South Africa’s Citrus Association Publishes Update on Orange Exports

On May 31, the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) of South Africa published an updated orange export volume prediction following a meeting of the Orange Focus Group.

The group’s revised Navel orange export volume is down 14.5% from its initial estimate to a total of 22 million 15 kg cartons. The new estimate represents an 11% decline versus the previous season. The group also revised the Valencia orange export volume, which is now expected to be down 4% from its initial estimate to just over 56 million 15 kg cartons. Navel and Valencia oranges account for approximately 17% and 31% of the total South African citrus export volume, respectively.

Relevant factors for the lower estimates include higher local juice prices, which lead growers to divert production to domestic processing, and smaller fruit sizes due to warmer, dryer weather. An increase in Egyptian orange exports to the European market is also cited, with larger volumes from Egypt impacting early-season demand for South African oranges despite the two mainly being counter-seasonal suppliers.

 

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