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U.S. Imports of South African Citrus are Rising Sharply

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South African citrus imports have risen sharply this season, increasing between 15 and 38 percent over last year.

Summer Citrus from South Africa reports it became clear early in the season consumers in the northern hemisphere wanted citrus products because they are a great source of vitamin C.

It now appears that South Africa’s soft citrus such as naartjies and clementines are doing well, and oranges are particularly sought after by US consumers.

The Citrus Growers Association reports the South African citrus industry expects to export about 140 million cartons this year, compared with 127 million last year. The increase is due to the new cultivation of soft citrus and lemons that has begun bearing fruit.

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U.S. Stone Fruit Shipments; CA Melons; and South African Citrus Imports

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DSCN9723Stone fruit shipments, as well as melons are underway from California’s San Joaquin Valley.  Plus, we take a look at South African citrus imports.

California stone fruit loadings are in steady volume from the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley.   Volume for a combination of peaches, plums and nectarines is averaging around 650 truc loads weekly.

Demand for California peaches has been boosted by a short crop on the East Coast.  Georgia lost 70 percent of it peaches this season due to adverse spring weather.  As of June 25, 81 percent of Georgia’s peach crop had been harvested, compared to 56 percent a year earlier and a five-year average of 55 percent.

Melon Shipments

Western cantaloupe and honeydew shipments in recent weeks have been slashed by as much as 60 percent due to triple digit temperatures.  It has basically ended shipments from California’s Imperial Valley and parts of Arizona.

In the San Joaquin Valley, melon loadings are finally starting to return to normal following the excessive heat.  One of those adversely affected was Couture Farms of Huron, CA, which grows and ships honeydew and specialty melons.

South African Citrus Imports

by Summer Citrus from South Africa

CITRUSDAL, South Africa  – Kicking off the season strong, Summer Citgrus from South Africa (SCSA) recently announced the arrival of its first vessel of citrus – containing mostly Navel oranges and Easy Peelers – to the United States.  Combining efforts with supply chain partners like Holt Logistics and the Port of Philadelphia enables SCSA to provide a steady supply of fresh citrus to the U.S. during the summer months when domestic supplies are not in season.

“We’re excited that Summer Citrus from South Africa producers have once again teamed up with Seatrade to bring dedicated shiploads of fresh and delicious citrus from sunny South Africa to eager consumers in the U.S.,” Howard Posner, general manager of Seatrade USA, said.

SCSA’s second vessel of South African citrus arrived July 5th.

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