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W3: Lemon Weekly Report

Fresh Lemon
Pauline Fay Enriquez
Updated Jan 24, 2023
Tridge's global market analysts and country representatives analyze what happened in W3 in the global lemon and lime market. In summary, The European Commission has approved tighter pesticide limits for Turkish lemons and grapefruits imported into the EU. The resolution was approved by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food, and Feed. While there are occasional price changes in the European lemon market, demand is generally stable. In Hungary, lemon prices rose in the first two weeks of 2023, despite a potential decline in the European Union's lemon harvest.


The EU Increases the Control of Pesticides on Turkish Lemons and Grapefruits to 30% (Jan 18)

The European Commission has given the green light to increase pesticide controls on Turkish lemons and grapefruits imported into the EU. The decision was unanimously adopted by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food, and Feed in a meeting on November 30. The implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 is modified and the control percentage goes from 10% to 30% in the case of grapefruit and from 20% to 30% for lemons. This measure, which will come into force at the beginning of January for six months, will mean that 3 out of 10 trucks of Turkish lemons and grapefruits that enter the EU must be subject to strict border controls, including pesticide analysis. The European Commission has justified the decision taken due to the seriousness of the situation with Turkey regarding pesticides.


Overview of the World Lemon Market (Jan 19)

The lemon market in Europe is experiencing stable demand with some price fluctuations. A Dutch importer claims that there is a strong market demand for lemons, driving up the cost of extra class I lemons to USD 17.39-18.47 (EUR 16–17). However, there is more competition from importers in the Dutch market. Turkish and Spanish lemons dominate the market in Germany, where sales and prices are steady. In Italy, sales of lemons are leveling off despite a good growing season due to lower lemon prices and higher cultivation costs. In Spain, the lemon campaign has started with a later harvest and lower volumes, but prices remain stable, and the sector is confident that consumption will pick up from February 2023. In Europe, the market for lemons generally exhibits a balance between supply and demand.

Less and Less Lemons Are Growing in Europe (Jan 20)

The European Union's lemon harvest may decrease by 9% to 1.56M tons in the current economic year from October to September compared to the previous season. A 10% decrease is expected in Spain, which accounts for 65% of the EU's total lemon production. No citrus is grown in Hungary, and the country's lemon imports increased by 3% to 13.3k tons.


Development of the Citrus Fruit Market in Hungary Including Lemons in January 2023 (Jan 19)

The European Union lemon harvest may decrease by 9% to 1.56M tons in 2022/2023. Hungary's lemon imports increased by 3 percent to 13.3k tons in the first ten months of 2022. The wholesale price of lemons rose by 31% to USD 1.88/kg (HUF 674/kg) in the first two weeks of 2023.

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