Summer citrus importers expect good quality, supplies - The Packer

Summer citrus importers expect good quality, supplies

06/07/2013 12:56:00 PM
Tom Burfield

DNE expects Australian navel oranges to arrive in the U.S. starting the first week of July and continuing until mid-October.

Daisies should arrive the third week of June for five weeks, and minneolas should start by the end of July and continue for six weeks, Monaghan said.

Australian Cara caras should arrive in the U.S. the first week of August, and blood oranges should be available by late August.

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, also plans to import Australian citrus from early July until early October, said James Milne, citrus category director.

Allowing multiple importers “will only enhance what is already a premium program,” he said.

Oppenheimer’s Australian line includes navels and easy-peelers as well as a few specialty varieties such as cara caras and minneolas.

Peru also is expected to ship some citrus to the U.S.

Duda plans to continue its program of satsumas and minneolas, Huckabay said.

The company’s first satsumas arrived in mid-May and should be available until mid-June. Minneolas should start in early August and continue through mid-September.

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