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Spanish Lemon Production To Surpass One Billion This Season

Published on Jul 4 2016 12:36 PM in Fresh Produce tagged: Spain / Fruit / Investment / Lemon Industry / Ailimpo

Spanish Lemon Production To Surpass One Billion This Season

Farming representative group Ailimpo's general director, José Antonio García, has announced that Spain is now the world's second-largest producer of lemons, Argentina being the first.

Spain is the lead exporter of fresh lemons and second in processed lemon products.

As reported on Hortoinfo.es; as the production of lemons ‘becomes fashionable’, Spain is optimistic about this season and expects a return to production volumes of around one billion kilos.

Ailimpo, which combines production, commercialisation and marketing of the Spanish lemon industry, will calculate the balance of the 2015/2016 season. The season was categorised as 'atypical', due to low production (around 710,000 tonnes) and high prices.

García said that the decrease in production led to a reduction of exports by 14 per cent. The processing sector has been the most affected, with volumes declining from 305,000 tonnes in 2014/2015, to 100,000 tonnes in 2015/2016.

Since the lemon market "is very sensitive to excess supply", a rapid increase of produce could lead to over-production, García added.

© 2016 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Gabriela Guédez. To subscribe to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine, click here.

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