Citrus popular among export buyers

10/12/2012 02:43:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“Our programs are season specific,” he said.

The company’s export program includes navel and cara cara oranges and minneolas.

Jacobson thinks export buyers look forward to California citrus, but he said they have many alternatives.

Early season demand is not as strong as it once was, he said, “but later in the season, there is still pretty good demand for California navel oranges.”

Bravante Citrus in Reedley, Calif., exports to South Korea, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, said Mike Keeline, salesman.

Each market has its own manifest of what it wants, but that can vary from year to year, he said.

He anticipates a good export year this season, with the company exporting up to 35% of its crop.

South Korea is not an export destination of Mulholland Citrus in Orange Cove, said Fred Berry, director of marketing.

That’s because, with tariffs and competing fruit out of China, it does not make economic sense to ship there now, he said.

Instead, the company exports to Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.


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