This versatile fruit, which can be used for cooking, in drinks, as a fat-free flavor enhancer and even as a garnish, maintains a steady following. The likelihood of purchase slipped four percentage points from last year, but lemons were the ninth most-popular fruit in Fresh Trends 2013.
Lemon markets are very strong, but lime prices remain in the cellar — so low some Mexican shippers are keeping product at home.
Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co. has entered the Chilean agricultural market with a $1.75 million investment in La Serena-based Rosales S.A., a citrus packing, marketing and sales operation.
Lemon prices have finally dipped below $50 per box, but they’re still much higher than normal, and should stay that way into September.
Sunkist Growers has signed on with Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street gang to promote fresh produce consumption.
Higher fresh fruit inflation in 2014 will be followed by moderate inflation in 2015, according to the latest food price forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.More Packer Stories for Lemons
Market Scope - Lemons — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments fairly heavy — Movement expected about the same. Trading active. Prices shippers first grade 140s, standard grade 95-115s and 200s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel carton shippers first grade 75s mostly $46.80-48.90, 95-115s mostly $50.80-51.90, 140s mostly $45.80-47.90, 165s mostly $39.80-41.90, 200s mostly $28.40-32.90, 235s $20.80-22.90; shippers choice 75s mostly $35.80-37.90, 95-115s mostly $38.80-40.90, 140s $39.80-40.90, 165s mostly $36.80-38.90, 200s mostly $27.80-29.90, 235s $19.80-20.90; unclassified (standard) 75s $24.80-26.90, 95-140s $28.80-29.90, 165s mostly $25.80-27.90, 200s $22.80-23.90, 235s $16.80-18.90.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (52-70*-42) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices fancy 140-165s and choice 165-200s lower, fancy 200s and choice 235s much lower; others generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons marked fancy 140s mostly $36-40, 165s mostly $30-32, 200s mostly $20-22; marked choice 95-115s mostly $36-38, 140s mostly $35.50-38, 165s mostly $28-30, 200s mostly $18.50-20, 235s $14-16.50. Quality variable. *revised
CHILE — Imports (21-21-18) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Most current supplies committed prior to arrival. Insufficient open market supplies to establish a market. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading active. Prices higher. 17-kilogram cartons 75-140s $48-50, 165s $34-36, 200s $32-34. Quality good.