“Australian navels, being counter-cyclical, you might have some on the shelves at the same time as California valencias,” he said.
“That could be construed as detrimental to California valencias because we have a seeded piece of fruit versus a seedless piece of fruit coming from Australia. You’ve got lemons from Mexico coming in at the same time as our Coachella and Yuma districts.”
Where navel oranges are concerned, the conflict isn’t so considerable, Brown said.
The exchange rate probably has served as a barrier against shipments from Europe to the U.S., said Richard Kinney, president of Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Packers Inc.
“Our currency against the EU has gotten stronger, but against the Japanese, it has not,” he said.
“Those guys keep an eye on that a lot.”
Cost pressures are affecting everyone, whether offshore or domestic, according to Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co.
“Mexico continues to be the newest player on the import front of lemons,” said Alex Teague, senior vice president.