The likelihood of a lime purchase slipped two percentage points from last year. For the second consecutive year, the likelihood of a purchase increased according to income and decreased according to age. Shoppers earning less than $25,000 annually were the least likely overall to make a lime purchase.
Americans have developed a preference for seedless produce, and citrus companies strive to maintain those expectations. The easy-peel mandarin and tangerine trend fits this bill and consumers continue to flock to the fruit.
Lemons and limes may not be as trendy as tangerines right now, but they are having their own little moment of glory.
UPDATED COVERAGE: An additional $20 million in funding to combat citrus greening disease is included in the latest congressional budget deal.
U.S. importers expect larger volumes of papayas, limes and other fruits this season.
A research group, led by a University of Florida bacteriologist, has created a genetic road map of a new strain of citrus greening that could further threaten Florida’s citrus industry.More Packer Stories for Limes
Market Scope - Limes – F.o.b.s as of March 3
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (125-114-89) — Movement expected about the same. Trading 150-200s very active for very light supplies, others moderate. Prices much higher. Seedless-type 40-pound cartons 110s mostly $60-62, 150-250s mostly $60-64. Quality and condition variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments at lower prices.