Analysis of Chinese market for imported South African oranges

25 September 2019. This is the time of year when citrus products from the southern hemisphere sell well in the Chinese market. Oranges from South Africa are particularly popular at this time. Manager Wang of the Green Belt company shared his insights into the current market conditions and the future prospects. Read more…


South African oranges storm world markets

26 August 2019. South Africa’s flourishing fruit industry has increasingly made up a bigger proportion of the international trade, said the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy in its latest agricultural outlook for the period 2018 to 2028. One in every 10 oranges eaten around the world now comes from South Africa. Read more…


Overview Global Orange Market

19 July 2019. The global orange market is facing a number of challenges. South African oranges, and citrus fruits in general, are troubled by problems in the ports of Durban and Port Elizabeth. In Argentina, the frost has probably caused considerable damage. Spain also suffered from the weather this season and in Italy the Tristeza virus had some influence on the volume of oranges. The season is currently shifting from countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Spain and Italy to South America, South Africa and Australia. In the United States, the season in California and Florida is coming to an end and the country is switching to imports from suppliers such as Chile. Read more…


The citrus fruits industry is currently under threat

16 July 2019. The citrus fruit (these include fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes, amongst others) industry is currently under threat with the announcement of the possible arrival of the Asian Greening Disease (AGD), also called Huanglongbing (HLB). Read more…


Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve food

9 July 2019. In SA annual postharvest food losses and wastes amount to 10 million tonnes, with about 95% of the food wastage occurring along the value chains prior to reaching the consumer. According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University (SU), large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives. Read more…


Wind in the Cape reduces soft citrus packouts

8 July 2019. The soft citrus season is busy catching up on an initial slow start due to delayed colouring in many areas. With some southern regions earlier and the northern regions later, there may be a clash in the timing of late mandarins. Read more…


South African grapefruit season to end earlier

5 July 2019. The South African industry’s grapefruit focus group notes in a memo that northern growers have switched temporarily to Turkey Valencias in an attempt to stretch the season and that a downward trend in weekly shipping volumes will play out for the rest of the season. Read more…


Strong growth of South African soft citrus and lemon exports

24 June 2019. USDA – South Africa Citrus Semi-annual. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

14 June 2019. OVERVIEW GLOBAL LIME MARKET. Read more…


SA’s first shipment of citrus arrives in China

13 June 2019. The historic shipment of 5,200 tonnes of citrus in a breakbulk vessel has arrived at Shanghai Port in the People’s Republic of China. Read more…