DNE World Fruit Sales has started its Australian summer citrus program.

The first vessel of the Fort Pierce, Fla.-based grower-shipper-importer recently arrived into the Port of Long Beach, according to a news release.

DNE begins Australian citrus seasonThe season runs from late June through October starting with daisy tangerines and navels.

“The quality has been excellent in the packing sheds in Australia,” Stu Monaghan, Australian citrus program manager, said in a news release. “We’re seeing high color and great flavor right from the start from each of the growing regions.”

To peak on 70s sizes followed by 54s, the peak promotion period for daisies will run early July through early August, according to the release.

Navels are scheduled to start arriving in early July but because of intermittent rains, DNE isn’t expecting heavier volume to arrive until later in July, according to the release.

Peak sizing are predicted to be 56s followed by 48s and 72s before shifting to higher volumes of 72s and fewer 48s in DNE’s August arrivals, according to the release.

Retailers should promote navels late July through early October with mid-July through September the best time for minneola promotions, according to the release.

Tangelos are set to peak on 53s followed by 63s.

This season, DNE plans to import in more than 500,000 equivalent cartons of navels, daisies and minneolas as well as cara caras, and blood oranges.