Global citrus crop shrinks
Spanish lemon crop returns to normal
After a record 2018/19 lemon harvest, Spain is set for more normal volumes this season. According to Ailimpo, the 2019/20 Spanish lemon crop is estimated to reach 1,110,000 tons, down 15% from last year. The picture is different depending on the varieties, with Fino dropping 11% in volume and Verna down 24%. The good news is that the crops appear to have emerged relatively unscathed from the mid-September storms.
UK lemon market grows by £14 million
Thanks predominantly to shoppers buying them more often, retail sales of lemons in the UK are up 13.6% on last year to 47,000 tons.
Kantar Worldpanel data also shows that the 5.3% rise in the frequency of lemon purchases helped push up the lemon spend to a total of £87.6 million for the 52 weeks to May 22 this year, meaning the lemon market grew by 19.2% or just over £14 million.
The average price paid per kilo was up 4.88% on that for the same period a year ago, to £1.86.