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.
Thanks to the global marketplace, citrus is no longer a seasonal item. As California navel orange supplies wind down, fruit should begin arriving in North America from growing areas in South Africa, Chile and Australia.
Citrus can be a decent-selling item during the summer months, but retailers don’t expect volume to be as high as during the peak winter season.
California growers expect to have a selection of seasonal citrus items available over the next few months, including valencia oranges, grapefruit and a variety of lemons and limes.
At least four shipments of Mexican limes bound for the U.S. have been rejected at the border after they tested positive for chemicals banned in the U.S. for limes.
A protocol to keep Mexican limes from spreading citrus greening in the U.S. has not slowed fruit movement.More Packer Stories for Limes
Market Scope - Limes — F.o.b.s as of June 10
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (220-199-*) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early slow, late fairly slow. Prices lower. Seedless-type 40-pound cartons 110s mostly $10-12, 150s mostly $8-10, 175s mostly $8, 200s mostly $6-7, 230 mostly $6, 250s $4-6. Quality variable. *unavailable