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Senior director Chris Cockle said Dinuba, Calif.-based Wonderful Citrus will have an extensive offshore citrus deal this summer that will include mandarins, navel oranges and lemons.

Mandarins from Uruguay will have “perfect sizing” with 24s, 28s and “modest amounts” of larger and very small fruit, Cockle said.

Meanwhile, volume of Peruvian mandarins was expected to be up 10% to 15% over last season, with a larger size structure featuring 18s, 20s and 24s.

The company’s first Chilean easy peelers should arrive in mid-June.

“We are anticipating marginal growth with the crop this season with a smaller size structure — 28s, 32s and 36s,” he said.

Wonderful Citrus anticipates a good season for South African mandarins starting by early June, with volumes projected to increase.

Sizing on South African mandarins will be good — mostly 24s and 28s, Cockle said.

Volume of Australian mandarins is expected to be down 10%-15% from last season with sizes peaking at 28s.

Packing and shipping were expected to begin by the end of June with arrivals in the U.S. the first week of August with w. murcotts.

The company expected its first Argentinian lemons to arrive in the U.S. by early June.

“Exporters are ensuring the color is perfect for the U.S. market,” Cockle said.

“The competition for volume from Europe could influence the volumes heading our way.”

Fruit is expected to be large, peaking on 95s and 115s.

Navel oranges are expected to arrive from Chile by late June with volume down 10% compared to last year, he said.

South African navels also should be in the U.S. by the end of June.

“There will be a good balance of small and large fruit this season,” he said.

But he added that a big pull for volumes to Europe could affect what is exported to the U.S.

Limes are good-selling citrus year-round, but sales tend to spike in summer when consumers light up their barbecues or head to the park for picnics, where they use citrus for grilling or as a condiment with fish or chicken, said Eddie Caram, general manager at New Limeco LLC, Princeton, Fla. 

New Limeco sources from Mexico and Honduras.

“There’s always an increase in sales and an increase in production in summer because Mexico is in their heaviest production,” Caram said.

Visalia, Calif.-based Seven Seas, a division of Tom Lange Co. Inc., Springfield, Ill., will offer navel oranges, midknight oranges, mandarins, lemons and star ruby grapefruit this summer, said Miles Fraser-Jones, director of global business development.

The company will source from South Africa, Chile and Peru.

South Africa should have a normal crop, with increases over 2019, he said.

Certain areas of Chile were affected by severe drought conditions, and Fraser-Jones expected similar quantity to last year with smaller sizing.

Peru should have a normal crop with an increase in supply because of growth in the industry, he said.

Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co., which provides lemons year-round, currently is sourcing from its California coastal growing area, said Alex Teague, chief operating officer.

The company will import product from ranches in Chile and Argentina if necessary to meet customer demand, he said. 

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