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.
There’s been a bit of hue and cry over the prospect of Chinese oranges hitting the U.S. market.
Limoneira Co. posted a 42% increase in profit for fiscal 2014 compared to 2013 and is projecting even higher profits for 2015 based on anticipated sales of between 3.2 million and 3.4 million cartons of fresh lemons.
California citrus emerged from freezing temperatures that arrived New Year’s Eve largely unharmed as forecast lows did not materialize.
Although forecasts pointed to a chilly Tuesday night in California’s Central Valley citrus groves with temperatures below freezing, most reporting stations indicate the mercury stayed above 32 degrees.
Limoneira Co. has promoted Mark Palamountain to senior director of agricultural operations.More Packer Stories for Lemons
Market Scope - Lemons — F.o.b.s as of Jan. 20
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments fairly heavy — Movement expected about the same. Trading shippers first grade 75-115s, choice 75-95s and 140s fairly active at lower prices, others fairly active. Prices shippers first grade 75-115s, choice 75-95s and 140s lower, 200-235s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel carton shippers first grade 75s $30.80-32.90, 95s mostly $31.80-32.90, 115s mostly $37.80-39.90, 140s mostly $36.80-38.90, 165s mostly $28.80-30.90, 200s mostly $23.80-25.90, 235s mostly $22.80-24.90; shippers choice 75-95s $20.80-22.90, 115s $22.80-24.90, 140s mostly $25.80-26.90, 165s mostly $26.80-28.90, 200s $22.80-24.90, 235s mostly $20.80-21.90; unclassified (standard) 75s $18.80-19.90, 95-115s $18.80-20.90, 140s mostly $21.80-23.90, 165s mostly $18.80-20.90, 200s $17.80-20.90.
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