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Outlook for Summer Citrus Shipments

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Here’s a round up what is expected for summer citrus shipments from the view of some suppliers.

Bee Sweet Citrus of Fowler, Calif., will be shipping valencia oranges and blood oranges from California as well as mandarins, navel oranges and cara navels from Chile. The company also will have domestic and imported lemons.

 The Chilean Citrus Committee of Santiago, is expects to have 176,000 tons of clementines and mandarins this season compared to 143,168 tons in 2019.

Clementines started early May, followed by mandarins with both being available through October.

Chilean lemon volume will be similar to 2019, and lasting through October. Navel shipments have just started and be continue through October. 

New Limeco LLC of Princeton, FL is importing citrus from Mexico and Honduras.

Seald Sweet International of Vero Beach, FL is importing Primasole clementines from Peru with the early season having 20 to 25 percent over last year. South Africa and Chile soon followed. Late season mandarins from South Africa will increase 10 to 20 percent over last year by late September through October.

Seven Seas of Visalia, CA., a division of Tom Lange Co. Inc., Springfield, Ill., is shipping California valencia oranges, grapefruit and lemons this summer. The company also is importing navel oranges, midknight oranges, mandarins, lemons and star ruby grapefruit from South Africa, Chile and Peru.

Sunkinst Growers Inc. of Valencia, CA., has been shipping lemons, California star ruby grapefruit, valencia oranges and limes. the company has grapefruit, lemons and limes the year-round, while valencia oranges are a summertime exclusive and are now in peak volume.

Wonderful Citrus of Delano, CA is importing mandarins from Uruguay, Peru, Chile, South Africa and Australia this summer and lemons from Argentina.

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Domestic Citrus Shipments Kick off Summer with Good Volume

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Citrus shipments have been strong throughout the coronavirus crisis, and continue to show excellent weekly increases over the same week last year.

IRI, a Chicago market research firm reports data for the week ending May 3, shows sales of oranges were up 68 percent, lemon sales grew by 42.4 percent and tangerine shipments increased 7.7 percent.

At least part of the sales surge likely was due to the positive reputation vitamin C has earned when it comes to building a strong immune system, according to some shippers and nutritionists.

Sunkist Growers Inc. of Valencia, CA ships California-grown citrus the year-round. During the summer it ships lemons, grapefruit, valencia oranges and limes. It also shipped California and Arizona grown cara cara oranges through May.

Sunkist’s summer citrus varieties will take over volume in June, while other varieties wind down.

Valencia oranges are the only U.S.-grown oranges available in the summer. Shipments of lemons, grapefruit and valencias should be up this summer compared to last year.

Bee Sweet Citrus of Fowler, CA will be shipping valencia oranges, cara cara navels, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit this summer. Blood oranges also will be available through the end of July. The company’s grapefruit, valencia oranges and blood oranges are grown in California, while its mandarins, navel oranges and cara cara navels are imported from Chile. Lemons are grown domestically and imported. Volume on all items should be similar to last year.

Seven Seas of Visalia, CA is a division of Tom Lange Co. Inc., Springfield, IL and is shipping California-grown valencia oranges, grapefruit and lemons this summer.

Limoneira Co. of Santa Paula, CA is shipping product from its California coastal growing area. If needed, fruit will be imported to the U.S. from ranches in Chile and Argentina.

The company ships lemons year-round and volume is similar to last year,

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