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.
Bumper Brazilian orange harvest forecast for 2020/21
World orange crop slumps
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.
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 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.
Brazil closes border to Argentinian apples and pears
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.
New port call in Pecem for fruit en route to Europe
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.
Carrefour now has 70 convenience stores in Brazil
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.”
Dia now in Paraguay and 5 states in 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.
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.
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.