represents a year-on-year increase of 9%. Oranges account for 53.4% of the total citrus crop,​​mandarins represent 31.5%, lemons and limes contribute 8.3%, and grapefruits account for 6.7%. Fresh citrus consumption is estimated at 73.2 million tons, while citrus for processing is forecast to reach 28 million tons (of which 83.8% is oranges). World citrus exports are expected to total 10.4 million tons, with the main contributor being oranges (45.6%), followed by mandarins (26.2%), lemons and limes (20.1%), and grapefruit (8.1%). 

Orange production by country

 

Source: FEPEX

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Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Colombia is the second country in South America to be selected as the venue for the World Avocado Congress. The country´s climatic conditions allow avocado to be produced 365 days a year. The WAC is an event created by the global avocado industry. The event which takes place every four years is sponsored by the International Avocado Society (IAS). Previously, the Congress has been held in South Africa (1987), United States (1991), Israel (1995), Mexico (1999) Mexico, Spain (2003), Chile (2007), Australia (2011) and Peru (2015).

Colombia aims to surpass previous versions when it holds the congress from September 23 to 27 at the Plaza Mayor Convention Center in Medellín. There will be 72 exhibiting companies, over 145 keynote lectures and innovative proposals such as Avotours, Avotaste, Avolabs, Avosolutions, and a robust academic agenda that covers three thematic axes: marketing, productivity and added value.

Avotours will be spaces during the event for discovering the beauty of the Colombian lands. Tours will show the production, technology and processes of avocado crops in Colombia, as well as other representative products from each region. The destinations of these routes will be Sonsón, Oriente Antioqueño and Eje cafetero,

Avotastes will be a gastronomic experience offered to attendees where they can enjoy the various preparations of typical Colombian avocado food.

Avolabs will be spaces for companies that are developing trends and experiences in nutraceutical, cosmetic, industrial or pharmaceutical matters. For this space, the World Avocado Congress has decided to appeal to the public to present its companies. If you are or know of a company that is working on this topic, you are invited to register by email: comercial@agrilink.co, where you can present your company and say why you want to participate. The selected companies will have a commercial space at the World Avocado Congress in which they will be able to exhibit and present their developments to the entire value chain and the sector.

Finally, Avosolutions will be specialised solution centres where experts from leading companies in the avocado industry will participate and share their knowledge, experience and expertise. The companies in these spaces will be: Procolombia, Agrosavia, SummitAgro, Finagro, Valvilla avocados.

So, the ninth edition of the World Avocado Congress will allow you to connect to the world of avocado in one place, through knowledge, experience and business.

For more information visit: www.worldavocadocongress.co

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Bumper orange crop in store

Bumper orange crop in store

The world’s orange crop is expected to reach an 8-year high of 54.3 million tons in the 2018/19 campaign. The favourable weather conditions have fostered large harvests in the US and Brazil. Consumption is estimated to be up. South Africa and Egypt remain the top two suppliers, accounting for a combined 60% of world exports. Egypt’s production is expected to reach a record 3.4 million tons (+10%) thanks to an expanded production area. Exports are estimated to rise 4% to 1.6 million tons. Good weather has also produced a strong EU crop (+4% to 6.5 million tons).

As a large proportion of the US and Brazilian crops is for processing, global fresh exports are slightly down. The rebound in US production is thanks to the return to more normal conditions in Florida (where 95% of the crop is for processing), after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in the previous year. Good weather is also to thank for the rise in Brazil’s production (+26% to 20.2 million tons). In contrast, China’s production is down slightly to 7.2 million tons due to unfavourable weather.

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World blueberry market expands 24% in 2018

World blueberry market expands 24% in 2018

The world’s appetite for the sweet superfood shows no signs of abating, with markets across the world expanding. Production struggles to keep pace with demand, prompting increased shipments from all corners of the globe throughout the year. Peru may soon overtake Chile as the world’s leading blueberry exporter. US consumers are particularly hungry for blueberries.

The global blueberry trade rocketed 24% in value to US$3.45 billion in 2018. According to data published by the International Trade Centre, total volumes of the precious fruit shipped across the world have reached 560,101 tons. Between 2014 and 2018, volumes traded in blueberries increased annually by an average of 13%, while, in value terms, the annual increase was 18%. The US market is far and away the largest destination for the world’s blueberries. In 2018, the North American giant accounted for 36.2% of the world’s blueberry imports, receiving 252,200 tons (US$1.25 billion). Trailing some way behind the US is the UK (10.8%), followed by the Netherlands (10%), Germany (8.8%), Canada (6.4%), Spain (3.6%) and China (3.5%). These figures highlight the close relationship between income and blueberry consumption. There is still plenty of potential growth in all of these markets, as testified by the consistently strong annual growth figures. The value of US imports rose by 29% in 2018, while German receipts of blueberries rocketed 41%, underlining the popularity of the fruit among the country’s consumers. Of the major importers, only Canada saw sluggish growth between 2014 and 2018; but, even there, the trend was bucked in 2018, when imports rose by 18% in value. The Netherlands is in fact a net exporter, as is Spain thanks to the countries’ well developed blueberry production sectors.

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Global lemon and lime crop up 5% and sets new record

Global lemon and lime crop up 5% and sets new record

The world’s production of lemons and limes in 2018/19 is projected to be up 5% to a  new record of 8.2 million tons, according to USDA data. Increased volumes have been recorded in Mexico, Argentina, the EU and Turkey, which should more than offset the drop in production in the US. Consumption and exports are both expected to set new records.

The world’s largest producer, Mexico, expects its lemon and lime output to rise slightly, to a record 2.6 million tons, thanks to an expansion in production area. Similarly, Argentina’s production is projected to be up 7% to 1.6 million tons, due to favourable weather conditions. Production in the EU is up 10% to 1.6 million tons, due to both favourable weather and increased area. Meanwhile, Turkey’s output is set to rocket 15% to a record 948,000 tons thanks to favourable growing conditions.  South African output is also forecast to climb, in this case by 4% to a record 480,000 tons, on the back of favourable weather and a larger production area. However, US production is expected to drop 4% to 777,000 tons due to the unfavourable weather in California. 

The largest market for lemons and limes is the EU and accounts for over two-thirds of exports.

Source: USDA 

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World’s grapefruit production climbs 4% and sets new record

South Africa’s grapefruit crop grows 4%

The world’s 2018/19 grapefruit crop is projected up 4% to a record 7 million tons, thanks to an improvement in the US crop and a bumper Chinese harvest benefitting from favourable weather and an expanded area. The world’s consumption is up 3% while exports are up 8%, thanks to the higher available supplies, according to USDA data.

Taking each country in turn, China’s grapefruit output is expected to be up 2% to a record 4.9 million tons, which will lead to record consumption and export volumes. After a disastrous weather-ravaged 2017/18 campaign, US production is projected to be 29% higher, reaching 606,000 tons. South African production is expected to increase 7% to a record 450,000 tons, while Mexican production is forecast unchanged at 445,000 tons. Turkey expects to record a record 270,000 tons of production. Although consumption is down due to weak consumer demand for the fruit, exports are expected to reach a record 200,000 tons.

Production in the EU is estimated up 4% to 112,000 tons due to a rise in area.  Consumption and export volumes are flat, while imports are expected to drop slightly due to the increase in supply.

Source: USDA