UPDATE: CITRUS

August 1, 2022

Imported Navel oranges have begun arriving into ports on both coasts; volume will rise over the next three to four weeks. Limited quantities of Mexican lemons will begin to ship out of South Texas by mid-August.

Oranges

  • Chilean fruit is being shipped into the West Coast while South African supplies are available on the East Coast
  • 113-count and larger pack sizes dominate availability
  • Import palletization:
  • 80 cases per pallet Box weight are 33 pounds per case.
  • Import count will be consistent (88-count cases will contain 88 pieces of fruit)
  • Domestic Valencia palletization
    • 54 cases per pallet
    • Box weight is 40 pounds
  • Domestic count will be consistent (113-count cases will contain 113 pieces of fruit)
  • Initial imported orange quotes are $5.00-$8.00 higher (FOB/port of loading) than remaining California supplies; this spread will close as California supplies wind down and prices rise
  • Quality is good

Imported Lemons

  • Supplies are arriving from Argentina (East Coast), Chile (East and West Coasts), and Mexico (Texas)
    • Palletization:
      • 72 cases per pallet
      • Box weight is 40 pounds (comparable quantity to domestic cartons)
      • Quality is very good
  • Size is dominated by 140-count and larger fruit; smaller sizes (200- to 235-count lemons) are tight
  • Import count will be consistent (140-count box will contain 140 pieces of fruit)
  • Mexican lemons will cross into South Texas in a very limited way by mid-August
  • Import lemon pricing is expected to follow Arizona and California markets

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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