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.
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.
The Oppenheimer Group is now offering customers fruit from Uruguay.More Packer Stories for Lemons
Market Scope - Lemons — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments fairly heavy — Movement expected about the same. Trading active. Prices first grade and choice 75-140s, standard 95-140s 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 $45.80-46.90, 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, 95-115s mostly $27.80-29.90, 140s mostly $28.80-29.90, 165s mostly $25.80-27.90, 200s $23.80-23.90, 235s $17.80-18.90.
CHILE — Imports (22-33-37) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. 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 moderate. Prices unchanged. 17-kilogram cartons 75-95s $42-44, 115s $42-44, 140s $40-42, 165s $36-38, 200s $32-34. Quality good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (30-40-34) — Movement expected to increase. Trading marked choice 140s and 200s fairly active at lower prices, others fairly active. Prices marked fancy higher; marked choice 140s and 200s lower, others generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons marked fancy 140s mostly $41.90-44, 165s mostly $35.90-38, 200s mostly $28.90-30; marked choice 95-140s mostly $36-38, 165s mostly $34-35, 200s mostly $21-24, 235s mostly $20. Quality variable.