In 2020, European imports of tangerines, mandarins, clementines and satsumas boosted by +19.7% y-o-y to $2.2B, remaining relatively unchanged in physical terms. Rising prices became the main reason for this spike in the value of imports. In 2020, the average import price in the EU jumped by +19% against the figures of 2019. Germany and France were the major importers of tangerines, mandarins, clementines, satsumas last year, accounting for 44% of the European imports.
In 2021, global orange production is expected to grow by 8% due to favorable weather and the expansion of planting areas. Strong harvests are forecasted in Brazil, Mexico, the EU, Egypt and South Africa, while production in the U.S. and Turkey will decline. The U.S., South Africa, and Egypt will remain top orange exporters. By the end of 2021, orange processing in China will decrease against the previous year's level due to lockdowns as a result of Covid outbreaks, while Brazil and Mexico will increase local produce processing, strengthening their position in the global juice market.
Total imports of grapefruits and pomelos in the EU stood at $562M in 2020, increasing by +8.7% from the previous year. The Netherlands, France and Germany constitute the largest grapefruit-importing countries in Europe. The Netherlands serves as an entry point for the European market, with Spain, China and South Africa together comprising over 80% of the country's import volume. The Netherlands, Spain and Israel dominated French imports, together accounting for 89% of its total volume. Spain, China and South Africa provided 72% of the total grapefruit supplies to Germany in 2020.
American imports of lemons and limes will rise this year as domestic production declines due to poor weather conditions in California. Average prices for imported lemons and limes are declining, while the prices of products produced locally are rising significantly. Mexico, Chile and Argentina will remain the largest suppliers of lemons and limes to the U.S. market.
Except for lemons and limes, the production of major types of citrus fruits grew in 2020 thanks to good weather conditions in most producing regions. Citrus fruit exports and demand indicated gains in all the categories considered.
In 2019, after six years of growth, there was decline in the global lemon and lime market, when its value decreased...
Japan, Asia's biggest grapefruit buyer, halved imports from 2008-2018.
The revenue of the citrus fruit market in the U.S. amounted to $10.2B in 2018, surging by 21% against the previous...
Spain prevails in citrus fruit exports structure, recording 3.2M tonnes, which was approx. 66% of total exports in 2018. It was distantly followed by Greece (357K tonnes), the Netherlands (296K tonnes) and Italy (252K tonnes), together generating 19%.&