The 2019/20 EU orange crop is predicted to fall 9% from 2018/19 to 6.2 million tons, according to FAS data. The drop is the result of the heavy rains that hit Spain’s main growing regions of Valencia and Andalusia during the spring and autumn. In line with the reduced output, EU orange juice production is estimated to be down 21% to 83,724 tons.
EU orange crop falls as prices rise
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.
Global citrus crop shrinks
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).
Reduction in European orange farming
The orange production area of Europe’s main producers fell between 2006 and 2017, according to data published by the European Commission. By far the leading producer, Spain, saw its acreage peak in 2008 at 157,000 ha, before falling steadily back to 2006 levels in 2017 (140,000 ha). Meanwhile, Italy’s orange production area fell from 103,000 ha in 2006 to 83,000 ha in 2017. The next largest producer, Greece, registered a drop from 39,000 ha to 31,000ha. Portuguese orange production declined over the period from 19,000ha to 18,000ha.
Morocco’s orange exports continue their ascent
Morocco’s orange exports are expected to reach around 120,500 tons in the 2016/17 marketing year – up 29% from 92,246 tons in 2015/16 – as increased availability allows it to meet growing demand from Russia and the EU, according to a new GAIN report.
The report says the country will likely also benefit from an expected decline in citrus exports from Spain due to quality issues caused by overabundant, late rainfall there.
In 2015/16, the EU and Russia bought 73% of Morocco’s orange exports, which were mainly (66%) Maroc Late oranges.
China's orange imports could surge 35%
China’s citrus imports are expected to grow thanks to consumer demand and a 10% drop in its 2016/17 orange production.
According to a new USDA Gain report, the country is likely to import 300,000 tons of oranges in the 2016/17 marketing year, up over 35% on the previous year. Its orange imports in 2015/16 reached 220,000 tons, which was itself an increase of 50% on the previous year.
Australia set for 230,000 ton orange export record
Australia’s orange exports are expected to reach a record of 230,000 tons in 2016/17, up 10.6% on the previous year.
Greater demand in North Asian markets and higher production in Australia are key factors in this rise, according to a new USDA Gain report.
Fama introduces Israeli varieties of mandarins
Thirty years after it was founded, Fama S.A. now occupies a significant place within the production and exportation of fresh citrus from Entre Ríos and Corrientes, Argentina.
The company has 20 owners from three generations of fruit producers whose mentality is aimed at producing quality fruit.
Today Fama has 7,000 ha of citrus farms in the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, with 50% oranges and 50% mandarins.
For the latter, the company has been making contracts to have exclusive, patented varieties such as Orri, of Israeli origin.
Diversification in South African citrus market
The world’s second largest citrus exporter and number two exporter in the Southern Hemisphere is further diversifying its markets.
The Citrus Growers’ Association represents 100% of the sector’s growers in South Africa.
“We are immensely proud that South Africa is one of the most advanced countries in all aspects of product development,” said Deon Joubert, responsible for market access at the CGA, which also represents 100% of the citrus produced and exported in the country.